How much will an Xbox One and a Playstation 4 Cost? Well…
First the Xbox One
I’ve also been wondering what the price point is going to be for these Next-Gen consoles and lo and behold I got an email tonight from GameStop Power Up Rewards with a link to Gamstop’s Xbox One Pre-Order page. Evidently they are selling Pre-Orders with a minimum of one game for as low as $559.98 (USD).
Hmm, curious I popped on over to Microsoft’s Xbox One Pre-Order page and they are selling for $499.99 (USD). So Xbox is the first out of the gate with prices, and it may actually be more expensive than the base PS4, ironically, of Kotaku’s source is correct. What do you think this would mean for the Xbox One’s pricing? Well, I think Sony knows what that means. It means Microsoft runs projections (best and worst case) and runs with what they feel is s safe price. The Sony finally reveals their price – and no matter which way they go, Microsoft is in the position of reacting.
Do the math: 559.98 – 499.99 = $59.99 …. the exact price of a current-generation Xbox game. I think I’ll wait until the price for the Xbox One drops about 2-6 months after release (just a guess).
Next the Playstation 4
Now, the Playstation 4. I was only patient enough to learn that Sony is playing closer to the vest with their Next-Gen console’s pricing, although the PS4 was revealed more fully earlier than Microsoft’s Xbox One. A Kotaku post about the PS4 back in February quotes a source as revealing
pricing points for the Playstation 4 may be $429 (USD) and $529 (USD), although that’s not set in stone. UPDATE: a basic PlayStation 4 costs $399.99.
PS4 VS Xbox One
So Sony reveals the hardware first and the pricing last and gets control of how Microsoft must react in order to grab as much market share as possible. UPDATE: The PS4 launched with a base price of $399.99 as opposed to Xbox One’s $499.99.
If the PS4 comes out at $429 $399.99 for a base unit that meets gamer’s expectations, and the Xbox One is in any way seen as lacking by gamers, you could see some price drops in the Microsoft camp. If the PS4 comes out closer to the Xbox One, say $479, or the PS4 is seen by gamers as lacking then the Xbox One’s price may hold. In any case, I do not expect the Xbox One to go UP in price regardless.
UPDATE 6/7/2014: I just saw a Youtube Ad for Xbox One at $399.99 …. lowered price
Guesses anyone? I’m not willing to stick my neck out either way at this point, and we could still run into hardware trouble with either console that could be a game-changer or an opportunity to make it up to the public. Holiday season 2013 will tell all.