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Will The (Next Xbox) Be Cheaper Than The PS4? Most Likely.

We Give Our Two Cents On If The Next Generation X-Box Console Will Be Cheaper Than The Playstation 4.

Doing a little bit of overtime writing. I figured I would share my views on why Microsoft will most certainly be cheaper with their brand new console than SONY will be with the Playstation 4. Why this topic you ask? Well to be frank , as I currently work within the retail industry I'm sick to death of customers constantly checking on whether or not we have a price for either console yet. Hell I don't even know what to say to people who claim "The XBOX '720' will WRECK the PS4 'snort"

But I do honestly believe that the new Xbox console will retail at a cheaper price tag than the super powered Playstation 4, and here's why.

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NastyLeftHook01578d ago (Edited 1578d ago )

we all find out e3, but i can see this happening. all i know is i will wait before i ever buy a microsoft console at launch again because my previous experience with the 360. so ill get a ps4 first(at launch ) and see how good the hardware from microsoft is.

sengoku1578d ago (Edited 1578d ago )

M$ might be cheaper but no more than $50
so i don't think there much of a difference.
as for sony operating in the red and could not take a loss.
i think you'd be surprised. they will sell PS4 at a loss no doubt.

Yi-Long1578d ago (Edited 1578d ago )

... MS has shown it's true face this generation, and especially the last few years, and Sony has really stepped up the last few years and looked after MY interest as a GAMER, by focussing on GAMES, instead of on motion-gaming and dashboard apps.

I started out this generation as big fan of the 360, after having loved my original Xbox. I never owned a PS1 or PS2 before.

In the beginning, there was MUCH to love about the 360, but I guess somewhere halfway through this generation, Microsoft decided it wanted to appeal to a different kind of audience, and kinda lost track of the fact that many people like me bought a 360 as a GAMES-console.

Not to mention the whole 'paying to play online' thing.

The last few years, the only really GREAT thing about owning a 360, were the EXCELLENT releases on XBLA, but I expect that next-gen, more and more indie-developers will leave MS and opt for Android instead. More freedom, lower cost, more input after the release when it comes to patches and price.

(I would have mentioned Forza 4 and Horizons as great exclusives, but I haven't bothered picking them up, because of all the greedy DLC...)

Nope, Microsoft has really lost my interest. I was theirs and they neglected me, and we grew apart, and Sony was there to catch me.

Next-gen, I'll be getting a PS4, and most likely a Steam-box.

user76939581578d ago

it will ship with kinect right? and the lower specs are to balance the price with the kinect and make it even to the PS4 price..

I don't believe it.. but may have a very basic console with no kinect and very low hard drive at a cheaper price.

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g2gshow1578d ago (Edited 1578d ago )

@ yi-long

dude you speak the truth for anyone that had original xbox an 360. this is what happen it's the TRUTH now you lames or sheep can disagree

Microsoft whole attitude change

when sony was on top they were the same

sony's Ken Kutaragi "if gamer's want a ps3 they need to work more hours "
told people to get a second job... do you forget so easily.

real cocky just like most of the executive at these game companies till they see numbers drop then they become our best friend again

it's microsoft turn.... they will learn to respect the gamers that keep their pockets lined with gold

nintendo is feeling it too gamers wont be blinded for to long you just can't put anything out an not expect some of the sheep not to wake up

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joab7771578d ago

It will be but both will b affordable. I really think that the ps4 will be the hardcore fans choice but the xbox will grab many casual gamers and kids. Xbox is looking to be an entertainment device and I am sure they r banking on the fact that many gamers may buy the ps4 first but with a good pricepoint will ultimately buy an xbox too.

Just like this gen, the ps4 will have tons of exclusives etc. But the xboxs online and multitasking features will be awesome and very appealing to tech nerds. The desktop pc is a dying entity and microsoft maked most of its money there so it has to make a move on the future. Apple and Google have failed, basically in selling their aTV boxes. Microsoft will succeed.

FITgamer1578d ago

I agree ive owned every major console since NES, and the 360 is the only console that has failed on me (barely made it 2 years). If the Nextbox isn't always-online and has some decent exclusives i'll consider buying it in the future.

VINNIEPAZ1578d ago

I've own most systems too. U mean to tell me you never had a PS1 or dreamcast die on you? Even a DRE problem on a PS2? You must be very lucky if your Xbox is the only thing to die in your gaming days

Blaze9291578d ago (Edited 1578d ago )

clearly, he's talking nonsense. Not even the most gullible would believe of every major console since NES, the 360 was his only "faulty" system. Luck aint even got anything to do with that.

NukaCola1578d ago (Edited 1578d ago )

The most durable and longest lasting system I own is the Xbox. The cheapest and most broken system I own is the Xbox 360. I don't know why they made such an awesome console last gen but a hunk of of junj with problems this one.

