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medman  +   463d ago
This author, in my opinion, has got it all wrong. Just because Microsoft chooses to charge a premium, doesn't mean the Xbox One is a premium device. It simply means they are robbing you blind, as they have for years in charging for their live gold all while collecting money hand over fist from gamers and advertisers alike. The PS4 has technically superior specifications. Your argument for premium could only be true if the One were offering a better experience with superior hardware. It is quite the opposite. They offer inferior hardware and demand everyone implement kinect whether you're interested in the camera or not. Making that camera mandatory is self serving for microsoft, it doesn't benefit the average consumer. And your analogy stating "That’s what high income men aged 18-34 are paying for. Do you think they don’t have an internet connection? Do you think they need to sell their games? Do you think they care about their privacy with all those gadgets around them? They need people to tell them how cool and succesful they are, to confirm their status quo and that’s what Xbox One helps them achieve." is false. High income individuals already control their A/V setups with proprietary apps on their tablets or smart TV's. These apps allow a far greater level of control than the Xbox One could ever offer. So out of the box, the device is obsolete for these people. As the owner of a fairly substantial A/V system, I already have the functionality Microsoft is trying to peddle with the One. I can do it better. Right now. From my tablet, smartphone, and smart TV. So what exactly are they selling? An overpriced, underperforming box that may have some interesting exclusive games Microsoft has paid through the teeth for, but little else of value to me. That does not constitute premium, sir. Sony, meanwhile, has the better horsepower, a better design of the system from an engineering perspective, better first party exclusives, and no restrictions on the content I buy. Game over.
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