GS News - Xbox One Price Drop: $399, No Kinect, Netflix Paywall Gone
HUGE Microsoft news including a cheaper, Kinect-less Xbox One bundle, Xbox One Games With Gold launching, and some Xbox Live Gold restrictions removed!
Gamers: Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya, you killed gaming, prepare to die.
Microsoft: Please, I'll give you anything.
Gamers: Offer me money and power.
Microsoft: Of course, more than you can imagine.
Gamers: Offer me multimedia without premium charges, too.
Microsoft: Netflix, Hulu, anything you want!
(Sword runs through the heart of greed.)
Gamers: I want carefree gaming back you son of a bitch!
Separating the kinect is a good idea to try to keep pace with current gamer phobias. The more options you have the better the opportunity to capture those users just interested in the console. Who knows, maybe they'll buy the kinect later. I have both console and kinect and think they're great together. Microsoft will have to continue to make changes in order to catchup and in my opinion the catch up game sucks. You would want to be in the forefront but they are heading in the right direction.
Ya know some of the smartest people are some of the dumbest anyone outside of Microsoft easily saw that pairing Xbox 1 w/ that camera was a bad idea it took them over a year, they're getting slow!
Wonder what will happen to all the XB1 shipped with kinect ?
Just going to sit on shelves and collect dust once those kinectless XB1 show up.
the $450 Xbox One bundle that included a year of Xbox Live and a game more than covered the gap, people need to get past the "anti-kinect" crap, it is a big feature that makes the next gen consoles stand out and it is quite useful for many things
wow that's cool to hear that Microsoft want to sell more Xbox one unit by removing the kinect, but, from my point of view there is still a big problem with both PS4 and Xbox one, lack of games.
I think that's pretty cool that the Xbox One is being sold without the Kinect...kinda makes me wish I waited but I was stupid and bought the Xbox One with the Kinect. oh well... I'm also pretty cool about Xbox allowing Silver and Gold subscribers to use the streaming services though for me it didn't matter at all cause I used my PS3 or PS4 for Netflix. well, it's cool that Microsoft is listening
Xbox One using the same PS+ service is stupid. I actually preferred Game with Gold because you could use your games even when not subscribed.
This way you basically need a constant membership in case you fancy playing your free games.
PS+ has better games on it but you also pay more in the long run to obtain and play them.
It would have been great for discerning customers if they could return their Kinects for a refund ... but if a bunch were, well ... that'd be terrible press. lol
"Watch Dogs and 1080p on the PS4"
I read how 1080p was supposed to be twice as good as 720p about five years ago. I went shopping for my first HDTV and if you removed the 720p and 1080p labels, I really would tell much of a difference. Put the 1080p and 720p labels back on and I only want the 1080p TV.
I agree, the 1080p thing is more of a PR move.
Microsoft sans KInect
Microsoft has the brains to change on dime (the smallest coin in American money). People frown on inconsistency, but oh well, changing on a dime is smart.
As an industrial designer for jbl i must say that xbox one is the ugliest piece of electronics to display in a house, zero inspiration in the aesthetics department, zero love, 100% money involved. result: no sales.
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Gamers finally put their money where their mouth is and a giant like Microsoft had no choice to bend to the people's will. Learn from this folks.
I told Sony dis Ish cud happn dat Xbx playn Ketchup Now dey hav??NOBDY stay ontop 4eva Sony shud Ben known dat n think Ahead like dey was bk n Las Gen??i say dis 2mth ago Sony Need to drop price to stay competitive despite Sales not thinkn da Way Gamestop help wit Layaway n aw dat Crap bk n Feb??Dang Sony i told yaw besides u stil got da Availbility prob??So now i wanna c wat Sony gon do to Combat dis but much respct to Xbx SMART MARKETIN??Idk wat Sony wss zthinkn i gues dey figga to Wait til dis happn cuz Sony will Not b Ontop much Longa thx to This
for me its too little too late.. their services still poor compared to PS and their only doing it because they have been forced to by the PS4s dominance in the market so its just simply hitting Microsoft where it hurts. (the wallet)
This is probably the death kneal for the kinect. The user base will be fragmented and developers won't develop for it as a result. its a tired theme we gamers keep seeing with peripherals every so often.
