We’re on the cusp of a new generation of Sony and Microsoft consoles and everyone is talking about possible specs. We wants these new machines to be super powerful, but when it comes to price the sweet spot seems to be $400. This is a little cheap for something that should last you 7-8 years, here’s why the PS4 and Next Xbox should cost at least 599 US dollars.
First off, we’re not talking about another PS3 situation. Its expensive price was mostly due to the Blu-ray player housed inside it. While I enjoy the extra storage for games and HD movies (more on that later) – it doesn’t really enhance graphics and gameplay.
Sure, we can debate its benefits all day (higher resolution textures, less compression, etc.), but where would that get us? Instead that extra $200 should be used for things that will directly enhance graphics and gameplay, like more RAM, a stronger GPU, etc.
The extra cost would be worth it in the end, each console generation is getting longer and longer. What’s an extra $200 for something that you plan on using for at least 7 years? Some people spend that much on unlocked smartphones and tablets and they’re outdated after a year. Hell, you’ll be lucky to get the latest software update on an Android or iOS device that’s more than 2 years old. The same can’t be said for consoles, just look at how much the PS3 and Xbox 360’s software has evolved.
Take a look at some of the early PS3 and Xbox 360 games; now look at the ones that are coming out next year. It’s amazing to see how far they’ve come, but they’re finally hitting a wall. This doesn’t have to be the case next generation, if the PS4 and Next Xbox are vastly overpowered out of the gate developers could continue to push the systems’ to new limits for 8-9 years.
Nintendo made the Wii U powerful enough to keep up with the PS3 and Xbox 360. It wouldn’t have cost them much to throw in more RAM and a better CPU, but they just did enough to get by. I don’t want Sony and Microsoft to do the same, give us more than the bare minimum.
Using the PS3 to push Blu-ray may have not been Sony’s best idea, but I admire them for going all out. They really went for it, and I still think the original ‘phat’ PS3 is the best PS3. I want to see something like this again, a gaming console that isn’t afraid to overindulge. You probably didn’t need that Blu-ray player back in 2006, but it’s coming in handy now.
Gamers need to be more realistic; if we want the next generation to blow us away we should be willing to drop a small fortune. If you don’t want to pay more than $400 for a new console wait a couple of years before upgrading. There are still tons of PS3 and Xbox 360 games to play (you don’t need the latest and greatest). Everyone shouldn’t be punished because a few gamers refuse to put their money where their mouth is. You want the best? Okay, it won’t be cheap…