It is pretty much a given that 2013 is the year we will see Sony and Microsoft release the successors to the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360. Most probably, both the companies will give a glimpse into their next generation consoles at E3, which will happen in June. An analyst from Games Industry is reporting that we could see a price point between $350-$400 for both the consoles. The report also claims that we could see Sony launch its product in October, while Microsoft could launch it in November. Both these suppositions could be true as traditionally consoles are launched near the Christmas holiday season. Also Read - Windows 11 could be a free upgrade for you provided you fall in this category
Crucially though, the price points of both these consoles will be critical as the Xbox 360 costed $399 for the top-end 20GB model in 2005 and the PlayStation 3 started at $499 and went up to $599. Additionally, initially both these consoles were sold at a loss, with both the companies working on a long-term revenue model. This eventually came back to haunt Sony, whose PlayStation 3 lost market share to Microsoft and Nintendo because of its late entry and high-cost. The PlayStation was the dominant console in the market and the PlayStation 3 was technically the most superior console at the time, yet it lost out. Also Read - Samsung and LG confirm presence at in-person CES 2022
The report cites that this time around both the consoles will be based on off-the shelve PC hardware, which will help reduce the cost of entry, and will help developers make games for both the platforms more easily. Previously, especially in the case of the PlayStation 3, Sony built a custom architecture, which was wildly different and superior to PC graphics at the time, but the development process of games was cumbersome. Valve notably had problems developing for the PlayStation 3. This also means the new consoles will not beat PC graphics cards in terms of performance, so the PC will remain the pinnacle in terms of graphics. Also Read - Nintendo Direct E3 2021: Metroid Dread, Mario Party Superstars, a new Legend of Zelda and more
Microsoft will depend heavily on the consoles integration with Windows 8, its Kinect natural user interface and some Intel based chipset that will make it easier for developers to build cloud-based services.
Besides this both Sony and Microsoft are expected to introduce a hybrid distribution model for games, that will include both the cloud and off the shelf retail.