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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I dont think ill buy this simply because of the checking in online, in 15 years when this system is no longer supported by MS will I be able to play it or will it be a paper weight? I never sell my old systems i have almost everything dating back to the original NES and i do still play them all pretty frequently, so if I cant continue to play after the manufacturer stops supporting it then i wont support it now, and since GI only does replays of systems from a generation ago or older would this mean we will never see a REPLAY episode featuring an xbox one game?
There is a certain amount of value yes. Sony could come out and say the same thing about their service/console. Yet it's still less expensive. Sure the Xbox One comes with the mandatory Kinect, but even if the Sony eye was included it would still be $40 cheaper.
At this point, it wouldn't make a difference even if they were equally priced. MS came in with what they believe is ideal for the majority of gamers, and it would seem they were wrong.
If MS were to drop the DRM issues and the daily check in it would be a step in the right direction. Then, they would have to make Kinect optional. I don't want to be forced into buying something I'm not interested in, especially with all the reports that it pretty much always watches what you do.
really i just love to see were are the 1000 of dollar in value difference from the PS4. The PS4 have a more powerful cpu and ram (xbox 1 uses 5gig for gaming the rest is for other function of the console ).
The only thing going for it is the kinect and really i don't like to have an artifact that is on all the time listening to what i am saying. The other thing that scares me is that the console run on windows and every one know that windows is not the most trust worthy OS. LOL imagine playing a game or watching Tv and the blue screen of death appears. LOL imagine trying to watch TV or to play a game but the Xbox doing a disk diafragment or a trojan horse triying to f#$%^& your xbox one . I imagine that it will require and antivirus and malware. This console could easy become a nightmare.
I think that this is just some bs tagline, ps4 will use something simlar
I like coming home from work, sitting on the couch and playing a game for a couple hours, but now I feel like I have to memorize a list of what i can and what I cant do, so are we just going to be renting these games from Microsoft? since they hold the power of what we can do with them?