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Analyst claims next PlayStation & Xbox will cost $350-$400


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Initial post: Jan 14, 2013 12:05:31 PM PST
http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/121499-Analyst-Claims-Next-PlayStation-Xbox-Will-Cost-350-400

Analytics firm Baird Equity Research spent its time at CES rubbing elbows with companies involved in videogame console development, and after crunching the numbers, the firm has offered an expected price range for the next PlayStation and Xbox consoles: $350-$400. If the prediction pans out, the launch prices will fall in line with where the 20GB Xbox 360 debuted ($399), and significantly lower than the PS3's initial offerings at $499 and $599.

"Our checks suggest that next-generation console hardware will be largely built from 'off the shelf' high-end PC components, along with hybrid physical/digital distribution models, enhanced voice controls and motion sensing (Kinect integration with every Xbox), and broad multi-media capabilities," claims Baird's Colin Sebastian.

Along with these educated guesses, the company also placed some timetables on when the new consoles will eventually be revealed. According to Baird, both the PS4 and Xbox 720 - or whatever they end up being named - will be revealed prior to E3, with the industry trade show acting as an opportunity for both companies to drum up support.

The firm expects Sony to launch its next box in October of this year, with Microsoft following with a November release of the next Xbox. If Baird's predictions pan out, it's going to be a mighty interesting year for the industry, and we can't wait.

Posted on Jan 14, 2013 12:06:06 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 14, 2013 12:06:17 PM PST
FOGE says:
Take My Money!!!!

Posted on Jan 14, 2013 12:06:55 PM PST
Voice of god says:
But if it's not $600, how will I know it's the best?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2013 12:07:48 PM PST
That Emu Kid says:
Makes sense that it would be cheaper than the PS3 original SKU's, considering the biggest chunk of that was the BD player. Also, neither are going to have teh c3ll.

Posted on Jan 14, 2013 12:15:36 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 14, 2013 12:16:37 PM PST
Lucanus says:
Sounds reasonable. I think Nintendo and the aggressive U price will force MS/Sony to launch cheaper. The question is are they going weak on power or taking a big loss? Probably a good combination. Plus figuring the U without a tablet controller is $200, a $400 system is quite the spec upgrade. I am guessing twice the ram and such. Either way I don't think MS/Sony can go above $400 with the U at $350. As much as I love the Wii, I think it's success had a lot to do with being half the price of a ps3. Thanks for the link Jason. :)

Posted on Jan 14, 2013 12:17:46 PM PST
These the same analysts that claimed MS Surface would cost $199?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2013 12:18:34 PM PST
Lucanus says:
How is the surface doing? Many analysts were convinced it would take the iPad head on. I never heard much about it since launch. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2013 12:19:02 PM PST
No idea. I would rather have a surface than an iPad.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2013 12:21:49 PM PST
It hasn't, to put it kindly.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2013 12:23:51 PM PST
Bobbum Man says:
tl;dr

"Analyst points out obvious"

Posted on Jan 14, 2013 12:25:39 PM PST
gonna buy 10 of each

Posted on Jan 14, 2013 12:33:02 PM PST
Wow, I can take the price six years ago, add some for inflation, and come up with a price too! Can I get paid as an analyst now?

Posted on Jan 14, 2013 12:39:34 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 14, 2013 12:40:26 PM PST
BRILLIANT!!

I bet gas costs between $2.75 and $5.00 next week. I know because I'm an analyst.

Posted on Jan 14, 2013 12:39:45 PM PST
I think this is assuming that companies will have learned from the last gen.

When do video game companies learn?

Posted on Jan 14, 2013 12:44:24 PM PST
Lyrick_ says:
If they're right don't expect any higher end OTS PC parts in them, instead think of WiiU like visual fidelity.

Posted on Jan 14, 2013 12:48:32 PM PST
$400 launch for the "good" model sounds about right. That means by the time it has games I want it will be about $350-375 which is good.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2013 1:00:33 PM PST
Ice King says:
I think it's taking on the iPad about as well as the Zune took on the iPod.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2013 1:01:10 PM PST
I'm not sure it's doing THAT well.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2013 1:04:13 PM PST
Lucanus says:
Ouch, at least they have Office. :)

Posted on Jan 14, 2013 1:11:10 PM PST
MrFoxhound says:
"I never heard much about it since launch"

Sounds like you just answered your own question.

This news is good though for the Steambox. Steambox is going to be competitive with other home consoles so a sub-$400 price would be awesome for it. It can't be much more than $500 or else it would be cheaper for gamers to build their own machine.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2013 1:16:17 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 14, 2013 1:16:25 PM PST
400 launch will never happen... The price will be 499.99 and 549.99...

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2013 1:17:58 PM PST
Is this like how a Ferrari and a Corvette cost the same in Europe?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2013 1:18:22 PM PST
The most I'll ever pay at launch for a PS4 is $450.
But then again, who am I kiddin'.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2013 1:19:27 PM PST
I wonder how long it will take for next gen consoles to get around $250. I think that might be the sweet spot for me (and yes my backlog can sustain me for 4+ years).

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2013 1:21:29 PM PST
At least 3 years, my guess.
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