The Xbox One is “worth $100 more than the PS4”

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In the US, the PlayStation 4 will cost $399. The Xbox One will retail for $499, which, budding mathematician you likely are, you can can tell is $100 higher. Microsoft believes its next-gen console is worth that premium.


"It’s up to us to prove that it’s worth $100 more. I think it is," Albert Penello, the senior director of product planning and management at Xbox  told GameSpot.

That value, he says, comes in the quality of games and the suite of services the Xbox One offers.

"I think we do more. I think our games are better. I think as people start to experience Kinect and see what it can do using voice, I think that’s better," he added. "I think the ability to have an all-in-one system where you can plug in the TV, that’s better. I think we’ll have a better online service."

"I just believe that we’re going to have a better system."

He doesn’t believe that the $100 price difference is going to make much of an impact this holiday season in the US. Microsoft still hasn’t nailed down an actual release date for the system; expected sometime in November.

"$100, when you’re talking $400 vs. $500 [shrugs shoulders]. I don’t believe it’s going to be the deal-killer," he said.

Here in South Africa, we still don’t know when the Xbox One will be launching – nor the impact it’ll have on our wallets when it does. What do you think? Seen anything from the Xbox One that you think justifies the extra cost? That $100 is very nearly two games

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Author:Geoffrey Tim

I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.
  • FoxOneZA – X-Therminator

    $100 ain’t much for the US gamers. They are complaining about $100 when the rest of the developing world that supports the gaming industry just as much as them are paying at least 50% more.

  • CrasH

    MS still out of touch with there costumers… whats a $100… and why were people so upset with always on… and why do people care that the kinect would always be spying on them… and why dont they want to watch TV while they play games or have there friends have the ability to play for them…

    If i wanted to watch TV and play, my TV does support PIP, dont need the console to do that.
    If i wanted to move around for fun, i would go surf and if i wanted to shout voice commands i would go driving passanger with my cousin who just got her license…

    As for the $100… have MS ever heard of a steam sale or a GOG sale or humble bundles… $100 is a lot of games tot he master race.

    • deeboy17

      Most people don’t have PIP in their TV. Also PIP doesn’t mean that it has Skype or Internet as a PIP feature so its not even in the same league. With a console people can pick whatever tv they want and are not just limited to that TV’s features only. So your argument on already having these features are a bit misconstrued.

  • Mark Treloar

    They forgot to mention if you want rechargeable batteries it will cost you more.

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      If he had remembered he probably would have said, “our rechargeable batteries are better.” So not missing much.

  • Hammersteyn

    LOL XBONE.

    • Admiral Chief Assassin o’Kings

      XD

  • ThatManOverThere

    Givin the dawg a bone?

  • Pieter Kruger

    For a long term investment(7-8years?) it’s definitely worth it and not a deal breaker! Also I believe the superior tech the Kinect has over the eye justifies the price difference! Also a small price to pay for dedicated servers if you’re serious about multiplayer. 300k servers is a huge capital layout and has to be made up somewhere and cannot alone be paid for by Xbox Live subs (otherwise Sony would’ve done the same). All in all I’m happy to pay a little more for what I’ll be getting! BTW, loving the header, clearly shows the value of what you’ll be getting! ????

    • RinceThisandCochon!

      Agreed. I can see why they are charging more, I just hope that people also realise they will also have to pay a monthly subscription, which is how SONY will be paying for its servers. I really hope the Xbox One works! As for long-term investment, if you think about it’s been 7-8 years this gen, and the SONY was WAY more expensive then the Xbox360.

      • TiMsTeR1033

        Xbox will win in some ways (family people buying it for kinect) but I think on a technology front Sony will pull away in 3 years as the hardware matures that extra kick will come in handy, I dont think its about who is more expensive will win… instead Sony learnt from its mistakes and They wont shoot themselves in the foot again. I think The eye will be just as good contender with the ps move next gen games to brace us later. Kinect in someways is great but still alot of gamers who refuse to get off the couch

        • Skyblue

          The difference in hardware is negligible and I seriously doubt that we’ll be seeing either console “pull away” from the other. The tech in the eye is a full generation behind the Kinect, not that it matters as I don’t consider either device necessary for enjoying my games.

      • FoxOneZA – X-Therminator

        Long term is a no-no for the next-gen. This generation panned out too long and PC gaming saw a revival because of that. The only reason I bought a Xbox 360 was because at that time PC gaming was in limbo, games were far and the only genre worth playing was FPS but then those FPS games required a R7k GPU alone. As consoles lost their bleeding edge over PC’s, GPU’s came down in pricing and DX coding became more efficient and optimized.

    • Nick

      Micrososft SA rep?

      • Pieter Kruger

        Haha, I wish!

    • https://twitter.com/Firehawk305 iPrimal

      I wouldn’t brag too much about the servers if they’re anything like what we have now. I always have such a hard time connecting with friends. Last year I spent hours configuring my router just so I could join a party chat.

  • Admiral Chief Assassin o’Kings

    FIVE DOLLAHS!!!

