Xbox One Price And Release Date: Will Microsoft Change Its Console’s Price? Economist Says Xbox One Is Too Expensive
By Staff Writer | June 24, 2013 04:54 PM EDT
Although Microsoft announced several reversals to its initial policies on game sharing and online connectivity for the Xbox One, economist and author Rafi Mohammed told Bloomberg TV that he still thinks "the price is too high," according to IGN.
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The economist said that the Xbox One Kinect feature must become optional, "an a la carte purchase," to compete with Sony's Playstation 4, the website also reports.
Xbox One is currently priced at $499 while Sony's Playstation 4 is set at a $399 value.
Muhammad also told Bloomberg TV that this issue "should have been caught early on," as it shows "this has the potential to really derail Xbox One for the upcoming holiday season," IGN reports.
Microsoft has been stuck in a debate between those who favor the originally-released features of the Xbox One and the limited policies of game sharing and purchasing and those who advocate for the reversal of prices, specs and other features to make it more competitive against the Playstation 4.
If Microsoft does not alter some of its specs and policies, it risks succumbing to a loss to Sony's Playstation 4 that offers unlimited features at an affordable price while if it does change many of its attributes, it could just become the "Xbox 720."
A Microsoft employee complained about the company's recent decision to reverse its policy on Xbox One game sharing, raising claims from critics of the changes that the move was a step backward, saying the new console is just an upgraded Xbox 360.
"This allowed the person to play the game, get familiar with it, then make a purchase if they wanted to. When the time limit was up they would automatically be prompted to the Marketplace so that they may order it if liked the game," the anonymous employee posted on Pastebin.
"The difference between the family sharing and the typical store demo is that your progress is saved as if it was the full game, and the data that was installed for that shared game doesn't need to be erased when they purchase the full game."
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