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The Xbox One is “worth $100 more than the PS4”

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In the US, the PlayStation 4 will cost $399. The Xbox One will retail for $499, which, budding mathematician you likely are, you can can tell is $100 higher. Microsoft believes its next-gen console is worth that premium.

"It’s up to us to prove that it’s worth $100 more. I think it is," Albert Penello, the senior director of product planning and management at Xbox  told GameSpot.

That value, he says, comes in the quality of games and the suite of services the Xbox One offers.

"I think we do more. I think our games are better. I think as people start to experience Kinect and see what it can do using voice, I think that’s better," he added. "I think the ability to have an all-in-one system where you can plug in the TV, that’s better. I think we’ll have a better online service."

"I just believe that we’re going to have a better system."

He doesn’t believe that the $100 price difference is going to make much of an impact this holiday season in the US. Microsoft still hasn’t nailed down an actual release date for the system; expected sometime in November.

"$100, when you’re talking $400 vs. $500 [shrugs shoulders]. I don’t believe it’s going to be the deal-killer," he said.

Here in South Africa, we still don’t know when the Xbox One will be launching – nor the impact it’ll have on our wallets when it does. What do you think? Seen anything from the Xbox One that you think justifies the extra cost? That $100 is very nearly two games

Last Updated: September 3, 2013

105 Comments

  1. FoxOneZA - X-Therminator

    September 3, 2013 at 09:22

    $100 ain’t much for the US gamers. They are complaining about $100 when the rest of the developing world that supports the gaming industry just as much as them are paying at least 50% more.

    Reply

  2. CrasH

    September 3, 2013 at 09:25

    MS still out of touch with there costumers… whats a $100… and why were people so upset with always on… and why do people care that the kinect would always be spying on them… and why dont they want to watch TV while they play games or have there friends have the ability to play for them…

    If i wanted to watch TV and play, my TV does support PIP, dont need the console to do that.
    If i wanted to move around for fun, i would go surf and if i wanted to shout voice commands i would go driving passanger with my cousin who just got her license…

    As for the $100… have MS ever heard of a steam sale or a GOG sale or humble bundles… $100 is a lot of games tot he master race.

    Reply

    • deeboy17

      September 3, 2013 at 12:48

      Most people don’t have PIP in their TV. Also PIP doesn’t mean that it has Skype or Internet as a PIP feature so its not even in the same league. With a console people can pick whatever tv they want and are not just limited to that TV’s features only. So your argument on already having these features are a bit misconstrued.

      Reply

  3. Mark Treloar

    September 3, 2013 at 09:26

    They forgot to mention if you want rechargeable batteries it will cost you more.

    Reply

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      September 3, 2013 at 10:24

      If he had remembered he probably would have said, “our rechargeable batteries are better.” So not missing much.

      Reply

  4. Hammersteyn

    September 3, 2013 at 09:28

    LOL XBONE.

    Reply

    • Admiral Chief Assassin o'Kings

      September 3, 2013 at 09:35

      XD

      Reply

  5. ThatManOverThere

    September 3, 2013 at 09:29

    Givin the dawg a bone?

    Reply

  6. Pieter Kruger

    September 3, 2013 at 09:33

    For a long term investment(7-8years?) it’s definitely worth it and not a deal breaker! Also I believe the superior tech the Kinect has over the eye justifies the price difference! Also a small price to pay for dedicated servers if you’re serious about multiplayer. 300k servers is a huge capital layout and has to be made up somewhere and cannot alone be paid for by Xbox Live subs (otherwise Sony would’ve done the same). All in all I’m happy to pay a little more for what I’ll be getting! BTW, loving the header, clearly shows the value of what you’ll be getting! ????

    Reply

    • RinceThisandCochon!

      September 3, 2013 at 09:39

      Agreed. I can see why they are charging more, I just hope that people also realise they will also have to pay a monthly subscription, which is how SONY will be paying for its servers. I really hope the Xbox One works! As for long-term investment, if you think about it’s been 7-8 years this gen, and the SONY was WAY more expensive then the Xbox360.

