Zodiac, on 17 November 2011 - 10:52 PM, said:
Dude a new line GFX card costs around 650$, if they want to be on top of their game they'll have to pay nvidia to scale it down, cause those things are taller than the fat X360s. All the new tech is expensive as get out, and much much larger.
If they try to release an Xbox at <400$ it wil be a colossal loss. Also they have to find tvs that can support 3d vision or just drop the 3d idea overall.
Just because the PS3 failed doesn't mean it will keep prices from going up.
Consoles have never included the latest and greatest, that's not what they are about. They always have some proprietary chipsets that only exist in that particular console, which allows them to engineer a more affordable card... and it doesn't cost Sony or Microsoft the retail price it costs consumers per unit.
The graphics capability doesn't even have to be staggeringly better than what the current generation has to usher in a new wave of amazing looking games. Consoles gamers are not as concerned with graphics as PC gamers, they just want something convenient in the living room (or wherever) that works when they turn it on and simply provides a great experience. Not saying it doesn't need to be notably better, it just doesn't have to be the cutting edge of graphical capability to wow the console market.
I really doubt that the movement to 3D will be anything other than a focal point of the next generation. Sony didn't develop and release an affordable price point Playstation branded 3DTV and peripherals for no reason. But personally I don't think 3D will take off until the technology advances to a point where people don't need the special glasses to experience it.
I know some people believe there's no way the next generation of consoles can possibly release at any reasonable price point. It will be on the expensive side at launch for the serious consoles, it always is; but I really doubt we will be seeing $600+. If anyone is dumb enough to release a new console at that price in the world's current economic state, they deserve to go out of business.