Microsoft announced today at e3 that Xbox One will have a $500 price tag in the US.
My first reaction was “woah that’s a bit pricey”. So let’s go into more detail to see if this console is indeed worth the 500 bucks.
The Xbox One has an APU with eight x86-64 cores, 8 GB of DDR3 RAM with a memory bandwidth of 68.3 GB/s, a 500 GB non-replaceable hard drive. 3 GB of RAM will be reserved for the operating system and apps, leaving 5 GB for games. The graphics processing unit (GPU) is based on an AMD GCN architecture with 12 compute units, which have a total of 768 cores, providing an estimated peak theoretical power of 1.23 TFLOPS. Source: Wikipedia
About the cons, I don’t really care about the no backward compatibility. It sucks yes, but I don’t play old games as much and as long as you keep your 360 you’re good. But the No Used-Games policy really bugs me. I love buying used games on craigslist/ebay so this is a big deal for me.
The pros are great really, but the one I only care about is the multi-tasking one. The rest just make this game console into an all-in-one media center. If you already own a smart-TV, a blu-ray player, an AppleTV or Roku then you don’t really need all these extra features.
One positive I see is that purchasing an Xbox One allows you to move all these other devices to another TV you might have in another room.
So is it worth the $500? I think yes. Most people will say well the PS4 is cheaper, yes but that doesn’t mean its a better console. I’m a PC Gamer and a happy owner of a 360 so will I buy one? Not sure, I don’t need it right now. But after seeing some of the games previewed today at E3 like Killer Instinct and Forza 5 is gonna be tough not to buy it.
What I wish
An Xbox One Light version would be ideal for me. I just want to play games, offer me a console without media center capabilities and for cheaper and I would pre-order right now.