      Reply

      • TiMsTeR1033

        September 3, 2013 at 10:03

        Xbox will win in some ways (family people buying it for kinect) but I think on a technology front Sony will pull away in 3 years as the hardware matures that extra kick will come in handy, I dont think its about who is more expensive will win… instead Sony learnt from its mistakes and They wont shoot themselves in the foot again. I think The eye will be just as good contender with the ps move next gen games to brace us later. Kinect in someways is great but still alot of gamers who refuse to get off the couch

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        • Skyblue

          September 3, 2013 at 11:46

          The difference in hardware is negligible and I seriously doubt that we’ll be seeing either console “pull away” from the other. The tech in the eye is a full generation behind the Kinect, not that it matters as I don’t consider either device necessary for enjoying my games.

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      • FoxOneZA - X-Therminator

        September 3, 2013 at 11:06

        Long term is a no-no for the next-gen. This generation panned out too long and PC gaming saw a revival because of that. The only reason I bought a Xbox 360 was because at that time PC gaming was in limbo, games were far and the only genre worth playing was FPS but then those FPS games required a R7k GPU alone. As consoles lost their bleeding edge over PC’s, GPU’s came down in pricing and DX coding became more efficient and optimized.

        Reply

    • Nick

      September 3, 2013 at 10:32

      Micrososft SA rep?

      Reply

      • Pieter Kruger

        September 4, 2013 at 08:54

        Haha, I wish!

        Reply

    • iPrimal

      September 4, 2013 at 05:47

      I wouldn’t brag too much about the servers if they’re anything like what we have now. I always have such a hard time connecting with friends. Last year I spent hours configuring my router just so I could join a party chat.

      Reply

  7. Admiral Chief Assassin o'Kings

    September 3, 2013 at 09:35

    FIVE DOLLAHS!!!

    Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      September 3, 2013 at 09:36

      How much games can you buy on Steam for $100

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief Assassin o'Kings

        September 3, 2013 at 09:36

        20

        Reply

        • Hammersteyn

          September 3, 2013 at 09:37

          Exactly

          Reply

          • Admiral Chief Assassin o'Kings

            September 3, 2013 at 09:39

            I spent $37 on the summer sale. Got me 4 great games, and a game two pack and a game 4 pack.

          • Hammersteyn

            September 3, 2013 at 09:42

            So one can buy a PS4 and have change left for a steam sale.

          • Skyblue

            September 3, 2013 at 11:48

            Yeah but no AAA PS4 exclusive.

          • Kromas

            September 3, 2013 at 10:14

            Spent $10 on the Origin Humble Bundle and another $25 on the Deep Silver Bundle as well as the steam summer sale grabbed $35 out of me. That totals up to $70 on just over 30 games. Only played about 4 😛

          • Admiral Chief Assassin o'Kings

            September 3, 2013 at 10:15

            GG

          • TiMsTeR1033

            September 3, 2013 at 10:16

            But it made you feel good?? it did dint it you game whore you!! 😉

          • SaintsRowLee

            September 3, 2013 at 10:21

            Called him a whore? That’s infringing on his basic human right to be treated as a human being. I am dragging your ass to the human rights commission.

          • Admiral Chief Assassin o'Kings

            September 3, 2013 at 10:24

            I’m dragging your ass to the human rights commission for dragging his ass to the human rights commission!

          • SaintsRowLee

            September 3, 2013 at 10:27

            That’s a lot of dragging asses…

          • Kromas

            September 3, 2013 at 11:47

            Well the $30 can most likely get me a cheap mic and webcam and I can pretend I also have a kinect.

            Also … BUSTIN’ MAKES ME FEEL GOOD!

  8. Admiral Chief Assassin o'Kings

    September 3, 2013 at 09:37

    YOU WANT 500 DOLLA?

    Reply

    • Devourer of Small Bunnies

      September 3, 2013 at 10:06

      Jy wen die internet vir die dag ou

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief Assassin o'Kings

        September 3, 2013 at 10:09

        Dankbaar ou maat

        Reply

    • SaintsRowLee

      September 3, 2013 at 10:09

      Oh, but this is racist. I am dragging your ass to the human rights commission.

