One analyst predicts that we won’t have to pay through the nose for the next generation of consoles; he expects them to launch at around $400 each.
Judging by the rumours abounding around the shift in console generations, people are certainly ready and waiting for it, and according to one market analyst at least, they won’t have to pay through the nose for it.
Colin Sebastian, an analyst at an equity research company, has based his numbers on meetings at CES 2013, and came to the conclusion that the next generation of consoles is likely to launch at $400 each – that’s right, the same price for both consoles. He added that he expects them both to release in 2013, with the Xbox due in November according to his predictions. The PS4 may be later than that due to some “early production issues”.
“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 multi-media capabilities,” he wrote, adding that this PC chip structure would make it easier to build online services, such as subscription models, and would create a smaller learning curve for developers.