    • Hammersteyn

      How much games can you buy on Steam for $100

      • Admiral Chief Assassin o’Kings

        20

        • Hammersteyn

          Exactly

          • Admiral Chief Assassin o’Kings

            I spent $37 on the summer sale. Got me 4 great games, and a game two pack and a game 4 pack.

          • Hammersteyn

            So one can buy a PS4 and have change left for a steam sale.

          • Skyblue

            Yeah but no AAA PS4 exclusive.

          • Kromas

            Spent $10 on the Origin Humble Bundle and another $25 on the Deep Silver Bundle as well as the steam summer sale grabbed $35 out of me. That totals up to $70 on just over 30 games. Only played about 4 :P

          • Admiral Chief Assassin o’Kings

            GG

          • TiMsTeR1033

            But it made you feel good?? it did dint it you game whore you!! ;)

          • SaintsRowLee

            Called him a whore? That’s infringing on his basic human right to be treated as a human being. I am dragging your ass to the human rights commission.

          • Admiral Chief Assassin o’Kings

            I’m dragging your ass to the human rights commission for dragging his ass to the human rights commission!

          • SaintsRowLee

            That’s a lot of dragging asses…

          • Kromas

            Well the $30 can most likely get me a cheap mic and webcam and I can pretend I also have a kinect.

            Also … BUSTIN’ MAKES ME FEEL GOOD!

  • Admiral Chief Assassin o’Kings

    YOU WANT 500 DOLLA?

    • Devourer of Small Bunnies

      Jy wen die internet vir die dag ou

      • Admiral Chief Assassin o’Kings

        Dankbaar ou maat

    • SaintsRowLee

      Oh, but this is racist. I am dragging your ass to the human rights commission.

      • Admiral Chief Assassin o’Kings

        Pfff, I didn’t say the O word

        • SaintsRowLee

          No, but you make Asian people seem stupid. Cease and desist!

          • TiMsTeR1033

            Asian people are the smartest by some studies and without them ps4 wouldnt exisit let alone the shiny parts in our pcs.

          • Spathi

            Who cares about all that. Japan World Cup 3 wouldn’t exist without Asians, that is a reason to celebrate the existence of the awesome people that are Asian.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            I never played Japan world cup 3….

          • Spathi

          • TiMsTeR1033

            remind me never to go to Japan for that!! bloody hell shit is mad!

          • Admiral Chief Assassin o’Kings

            I want to!

          • Pieter Kruger

            They are once again aiming at taking over the world! Trying their best to undermine Western economies! It all started when they invented the snooze button on alarm clocks! That alone must have dropped Western productivity by 25%!! LOL!

          • TiMsTeR1033

            its still gets the better of me today that damn snooze button! and sometimes it turns itself off! be like why is it 11:30 already!!! OH CRAP!

          • Admiral Chief Assassin o’Kings

            Are you calling Geoff stupid? Cuz he aint, he’s special

          • TiMsTeR1033

            thats a backhanded insult….

          • SaintsRowLee

            No. We love Geoff.

      • TiMsTeR1033

        why because of the limp noodle??

        • SaintsRowLee

          That too…

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        It’s not racist, it’s lacist ;)

        • SaintsRowLee

          That’s racist. I am dragging your ass to the human rights commission.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Leave my ass alone, that’s sexual harassment that is! I am VIOLATED :/

  • FoxHoundR – NO LONGER TROLLING

    Xbox is the bestest

  • FoxHoundR – NO LONGER TROLLING

    I will buy two. One to cuddle with. The other to play with

    • RinceThisandCochon!
      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        I wonder what flavour it is – banana?

        • Spathi

          Don’t know what flavour it would be straight from the shelf, but after FoxHoundR has it in his possession, I suspect the XBO would be penis flavoured…

        • RinceThisandCochon!

          Pizza Hut? 0-O

          • TiMsTeR1033

            yeah seafood pizza hut flavour with a little bit of bullshit spice for good measure….

      • Pieter Kruger

        Whahaha! Excellent!

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    MS execs are like gifts that keep on giving. CHOO CHOO.

  • Brenz

    Microsoft spewing justification for squeezing as much as they can out of the poor fools who choose to go MS next-gen route, while forcing cool features that make it “worth” the extra money that (most) people dont actually want.

    • Hammersteyn

      When it eventually releases…

      • Brenz

        If they build up the hype enough and get all the fans in a frenzy then when they finally release people will be so over eager they will run and pay any amount just to finally have it.

    • Pieter Kruger

      Some people prefer the C Class to the Corolla and are willing to wait longer and pay more for it…..

      • Brenz

        I cant entertain your argument as your comparison is so far off.

        • Hammersteyn
          • RinceThisandCochon!

            Haha! Pass the salt mate?

          • Admiral Chief Assassin o’Kings

            I’ll bring the beer

          • RinceThisandCochon!

            Then it’s a date! No, wait, what? 0-O

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            My god man how long has it been?!?!?! And he’s married nogal :(

          • Admiral Chief Assassin o’Kings

            I feel….so…..unclean

          • Admiral Chief Assassin o’Kings

            O_O

        • Pieter Kruger

          Some people prefer a Rolex to a Casio and are willing to wait longer and pay more for it…..better?

