Xbox One will be available in November for $500

Microsoft’s E3 press event just wrapped up, and it was pretty much what you’d expect. Trailers and gameplay footage dominated the presentation, which provided glimpses of a few multi-platform titles but largely concentrated on Xbox exclusives like Forza Motorsport 5, Dead Rising 3, Ryse: Son of Rome, Titanfall, and, of course, Halo. The Xbox One’s price was also revealed. Brace yourself: the next-gen console will ring in at $500 when it arrives in November.

For reference, the Xbox 360 was priced at $400 when it debuted in 2005. It was accompanied by a $300 Core model that dropped the built-in 20GB hard drive, traded the wireless controller for a wired one, and swapped the HD-friendly component cables for SD-only composite ones. There doesn’t appear to be a stripped-down variant of the Xbox One, though.

The PlayStation 3 launched a year after the Xbox 360 with price tags of $400 for the 20GB model and $600 for the 60GB one. While widely criticized for being too expensive, the PS3 at least had a Blu-ray player to help soften the blow. The Xbox One has Blu-ray, too, though that feature is somewhat less exciting almost seven years later. Microsoft may have to lean on the Xbox One’s integrated Kinect functionality to justify the $500 price tag. Whether bundled or sold separately, the motion controller typically adds about $100 to the Xbox 360.

We don’t yet know how much Sony will charge for the next-gen PlayStation 4, but Sony could undercut Microsoft this time around. I’m more curious about the sort of gaming PC you’ll be able to assemble for about the same money. The Econobox build in our latest System Guide rings in at $600 and should be able to handle most current games at 1080p. By November, you should be able to get even more potent hardware for the same price or less.

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    • cphite
    • 6 years ago

    Was reading about this at [url<]http://news.xbox.com/xboxreveal[/url<] and honestly I had to keep checking to see if it wasn't a website sponsored by Sony... Because just about everything that's come out about this thing has me thinking PS4. First off, the price... $500 for a console is ridiculous. The PS4 is supposedly going to be priced at around $400 - which is still ridiculous in my opinion - but at least slightly more reasonable. And of course, that $500 does not include the $300 or so you'll be spending on Xbox Live over the average lifespan of the console. Second, the restrictions on selling/lending games... so basically if you want to sell a game - assuming the publisher agrees that it's okay, you have to do it via a participating retailer. Which of course means that the prices will be controlled (read as "kept higher") so as to ensure that the publisher gets a cut. You can lend games to "family members" but unauthorized lending won't be supported. Interested in renting games... you won't be able to do that at first, but they'll get around to setting it up someday... The online requirements... your console has to check in at least once every 24 hours or you can't play games, even if they're installed locally on your machine and have no technical requirement for online access. So if your internet is down, or if the MS servers are down... well, at least you can watch movies on it. If you don't have a broadband connection (yes, there are people who do not) don't even bother - you can't play games at all. So basically, from what I can tell, the PS4 is going to do everything the Xbox does just as well, but with far less restriction and for a lot less money. I fully expect that most of the best games will be available on both. I honestly can't see, from what information there is, why anyone would choose the Xbox One over the PS4.

    • dashbarron
    • 6 years ago

    And they called me mad for buying an N64 and playing Banjo Kazooie!

    • ronch
    • 6 years ago

    That’s not such a bad price considering consoles historically sold for hundreds of dollars. What irks me is that AMD probably charged M$ ten bucks per APU and M$ is getting all the money.

    • odizzido
    • 6 years ago

    500 sounds pretty cheap for what is in there. Where they get you though is the games. Those will be expensive like always I am sure.

    • ShadowEyez
    • 6 years ago

    The PC would cost more for the same parts

      • 0g1
      • 6 years ago

      Yeah, unfortunately we get a bit of a surcharge for PC parts.
      But its a much more custom experience.

    • Bensam123
    • 6 years ago

    And another nail in the coffin for consoles. At least when the last gen were released they were a pretty good deal for what they are, this is pretty much identical to buying a PC now.

