Try our new beta!Click here
Submitted by eezo 926d ago | opinion piece

After DRM and Self-Publishing Policies Flip Xbox One Needs Price Drop to Compete With PS4?

Microsoft has already gone back on two of their major decisions (policies) related to Xbox One, first one is Always-Online DRM and the other one is self-publishing rights to indie developers. Here is the list of other things (including "reducing price tag of Xbox One") Microsoft should consider going back on to even the battleground against Sony's PS4. (Xbox One)

ftwrthtx  +   926d ago
Technically they are already close to the same price, it's just Microsoft is forcing you to buy their Kinect camera and that makes up most of the difference.
Ibeenwaitingpatient   926d ago | Spam
T2  +   926d ago
Do we actually know how much kinect is worth? 100 seems to be general consensus but...
malokevi  +   926d ago
Apparently it costs almost as much to manufacture as the console itself, if that's any indication.

The first Kinect retailed for some $150, if that's any other sort of indication.

Lots of indications, no definite answers. Oh, launch window, you so confuz me.
rdgneoz3  +   926d ago
"The first Kinect retailed for some $150, if that's any other sort of indication."

That may be true, but the first PS3 retailed for 600... The PS4 is 200 less. And both are packing a lot more tech than their predecessors.
HammadTheBeast  +   925d ago
Apparently MS has given some bullshit price of $400 that people are touting around lol.

$80 tops.
Cupid_Viper_3  +   925d ago
@ rdgneoz3

Not to say that malokevi is correct or not in his assumption. But using Sony (Manufacturing Powerhouse) to make a point about Microsoft is a little misguided in my opinion.

That's like saying an apple should cost the same as an orange. Surely they're both fruits, but they're harvested and handled very differently, thus why apples normally cost more than oranges.
Blacksand1  +   926d ago
Do worry about the console. I see people paying $80-$100 a month for XBL & cable on X1. That's why MS went to the money system, because they fin to get paid from people watching t.v & XBL on X1.
#1.3 (Edited 926d ago ) | Agree(2) | Disagree(3) | Report | Reply
edonus   926d ago | Spam
joe90  +   926d ago
@eezo, all of your topics are how the Xbone is doomed and what it needs to do to try keep up with Sony,

I think you will be very suprised when the Xbox out sells the PS4,
GenericNameHere  +   926d ago
Well, considering the PS3 is outselling the Xbox 360 despite the latter having a year headstart and costing less (no, you can't use BUT Xbox is #1 in 'MURIKAH!! for 30+ months!! because America doesn't equal the worldwide market), I'd be very surprised to see the Xbone outsell PS4 LTD
#1.5.1 (Edited 926d ago ) | Agree(14) | Disagree(1) | Report
EXVirtual  +   926d ago
LOL, in your dreams. I'm betti ng even the Wii U will outsell the xbone. Even the OUYA outslod it in Amazon Canada!
jambola  +   925d ago
well that's america for you, the xbox 1 will most likely outsell the ps4 in america, but the thing a lot of americans seem to forget is that there is a world outside america.
MizTv  +   926d ago
Last time I looked $500 is alot more than $400
Rhinoceros  +   926d ago
Only early adapters are going to like Kinect. Everyone else is going to dig their heels into the ground and act like babies about it at first. Price drop not needed.
HammadTheBeast  +   925d ago
If you think that the Kinect costs more than the console itself, I don't know what to say to you.

You,re effectively saying that MS is taking a $400 hit on each console sold.
Rhinoceros  +   925d ago

Manufacturing the kinect costs "almost as much" as the X1
JunioRS101  +   925d ago
@ ftwrthtx

A lot of people are disagreeing with you, but you're actually correct.

Microsoft even said the Kinect costs MORE than $100, so the box itself is more like $350 in value.

But that's exactly why I am buying the PS4, I want a powerful gaming console not a super camera and oh yeah also a mediocre gaming machine on the side.
T2  +   926d ago
Im not going to say price drop is necessary but it would definitely help . As is there are some problems when ppl look at xbone compared to ps4... Price may indeed be one
Godz Kastro  +   926d ago
Not with Kinect in the box (which i want). So your answer for me is no. I used to buy an ipad/iphone every year... I know, I know ive stopped but just saying. People are used to shelling out cash for elctronics. If the x1 is around for 8 years that is an absolute steal because I would value this over my ipad a million times over.

