Microsoft had promised to focus on games at this year’s E3 conference, so not many people actually expected firm release details. But hey, this is the biggest gaming event of the year, the Redmond company actually surprised a lot of people by not only telling us when the Xbox One would be launched, but also how much it would cost.
The Xbox One will be released in several worldwide markets this November, priced at $499/€499/£429. That is a sizeable investment, particularly in the UK where we seem to have been shafted with the usual additional tax costs($499 converts as only £329, a figure that many would have been happy with). Coming towards the end of the conference itself, the information was blurted out like the company wanted to get the news out of the way fast. Lets face it – at that price point they haven’t really got much to be proud of.
Although there will only be one console (SKU), Microsoft has also announced the ‘Day One’ edition of the console. This will include a limited edition controller, an exclusive non-game related achievement, packaging, and decal. There will also be an exclusive batch of DLC included for the following launch games;
• Ryse: Son of Rome – Exclusive multiplayer map and sword with bonus attributes.
• Forza Motorsport 5 – Access to four cars tuned to the top of their class.
• Kinect Sports Rivals – Exclusive sporting equipment that separates your Champion from the rest of the world.
• Dead Rising 3 – Exclusive Frank West and Chuck Greene Tribute Packs with bonus attributes.
Kinect Sports Rivals has yet to be officially confirmed, so that also represents confirmation of another exclusive launch title. What do you guys make of this price point? Are you happy that you will effectively be paying an additional $99.99 for a Kinect sensor you probably don’t want? Of course it will be interesting to see now if Sony does announce pricing models, and how the two compare.