Amazon Price Drop on Xbox One Media Remote

March 3, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment


If you’ve been interested in the Xbox One Media Remote, we’re pleased to tell you that Amazon has just cut the price from $24.99 to $19.96. Since it doesn’t release until March 7, you still have a few days to get in your preorder. Additionally, thanks to Amazon’s preorder guarantee, if you already ordered it, your order will automatically be reduced to the lower price.

You’ll be able to use the Media Remote to navigate through all of your entertainment options, whether you’re watching Blu-ray movies and streamed videos on your Xbox One or watching TV. This remote control is another part of Microsoft’s goal for the Xbox One to become the central device of players’ living rooms.

Click here to check out the remote on Amazon.

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Xbox One Discounted Further in the UK by GameStop

February 25, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment


Yesterday, we told you about the Xbox One’s price cut in the UK, as well as the new Titanfall bundle, which includes the digital download of the game at no additional cost. Well, now the deal is even sweeter.

At GameStop, the Xbox One Titanfall bundle will only cost £369.97, another significant drop. This puts it much closer to the price of the PS4, and the inclusion of Titanfall and a 1-month Xbox Live Gold membership makes it seem like a very appealing offer.

What do you think—is this the move that will turn the tables on Sony and put Microsoft in the lead? It certainly makes things look better for the Xbox One, which has not sold nearly as well as the PS4 in the UK. Then again, at this point, we wouldn’t be surprised if Sony countered with a new PS4 bundle to even the odds again. Don’t worry, we’ll let you know immediately if anything like that happens. For now, give us your predictions on how this will effect the sales gap.

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Xbox One: Price Cut in UK, Global Bundle With Free Titanfall

February 24, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment


If you’ve been interested in buying an Xbox One but are a little put off by the price tag, Microsoft’s new announcements might be just what you wanted to hear.

First of all, the Xbox One is receiving a direct price cut in the UK. It has been sold at £430 since its launch, but now its price will be reduced to £399.99.

Additionally, players around the world will be able to pick up an Xbox One Titanfall bundle—at no additional cost. For £399.99 in the UK and $499.99 in the US, you can buy an Xbox One bundled with a digital download code for Titanfall, a one-month membership to Xbox Live Gold, and of course, the Kinect, chat headset, and wireless controller. Sadly, that is the regular controller, not the special Titanfall-themed one.

You can preorder the bundle from Amazon and the Microsoft Store, and it will also be available at certain retail locations. This bundle will only be available in limited quantities, although Microsoft did not give a specific number.

If you’re interested, keep in mind that you are getting a digital copy of Titanfall, not a physical copy, but this is still effectively a price drop on the Xbox One. There have been a lot of concerns about the Xbox One’s higher price, especially with how far the PS4 has been outselling it, but according to Xbox UK Marketing Director Harvey Eagle, this isn’t a response to low sales.

When asked, he told media sources that top goal is to make sure players get the best value they can, and that, “Titanfall is coming, and it seems like the right moment in time to offer an improved price point with the inclusion of the hottest game.”

Additionally, he feels the upcoming releases of Titanfall, Watch Dogs, and Destiny will boost the sales of the Xbox One, because “the only place you’re going to be able to play all three of those games is on Xbox One.” Since those latter two titles are multiplatform games, we can only assume he believes Titanfall is a strong enough game to weigh the odds in the Xbox One’s favor.

He mentioned that Microsoft has many exciting announcements planned for E3, as well.

No matter how he phrases it, we suspect the price gap between the Xbox One and PS4 factored into the decision at least somewhat. He has a point, though—people are really excited about Titanfall, this bundle could move a lot of Xbox One consoles. Are you planning to pick one up? Check it out and let us know your thoughts.

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Two big UK retailers discount the Xbox One price

January 20, 2014 by Staff - 5 Comments


Microsoft’s Xbox One has not been selling as well in the United Kingdom as its main competitor, the PlayStation 4, and the price may be one of the causes. A recommended retail price of £429.99 is fairly steep, especially when the other consoles on the market are cheaper (the PS4 costs £349.99).

As of today however, two retailers from the UK have discounted the Xbox One to £409.99 (by just under 5%). Both are online retailers – The Hut and Zavvi. As other stores still have it at the original full price, this is likely a decision on the part of the retailers, rather than an official price cut by Microsoft (which is yet to provide any comment).

Fans are divided on whether demand for the Xbox One has declined, if the console was overpriced to start with, or if this minor discount is just meant to boost sales for the retailers — (there have been rumors concerning the financial viability of both operations circulating for years). Other fans just see it as an opportunity, and possibly a sign of an official sale on the horizon.

Whether we start to see such discounts in the US and other parts of Europe and Australasia remains to be seen….