$62 a year...
Hicken  +   926d ago
It needs a clear, game-centric focus that's expressed to gamers.

It needs to live up to what it's been said it can do.

Mostly, it just needs to take to heart that it's a video game console.
XboxFun  +   926d ago
"It needs a clear, game-centric focus that's expressed to gamers."

Dead Rising 3
Killer Instinct
Forza 5

Not to mention the many 3rd party games released at launch.

It is a video game system and just like the PS4 it can do many other things than just play video games.
ProphetOnFire  +   926d ago
You'll have to forgive my reluctance to value the opinion of a person for xbox who's name includes xbox. Hardly seems like an unbiased opinion. Lol
EXVirtual  +   926d ago
Seeing as the kinect apparently costs more to make than the console, I don't see a price drop anytime soon. And with Larson-Green as the new boss of the xbox division, I see a multimedia future for the XB1 (Even thoughit already has one).
dark-hollow  +   926d ago
"Seeing as the kinect apparently costs more to make than the console"

There is absolutely no way this is true.
EXVirtual  +   926d ago
I said apparently, even I have my doubts. Some guy on Reddit said so, but I take everything from reddit and especially NeoGAF with a grain of salt.
Rhinoceros  +   926d ago
You clearly don't understand how much sensors cost.
iBlackyi  +   926d ago
kinect costs more than the console itself? so they are making $500 loss with each console?LOL they want to make money and not giving free stuff for no reason.

And dont tell me: "They can afford the loss because they will make the money with their games"

On a base of 70 million sales like current gen, they would loose 35 billion $, just for being friendly, or what?
#5.2 (Edited 926d ago ) | Agree(1) | Disagree(1) | Report | Reply
Ripsta7th  +   926d ago
It needs to advertise games more than tv ! But im pretty sure the xbox1 will do well, its a well known brand plus MS never fails at advertising
T2  +   925d ago
somewhat agree but not with the last statement... zune, windowsphone, and surface are all microsoft flops.
Also the price of the kinect is important to me because I want to know how much tech money was left in the device and how much was used for kinect. whether or not I want kinect, and for now I do not, I want the best gaming machine, not camera.
ABeastNamedTariq  +   926d ago
It just needs to appeal to the core gamer, because causal or uniformed people who play games aren't usually going to preorder a console and line up to support you day one. They've been all over the place, when they just need to focus on the core gamers. Look how that turned out for Sony (read: Fantastic). Most welcomed the system with open arms, and the preorders showed that. MS on the other hand tried to f*ck with us, and now have to try harder to win most core gamers over (who already preordered a PS4). But they're off to a good start. Like I said before, they can aim for the core gamer, or aim for the casuals, and we will respond accordingly.
My_Outer_Heaven  +   926d ago
A price drop will not happen not whilst they bundle Kinect. I still won't be getting an Xbone anytime soon, if ever. Just because they flipped there policies and change few other things to make them more appealing doesn't mean I suddenly trust them. MS fans should be thanking Sony.
jah-Fu  +   925d ago
I'm thanking sony because now all the 13 y/o jerkoffs will now be on PSN and away from xbox live. Here's to hoping.
My_Outer_Heaven  +   925d ago
I bet a majority of those kids you speak of are too loyal to MS now. They probably don't understand what been going on in the gaming industry as much so they stick to what they already know. I imagine most kids will stick to using there 360's for quite some time.
T2  +   925d ago
I pray you are wrong... that's what I loved about my 600 dollar ps3, zero little kids. when i played halo for the first time I was literally shocked, it was like a bomb went off in my mic, kids yelling, screaming, singing, swearing.
Literally like sitting down in the middle of a kindergarten.
6DEAD6END6  +   926d ago
They wont drop the price until late next year but it doesnt need one right now, they just need to show people why they should go out and spend $499 on it.
Dno  +   926d ago
ol I remember when all the sony fans were saying its a great price because of Blu-ray ol. Now Xbox fans are saying its a great price because of Kinect.

