Originally Posted by Shmerrick
That's not true at all. The production cost for those two products to be incorporated in a PCB with full features is roughly around what a 360 would go for today. The tech is here and is low cost, especially for giant companies like M$ and Sony. Large corps get huge discounts for bulk orders and guaranteed sales. No company is going to turn down over a billion dollars of sales in 5 years because they wanted to charge retail and lose the deal.
And the 360 took a very long time to be profitable, was quite expensive and lest we not forget the overheating issues that plagued it?
I've got a 360 Elite sitting here right next to me, I use it mostly for halo and forza titles...and it's great for that.
Let's be real here, the gaming industry is changing... companies, especially software companies cannot afford to focus on graphics alone and hardware makers are starting to understand this. The fact that a ps4 dev kit is including an a10 5800k as a rough equivalent for a cpu just goes to show that this next gen is hardly going to be cutting edge. Sony definitely can't afford it, MS won't take the risk and we all Nintendo knows the game well enough and has been the only profitable one out the gate (with the Wii, though the WiiU + one game = profit for them as well)
The handheld gaming scene is dying due to the tablet/phone market and consoles have an uphill battle these days.
Kinect 2.0 or w/e they call will be a big focus next round. Wii U has it's tablet, and ps4 will have whatever sony deems competitive, but not one of these systems would even remotely touch an i7, 16gb ram and a 7970. Not even close... and we are talking at the earliest a Q1 2014 release. If they do, they are only going to lose big money and prolong the consoles life until it's beyond obsolete in hardware terms just to make some of the money back they lost investing in it.
PS4 and 360 were not cheap to produce, and both Sony and MS took a major hit while Nintendo laughed all the way to the bank. As if kinect and ps move were not obvious enough ways to cash in on it and follow the leader...
Wii was 2001 hardware yet it dominated in sales. Companies are about profit. I do not see cutting edge tech in any of the new machines.Edited by SoloCamo - 11/29/12 at 10:21pm