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Xbox One releasing this November, $499 price point
Xbox One releasing this November, $499 price point
June 10, 2013 | By Kris Ligman

June 10, 2013 | By Kris Ligman
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Newsbrief: As announced just moments ago at the Microsoft E3 press briefing in Los Angeles, Microsoft has confirmed its successor to the Xbox 360 console, the Xbox One, would be releasing "worldwide" to stores on November 21st, 2013.

Microsoft also stated the base price for the console as $499 US.


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Simon Ludgate
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Launches November 21, 2013, according to Ars Technica's liveblog.

(which is a day earlier than the November 22 launch for the 360!)

Alexander Ageno
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Strange.

Joe Zachery
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That's why both Microsoft, and Sony are still going to push their old consoles. They need to make money some how. These new consoles are not going to fly off the shelves.

Jonathan Gilmore
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Also explains why they showcased a new redisign for the 360.

Alexander Ageno
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Well, I'm not biting at that price...

I'm stuck with my old consoles. I suppose that's not a bad thing, considering I haven't even began to play games like Skyrim and Dark Souls yet.

Michael DeFazio
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Play Skyrim first...

Otherwise (if you start playing Dark Souls and enjoy the combat, you wont be able to tolerate combat in Skyrim)

I love both btw, but what Skyrim excels at (big open world, fun upgrades, interesting quests) does get a little stale (in the combat) if you stack it up to Dark Souls. (but its a good time nonetheless)

Alexander Ageno
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I'll probably go with Dark Souls. It's incredibly difficult, but I care about combat first.

TC Weidner
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I agree Joe, 500 bucks has a sort of " how much?!?" factor to it.

To me, the xbone just didnt look next gen, I think hardware and graphics has hit the diminishing returns point. Unless ps4 blows me away, I think the console market may see a large downturn.

Lars Doucet
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Remember folks, this thing will cost $679 to own for a year. And even more in non-US regions.

Chris Hendricks
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I haven't been following closely... why is that? Can you break it down?

Tyler Martin
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And let's not forget the internet connection you will need or else you don't get to play.

Lars Doucet
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My mistake. $560 for one year. $679 for three. (Gold is $5/year, not $15).

Kujel s
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You're assuming a gold account is required to just play singleplayer games, I my self plan to get one of these when Halo 5 drops but I wont be getting gold nor will I be using any the media functionality. I just want it to play Fable, Halo, and maybe a few other exclusives otherwise Ouya, Project Mojo, and Wii U are plenty.

Doug Poston
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Is it true that the games will be $99?

That, more than the console price, might be the killer.

Alexander Ageno
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Where did you hear this rumor?

If that turns out to be true, I might have to quit gaming forever. If that happens, I'll probably end up in a ditch somewhere.

Doug Poston
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That's the prices shown on Amazon right now.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BI83EVU?pf_rd_p=1564814242&pf_rd_s=me
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DER&pf_rd_r=B6CF03B604664C46B146

Patrick Haslow
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C'mon man.
'Price point' isn't a real word in this case. 'PRICE' will do.

Adam Bishop
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I'm not that surprised by the price, but I am surprised they didn't announce a cell-phone style subsidy/subscription plan as was widely speculated.

Mike Wasilewski
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considering that the old kinect is still $99, its not such an outrageous deal.

Dane MacMahon
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There's a difference between a $100 optional purchase and the system being $100 more because of it being packed in.

Dane MacMahon
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I'm not the target market for this thing, but the only games that excited me will be on other platforms (namely Witcher 3). That's not good, right?

And that price... I don't think that's a good idea. I bet there is a frantic discussion going on at Sony right now about coming out $100 lower tonight.

Paul Shirley
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More important: frantic ROTFLMAO going on at Steam. Suddenly the Steam Box seems much more affordable and attractive as a gaming device.

George Menhal III
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In my opinion, anyone who buys this system at launch is the purest definition of a sucker.

Unless, of course, they plan on watching tons of live TV.

George Menhal III
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Well in light of the information that was leaked recently thanks to the NSA Whistleblower, Edward Snowden, we now know that the PRISM surveillance program has been heavily backed by Microsoft since the program first began in early 2007. Matter of fact, it looks like Microsoft was the very first major contributor.

Which begs the question: why is it necessary for the system to execute an internet protocol once every 24 hours? What information is ACTUALLY being shared?

Xbox One seems more like a trojan horse to me. Microsoft at this point is deeply entrenched in the ongoing surveillance state that is the USA, and it's abusing the passion of gamers worldwide to further this agenda.

Have fun with your "blanket statement" smugness. I made sure to preface my statement with "in my opinion," but apparently that wasn't enough for you.

At least we can agree on one thing, Tony. Neither of us is ever going to buy this system.

Xbox, go home.

George Menhal III
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PRISM_(surveillance_program)

Read it for yourself.

Conspiracies are typically conjectures that cannot be proven. In this case, there are facts.

