Agreed although the $500 pricetag is reasonable to me. That's what PS3, Xbox 360 launched at. I was honestly thinking that this gen the prices were going to go up yet again....to like $750 or something crazy. The fact that they managed to keep it around the same launch price as last time is a good thing.
THe problem is this Next gen isnt really "Next Gen" Theres no huge leap in graphics, Its more of a up/sidegrade. If you added up all their parts for a consumer you'ld be looking at around 400. That doesnt take into account the huge discounts they get from buying bulk etc. Thats the problem, You may feel comfortable at that price but for 200 bucks more Ill buy a laptop with better graphics* and is mobile
Edit: And I forgot to mention the Kinect is driving the price up too, and its a feature no one really wants. Its a tacked on gimmick, that's raising the price.
Edited, Jun 10th 2013 2:49pm by BeanX