Originally Posted by extralife
I wouldn't say 1200 dollars is reasonable, but I'm also fairly certain you could build a computer for 600 dollars that would run a game like Crysis 3 as well as the Xbone. the consoles will scale better over time given their RAM capabilities, 8 core processors, and general optimization from developers that don't have a choice, but from a day one perspective they are extremely underwhelming.
$600 is probably what a 2-year old, $1200 computer would be worth today. The CPU I have is like $100 at this point, GPU is $200 and those are retail prices, not wholesale like Microsoft and Sony are paying.
Edit: Looked it up, apparently I built it in 2009 at $1000. Many of my parts are discontinued, and I've since upgraded the RAM for $70 and the GPU for $220. If that can play Crysis 3 at high to very high settings at 1080p, both of these new consoles should have no issue.