Microsoft: Gamers Spend 5 Hours a Day on Xbox One; Ad Revenue Increased; Value Improvement Promised

During Microsoft's quarterly earnings conference call Chief Financial Officer Amy Hood mentioned that ad revenue on Xbox Platforms has increased, also giving info about consumer engagement and more.

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Convas2104d ago (Edited 2104d ago )

I fully expect MS to announce two SKUs @ E3.

A Kinectless XONE for $399 and the Standard XONE/Kinect bundle for $449.

That would be giving customers a good deal of choice and definitely a good "value improvement".

Software_Lover2104d ago

Kinectless for................... 350.00

You heard it here first people,

sidenote: that's if they announce it of course

colonel1792104d ago

Forget it! There is no way MS would sell the Xbox at $349. IF they do release a Kinectless SKU it will most likely be $399 like the PS4.

KnottaTroll2104d ago

If lt is kinectless, all the X1's "main" features will be useless!

christocolus2104d ago (Edited 2104d ago )

I think they will announce two skus. $399 and $449 but both with include kinect and a free game but the $449 version will have a larger hdd(may be 1tb). The only way i can see a $359 version will be one without the disc drive but still with kinect. They will also announce some major changes to xbox live and some new studios and ips. E3 is going to be great.

LAWSON722104d ago (Edited 2104d ago )

As of now alot of the functionality would feel lacking without the voice commands. It is a great feature that I did not expect to like. IMO no voice commands would be a huge loss to not have. That being said Kinect is stupid and they could easily probably add a built in mic or perhaps a TV attachment.

Prime1572104d ago

Yeah, I still don't care for how they forced "Kinect voice commands" vs just any old microphone voice commands.

LAWSON722104d ago (Edited 2104d ago )

WHo wants to wear a stupid headset to use basic functions, that just sounds unpractical

I could see it now Xbox record that, oh wait got to plug in my headset.

The kinect voice commands are not forced. Pretty much everything except game dvr (does not have a share button) is accessible without it, however the seemless experience is nonexistent. The whole voice command thing may sound gimmicky and unnecessary but within the first day of owning one my mindset had changed

Prime1572104d ago

Lawson, who said "wear a headset" specifically. That was your take on what I said, and only part of what I meant. Any microphone should work... from a headset to a stand alone, to an ear bud, to the Kinect... Any Mic.

And I can't tell you how many times I start voice commands just to go.. it would have been easier to just pick up the controller. On, off, and go to are the only good ones, imo. One you start navigating Netflix or other menus it's just not worth it via xbox select.

OpieWinston2104d ago

I doubt they're going to announce a Kinectless SKU...If anything they'll do what they did with the 360 and take a loss on the X1 by taking the price down to $399.

Good deal for future customers but boning early adopters in terms of buying the Kinect ahead.

Phil Spencer has already clarified that they don't want to piss off their fanbase and Day One buyers as well as future customers.

OC_MurphysLaw2104d ago

I suspect E3 we finally get Xbox One games with gold rolling which should help ease some pains (assuming its a decent program) of early adopters.

OC_MurphysLaw2104d ago

If they saw a decent enough spike from the bundles with the price drop included I am thinking they will go $450 with game included first and see how that fares. I could possibly even see a $399 sku with no game but all will still contain Kinect. At this point they may be willing to take a bit of a loss per sku and see how things shape up with actual price parity post E3.

hello122104d ago (Edited 2104d ago )

No way kinect is not staying. If it happens Microsoft wasted money revamping the OS for nothing. Its highly unlikely as the OS is windows 8 and taking it out causes more problems. Its a Sony fanboys wet dream to see it removed, but you'll be waiting till the next console release for that to be seen,maybe?

Obscure_Observer2104d ago (Edited 2104d ago )

Totally agreed.

If people dont like X1 for what it is, they should just look for alternatives elsewhere.

That said, cant wait to play Rivals with my kids. Definelly love Head tracking feature for Forza, Skype/Twitch, and Kinect voice commands.

Plus. Kinect also works as a barrier to keep the haters at bay. :)

Dorwrath2104d ago

Id say they reduced price to $399 and keep kinect and take the hit.

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DanielGearSolid2104d ago

Please don't make 10 articles out of one report

Silly gameAr2104d ago

ikr. Getting people hyped up for those X1 stats though.

DJustinUNCHAIND2104d ago

People always complained about the ads, but they are so small and out of the way, they are hardly noticeable.

Software_Lover2104d ago

I have never had a problem with the ads. I have actually played some good games because of some of the game ads. The other ads I just never click on.

Now I did get into the Doritos Crash course games because of the ads. My kids and I love playing those games.

LAWSON722104d ago (Edited 2104d ago )

Ads were bad on 360, but Xbone has home with no ads, 3 small windows with featured games, and then the store select screen which has no ads either, so I dont think no ads at all

MNGamer-N2104d ago

I'll get one when they get rid of the kinect. If they don't, then I won't get one.

Notramagama2104d ago

Literally one of the most remedial arguements... Is it because kinects price? The system has dropped in price. Is it spying? It can be turned off.

But why am I talking, you havent even used it enough to know why it's the ultimate media remote and interface controller...

LAWSON722104d ago

After buying my XBone last week IMO the voice commands are a must have feature for it, however motion in my opinion will always be a gimmick

air12104d ago

Yup you talked way too much... He never tried and clearly never will, some ppl will never be pleased and he is one of them..

Spikes14712104d ago

it doesn't really matter if you don't buy a Xbox One. To Microsoft or to us.

BlackTar1872104d ago

I bet M$ doesn't feel the same way.

Spikes14712104d ago


Yes Mr. Tar Tar. Because one person matters to them.

BlackTar1872103d ago

I guess if you can for sure say he only represents one persons view. Which we know he doesn't so...................

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