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Microsoft “looking into” bundling headset with Xbox One console

July 31, 2013 by Staff - 1 Comment


Like we covered a couple of days ago, the Xbox One headset is now available to pre-order along with additional Xbox One controllers. Why might you need to pre-order a headset in the first place you ask? Because it doesn’t come with the console package – something that a lot of Xbox fans have not been happy about. In fact their pain is made all the more worse because the Playstation 4 comes bundled with a headset. Then you have the additional $100 the Xbox One costs and… you can see why people are upset.

Anyway, there is some good news. Via Twitter, someone asked Albert Penello (who apparently “leads planning for Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Kinect”) whether a headset comes with the Xbox One bundle (I guess they didn’t already know that it doesn’t). Well Albert responded rather surprisingly, saying “We’ve heard the feedback. Looking into it.” Kind of a strange answer to the original question, but the intent is clear. It seems Microsoft are reconsidering whether or not to include a headset in the Xbox One console bundle. If it did, I know a lot of gamers (and their wallets) that would be appreciative!

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What if the Xbox One was $100 cheaper?

July 26, 2013 by Staff - 5 Comments


One of the major differences between the Playstation 4 and the Xbox One is the price of each console. As you must know by now (and I certainly hope you do, especially if you’ve pre-ordered!) the price of the PS4 is $399 while the Xbox One (inclusive of the mandatory Kinect 2.0) is $499. That means the Xbox One is 25% more expensive than the PS4 – not an insignificant amount.

It’s also pretty obvious that in order to compete more effectively with Sony in terms of price, Microsoft will be working hard to position themselves to manufacture the Xbox One as cheap as possible. After all, video game consoles are usually loss leaders (even retailers make very little on them) with the main source of game industry profits coming from the games themselves and accessories.

An analyst over at financial services firm Robert W Baird & Co thinks the same thing, stating that Microsoft is “working with channel partners to lessen the gap” in terms of the price difference. How long it might take them to hit that level where the retail price of the Xbox One can be lowered is hard to guess at the moment, and in any event it’s not like Sony are going to be sitting back either. Just like Microsoft, they’ll also be working hard to optimize the PS4 manufacturing and sales process.

The question though is this: if the Xbox One was the same price as the Playstation 4 – $399 – would you switch from buying the PS4 and grab an Xbox One instead? Let us know in the comments below.

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Xbox One at E3: The Ultimate Rundown

June 10, 2013 by Staff - 4 Comments


Microsoft’s Xbox One E3 press conference has come and gone and they delivered on one promise – it was all about the games (with a bit of other, necessary information like release dates and pricing).

Rather than make you read through pages and pages of drivel, we’ve got all the details you need to know below, in one concise, easy to read list. Have a look and then tell us your feelings on the Xbox One in the comments below. We are pretty pumped to be honest – the games are looking good!

Price: US: $499 | UK: £429 | Europe: €499 | Australia: $599 | Games: US$59.99

Release date: November 2013 (21 countries)

Preorder: Microsoft Store | Amazon | Walmart | Target

Games: all the following games are coming to the Xbox One

Free games for Gold subscribers: all Gold subscribers to Xbox Live will receive two free games each month starting from 1 July. The first two games are Halo 3 and Assassins Creed II.

Xbox Live friends: the number of friends you can have on Xbox Live will be increased from the current limit of 100 to 1,000.

Game streaming and clips: Microsoft is partnering with Twitch to let you stream your gaming. You can also record and share gaming clips using a new Xbox One app called Upload Studio.

Smartglass: will be compatible with the Xbox One and let you make in-game purchases and receive tips on gameplay. Can also be used for multiplayer control.

Microsoft Points: will be converted into your local currency prior to the launch of Xbox One.

Xbox 360: has been redesigned (as below) in line with the styling of the Xbox One. pricing is US$199 for the 4GB version and US$299 for the 250 GB version or 4GB Kinect bundle.


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Prediction: X1 to cost $399, PS4 to cost $349

June 3, 2013 by Staff - 1 Comment

Michael Pachter of Wedbush Morgan is the most well-known financial analyst of the video games industry and he has made some predictions concerning the price of the Xbox One and the Playstation 4.

Today Patcher told investors that he thinks the X1 will cost $399 and that the PS4 will cost $349. This is based on his cost pricing for the two consoles, which he put at $275 for the PS4 and $325 for the X1 (that is, it will cost Microsoft $50 to make the Xbox One than it costs Sony to make the PS4).


For those of you who instantly think that the X1 price is too high, Patcher did say that the console could be subsidized (ie through a cable operator or ISP long-term contract) and that Microsoft will also offer a subscription model to lower the upfront cost (ie sign up for Xbox Live for 24 months and save ‘x’ dollars).

Pachter’s track record in terms of predictions is however very mixed (I like to think of him as the weatherman of the video games industry) so who knows if the actual prices will look anything like this. If they do, would you be happy?

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