Price difference between the Wii U and PS4. Not as lopsided as Wii vs PS3

#1Sharky8Posted 2/8/2013 11:17:45 AM
Leaked information about the PS4 is that it will cost about $426 (Yen to Dollar conversion). Sony would never sell something for an odd dollar amount like $426 in the United States, and things are generally a little cheaper in our market than anywhere else in the world. So, an educated guess is Sony will sell the PS4 for $400 when it launches holiday season 2013. Nice even number and in line with being cheaper than in Japan (which is almost always the case for video games).

Nintendo has lowered their sales and earnings forcast for the Wii U. It sold 3.06 million units from launch until Dec 31 2012 (about 1 and a half months). Right now the Wii U costs $300 or $350 for a Deluxe unit. Although Nintendo has said they will not lower prices, they probably will around Black Friday because sales are lower than expected and it's the holiday season, anyway. How much? Who knows. Maybe they will lower the Deluxe Package to $300 and stop selling the basic unit? Maybe they'll lower the basic unit to $250 before clearing it out?

Point being: Come November the Wii U will probably be $300 and the PS4 will probably be $400.

One the many reasons why the Wii dominated last generation was because it launched at $250 while the PS3 was overpriced at $600 at launch. However, $600 for the PS3 vs $250 for the Wii was a HUGE difference.

That is NOT going to happen between the Wii U ($300 by November?) vs. the PS4 ($400 likely).

What do you think? How will this impact sales? Will the PS4 suck like the PS3? Will Nintendo continue to suffer due to lack of games for the Wii U?
#2Beatperson14Posted 2/8/2013 11:20:30 AM
I really don't see how Ninty could pull much off anymore with a 50$ increase providing hundreds in hardware (and game) improvements...
#3DinglesteedPosted 2/8/2013 11:20:45 AM
Nintendo releases a Zelda, Mario Kart, or Smash Bros game and millions buy the console. No price cut needed. Just change bundles occasionally to keep market interest and they'll be fine, as usual.
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#4Prince ShondronaiPosted 2/8/2013 11:21:59 AM
Beatperson14 posted...
I really don't see how Ninty could pull much off anymore with a 50$ increase providing hundreds in hardware (and game) improvements...


Little things like Mario, Zelda, Smash Brothers, Mario Kart, etc. will help with that, don't worry.
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#5Beatperson14Posted 2/8/2013 11:24:53 AM
Prince Shondronai posted...
Beatperson14 posted...
I really don't see how Ninty could pull much off anymore with a 50$ increase providing hundreds in hardware (and game) improvements...


Little things like Mario, Zelda, Smash Brothers, Mario Kart, etc. will help with that, don't worry.


Yeah... Good luck bro. 3mil copies of each max? Not good numbers
#6Virus66Posted 2/8/2013 11:25:13 AM
First off, the PS3 most certainly did NOT suck. It just struggled for the first year or so to release ANY games. It finished ahead of the 360 so far this past gen so.., speaking of which, you are forgetting about the 720. No one knows how they will fit into all of this.

Secondly, Nintendo is likely gonna stand firm on their pricing. It would not surprise me to see them discountinue the Deluxe in favor of upcoming bundles and just leave the Basic version intact. Their console is still cheaper. $100 is still a lot of money to the average consumer.

Lastly, Nintendo will likely just struggle with 3rd party games. They are already taking advances to solve their 1st party droughts by handing off their IPs to other developers. That should solve a lot of the issues.
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#7DTY3Posted 2/8/2013 11:25:57 AM
But what games will the PS4 even have...?
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#8SharkbiteR6Posted 2/8/2013 11:26:43 AM
While I'm sure fanboys on both sides will have diehard opinions either way, the fact of the matter is we cant possibly make any rational judgements until we know what the system is like. What is the games they preview look incredible? what if they dont look much better then current gen? what if they block 2nd hand games? what if they dont? $400 is a pretty good target i agree, they definitely learned their pricing lessons with the PS3.

What Sony is hoping to do now is force Nintendo into an uncomfortable pricing decision themselves. With the Wii U already selling at a loss, Iwata made is clear that they will not cut the price anytime soon, hoping to wait until manufacturing costs come down so they can get back "in the black" so to speak on a per unit basis. If Sony can get to the market fast enough, Nintendo will have 2 choices. Dont lower the price and loose their pricing advantage, or lower the price prematurely and loose even more per unit...

At this point all we can do is wait and see what Sony and Nintendo do in the upcoming months...
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#9Beatperson14Posted 2/8/2013 11:27:02 AM
DTY3 posted...
But what games will the PS4 even have...?


Next gen games that look good and PS3 games (GTA5)
#10BigJon1448Posted 2/8/2013 11:27:11 AM
Apparently, Nikkei has stated that the PS4 will be focusing more on new gameplay experiences than hardware power.
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