Originally Posted by dmaul1114
They won't have to. They had such huge losses as they forced in Bluray right when it first came out and was still expensive as hell.
It won them the HD format war, but cost them their lead in the console war as the PS3 was just too pricey launching at $500-600 and them still losing a lot on each console.
They won't have anything like that to drive up costs this time, so they can launch a powerful console at $300-400 and not lose as much as they lost on each PS3 at launch probably.
if memory serves, the PS3 was estimated to cost them $1,000 to make but they sold it for $500-$600. So I have to wonder how much of that cost was blu ray and how much was the rest of the hardware like the cell processor? I'm sure there's some old iSupply news articles from back then that would provide those figures. I seem to remember reading that the diode needed for the laser was maybe $300? I can't remember for sure though.
I do agree that they won't be pushing a technological advancement of optical or processor technology. This next generation will be an evolution in technology and not a revolution. I'm kind of expecting to see a PS3.5 and an Xbox2.5 kind of like the Wii was just a GameCube1.5.
My prediction is that MS will have a more advance Kinect packed into all consoles and Sony will have a move controller and camera included.
On a side note, given Sony's poor showing in the TV market, I'm hoping they'll stop charging $3,500 for the same $2,000 tv that Samsung makes in the same factory. Sony just isn't competitive any longer. They haven't adjusted their prices to be in line with current rent supply and demand. Though I'm honestly most interested in LG because they have passive 3D instead of active shutter.