          • Brenz

            Your poor response is proof of just how good your argument is.
            It is in no way a superior system, but im not unfair, its not a shit system either, its just developed by an idiotic opinionated money hungry bunch of buffoons, thats all.

          • Sigmund Freud

            Hmmm, excessive use of the words “poor” “money” “unfair” etc. Let’s talk about that……

          • RinceThisandCochon!

            I agree. Many people will buy the Xbox One, it will probably sell out on its first weekend. It is a different beast to the PS4, and it is nice to have options. If someone wants to spend more money, good for them. I don’t have the money so I won’t be, even though I would like to play some of the games. That makes me sad :(

          • Brady miaau

            Well no, you first have to establish that the Xbox one is the Rolex or the C Class.

            Can that be done?

      • TiMsTeR1033

        I believe your correct. The people who will end up getting the xbox one wont be strapped for cash as much and most likely has atleast 2mb uncapped internet at home which suits them fine. The new kinect I think will over time attract more family users (with money) and games like kinect sports and from what I saw on Zoo tycoon would make any kid cry kid and scream till they had it too…

        • Pieter Kruger

          Exactly, I think they are aiming at two completely different markets. Sony going for the core gamer and MS going for the middle to upper class home entertainment niche. The Xbox One will be the ultimate prize for any gadget geek(like myself!)????

          • TiMsTeR1033

            I dont think it will be the ulitmate gadget but it does have some cool tech with kinect… but later on ps4 games will look better I rate but prob not all that much, but bigger games may be possible only on the ps4 which is why buying a xbox one worries me… I mean I got 360 now and see huge games only on ps3 and I wonder if I bought the right console… I mean Metal gear solid 4 and uncharted and last of us all on ps3 wonder if they would even be possible on the xbox 360…. Makes me think more clearly this time round..

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            Did you just put “cool tech” and “kinect” in the same sentence? Damn dude, didn’t you watch Clerks 2? You NEVER go ass to mouth! NEVER!!

  • Umar Final Fantasy 15 Hopeful

    “I think we do more. I think our games are better. I think as people start to experience Kinect and see what it can do using voice, I think that’s better,” he added. “I think the ability to have an all-in-one system where you can plug in the TV, that’s better. I think we’ll have a better online service.”

    Common word in that whole statement …. ‘I Think’ ……I think this guy is uncertain about his uncertainty

  • Xexo

    Yay I can pay an extra $100 to watch tv!!! Go SABC 1 2 and 3!!! Wooohoooo

    • Her Highness the Hipster

      imagine watching some ANN7 on your Xbox One! brilliant!

      • Admiral Chief Assassin o’Kings

        Ag nee sies. Ain’t nobody got time for that

      • TiMsTeR1033

        what is this ANN7 you speakath ofath?

      • SaintsRowLee

        Yes. Okay. I am sold. Book me my pre-order already!

      • Xexo

        Can you even imagine ETV??? Like that dudes voice for commentry……. “Tonniiigggghhhhtttt on EEEEEEEEEEExbox, Lindsay Looooohan and Chuck Norissssssss”

        • Yateen Dayaram

          yeah and I wanna watch Africa Magic..all that Nollywood goodness on my xb1 :P

          • Xexo

            Apparently ETV is launching 4 new channels as per News24…. So who knows…. Ha ha ha ha ha ha

      • Tbone187

        record their mistakes before they delete the youtube files…

    • SaintsRowLee

      That is the one thing I just do not understand, this TV thing on your Xbox. Will I be able to tune in a channel on my Xbox or what?

  • Devourer of Small Bunnies

    Yawn. Blah blah blah blah. As each day passes it just seems like theyre trying to convince themselves more than the market. Surely some folk should be worried about them harping on their own negatives the whole time? Seriously, shift your fucking focus MS.

    The entire planet gets it, you trying to provide a premium product, but as a rule of good marketing you dont flaunt your faults. Buck the fuck up and find a new harp to play. Jirre.

  • Mike Doutchevitch

    If idiots could fly, Microsoft headoffice would be an airport.

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  • JHN

    yup still want the X1 more than the PS4

  • Maxiviper117

    Whole reason it 100 bucks more is because of the kinect, not because the Xbox is worth 100 bucks more. They very cocky these blokes

  • OVG

    “SERVICES” not better graphics. lol
    Runs out of room to Pre-Order a PS4.

  • OVG

    GET 3 JOBS.

  • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    The execs at Microsoft need to put the crack pipe down.

  • Tbone187

    All MS u-turns, including being able to disconnect Kinect, coupled with all the features of the xbone, the awesome game exclusives and so on, I reckon it does look to be worth it…And don’t forget the rumble triggers…It would appear to be the better console all round…And kinect tech is evolving so I wouldn’t right it off just yet…

  • Yateen Dayaram

    he says “I think” a lot….hmmm makes me think im not sure

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  • https://twitter.com/Firehawk305 iPrimal

    The XBOX ONE, in my opinion, has been forced into a “proving ground”. Prove to me that you deserve any of my money. Otherwise it will all go to Sony.

  • saneman

    what will giving up consumer choice cost?
    $100

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