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Xbox One at $499: “the price is too high”, says economist

Monday, 24 June 2013 14:06 GMT By Dave Cook

Xbox One will cost $499 / £429 at launch in November, but the cost of entry is too high, economist and author Rafi Mohammed has cautioned. He has stressed that a low console cost would result in more players investing in Xbox One games in a new interview.

Mohammed has worked as a pricing analyst for some 21 years and is author of a book called The Art of Pricing. If there’s one thing he appears to know, it’s how to price a product successfully.

Speaking with Bloomberg TV, Mohammed said of Xbox One, “You want to get that console in consumers’ hands, and then where you really make the money is off of the games.

“So it was really surprising that they charged such a premium, especially when they had a lot of negatives…like the very restrictive DRM, which they did retract from. One of the key things is that they really listened to their consumers and they did backtrack and they reduced the price, but I still think the price is too high. So it’s still a $100 premium.”

Despite the $499 asking price, Microsoft’s Don Mattrick has recently suggested that Xbox One over-delivers on value, and offers thousands of dollars worth of content and features. We’re still not sure what ‘over-delivering on value’ means exactly.

Last week I wrote a blog that discussed the $100 price difference between PS4 and Xbox One, and why it might make consumers flock to Sony’s console in these high-cost, cash-poor times. See what you think here.

What do you make of the Xbox One price? Is Mohammed correct? Is it too high? Let us know below.

Thanks Gamespot.

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34 Comments

  1. ps3fanboy

    don’t say it out loud… microsofts have just payed 700 millions for upgrades. they can’t afford to lower their prices on the xbone now. there is also rumored that xblivegold fee will raise…

    #1 2 years ago
  2. xBASSxMONSTAx

    Even if it was cheaper than the PS4, I still wouldn’t part my money to Microshaft because they attempted to screw us gamers over. They have left me (a former xbox customer) disgusted at them as a company. I have since canceled my MS gold from my xbox 360 and have since switched to my PS3 like I should of done from the start. Next gen I’m buying the PS4 to go along side my Wii-U. Microsoft can kiss my ass.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. GwynbleiddiuM

    New Jimmy McMillan Campaign slogan: “The Price of Xbox One is too Damn High”

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Silent Killer01

    just remove the kinect and cut $100.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. ZeroVulcane

    @4
    Yeah that’s the only reason why it’s so much higher. Get a PS4 with the PSeye and it’s only like 30$ less.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Droid

    This guys new nickname is now ‘Captain Obvious’.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Aullah

    @2 They will pull up the DRM walls after launch. You will see… Dont buy xbone.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Schwarzerwind

    youdontsay.jpg

    #8 2 years ago
  9. mistermogul

    @2 +2

    #9 2 years ago
  10. frostquake

    Sad to say, but I almost believe it would have been better for Microsoft to stick to their Guns and not change anything! When a company Back Tracks it causes all kinds of Trust issues in a product, and usually kills the product! In this case the stupid thing has not even launched yet! Hardcores will buy, they always do!

    But just going around to stores, Best Buys, GameStops, WalMarts, Sams, and other electronic stores, the sales people are telling consumers, to be Leary of Xbox1 and go with PS4, they recommend a Wait and See what happens thing, not a good way to start a launch of a product that has not launched!

    #10 2 years ago
  11. ps4fanboy

    not at all too costly. i may probably get one but certainly not before PS4

    #11 2 years ago
  12. SplatteredHouse

    dump the kinect. problem solved. Microsoft seems to still be forgetting that they only make money when they sell things consumers want, as THQ discovered to its great cost. MS sell software, OS’ and such, yeah.
    This isn’t a situation like that, because there is no compatibility consideration, or other impediment to me choosing to play games elsewhere.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. tCruzin

    Get over it, the Xbox One is doing fine. If its “too much” for anyone than just buy a ps4.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. jeffb01

    I would like to see Mohammed’s track record (right and wrong)… but overall, I think the biggest problem is I don’t want to be forced to use the kinnect…

    #14 2 years ago
  15. jeffb01

    @ 13 If ms were so fine with people with people just buying a ps4, I doubt that they would of backtracked on their whole game policy a week ago…

    #15 2 years ago
  16. MCTJim

    I say they are both too expensive. $199.99 US would have been fine with me. Drop the prices of the 360 and PS3 to 99.99. Matter solved..everyone happy and many games will be sold at launch along with accessories.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. salarta

