- Mar 27, 2009
Moreover, it seems intentional in these latest consoles to create devices not likely to have a RROD and to be a more compact unit that is cheaper.
And as far as low cost goes, I have seen these old SFF Pre-built computers go on sale for as low as $30 shipped without OS (Example: http://forums.anandtech.com/showpost.php?p=36985125&postcount=16 <----With a Xeon E5440 and adapter mod this would have been around $55 in hardware with equivalent (or better if a person values single thread) cpu performance to a $399 PS4). With that mentioned around $50 shipped for the desktop alone is more typical.
Now granted that old Core 2 box (I used as an example) still needs upgrades to compete with Xbox One, but at that low starting price point it isn't hard to understand a total budget of $200 would get a person a lot of extras.
$200 vs $349 (for Xbox One) and $399 for PS4 is a big price difference. Even at $250 we are talking a $100 to $150 price difference.