North America Is Killing The Xbox One

Hardcore Gamer: The Xbox One isn't dead; it's far from it, despite the silly web chatter. Those screaming of its downfall are clearly blind, or stupid -- I haven't decided yet. Despite the wailing naysayers, the Xbox One is, in fact, one of the fastest selling consoles to date. However, the issue isn't whether it's successful, or even whether its success will hold against the PlayStation 4's increasingly impressive numbers.

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ChaosKnight1507d ago

First California Condors and now this!? Shame on you, 'merica.

Mr Pumblechook1507d ago

"European people are often too busy smoking cigarettes, drinking unpronounceable liquors and bedding beautiful socialites."

You funny 'Muricans. I get that there is much love for Microsoft because they are home grown. As Europeans, we don't have our own national console to favour, so we just go for the one that's the best.

darthv721507d ago

this is what came to mind when i read your post:

vigilante_man1506d ago

I did not have much hope for this article but it tackles some very interesting issues.

Whether you agree with the content or not a better than average article written with some thought, not just for hits!

PoSTedUP1507d ago (Edited 1507d ago )

you can be the fastest selling console, and then the sales just plummet. thats what ppl are screaming. now, who's the stupid one? gah i hate "jounalist", im so glad im not one anymore.

[email protected] yeah, the fact that it got a huge marketing campaign on tv, stores are promoting it like crazy and giving incentives, and the sales still dropped around WiiU #'s and below ps3 sales. im not saying its dead; im callin it how i see it. im sure MS are certainly concerned, hence the price drop and giving titanfall away for free.

if i were MS i wouldnt try and lose money trying to get people to buy it when ppl may just not want it because the ps4 is cheaper and better. i would just ride it out and milk as much money as i can untill i have a good reason. similar to the ps3; they rode it out, dropped the price here and there and didnt spend too much money on marketing. they made the most money they could that way and lost a lot less than they would have. same with vita, why risk spending heavy money on marketing when the clear issue is that people dont want it as much as the 3DS. milk the vita for what its worth and make back what you can. the PS4 and 3DS sell themselves. ppl know that the X1 is out, 360 took a huge chunk of the market. there is a reason why the sales delined. i think they need a new SKU, a more powerful one. that TV stuff isnt cutting it, netflix youtube and hulu are on the ps3 and 360 and PC, thats all the majority really want as far as tv goes.

eh sorry for the rant guys.

LogicLee1507d ago

That's very true. Console success is hardly determined by the initial sales. It takes years to properly conclude whether it's a failure or not.

fermcr1507d ago (Edited 1507d ago )

Microsoft really screwed up their console.

I suspect European sales of the X1 are not very good... American sales are ok for now (I predict after Titanfall their sales will go low) and in Asia (I suspect very poor sales). I'm curious to see American sales for February 2014.

Microsoft can only blame them self for this.

EDIT: @uberpwnyexpress
Microsoft has to convince me and most other gamers to purchase the X1... and until now they haven't. That is one of their problems.
If you haven't figured out until now how Microsoft screwed their console, then just forget it.

Bernlock1507d ago

screwed up how? Do you own one yourself or forming an opinion based on nothing

4Sh0w1507d ago

Stupid statement. Now watch when sales are higher than ps4, for a month or two and silly journos imply ps4 is dying. I bet he will flop flop, call the media biased, say only in 'murica, say 101 other excuses just like flip flop on paying for online, and res gate so far this gen.

BX811507d ago

I strongly disagree with your comment. The console is fine. Now if you wanna say they screwed up the original message they sent out then I can agree with that.

Minute Man 7211507d ago

Original message as in restriction of ownership? Weaker hardware?

BX811507d ago

@Minute man

Out of all the consoles one has to be weaker. That doesn't make it a console not worthy of buying. I have both a PS4 and XB1. For me I have had way more fun on the XB1. Now since were talking of the original message, people love to bring it up and that's it. MS saw what the gamers wanted and changed their policies. So yeah it started bad and MS made drastic changes to make the XB1 more consumer friendly.

WilDRangeRrfc1506d ago

Well let me tell you why your opinion is wrong,I have PS4 love it I don't own X1 but soon as Gears Of War releases I will buy it.And there will be millions like me,same for Halo pal

Omni-Tool1506d ago

Could XB1 be this generations Pippin?

The XB1 seems to be having an identity crisis. It's like a teenage girl with low self-esteem in high school trying anything and everyone just to find her "click". Yeah, she may be easy but you wouldn't really brag to your friends about her either based on reputation alone. (just making a point about the console, not real people. Chill...)

Now, I'm not hating on MS. I respect them as a company because they have come a long way since DOS. And, before I'm called a "Sony FB", I can hate on PS4 just as equally but that would be off topic.

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Lior1507d ago

Why do most americans have stereotypical views about Europe

orionone1507d ago

Same reason most Europeans have stereotypical views about Americans?

G20WLY1507d ago

Saying "most Americans" is, in itself, stereotyping lol! You mean "some" ;)

Boody-Bandit1507d ago (Edited 1507d ago )

Lior don't take too much offense to it. Here in America we are equal opportunity stereo typers. In that would do it to everyone including ourselves.

I would break you out a list but it would go on forever. Personally I don't have nothing against anyone regardless of race, nationality, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation.

I'm a rare breed.

Aceman181507d ago

i am one american that has no desire to purchase an X1 until i see a configuration, and games other than Quantum Break that would make me want to purchase one.

