Los Angeles – Microsoft wowed the gaming world with the specs on their upcoming Xbox One X, but fans and the media were quick to decry the $499 price point.
“$500 is too much for a top-of-the-line console,” says IGN editor Denise French. “Microsoft is kidding themselves if they think fans will spend as much for an upgraded eighth-gen system as they did for a basic, bare-bones seventh-gen one.”
“I’m really disappointed,” says E3 attendee Slater Wescott. “I would never drop that kind of cash for a console unless it was the 2006 release of the 20 GB Playstation 3.”
Sony was quick to seize on the push back. In an announcement following their E3 presentation, they stated, “Gaming should be available to everyone, not just the wealthy. Our competitor is putting profits first by asking for prices the likes of which have never been seen since we did it a decade ago. For $499, why not switch to the launch PS3, or get the incredible 60 GB version for only $100 more – before accounting for inflation, of course.”
Nintendo also addressed the news. During their latest Nintendo Direct video, they reminded fans that for only $299, they could get a Switch and play new iterations of the same IPs they’ve been playing for decades.
Written by C.W. Briar