So? Portable devices always cost a premium.
Originally Posted by dragonyeuw
I can't imagine them trying to sell the XL for the same as the 3Ds price(when it drops). Frankly I think this price drop is as much about killing off the Ds line, as it is simply to spike 3ds sales. Considering that some people are actually contemplating whether to get the XL over the 3ds( in part because of screen size I'd imagine), surely that's not what Nintendo wants. Presumably the XL will drop to $119, which will put people in the position of 'why buy the older model when the new system is only $50 more?'
I can't imagine Sony, in particular, would dare go that high again. They assumed that the success of ps2 and brand loyalty would allow them to get away with pricing ps3 at double its predecessor, and people would buy it in droves with tongues wagging. Didn't happen; only the diehard early adopting enthusiasts bit at that price, beyond that both the ps3 and xbox 360 were getting creamed in monthly sales by ps2 and later on, the wii for the first couple years of this generation.
Furthermore, I doubt Sony will be putting in any tech the next time around thats the equivalent of putting the cell processor and blu-ray in ps3, two components that hiked the cost up dramatically. Bluray will be used again in ps4, and won't be anywhere near as expensive as back in 2006, and while there will be the obvious technical leaps in terms of faster processors, larger hard drive, better textures,shaders and other tech mumbo-jumbo, in this economy I doubt any company will be swinging for the fences techwise next gen.
As it is, I think they're going to milk this gen for what they can, and with the ability to do firmware updates adding features,producing models with larger and larger hard drives, and attachments like kinect and move, this generation is being extended in ways that prior gens were not. And perhaps that's been the plan from the get go; other than Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft sell their consoles at a loss for the first few years, now that they've reached a point where the consoles themselves are turning them a profit, I suspect they'll be slow to toss those profits into producing the next gen console, as aforementioned especially in light of how the economy is. As long as current systems are selling healthy( xbox 360 sales in particular are very healthy for a nearly 6 year old system), the generation will be with us a while longer.
Realizing that I slightly veered off-course, returning to my main point, I can't see the next gen being priced at ps3 launch levels. At most, I think you'll see xbox 360 launch pricing ($399).
I don't think the real next gen(not Wii U) will launch until the economy has stabilized so that they can launch at those prices.
Publishers have never seen sales like this before and they aren't stopping. No reason to intro a new console yet.
In other 3DS observations, I got three Mii Streepass tags the other day...though for two of them I totally cheated by going to Nintendo World at Rock Center. Though it was pretty awesome when I was sitting on the subway the other day playing Find Mii, and got a new tag notification right as the train pulled away. It was a black guy with dreads and glasses named Tim, and I started nonchalantly looking around my subway car trying to spot my new Mii's creator.