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Do you trade in or sell your games? If not, the Xbox One's still unclear restrictions on second-hand games might not bother you. Do you live in an area with blazing, stable Internet? If so, you might not be concerned about the 24-hour check-ins required by the Xbox One. Even if those two issues haven't deterred you, there's one last thing to consider: price.
Sure, Sony is taking a different road than Microsoft with regard to ownership, but the biggest piece of news was the price. The PlayStation 4 will be offered at $100 less than the $499 Xbox One. For those consumers that decide not to purchase the optional camera, that's a big difference.
Today, Xbox president of interactive entertainment Don Mattrick addressed the cost discrepancy. "We're over-delivering value against other choices," Mattrick said in a conversation with Bloomberg TV. "$499 isn't a ridiculous price point. We're delivering thousands of dollars of value to people."
The conversation moved on after that, and Mattrick didn't go into detail about where the additional value was being generated. It would be unsurprising to learn that the Xbox One manufacturing expenses are more than $499 per unit. Video game hardware is typically a loss leader, with licensing fees for software making up the difference over time. We'd be interested to hear more about the valuation, as Mattrick's "thousands of dollars" seems high.
What do you think, does the $100 price difference make you hesitate? How would you view the price if Microsoft were to drop the used game and online connection restrictions (something unlikely to happen)?
[Source: Bloomberg TV]
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Sure, say it's worth "thousands of dollars of value" and don't explain why.
I love how Microsoft thinks that it is always right.
Sorry Don, but no one except you considers DRM an added value.
This post has thousands of dollars of value, if you're willing to believe it.
Thousands of dollars wasted on games that aren't allowed to be traded in?
Man look i hate Microsoft but this console has SOME good features(besides being online& used games). I love PlayStation which is why im getting a PS4. But of all the things the xbox one has that the PS4 doesn't is why this is 500 bucks. The PS3 was $599 because it was powered by cell,it had WiFi, and also the biggest thing is that it had Blue-Ray which at the time it was blooming. So when its all said and done either a) Microsoft will be the next Dreamcast or b) owning and xbox one or a ps4 will be the same as if we had a PS3 or 360. We will still have MS fan boys and PS fan boys.
Side Note: Nintendo still has the best 1st party games!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The PC, TV and blu ray players does 97% what the xbox one does without restrictions and everyone has these, they've been getting those "thousands of dollars" value for years now. Just focus on games and less restrictions.
I have a feeling that when the Xbox One actually releases, they'll come down in price a tad more. Maybe to $459. Or have a lite edition that only has a 250 GB harddrive.
Ok, I had a pre-order in and cancelled it. If they can show me the $1000's of value I would love to re-up that pre-order. I can still get the day one Xbox One so I would not miss that currently. MS, show me where this value is.
It's only more expensive because they're forcing people to buy a clunky add-on that used to be optional along with the console. Thousands of dollars worth my foot.
If they dropped the restrictions, I would consider it a fair price.
Maybe hundreds of thousands in bonuses for Mr. Mattrick.
OMG really MS everybody knows that the playstation is going to win this little war, this stunt isn't goin to help at all at this point there just thirst to get people to buy the Xbox 1
To hell with the $100, no one cares about that when games are already $70 a pop after tax and then DLCs..
That's not why people are upset with Xbox.