The disappointing $60 price of Xbox One games

Microsoft has revealed they will be selling next generation, first party, Xbox One games at 60 dollars. Of course they did.

I originally read this article on IGN, where the person reporting qualified this story by saying this was “good news.” Maybe this is just a case of me getting my expectations too high, but to me, it’s honestly disappointing. I really was hoping that with all of the effort spent trying to implement DRM and impose limitation to fight piracy, they would throw the consumer a break, and the payoff would come with cheaper games. “Hey guys, THIS is the justification for fighting piracy!” they’d say as they made the announcement as they raised the console above their head and bald eagles flew American flags around the stage. This is the model that Steam employs, after all…the lower priced games, not the bald eagles…

I understand they have no actual reason to do this, from a business point of view, but it’s just another action that shows Microsoft is out of touch. Did they have to do lower the price? No, certainly not. But after audiences agreed that the PS4 dominated the Xbox One at E3, and that PS4’s are being pre-ordered at a two-to-one rate to the Xbox One, I keep thinking Microsoft is going to pull some play to swing  momentum back to their side. I’m like a dog that keeps asking to get kicked at this point.

I should probably give up holding out for Microsoft. I didn’t want to be converted. I love my 360. But it’s just not happening and I need to accept that.

7 thoughts on “The disappointing $60 price of Xbox One games

  1. One theory I spotted somewhere else was that Microsoft were making the XboxOne sound awful just so closer to the launch date they could turn around and go “Hey, look at all these cool changes we made! We listened to you guys!” And everyone will cheer and live happily ever after. We can always dream, right?

    1. That seems like a really dangerous risk to me, and I completely agree with Shaun, I wouldn’t buy one out of the principle that they’re screwing with me. That would not make me happy. At all. And isn’t marketing about making the consumer feel all warm and fuzzy?

      1. I think it was a joke theory. But yeah, I think Microsoft seem to have completely missed the point. I used my Wii for BBC IPlayer in Uni, because we didn’t have a TV, but we used it a couple of times for that and mainly for games. It’s gamers who would be willing to spend that much on a console, no matter what else it does, but they don’t seem to be aiming at gamers anymore. It’s a shame, really.

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