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The Status Of Microsoft and Sony’s Next Consoles. Plus: A Whole Bunch Of This Year’s Gaming Secrets.

Kotaku - No topic appeared in the rumor mill this year as much as the coming next-generation consoles from Sony and Microsoft.

At the beginning of January, British trade magazine MCV reported that the next Xbox and PlayStation would both debut at E3 2012. This did not actually end up happening, but that doesn't necessarily mean it was not slated to happen at one point. At E3, we did see next-gen tech demos for Epic's Unreal Engine 4 and Square Enix's Luminous Studio, as well as two major reveals sans any mention of specific platforms—Star Wars 1313 and Watch Dogs.

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-Mezzo-1370d ago

First time i've read an article this long ( By Kotaku ).

Excited to see what Next-Gen Consoles bring.

DeforMAKulizer1370d ago

They have had countless wonderful features this year from a family run gaming store, to the story behind Silicon Knights.

Believe me they have longer good articles.

jaosobno1370d ago

This article deals with ancient hardware rumors. Latest rumors imply that PS4 will use at least A10 highly customized APU or Steamroller core CPU (if available) and a discrete Sea Islands GPU (8xxx series).

But I guess this kind of poorly written article is standard Kotaku quality.

showtimefolks1370d ago (Edited 1370d ago )

i think at GDC we will hear something from sony, usually sony talks about their consoles at gdc and tgs

either way very excited to find out what the specs will be and the lineups of the software at launch(i say both will be under $400)

akaakaaka1370d ago (Edited 1370d ago )

PS4 will cost $600 maybe a $500 model but no way it will be that cheap ..

Sony need to price drop their system after a year and even at $800 hardcore fans will get one from the start if the games are good..

The only way it start at $400 is if they start charging a $50 yearly fee to play online and I don't think that will happen ..

They could even sale it at $300 from the start if there is a online fee, they will get back that money after 6 year's of a user been subscribe up to $600 plus we all know they will be users with multiple accounts..
wow m$ was smart by doing that lol sorry I just got suck in on how mutch more a xbox end up costing after this many year's of users been gold members ..

showtimefolks1370d ago

well sony has lost billions and are still in red why you think Vita hasn't have a price drop? They are in no position to loose money. so whatever they do whether its a $400 system or $600 expect a profit.

but a safe bet is a system at $399 and $349. look at Vita launch price they realize that price matters.

also a subscription based system is not out of question either for either ms or sony.

ABizzel11370d ago (Edited 1370d ago )

I seriously doubt the PS4 and Xbox 1080 will cost over $500. The only way they can charge that much is if they aim for high-end PC's, which would be ideal for gamers, but seeing how that price hurt the PS3 early on I doubt either one of them would want to try that.

Now MS and Sony could very well be building a console that's $500 - $600, but the only way to sell it is to do a contract based console.

$299 + 2 year contract ($10 / month for PSN/XBL).

That would end up being $539, and spreading it over 2 years helps ease that initial entry price (which would be a huge turn off at $499).

If they go that route then we can expect some pretty beefy consoles. If they stick with the 7670 or 6760 then expect a PS3.5, and not a PS4.

saoco1369d ago

that's true, everyone knows sony is not the monetary company it once was. but remember, the blu-ray drive and partially the cell, were the reason the ps3 was so expensive. both brand new tech, that they had to manufacture.

now, (according to rumors), they're going with of the shelf parts, you can include the BD player on that list.

rainslacker1369d ago

If I had to guess, I'd say the next PS4 would come in at 400-450, with a $500 SKU possible. I just don't see Sony moving to a paid online structure. They could offer it for more if they had some sort of subsidized plan with PS+, similar to how MS is doing it with Live, and for those that like PS+ and would have it anyways, it's a good deal as we would get better hardware without the initial upfront cost.

However, unless Sony comes up with a huge online service(maybe something to do with Gakai) that they can use for offsetting the cost, I don't see the system coming in cheap. All indicators point to them making a system that they can return a profit off sooner, and nowadays there is not much benefit to offering a substantially more powerful machine than the competition, given how much 3rd party plays in overall appeal of the system.

ThanatosDMC1369d ago

I've started saving all ready for a PS4. I just hope they dont jack up the price of games.

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DragonKnight1370d ago

Kraptaku voted down. They don't know anything about Sony. They've been blacklisted.

Omnislash1370d ago

These guys still have 3 stars what the hell is going on?

Everyone vote

Story Quality - WTF?
Do you like this site - No.

CraigandDayDay1370d ago (Edited 1370d ago )

I do every time I can. Downvote story quality and dislike the site.

The PS4 will have at least one model around $350-400. The big boy model might be around $500, but I highly doubt it. I'd say Sony will be shooting for a $300-350 base model and a $350-400 higher-end model.

ThanatosDMC1369d ago

It never goes below 3 stars sadly.

Saigon1369d ago (Edited 1369d ago )

I would...but this article is actually pretty good; actually the first in a long time. I think the key part was that is was unbiased.

ATi_Elite1370d ago (Edited 1370d ago )

$500 is the MAX price of next Gen consoles.

all the tech they will use is now cheap and it makes NO sense to use SSD as that will only jack up the price unless they get a sweet deal from a manufacturer. Large gigabyte HDD's are cheap and may allow gamers to have two HDD's....one to download games and one to play games on or a built in Raid 0 program to boost performance.

anyway anything over $500 and now your looking at something that better compete with a PC and i mean doing your taxes, homework, and can make money on the side to pay for itself like a PC can!

$600 next gen in my opinion is just way too much unless the next gen consoles are gonna go the full blown PC route and allow full size OS's to be installed with dual boot options. Boot into Console games or boot to OS and browse internet blah blah blah.

We will just have to wait and see!!!

Saigon1369d ago

The only reason I disagree with you is because $400 should be the max.

shutUpAndTakeMyMoney1369d ago (Edited 1369d ago )

Consoles seem ro be laging behind more than ever if sony and ms don't take a loss to make a big jump again. Wonder if they rather compete with ninty's price?

I am more interested in ps4 cuz of my frequent gaming needs.

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