As with the ps3 milions will not care about anything but the gaming. PS4 will sell more if xbox is 100 dollars more then ps4 for a long time.
tracyllrkn  +   926d ago
Despite all the bad PR, the X1 will still sell.
jamsam360  +   926d ago
The new Kinect is not going to make you stand up and flail around your body. Microsoft said they are going to leave the Kinect functionality to the developers. Except straight up Kinect games of coarse. I think mainly it will be used for voice in aaa games. Its going to be as bad as uninformed people make it out to be!
jmc8888  +   926d ago
Voice in AAA games doesn't need Kinect. You do realize the same can be achieved via microphone in a headset right? You don't need a Kinect sensor or all that goes with it.

It's a data device more than it is a gaming peripheral.
#12.1 (Edited 926d ago ) | Agree(2) | Disagree(3) | Report | Reply
jmc8888  +   926d ago
Kinect is still rightfully a deal breaker for everyone that understands how badly you can be messed over by your information. Also by the knowledge that people out there are seeking your information to screw you over.

It's not cool to dismiss the real problems with Kinect. Some people are tired of reality being shown to them. They just want to put their heads into the sand. These people are morons, dupes, and shills. They live in fantasy land. Don't get screwed because some moron announced it wasn't cool to know reality.

So the most advanced piece of spytech ever created is being required to be used (stupidly) by the corporation that has pissed on your privacy the most (and for at least 18 years...what was the reason before the idiotic 9/11 rationales?), and by a group of people that want your data....the gov't, the corporations that run the gov'ts spying (Snowden worked for Booz Allen Hamilton, not the gov't), Microsoft itself, and all the 3rd party corporations that want your data.

Yeah...nothing to worry about. Right? Like locking an alcoholic in a brewery overnight.

The reality is, none of us are indestructible. All of us can be exploited through our data. Kinect2 is the holy grail of data exploitation, and the people in control of it, are known exploiters of your data. They've even come out and told you they were going to do it.

$100 more for this device along with weaker specs is very hard to justify in a great depression.

If, and this next part is the ONLY part that is speculative, is IF they need to downclock the Xbox One, and IF their asinine rush to market results in a rash of broken consoles, then they will have a major problem on their hands.

I loved my 360, other than all the technical problems, but their asinine position of allowing myself to be spied on and exploited it too far. So they've lost $2,000-3,000 from me, when you consider the console, no xbox live, and well over $10 fee they collect for the over 100 360 games I have.

They won't get that from me, or anyone else that understands reality trumps gaming every time. Spying is the reality, and the Kinect2 is the holy grail. They do not value privacy and their slogan is an outright lie. They just want you to THINK they do. Well I don't fall for perception games. If they want to say 'your privacy is our priority', then perhaps they shouldn't of sold my privacy down the river for at least 18 years. Perhaps they shouldn't of allowed their products to be one Edward Snowden keystroke away from some corporation's low level employee.

Because all these hacks need is your email address, or IP address, and they can get everything you've ever down connected to that account. Your email. Your word documents, etc. They have backdoors in their OS. They kept fixes of security flaws off the market so gov't/corporations could exploit them (and you).
jah-Fu  +   925d ago
Paranoid much? You have a phone, use the internet, email? I bet i or anyone could figure out your friends, what you like, your town, job just by facebook. And people GIVE up that info. If you think kinect is the doorway to spying, wow. Go live in the woods and disconnect.
solidworm  +   926d ago
MS have no wiggle room. They are already selling at a loss, any more of a drop and they will be royally screwed. Just gonna have to suck it up and hope they sell enough software to make up the drop off.
jmc8888  +   926d ago
If privacy is so important, then allow people to disconnect Kinect. We are living in times that necessitate this. That's the reality.

Otherwise their slogan is just more smoke being blown up everyone's butts.

Just think what all could be gleamed through such a search method, by non-gov't employees mind you. Just think how many criminals can have access to your data. Not to mention our gov't. Just think about getting phone calls for marriage counseling, if you get into arguments, or family counseling if families are arguing.

It's not just one way of spying, or one way of being exploited, Kinect2 gives thousands of corporations, and literally tens of thousands (if not more) people a broad spectrum ability to exploit you and the data will be with you and everyone for the rest of your lives.

Enjoy your trojan horse spray painted with 'We're going to spy on you' all over it. Then remember, you're paying someone to do this.