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief Assassin o'Kings

        September 3, 2013 at 10:09

        Pfff, I didn’t say the O word

        Reply

        • SaintsRowLee

          September 3, 2013 at 10:12

          No, but you make Asian people seem stupid. Cease and desist!

          Reply

          • TiMsTeR1033

            September 3, 2013 at 10:15

            Asian people are the smartest by some studies and without them ps4 wouldnt exisit let alone the shiny parts in our pcs.

          • Spathi

            September 3, 2013 at 10:19

            Who cares about all that. Japan World Cup 3 wouldn’t exist without Asians, that is a reason to celebrate the existence of the awesome people that are Asian.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            September 3, 2013 at 10:23

            I never played Japan world cup 3….

          • Spathi

            September 3, 2013 at 10:23

          • TiMsTeR1033

            September 3, 2013 at 11:04

            remind me never to go to Japan for that!! bloody hell shit is mad!

          • Admiral Chief Assassin o'Kings

            September 3, 2013 at 10:24

            I want to!

          • Pieter Kruger

            September 3, 2013 at 10:25

            They are once again aiming at taking over the world! Trying their best to undermine Western economies! It all started when they invented the snooze button on alarm clocks! That alone must have dropped Western productivity by 25%!! LOL!

          • TiMsTeR1033

            September 3, 2013 at 11:05

            its still gets the better of me today that damn snooze button! and sometimes it turns itself off! be like why is it 11:30 already!!! OH CRAP!

          • Admiral Chief Assassin o'Kings

            September 3, 2013 at 10:16

            Are you calling Geoff stupid? Cuz he aint, he’s special

          • TiMsTeR1033

            September 3, 2013 at 10:17

            thats a backhanded insult….

          • SaintsRowLee

            September 3, 2013 at 10:19

            No. We love Geoff.

      • TiMsTeR1033

        September 3, 2013 at 10:12

        why because of the limp noodle??

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        • SaintsRowLee

          September 3, 2013 at 10:13

          That too…

          Reply

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        September 3, 2013 at 10:26

        It’s not racist, it’s lacist 😉

        Reply

        • SaintsRowLee

          September 3, 2013 at 10:33

          That’s racist. I am dragging your ass to the human rights commission.

          Reply

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            September 3, 2013 at 10:41

            Leave my ass alone, that’s sexual harassment that is! I am VIOLATED :/

  9. FoxHoundR - NO LONGER TROLLING

    September 3, 2013 at 09:41

    Xbox is the bestest

    Reply

  10. FoxHoundR - NO LONGER TROLLING

    September 3, 2013 at 09:41

    I will buy two. One to cuddle with. The other to play with

    Reply

    • RinceThisandCochon!

      September 3, 2013 at 10:24

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        September 3, 2013 at 10:41

        I wonder what flavour it is – banana?

        Reply

        • Spathi

          September 3, 2013 at 10:43

          Don’t know what flavour it would be straight from the shelf, but after FoxHoundR has it in his possession, I suspect the XBO would be penis flavoured…

          Reply

        • RinceThisandCochon!

          September 3, 2013 at 10:46

          Pizza Hut? 0-O

          Reply

          • TiMsTeR1033

            September 3, 2013 at 11:00

            yeah seafood pizza hut flavour with a little bit of bullshit spice for good measure….

      • Pieter Kruger

        September 3, 2013 at 10:45

        Whahaha! Excellent!

        Reply

  11. Alien Emperor Trevor

    September 3, 2013 at 09:42

    MS execs are like gifts that keep on giving. CHOO CHOO.

    Reply

  12. Brenz

    September 3, 2013 at 09:44

    Microsoft spewing justification for squeezing as much as they can out of the poor fools who choose to go MS next-gen route, while forcing cool features that make it “worth” the extra money that (most) people dont actually want.

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    • Hammersteyn

      September 3, 2013 at 09:45

      When it eventually releases…

      Reply

      • Brenz

        September 3, 2013 at 09:47

        If they build up the hype enough and get all the fans in a frenzy then when they finally release people will be so over eager they will run and pay any amount just to finally have it.

