Damn. I'm getting kinda excited by this upcoming generation of consoles, but they're all gonna come out when I start med-school so I won't have the time or money to try any of them. Looks like I'm gonna be pushing kids out of thee way at Walmart to play on the demo stands.
"you can't buy this [the system's RAM] for $50. That's why graphics card cost as much as they do."
That's kinda here and there, and almost sounds like an excuse to jack the price over $400 as was obviously planned (with 4GB). Yeah, 8GB (especially low-voltage as they are using, which is probably similar-priced to their 1.6v 7gbps chips) probably costs a bit more at this moment, but we're also talking 4gigabit. While certainly early in the life-cycle (the stuff they are using will likely be hot off the mass production line), that's still 'only' 16 chips.
I guess what I'm trying to say is, no, it isn't $50 at this moment, but it can't be that far off. Currently doubling the density from 1GB to 2GB (using 8, 2Gb chips instead of 1Gb on a graphics card) is $20 more to the end user, and they're using 2x that amount with 2x density for 4x the buffer. The fact is it will indeed become $50 quickly with the new processes they are using for 4Gb at Hynix/Samsung (judging by the voltages and speeds planned by both) and it seems they will very much be a commodity as we go forward.
Also, let's be real. Nvidia put 2GB of the fastest stuff available at the time (6gbps, much of it from Samsung) on their 650ti (original) a year ago, and that can be had for peanuts (and is a low-end card). It doesn't cost THAT much, especially for a company using that many (like Sony), which probably signed an exclusive deal with Hynix (I would imagine cheaper than Samsung) saving them even more money, not-to-mention the chips will be plentiful because AMD's upcoming platforms will very much depend on that being the case.
PR guy just doing his job, and the ram is very nice, but let's be real.
Have to agree with Turtle here. I would actually guess that you could have it for $50 at the quantities that Sony is buying it at.