I wish it wasn't like this. Its not about one entity vs another. It's right vs wrong. I happily owned both last generation. It was MS's idiotic decisions that forced me to part from them.

Also what happens when Kinect2 goes into an update loop like happened often with Kinect1? You can't unplug this one to fix it like you could with Kinect1 and the 360.
#15 (Edited 926d ago ) | Agree(2) | Disagree(1) | Report | Reply
dodo101  +   926d ago
Getting sick of xbone fanboys already...
Are people really serious about the kinect?
To me it is still a gimmick and always will be.
Ok cool you have all this "awesome" stuff you will probably never use.
DeathDealer   926d ago | Spam
YNWA96  +   926d ago
Kinect can tell you the sex of an unborn child.... Kinect can tell me what jmc8888 is doing. Usually those most paranoid over these things are the ones with something to hide....

Dudu101, can you not sleep at night over this? Why does it bother you, open a article about PS then. Just like Maria come 3rd, you come into these places looking for trouble, then say, oh why people come after me, attack me, all while jmc8888 is looking over his shoulder.....
#18 (Edited 926d ago ) | Agree(1) | Disagree(2) | Report | Reply
dodo101  +   926d ago
I'm not looking for trouble i just don't understand the hype for kinect and people defending xbone.
Atleast maria comes with facts most of the time and people just can't take that.
#18.1 (Edited 926d ago ) | Agree(4) | Disagree(1) | Report | Reply
classic19  +   926d ago
both ps4&x1 cameras are pointless to me, all i need is a controller, in the launch line up who cares, i be getting othere games but come next e3 ps4 will smash in my opinion, cluster balls yea you
YNWA96  +   925d ago
Maria just puts up links, opinions, not hyped about kinect, but if every one has it, better development for it, not defending X1, but why does it get to you? I like games, any system, bashing another is stupid.... And sorry, its dodo, not eyes screwed me...
jairusmonillas  +   925d ago
They made Xbox One to spy on gamers' houses.
hazardman  +   925d ago
This comment was a response for another comment but i made mistake and posted here. My bad fellas and lady gamers.

@Iamsuperman, regarding price,
I feel like it fine where it is. I mean I paid $600 for my PS3 and $500 for my XB360 Pro respectively. Also I thought upcoming systems were gonna be around $450/$500. So im not crying about it.

The people that think price is a problem are in the wrong hobby!
#22 (Edited 925d ago ) | Agree(1) | Disagree(1) | Report | Reply
Kydawg  +   925d ago
They don't need a price drop, they need to drop every xbone into the garbage.
#23 (Edited 925d ago ) | Agree(4) | Disagree(0) | Report | Reply
PaperMan  +   925d ago
Price drop would be good but they need more games that make you want it more.

If the console had better games the price can be justified. I purchased a PS3 because of the games I could play on it, not because of the price.
Khajiit86  +   925d ago
I will buy a PS4 day one, and I know very soon after launch I will get an Xbox One. I really do not want a Kinect camera though. Damn you Microsoft!
MultiConsoleGamer  +   925d ago
Microsoft isn't actually concerned with Sony or the PS4.

In before a torrent of disagree votes, ridicule and no u replies from people who really don't know the current state of the industry.

Add comment

You need to be registered to add comments. Register here or login
New stories

Amazon Video Game Deals of the Week: 2/11 Update

11m ago - Gamerdeals: "2016 kicks off with video game deals and sales on PS4, Xbox One, PS3, PC, Xbox 36... | Nintendo DS

Final Fantasy IX Review I Pocket Gamer

21m ago - Players could say that one of the things that the Final Fantasy series has lost over the years is... | Final Fantasy IX

Guess N4G Game of the Year Winners, win a $300 Amazon Gift Card

Now - Also enter for a chance to win a gift card for writing a user blog, writing a user review, or being a top contributor for the month. | Promoted post

IO: New Hitman story a 'contemporary thriller', has strong focus on characters

24m ago - Narrative has always been a major part of the Hitman games, but this year's title will be able to... | PC

Need For Speed - First PC Screenshots Revealed

24m ago - Electronic Arts has released the first set of screenshots for the PC version of Need For Speed. | PC

Steel Series Apex M800 keyboard review - GamesReviews

1h ago - From GamesReviews: "The name is immediately followed by the claim of “World's fastest mechanical... | PC