Originally Posted by bigjdubb
Well if they are building it with some sort of APU they should be able to sell two of them for $500. Nothing else on it will be expensive unless they throw in NVME drives.
Depends on their targets really.
PS4 supposed bom back then was around $ 380 in early 2013 that had maybe had a custom $ 150-200 GPU ($ 7850 with 8 ACE units where 7870 only had 2).
7850 msrp was about $ 250 a year before the PS4 reached the market.
Unless we're also working close to manufacturers or work similar to IHS, their guess is probably much more spot on than most others.
PS4 APU supposedly cost $ 100 and that has 8 jaguar mobile cores on top where on the mobile non existed as 8 core variants.
It also depends on how much Sony wants to eat as an initial loss and their desired PS5 $ MSRP.
$ 250 bom per unit might seem too cheap for a next gen.
I think it's more realistic for the next gen APUs to cost at least around and no less than PS4's $ 100 price point.
We also don't know how much RAM and storage form(s)/format(s) it'll have.
There's a YT vid of Sony's lead PS4 architect where he mentioned that they were trusted about $ 1 billion for the PS4.
I think that a big reason they went with an APU is because it's more cost effective in both in manufacturing the APU itself and the required package/cooling/heatsink designs (other than R&D).
Maybe they also chose APU to add a thin layer of mystery and also act as a differentiator among the sea of pc shelf parts.
Who knows. Maybe there's even a political/corporate shady dealings reason they went with the APU instead of a CPU and GPU design but I think it's more realistic to imagine the APU as a more cost effective solution for consoles.
Not sure with NUC's market economy but seems insane at $ 999 MSRP with no storage and RAM. Definitely playing too much of the low volume-high margin strategy there.