    But considering how many people buy tablets that are almost identical to netbooks only with a locked down OS and they’re somehow thrilled with it, I’m sure there will be plenty of people that will enjoy buying their Xones. Hopefully HTPC’s will become more mainstream and Valve will step up their living room game (instead of making their own stupid cash cow console).

    I’m pretty sure this will be the last gen of consoles though; The Wii will stand alone after all is said and done.

      • 0g1
      • 6 years ago

      Yeah, hopefully Valve or someone can make some custom, compact, lightweight form factor for mobo, case, and graphics card. They should theoretically be able to integrate cpu and mobo onto the graphics PCB or the other way around. Make a compact cooling system for the multiple chips. Like the new Mac … but hopefully not circular lol.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 6 years ago

    PS4 just announced at $399. Microsoft looks to be the one with underpowered, overpriced hardware this next generation. Well, other than Nintendo that is. :p

      • JohnC
      • 6 years ago

      Not to mention Sony announced there won’t be any need to authenticate disk-based games online and that there won’t be any restrictions on used games.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 6 years ago

        Yeah, that’s also a huge win. Used games are a big part of my console experience. I routinely pick up $10 used games at Gamestop or Amazon.

          • gamoniac
          • 6 years ago

          This is awesome. MS will be forced to come down in price or offer some kind of launch special to counter Sony’s $399 low price tag. XBO probably has higher BOM, and Kinect sensor is nice, but until I know how it benefits my gaming experience, I am not sure I am ready to throw down $499 for a console.

          The battle is on!

            • 0g1
            • 6 years ago

            Yeah, but the XbOne includes Kinect.
            PS4 doesn’t include the Eye Camera.

            • gamoniac
            • 6 years ago

            Agreed. In the long run, I do think MS makes the right move to make Kinect an essential part of XBO. That makes it easier for game developers to code for everyone. However, judging from the rave going on about Sony’s $399 tag, most people don’t see it that way. All I know is – competition is great.

      • ronch
      • 6 years ago

      They’re compensating for the poor reception of Windows 8 with another soon-to-be poorly-received console.

      • cynan
      • 6 years ago

      You guys are forgetting MS’s special marketing card it has up its sleeve. What it really wants to do is sell the subscription-based model: The Xbox One will also be $299 on a 2-year contract at $10-$15/month that includes Xbox live. The customers they suck into this (which should be quite a few given how so many people just love the idea of getting a cheap smartphone on contract) will then have no choice but to be loyal for at least 2 years, no matter how inferior the Xbox One ends up being to the PS4.

    • mcnabney
    • 6 years ago

    X-box was state of the art when it came out. Equivalent equipment wasn’t available for the PC until a month or two after. This box costs MORE and is going to have CPU and GPU power equivalent to a fast PC….. three years ago.

      • shank15217
      • 6 years ago

      No, it just looked better spec wise, the pc was way way faster months before the xbox came out. This time it looks worse but the 8-core cpu in this generation will have some decent compute power, more importantly compute power that can actually be harnessed.

        • mcnabney
        • 6 years ago

        The same GPU was sold for about $300 two months after X-box launch. It really was state of the art (unless you count SLI/Xfire). It is hard to draw a direct comparison between the multicore CPU and x86 chips. It was plenty fast at the time.

        And more important – X360 was sold at a hefty loss. Xbone will be a profit center at launch.

          • moose17145
          • 6 years ago

          Are you guys talking about XBox, or XBox 360? Cause the original XBox WAS a PC. Literally. It was just a GeForce 3 and a 733 MHz Coppermine pentium 3.

          Cause if you guys are arguing over the original XBox, then no… it was not faster than a PC, because it WAS a PC.

          If you are talking about the 360 upon initial release, then it was equivalent to a high end PC of the time. Although it wasn’t nearly as reliable.

          Both consoles obviously have advantages over a PC that allows them to easily outperform any equivalently specced PC though thanks to developers having low level access to the hardware.

          This time around both the consoles are just equivalent to a mid range PC at best. Granted though, they should be able to perform as well as a high end PC since the devs have low level access to the hardware which allows them to optimize their games specifically to the hardware, something that you cannot do with a PC.