Since I already have an x-1 I could really careless about this news I'm more interested in hearing if microsoft is interested in getting "GAMES" on their platform because hey lets be frank if the superior brother (PS4) keeps up with their indie program and pumping games into their platform for years to come not to mention their Triple A studios throwing in great games into the mix microsoft console may just be useless to have who cares about their network shows for the thing I want gaming entertainment darnit!
I'm not really big on consoles but if I were to purchase one, it would still be a PS4. Firstly, the bad taste from MS' previous policies is still present and the fact that they are removing a paywall to access things I can ALREADY access for free through a myriad of different devices isn't changing my inclinations. Secondly, games run better on PS4 for what will be the same price. Lastly, and arguably most importantly, the PS4 has really gained a lot of momentum and has the biggest user base which means that people's friends are statistically more likely to own a PS4. Being able to play with friends is pretty much the biggest selling point of them all when selecting a console to purchase. I believe MS will have a hard time turning this situation around.
Microsoft keeps lying through their teeth. They said they would NEVER remove Kinect since it was an integral part of the X-Bone experience.
Too bad for you suckers who bought this right out the gate. I have no sympathy for you.
Somehow I'm not surprised about the Kinect-less Xbox One, I'm still going to buy the PS4 though because I personally prefer Sony's exclusives.
The ability to keep games was the only thing about Games With Gold that was better than PS Plus, now Microsoft has to give Gold subscribers games that match with what Sony is offering.
I'm very happy with Microsoft's decision to remove the need for Xbox Live Gold to use apps, hopefully the GameSpot app will be among them :)
Microsoft could give me an Xbox One and I would throw it out. I won't forget the things they have said and done.
@Maj_Wood Over a year?
@Dannystaples14 -Said no one ever
@maxfilmax1 While I'm sure that the external look of the XBO is probably really important to you as an industrial designer, I highly doubt it has much to do with the lack of sales. I don't know any person that "displays" a console in their house, it's utility is so much more important. Not saying design doesn't have impact, but I think you are far overstating its impact.
@SerJohnnyMenace I don't think that's a logo from the Mass Effect series... or were you talking about a different game?
@lilj2626 English man you don't have to write the way you speak its hard to decipher
@Shmiity You know it's just under-powered for less, right?
@lorider25 That was last owner of the Xbox brand/line... So in other words if you are hired as the new brand manager/owner of a product and change anything (rightly or wrongly) you are likely a liar right? Also get the story straight they said they had no PLANS and that it is an INTEGRAL part of the experience. I have both systems and I can tell you the kinect in the family room is the main reason the PS4 doesn't get as much use except just to play some MLB from time to time now.
EDIT: What I mean is that the last owner was the one who set the direction over the 2/3/4+ years of development and your not getting ride of a large part of the experience after 2-3 months on the job.
@MaddenBowler10 I love how gullible you guys are.
For the consumer? Pfft. Corporations do what's in their best interests, otherwise they'd go bankrupt.
You think they'd be launching this kinect-free edition this early after telling us they have no plans to do so, if the XB1 was performing well against its competition?
@MaddenBowler10 Been saying this forever. Consumer drives the market, not the other way around.
@Wicked869 I know right, screw any company that listen's to the consumer.
@Wicked869 You sound like you'd have a problem in arguments with a girlfriend (if that's humanly possible for you).
I got burned by MS on 360 RROD and Xbox1- bought it at launch with the kinnect.
@jackbatcountry i'm actually neither, all PC gamer here threw and threw... fanboy my ass! just how i see it.....no other reason to do a complete 180 on all their policies last year, and then doing it again now.... as for fact free, well the sales numbers speak volumes for that, you don't need me to point that out do you?
@dongaconda Um...plenty of AAA games have been confirmed to run at 1080p/60fps on PS4 but less on the XB1...
I can't help you if you've been living under a rock...
My guess is since your profile shows you're a day old member, you've signed up to astroturf for Microsoft.
@ECH71 @cws3e @Wicked869 Does it really matter? You get what maybe 10-20 games total over a 5-8 year period that are exclusive that take advantage of the power? Otherwise your getting an almost identical experience between the two, you will get a little bit crisper image but nothing I would buy a system over I would look at the games you enjoy and the online play that you enjoy (FYI: I have both system)