        Reply

    • Pieter Kruger

      September 3, 2013 at 09:47

      Some people prefer the C Class to the Corolla and are willing to wait longer and pay more for it…..

      Reply

      • Brenz

        September 3, 2013 at 09:48

        I cant entertain your argument as your comparison is so far off.

        Reply

        • Hammersteyn

          September 3, 2013 at 09:52

          • RinceThisandCochon!

            September 3, 2013 at 10:06

            Haha! Pass the salt mate?

          • Admiral Chief Assassin o'Kings

            September 3, 2013 at 10:09

            I’ll bring the beer

          • RinceThisandCochon!

            September 3, 2013 at 10:27

            Then it’s a date! No, wait, what? 0-O

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            September 3, 2013 at 10:28

            My god man how long has it been?!?!?! And he’s married nogal 🙁

          • Admiral Chief Assassin o'Kings

            September 3, 2013 at 10:55

            I feel….so…..unclean

          • Admiral Chief Assassin o'Kings

            September 3, 2013 at 10:55

            O_O

        • Pieter Kruger

          September 3, 2013 at 09:55

          Some people prefer a Rolex to a Casio and are willing to wait longer and pay more for it…..better?

          Reply

          • Brenz

            September 3, 2013 at 10:03

            Your poor response is proof of just how good your argument is.
            It is in no way a superior system, but im not unfair, its not a shit system either, its just developed by an idiotic opinionated money hungry bunch of buffoons, thats all.

          • Sigmund Freud

            September 3, 2013 at 10:38

            Hmmm, excessive use of the words “poor” “money” “unfair” etc. Let’s talk about that……

          • RinceThisandCochon!

            September 3, 2013 at 10:43

            I agree. Many people will buy the Xbox One, it will probably sell out on its first weekend. It is a different beast to the PS4, and it is nice to have options. If someone wants to spend more money, good for them. I don’t have the money so I won’t be, even though I would like to play some of the games. That makes me sad 🙁

          • Brady miaau

            September 3, 2013 at 11:10

            Well no, you first have to establish that the Xbox one is the Rolex or the C Class.

            Can that be done?

      • TiMsTeR1033

        September 3, 2013 at 09:55

        I believe your correct. The people who will end up getting the xbox one wont be strapped for cash as much and most likely has atleast 2mb uncapped internet at home which suits them fine. The new kinect I think will over time attract more family users (with money) and games like kinect sports and from what I saw on Zoo tycoon would make any kid cry kid and scream till they had it too…

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        • Pieter Kruger

          September 3, 2013 at 10:01

          Exactly, I think they are aiming at two completely different markets. Sony going for the core gamer and MS going for the middle to upper class home entertainment niche. The Xbox One will be the ultimate prize for any gadget geek(like myself!)????

          Reply

          • TiMsTeR1033

            September 3, 2013 at 10:06

            I dont think it will be the ulitmate gadget but it does have some cool tech with kinect… but later on ps4 games will look better I rate but prob not all that much, but bigger games may be possible only on the ps4 which is why buying a xbox one worries me… I mean I got 360 now and see huge games only on ps3 and I wonder if I bought the right console… I mean Metal gear solid 4 and uncharted and last of us all on ps3 wonder if they would even be possible on the xbox 360…. Makes me think more clearly this time round..

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            September 3, 2013 at 13:34

            Did you just put “cool tech” and “kinect” in the same sentence? Damn dude, didn’t you watch Clerks 2? You NEVER go ass to mouth! NEVER!!

  13. Umar Final Fantasy 15 Hopeful

    September 3, 2013 at 09:56

    “I think we do more. I think our games are better. I think as people start to experience Kinect and see what it can do using voice, I think that’s better,” he added. “I think the ability to have an all-in-one system where you can plug in the TV, that’s better. I think we’ll have a better online service.”

    Common word in that whole statement …. ‘I Think’ ……I think this guy is uncertain about his uncertainty

    Reply

  14. Xexo

    September 3, 2013 at 09:59

    Yay I can pay an extra $100 to watch tv!!! Go SABC 1 2 and 3!!! Wooohoooo

    Reply

    • Her Highness the Hipster

      September 3, 2013 at 10:07

      imagine watching some ANN7 on your Xbox One! brilliant!

