PlayStation 4 to cost $349, Xbox $399 - analyst say

08 Jun 2013, 15:52
PlayStation 4 to cost $349, Xbox $399 - analyst say

Speaking at an E3 preview presentation to investors, Pachter estimates that it will cost Sony $275 to manufacture the PS4, while Microsoft will spend $325.

His prediction for a higher Xbox One retail price is informed by Microsoft's likeliness to arrange subsidised services with telcos and ISPs.

"We believe the ability to watch live TV from a cable, telco, or satellite set-top box through Xbox One could entice an MSO to drive subscriptions through a subsidised box in exchange for a multi-year contract," Pachter said.

"The 'always connected' requirement for the Xbox One likely means that a broadband connection will be required, suggesting to us that ISPs may have an incentive to offer a subsidy as well."

Pachter also noted that Microsoft may opt to release Xbox One on a prepaid Xbox Live Gold subscription model, such as it has previously with the Xbox 360 in the US.

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