79% Of Gamers Say They Won't Buy Cheaper $399 Xbox One

A new report from Dealnews market research has surveyed gamers about trends and choices in the gaming industry and even with Phil Spencer still trying to spin gold out of the fecal-policies that were put into place last year when the Xbox One originally debuted, it still isn't enough to win over a very stubborn and very steadfast gaming audience.

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CYCLEGAMER1170d ago (Edited 1170d ago )

So it is obviously not all about the games, kinect, price, features, or policies. It seems to be more about emotions, hype, and allegiance.

Hopefully e3 will change some

NatureOfLogic_1170d ago (Edited 1170d ago )

If Amazon best sellers is anything to go by, It's pretty obvious that no one is anticipating the $399 Kinectless Xbox One's. I believe the kinectless Xbox One will still receive a small boost in sales. I just don't think It will be enough to close the gap between PS4 like some are expecting.

ats19921170d ago Show
NewMonday1170d ago

- the PS4 has more games both digitally and in retail, this gives it a bigger more prominent shelf space and store display, this is a big issue people underestimate.

- the PS4 is more powerful and 3rd party games like CoD , BF3 run better on the console.

- Sony made a winning bet on WD and Destiny, these 2 games prove the most wanted new IP and cross promotion is giving the PS4 mind-share prominence.

- a large chunk of the core gamer market have already bought a console and few are willing to buy another console this soon.

- the WiiU is competing hard for the 2nd console spot, the XB1 is getting sandwiched.

- I't could just be me but MS seem to spend less on marketing this time around, less financial returns means less money to re-invest in advertising.

nicksetzer11170d ago (Edited 1170d ago )

This is all a matter of who was interviewed, were they PS fanboys? PC elitists? Do they have interest in any gaming consoles? Or are they just randoms picked out of a crowd .... surveys are pointless as you do not get appropriate points thanks to all the unknowns of your audience being surveyed.

You could survey 5000 people on if they use the internet, and say "only 12% of people use the internet" (with no reference to the those surveyed) if those 5000 are from some 3rd world country it kinda makes the survey pointless.

This survey with it's lack of information is a farse.

However, all that aside, the survey is absolutely irrelevant, but the article completely fabricates %'s out of thin air.

From the sourced survey:
"Our survey shows that 43% of Xbox 360 users have not bought a current-generation console because of price. But 58% of those very same users said they also wouldn't buy the Xbox One at the lower price of $399"

Thatguy-3101170d ago

Exactly and people will counter your statement by saying it isn't out yet but let's not forget how the ps4 stayed within the top 10 when it was in its pre-order face. I'm curious to see how much of am impact this price reduction will do to the Xbox. They have a good chance to pull it off with a great E3 showing.

Tetsujin1170d ago

I want games, not a cheaper console. So far outside the original Killer Instinct there's no games which fits my standards that scream "play me" that I can't find somewhere else. And before people start arguing a list of games, some do spark my interest however I need actual game play, not some trailer(s) and a ton of hype.

The price helps, however not enough.

georgeenoob1170d ago (Edited 1170d ago )


"The PS4 has more games both digitally and in retail"

The Ouya has more games than PS4, what's your point? Quality > Quantity. With that said, the only real exclusives that held any hype at all on PS4 were Knack, Infamous, and Killzone (two of them had bad reviews). The rest are multiplatform or indies that most gamers don't know exist.

X1 drastically outnumbers PS4 in AAA with Killer Instinct, Dead Rising 3, Ryse, and Forza 5, and Titanfall. The only multiplatform game is Titanfall, that's it.

After E3, MS will outnumber Sony exclusives AT LEAST 3:1, since almost every one of Sony's first party studio confirmed they aren't making an appearance. MS ALREADY has almost a dozen announced games going into E3 on top of their unannounced games, whereas Sony only has The Order, Driveclub, and Uncharted.

As for the poll, I wonder what percent of that number own a PS4 and/or are fanboys. Polls are known to be swarmed by trolls.

choujij1170d ago (Edited 1170d ago )

@georgeenoob "Polls are known to be swarmed by trolls."
That must be so frustrating for you.

OT: Can't say I'm surprised by the results. It's not a price-drop, it's a de-bundling.

I really think this is just temporary, so they can sell the system separately at $399 to those who will buy it at that price, before being forced to legitimately drop it's standalone price. But in all likelihood, a game bundle at $399 will have to be attempted first.

Unreal011170d ago


I don't...I don't even. Right I know those games are exclusive, but AAA, are you serious? Why do continue to ignore the good stuff on PS4: Infamous, KZ:SF, FFXIV, Resogun, Knack, Outlast, all of the great free indies it's been getting, etc.

I feel there's no hope for you.

DigitalHope1170d ago

Finally something everyone can agree with George about.


Why most of us went PS4, we have both in spades, especially the quality.

AceBlazer131170d ago

If anyone is surprised by those statistics they have to be stupid. Xbox just bearly exists in the best sellers

DragonKnight1170d ago

"It seems to be more about emotions, hype, and allegiance."

It's actually because no one trusts Microsoft. The consumer market isn't something to be trifled with or controlled the way MS tried to do, they don't forget quickly either. MS is going to have to work long and hard to win back that 79%, not just have one good E3.