            • Bensam123
            • 6 years ago

            X360 was equivalent to a mid range PC when it was released and it was turned last gen within four months of that release as it was right around the time of new hardware refreshes (Like the x3000 series).

            Sure you can write games for hardware on the PC, but no one is going to do it as it’s a lot of time and money wasted. Not to mention the sheer number of hardware combinations. Just the same, almost no one is going to write for hardware on the console. You’ll have a couple big name companies spit out engines for the console (Cryengine, Unrealengine) and everyone will use those with almost no one actually touching hardware level access besides those big name companies.

            The small percentage that will, will more then likely be exclusives which usually get hefty compensation from MS or Sony to keep it exclusive to their system.

            You can always choose to try and make a rock bleed, people just usually find it folly to do so.

    • Rza79
    • 6 years ago

    But if you index $400 from 2005, you’ll get $476 today. Add the Blu-ray drive and Kinect and it doesn’t seem like a bad deal anymore. Blu-ray drive prices haven’t dropped for the past two years and the new version of Kinect looks much more expensive to build.

      • mcnabney
      • 6 years ago

      If you index a gaming PC from 2005 a similar improvement in power will plummet far far more.

      • Bensam123
      • 6 years ago

      Average wage hasn’t increased to keep up with inflation over the years, you probably could deduct that from your comparison.

    • JohnC
    • 6 years ago

    My Xbox 360 will be the last console from MS. Just slightly surprising that MS has plenty of $$$ to throw around on bribing game publishers:
    [url<]http://news.softpedia.com/news/Microsoft-Paying-Third-Party-Publishers-to-Not-Show-PS4-Games-at-E3-2013-Report-359264.shtml[/url<] or bribe Amazon to plaster "sponsored by Xbox One" all over their site: [url<]http://www.amazon.com/b/ref=vg_E3_SponsorMicorsoftBunk?_encoding=UTF8&ie=UTF8&node=468642&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-A7&pf_rd_r=0ZZBD0V5HDR1CHASQ3E0&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1564813262&pf_rd_i=507846[/url<] but not enough to lower the price of the hardware itself...

    • moose17145
    • 6 years ago

    Does the XBone also lock the game disc to that particular console, so you can’t even grab your game disc and bring it to your friends house to play on their XBone? I thought they said that it was going to…

    Edit: Was an actual question btw… I thought I had heard that they were gonna be doing that, but am not 100% sure.

      • ALiLPinkMonster
      • 6 years ago

      Nah, you play it once and then it shreds the disk into tiny pieces so that you have to buy another copy every time you want to play that game. It also comes with a built-in credit card reader so you can just send your money directly to MS without the hassle of using their products. 😀

      EDIT: For a serious answer, I thought I saw somewhere that they weren’t going to do that. I hope not, because that would just be another nail in the already super-glued-shut coffin.

        • moose17145
        • 6 years ago

        [url<]http://www.destructoid.com/xbox-one-games-require-online-verification-every-24-hours-255542.phtml[/url<] Well... looks like I was both right and wrong... apparently the matter will depend upon how evil the publishers are.

          • ALiLPinkMonster
          • 6 years ago

          Either way, it’s not right. This isn’t how you treat your loyal customers, regardless of how willingly they take the abuse. If I purchase a game, I want to be able to play it. Whenever and wherever I want. With or without an internet connection. I won’t even start with the whole used games dilemma, which is a massive step backwards in the stinky, troll-infested swamp that is DRM.

          btw I found this particularly amusing:
          [quote<]Offline gaming is not possible after these prescribed times until you re-establish a connection, [b<]but you can still watch live TV[/b<]...[/quote<] orly?

            • moose17145
            • 6 years ago

            Completely agree that what they are doing with their loyal customers isn’t right. I have zero plans on buying a XBone myself, this whole thing was mainly out of my own curiosity and for sake of keeping up with it.

