Game retailer GameStop seems to believe that the launch prices for both Microsoft's Xbox One and Sony's PlayStation 4 consoles could be pretty reasonable, at least in comparison to the launch prices for the Xbox 360 and the PS3.
GameSpot reports that, during a financial analyst conference call today, GameStop's chief financial officer Rob Lloyd said that while they did not yet have concrete information about the prices for the Xbox One or the PS4, he did say the retailer expects them to have a "lower opening price point than they did last cycle."
For a point of reference, the Xbox 360 launched in 2005 in the U.S. for a price of $299.99 for the Core console with no hard drive and $399.99 for the version with the 20 GB hard drive. So far, Microsoft has only announced one SKU for the Xbox One, with a built in 500 GB hard drive. Sony's PlayStation 3 launched in 2006 in the US for the price of $499.99 with its 20 GB hard drive and a whopping $599.99 for the 60 GB model. Sony has not indicated if it will sell more than one SKU for the PS4.
Lloyd also said that they expect GameStop to sell a lot of both next generation consoles, partly because they expect many of their customers to turn in their older machines to the retailer in order to obtain credit for purchasing the new consoles.
Source: GameSpot | Image via Microsoft