Console costs: What’s next and are we willing?
With the next generation consoles ever-impending releases drawing closer, many gamers have discussed the pricing of the latest offerings by Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo. Rumors of the prices for the next-gen consoles have ranged across the board, with many shaking their fists at the thought of a PS3-esque release price in the $599+ realm, while others have even suggested a price-point closer to or even lower than the current crop of systems. Alternatives like tablets and smart phones have threatened the console market, further necessitating the leading gaming companies to get the prices of their next systems right.
Considering that the Nintendo WiiU has recently received a “release date,” via leaked documents, pricing information for the new system will undoubtedly be announced, or leaked soon. Given the design of the WiiU, with the advanced touch screen controller, prices for the system are likely to be high. Sony’s latest handheld, the PS Vita, has scared away a considerable portion of gamers with its lofty $249.99 entry-level price point, with some analysts suggesting that a price cut is what’s needed to significantly bolster sales of the unit. Operating from a similar level of sophistication, the WiiU controller will likely result in a high starting price for the new system. At what price will Nintendo be able to release the WiiU that will remain competitive and not run the risk of alienating many of its consumers?
At what point will you wait for a drop in price with the new systems? Is $499 the point where many gamers will consider the iPad, or computer as an alternative? Tell us where you draw the line!