T21170d ago

As usual,georgenoob states that sony doesn't have AAA becuz they aren't announcing all at E3 but of course he will count halo, gears and any 3 second clip that ms shows for games with no release dares that everyone already knows are coming.
Meanwhile in the real world ms has zero games till fall at bare minimum if not longer,and will be raped in sales.
The more good news for ms from this article is that it looks like some people are at least interested in the cheaper sku, if only a small percentage

Pogmathoin1170d ago (Edited 1170d ago )

Cinema blend is a very reliable source. Survey was done outside game stores on same day as infamous second son release..... Purely coincidental...... Oh what the hell.... The next 10,000 who were not surveyed, 87% would buy X1....... Who knows????

Concertine, Disagree, bubble down and move on..... That an anthem on this site? Regardless of valid points, not pro Sony, then Disagree, bubble down and move on???

Skips1170d ago (Edited 1170d ago )

"With that said, the only real exclusives that held any hype at all on PS4 were Knack, Infamous, and Killzone (two of them had bad reviews)."

Except you forgot FFXIV which has the same meta score as Titanfall (86)... And MLB: 14 which has a meta score of (83). A sports game that scores higher than a racing game like Forza 5 (80). lmao

"X1 drastically outnumbers PS4 in AAA with Killer Instinct, Dead Rising 3, Ryse, and Forza 5, and Titanfall."

Except Ryse is garbage, and Killer Instinct is a small F2P downloadable XBL arcade game... Soooo why exactly are you counting those games?

InTheLab1170d ago

I'm jumping on board this year. I've bashed Ms since the reveal and they've reversed all that crap and took it a step beyond with the removal of pay walls and a ton of games.

Might pick one up this fall. Of course I remember the sh$& they tried to pull but you can't stay mad at them forever. Especially after making all the moves they have since Phil got promoted.

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glennhkboy1170d ago

Kinectless model, with the lower price, should sell well outside US. Most of the features of Kinect are either useless (English voice commend) or un-realistic (7 to 10 feet free space) outside of US.

Darkstares1170d ago

Why is 21% a bad thing? They just got 21% of those surveyed now interested in the new price that were not interested when it was $499 or didn't want to pay for Kinect.

kreate1170d ago

whichever console that reaches $299 USD.
that is what i will pick up first.

Rimeskeem1170d ago


Killzone got 7-8 which is not bad at all and Knack was extremely under rated in my opinion. The xbox one has The Fighter Within (1/10). But apparently that game does not exist to you.

Joey_Leone1170d ago (Edited 1170d ago )

The damages have been done, I'm still sticking to what I've stated on here numerous times, the gamers see Microsoft for who they are now, the Xbox brand is scarred and it would be no surprise to me if the platform discontinued and i don't care. Again the damages have been done, the majority of Xbox fanboys already transferred to the PC and PlayStation. It's over, id be surprised if Microsoft survives from this.

asmith23061170d ago

You start your post by saying Quality >Quantity then immediately go on the attack saying X1 has more games and exclusives as your argument. You are quite the mystery.

Bob Dole1170d ago

Bob Dole's going to buy one specifically for Peggle 2. Then for the other exclusive titles.

andibandit1170d ago

399$ is till too high when you got PS4 right along side it with the same price tag.
At 350$ I would consider it a direct competition with PS4 and at 300$ I would run out and get one.

BadlyPackedKeebab1170d ago

I agree, I mean... I have and love both but... its kind of like, if you were going to buy an xbox... you were going to buy an xbox...

Ok when it comes to the masses things might change there. But the masses are going to base their choice on one of two things. What they had before or what their local opinion leader tells them. In the case of all my friends I am the gaming opinion leader and for single console owners they all took my recommendation of a ps4. This is one of the things that helped the 360. All the opinion leaders got one because it was out there on its own. So by the time the masses were ready to purchase the vast majority of gamers were saying "hey self validation, be like me, buy a 360".

UltimateMaster1170d ago

You can get a PS4 for 399$ in Canada with a 9:10 Ratio Can$ VS US$.

If you are to buy an Xbox One, then go buy one in Canada and save around 50$.

For anyone who lives in California, Texas or Florida. Your screwed!
They don't give a f*ck about you guys.

fr0sty1170d ago

Obviously people don't like paying the same amount for weaker hardware, and obviously people prefer Sony's proven game lineup vs. Microsoft's "let's make 2-3 good exclusives and then pay for the rest from third parties" approach. They also probably don't like the fact that MS will dismantle or lose the studios that make all their best games, then go on to give those franchises to unproven studios yet will still hype them up as if they are as good as the original games made by the original creators.

BlackTar1871169d ago


Did you just say drastically outnumbers and give 3 ps4 games and 4 Xbox one game? If that's drastic then i need to go back to school and learn the definition of drastic. You're alos forgetting MLB the show.

DemonChicken1169d ago

lol at georgeenoob

Guess you can't use DR3 anymore huh? Since it's going to be released on PC xD

fr0sty1169d ago

Here's Georgenoob's argument going down in flames...

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Anarki1169d ago

No disrepsect to Microsoft but...... I can already buy a £350 XBOne, Kinect + Titanfall right now if I wanted. Why pay 350 for a kinect and no games?

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zeal0us1170d ago

I dunno some probably was expecting MS to sell the Xbox One(without Kinect) cheaper than $399. Given the thing is weaker than PS4 in terms of specs . Heck I was expecting MS to sell it at least $349.

incredibleMULK1170d ago

I think if they would put it at $299 it would sell like hotcakes.

rdgneoz31170d ago

I was expecting $349 as well. You figure the Kinect stand alone will be $100 to $150 seeing as the 360 version is $100 already.