I think you are confusing its viability as a product Vs its value.
If people don’t want the product at the price it costs to sell it, then it’s not a viable product. Does not mean it is bad value.
For instance, I have no need for a car, but I’d learn to drive for the sake of it if they cost £500. If everyone else thought like me, that wouldn’t make a car’s value £500 – it would make the car an unviable product for the market.
Something is worth what it takes to make, distribute and market, plus an amount to pay back its R&D costs over the cycle of its sales, plus acceptable profit margin to the shareholders.
That is it’s value, and its only bad value if the profit margin is unreasonably high.
Things don’t become worth less if you don’t want to buy them.
Can’t disagree with you there, but I guess the pressure on the Xbox brand was so great and Kinect had become a whipping boy that Spencer felt he had to do something dramatic to signal a “new beginning” under his leadership.
I agree with you that just taking a hit and dropping the price while keeping Kinect would have been a more long-sighted approach.
The voice commands only need the mics. Kinect controls your cable box, TV and receiver with the IR blaster in its Time of Flight camera.
When it is sold with the console it doesn’t have to make profit for itself. The console itself makes profit, so they don’t have to put an extra markup on an accessory.
When they sell it as a standalone product line it needs to have its own pakaging and distribution, and it needs to make a profit.
Show me a cheaper time of flight camera. The cheapest tof cameras, budget hobbiest models from Intel and Creative, cost $150. They don’t have a 1080p webcam in them, they don’t have mic arrays, and their resolution is lower than Kinect’s.
This is not overpriced. Whether you want a product or not doesn’t change it’s value.
They said a long time ago, I think in initial interviews after the reveal, that the TV show was on the disc. They described them then as you do here – that they are basically live action half half cut scenes that vary depending on how you play the game.
This isn’t new, this is exactly how they’ve always described it.
Every year I want them to get back on form, every year… not quite.
Hope they finally pull it back this time.
PES in the PS2 days was so far ahead of the competition that there was no competition but they’ve struggled since FIFA got its act together.
I’d be very surprised if he wasn’t. They’ve run polls to see who people want to see and Riptor and Cinder always end up on top.
Because there has been a huge amount of hype and marketing around the PS4 from day one, and an equal amount of antihype around the others. People are weak minded.
The Indie scene is not thriving "thanks to playstation" – it’s actually thanks to XBLA on Xbox 360 and it was more vibrant and varied on PC than any other platform.
Almost none of the PS4’s indie games are exclusives, the vast majority are on PC, and it doesn’t even take a powerful PC to play them.
I guess it depends on your circumstances. You don’t have to pay much more than a PS4 for a PC that will out perform it, and since you get all the functionality of a PC with it too, it’s certainly better value to do so.
I personally already own a gaming PC that makes both consoles look shabby in the graphics department, so I got an Xbox One (and Wii U) simply because the games are more appealing.
You either buy/start a studio to make games for you, or you pay an existing developer for their game on your platform. Both routes are spending money for exclusives and I don’t really see why there is anything wrong with the latter.
The “internet community” makes up a tiny percentage of paying gamers. When Tomb Raider comes out “exclusively on Xbox One” it’s going to shift a lot of units to the more casual majority.
Whether it pays off whatever astronomical amount MS paid for this or not is another matter, but if they are spending money to give install base a shot in the arm, it should help.
What makes the PS4 the best place to game? I’m not trolling when I say this – I will own one by the end of the generation – but right now it is the least appealing of all the consoles. Both Wii U and X1 have better exclusives, PC has better graphics. Pretty much everything has better features. I can’t see much more than internet hype and marketing behind the PS4 right now. A year or two from now, maybe, but there’s just no reason to own one.
No, it’s always been sold as a seasonal game, with 8 new characters for $20 each year for as long as people are still buying and playing it.
Kind of. You get TJ Combo. It’s basically launching the season with one character but phrasing their marketing to suggest that they are launching with two.
As a fan of the game, I don’t care. I’ll take combo as soon as I can get him.
I have other audio options too, but since my X1 is connected to my proper hifi amp and speakers, rather than switch inputs in my dac to play music throughmy PC it would be nice if the X1 really could be the “all in one” device it claims to aspire to be.
Still no FLAC? What the hell is wrong with them? Why do console providers never support the most commonly used audiophile codec?
Useful. Right now I have cable but have been considering getting rid of it as I don’t watch enough of the paid channels to justify it.
The lack of TV through Xbox One was one of the off-putting factors, which this device neutralises nicely. I also like the fact that this really would offer a unified UI for TV with the Xbox One. The mish-mash overlay you get through the HDMI-in is kind of a compromise.
I do hope that this is a first step though.
The next step is that they should allow DVR capability direct through the X1 via an external harddrive (good thing the X1 supports two externals). The second step will be to partner with cable providers to buy premium channels like sports and movies and such directly on the X1.
If they do that, then they really will have realised their ambition to be that all-in-one box.
They make the platform better for those who use it, hence they make the platform more attractive for those considering buying one.
I don’t own MS stock so I don’t really care if it’s through desperation or carefully considered strategy, it’s good for consumers.
Even though I own this on X1 I’m tempted to get this on PC. It’s a lot of fun and incredibly beautiful on X1, can’t inagine how good it’ll look on my 780ti…
It pays off for Xbox One owners, that’s all I care about.