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$400 price point for next PlayStation, Xbox consoles

Gamesindustry Writes: October launch for PS4, next Xbox in November, suggests Baird Equity Research

Having spent CES "with a number of companies involved in video game development and distribution", Baird Equity Research has suggested that new console hardware will retail for $350-$400 in the US.

While not a huge difference from Xbox 360's top end launch price of $399 for the 20GB unit in 2005, it's a significantly lower price than the two PlayStation 3 models that launched at $499 and $599 a year later.

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jujubee881291d ago

This has to be the first rumor I have seen about price for next gen consoles.

morkendo231291d ago (Edited 1291d ago )

if this remotely true Sony has indeed learnt their lesson.

350-400.00 about right.

Everybody Win!!!!

seanpitt231291d ago

If this is true dont expect to much for your money the specs would be shocking at this price everybody are expecting it be awesome just like a modern pc not a chance at $400.And I don't get people who are willing to pay $600 to $700 for an iPhone but only want to pay $400 for a console that comes out once every 6 or 7 years is beyond me.

Tonester9251291d ago

@SeanPitt23 Apple has grasps around everyone's throat.

Sevir1291d ago

The PSVita is far more remarkable than the PSP and the Vita launched $50-$100 dollars more than the original PSP and look how much umph t has.

remember that these are consoles, Even with off the shelf parts as PCs they already spank the PS3 and Xbox 360 In performance and they have to contend with memory hog OSs like windows and apps running in the back and viruss slowing down the performance. A console at 400 bucks with off the shelf PC parts will have 98 percent of that ram for games and total optimizations that will already put these new consoles in the runnings with High end PCs because they won't have their ram being eaten up like general purpose PCs.

And the process for these consoles will be far more streamlined. I'm hoping Sony goes a bit further and launches at $450-$500. With 500 being the premium edition with a bigger HDD, while $450 Being the standard.

decrypt1291d ago

@Sevir

"remember that these are consoles, Even with off the shelf parts as PCs they already spank the PS3 and Xbox 360 In performance and they have to contend with memory hog OSs like windows and apps running in the back and viruss slowing down the performance. "

Thats not how PCs work. Most of the load when playing games is placed on the GPU. Most PCs come loaded with 8 GB of memory these days. The OS barely takes up a small percent of that.

PCs are equipped with quad core CPUs these days. Which is more than enough to keep the GPU well fed. As long as the GPU is isnt wasting cycles there is no way the OS can hog it down.

If consoles were so efficient they would surely be beating 4-5 year old PCs. Which they dont. A Dual core PC equipped with a 8800GTX will run circles around current consoles and that setup is already 5 years old. If consoles were so efficient theyd surely beat this setup but till date they dont.

nukeitall1291d ago (Edited 1291d ago )

@morkendo23:

I don't know if Sony learned a darn thing seeing how the latest gaming hardware launch went with the PS Vita at $250. That's excluding a way overpriced piece of memory card that is kind of crucial to have!

Actual facts beats rumors in my book!

Personally, I would like the price point to be around $400-500 for a low end model. That is some wiggle room to include some awesome technology like Kinect 2. Something to really drive support for the device as well as give new ways to interact with the game similar to the Wii U's tablet controller.

Otherwise we are going to be stuck with controllers forever. Let's move gaming forward!

BitbyDeath1291d ago

Crysis is still the best looking PC game and that came out 6 years ago. Consoles don't need the latest tech to outperform PC. PC will be pushed further once the new consoles release.

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user39158001291d ago

Wont happened, 1 thing is for sure, prices on technology and consoles has always gone up and not down, expect at minimum 499 to 699 price range, anything below is the beginning of a dead console. Both PS4 AND XBOXNEXT will have at a minimum 2x the power of the WII-U, I dare say 3x minimum and yes, history will repeat itself except with the exception of Nintendo loosing ground and when I say loosing, I meant they will be last this gen. I hate to admited but big N will be in trouble...

