Given E3 is taking place this week, we had little doubt that we’d be learning a lot more about both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, but what I’m sure most of us didn’t expect was actual pricing, at least on the Microsoft side. At the moment, the only place to score an Xbox One pre-order is Microsoft’s own site, and it’s priced at $499.
At $499, Microsoft’s upcoming console might seem to be priced on the high side, but realistically, it seems reasonable. Microsoft, as always, is going to be taking a hit on these things, and given all of the hardware inside and what the device is capable of, that $500 can go a long way. To put things into perspective, Apple’s iPad also costs $500.
It’s no secret that Microsoft has been facing a ton of flak the past couple of weeks regarding some of its practices, some of which we covered last week, so it’s not much of a surprise that the company is now trying to push people towards buying a “Day One” edition Xbox One that will include a couple of perks; namely a unique achievement (which isn’t unique at all given millions will have it alongside you), and also a branded “Day One” gamepad.
On the official site, you can learn more about some accessories that the console will launch with, along with other Day One perks.
Are you going to be pre-ordering? Me… I’m waiting to see if Microsoft will change anything to the consumer’s favor. As much as I want an Xbox One, I’m content with going with the competitor if my rights look better on that side.