Analyst: Next Xbox and PS4 consoles could be priced up to $400

As we enter 2013, all eyes are now focused on early June 2013. That's when the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo will be held in Los Angeles, and it's also when many believe Microsoft and Sony could launch their next-generation game consoles.

Just before the end of 2012, the penultimate issue of Xbox World magazine presented a story that went over what it claims will be the technical details of the next Xbox. Today, Baird Equity Research analyst Colin Sebastian said in a note to investors that the price of the next Xbox, as well as the next Playstation console, will be between $350 and $400.

Gamesindustry International reports that Sebastian bases his price points on chatting with "a number of companies involved in video game development and distribution" during CES 2013. He added that he expects the next Xbox to launch this November, with the next Playstation coming in October, although he adds there "may be early production issues with Sony's PS4."

Sebastian also believes that the next game consoles will consist mostly of "off the shelf" PC components, including an Intel-based chip for Microsoft's console. He adds, "For Microsoft, this design will also allow for more integration with Windows 8 and Windows Mobile devices." Xbox World's article claimed the next Xbox will have a quad-core chipset, 8 GB of RAM and some kind of second-generation version of Microsoft's Kinect motion gesture technology.

Source: Gamesindustry International | Image via Future

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Jason Stillion said,
If no Backwards compatibility = No early adoption for me.
If $400... there going to have to be pretty persuasive games out there or I'll wait a while for it to get back down around $300.

Why would you need that? Play PS3 games on your PS3, PS4 games on your PS4. Same goes for Xbox. I'd rather see them focusing on best performance, than putting so much time is supporting older games :-/

Jarrichvdv said,

Why would you need that? Play PS3 games on your PS3, PS4 games on your PS4. Same goes for Xbox. I'd rather see them focusing on best performance, than putting so much time is supporting older games :-/
what makes you think he's not going to trade in the previous model to get the new one at a cheaper price. or that he even owns the previous model.

Jarrichvdv said,

Why would you need that? Play PS3 games on your PS3, PS4 games on your PS4. Same goes for Xbox. I'd rather see them focusing on best performance, than putting so much time is supporting older games :-/

I have 4 HDMI inputs on my amp and 6 shelves in the cabinet under my tv in the front room (Virgin box, PS3, 360, HTPC, amp and 1 spare for my controllers/blurays etc). If I get the new PS3 and 360 then something is going to have go so I can make room.
Also, what happens when the original console breaks and they aren't made anymore? At least with backwards compatibility the games would still be playable and not just expensive coasters.

Pygmy_Hippo said,

I have 4 HDMI inputs on my amp and 6 shelves in the cabinet under my tv in the front room (Virgin box, PS3, 360, HTPC, amp and 1 spare for my controllers/blurays etc). If I get the new PS3 and 360 then something is going to have go so I can make room.
Also, what happens when the original console breaks and they aren't made anymore? At least with backwards compatibility the games would still be playable and not just expensive coasters.

last I checked 360 still has backwards compat. Wasn't sony the one that got rid of it

Jason Stillion said,
If no Backwards compatibility = No early adoption for me.
If $400... there going to have to be pretty persuasive games out there or I'll wait a while for it to get back down around $300.

Can't say for Sony, but Microsoft is a champion in Backwards compatibility. All their products (namely software, and Xbox 360) are backwards compatible. Except for Windows RT, but thats a different topic altogether.

Kunal Nanda said,

Can't say for Sony, but Microsoft is a champion in Backwards compatibility. All their products (namely software, and Xbox 360) are backwards compatible. Except for Windows RT, but thats a different topic altogether.

the next xbox is highly likely to be backwards compatible, the ps4 most likely won't though sadly unless they included the ps3 cell cpu as a second cpu but that would cause the cost of the ps4 to go way up and i don't think that'd go over well

In other words; consoles will be holding back gaming, again. This time even faster than the current generation!

The only console I'd own from the current gen is a PS3; but they dropped backwards compatibility early on, so no buy from me. (Buying second hand isn't something I like to do.)

Then again, I'd rather run my games on an emulator; trying to look at a sub 800x600 picture on a 1920x1200 display is horrible. (Even if I can play in PiP.. strains my eyes way too much) Supersampling/downsampling, antialiasing and other goodies outweigh the authenticity of running it on the console itself.

PotatoJ said,
I don't see how console gaming is holding back PC gaming. Gaming on PC is just as good as it has ever been.

Almost all games released for consoles and the pc have console quality graphics and not optimized for pc when played on the pc

ahhell said,
How is this relevant to the "reported" cost of the upcoming consoles?

How is trolling ever relevant. He was hoping for a pat on the back with the generic "Pc is better then console" crap.

Christ, I could have written the article. I can pull facts out of my arse and make wrong predictions. This just seem amateurish. I don't see how it's possible to price it around $400 with decent hardware, there is a sweet spot, but it has to be at least 2x as good as current or no one cares.

Easily doable, AMD Jaguar Quad Core CPU with 8 threads, AMD 8000 series graphics, 4-8gb of ram, Bluray.

Not exactly unachievable, they aren't going completely custom CPU like the last generation.

The $400 price is not far-fetched for these systems at all. There have been rumors that they are only around 5-6x as powerful as the current systems which are extremely old. 8GB memory = $30. Mid-range quad core CPU = $100, mid-range graphics = $100, Blu-ray reader = $35, 500GB HDD = $50. Those together are $315. That's what the consumer pays to buy these parts. All that is left is the casing, motherboard, and power supply. They won't be making massive profits on the hardware, but I won't be surprised if they won't be selling them for a loss like last time.

TheLegendOfMart said,
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I would expect the next console to stick with a non x86/x64 CPU for the performance.
Plus, if they go back to x64 architecture people will just hack xbmc back onto the new device.
I suspect a big reason for the shift for the 360 was to keep people from hacking it, like a PC.

As long as I can get a blu ray player that supports 4k on the Xbox then I have no need a playstation anymore. $400 is not a bad price for a console at launch. If at $500 then I better get a game and kincet 2 with that price.

I'm really hoping the "off the shelf components" holds up. This could bring console and PC gaming closer together, especially if the rumor that the Xbox will be running a version of Windows. Imagine how cool it would be if you bought a game (digitally mind you) on Xbox and you got the same game free on PC since they are both Xbox Live. Have to go? Save your game to the cloud on Xbox and just pick up where you left off on your laptop. They could even tie in Surface and WP8 to the mix. (Although this is just a fevered dream of a madman, since we all know that money is the driving factor here and they would make me pay for a version for each device).

Where did this guy get Intel info from? All the current rumors have only pointed at IBM for Both Next Gen consoles/ AMD for graphics.

I think I'll be buying a console this time around. Question is what would each side offer. $400 is a good price. Anything more and they can forget it.

Atari 2600 adjusted for inflation is still the most expensive console.

It sold for $200USD at launch. Adjusted for inflation it's about as much as an ultrabook today.

Analyst should have said the next console could sell for as little as $400, being that some form of Kinect will be included.

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