rice. It will probably cost $500. A similarly equipped Windows PC would be $1,000+
Ease of use. No viruses. No configuring software and hardware. Guaranteed game performance.
Long life. 7+ yrs of life cycle with no upgrades to play all games.
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er...I wouldn't count my chickens til they hatch. With the constant internet facebook integration, X86 processor, hard drive - what more do you need to create a virus for it? And don't forget sony's famous 'hacks of customer account information for millions of users' and denial of service attacks in the recent past.
Guaranteed game performance is also an issue - the videos they showed even during the unveiling today showed extreme framerate lagging during play as well as choppy and shaky cam techniques. I have games on the PS2 that frequently crash, lock up, and kill the system and I'd expect no less on a PS3 or PS4 either. The drive lasers wear out before 7 years I can guarantee that, and most hard drives have a 5-7 year warranty so your claim is unfounded unless it comes with a 7 year (instead of standard 1-year Sony warranty).
How do you know there will be no upgrades? Ever heard of Downloadable content? The Wii U even had a day 1 4GB download patch that filled half of the stock hard drive space (mandatory). I'd say you're ignoring the reality of the situation. And this PS4 won't even be available for actual SALE until November 2013 so you have a long wait to get your hands on one even if you wanted it. By Christmas this year, DDR4 will be available for the mainstream consumer, so already on launch day this PS4 will be obsolete and surpassed by the XBox720. Microsoft is smart and is holding off as long as possible to take the largest market share they can.