If it’s not Sony executives teasing next gen console announcements these days, it’s analysts trying to figure out how much they’re going to cost.
The latest on that is from Baird Equity Research, who, after studying information from CES last week and after speaking “with a number of companies involved in video game development and distribution” have pitched a potential price of $400.
That’s around £250, although it’s highly unlikely that we’ll see such direct parity, given shipping, taxes and so on. Expect something closer to that in pounds.
The analysts think October will be the month that the PS4 launches, with the next Xbox the following month. Most people agree that May is a likely reveal date for the next generation, with E3 used to showcase the actual games.
“We expect the E3 trade show in June will take on added significance, most likely providing the industry with the first public opportunity to examine next-generation hardware,” says an analyst at the firm. We’ve already speculated about what that hardware could be.
“Our checks suggest that next-generation console hardware will be largely built from ‘off the shelf’ high-end PC components, along with hybrid physical/digital distribution models, enhanced voice controls and motion sensing (Kinect integration with every Xbox), and broad multimedia capabilities.”
The analyst also warned of “early production issues” with the PS4.
Sony has yet to officially confirm anything, replying with a “no comment” when pushed.