      • Voldenuit
      • 6 years ago

      [quote<]Does the XBone also lock the game disc to that particular console, so you can't even grab your game disc and bring it to your friends house to play on their XBone? I thought they said that it was going to...[/quote<] If I understand the blurbs I've read on the XBone (the whole issue of DRM, online requirements and transferability has been pretty muddy with inconsistent and sometimes conflicting answers from different sources at Microsoft), games are locked to a user's account. If you want to bring a disc over to play at a friend's, the game will work if you sign in on your xbl account at his place. At least, I think that's how it'll work. Since I have no interest in buying an XBone due to the DRM, consumer rights and privacy issues, I have to admit that I'm mainly following the news on it out of schadenfreude and a sense of social outrage.

    • Krogoth
    • 6 years ago

    [url<]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IH2w2l1JTs4[/url<]

    • ALiLPinkMonster
    • 6 years ago

    They’re really biting themselves in the bottom with this whole “EVERYONE MUST USE KINECT OR ELSE!” initiative. Even if the PS4 costs the same, it’s got a more powerful GPU, Sony doesn’t charge for online gaming and services (AFAIK), they don’t require you to use a camera which may or may not watch and record your every move to be used by them for who knows what, AND it’s got motion sensors built into the controllers if you really feel the urge to flail your arms around while playing a game. I usually hate on Sony, but I think they have the upper hand this time around when it comes to logical, well-informed consumers (who have for some reason ruled out the option of building a PC). Luckily for MS, logical and well-informed doesn’t really describe what seems to be the majority of die hard XBL users.

      • Firestarter
      • 6 years ago

      Sadly Sony just announced that you need PS Plus for online multiplayer

        • 0g1
        • 6 years ago

        The reason why they rule out PC is usually because its too expensive and time consuming. Therefore, the cheaper console, or the best value for money usually wins.

        • ALiLPinkMonster
        • 6 years ago

        Yeah I saw that. Boo Sony, but it’s only $6 or so right? I’d still rather have a PS4 if I had to choose. Then again, I’d get a Wii U before I got either.

    • NeelyCam
    • 6 years ago

    Sooo…. when is PS4 coming out?

      • ULYXX
      • 6 years ago

      Looks like I have to eat my words. 🙂 Its official pricing is 399 buckeroos.

      Original Post.
      Haha, the only sad part is Microsoft priced this shiny turd at 500 dollars. The bar is set so high that the PS4 wont need to undercut their price that much. Heck, even the Nintendo Wii U wont even have to worry about a price cut this year if the PS4 is around the 450 dollars.

      THANKS MICROSOFT.

      • superjawes
      • 6 years ago

      You can build a PC now…come on, Neely. Come to the dark side.

        • NeelyCam
        • 6 years ago

        Must… resist…

          • superjawes
          • 6 years ago

          We have cookies…and Haswell…and our machines can do pretty much anything a console can do and then some.

            • mcnabney
            • 6 years ago

            And we aren’t stuck at 1080p for the next 8 years….

    • gmskking
    • 6 years ago

    No way. $300 is the most I would spend for a gaming console. I have a PC for the other stuff.

      • ALiLPinkMonster
      • 6 years ago

      …but how will you pay a monthly fee to use the internet for which you already pay a monthly fee? HOW???

    • Sargent Duck
    • 6 years ago

    That’s a tough sell when for a few hundred dollars more you can get yourself a pretty awesome computer…which can do everything the XB1 can and so much more.

      • gmskking
      • 6 years ago

      Exactly what I was thinking.

    • Shambles
    • 6 years ago

    $500 + $300ish over the years for XBLive for the opportunity to have $60 game rentals from Microsoft all while giving them free reign to spy on you in your home 24/7. Which part of this is supposed to be attractive? The part about how on top of that it’s middling hardware inside for this day and age?

    Oh right, it’s the part where they have the worst reliability track record of almost any consumer electronics company.

    Oh, and TVTVTVTVTVTVTVTVTVT…

    Also, all the connected features that won’t be available in any region but the United States!

    Yeesh, if I don’t stop thinking on this I won’t ever get around to finishing this post.

