Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter estimates that that the cost of the Playstation 4 materials is around $275 while the Xbox One would be at around $325 in a preview note for E3. Subsequently, the investment firm (Wedbush Morgan) estimates that the the PS4 will debut at a price point of $349 while the Xbox One at $399.
Pachter added that Xbox One’s higher price may be subsidized through multi-year contracts with telcos or TV partners given the console’s push to integrate the television viewing experience and the always online component (although not as draconic as people expected only requiring owners to go online at least once a day). Microsoft will probably continue its program where Xbox consoles can be subsidized by a lock-in subscription with Xbox Live Gold as it did with the Xbox 360. Sony could also offer a similar scheme offering a lower SKU with a fixed subscription period for their Playstation Plus service but was noted that the company was not known for offering such a payment scheme.
Nintendo has much to lose in the upcoming E3 if they cannot provide a compelling line of games for the rest of the year to pick-up their slack in sales. “In addition, if the Wii U’s popularity does not improve by the end of the year, many third-party publishers may pass on producing games for the console. We note that EA recently announced that it had no Wii U games in development, and it remains a possibility that the publisher will abandon the platform entirely. Should other third parties follow EA’s lead, the Wii U could be relegated to a first party only platform” said Pachter.
The investment firm also made mention that we may expect console manufacturers to slash prices on current generation consoles by as much as fifty dollars ($50) while the Wii U (also a current generation console, hehe) may be compelled to take a price cut or get a new console bundle.
It doesn’t take a hot shot analyst to determine which console is most relevant for console gamers in the Philippines if these price points are true. I can already imagine the smug look on the faces of Sony fanboys all over the country. If possible, I’d like to be excited over a diverse range of games across all platforms as we’re closing into the start of another console cycle.
Author’s Note: Okay, so that was a big time gulf. I was never very good at names, I apologize for this. Changed Patcher to Pachter.