Microsoft Defends Xbox One X’s $499 Pricepoint

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There’s no denying that the specifications of the Xbox One X are beyond impressive, and they have massively pushed the boundaries for the hardware limits of a home console, even them bringing them on a comparable footing with PC gaming. However, the one point that has been one of debate and contention has been the system’s pricing, with many deeming its $499 price tag to be too costly.

However, Microsoft’s Mike Ybarra, Xbox’s corporate vice president, feels that if Microsoft were to deliver a proper premium console with the kind of specs and capabilities that the Xbox One X boasts of, they couldn’t have possibly done so at a lower price. “This is designed for the premium gamer that wants the absolute best experience,” Ybarra said in an interview with Polygon. “And so compromising any of those then makes that message much harder to communicate to them. We showed them the smallest Xbox we’ve ever created, the most power, the best price per performance you can get anywhere, in this box. That’s what we’re delivering. I think if you start taking away some of those items, people will say, ‘Well, what were your goals?’ And that’s an area that we don’t want that confusion to exist.”

“[At $399], we wouldn’t have been able to usher in 4K to the living room, and that was a design pillar for this box,” Ybarra continued. “There’s lots of goals in the program, from compatibility to everything. But one, let’s really usher in true 4K where developers don’t have to think about, ‘Wow, how do we stretch this and make it really work?’ We needed to deliver that to consumers. They asked us for uncompromised true 4K in the living room. And so we leveraged a lot of PC technology, from the cooling, the power management system that’s in this, to get it this small — while managing acoustics. That was the goal.”

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YokePosted:

Its pretty steeep... and its really only for 4K

MikeyPosted:

NotSoBright i would rather build a decent pc tbh man


Why do people keep saying this lol i dont get it at all, if you want a pc go get one THIS IS AN XBOX DEAL WITH IT

OhYeahMrKrabsPosted:

i would rather build a decent pc tbh man

VaderPosted:

Fibril I'm going to upgrade and purchase it. Maybe get a 4K TV later down the road.


Almost useless if you don't have a 4k TV already..

MeetPosted:

$499 is a fair price point to what you're getting in my eyes. I can only imagine that other consoles that Xbox made will go on sale if you would rather invest in that.

lugiaisbeast101Posted:

MushroomElm
Nodus
ReevyMods If anyone thinks this is too expensive it's not much more than what the XB1 was when it first come out lol it's actually a good price for the specs


Exactly, people need to get over it because it definitely could have been more expensive and this is a nice price for it. I'm sure even if they made it cheaper then the current price people would still complain about it.


Good price? I agree with Nodus. I was expecting another $200 price point. (599/699 give or take.). Honestly, I kind of feel they cheaped out somewhere. However, for a full 4K rig you'll pay in the end even more. 4K TV's are not cheap, and what's the point of a 4K rig for a 1080p/1440p screen?

I'm kind of glad it's so cheap, though, compared to my original estimation. Since I planned on getting one, now I'll have more money for the Holiday season. Could pick me up a few games :)


Not only 4k, it has extra space, will improve many games performance, optional quality improvements via developers + default quality improvements regardless of TV, smaller form factor with (which seems like) better cooling, and Blu-ray. People w/ and w/out 4k TVs benefit, but those with them benefit the most. Jeesh. People saying it's too expensive don't know a thing about this type of stuff!

MushroomElmPosted:

Nodus
ReevyMods If anyone thinks this is too expensive it's not much more than what the XB1 was when it first come out lol it's actually a good price for the specs


Exactly, people need to get over it because it definitely could have been more expensive and this is a nice price for it. I'm sure even if they made it cheaper then the current price people would still complain about it.


Good price? I agree with Nodus. I was expecting another $200 price point. (599/699 give or take.). Honestly, I kind of feel they cheaped out somewhere. However, for a full 4K rig you'll pay in the end even more. 4K TV's are not cheap, and what's the point of a 4K rig for a 1080p/1440p screen?

I'm kind of glad it's so cheap, though, compared to my original estimation. Since I planned on getting one, now I'll have more money for the Holiday season. Could pick me up a few games :)

NodusPosted:

ReevyMods If anyone thinks this is too expensive it's not much more than what the XB1 was when it first come out lol it's actually a good price for the specs


Exactly, people need to get over it because it definitely could have been more expensive and this is a nice price for it. I'm sure even if they made it cheaper then the current price people would still complain about it.

ReevyPosted:

If anyone thinks this is too expensive it's not much more than what the XB1 was when it first come out lol it's actually a good price for the specs

GoldGifterV1Posted:

That's so expensive It better come with some free games