With record sales over the holiday break, Mary, Chris & Danny discuss why Microsoft have chosen to drop the price of the Xbox One again.
Simple, to compete with the plethora of exclusives the PS4 has the next few months.
Not to mention their sells fell off a cliff after the holidays, it's pretty typical of January but the PS4 was beating it and still is even with the drop according to most major retailers online.
i think your putting too much emphasis on exclusives to sell hardware. yes it will help but not as much if sony was also to drop the price down to $349 which they won't anytime soon. but yeah, it is simple. microsoft knows they cannot compete with the ps4 at the same price due to three main issues. one is most people know its underpowered in comparison, two is the momentum is still there from pre-launch and the goodwill sony set out in the beginning, three is the xbox brand was never as strong as playstation around the world.
It is the first step of a very aggressive plan to counter, and beat the PS4. Which they will easily do in the US and the UK. (Xbox One will take January NPD.) MS also has a number of unannounced exclusives waiting in the wings to counter the latest Sony marketing meme concerning their alleged exclusives.
And where exactly are these unannounced exclusives? And why do you make me feel Sony doesnt have more exclusives. We havent heard anything about Quantic Dreams,Sony Bend, Japan Studio, Naughty Dog second game, Sony Santa Monica, Media Molecule etc etc etc. A price cut alone wont be sufficient. Besides PS4 slim could be on its way at E3 2015, what will they do then?
@Dark Ahh seems sounds like we're in to some great gaming this year and beyond. From MS we're yet to see Rares new game/BattleToads Leap Experience pioneers which also spawned SOTA: State Of The Art, [FUN]CTION Good Science, Np Studios and Platform Next. Black Tusk Gears 4/collection, Twisted Pixel, Lift London, Play Dead Labs new project, Press Play. more on Scale bound Phantom dust and Crack down. MS has some unannounced games as well. MS is also said to be making a slim console. Who knows it could get shown off at E3 also. Isn't competition good?
@AngelicIceDiamond 2015 will indeed be awesome for every gamer out there. Play Dead next project will most like be next year since State of decay remastered is on its way. Scalebound is said to be massive so it being finished this year is unknown since no gameplay has been released and games open world like Witcher 3\MGSV\Arkham Knight have had gameplay trailers from 2014 and have been delayed for more polishing so i doubt this will be here this year but one can hope, aye. Crackdown is also the same, no gameplay and destructible environment and a whole city, so it will most likely be 2016 Gears hd collection with Gears 4 beta would really be very interesting especially for achievement hunters. They will be glued to their tv for hours upon hours, not to mention its awesome gameplay. A slim for both PS4\Xone is most like to be announced this year at E3.. And offcourse to answer your question, Competition is awesome :) .
From the looks of it ps4 has been outselling x1 on amazon since Jan even with it at 350$ ps4 is still selling better.
Wait until The Order 1886\Bloodborne drops, it will boost the sales of the PS4 and widen the gap even more.
Easily do in the Uk and US? have you seen the recent sales?
For their sake, I hope they have better exclusives than what they put out in 2014. Cause a broken halo collection, cartoony shooting game, and a racing game didn't exactly do much to improve the console's image. Plus if you think Microsoft will win npd for January or anytime before the holidays, that's very doubtful with no big games coming till the holidays. Not to mention Sony will most likely announce a price cut at or around e3 so there's also that Microsoft has to worry about.
"MS also has a number of unannounced exclusives waiting in the wings to counter the latest Sony marketing meme concerning their alleged exclusives." Yeah, so many Xbox one exclusives to counter Bloodborne & The order 1886 amirite?
the first quarter or half is just going to be ps4. cant see ms announcing any big exclusives for that period. 2nd half of year im not too sure, is there any exclusives coming for both consoles in that period? i think that the order would probably be a dissapointing game though, i have lost a lot of interest on that and have been looking forward to bloodborne all of a sudden. i knew something didnt look right about the orders gameplay and then when i noticed it was probably the gun sounds. they just dont aound that great.
And if they sell more in the the US and UK so what? This is a global market selling well in two places when your competitor is selling well globally means nothing.
Because its the only way they can compete against the PS4
The sales were greatly improved why raise it back up ;)
I think Microsoft dropped the price of the XB1 to get more consoles off the shelf and into homes. That would seem like a logical decision.
Damn thats an ugly console, every time I see the Xbone I cant help but think its also thanks to the exterior that nobody wants to buy this thing... IT LOOKS LIKE A VCR!!!
i think if january or february sales for ps4 is lower than xbone in the us then maybe they do need to react to this price cut. ms should also try and lower the price of xbone in other countries/regions where it isnt doing much sales, it just feels like they ignoring those markets and concentrating in US only.
To sell more.
To try and compete with the ps4 that has been giving it a flogging since launch
Hey if they can afford to give out free windows 10 upgrade to windows 8 and 7 users and drop 2.5 billion on an indie IP like it is nothing, what is selling $50 less going to do to them? MS sold the most softwares in November and December in the US which also led into more xbox live subscriptions and marked-up accessories being sold. It is a win win happy medium situation for gamers and MS . MS accountants ain't worry too much about it. LOL, has anyone or brand been criticized more that they are making great deals for us gamers? I mean, geez..lets hate on MS because they are making the entry level more affordable for us. The Wii U didn't cut and prices and it sold way less than the XB1 and no one seems to be talking about that angle at all. Eyes Roll
" if they can afford to give out free windows 10 upgrade to windows 8 and 7 users and drop 2.5 billion on an indie IP like it is nothing, what is selling $50 less going to do to them? " Damn, that's a great point that I've never thought about before reading your comment. That's just inarguable. Kudos.
Microsoft saw that they would have issues selling the console at 399$ so they dropped the price again. Not a bad move considering the fact that the beginning of 2015 is quite barren for the XB1 when compared to its direct competitor the PS4. Nothing wrong with what Microsoft is doing. They should apply the price cut to the rest of the world especially Europe.
It doesn't sell well at $400
It doesn't sell well at $349!.
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