GameStop: Xbox One, PS4 will be less expensive at launch than past consoles

Retailer says next-gen platforms from Microsoft and Sony will debut below price points for Xbox 360 and PS3 at launch.

The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 will be less expensive at launch than their predecessors, according to comments from GameStop chief financial officer Rob Lloyd.

Speaking today in a post-earnings financial call, Lloyd said GameStop does not have official pricing information from Microsoft or Sony, but expects a "lower opening price point than they did last cycle."

The Xbox 360 launched in 2005 for $300/$400, while the PlayStation 3 debuted in 2006 for $500/600.

In addition, GameStop said it expects to be a leading retailer for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The company explained that because of the trade credits it can offer consumers through its buy-sell-trade model, gamers will be able to pick up next-gen systems at GameStop for less than anywhere else.

GameStop management also dodged a question regarding the reports that the Xbox One will require gamers to pay a fee to play secondhand titles, a move that could impact the company's business.

The retailer declined to comment on its talks with Microsoft, instead saying it will allow the Xbox maker to lead the discussion about this topic.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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chad28_69
chad28_69

with the economy in the state that it is, this makes sense.

obsequies
obsequies

it's cheaper cause its a pos

pity-the-sadnes
pity-the-sadnes

400 euros for the console and 50 euros for the game would be awsome. : P

JOLIVERW
JOLIVERW

£400 is too much for a console. The PS3 didn't sell quickly to begin with because it was too expensive. I'm thinking that the xbox one and PS4 will launch between £300-£350. But once you buy a game, you are looking at £400. :/

steven22345
steven22345

if Microsoft sells its console for 500 it would be a bargain with all the tec its has any lower than that and we are going to have a crazy fall this year one thing that ms could afford that sony cant is to take massive losses on there consoles

benmosjud
benmosjud

Lots of crying here. Just go buy a fucking playstation then.  Im all about the competition. And this is only scratching the surface of what this tech has to offer.  Playstation is going to offer up the same damn options on there next console. Its all good. Thease abilities are things we as kids never have dreamed of.   Just ignorant to say this thing isn't going to be a awesome machine  all the major franchizes are on board here its all good.  And if you want a playstation go for it just shut the fuck up.  I stand behind Microsoft and sony and apple the competition just makes the technology grow better and better. This is where the future holds for apple sony and Microsoft.  Only pple in danger here I see are the cable providers.  Don't be afaraid of change, embrace it and lets see what these companys can get us. ugh

RICHARDuk
RICHARDuk

Makes Me laugh With all the xbox fanboys that slated the hell out of sony, now they are true PS4 fans it makes me laugh how microsoft couldent do anything wrong and The PS3 was such crap console in ther eyes. Now sony is the best place to game At least i can say i supported all consoles an did have the xbox red ring of death machine aswell. remember where your loyalty is when PS5 comes out and dont jump back on the xbox if sony make a mistake.

Elann2008
Elann2008

Yeah.. will be less expensive at launch than past consoles.. but that doesn't say much when past consoles were overpriced to begin with.  PS3 architecture was too complex, making manufacturing parts expensive.  After Sony learned of their past mistakes, they are building PS4 efficiently.  Good on them.

Xbox One who?  Don't care. xD

RussellGorall
RussellGorall

If a PS4 with decent storage comes in at $400? That is all I want.

Vkain
Vkain

Does anyone else find it weird that the Kinect always has to be on to play games? 

MagikNesquik
MagikNesquik

Xbox ONE ----- Made for listening TVs and Apps 

 PS4------ GAMING !!!

DaWarthog
DaWarthog

The current systems is fine. Why shell more cash to deal with all the nonsense they want to implement.

mmmkusa
mmmkusa

"GameStop management also dodged a question regarding the reports that the Xbox One will require gamers to pay a fee to play secondhand titles

...declined to comment on its talks with Microsoft, instead saying it will allow the Xbox maker to lead the discussion about this topic."

HAHAHA, GameStop got their asses whooped! It's saying it even tried to talk with (plead to) Microsoft, and got screwed over so badly, that they realized they don't have any say in this matter, even though it's their whole frickin billion dollar business!

Icepick_Trotter
Icepick_Trotter

"...because they'll be less of a technical leap than the past generation."


There. Finished the headline.

Jasurim
Jasurim

Finally some good news... hopefully the PS is reasonably priced this time round.

chavao666
chavao666

Is it just me or does this Don Mattrick picture make you wanna crush his face with a sledgehammer until he's no longer bleeding? Regardless of whether he's talking about Xbox, Marvel comics or Mc Donald's new sandwhich. Just saying...

Supabul
Supabul

I wonder which will be the biggest seller maybe they'll both end up like the Wii U

Sure most of the biggest games coming this year are on Xbox 360 & PS3

Gamerkhoi0611
Gamerkhoi0611

The PC or PS4 now my friend,there is a BIG ASS DISTANCE now between the PS4 and the Xbox one

ltsJoeMama
ltsJoeMama

In my head I think "400$ would be fine, please be 400$" But then I think.. "Oh yeah, I'll still have to buy a game."  That'll add up close to 500$ Or more, depending on the actual price.