    I’d like Mattrick to tell us exactly what features make it thousands of dollars worth of value. At present, he’s claiming that the whole thing is somehow being sold at thousands of dollars deficit on Microsoft’s part just to get it to $500. I know someone could say “value doesn’t equal cost,” but if we start pulling that where value isn’t based on an objective measure then we’re going by subjective thoughts and I could say it’s only got $250 worth of value to it. The value of the XBox One being a subjective matter isn’t such a bad thing normally, except in this case, it’s being said by an official at Microsoft to defend their pricing.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Kanok

    Too high, because of fuck kinect disaster has made it.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. For Blood

    I think BONDJOJO needs a warning for soliciting and linking to questionable sites.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Gigabomber

    This guy knows pricing so well, no one’s ever heard of his book: can we stop with the pointless MS bashing articles?

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Lengendaryboss

    @21
    Pointless? No. Bashing? Yes. Duty to provide articles? Yes.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Dave Cook

    @21 how is this an MS bashing article?

    A man has said something negative about the literal high cost of Xbox One.

    If a man or woman said something negative about the cost of PS4 then we’d also report it.

    It just so happens that in this case, Xbox One is priced higher.

    Does this help at all?

    #22 2 years ago
  23. For Blood

    @Dave

    Some people just wake up on the wrong side of the bed and need something to complain about.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. hitnrun

    $499 is not too much money for a next-gen console. You can always get a rise out of the crowd by telling them that this relatively expensive thing they want should be less expensive, but new consoles are targeted at getting lots of money up front from early adopters, especially since there’s going to be first-year shortages anyway. If you’re an adult with a job and the kind of games-obsessed person who buys consoles in the first year, you would pay $499 in 2013 dollars for your next one, however begrudgingly.

    The problem for MS is that this price doesn’t exist in a vacuum, and Sony came in a full $100 cheaper. They’re taking a loss on the cash they could have gotten from their fanbois to cut into MS’s market share early. I, for one, fully intend on rewarding Sony’s aggressive play for my money. I certainly won’t be sad to leave the 360 GUI behind, either.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. shaolinsword

    It must be really nice to get paid for pointing out the obvious

    #25 2 years ago
  26. OlderGamer

    I have a PS4 preordered. And I have been wondering long and hard about the value of investing at launch vs waiting maybe a year after.

    And it is about price. Just like it is with Xbone.

    Sure PS4 is cheaper, and makes sense.

    But where are the games?

    Destiny is listed at June 2014 on Gamestop. That is a whole year away. I know those dates are placeholders and subject to change. But I really don’t have a hard line on actual days and dates for Next gen games. For either system.

    So I wonder, where is the killer app for either system. Price aside.

    And price DOES matter. But instead of investing 400usd/500usd, plus second controller, and have little to nothing to play…am I better off just buying WiiU games, PS3 games, XB360 games or PC games instead? A fair amount of gaming can be purchased for the price of new hardware alone.

    Dave can you track down release dates? Hardware is nice and all, but it is the games that matter the most to me. esp when considering what system to purchase and when to pull the trigger.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. salarta

    @25: “If you’re an adult with a job and the kind of games-obsessed person who buys consoles in the first year, you would pay $499 in 2013 dollars for your next one, however begrudgingly.”

    If you’re an adult with a job, you might have too many bills to pay to spend an extra $100 for a console. Some people, usually younger ones, like to think that all adults are just rolling in money, but the reality is that there are many adults that love to play games but are still overall struggling financially.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. karma

    #4: “just remove the kinect and cut $100.”

    But the marketing potential from super targeted advertising using kinect to observe what we like, is worth billions. So.. you WILL pay for kinect AND, you will LIKE IT!

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Lengendaryboss

    @29
    That crap clearly doesn’t work on everyone.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. hitnrun

    @28 Anecdotally, sure. Everyone has different priorities. I’m not rolling in money and have large bills, but the scale of my finances has changed such from when I was younger that 400 or 500 for a major, once-in-five-years entertainment purchase is not going to put me off. That’s typical for adults.

    But the point I’m making is not personal. Even if I decide that $500 is too much, there would still be a few million early adopters. Again, this is if Sony hadn’t come in hard at their grill and put them at a comparative disadvantage.

