Microsoft sticking with $500 price point for Xbox One

Company not revisiting price point or Kinect requirement for next-gen console in wake of recent policy changes.

Microsoft's recent dramatic Xbox One policy reversal does not include the company revisiting the system's $500 price point, chief product officer Marc Whitten told sister site CNET.

He explained that Microsoft has "no plans" to lower the entry price, despite rival Sony launching the PlayStation 4 for $400.

"We are really, really excited about the value we're going to deliver on day one," Whitten said.

Whitten also explained that Microsoft has no plans to drop the Kinect requirement for the Xbox One or change its default setting from "on" to "off."

"It's part of the Xbox One architecture," Whitten said.

Responding to user concerns regarding privacy, Microsoft said earlier this month that players will be able to customize all Kinect settings and made clear that idle living room chatter is not recorded or uploaded.

Every Xbox One includes a Kinect 2.0 camera, whereas PS4 gamers will need to pay $60 to purchase a PlayStation Eye.

Under the terms of Microsoft's new Xbox One policies, players are free to trade in, lend, resell, gift, and rent disc-based games in the same way that they can today on the Xbox 360. In addition, Microsoft has done away with 24-hour Internet "check-ins" and lifted the Xbox One region lock.

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813 comments
betheltony
betheltony

Anybody remember the last 'next-gen' battle?  People weren't entirely deterred by the price differences then....nor will they now.  Yeah, it will sway some people, but it's not like which console sells the most determines who is best... 

vinnievu141
vinnievu141

Looks like Microsoft got raped big time, and is not recovering well from it.

buccomatic
buccomatic

well that settles it. i will never buy an xbox one.

dkdk999
dkdk999

Call me paranoid but considering the recent news around the government, I don't want a mandatory camera on my living room.

Kinetic_Warfare
Kinetic_Warfare

the PS4 is out selling the X1 3-2 I think(last time I checked) I am a Xbox fan and I think that the PS4 won E3... and all the games I like are going to be Multi-plat... but for the exclusives I lean more Xbox...  I like Spark, Forza, and Titan Fall(Which could be E3 game winner) I think that the X1 will end up like the PS3 did... where people didn't buy it at launch but then bought it through out the 7 years it was out.. I did...and Specs really don't mean anything... The PS3 had better specs than xbox and it didn't sell more... At the end of the day it all maters what u prefer, Not that your stupid that u pick X1 over PS4 or PS4 over X1... it is all about the games and if the PS4 exclusives are better than the X1s in your opinon then get the PS4... people fighting over this want to try to sound like there better than the other guy who doesn't want there console.....

JtAgentX
JtAgentX

Too many people complaining. If you don't want an XBOX ONE, don't buy it. Your opinion will not effect the millions that have already preordered the system. Just like last generation with the 599.99 Playstation 3.

Atheosis
Atheosis

I don't want your garbage peripheral Microsoft and I don't want to pay an extra $150 dollars for it (because the XB1 really should be $50 cheaper than the more powerful PS4).  So I apparently won't be revisiting my decision to not buy an Xbox One. 

roman4545
roman4545

fine with me... ill just do what ill do the very best... waiting for a price drop... or even a new design of XONE which is probably 3-4 yrs from now ?

GS2GZ
GS2GZ

Bad idea when your behind the xbone, lol

starjay009
starjay009

*Speaking in Jeff Goldblum's voice* : Microsoft ! NO, just NO !

adamg78
adamg78

microsoft  is still sticking with the $500 price . even though my Guess  when  you dont have to be online all  the time now you would think the kinect wont have to be on all the time like before, if microsoft  never had kinect with the xbox one  it would be the exact same price as the PS4 

Divedude
Divedude

and at no time have they ever considered that not everyone wants a Kinect.  I have never really used it.

RussellGorall
RussellGorall

$100 more in price. About 2/3 as powerful. They will put back the DRM anytime they feel like it.


Is having the Kinect that much worth it?  - Kinect owner

tionmedon
tionmedon

for $500.00 bucks you can get a nice vid card for that PC .....................fap it..

YesSheWill
YesSheWill

I simply have not been a fan of the Kinect.  I find none of their games compelling enough to purchase.  I still believe that coming up with an innovative standard controller scheme is the way to go.

pdevil21
pdevil21

If they don't plan to use the new Kinect to spy on you, then why does the console require it to be connected in order to work?

hordaak
hordaak

sony...where the ps4 is $100 dollars cheaper but still is being outsold by the xb1. very interesting indeed. this war has gotten so much attention. mostly from sony fanboys. in fact, this whole board seems to be made up of sony fanboys, and its a MS article!!! sony fanboys are more bark than bite. being outsold after all the negative press???? shaaammmeee shaaammee on you sirs!!!

NEMESIS-I
NEMESIS-I

"We are really, really excited about the value we're going to receive, whoops, I mean deliver on day one," Whitten said.

King_Wii
King_Wii

The funny thing is if they'd just get rid of the Kinect requirement I'd consider getting an Xbox One. Oh well, I got my PS4 pre-ordered already so I'm just sticking with that, after all I think the Vita + PS4 sync is kinda cool in comparison.

the13stuff
the13stuff

I read this as:

"We're really, really excited about getting your half-a-grand!"

TruthSerum808
TruthSerum808

This just shows that Microsoft still hasn't learned that above all else, people don't want things forced upon them. 

