More news has emerged about the XBox One pricing structure. It makes very similar reading to what happened at the start of the last generation. Microsoft asking consumers to buy a lot of add-on peripherals in order for their machine to do what the Sony console will do straight out of the box. The following prices are from the US announcement, we’ve extrapolated expected UK prices based on exchange rates and experience.
The controller will cost £44.99, or you can get one WITH a play and charge kit for a mere £59.99 If you want the play and charge kit on its own (for the controller you get with the machine say), that will cost £19.99. Finally, the Headset is priced at £19.99, and no, despite rumors to the contrary, it would seem the XBox One won’t come supplied with the chat headset.
So let’s look at the break down of PS4 vs XBox One prices through the medium of one of my favourite pastimes: Console maths.
In the interest of fairness, I’ve looked at a fairly standard, like-for-like initial purchase of console, extra pad and ability to re-charge pads, a headset and finally, although the XBox One can’t function without the Kinect camera whereas the PS4 doesn’t require one at all, I’ve included the price of the PS4 camera peripheral as an optional extra.
As you can see, Microsoft continues their unusual slant of making fans pay for their loyalty. Even WITH the arguably unnecessary PS4 camera included in the bundle – the PS4 package comes in at nearly £80 cheaper than the XBox One. If you factor in that most people won’t bother with the camera at first (until a must have title is released that requires it) and some maybe never, then the difference between initial purchases is over £115 (or as I like to think of it, at least 2 games). There has been a lot of buzz in the media lately about how these two machines have very little difference in power and quality – Microsoft have been understandably keen to spin that as a good thing. However, with people’s finances under such pressure at the moment, Microsoft seem to be hoping that the implementation of the XBox One as a media hub and the use of Kinect to control everything to be EXACTLY what consumers feel they want and need in their homes – and that they’ll be happy to pay extra for it. Time will tell if the gamble pays off – but in these trying times don’t be surprised to see gamers either stick with, or move to, the console that does everything they want for £100-£150 cheaper.
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