    Put it this way: if Sony came in at $499, would it the Xbone be too expensive? I doubt it, in a world where people stand in line for $800 iPads.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. Brenna Hillier

    @19 it’s a spambot; warnings don’t do much good.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. OlderGamer

    But the thing is value for your investment. I agree with you hitnrun(love that handle btw, I used to have PKers on MMOs named that), however while most of us can get 500usd together, if the hardware is only 400usd, that means we can pick between just hardware for 500usd or hardware and a couple of games for 500usd.

    Take a peak at the bundles sites like Gamestop are promoting. The same 600usd buys a lot more when applied to a new PS4 then it does when applied to a Xbone.

    I think that matters too.

    For me, I am having a hard time justifying either one till more games come out.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. gargus

    Yes 400 dollars for a system that is pretty much the same in terms of hardware (but still more powerful) is nice.

    The fact the big difference is the lack of camera on PS4 which I can still buy if I want for 60 dollars and it still be 40 dollars less than a xb1 with its camera is nice.

    The fact I can get ps+ which gives A LOT MORE than xbl live does, for less is nice also.

    But what it comes down to is politics for me. MS slammed its consumers hard with tons of drm and said “deal with it” and spent weeks, months arguing with consumers as to why they should deal with it, then flip flopped not for the sake of the customer but to get better sales. The fact they put even something simple as netflix behind a paywall and dozens of other reasons why I wont support MS. I wont support them for their terrible lack of respect for the very people who keep them in business.

    Im not a fanboy of any system because I love games. But I also wont support a company that treats its customers like walking wallets and nothing else. If sony did the same thing as MS and MS was the company to give its customers options and showed that they mattered then I would have pre ordered a xb1 instead of a ps4.

    If a company does things that dont make me feel like a valued customer I dont give them money, regardless of who they are.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. polygem

    #2 and #33:

    as if i had written it myself. 100% agree wit that.

    #34 2 years ago

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  • Steam’s Discovery Update has helped increase revenue for smaller titles

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  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection April update includes “more ranked playlists”

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  • Get Spec Ops: The Line for free through 2K Games sale on Humble Store

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  • Dota 2 The International 2015 tickets are sold out

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  • Here’s what’s expected in Battlefield 4′s Weapon Crate DLC – video

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  • Pillars of Eternity issues to be addressed in patch 1.03, expected next week

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  • Mortal Kombat X videos show Erron Black gameplay, Ermac fatalities, more

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  • The Legend of Zelda Wii U: 2015 release not a “priority”, skipping E3

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  • Destiny gameplay designer exits for Bethesda

    Destiny’s senior gameplay designer Josh Hamrick announced on Twitter overnight he would be leaving the company in a week’s time for Bethesda. Hamrick joined Bungie in 2009 after working two years at Midway Austin, where he created multiplayer maps, modified single-player levels, and other designer functions. He was in charge of fixing bug in code […]

  • What to expect from the Call of Duty Championship this weekend

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  • MLB 15 The Show video highlights improved graphics, updated grass patterns

    Sony has released a video for MLB 15 The Show which provides a look at graphical improvements made to the game. Along with the visual upgrade over MLB 14 The Show, the game contains new minor league stadiums, dynamic sun generated in real-time, and upgraded grass patterns which reflect each stadium’s unique look. MLB 15 […]

  • Valve to offer HTC Vive Developer Edition free to qualified developers

    Valve has said it will offer the HTC Vive Developer Edition for free to qualified developers in an effort to buoy projects before the tech launches commercially. Surgeon Simulator developer Bossa Studios and The Room studio Fireproof Games are just some of the developers which already have a free Vive in-hand. According to Valve’s Doug […]

  • DriveClub gameplay video features MotorStorm’s off-road buggies

    Some gameplay footage of MotorStorm’s off-road buggies in DriveClub has surfaced. Pictures of the buggies were shown on the Japanese PlayStation Blog earlier this month, which considering the game was developed by Evolution Studios – which developed MotorStorm – this isn’t too much of a surprise. The buggies were first spotted by Videogamer, which pulled […]

  • Mortal Kombat X live-action TV spot features the track Chop Suey

    The TV sport for Mortal Kombat X has been released, and not only does it contain a “spontaneous fight circle” taking over an entire city, but it features the System of a Down track Chop Suey. Mortal Kombat X will be released on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One April 14. The […]