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief Assassin o'Kings

        September 3, 2013 at 10:08

        Ag nee sies. Ain’t nobody got time for that

        Reply

      • TiMsTeR1033

        September 3, 2013 at 10:11

        what is this ANN7 you speakath ofath?

        Reply

      • SaintsRowLee

        September 3, 2013 at 10:18

        Yes. Okay. I am sold. Book me my pre-order already!

        Reply

      • Xexo

        September 3, 2013 at 11:16

        Can you even imagine ETV??? Like that dudes voice for commentry……. “Tonniiigggghhhhtttt on EEEEEEEEEEExbox, Lindsay Looooohan and Chuck Norissssssss”

        Reply

        • Yateen Dayaram

          September 3, 2013 at 14:01

          yeah and I wanna watch Africa Magic..all that Nollywood goodness on my xb1 😛

          Reply

          • Xexo

            September 4, 2013 at 14:21

            Apparently ETV is launching 4 new channels as per News24…. So who knows…. Ha ha ha ha ha ha

      • Tbone187

        September 3, 2013 at 13:27

        record their mistakes before they delete the youtube files…

        Reply

    • SaintsRowLee

      September 3, 2013 at 10:15

      That is the one thing I just do not understand, this TV thing on your Xbox. Will I be able to tune in a channel on my Xbox or what?

      Reply

  15. Devourer of Small Bunnies

    September 3, 2013 at 10:10

    Yawn. Blah blah blah blah. As each day passes it just seems like theyre trying to convince themselves more than the market. Surely some folk should be worried about them harping on their own negatives the whole time? Seriously, shift your fucking focus MS.

    The entire planet gets it, you trying to provide a premium product, but as a rule of good marketing you dont flaunt your faults. Buck the fuck up and find a new harp to play. Jirre.

    Reply

  16. Mike Doutchevitch

    September 3, 2013 at 10:31

    If idiots could fly, Microsoft headoffice would be an airport.

    Reply

  17. JHN

    September 3, 2013 at 10:47

    yup still want the X1 more than the PS4

    Reply

  18. Maxiviper117

    September 3, 2013 at 10:55

    Whole reason it 100 bucks more is because of the kinect, not because the Xbox is worth 100 bucks more. They very cocky these blokes

    Reply

  19. OVG

    September 3, 2013 at 12:52

    “SERVICES” not better graphics. lol
    Runs out of room to Pre-Order a PS4.

    Reply

  20. OVG

    September 3, 2013 at 12:58

    GET 3 JOBS.

    Reply

  21. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    September 3, 2013 at 13:20

    The execs at Microsoft need to put the crack pipe down.

    Reply

  22. Tbone187

    September 3, 2013 at 13:36

    All MS u-turns, including being able to disconnect Kinect, coupled with all the features of the xbone, the awesome game exclusives and so on, I reckon it does look to be worth it…And don’t forget the rumble triggers…It would appear to be the better console all round…And kinect tech is evolving so I wouldn’t right it off just yet…

    Reply

  23. Yateen Dayaram

    September 3, 2013 at 13:59

    he says “I think” a lot….hmmm makes me think im not sure

    Reply

  24. iPrimal

    September 4, 2013 at 05:48

    The XBOX ONE, in my opinion, has been forced into a “proving ground”. Prove to me that you deserve any of my money. Otherwise it will all go to Sony.

    Reply

  25. saneman

    September 5, 2013 at 09:25

    what will giving up consumer choice cost?
    $100

    Reply

  26. Jim of the Banana

    June 12, 2017 at 10:17

    The Boney X does come with a UHD blu-ray player, and a lot of flops to flop about… but at the end of the day it’s going to come down to games.

    Will it be worth 9000 randelas? (let’s be honest, when it launches here, the price will probably be between R9000 and R12 000 given the effect of Grand Wizard Zuma and his oompa loompas from Dubai)

    Reply

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