    Dangit, one more thing: The chance to buy Minecraft a second time because the copy you bought on the 360 won’t transfer over.

    • ish718
    • 6 years ago

    [quote<] The PlayStation 3 launched a year after the Xbox 360 with price tags of $400 for the 20GB model and $600 for the 60GB one. [/quote<] The 20GB PS3 was $500 when it came out.

    • maxxcool
    • 6 years ago

    add “office lite” to it, a full open broswer, the ability to watch downloaded media and i will buy one. But not for gaming.

      • cynan
      • 6 years ago

      But for $500 you can buy an HTPC that will do that. If you don’t need a decent graphics (ie, for gaming) Eg, something powered by AMD’s Richland APUs. And that includes the OS (or close to it).

    • jossie
    • 6 years ago

    So something like $800 when you include tax and the present value of 5 years of Xbox Live?

      • gamoniac
      • 6 years ago

      Agreed, $500 is a bit much for my wallet. Then again, many of us pay much more for the cheapest cell phone service ~ $60/month x 60 months = $3600 for five years (after tax, conservatively). That really puts things in perspective.

        • HisDivineOrder
        • 6 years ago

        I’ve always felt anyone who spent out the wazoo on data plans was being foolish, but hey. Pity the guy who buys the iPad 64 GB 3G/4G whatever for $800+ and THEN buys a data plan on top of it.

        Haha, I have some family who do that. Really rather ridiculous, but one in particular is the guy who buys everything Apple releases, no matter how trivial an upgrade it is. If they release it, he has to have it.

        More money than sense.

    • jstern
    • 6 years ago

    This is good news for the WiiU.

      • Game_boy
      • 6 years ago

      The Wii U audience is totally seperate from the Xbox One’s. It’s not even getting this year’s Call of Duty.

        • jstern
        • 6 years ago

        People like to say that, but all the kids that I’m aware of, cousin’s kids, etc, all love video games, and that includes XBox and Playstation. When it comes time for a parent to buy them one, it will be much easier for the parents to settle on the WiiU than a more expensive system.

          • Game_boy
          • 6 years ago

          They’ll settle on a 360 or PS3. Cheaper than Wii U, still has all the new third party games coming out.

            • jstern
            • 6 years ago

            We’re coming from two different places. I’m thinking of my cousin’s 10 and 8 year old kid who would want a new system and the choices would be WiiU, XBox One, and PS4. They already got the Wii U, but I don’t think the mom will ever spend $500 on a XBox One. I’m just imaging many parents being the same.

            I’m basically saying that of the parents who’s kids are aware of the new systems, this is good news for the Wii U because a lot more parents will buy it instead, compared to than if the XBox One was priced at $400.

            • Game_boy
            • 6 years ago

            Kids rarely want new “systems”. They want games. If those games remain on the 360/PS3 they’ll just carry on with those.

      • jstern
      • 6 years ago

      Just read this: “Wii U Sales Rank On Amazon UK Jumps 875 Percent After Xbox One Reveal”

      [url<]http://mynintendonews.com/2013/05/24/wii-u-sales-rank-on-amazon-uk-jumps-875-percent-after-xbox-one-reveal/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter[/url<]

    • gigafinger
    • 6 years ago

    I’m definitely skipping this generation of consoles. There are plenty of PC-only titles to keep me busy for a few years. Plus, all those Kickstarter and Greelight projects keep things fresh. Heck, I’m still playing Skyrim (thank you, Steam Workshop).

    • phez
    • 6 years ago

    If last console generation has taught me anything … I’ll just wait for inevitable XB1/PS4 “Mini” and price drops.

      • Game_boy
      • 6 years ago

      First price drop to $400 will be when 20nm is cost-effective. So… 2015?
      Second to $300 will be with 14nm. So… 2018??

      Expect slower price drops for that reason. It’s a PC now.

      AMD doesn’t even have plans for a 20nm CPU right now never mind 14nm.

        • indeego
        • 6 years ago

        The bigger threat to XBOX/PS is mobile devices are getting faster year-on-year and cheaper to boot. Many people find smartphone/tablet gaming/entertainment “Good enough” especially when they can get a newer model in 2 years that outperforms their old one, and keep all games/settings/files/etc.

