Originally Posted by number1laing
Epic was working on Shadow Complex 2 and canned it for Infinity Blade 2 (IB made them way more money than SC). Doesn't mean they won't pick it up again, but that's where that game was at.
The average selling price of PCs is $420. There are obviously much better and more capable PCs out there but the cheap ones are more popular.
And that's a PC, with a lot of utility. We're talking about game machines here. I think people are more price sensitive to this stuff than you think.
I also don't think people care about graphics that much. The ones who do already play on a PC.
Plus there's the actual difficulty of getting really great, impressive, cut-above games out there at launch. I haven't seen that happen since Dreamcast.
I read that report - the average selling price of *Windows 8* PCs is $420. That says more about the commodification of PCs and the undesirability of windows 8, than it demonstrates an economic reality. People already have PCs, and theyre not terribly interested in paying a lot for another one, and nothing about windows 8 excites them. They are however, quite interested in paying 500+ for an ipad....because thats still new and exciting.
Im not disagreeing that people are price sensitive though - many are. And the 360 is there for them. If they dont have one already, they'll be cheap to buy. Sony stopped making the PS2 last week....and it sold hundreds of thousands for years after the PS3 launched.
So if people see a console that looks like a slightly better 360.....that's not going to excite anyone. Thats the kind of show we're going to get with a $299 box, especially if they dont subsidize. PCs do have better graphics, and people who put a premium on that above all have that option....but thats only one factor. PCs are still mostly just showing current gen console games with slightly better graphics and resolution. The console are still the driving force behind the high end of the industry.
That game changing killer app might not be there on day 1....but they still need to build a box thats capable of eventually delivering that. It has to go way beyond just better graphics.