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Next PlayStation, Xbox to Cost $350 to $400, Say Analysts

By - Source: GamesIndustry.biz | B 60 comments

It seems more and more unlikely that Sony and Microsoft will be venturing into the territory of outlandishly expensive hardware for their next generation game consoles.

According to Baird Equity Research, both companies will be using off the shelf high-end PC components instead of custom hardware that is specific just for their console. The research firm believes that such a strategy will bring down the launch price of the next PlayStation and Xbox into the range of $350 to $400.

That is good news for parents who will have to check their bank accounts later this year: While far from being cheap, the PS4 may be much cheaper than the PS3, when it launched for $499 for the 20 GB model and for $599 for the 60 GB model, which quickly escalated to a near $1,000 investment with a few accessories such as a remote, a high-end HDMI cable, and a few games. Game developers should also be facing a much more comfortable learning curve to create games.

Baird Equity Research also indicated that this next console generation is not ready to ditch optical media just yet, but will rely on "hybrid physical/digital distribution models". The next Xbox is likely to integrate Kinect by default, which - according to our sources - will come not only with improved 3D resolution, but also with "surrogate" creation that will replace the Kinect avatars. Kinect will be scanning the player's body and clothing to recreate the player's appearance on the game screen.

Baird Equity Research expects that both the PS4 and the next Xbox will be shown at the coming E3 and debut in October (PS4) and November (Xbox).

 

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    ddpruitt , January 15, 2013 12:24 AM
    Analysts said the Wii was a fad
    Analysts said PC Gaming was dead
    Analysts said that the PS3 would kill other consoles
    Analysts said Dreamcast would do good
    Analysts get it wrong, a lot
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    TheBigTroll , January 15, 2013 12:12 AM
    dude, a 400 dollar pc wont play games at low settings in popular games 7 years down the road. consoles still have some respect for things like parties where 4 people would like to sit down and play some games.
  • 27 Hide
    unksol , January 15, 2013 12:15 AM
    FOR THE LAST TIME. Analyst firms spouting nonsense rumors to support their own agenda is NOT NEWS.
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  • 27 Hide
    whimseh , January 15, 2013 12:03 AM
    I'll stick to my PC!
  • 21 Hide
    sacre , January 15, 2013 12:10 AM
    Analog controllers? 30FPS? Auto-aim? no mods? NOPE!
  • 29 Hide
    TheBigTroll , January 15, 2013 12:12 AM
    dude, a 400 dollar pc wont play games at low settings in popular games 7 years down the road. consoles still have some respect for things like parties where 4 people would like to sit down and play some games.
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    jhansonxi , January 15, 2013 12:14 AM
    That leaves a lot of room for Valve's box.
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    A Bad Day , January 15, 2013 12:15 AM
    Who says they have to cost $400 to build? Their manufacturing price could actually be $700, but to subsidize the cost, they would do the usual procedure.

    Increase the price of the console games, and to charge excessive amounts on simple accessories like $99 WiFi or HDDs at $1 per GB.
  • 27 Hide
    unksol , January 15, 2013 12:15 AM
    FOR THE LAST TIME. Analyst firms spouting nonsense rumors to support their own agenda is NOT NEWS.
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    unksol , January 15, 2013 12:18 AM
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    That leaves a lot of room for Valve's box.


    So... Based off a rumor from an analyst about a price on an xbox... That leaves lots of room for a steam box that is not even built or priced yet and that the only rumored prototype of is WAY over 500. What are you smoking?

    Come on. Everyone off the magic school bus
  • 16 Hide
    A Bad Day , January 15, 2013 12:19 AM
    ikes9711Sacre are you kidding if you are smart enough you can mod consoles all you want and the new consoles should be able to do 60fps the 30 is just a rumor


    I don't know about you, but replacing the CPU and GPU (both are very likely to be in BGA package, which is very difficult to remove) and then updating the firmware so the console can operate with the new hardware seems a lot more work than building your own PC.

    Plus, your modded console might get banned from PSN or Xbox Live because the new hardware and firmware would be detected.

    Though it would be an interesting Youtube video...
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    A Bad Day , January 15, 2013 12:20 AM
    jhansonxiThat leaves a lot of room for Valve's box.