Godchild10201578d ago (Edited 1578d ago )

@Vinniepaz and Blaze929, I have a Super Nintendo, Sega genesis, Dreamcast, N64, PS1, PS1 Slim, PS2, PS2 Slim, PS3 Phat, PS3 Slim, PS3 Super Slim, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox 360s, Wii, Wii U, DS, 3DS, PSP and a Vita and the only system that I have had that have broke on me was the 360 white version.

I take care of my consoles; Clean them once a week and to this day can play everyone of them. I may have to blow into the cartridge to play my Super Nintendo or my N64, but that's normal for those that had one back in the day.

Darrius Cole1578d ago

He is probably not talking nonsense. Of all the consoles I've owned or known owned others to own the Xbox 360 is the only one the I've known to fail. All my friend have had a 360 to die at least once. Strangely my 360 has lasted four years. I'm the only one never to have a 360 to die.

FITgamer1578d ago

@VINNIEPAZ I actually haven't. Only handelds, a few gameboys and 2 psp. That's not because they were designed poorly, but because i dropped them or spilled a drink on them. I've always done regular maintenance on my systems and never did stupid things like placing them on top of other electronics or on the carpet.

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InMyOpinion1578d ago (Edited 1578d ago )

@tentonsoftube - It's pretty safe to assume the hardware of the next Xbox will be stable at launch. All eyes will be on them and they can't afford to have another "RROD" scandal.

@FITgamer - You never owned a PS1? It was impossible to have one of those for more than 3 years without having to turn it upside down in order to work.

AceofStaves1578d ago

I bought my PS1 in 1997, and I've never had a problem with it since then. It still works as it did back then. I've certainly never had to turn it upside down to get it to work.

My launch-model PS2 has only had a couple of DRE errors, and those related to movies not games. It's starting to show it's age, but it's still chugging along after all these years.

I guess it comes down to how people use their consoles.

Blaze9291578d ago (Edited 1578d ago )

It's a Sony product holding the SONY brand name. Sony's always been an almost, exclusive kind of brand with their products hence the pricing behind them. Computers, music players, televisions, media players, cameras, etc. You truly do get what you pay for, some good ass reliable hardware.

except for when those batteries were blowing up in Vaio laptops...but other than that!

I don't doubt for a second the next Xbox will be cheaper than the PS4.

I wouldn't be surprised if like now, Microsoft continues to offer the subscription based style of paying off the hardware. Purchase up front for maybe $99, $199 and pay the rest off in installments.

I wonder how that is currently working for them though. That and HOW does it work? Sounds pretty much like a credit card for one purpose. So would people need good credit?

andrewsqual1578d ago (Edited 1578d ago )

HIGHLY likely. Will it have over priced accessories and subscriptions that practically everybody needs to add another 150 quid to the price tag?
100% guaranteed.
@joab777 Lol and yet every body I know who loves their Xbox has a PS3 too for the exclusives and a Netflix and bluray player. Anybody who loves the PS3 first has no need for an Xbox 360. You got that completely the wrong way around.

OrbitalBT1578d ago

My answer is most likely not.

they already have a console that's $300 dollars cheaper. it supports HDMI and has built in WIFI. for a $99 dollar console it's pretty sufficient and up to date for current TVs.

shutUpAndTakeMyMoney1578d ago (Edited 1578d ago )

"Will The (Next Xbox) Be Cheaper Than The PS4? Most Likely."

Just like 360! Less AAA exclusive games to buy!

Look at ps3! Just playin Ni No Kuni then The last of us and Beyond coming so 360 fans are lucky they can keep their money. Nothing new there.

Sounds like trolling I know. But at least I didn't lie.

Ausbo1578d ago

xbox 720- $400 and $450
Ps4- $450 and $500

lilbrat231577d ago

When I buy a system at launch I always get the extra insurance through Best Buy (usually 2yrs) From what I have gather of the rumors it might be cheaper but I think it might be in the same range as the PS4.

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SlavisH21578d ago

Great another persons two cents! I think we are about at 62 cent now and its all about as useless as 62 cent, lol.

LOGICWINS1578d ago

No, I don't think so. Unless Sony's being run by chimpanzees and walruses, I'm sure they realize that one of the reasons the 360 was so successful last gen was because Microsoft gave consumers OPTIONS($199 Arcade model, $299 Pro model etc.) Sony won't make the same mistake this gen. Count on it.

Knight_Crawler1578d ago (Edited 1578d ago )

I understand what you are saying but maybe selling the PS4 at a loss at launch is not an option for Sony because they cannot afford it being that financially the company has been in the red for a long time.

