The lights are on
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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It seems to me that Microsoft is trying to tell consumers what they want, similarly to what Sony did with the PS3 all those years ago. The problem is, Microsoft's "features" and what they imply for the future of the industry (assuming the XB1 is successful) legitimately scare me, especially since, as others have pointed out, gamers have a tendency towards extreme brand loyalty.
It's not just the price tag, its everything else that is pushing Sony above Microsoft for me.
Microsoft is convinced if they shout loudly and for long enough that "The sky is not falling", then people will believe them. But for me, the sky fell apart the moment they began to open their mouths. Whether it's the extra $100, or the snub to our soldiers serving abroad, or the blatant disregard for the gaming masses, this has been a cluster bomb from the start. Telling us "trust me, it's totally worth the cost" doesn't move me to action like they think it should.
This next-gen war has been interesting to me. Its kinda funny how last next-gen war had the PS3 being so much higher, but offered "$1000" in added value with the Blu-Ray and 1080P features along with the hardware to support the 7.1 surround sound and full HD 3D features that came later. At the time MS (and it's evangelists) "threw mud" at Sony saying it wasnt for gamers and the value they only cared about were the games. But here we are in this current war and the tables have turned. Price and a promised "thousands of dollars of value" are the key points.
IMO both will do great games. Both will have great gaming value. The real question comes down to your lifestyle, and maybe your allegiance (but hopefully on a much smaller scale). Both companies will claim it is the future of gaming, but they shouldn't determine that, we should. And we will via our purchasing. Hell, paying to be able to play on-line should have never been a standard but enough people paid their xbox live fees and now it is the standard for both systems. What standards will we allow to be set in this next-gen?
I love Xbox and Microsoft but Don Mattrick is an absolute tool. Idk why they ever give that guy a mic lol. More to the point though the $100 isn't a deal breaker for me, especially with what MS has done with it's server infrastructure. I just can't wait to talk to my gaming system and watch movies while also watching previews to that movie's sequels!
My farts smell like roses. See I can lie too.