Yes. Straight from E3, The Xbox One is 500 dollars.
Many have immediately vented their anger at Microsoft for the crazy price tag. A smaller amount have been quick to point out that it’s still 100 dollars cheaper than the PS3 was when it was announced.
Considering the potential of the pure hardware, maybe 500 dollars is a fair tag. But here’s my problem with Microsoft – they continue to demonstrate they have no idea what their audience wants, and have continued to fail time after time at gauging the pulse of their consumer base.
500 dollars, for a base that has shown nothing but excitement for your console, is probably fine. 500 dollars for a base that has derided, mocked, and complained (mostly justifiably), is suicide.
Considering fan reaction to this point, something had to give to sell gamers on Xbox One. People don’t like the DRM, they don’t like the required connection, and they don’t appreciate the used game policy, among other things. The game announcements of the afternoon, including Halo and Killer Instinct, seemed to build a bit of momentum for Microsoft, which they then promptly killed by announcing the price tag.
That’s what bother me more than anything – for a company that I trust in, and feel like they’re doing what’s in my best interest as a consumer, I’d totally drop 500 dollars (though it would hurt a little) for a new console. But I can’t support a company that has just seemed to completely lose touch with everything that makes this industry so great. The Xbox One has seemed to manifest everything that we as gamers were afraid of coming into the new generation, and for the first time, it really does seem like it’s Sony’s chance to bury Microsoft.
If the PS4 is 500 or more, then I just give up.