        Consoles days are absolutely numbered. I haven’t watched a movie in my livingroom in many years, and I’m not planning on starting.

          • Pettytheft
          • 6 years ago

          Smartphone/Tablet gaming has carved out it’s own niche much like Nintendo has. Those devices can only do a small part of what consoles/PC’s could do 7 years ago. Abilities are just above Xbox/PS2 era. The games that are not ports are simple, shallow and repetitive and tend to be a knockoff of some flash based game that was on the PC 10 years ago. Other than my 3 year old I don’t know a single person who prefers tablet gaming to PC/Consoles.

        • ALiLPinkMonster
        • 6 years ago

        By then you’ll be able to build a PC for $400 that makes the Xbox One wet its pants.

          • oldog
          • 6 years ago

          I’m not so sure I agree with you.

          If the dire warnings about the PC market are correct I expect that the decreased volume of part sales will necessarily mean that the innovation will decrease and the price of said parts will increase.

      • Bensam123
      • 6 years ago

      And play on it 4-5 years later. Same sort of logic works for people waiting to buy GOTY and bargin bin games. In this case you get what you pay for, years after the initial release. Hopefully you aren’t looking to play multiplayer games as all the older ones from the original release will more then likely be dead online. I suppose if you enjoy waiting years to save money, all the more power to you.

        • travbrad
        • 6 years ago

        Yet another reason to play PC games. PC games seem to get price drops and sales MUCH faster than console games do. Almost every PC game can be found for half price (or cheaper) less than a year after release if you watch for sales.

        • superjawes
        • 6 years ago

        It’s not about saving money, it’s about avoiding early adoption taxes. Especially in a crowd more likely to have a gaming PC, what are you going to play on a console? A few exclusives, which will take time to trickle out, and maybe games that are better with a controller, but easier to deal with Gamestop than a service like Windows Live.

        As for multiplayer games, you’re talking about games that periodically get updated via annual release. They get refined through iteration, so playing the most recent title means playing the up-to-date version.

        All in all, that’s a lot of money for a few things that you don’t need. By the time these things reach $300 and have updated designs, there will at least be a library of games already out that you can play.

    • ULYXX
    • 6 years ago

    Ouch, $500? I guess Microsoft didnt learn very much from the PS3 launch price tag.

      • swaaye
      • 6 years ago

      Oh people will pay. PS4 will either cost the same or more. MS just needs to start advertising some “next gen!!!” game footage.

        • Game_boy
        • 6 years ago

        It can’t cost more, they’d never live down announcing $599.

        Remember the PS3 base model was $499 at launch as well.

        • travbrad
        • 6 years ago

        [quote<]Oh people will pay. PS4 will either cost the same or more. [/quote<] You were saying?

      • gmskking
      • 6 years ago

      And the economy is much worse this time around.

      • superjawes
      • 6 years ago

      With the PS4’s price tag, I have a feeling that Microsoft has some sort of backup plan, like the 360 for $99 w/ 1 year contract to XBL. I mean if they don’t have a backup plan…

    • Alexko
    • 6 years ago

    At $500 with all the connection constraints of top of it, that’s going to be a tough sell.

      • HisDivineOrder
      • 6 years ago

      It’s almost like the Xbox One exists to compel people to buy yet another Xbox 360. “This is the future. It must always be online, you get used games only by the good graces of the publishers, you are slave to authentication servers, and you will not ever play this console without the Kinect connected. Even if you turn it off in software, it must still be connected. We even named it Kinect to help you remember it must be connected at all times. The future is big, bold, and so the future must have a price that is big and bold, too.

      “The future costs $500. This does not include a game.

      “The future is waiting for you,” suddenly sounds like a threat.

      Then they add after a half-second: “Also available, you can have a console without any of the horrible restrictions. Still starting at $199.99, the new Xbox 360 is available in stores now.”