If Kinect is so great then let it stand on its own and people will use it if they like it. Forcing people to have it connected just shows that Microsoft doesn't have enough faith in it to let people disconnect it from the machine because they know its a gimmick that most people will never use.

Forcing people to keep it connected also shows that they have some seriously big plans for data mining all of the info that millions of cameras and microphones in peoples living rooms will be pumping out on a daily basis back to Microsofts central servers. 

thequickshooter
thequickshooter

you know, i'm trying to go with microsoft on this but 

kinect,kinect,kinect. all that crap on a product based on 100% hype that sucks...

why? are they that stupid? losing a sale because they want to make another 100$ on a stupid spycam...

GodGundamNT1
GodGundamNT1

$500 dollars and YOU MUST HAVE INTERNET otherwise you cannot use the game you purchased.


thequickshooter
thequickshooter

"Whitten also explained that Microsoft has no plans to drop the Kinect requirement for the Xbox One or change its default setting from "on" to "off."

"It's part of the Xbox One architecture," Whitten said." 

keep your shitty kinect then, i'll buy a PS4 since it's cheaper by 100$, it doesn't have adds (hopefully) and THERE IS NO FUCKING SPYING CAMERA WITH THE CONSOLE 

vadagar1
vadagar1

so my choices are get a console..... or get a new VGA card for 400 bucks and run games at super ultra god like high settings and using 3000 million DPI resolution.


gee I don't know

vadagar1
vadagar1

well its their right to sell at whatever price they want, see Xbox I can respect ur rights too its nice :D

ch2423
ch2423

@betheltony Last gen the price differences were for something worthwhile: Blu-ray.  I can't see many people jumping in line at launch and throwing $100 extra at MS for a camera that makes them dance around their living room like idiots. 

Revl8n
Revl8n

True. Look at 360 in US market.

rigbybot127
rigbybot127

@Kinetic_Warfare People will always be circlejerking dicks who mock you because you're going with a console different than theirs.

Mendax2013
Mendax2013

@tionmedon that wont help you, a slightly higher resolution for the same old games isnt worth it.

the xbone has only 3/4 games so thats also not worth it,

a $500 bundle with a ps4, bf4 and 1 year of plus however is DEFO worth it.

kidnatural
kidnatural

@pdevil21 It's a feature they want to provide for those who wish to utilize it. It's kind of like Halo 4 and Forge mode. I didn't use that mode, not because it was terrible or worse than the Forge of Halo Reach, but there were people that did. 

The point of the Kinect is [1]for those who would be happy to use it and the features it can provide (including Skype or perhaps a backup microphone). It's also [2]for ensuring that development money spent on potentially innovative features isn't hampered. 

Before, some people had the Kinect, others didn't, so what did we have? We had primary Kinect games on a mediocre motion tracker, or regular games, and a select few of those games would have some sort of Kinect features (like Mass Effect 3's voice commands).

Now developers can be reassured that the time spent to realize potentially cool ideas, would actually be realized. Just because a game uses the Kinect, doesn't imply you have to stand up and wave your limbs around. In fact, a simple pat on your head could work as a "R4" button, or perhaps even use multiple controller set ups that can be toggled through with but a word for games that would normally utilize far more than the amount of buttons the controller provides. 

Heck, I could see how this could bring about cool ideas for the RTS, or even as a consistently updated voice to text device that could forward text messages through the game's server (in for instance, a horror game) on the fly.

If they used the Kinect to "spy", then they'd lose business. They don't go around hacking into Windows 8 Dell laptop web cams to see what type of shirt user 393459845 is wearing. If they did, they'd suffer a PR nightmare... At some point, legitimate worry has devolved into paranoia.

If I discovered/created a new alloy tomorrow with more strength (flex and resistance) than diamond, would you assume I only created it so I could create stronger knives to stab people with? Hopefully not, so why are you doing it with this? In the future, think about it a bit..

Mendax2013
Mendax2013

@hordaak the ps4 is not being outsold at all, 5 bundles in the top 10 whereas xbone only has 1 and that happens to be in the first spot. its still waaayy less than the sony bundles combined.

and you know why; XBONE IS TRASH TRASH TVBOX TRASH

TruthSerum808
TruthSerum808

@hordaak 

Thats because the PS4 has three different editions which are all in the top five. Add them all up and its way more than the Xbox One. 

RussellGorall
RussellGorall

@kidnatural That type of "thinking" is what is driving the Xbox brand into the ground.


You shouldn't write essays and then end up by bashing someone. It is just the Internet. 

pdevil21
pdevil21

@kidnatural Shipping the Kinect with the system is not enough? They must require that it be connected or else the console will not work? What happens if you lost the Kinect for some reason or it breaks? Must you buy a new one to be able to use the console?

Evolve81
Evolve81

@Mendax2013 @hordaak Well I'm not really for any system but since you guys are just bashing this one system X1 I will say this....... Although PS4 has 3 - 4 skus........ It is costing Sony waaaaaaaay more money to develop those skus than M$ one sku.... So in the end who is making more money? Hmmmmm and who is most likely losing more money Hmmmmm I don't know the answer but my business sense says Sony. More money sometimes means the ability to invest in your foundation. But I will say this.... Sony has the better deal all the way around. I would like to find out if I still have to pay for Xbox Live Gold in order to watch netflix cause Im  not feeling that.