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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The biggest problem I have is with their used games policy. I guess I should cancel my Gamefly subscription now! I'll still end up getting each console, but not all at once and not until 2014 or 2015. Things are so messed up right now, I don't trust ANY OF THEM, Sony or MS. I wanna see how this all plays out first.
No not really if you actually read the fine print of the Xbox one this is a system for the future we may not think of it as good yet but once you hook up your cable box it basicly apple tv just for five hundred dollars if you willing to spend thousands on a apple tv why wouldn't you buy one for five hundred they will have used games too just a long process to trade them and even online trading there making it futuristic. Because they want the console to last for years think about all the stuff that moving in that direction Xbox just took the first step
Well I sure hope this helps people who are opting for the X1 anyway. I want those gamers to get more out of this console if they're dead set on getting it, like some of my friends who deny Sony's existence.
Meanwhile, I'll be sticking with the PS4. Good luck, all you Microsoft loving gamers. Good luck.
I'm not spending $100.00 for a camera that I don't want.
Okay yeah *** this guy. While they may be delivering a lot of content it already costs more than Sony's for both the subscription service AND the console itself. They really don't have a valid statement/point/argument here. They're probably just gonna try and earn back whatever fees the licensing cost like for Blu-Ray and whatever else.
Microsoft seriously needs better public promoters for the Xbox One. This guy is a f**king idiot, always sticking his foot in his mouth.
As a gamer I never really saw games or console costs as something I worried about too much. The price was what it was. To me it was what I wanted to play. If I wanted to buy Halo 4, there was always a way to earn that money for the game that I wanted. Once I bought the game, it was my property and I could do what i liked with it. (within the confines of the law) I think that if a gamer wants a certain game, they wont always worry about the price as much if the game (or console in this case) will be worth playing. Until I read this i didn't even stop to consider the prices of the new consoles. I knew i would probably get one but it was in no way based on their price, only their abilities and how I could use them to enhance my gaming experience. As of right now, the PS4 has got my vote as it seems to care more about my wants and needs as a gamer but only time will tell. I might be standing alone with this thought but i hope it helps answer the question.
So...what they mean is, shut up and be glad we didn't make this a $2000 console? >: