How Much Does it Cost’s to Make a PS3?

21. January, 2010 PS3 31 comments

Hey guys, did you ever want to know how much it costs Sony to make a PS3? I certainly have! Thanks to iSuppli Corp, they have provided us with a nice concise chart and break down of major costs that it takes to manufacture a PS3.

As you can see the major costs are the Blu-ray drive, HDD,  Cell Chip/Nvida Components, and “Other components.” I think its extremly interesting to see the cost of some of this stuff and how far it must of come down from the beginning! The Blu-Ray drive is only $66 and the Cell Processor is only &38! I think thats crazy! However, the most important thing to take away from this chart is that the PS3 still costs over $299 to make. That means that Sony is still losing $30+ on manufacturing the PS3! so when will the PS3 break even? I would say that Sony has come a long way when they were losing over $100 per ps3 sold. So i would imagin that with this next year Sony should be breaking even with the PS3. What do you all think about this one?

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  1. MataaayBGS

    1 / 21 / 2010 1:52 pm

    Judging by this chart, sony are losing $30+ a console. I think the new “premium service” is their way (or one of many …) of breaking even. This could mean that the subscription could be only $30+ too. As a side note, i hope you dont have to buy premium for every account you have, i.e you only need to buy premium for ONE ps3, and itll cover every account tied to that ps3. What you guys think ?

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    • Anonymous

      4 / 30 / 2011 11:09 am

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    • 9 / 12 / 2012 1:36 am

      I think its farily normal for game console manufacturers to make a loss inthe first year, so that they can gain market share, and therefore then make a profit in year 2 and 3 afterwards, profiting from licensing fees and publishers.

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  2. 1 / 21 / 2010 1:56 pm

    @MataaayBGS: Wow, so this chart proves that Microsoft could very easily put in Wifi for free. Hell, $4 isn’t anything. Charging $100 for that is horse shit.
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    Also, the PS3 will probably break even on mfg. costs per console next year. By that time, the cost of a blu ray drive will have gone done probably by that much. They’ll be making money on their console next year if not sooner.

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  3. Brown856

    1 / 21 / 2010 2:06 pm

    @MataaayBGS:
    @blumatt:

    I agree, Great points.

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  4. Redman88

    1 / 21 / 2010 2:47 pm

    Damn, $9.80 for XDR DRAM?

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  5. 1 / 21 / 2010 2:56 pm

    @MataaayBGS:yea thats a good point. i was suprised to see that they actually loose money per console

    @bball nice post

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  6. rico_fiasco

    1 / 21 / 2010 3:03 pm

    consoles aren’t made to cut a profit. Almost every gaming console in history was sold at an operations loss. Systems rely on external factors such a games, services, etc. to generate revenue.

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  7. 1 / 21 / 2010 3:17 pm

    @rico_fiasco: really? thats really surprising to me, that seems like a risky business plan, but im sure they get a cut of any game made on the ps3 or at least the developer has to purchase some kind of development kit or something from sony right?

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  8. Redman88

    1 / 21 / 2010 3:52 pm

    @MataaayBGS:

    It wouldnt make sense for premium PSN to cover a PS3 itself, is that how microsoft does it? I never had more than one account on xbox live before. I think itll be per account.

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  9. iStartedtheFlameWar

    1 / 21 / 2010 4:43 pm

    They get that shit cheap

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  10. coyls3

    1 / 21 / 2010 8:13 pm

    @MataaayBGS:

    Sony, M$, and Nintendo all lose money on their consoles (well at least at first) then try to make it up on the software and peripherals.

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  11. Machee

    1 / 21 / 2010 9:38 pm

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  12. Machee

    1 / 21 / 2010 9:39 pm

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  13. 1 / 21 / 2010 9:42 pm

    @Machee: Surely you’re not that damn dumb. Even you can realize the parts’ prices have come down since launch. Come on, man. Don’t TRY to make yourself sound unintelligent.

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  14. 1 / 21 / 2010 10:20 pm

    @blumatt: i was thinkin the same thing, i am curious how much it cost at launch, blueray drives were prob over $150 alone

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  15. praveen

    1 / 21 / 2010 11:47 pm

    thats y i like sony this is the only tech company that always trys to push amazing hardware

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  16. snake-oo

    1 / 22 / 2010 12:17 am

    at launch the console cost roughly about $800

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  17. Brown856

    1 / 22 / 2010 8:14 am

    @blumatt:

    Nah, Dude is Dumb Fuck!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  18. Redman88

    1 / 22 / 2010 8:57 am

    @Machee: @blumatt: @SpecialK916:

    I forget the exact prices but I do remember seeing a chart for the cost of prices for the PS3 at launch, selling them at $600 they were still losing about $100 per console.

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  19. Machee

    1 / 23 / 2010 11:33 am

    @Blumatt

    don’t get angry at me blame Sony for being stupid at launch, the nerve of trying to sell a console for $600 was a memorable epic fail in Sony history. They think they can sell for just having the Playstation brand, not everyone parents and consumer dish out $600 for a freaking console with no titles to be proud of at launch…that just Sony poor marketing and stubborness to listen to consumer who made them instead of alienating those gamers who just wants to play games, thus Wii sold millions for that and the 360 came out 2nd. 2nd for letting consumer have a choice to just experience next gen gaming with low price and just upgrade after with addon…now thats good MS market strategy, because in the end games makes this console not hardware ready Bluray format…geez~

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  20. 1 / 23 / 2010 11:56 am

    @snake-oo: wow i amazes me how much cheaper tech gets every year

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  21. xxxxsoccerdude

    1 / 23 / 2010 1:09 pm

    Why doesn’t microsoft make an xbox slim?

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  22. COOPER

    11 / 17 / 2010 9:46 am

    I HAVE HAD MY ps3 SINCE THEY CAME OUT ADN ITS NOT EVEN NEAR BREAKING ONLY BAD THING ABOUT IT IS THE INTERNET LAGS LIEK HELL

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    • ANALOG (D-SUB)

      1 / 4 / 2011 5:27 pm

      Dude it’s either your poor!!! or your and idiot for trying to make PS3 look bad by saying “ooohhh my Internet is crap on my PS3″ well that’s coz you don’t have a fast Internet like mine which goes at 850mbs.

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  23. 11 / 25 / 2010 11:35 pm

    Where are the labor and capital costs? Not that they’re going to reduce the total cost, but it would be nice to calculate their profits. (even if they are losses)

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  24. Anonymous

    12 / 15 / 2010 7:43 pm

    @COOPER: Dummy, that’s your internet connection and not Sony’s fault!!!

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  25. Anonymous

    4 / 30 / 2011 11:15 am

    ps3 is cool but i am saving up for it and i figured out that it costs up to 499.99. what should i do?????!!!!!! i mean i cant get a whole time or part time job. im only 11 what should i do.

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  26. 5 / 22 / 2011 3:31 pm

    I think everyone is forgetting that companies buy their parts in bulk, everything on this list is far cheaper because of the deals that they get on components.

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  27. finklebob

    1 / 13 / 2012 12:47 am

    they make their money back on video games. Video games are marked up a lot more than the cost of it.

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  28. B0420

    7 / 2 / 2013 5:34 pm

    They probably make most of their money in the first few months after the product comes out and is much more expensive the months and years after and the games and accessories also probably contribute. Etc controllers headsets games and so forth

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