|These concept pics are inevitably way cooler than the actual hardware; too bad.|
Meanwhile Sony is working on the PS4 Orbis, which may have an AMD 64 bit CPU and a GPU that can output 4096 x 2160 images. Why is that important, when you can't find a TV in that resolution? Well, it means you can have 60 fps 3D images. And higher-res TVs are in the planning stages. This unit also sounds expensive.
Meanwhile, we get word that Nintendo's looking at a Wii U hardware cost of $180, nout counting packaging and software and any other incidentals (like paying for marketing, R&D, and the like). So the Big N is planning to retail the Wii U for at least $300, maybe more. Ouch.
I'm guessing that the Durango and the Orbis will be more in the range of $400 to $500. Double ouch.
Good luck to all of them; I think selling devices seen primarily as game consoles will be very difficult at those price points. Especially if, as I expect, there will be Apple and Android options for far less. Of course, consoles are increasingly being seen as multimedia devices; Microsoft admitted recently that more hours are spent streaming music and video on the Xbox than are spent playing games. Will Sony and Microsoft be pushing their new consoles more as media centers than as gaming devices? That may be one way to justify a high price.
The marketing battles will be interesting this Christmas, as Nintendo tries to establish its new hardware and Sony and Microsoft try to keep selling old hardware as the world becomes increasingly aware of new consoles headed for Christmas 2013. Grab a comfy chair and some popcorn, the show will be fascinating.