Xbox One Offers Great Value – Don Mattrick
When it was announced that at launch PS4 would be $100 cheaper than Xbox One, it seemed like a win for Sony. They even admitted to celebrating when Microsoft revealed the higher price tag of the Xbox One. Microsoft’s console does come bundled with the compulsory Kinect though so factoring in Sony’s PlayStation Eye takes the prices to roughly within $40 of each other.
That said, most won’t buy the PS Eye because let’s face it, nobody really cares about that peripheral so the price difference is still pretty large. However Xbox president of interactive entertainment Don Mattrick (aka Douche Smile McLookAtMyJacket) has addressed the cost discrepancy.
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“We’re over-delivering value against other choices,” Mattrick said in a conversation with Bloomberg TV. “$499 isn’t a ridiculous price point. We’re delivering thousands of dollars of value to people.”
Mattrick didn’t go into much detail about where that extra value comes from but he’s a bit of an idiot sometimes with things he says to the public. For example, last week he told people without an internet connection that there is a console for them and it’s called the Xbox 360. True but he’s quite a prick for saying it in such a manner.
Allow me to do his job for him. Console hardware is typically sold at a loss. The losses are recouped in game revenue. The PS3 was initially sold at an exorbitant cost to Sony thanks to those Blu-ray drives and only in the last 18 months or so have the losses lessened. This is why we get cheaper, more efficient and easier to build console facelifts.
What Mattrick is likely talking about is the fact that your Xbox One is a DVD player, Blu-ray player, TV box (DSTV decoder), gaming console and more all in one. Essentially it’s all you’ll need as far as multimedia and home entertainment goes. Thousands of dollars does seem a bit exaggerated but I think it’s safe to say that both next-gen consoles pack plenty of value.