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GameStop: PS4/Xbox One Have Cheaper Debuts Than PS3/Xbox 360

Most have assumed that the PlayStation 4 won't cost as much as the PS3 did at launch. Now, GameStop is saying both the PS4 and Xbox One will be cheaper than some might have anticipated. Good news.

Speaking during a post-earnings conference call, GameStop CFO Rob Lloyd said that while his company doesn't have official pricing just yet, they do expect a "lower opening price point than they did last cycle." The Xbox 360 debuted in 2005 with two models priced at $300 and $400 and the PS3 launched in 2006 with two models priced at $500 and $600. Oh, and GameStop says they expect to be a leading retailer for these new consoles...well, duh.

Unsurprisingly, the company dodged a question concerning recent reports that the Xbox One will require a one-time fee so players can access used games. As you might expect, such a move could have a big impact on GameStop's business, don't you think?

Tags: ps4, playstation 4, ps4 price, xbox one, xbox one price

5/23/2013 1:01:15 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (21 posts)

Temjin001
Thursday, May 23, 2013 @ 1:20:01 PM
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Cool. I wonder how low MS can go seeing that their processing hardware is made real cheap. I'm still trying to wrap my mind about their new image and target so it's not easy seeing their strategy. If they're going mainstream consumer they'll need be around $300 or so. Sony I think will weigh in around 300-400.

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daus26
Thursday, May 23, 2013 @ 1:50:57 PM

The Kinect seemed pretty high tech though. I would assume that would add a lot to the cost of the base console.

Other than that, I don't think either would go for as low as $300.

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Bonampak
Thursday, May 23, 2013 @ 5:59:39 PM

The Xbone is going to compete with cable boxes, so I guess MS will try to match their price.

But seriously now, about the Kinect... it was confirmed that the Xbone will NOT work without the add-on.

Think about that one.

That means that if you have to use an Xbone at an event like a EVO tournament, they will need to have those Kinect add-ons on there as well. And having to deal with them (as in TALKING TO THEM, while everyone yells) to set up matches.

So... how exactly does GameStop plans to sell those Xbones?

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Temjin001
Thursday, May 23, 2013 @ 6:24:23 PM

The feedback triggers do seem sorta cool. It's something I'd probably use at first and then because I'm too lazy and annoyed by recharging my controllers I'd just shut that feature off in an effort to preserve battery.

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Akuma07
Friday, May 24, 2013 @ 2:24:29 AM

But the rumble feedback is really something that you just get used to after a period of time, then you don't notice anymore.

I doubt after a few months you will still be like "OMFG THE FREAKIN TRIGGERS ARE MOVING!". Which is the reaction I have read from people all over the net so far hahaha.

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Cravit8
Sunday, May 26, 2013 @ 11:36:02 PM

@akuma07
About the feedback triggers I agree. I never notice my controller rumbling, except for cutscenes in Uncharted.

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556pineapple
Thursday, May 23, 2013 @ 1:21:24 PM
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I got my original 60 GB PS3 after the first price drop, and I still think it's a good value, even if it cost $500. I'd like to see the PS4 for $500 at most, but that's not to say I wouldn't buy one at a higher price.

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daus26
Thursday, May 23, 2013 @ 1:53:36 PM

Same here. I also got my 60GB for $500 back in 2007. It went YLOD, but it would've been the best investment I've ever put in an entertainment console had it not.

I don't mind $500 either. If they can get a Vita bundle for $600 I might even go for that.

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Killa Tequilla
Thursday, May 23, 2013 @ 2:41:24 PM

xs2a

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Killa Tequilla
Thursday, May 23, 2013 @ 2:43:21 PM

The above comment happened because I dropped my laptop and that's what I touched on the keypad as I was trying to catch it. Anyway, I put $600 when the Ps3 came out, 60gb. I think, I bought it from BestBuy, and I might have bought Resistance with it. Can't remember.

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556pineapple
Thursday, May 23, 2013 @ 3:19:29 PM

@daus26: Sorry to hear about the YLOD. I've had a few problems with mine, but they were problems I could either fix, or, in the one case, get a refurbished replacement for free. Did you end up getting a new one?

@Killa Tequilla: I probably ended up spending closer to $600 when all was said and done, after purchasing a game and 2nd controller. Paid cash too, was nervous all the way up to the checkout counter, haha.

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Akuma07
Thursday, May 23, 2013 @ 8:40:39 PM

I feel your pain Daus26.

Mine YLOD'd as well, I fixed it 3 times, and it sits in its box now, enjoying retirement, since I relieved it from its duties after the third time. My Slim kicks butt.

Like the farmer says to the pig in 'Babe':
"That'll do pig.... that'll do"

EDIT: Haha. Counting the cost, I have spent $1500 AUD on PS3 consoles :D 2/3 of that was for the 60gb at launch.

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Cravit8
Sunday, May 26, 2013 @ 11:39:31 PM

PS3 YLoD really is from not wicking the heat away properly? I installed PC fans in cut holes in my cabinet to move hot air away.

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Jaylynn
Thursday, May 23, 2013 @ 3:22:49 PM
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This is what I'd like to see on launch day from Sony:

A 160GB PS4 between $320 to %350.
A 250GB PS4 bundle (possibly with Killzone) between $399 to $420.

In my eyes the price for the PS4 on launch day has to be under the $400 range. We can't have $500, $600 systems on launch day Sony, we're not going through that again.

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Akuma07
Thursday, May 23, 2013 @ 8:42:07 PM

Are you serious?

There is no way the HDD's will be that small, nooooo way. I expect a 500GB base model, and either 750GB or 1TB high end model.

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Yukian
Thursday, May 23, 2013 @ 11:00:18 PM

With so many digital downloads, I doubt they'll go for 160 or 250... it's practically a must to have a 500GB from now on...

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JROD0823
Friday, May 24, 2013 @ 6:43:25 PM

If the hdd is replaceable, then I wouldn't care if they packaged the PS4 with a 20GB hdd, because I would buy the biggest hdd available from retailers to help future-proof my storage needs.

If the hdd is not replaceable, then it had better be 1TB minimum of hdd space, and I would hope that Sony lets us use external hdds to further beef up storage capacity.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, May 23, 2013 @ 5:16:50 PM
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So Gamestop will be pushing the used games fee pass on everyone as a gateway to their sh*tty used games.

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JROD0823
Friday, May 24, 2013 @ 6:48:20 PM

@World

GameStop as a company is certainly an evil organization, but my local GameStop has some of the coolest, most laid-back fellow gamers that you will ever find at any other brick-and-mortar location they have.

The new GM they have is only one there that is the slightest pushy about their aggressive sales tactics, but everyone else is great.

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StopTheWorldNow
Thursday, May 23, 2013 @ 5:23:14 PM
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Im suprised how so little amount of people have heard that the price for the new Playstation leaked just less than a week ago on Sony's indian website. Sony had uploaded a webpage on the PS4 that included the pre-order price. For a 250gb hard drive, it cost about $400 or about £350 for UK. I don't know about you guys, but thats just fine with me (providing that it's true). Heck, I will pay more if it came to it, especailly with a good bundle with Killzone or something.

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___________
Friday, May 24, 2013 @ 6:25:10 AM
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another one to file in the no sh*t sherlock cabinet.

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