      The very threat of the Xbox One may generate sales for the Xbox 360. Like a run on the banks. “EVERYONE! GET YER 360’s BEFORE MS TAKES THEM AWAAAAY! WINTER IS COMING!”

      Meanwhile, everyone else looks up from SimCity or Diablo 3 or whatever on PC and meh’s. “When’s the Sony show again?”

      • CreoleLakerFan
      • 6 years ago

      Especially considering the PS4 will not have restrictions on used games, and is launching at $399. Microsoft just got owned.

        • Alexko
        • 6 years ago

        Yeah I just saw that. I think MS will have to change its plans, or face dismal launch sales.

      • ronch
      • 6 years ago

      But… but… IT HAS EIGHT COARS!!!

    • JDZZL
    • 6 years ago

    I’ll be waiting to make my purchase of either machine, especially since backwards compatibility hasn’t been mentioned.

      • indeego
      • 6 years ago

      Assume no backwards compatibility on either. You going to freak now?

      Just use your old system. Sheesh. Of all the things people want out of a console.

        • HisDivineOrder
        • 6 years ago

        Sony has an easy way of providing b/c, though. Gaikai.

          • ALiLPinkMonster
          • 6 years ago

          The point of “backwards compatibility” is to be able to use your old game disks in the new console. Gaikai is just a cloud-based game streaming service. I don’t think that counts, unless it can recognize the old game disk and stream the corresponding game for free. THAT would be kinda neat.

        • ALiLPinkMonster
        • 6 years ago

        This. People need to realize that with these new architectures, there’s just no feasible way to do it. There would have to be a version of the old 360/PS3 chip sitting somewhere in the console, and that would require quite a bit more power, cooling and space. So whining about no backwards compatibility is like whining about an x86 machine not being able to run programs written for an ARM based system.

      • Narishma
      • 6 years ago

      It has been mentioned. It won’t be backwards compatible with the Xbox 360. Neither will the PS4 with the PS3 but at least Sony mentioned that they may have some form of BC (all the way to the PS1) through Gaikai.

    • The Dark One
    • 6 years ago

    But hey, at least no more funbucks, right?

    …guys?

      • ssidbroadcast
      • 6 years ago

      Yeah I’m glad they finally gave up the “tickets-on-amusement-park” method of payment. That was so insulting and inconvenient.

        • HisDivineOrder
        • 6 years ago

        It took them way, way too long to do it.

          • Deijya
          • 6 years ago

          Yea. Now you can have your credit card locked in for annual payments and frivolous $10 dollar purchases. Having to type in a 16 digit code (that wasn’t tied to your bank account, because who needs extra security when MS security is more ironclad than a Russian spy involved in a honeypot scandal) was so tedious to punch in with your thumbs every single time you want something kewl; like clothes for your scrubby avatar that behaves like an androgynous acid tripped fairy with clipped wings, “OOoooooo, spirit fingerssssss.” Honestly, going through the heinous act of scouring ebay and amazon for the fabled $20 one year gold membership token was barbaric. How these old eyes remember the savage troll wars of online bidding!

          Sarcasm? Neigh! I have nothing but love for MS. Why I would not have bought my fourth xbox 360 (GoW3 special edition console which is now lovingly attracting all the dust away from my pc) had my previous 3 not received any love. My first love, whom shall be known as Ollie, was purchased back in 06 from a friend of a girlfriend. Ollie later became hesitant with me, constantly opening halfway then shutting immediately. I sadly had to swap out Ollie. I know the $999.99 label does not reflect Ollie’s true worth, but so it does in my heart.

          Ollie Jr. later denied my affections as well; being shut tighter than my menstruating girlfriend *shakes fist*. And so I purchased an Arcade model, whom shall be called Archie, with the fabled Jasper chip. Archie thusly suffered an error code 87 after 5 grueling hours of online MW2 action. Bereft of satisfaction from MS online customer service, I stared at Archie for what seemed to be hours (Archie – Nov. 2008 to February 2010).

          My heart shattered, I turned to my dusty 80gb MGS4 PS3 and began to play Persona 4… tears still streaming down my face.

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