MS on the other hand can afford to sell the 720 at a loss so I can see them trying to make the 720 $100 or more cheaper than the PS4 and dont care if they are taken a loss on every console sold as long as they get 720's in peoples homes and get them to subscribe to Live, which is MS cash cow and if rumors are true about the 720 being an all in one machine then Live will be a huge part of MS revenue next gen

I know you will come back with some good argument as to why I am wrong and you are right but I just want to express that both companies are in different circumstances financially and I dont see MS being ok with the PS4 being cheaper.

@Munky - Depends on which rumors you want to believe - I saw rumors anbout the being a beast and having two APU's.

@Godmars - "You cab be certain" last I heard we know nothing about the 720 and people are just following rumors.

@Software - I like big booty girls too.

@Andreas - Well said BUBBLES!

@Statix - You are forgetting that the PS4 will also have a Kinect like camera that is needed for the DS4 controller to work so more than likely it will be included with the PS4.

@Green Ranger - The Black Ranger rules and I will also own both consoles.

Outside_ofthe_Box1578d ago

The only way I see the 720 being cheaper than the PS4 is if you count the subscription model. Other than that I actually expect them to be the price. I believe Sony will match the Wii U price like they did the 3DS with the Vita.

So I'm expecting $300 or $350 for the cheapest PS4 model. Same for the 720 as well as rumors have been saying $300 for the 720 for a while now.

Statix1578d ago (Edited 1578d ago )

Every single Playstation console has been sold at a loss, at launch, so I don't see that changing this time around.

I could, however, see the margins being closer than before (unlike the PS3, which saw the console being sold at a massive loss), but that would be more of a statement on the state of the economy as a whole, and also the fact that x86 components would be cheaper to manufacture than more exotic processors.

Thus, selling at a loss, particularly if it's not a huge loss, wouldn't financially be a problem for Sony. They would likely recoup any losses incurred by the sale of a system just with the purchase of a couple PS4 games.

One fact that some gamers tend to forget is that Microsoft is in the business of making money as well. They won't severely under-price something and potentially lose massive amounts of money just for the sake of it--they'll do what is the best business decision for them. There's a reason that Xbox Live isn't free, and that they're considering banning used games--because Microsoft, like every other company, loves money. Don't expect them to do gamers any favors that fly in the face of profitability.

avengers19781578d ago

At first 360 console was cheaper then PS3, but I think now there about even. 360 needed a wifi add on and a hd DVD add on( witch was a complete waste of money to those who purchased one considering hddvd lost out to blu-ray) to make it on par with what PS3 had already in it. Lets also not forget that the first PS3's were B/C

Godmars2901578d ago

I'm "certain" because they advertise the 360 starting at $99 yet don't mention XBL Gold or the cost of their HDD.

humbleopinion1577d ago

Live Gold WAS MS cash cow, but I highly doubt about the future: When Xbox 360 came out there was no other console to compete with it's online, and it took the PS3 a few years to even get close. So people got used to paying money for online, and eventually they had all their friends there and so they didn't want to jump ship.

But this time things are different: Sony came prepared, and they are not charging for online gaming. If Microsoft doesn't offer free online gaming people will do the math and simply not bother with their service and console: just like what happened when MS tried to charge for GFWL gold and because of that the service never took off even after they dropped it. Let's hope they learned from that mistake...

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MikeMyers1578d ago (Edited 1578d ago )

If Microsoft is smart (many times I question that) they will come out with a $199 system that has a subscription model built in. A 3 year term that gives consumers Xbox Live Gold as well as paying off the system. I would think a $9.99 a month would suffice. That's $550 in the end and likely apply to the cheaper model. I expect both Sony and Microsoft to offer two variations, the cheaper being $349-$399 and the other priced at $449-$499.

Sony won't want to out-price itself again early on. They need the PS4 do well out of the gate. Not a slow growth we seen on Vita. Microsoft can afford to take a bigger hit, Sony can't. That means anything over $499 will be hard to sell quickly. Microsoft is very likely to be making partnership deals with cable suppliers that can also offset the hardware costs for a subscription based model.

LOGICWINS1578d ago

Doing that would be extremely intelligent on Microsoft's part. Sony would be foolish not to do something similar with PS Plus.

DragonKnight1578d ago

Yeah, I seriously doubt that it will be either. I mean if the "cable box" plans are true, then the total cost of owning a NextBox would probably be far more than the PS4 I think. Remember, if the rumours are true, MS don't want just a games console. They want a multimedia center in a box that can also have the 360 attached. All of these plans cost money, and the consumer is going to have to pay for it.

k2d1578d ago (Edited 1578d ago )

New xbox shipped with kinect 2.0 in the box? I would'nt count on it being cheaper than the PS4.

Unless we se something along the same lines of the first 360 builds.