Microsoft’s Price Point

The price of Xbox One has been a raging debate since E3. Is it that much of an issue?

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iamnsuperman1553d ago (Edited 1553d ago )

"If the market exists, Microsoft is barrelling toward obscene profitability should it provide great games to play. That didn’t materialize on Xbox 360, the Kinect 1.0 now a dusty collector’s item. Hopefully Microsoft learned its lesson from that disaster."

That is the problem it was a quick fad which faded quickly. I feel Microsoft should have focused the tech away from gaming and more on the business/retail market. Or looking at ways to cut the cost down. Sell it to laptop companies as the camera and get retail shops on board. You know have an awesome online shopping tool. It didn't need to be extensive just mapping the clothing on the body type

I feel the price is a big issue for the mass market. A consumer will see similar looking system (as in they both play FIFA/COD...) but one is $100 more expensive. It doesn't take a genius to realise which one they will go for

ala_7671551d ago

Whatever the reason it may be... But current situation shows that high chances are M$ won't dominate the next gen.... Only time can tell us....

thetruthx11551d ago

It will come down to the games. I would love to play a new Uncharted on the ps4 and outlast looks like a game I would like. I'm a huge Gears of War fan and even though it gets criticism I'm very interested in Ryse. Both systems will have amazing games

UltimateMaster1551d ago

I don't think the price is a huge argument.
It's Just that nobody wants it...

Septic1551d ago

But the mass market will look at things like bundled camera, voice control, Skype features etc and that will surely sway them towards the X1 will it not?

It all depends on how well MS market the thing too. Plus the cablebox capabilities are things the mass market should swallow up.

nukeitall1551d ago (Edited 1551d ago )

Kinect itself judged on the merit of the predecessor is somewhat of unfair.

Once Kinect One gets in consumers hand they see the wonders, I strongly believe they will buy into the idea.

It is kind of like Wii, how do you explain the fun you have with it?

The original Kinect sold by the boatload, and the next one is just so much more.

The possibilities of that advanced, yet simplistic input method could revolutionize gaming.

Touch screen is making mice irrelevant and who knows, one day Kinect might be so good it replaces the controller.

It is certainly starting to replace the remote already!

GodGinrai1551d ago


people seem to forget that the TV/skype/twitch and the possibility of windows apps could be a big deal for the average consumer. Ms should make a wireless keyboard and mouse to compliment the apps, or allow us to use KB+Ms of our choosing.

The reality is, that $100 difference will only be more attractive for people who want JUST a games console. MS have a device that is a bit more than a games console to be fair. Others will be attracted to the idea of a box that can be a bit more than a games console in the living room.

Thehyph1551d ago

It's 25% more expensive than ps4, but that seems to matter 110% to those who aren't buying one anyway.
I'm buying a ps4, but I wouldn't necessarily call it cheaper. If you factor in that I already have the companion device plus I will probably buy the camera, then I will have spent more than an Xbox One costs. Obviously those are things I didn't/don't have to buy, but to get all the features that the system provides, you do have to pay more than an Xbox One.

no_more_heroes1553d ago

That's one of the two main sticking points that remain for me. They still have time before release (and at least two more games conferences) to convince me to get an X1 sooner rather than later.

I was always gonna get one (no pun inte...ah who am I kidding?), it was just a matter of either years, or maybe month before I did so. Recent changes mean "within a year" is now much more likely.

Still not before the ps4 though. Been wanting to play PS2 for ages but my laptop is far too weak and I can't afford a decent enough gaming pc right now.

andibandit1551d ago

Im figuring ms will slash the price once ps4 pulls too far ahead

koolaid2511551d ago

I know that Microsoft can undercut Sony by $50 they have the money to do so. I also think that this gen last 5 years just my opinion.

Thepharaoh1551d ago

A price cut would really boost console sales to help Microsoft back on their feet.Making the whole kinect optional would also be a great way to get some product of the shelve. The have the games the extra features and the established reputation now all they need is a fair price

JBSleek1551d ago

Back on their feet? The system hasn't even come out yet....

Hicken1551d ago

And yet they've already done quite a commendable job of painting themselves into a corner, don't you think? Alienating the group you need to get your console's install base started isn't exactly a smart plan, but Microsoft's done it, nonetheless.

Sure, it'll still sell at launch, but I think most of that will be on its name, alone. And those soles won't be anywhere near what they could have been.

nosferatuzodd1551d ago

go ms go no you'll make it go

GodGinrai1551d ago

They should knock $80 off, keep kinect and take the short term hit in profit loss.

I dont think they should back down from bundling kinect though. Now that it comes with every machine devs can really experiment with it. but for the sake of being compeative on a price point, they should lower the RRP before launch.

valknight1551d ago

Actually not a terrible idea. They always lose money on console sales.. might be worth it to get the console in the hands of those people who want to cry about the cost

GodGinrai1551d ago

Indeed. I have already pre ordered mine. But for MS own sakes I think they should just bite the bullet and possibly reap the rewards of a rapid uptake in their console. plus they will make it back on XBL and game sales anyways.

Sitdown1551d ago

$50 price break is suffice..... makes it cheaper than ps4 camera bundle.

andibandit1551d ago

Lets be honest, the ps4 camera bundle wont sell anywhere near the pure ps4. Microsoft has to compete with the latter at 399 $, and the fact that the kinect makes their bundle more expensive is their own gamble....which could pay off in the long run.

Sitdown1551d ago

That is the marketing strategy...... for only $50 more you hey a camera bundled that allows you to do all these extra things. More bang for your buck. $450 is more win win than I believe $399 is..... speaking from Microsoft's perspective of course.

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