"We kind of had a feeling; we kind of knew we were gonna land a little bit cheaper than those green guys."
- Scott Rohde, Sony's VP of Worldwide Studios, has told Polygon
that the PlayStation 4 pricing and used games policy were not direct responses to Microsoft's Xbox One.
After Microsoft revealed yesterday that the Xbox One will costs $499 at launch
, Sony then went on to tout a $399 price tag for its PS4
Rohde says that Sony had set this price in stone well before the event, and had nothing to do with the Xbox One pricing. "When [the Xbox One pricing] was verified this morning, we've just been walking around with smiles all day," he said.
And Rohde also says that Sony's used games policy
was not a reaction to the Xbox One's restrictions. "That was always our plan," he noted. "It's something that we believe in. We know gamers come first; we know what they want."
He continued, "I was personally overwhelmed with the massive explosion on Twitter, with everyone essentially begging, 'Please don't do this Sony, please don't do this PlayStation!' It was so hard not to say, right away, 'Well, we never were going to do that, but now let's have a little fun and announce it in a fun way at the PlayStation press conference.'"
However, this appears to conflict with the thoughts of Adam Boyes, who heads up its publisher and developer relations teams. Boyes tweeted thanks
to the individual who organized the #PS4NoDRM campaign, and when asked whether there was ever talk in the Sony camp about utilizing DRM, he answered, "There was a ton of conversation absolutely."