  • Bloodborne Forbidden Woods progression bug caused by multiplayer summon

    A progression bug in Bloodborne is in the works, according to Sony and From Software. The issue occurs when players activate a multiplayer session in the Forbidden Woods using the Sinister Resonant Bell or Small Resonant Bell. It also appears the Lunarium Key won’t appear because of the multiplayer bug, and without the key you […]

  • Yo-Kai Watch game franchise has sold over 7 million copies

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  • Bloodborne trademark returned to Sony after accidentally losing it

    In case you were worried or anything, Sony has once again obtained the Bloodborne trademark. Earlier this week it was revealed that Sony mistakenly abandoned the Bloodborne trademark along with four others registered with US Patent and Trademark Office: Guns Up!, Kill Strain; How Games Were Made to Sound, and No Heroes Allows: No Puzzles […]

  • GTA 5 PC official trailer coming next week, 15 new screenshots released

    New PC screenshots of GTA 5 have been released along with word of a new trailer coming on Monday. The screens below are from the PC version and you can view them in 4K glory over on Rockstar Newswire. The PC version of GTA 5 releases on April 14.

  • PSN real-time server status page launching in Europe soon

    PlayStation users in Europe will soon have its own a PSN Service Status Indicator. It was released earlier this month in North America. The indicator makes it easier to check whether PlayStation services are down or running as planned. This includes account management, PlayStation Now, the store, social services, etc. Sony told Eurogamer the service […]

  • Exclusivity contract prevents Bioware from revealing Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC release on PS4

    Bioware is unable to discuss when the Jaws of Hakkon DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition will arrive on platforms other than PC and Xbox One. According to various tweets from executive producer Mark Darrah, due to the exclusivity contract between EA and Microsoft, the studio is unable to announce a release date for PlayStation 3 […]

  • LEGO Batman 3 demo, Namco Museum, more added to North American eShop

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a demo for LEGO Batman 3, Namco Museum on Wii U Virtual Console, and various sales. Below is the full update. Nintendo eShop Dot Arcade – Wii U LEGO Ninjago – 3Ds LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Demo – Wii U Harvest Moon: The […]

  • Square Enix’s Easter Surprise bundle contains five mystery PC games

    Square Enix offering another mystery bundle to customers in the UK, which comes with five mystery PC games for £3.99. As before, customers will be unaware of the games they are purchasing in the mystery bundle, but the bundle contains triple-A titles worth £40 combined. One of Square’s previous mystery bundles contained Tomb Raider, Just […]

  • From Software’s PSone game Shadow Tower coming to PSN

    Shadow Tower, the first-person action-RPG developed for the original PlayStation by From Software, will be released on PlayStation Network. In the 1998 title, players took on the role of a mercenary who has returned home to the Holy Land of Zeptar to find the place has been sucked into the Underworld. He must use the […]

  • PlayStation TV gets price cut in the UK, now £44.99

    PlayStation TV has received a price cut in the UK. After several retailers started offering the console for less than the RRP of £84.99, users on DealSpwn began to wonder whether this is an official price cut, and not just regular deals or stock clearance. Sony later confirmed the new price of £44.99. “Starting from […]

  • Fast & Furious expansion for Forza Horizon 2 is now available, for free

    You can download Forza Horizon 2 expansion Fast & Furious starting right now. Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious is available to download now through Xbox Live for Xbox One and Xbox 360. The expansion is standalone, so you don’t need to own Forza Horizon 2 to play it. It’s also free from now […]

  • Fire-based weapons come to PayDay 2 with the Butcher’s BBQ Pack

    The 20th DLC for PayDay 2, the Butcher’s BBQ Pack, is now available on Steam. The DLC will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: Piglet Grenade Launcher, 12G Steakout Shotgun and Mk1 Flamethrower Molotov cocktails and incendiary ammo Four new masks, patterns, materials and achievements The Butcher’s BBQ Pack is another co-development between Overkill and Croatian […]

  • Lords of the Fallen developer offers Hideo Kojima a job

    Amid the current turmoil between Hideo Kojima and publisher Konami, one studio has offered the legendary designer a position. Lords of the Fallen developer Deck 13 took to Twitter to extend a job offer to Hideo Kojima. Dear Mr. @HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN In case you are currently searching, we have an open position as Head of Game […]

  • Destiny Xur update: should you buy MIDA Multi Tool?