Kamikaze1351291d ago

Not really. Sony already stated not to expect a huge leap in graphics for their next console. I'm expecting graphics to pull a bit better than what we see now, allow more to happen on screen at once, and able to easily display 1080p.

princejb1341291d ago

If their a minimum of 500 to 700 as you say
I might as well not buy it till there in the 300
Gaming is getting to expensive and our bills are also getting expensive

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ziggurcat1291d ago

... except there's no way that they're going to be released anytime this year.

Jdoki1291d ago

Interesting.

$400 sounds sensible, although I assume it'll be a 1:1 conversion from USD to GBP / Euro.

The WiiU Premium with one game is currently £335 on the high street which is about $540

EddieNX 1291d ago

If the ps3 and 720 are $400 and NOT being sold at a loss then they will only be a tiny bit powerfull than wiiu. A negligible difference like that between Ps2 and xbox 1.

You have 2 scenarios-

A- You DO see a MASSIVE graphical leap from Sony or MS but the console retails at $499 and costs like $599- $699 to manufacture. This scenario is almost 100% likely not to happen given Sony's financial state and Microsofts desire to make more money from the next gen.

B- The console retails for $399 and although the specs are more impressive than the wiiu , it's hard to notice Major graphical difference to the common untrained eye , And those consoles don't come with Something Like the Gamepad / Head tracker / Kinnect 2 as standard.

Nintendo has hit a sweet spot with wiiu. They're breaking even on it or selling at a tiny loss , It's quite powerfull with modern GPGPU based architecture whih is energy efficient and it has the gamepad which could turn out to be a major selling point.

I think Sony and Microsoft has their work cut out trying to make a Powerfull , affordable console next gen...

zebramocha1291d ago (Edited 1291d ago )

Sony & Ms could make a console more powerful than the wiiu and stay in the same price range,this is based of amd tech,they can go lower but unlikely,hd 7770,a10-5700 apu and for motherboard,it's gonna be based off of the fm2 motherboard.Price for the components are,gpu $130,apu $130,the motherboard varies in price from cheapest to expensive,$55-130,for ram 4Gb of stacked ddr3,the prices have to be adjusted because they are working with custom parts and Ms & Sony have enough skills manufacture their consoles sense the ps360 provide them blue print on how to do this.

Saigon1291d ago

zebra,

i had to add the prices you implied and had to do a little double checking on some of the prices and together they would cost at most 460 to apply all the pieces together, if that is the final cost of manufacturing than we can expect the system to cost around 350-399.

DivineAssault 1291d ago

ill drop $400 for one.. $500 at the very most but it better be a beast

Unztayble1291d ago

$400 seems kinda cheap. Whatever. I'm already saving for the next console generation. I'd drop $500 on a nice powerful console.

SAE1291d ago

So we will repeat our talk every day ?.. same article everyday is just stupid ...

Again :
400 $ means 30$ more then the ps3 price. you cant even upgrade the ram with 30$ -.-

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Son...

600$ or it's useless upgrading. because what the hell would they change with 400$ price ?! unless they put a 12gb hardesk drive with a 500$ price which people avoid getting..

Daver1291d ago

hmmm the ps3 is at 250$ now and even 200$ around christmas

SAE1291d ago (Edited 1291d ago )

i gave you the link. it's uk price and it's applied in many stores such as GAME and others . the price in my country is the same too .

super slim ps3 12gb is 280$ . that console doesnt count because most people dont like to take it. as you see from the link even the normal slim is more expensive then the super slim

http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/r...

so it's not like im faking prices . these are the deals we always get . so i dont know where you get the prices you mentioned >.< . you people expect same size of hardesk in ps4 too for that kind of price ?..

Note : i only saw discount for 12gb ps3 in christmas .

Daver1291d ago

What they are talking here in this article is in US dollars. Compare apples with apples and oranges with oranges..
Of course if its 400$ in US it will not be 400$ in UK.. Its called cost of life and its different in each country.

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