Xbox One price drop, redesign and other big E3 2015 predictions
The big day is coming. And that means the big announcements are coming.
There will always be some that we completely didn’t expect, but there’s always even more that we can pretty accurately predict. So, let’s do that.
Here’s what could happen next month at E3 2015.
There’s already been some rumors that Sony will lower the price of the PlayStation 4 from $400 to $350. Even though the company hasn’t commented on them, it seems like a good time to do it. This would make it even more competitive to the similarly priced Xbox One. And it would be a smart move to help sell more consoles during the big holiday season. Plus, short of doing a shockingly good bundle, it needs a way to widen the installed-base of its hardware.
Since Microsoft’s event goes before Sony, this one will be tricky. If it hears any solid thing about Sony dropping the PS4 price by $50, I’d bet it does the same at the end of its own press conference. Microsoft has already started to align the Xbox One with the PS4 in terms of price and it’s done well for it. I doubt it wants to be on the losing end of the cost war. Like Sony, this would let it stay competitive and hit the holiday season hard.
There’s a fairly old rumor that Microsoft will show off a redesigned version of the Xbox One, possibly with the cable functions taken out, that will be $50. That way it can have its price drop. You’d think this surprising, but considering it was quick to remove the Kinect to, we assume, help lower the price of the Xbox One, maybe it wouldn’t be. Usually, companies redesign the console and keep the price, but Microsoft could use a big move like this to top what Sony is doing.
It’s about time Nintendo ends the Wii U with a Star Fox-fueled bang and starts working toward its next console, the NX. It’s unlikely that the company will show off the new console during E3 this year, but it could tease its new technology. And maybe it teases that with The Legend of Zelda, since it was just delayed out of this year. It would keep the game alive and start building interest in something that it can contrast with the Wii U’s less-than-amazing reception.