They're both a lot of money. Once they cross the $300 threshold, they're both too expensive IMO. Unfortunately, that's just what it costs. Personally, I think both companies should offer cheaper versions. Drop the Blu-Ray from each and set the Kinect cameras on fire. I'd be willing to download the games at release if they couldn't fit everything on a single disc. Or they could just do like they've been doing and include 2 discs, one which has to be installed. $100 isn't a significant difference when taken over the entire lifespan of the console. The root problem is that both companies are charging too much to begin with. Both companies took losses up front on their machines at the last release. I've seen estimates of like $100 to $150. Some well higher if they cost of Blu-Ray development and the cost of building a processor from the ground up is included for Sony. This time they aren't taking a loss from some of the estimates I have seen. Microsoft is looking at breaking even or possibly a small profit at the start. I've seen one estimate that has Sony's cost of manufacturing at $275. Neither is concerned with trying to win people over. I think both companies are content on their user base and this time they won't take a big hit up front to try and win people over. I probably won't get either for some time. I'm gonna play some of the current gen games they have that look good. Getting Arkham Origins probably today and I'll probably snag BF4 next week. Not sure bout COD. I didn't like the last one at all. They have to win me over for me to buy Ghosts.