    If Valve is restricted to $400, I'd hate to see the budget hardware they pick out.
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    ddpruitt , January 15, 2013 12:24 AM
    Analysts said the Wii was a fad
    Analysts said PC Gaming was dead
    Analysts said that the PS3 would kill other consoles
    Analysts said Dreamcast would do good
    Analysts get it wrong, a lot
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    edogawa , January 15, 2013 12:24 AM
    High end PC components making a console for only 350-400$? My graphics card alone is 400. Must be hardware at least two generations old.
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    eklipz330 , January 15, 2013 12:30 AM
    ddpruittAnalysts said the Wii was a fadAnalysts said PC Gaming was deadAnalysts said that the PS3 would kill other consolesAnalysts said Dreamcast would do goodAnalysts get it wrong, a lot

    it's probably the same guy

    anyway, im an analyst or whatever and i think the new xbox will be released this year, and the new ps4 next year

    the new xbox will have the option of you paying $200 off the bat and pay installments over 2 years which will push the xbox way ahead of the competition. that business model was a success for them, it makes no sense for them to not continue it

    the ps4 will probably be lackluster. sony just doesnt got it anymore, na mean?
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    unksol , January 15, 2013 12:31 AM
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    REALLY? Only 20 and 60GB models? And only HDD? Oh comeon, HDDs are so cheap these days. Why can't those console manufacturers adding atleast a 250GB HDD...


    Deep breath dude. Reading fail.

    "While far from being cheap, the PS4 may be much cheaper than the PS3, when it launched for $499 for the 20 GB model and for $599 for the 60 GB model"

    PS3. Launched. With 20/60GB HDD. 6-7 YEARS ago. Not the PS4. How about a little reading comprehension?

    There are no facts in this "article" anyway. Its just analyst rumor on a price. I.e. some guy saying "I think cuz" i.e. nonsense
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    cloakster , January 15, 2013 12:33 AM
    Anyone that knows anything about this industry can tell you that they will cost ~$400. Its pretty obvious.
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    alidan , January 15, 2013 12:33 AM
    what i want in the next consoles.

    support for current standards, not necessarily high end performance, but the current standards. that way developing and implementing them on the pc isnt to hard.

    i want full tesslation supprot

    and i want full occulas rift / what ever else support. as the way i see it, this is the single biggest piece of tech asside from tessellation that would change how we game... and not in a kinnect way or a move way, this is something we would actually use.

    sony is developing their own occulas rift like device, steam is, and id is working hard on supporting occulas rift. so seeing it a standard thing supported would be great... hell its possible we could see it supported on current gen consoles in the case of 3d... sure we may not get the sensors but its a start at least.
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    alidan , January 15, 2013 12:37 AM
    A Bad DayWho says they have to cost $400 to build? Their manufacturing price could actually be $700, but to subsidize the cost, they would do the usual procedure.Increase the price of the console games, and to charge excessive amounts on simple accessories like $99 WiFi or HDDs at $1 per GB.


    honestly, the wireless bridge for xbox was in line with what others devices like it charge.
    granted 10-15$ inside the console or 100$ after... choice is clear what i would have wanted.

    A Bad DayIf Valve is restricted to $400, I'd hate to see the budget hardware they pick out.


    valve is going the lable route... this is a certified steam box, it will run at ______ quality.
    they may branch out with their own hardware, but its more of a platform lable thing than a real product at this time.

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    dormantreign , January 15, 2013 12:41 AM
    Kinect........what a piece of ****..... Ill stick to windows 7. Don't understand how they think Kinect or move or motion controls are the future.
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    unksol , January 15, 2013 12:45 AM
    Quote:
    valve is going the lable route... this is a certified steam box, it will run at ______ quality.
    they may branch out with their own hardware, but its more of a platform lable thing than a real product at this time.


    There is no "may" valve has specifically said "WE will build it the way WE think it should be done" and others can also compete. "project piston" is a potential example of the "other" but it failed as a PC, is horribly overpriced and makes no sense.

    valve is going to build their own box. Who knows what it will be
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