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

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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  • whimseh
    I'll stick to my PC!
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  • sacre
    Analog controllers? 30FPS? Auto-aim? no mods? NOPE!
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  • TheBigTroll
    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
    That leaves a lot of room for Valve's box.
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  • ikes9711
    Sacre 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
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  • A Bad Day
    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.
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  • unksol
    FOR THE LAST TIME. Analyst firms spouting nonsense rumors to support their own agenda is NOT NEWS.
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  • unksol
    9445755 said:
    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
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  • A Bad Day
    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
    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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