Michael Pachter of Wedbush Morgan is the most well-known financial analyst of the video games industry and he has made some predictions concerning the price of the Xbox One and the Playstation 4.
Today Patcher told investors that he thinks the X1 will cost $399 and that the PS4 will cost $349. This is based on his cost pricing for the two consoles, which he put at $275 for the PS4 and $325 for the X1 (that is, it will cost Microsoft $50 to make the Xbox One than it costs Sony to make the PS4).
For those of you who instantly think that the X1 price is too high, Patcher did say that the console could be subsidized (ie through a cable operator or ISP long-term contract) and that Microsoft will also offer a subscription model to lower the upfront cost (ie sign up for Xbox Live for 24 months and save ‘x’ dollars).
Pachter’s track record in terms of predictions is however very mixed (I like to think of him as the weatherman of the video games industry) so who knows if the actual prices will look anything like this. If they do, would you be happy?