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Sammy7771507d ago

MS should focus more on PC gaming and how to make a solid OS for Tablets when PC is done a few years down the line.

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SteamPowered1507d ago

You just contradicted yourself. Why would Microsoft focus on PC games if PCs are done in a few years? PC will not be done, ever.
I dont think you realize how many PC gamers there are out there....

HighResHero1507d ago

Yeah, I would go with 7 too if I was building a new rig.
Also agree that people have no idea how many PC gamers there are. A quick look at Steam stats alone should wake people up:
GOG is also growing rapidly and has a large community, along with others.

LexHazard791507d ago

MS has already said that they will support PC more! Not to mention DX12 @ GDC.

HighResHero1507d ago

Or they could could make a solid OS for laptops/PCs, for people that don't feel like downgrading to tablet specs. Otherwise people will have to switch to linux/steam, etc.
Windows 8 was a slap in the face to a lot of people, even though you can restore most of the Windows 7 functionality manually. They should probably get their act together and make products that people want instead of continuing to force things down people's throats.
That said, my gaming laptop has Windows 8 and I will make the best of it, but not everyone wants "tiles" or even touch screen functionality at all.
If their next OS isn't a step back in the right direction, I might have to skip it entirely.
I would really like to see them redeem themselves with the next Windows OS for a number of reasons.

SteamPowered1507d ago

Exactly. I don't like windows 8 making my pc act like a cell phone with apps and crap on screen.
I am building a HTPC with my tax money and I will definitely buy windows 7 for it.

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MightyNoX1507d ago

From the article:

"So why is North America killing the Xbox One? They’ve assembled a device that breaths ‘Merica, appeals to a range of folk that rarely exist outside of the States, and their attempt at remedying the issue by offering the Titanfall bundle in Europe is more of an insult toward those who dished out full price for the console than anything."

So by not offering a Titanfall bundle in the US, Microsoft basically believes domination of the US market is not a question of 'IF' but 'WHEN'?

Interesting...I still think reversing the NPD trend should be their first priority.

Why o why1507d ago

It would cost them more to subsidise NA than it would the UK. I'm sure EA would of put a block on that. They're already losing out by going exclusive.

Ketzicorn1507d ago

And the funny thing is the Titanfall bundle is offered in the US.

MightyNoX1507d ago

^ apologies, "A titanfall bundle price cut"

Ra30301506d ago

Microsoft assembled a devise that no one wants anywhere. And giving Titanfall away in any market is just plain desperate. Though I agree with you that it's a total insult and big middle finger to the Merica Xbox crowd.
Microsoft has many issues with the X1. First as a gaming machine though IDK it seems that the PS4 is a little more powerful. Second the Kinect is not a option and on the competition it is. Third we have a 100 dollars more in price that says "please, just go and buy the PS4".
Those are just a few issues that the X1 has going against it when consumers look at the X1 and PS4 side by side and they all favor the PS4 but the issues do not stop with those 3. Side by side the Xbox One is huge with parts that are large. Such as the Kinect and the power brick. 2 things you don't have for the base price of the PS4. With all that said I think I saved the biggest issue the X1 has for last and for me I don't understand it at all. It's the use of the TV options in the X1. Maybe someone with a Xbox One can explain how it's worth the cost. I'm not sure Microsoft has a message on this at all. But let's look at what we have. I/ we all have cable or Sat TV. My TV is cable ready so maybe I don't have a cable box but we'll say everyone does and same for Sat TV. Why in this world would anyone pay $500 to to get a X1 to run their TV through it? I have a TV remote that works fine. I don't see how it's a all in one box that I can remove my cable or Sat. TV boxes. Sure if I go with the X1 I could remove those things but in turn I would need to, to have room for the kinect and the power brick. So I don't see how that's a win. I would also need to pay for XBL and though it's not much but over time it adds to the cost. And depending on my internet provider my bandwidth may sky rocket and that to would add even more cost. So to me side by side with the PS4 I just don't see the Xbox One winning on any level. I was a Xbot with the 360 and the first xbox. It took me 2 seconds to decide the X1 was in no way for me. And based on current sales it looks like many people came to the same conclusions as I did. IMO the Microsoft shareholders have had about enough and a Xbox hardware sell is soon at hand.

LogicLee1507d ago

The fact that the Titanfall bundle isn't offered in the US is arrogant. They should focus on making those who spent $500 on day one happier... not the market they've never really controlled.

LexHazard791507d ago (Edited 1507d ago )

Hold on am I missing something here? I just saw TF commercial that said buy Xbox One get TF free. Wouldnt that be same as bundle?

beebap1506d ago

Price cut in uk as well as offering titanfall free in bundle. It was kind of good move but I have feeling it will not work out as well as wanted. As uk last gen was largely xbox 360 but xbox one is doing bad and with the way our prices and currency is microsoft was able to offer price cut so try get market share back to way it was with xbox 360. Interesting to see sales after titanfall is out of course this will spike sales briefy but what system seller is coming after this and when it be a long wait. Uk is also the funny image he described were downton abbey is set. So interesting that uk last gen was microsoft and prob like america would have loved the tv features except for one thing it too late most people are simply passed normal tv now gamers even casual gamers have already enough tech and choices now that tv is about streaming on demand.

NeloAnjelo1507d ago

This Is the fault of MS, and MS only.

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