It's actually rather amazing that the PS4 only costs $399 (USD) at retail stores as a recent hardware breakdown found that the components total about $381 (USD) for the system. This is in stark contrast to when the PlayStation 3 debuted in 2006. That console was found to cost $805 to make and sold for "just" $599.

The controller itself costs about $18 to build, which includes Bluetooh chips, audio chips, and a motion sensor chip. These teardowns were done by IHS iSuppli, with the information broken down by AllThingsD.