Looks like I'll be eating Top Ramen this holiday :(

jsmoke03
jsmoke03

i hope so. this isnt a time for me to be all extravagant

farcorners
farcorners

Well duh!. Blu Ray players are no longer at the start of a price curve.

phillkillv2
phillkillv2

Whats with that goofy ass image of Don Mattrick?

tionmedon
tionmedon

not prices matter,getting both does .............fap it.......................


DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

How about EB Games/GameStop stop worrying about the price and make sure that this time around we can preorder sooner for these consoles than we could in the past like for the Wii U ?

Trail_Mix
Trail_Mix

Ain't no way anyone's gonna let another $600 price slide like last time.

MadMike2869
MadMike2869

the kinect 2.0 alone will raise the price of the xb1 about $100 and the the system u can expect at around $300 and then u need games, headsets, insurance, and perhaps a 2nd xb1 just so when the 1st one bricks u dont have to run to walmart or gamestop again that week, so im guessing around $2000 to start on xb1, ps4 will run somewhere around $500 im guessin

red666devil
red666devil

Yea they will launch the console for 200$ but sell each game for 100$

yavix
yavix

I don't see either system going for less than $400. Mr. Gamestop can say  what ever he wants, but he's lying.

Dr_takapotku
Dr_takapotku

@steven22345 500€ for that cable box? PS4 has the "tech" when talking about which console is more powerful. Of course cable box has that always-need-to-be-on kinect thingy with it which might get the price up a bit. How come Sony can't afford to take massive losses on sales? To date PS3 has sold more units than Xbox 360.

DOCCON88
DOCCON88

@RICHARDuk 

Actually, please do jump to Xbox if Sony makes a mistake.  Brand loyalty will only cost you.  I did think the 360 was better than the PS3 last gen, so I chose Xbox first and even once I got a PS3, I bought almost all of my multiplatform games for Xbox.  Now PS4 looks better, so because I have no loyalty to any of these massive corporations that don't know I exist and are only interested in the money I have, I'm willing to abandon Microsoft in a heartbeat to join the side that looks better.  If Microsoft looks better in the future, I'll abandon Sony just as fast.  If both look terrible, Nintendo or PC, here I come (and right now, I'm supporting my PC way more than even Sony).  I want these companies to shut up and EARN my money, not take it.  Whichever side earns it better is the one I support.  Fanboyism is how you end up spending $600 for a console that'll drop to $300 in two years (not to mention that said console barely had any decent games for those first two years anyways).  It's also how a hardcore gamer ends up buying a Wii and then gets upset that the Wii has no hardcore games.  They'll also be the people who blindly follow MS at launch and end up buying what seems to be the console equivalent of a 1984-based future.

coletrain26
coletrain26

@Psycho_Hands 

Agree. I have only gotten into PC gaming here in the past 2 years, but I won't go back to consoles for the majority of my gaming. I think I will pick up the PS4 at some point because I like a lot of their exclusives, but if I ever do get the XBOX One, it will be a while down the road. I pick up PC games for 1/2 or 3/4 of the price of console games, and even though they are digital and I can't trade them in, I still save money doing it that way. Never been into a lot of online gaming anyway, so paying for XBOX Live was always silly for me. I think the only thing I will miss is my Gears of War, other than that, I'm good on my PC.

RussellGorall
RussellGorall

@DaWarthog Take a look at some high end PC footage, or any PS4 gameplay.


Start out with the Battlefield 4 Fishing gameplay.

RussellGorall
RussellGorall

@Icepick_Trotter True, though a machine ten times more powerful is still ten times more powerful.


It isn't like the jump to HD, but time will tell. That being said, I am eager as I don't game on PC.

MagikNesquik
MagikNesquik

@barrybarryk  thats why i leave MS!! don't give any of your money on a compagny build to stole your money....like xbox live !!!!! paid 59.99 for crappy discount on games that i don't and i won't have cause they suck or its a game from 2006....or its a crappy indie shitty games that shakes your hand when u press X 

FlawlessGoBot
FlawlessGoBot

@MadMike2869 Don't get me wrong I like Sony and I am going to get a PS4, but your estimates seem a little.....biased.

Kryptonbornson
Kryptonbornson

@red666devil Neo-Geo 2013 if that was the case, although the Neo-Geo console was also expensive and the games costed twice that.

furrynic
furrynic

@yavix I am sure that it will go for $400 & $500 for the version with the extra goodie, whatever those goodies may or might be.  If you ask me about what those Goodies might be, I would say maybe a Bigger hard drive, a game included.

Majkic666
Majkic666

@yavix 400 is still cheaper then the 700 the x360 and ps3 costed

MadMike2869
MadMike2869

@FlawlessGoBot @MadMike2869 after owning 4 360's that have all died within a year yea id say its a bit biased but also optimistic, thats on the low end with a 5yr to xbl, cable/sat, games at around $70, headset roughly $150, so yeah by the time u get dun with everything for xb1 u would be close to $2k in the hole