@Antwan3K: You’re misunderstanding my stance on “value.” It’s not irrelevant as far as the consumer is concerned. But in the grand scheme of the competition, it has very little to do with the outcome. We’ve seen the least “consumer friendly“ company come out on top time and time again. And that’s not just in video games. It’s across the board. Value minded consumers might weigh perceived value heavily, but most consumers don’t seem to even consider it. Brand name and recognition get most consumers to spend ridiculous amounts of money on inferior products. (Looking at you PS5)
And I like how you’ve pushed “competition is good” in your last few posts. It completely contrasts with your “they aren’t in competition with Nintendo and Sony” narrative from the past. Which one of your podcasts started pushing this new narrative recently? I know RDX has been on this competition is good kick lately, but you barely listen to them, right?
And if Xbox stays in 3rd for any long stretch of time, there’s gonna be major changes to things like Game Pass and XBL. Xbox isn’t a charity. They’re in this competition to make money. That’s what you don’t seem to understand. If they keep throwing things at the wall, and consumers don’t seem to be responding, investors and board members are going to demand changes. That’s where SW, competition and the industry all tie in together. The standings might not matter to you, but they sure as hell matter to Phil and Xbox.
What you’re proposing, Xbox staying in “3rd” and keeping up this value proposition going isn’t realistic. We already know there’s folks behind the scenes looking to raise prices and change the way the current services are structured. They‘ve been messy about letting things leak for years now. And what happens when they “value” is gone? Do you drop your Xbox fandom, or do you move the goalpost again?