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Xbox One, released in November, will cost UK punters £429

by Mark Tyson on 11 June 2013, 09:15

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Microsoft has announced the pricing for its next generation Xbox One games console and home entertainment machine. At the E3 show in LA last night Microsoft said the new console will be available to buyers in November for $499 in the USA, in the UK it will be £429 and in Europe €499.

The price seems high but looking at the history of console launch prices it doesn’t seem so bad. IGN games news editor Daniel Krupa spoke to The Guardian and said “At £429, the Xbox One will be an expensive investment when it launches in November – but Microsoft's wide array of games was a clear statement of intent for those who worried it might focus too heavily on the entertainment features. They have significantly invested in a wide range of gaming experiences, from triple-A blockbusters to quieter indie titles, and games for kids.” He concluded that “The price is high, but the Xbox One right now has bags of functionality and promise” at the time of this interview the Sony PS4 E3 presentation was yet to go ahead.

At Microsoft’s presentation everyone had already seen the console so the firm focussed upon new games that are coming to the Xbox One. Highlights of these, according to Cnet, included; Killer Instinct, Metal Gear Solid, Halo 5 and Dead Rising 3. You can check out many Xbox One game trailers now available at the Official Xbox Channel on YouTube.

Microsoft also took the opportunity to announce a change in the way people buy things on the Xbox digital stores. Microsoft Points are to be abandoned and prices will be displayed in your local currency. Hopefully this isn’t another way to squeeze more money from British consumers.



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Wonder if this is actually true:

http://haverzine.com/2013/05/24/wii-u-sales-rise-875-on-amazon-uk-after-xbox-one-announcement/

Edit to add: Link is to an article saying Wii-U sales rocket after announcement of Xbox One.
£70 more than the PS4. Always online, always listening, always restricting. Pointless TV integration, technically excellent but less useful for most games Kinect.

The reaction at E3 to the PS3's announcements, and the subsequent internet reaction, show that Microsoft has made some bad decisions this time around that will be very difficult to back out of.
If anyone thinks the PS4 will be calling back to Sony any less then the XBO then they are mistaken.

I'm not a big gamer, but I got a PS3 recently, picked up Gran Turismo 5. Stuck in the disc. ‘Sorry, you must update before you can play’. Sit back and wait over an hour … this is on a 40Mb+ connection and an SSD in the PS3.

Personally I miss the Xbox days where (okay, not strictly legally) you could rip the whole game disc to the HDD and not have to bother digging out the disc. For me that is a killer feature of the XBO - I don't use physical media for anything now (other than the inital rip to my server) so the ability to install the game then forget about the disc is great.
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If anyone thinks the PS4 will be calling back to Sony any less then the XBO then they are mistaken.

I'm not a big gamer, but I got a PS3 recently, picked up Gran Turismo 5. Stuck in the disc. ‘Sorry, you must update before you can play’. Sit back and wait over an hour … this is on a 40Mb+ connection and an SSD in the PS3.

Personally I miss the Xbox days where (okay, not strictly legally) you could rip the whole game disc to the HDD and not have to bother digging out the disc. For me that is a killer feature of the XBO - I don't use physical media for anything now (other than the inital rip to my server) so the ability to install the game then forget about the disc is great.

I did exactly this about a month ago and on a slower connection. It took about 6 hours before I could play the game.

As Microsoft don't have a head start, and their console is more expensive. They stand little chance of storming the market. They could still generate some decent sales though.
High prices (to be expected) on hardware, high prices of software, being trapped into the Microsoft Bully eco system…..

This just leaves the door open to Android consoles. As said on other threads, Android consoles are not there this year, maybe not next year, but it won't be long until Microsoft and Sony will have to deal with Google on the console market.