Microsoft Prices Xbox One At $499, Pre-Orders Are Open Now

Microsoft Prices Xbox One At $499, Pre-Orders Are Open Now

The (brief) wait is over: for those wondering just how pricey Microsoft's Xbox One console would be, the company revealed the nitty-gritty details today at E3. Every Xbox One system sold will include the new Xbox One console — which features a 500GB hard drive,1 Blu-ray player and built-in Wi-Fi — the new Kinect, one Xbox One Wireless Controller and a free 14-day trial of Xbox Live Gold for new members. The Xbox One launch bundle will be available for $499.99 in the U.S., £429 (GBP) in the U.K. and €499 (EUR) in European markets.


Xbox is also introducing a limited-edition commemorative bundle to fans that reserve the system at major retailers. Reserving the commemorative bundle guarantees that you will be able to purchase the new system on day one. Each commemorative bundle will include an Xbox One system that comes in premium black packaging with a limited edition Xbox One Day One wireless controller, and a unique commemorative Day One Achievement. The commemorative bundle will be available in limited quantities and while supplies last, for $499.99, €499 (EUR) or £429 (GBP).


To reserve your Xbox One system today, and for the full list of launch countries and prices, visit http://www.xbox.com for participating retailers. Gotta say, though, that's a pretty high entry price. Is this the new normal?
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Definitely th new normal. It does make a lot of sense and though it's high for entry leaving many young kids out of th loop for a while it is still online with what adults expect to pay. Even an Xbox 360 with 250gb HD and Kinect runs $400.... So for $100 more you get a massively upgraded console, upgraded kinect 2, double the HD space, new controller, and a Bluray player (though this feature is completely useless for people like me who will never stick a BD movie in the drive and might even download all the content I purchase making any sort of disc drive just an added wasted cost).

So in the end comparing to the current generation it really isn't that expensive...

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Something tells me there will be an SSD model before long. Probably in the 128 GB/ $600-$650 range.

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By my off the top of my head converions, the Brits are really getting screwed.

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Ordered :-)

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if sony charges $100 less and lets you use used games and you don't have to buy gold membership to use Netflix,

Microsoft needs to make a few changes

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Not necessarily, the added feature of Kinect 2 which with the original XBOX added 150$ brings the cost down to the competitive range of the PS4.

Ever since the Playstation Move or whatever it was called failed, microsoft has had a distinct advantage. They have however lost traction with serious gamers who want more power and less show.

In a way PS4 appeals to heavy Gamers while the Xbox One appeals to a younger Crowd. with its higher price point that be a poor combination from Microsoft.

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if sony charges $100 less and lets you use used games and you don't have to buy gold membership to use Netflix,

Microsoft needs to make a few changes

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