    The question on every Destiny player’s lips today. And the answer, supplied by resident Destiny expert Paul Davies, is… Yes! We asked Paul whether or not he thought Xur’s Exotic weapon this week was worth the 23 Strange Coins. Here’s what he said: “It was already a great gun to own for PVP owing to […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 has an all-male cast to make it “more approachable”

    According to Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata, the main cast of the game is all-male because it makes the game “more approachable.” Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata spoke to Gamespot about the reason for his choice of making the core cast an all-male affair. “Speaking honestly, an all-male party feels almost more approachable […]

  • Hearthstone Blackrock Mountain is coming April 2

    Blizzard has given Hearthstone expansion Blackrock Mountain a solid release date. Hearthstone’s Blackrock Mountain adventure pack will be released April 2 in the Americas region, and April 3 in Europe, Korea, Taiwan, and China. Blackrock Depths is the first wing to be released, others will follow one week apart. Other than the 31 new cards, […]

  • Bloodborne: if you can’t load your save after installing firmware 2.50, this will help

    If you’re having issues loading your Bloodborne save after applying firmware update 2.50 to your PS4, this should help you out. Reddit user KBALLZZ encountered an issue after installing update 2.50 on his PlayStation 4. Bloodborne started reinstalling the day one patch again and when it was done he couldn’t continue his game or load […]

  • Use this code to get 10% off on PSN purchases

    Sony is offering a 10% discount coupon to anyone looking to buy games on PlayStation Store this weekend. Sony’s latest discount coupon code is here. You’ll receive 10% off your cart total when buying from the PSN Store. The offer is not valid on purchases made on PS Vita, PlayStation TV, PSP, or in-game stores. […]

  • Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin upgrade path announced, system specs revealed

    Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin will offer returning customers a chance to upgrade at a discounted price. Those who already own Dark Souls 2 on Steam and are interested in picking up the Scholar of the First Sin edition will be happy to know that publisher Bandai Namco is offering them an […]

  • Bloodborne: this is what happens when you have 40 Insight

    Insight is one of the currencies in Bloodborne, but it’s also a mechanic that affects the gameplay. There are MASSIVE SPOILERS below, so turn back now or one of Bloodborne’s gameplay mechanics will be SPOILED for you. Just like Blood Echoes in Bloodborne, Insight is used to purchase certain items from vendors in the game. […]

  • Phase two of Xbox One April update brings voice messages, dedicated servers for party chat, more

    The second phase of the April update for Xbox One is now open to members of the Preview programme and and it looks like there are even more features in store. Phase one of Xbox One’s April firmware update started a few days ago with improvements to party chat and achievements notifications. Today, phase two […]

  • GTA 5′s graphical “downgrade” is a bug, will be fixed in upcoming patch

    As of patch 1.8 for GTA 5 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, a few graphical issues have cropped up leading some to believe there has been a stealth downgrade to the game’s overall graphics. Over the past couple of days, Reddit went nuts over a video showing what appears to be a downgrade to […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for March 27, 28 – MIDA Multi-Tool edition

    Xur: Agent of the Nine has arrived at The Tower in Destiny to rid you of your Strange Coins. Xur: Agent of the Nine has once again made it to Destiny’s Tower to sell you Exotic weapons and gear in exchange for Strange Coins and Motes of Light. For this weekend, Xur can be found […]

  • Destiny vault space upgrade will have enough room for every Exotic

    Destiny is finally getting the vault space upgrade players have been begging for almost since launch week. Destiny players can currently use vault space to store 20 pieces of amour, 20 weapons and 20 general item stacks. In the latest Bungle Weekly Update, the developer revealed that as of patch 1.1.2, due before House of […]

  • Half-Life 2: Update mod applies some sparkle to the original title

    Half-Life 2: Update will be available tomorrow, and thanks to the modding community, those who own the vanilla version of the game can apply a visual update to the 2004 title. The comparison video shows you the differences between the original version, and the version with Half-Life 2: Update applied. Here’s what the mod includes: […]

  • Neverwinter MMO can now be pre-downloaded on Xbox One

    You can now pre-download the free-to-play Neverwinter MMO on Xbox One. The game launches on March 31, but you will still need an Xbox Live Gold account to play it. Based on the Dungeons & Dragons franchise, the game can be downloaded from the Xbox Store.