Dane MacMahon
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I don't think we have enough information yet about PRISM to make firm statements as seen above. Reminds me of my grandfather talking about how it's proven fact Obama is trying to kick White people out of the country.

I'm in wait and see mode. Let the press do their jobs.

Adam Bishop
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@Tony

While I don't agree with George's suggestion that the Xbone is being deliberately deployed as a form of NSA surveillance, given the degree to which the NSA, FBI, etc. can access info that Microsoft gathers and given that the Xbox One is designed to gather a lot of data I certainly think it's highly likely that as a side effect of all of Microsoft's data collection these security agencies will have access to more info about users of Microsoft's systems.

Adam Bishop
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Seems to have double posted for some reason.

John Gordon
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The PS3 launched at $499 for their low end version, and there was no recession at that time. I don't expect the Xbox One to sell well at all.

Kale Menges
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$499 is really starting to sound like the 3DO back in the day, or the Neo Geo with its $300 cartridges. Makes it a lot easier to justify the $800 for a new top tier iPad with much more attractive game prices and bang-for-your-buck experiences and product versatility. You can also build a pretty decent PC gaming rig at that price. With all the non-gaming features Microsoft is hell-bent on implementing in their "game console", along with the price and same-old-song software lineup, it's just really starting to feel like Microsoft has lost touch with a large percentage of their existing user base. Makes me nervous about the future of console gaming...

Dane MacMahon
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My gut feeling is to be very worried about the future of traditional console gaming, but what do I know.

Kujel s
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This is part of why I'm in favor of micro-consoles, they focus on gameplay and not graphics/cinematics. Traditional gaming will likely return to pre-2001 levels and once again be the domain of us geeks/nerds.

Michael Wenk
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Well, I'm definitely not going to get one at launch, will wait for the price to calm down to what I want to pay. In the mean time, I'll enjoy my 5-10$ games on my iPad, or my AAA titles on my PC. I seriously wonder if Sony's gonna try to beat down MS on price. As I recall, that was the main reason MS came in second during the last gen launch, and the PS3 came in third, the fact that the PS3 was at the premium.

I realize MS seems to think the set box experience is the value add, but I can't see it being so. Those that want that are likely to get a Roku or something like that. Sure there is some overlap, but its not enough to bring a premium.

Sean Kiley
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Early adopters will pay, then they drop the price next year.

Bob Johnson
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Gamer ground hog saw its shadow. 2 more years of 360.

Mike Griffin
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Base price, $499.

The Kinect 2 hardware makes up about $80-100 of that.

But there's important cost in there for out-of-the-box cross-functionality with key TV service providers, globally, to enable compatibility with the providers' "proprietary" guide overlays and program encoding.

This also has to cover the associated licensing fees, including permission to use Xbox One features to "modify" the behavior of said TV services' interface -- via Xbox One video controls, Kinect voice or gesture commands, and any other features applied to a piggybacked provider's broadcast.

Whether you want any of those features or not, that heavy media/TV focus means you're paying for it from day one when buying the console -- including at the base unit price.

This can stand out as one of the Xbox One's price factors, and it's emblematic of Microsoft's general M.O. this round: pushing TV and services hard in a bid to establish a catch-all media machine buyer/subscriber super hub.

This begs the question: Where does Sony take a big hit in its bid to offer an alluring price for PS4?

The company already has a very well established foothold in mass media, with enormous "in-house" resources in the music, film and TV industries. Minus the heavy TV component, Sony likely doesn't have to deal with the licensing hurdles that await Microsoft in its ongoing crusade to become a major force in digital media services.

So then, we're probably looking at Sony taking the hit on hardware?

While the Kinect 2 is a formidable chipset to pack-in, does it stack up to the production costs involved with delivering 8Gb of high quality GDDR5 memory in the PS4, along with a more powerful GPU? That doesn't come cheap, even with the assistance of carefully projected multi-year deals with its memory provider and AMD/ATI.

That late stage decision to bump the PS4's overall memory system and compute power will come with some manufacturing baggage.

While it's apples to oranges, consider top line PC graphics cards equipped with 4Gb of GDDR5 are fetching $700.

In other words, it wouldn't surprise me to see Sony forced into their own, equivalent $499 price.

The ultimate reactionary trump card will be to slash the PS4's base unit price to $399 and take the hit, shipping alongside $499 (and perhaps even $599) packages containing larger HDDs and/or pack-ins.

I could see it happening.

In any case, I'd probably find myself leaning towards a PS4 if I had to drop five hundred clams on the table, versus an Xbox One. This may be the case with consumers as well. This time around a powerful-seeming PlayStation game console might appear less confusing than Microsoft's messaging and models for the Xbox One.

Mike Williams
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Sony lost the last console war on hubris alone. They won't dare to make the same mistakes again.

Kujel s
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This maybe a little off topic but if sony doesn't release a price for their machine this E3 we can almost guarantee it's higher then $499, my guess is either $549 or $599 but not less then the x1.


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