The $499 pricetag is one of the many things that go against the Xbox One when it is compared against its competition; it is a full $100 expensive than crowd-favorite next-gen console – Sony’s PlayStation 4. The Xbox One’s price is second only to the PlayStation 3’s $599 original pricetag, when adjusted for inflation and compared against consoles released in seventeen years.
This revelation comes from the folks over at Ars Technica who listed all major consoles from the last four decades – just over thirty in number – alongside their original and inflation-adjusted prices.
The results were visualized in the form of colorful graphs which show, quite clearly, that the Xbox One is a) about as expensive as the original Xbox 360 and b) second only to the PlayStation 3 in the last seventeen years.
The biggest reason behind the Xbox One’s $499 pricetag is the mandatory inclusion of Kinect 2.0 in every box. This will undoubtedly result in a better gaming experience since game developers know that every Xbox One owner has a Kinect, and can then develop with that in mind – unlike last generation where the Kinect was released in the later years of the Xbox 360’s life.
According to multiple reports, Sony also planned on including the PlayStation Eye + Move with each PlayStation 4 unit until they saw all the backlash from the community against the Xbox One.
via Ars Technica