The Xbox One is Microsoft’s newest generation video game console. The Microsoft Xbox One is set to be released on November 22, 2013. The Microsoft Xbox One will be priced from $499.99. Microsoft will face stiff competition during the Holiday quarter because it’s rivals Nintendo and Sony are both planning on releasing their newest generation consoles, as well.
The Playstation 4, Microsoft’s biggest rival’s console, will be released a week before Microsoft’s. Not only will it be released a week earlier, but Sony’s offering will be priced $100 cheaper than Microsoft’s. A lot of people criticized Sony last generation for pricing themselves out of competition. It seems they took the criticism to heart and decided to come out with a lower priced system than Microsoft this time around.
Microsoft Xbox One is getting a lot of praise and criticism at the same time. Many are criticizing Microsoft’s strategy at becoming the ultimate entertainment system. Whereas, some are saying that Microsoft’s innovativeness will put them ahead.
This time around, the Microsoft Xbox One will feature a Blu-Ray optical drive. This is largely because Sony’s technology beat out the DVD technology. Both the Playstation 4 and Xbox One will feature an 8-core AMD processor with 8 GB of RAM. Because of the technological similarities, the developing limitations are relatively similar, therefore, developer interest, consumer preference and price should dictate the winner this time around. Microsoft has added a 500GB hard drive, however, it is non removable. Whereas, Sony added a user upgradeable 500 GB hard drive. The Microsoft One will also feature USB external hard drive capabilities. The Microsoft Xbox One will not be backwards compatible.
Some of the top wanted games are set to be released for both the Xbox One and the Playstation 4. It should be interesting to see which system developers choose as their favorite. This may impact the winner of this generations systems. Some of the most anticipated titles are; Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Quantum Break, Final Fantasy XV, Destiny, and Titanfall.
Finally, the competition should be even more fierce this time around. Microsoft is attempting to become the ultimate entertainment package. Microsoft is targeting families instead of just gamers. This is a strategy that could potentially pay off for Microsoft. However, it could also alienate fans of previous models and make them look to Sony for more gaming centered machine. It remains to be seen whether or not Microsoft’s strategy will work.