Analyst: Next Generation PlayStation and Xbox Could Cost $400

by William D'Angelo, posted on 14 January 2013 / 5,241 Views

Baird Equity Research analyst Colin Sebastian spoke with Computer and Video Games about how much Sony and Microsoft will sell their next generation home consoles. Sebastian after being at several meeting that were off the record with "a number of companies," believes that the consoles could be sold for $400.

"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 multimedia capabilities," Sebastian said. "The cost of production and retail price points should be lower than prior console launches."

The next generation Xbox having a PC architecture would help Microsoft tie it up with Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, Sebastian believes.


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8 Comments

VGKing (on 14 January 2013)

Sounds like a low price. Hopefully they don't wimp out on the specs.


platformmaster918 (on 14 January 2013)

I saw a breakdown and basically it suggested that you could run most games at 1080p 60fps and with 4gb of ram in a system and sell it around cost at $400 as long as it had a basic controller. This breakdown factored in the discounts of buying in bulk as well as releasing in 2013. This would be the smartest route for Sony. It would pretty much force a WiiU price cut since being $50 less and having current gen specs won't look good for it (for comparison Wii was $350 less than PS3 when it launched), and it would give their exclusives (the biggest system seller along with free online and PS+) the specs to shine.


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Dangerousjo44 (on 16 January 2013)

lol the cheap xbox 720 well be 400 but the real next gen xbox 720 well be like 800 watch and see and i know i well be the first in line for the 800 doller xbox 720


Michael-5 (on 15 January 2013)

$400 is not bad. I paid $400 for my 360. Early adopters will pay $400, especially for a Halo True HD Trilogy, and maybe a Killzone 4.


ganoncrotch (on 15 January 2013)

yeah 400 for a new system is a fair deal and I mean it's what? 1 weeks wages and you get yourself a console which you're going to be using for the next 5 years or so? bargain.


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ryuzaki57 (on 14 January 2013)

a 400€ PS4/X720 + a PS360 price cut would deal a serious blow to WiiU!


platformmaster918 (on 14 January 2013)

it's gotta be at least $100 cheaper than the next gen consoles since it has last gen specs. No Wiimote to save it from that comparison this time


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ulieq (on 15 January 2013)

No really, since nintendo could price to 240$ and boo ya.


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ganoncrotch (on 15 January 2013)

@ulieq agreed as seen with the 3ds nintendo are not against a quick drop in price to destroy competition.


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__XBrawlX__ (on 14 January 2013)

$400.00 isn't that high, but to be fair the $300.00 Wii U supports a second 1080p screen, in addition to its own graphics... So $400.00 dollars sounds pretty fair to get a system with very respectable specs


platformmaster918 (on 14 January 2013)

you think the WiiU Gamepad displays in 1080p? lol


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FujiokaMidori (on 14 January 2013)

The Gamepad isn't 1080p


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FujiokaMidori (on 14 January 2013)

$399 Sounds fair to me... though I'll be getting the slim versions on their 2015 christmas bunddle for $350. And if you are smart, you'll do the same. Pointless to buy on launch day.


r3tr0gam3r1337 (on 14 January 2013)

pointless if you intend to actually play it but to sell on ebay like every other console launch you know some one is more than willing to sell their soul to get the latest kit when its sold out every where, remember the ps3 that sold for over $5000 on ebay when it launched and 360's were selling for over $800, it's bound to happen again.


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damoxuk (on 14 January 2013)

Gonna start saving up for both. But that $400 (£220) will equate to over £300 - we always pay the premium :(


r3tr0gam3r1337 (on 14 January 2013)

and you know the UK always charges the same number as the US just with a pound sign ie $400=£400, we get ripped off every time.


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Normando (on 14 January 2013)

That wouldn't be surprising at all.