Posted 27 May 2013 - 20:44
PS4 - Yes, at launch
Xbox One - No
Wii U - No, but at the same time, I have owned EVERY Nintendo console in the past (NES, SNES, Virtual Boy, N64, GameCube, Wii) so maybe eventually.
Little analysis on price for both Xbox One and PS4:
Blu-ray Drive: $20 (probably even cheaper by this fall)
500GB HDD - $40 (Sony hasn't announced the HDD size for PS4 yet, but I would be shocked if it was anything other then 500GB)
Memory - $30 (DDR3 for Xbox), $60-$70 (GDDR5 for Sony)
Wi-Fi, USB, ports, other chips, etc. - $30
APU - $150-$200 (Both Xbox and PS4 are using bargain-basement "Jaguar" cores from AMD, and not even pushing the clockspeed of them either at 1.60GHz. These cores are meant to put in SoCs priced around $20-$30 that go into tablets, so even with 8-cores, we are talking very cheap. The GPU part is obviously more substantial, but still nothing compared to high-end PCs. PS4 is now confirmed to have substantially more power then Xbox in this area: 768 shader processors for Xbox, 1152 for PS4. Both are running at 800MHz and both are using the exact same GCN architecture, which means that PS4 is roughly 50% more powerful. Even so, at 1152 SPs we are talking about a GPU in the range of Radeon 7850-7870, or $200-$250 retail price. Xbox also has a 32MB of eDRAM, which adds to die area & cost. I would put both PS4 and Xbox at around $150-$200 for the APU, and probably closer to $150 considering how mature 28-nm already is.)
Total BOM - $270-$320 for Xbox, $300-$360 for PS4.
MAIN POINT: Both of these system can launch at $499 and make a nice profit. Or they can launch at $399 and still make a small profit or take a slight loss.