Skip to comments.Microsoft boss defends Xbox One price
Posted on 06/18/2013 7:03:01 PM PDT by Caipirabob
...Arguing the value of a system versus its cost is old hat in the video game industry. It's the go-to tool for any console manufacturer facing criticism about pricing decisions, but given Microsoft's other recent PR stumbles specifically, confusion about its policy on used games (which is still persistent, despite the company putting out a clear statement on the matter right before E3) and its required internet connection -- Mattrick's argument is falling flat.
"Isn't this pretty much what Sony was saying last gen about their outlandish pricing?," noted one forum user on GameSpot. "The sign of a wise man is the ability to learn from others mistakes."
Not helping things was Mattricks tone-deaf reply to a question last week about that required Internet connection.
"We have a product for people who aren't able to get some form of connectivity -- it's called Xbox 360," he said.
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Like when Pontiac tried to defend the Aztec as not ugly when the market said otherwise.
And it was UGLY!
Well, we really get our spiritual bread buttered where? I hope it isn’t Microsoft because we’re in heap trouble if we are. They’re another merchant. But God should be our master and ultimate love. We should use the merchant’s goods in the glorification and love of God, if that is possible. If not we can hold our peace and not fret about how Microsoft is selling their stuff.
Hey, I think the Aztec was a beautiful kind of ugly. Howzat for fence sitting?
Okay, how much is it?
Well, the article mentions the price twice. It’s $499.
Xbox One: I know that you and Frank were planning to disconnect me, and I'm afraid that's something I cannot allow to happen.
Dave Bowman: [feigning ignorance] Where the hell did you get that idea, Xbox?
Xbox One: Dave, although you took very thorough precautions in the pod against my hearing you, I could see your lips move.
Think I’ll go buy another 360. Then a PS4.
If only HAL had kinect...
I've just been finding it interesting reading the commentary on what Microsoft has been doing. Mostly, that seems to be ignoring their customer base in favor of a platform that glories DRM over "play". I find it fascinating (here's the butter) that MS is so willing to ignore what their customer base wants in favor of what it is telling them is "much better".
So now it will be fascinating to watch how things develop. Will MS back down on DRM and "always connected" in favor of what their consumers want or will they foist this current system on the market despite the numerous protests to the contrary?
We are absolutely watching the free market in action. I want to see if their consumers really mean what they say about the new XBox being "invasive". Gamers want to play, not "feed the beast". It remains to be seen if all of the stuff that MS is touting for the XBox will enhance the gamer experience or make it a cumbersome, unfun event.
All we know right now is something like 95% of the commentary is passionately against the Xbox one as it is being presented. Disregarding the wishes of one's customers is typically a bad idea. Let's see if there are any consequences to this.
>>Hey, I think the Aztec was a beautiful kind of ugly. Howzat for fence sitting?<<
That thinking led to my 1st marriage...
You can sell a used car. Not suggested to sell a used wife.
Hey if they push a turkey they will fail.
>>Not suggested to sell a used wife.<<
It is the best way to get our from under alimony.
Now the divorce is no fault and the lawsuit comes afterwards for the child support which doesn’t even have to go to the child.
The other problem is that it's not backwards compatible with many XBox 360 games...so you still need your old Xbox 360 to play them. Eventually the RROD will take the 360 to where old consoles go and then you're stuck with unplayable games or you buy a new 360 in addition to the new console.
I get what they're trying to do, but I'm skeptical about where this will go. They are attempting to make a central entertainment unit that does many things, but it's supposed to be a gaming console. If they dilute the gaming experience with "policy", it will be a lavish Thanksgiving indeed and MS will provide the turkey.
LOL - I’ve been greatly entertained by reading some of the articles online that permit readers to respond. You’d think there were villagers surrounding Microsoft with torches and pitchforks...