Microsoft’s E3 press conference was interesting as usual, featuring a bevy of new game announcements, a bucketload of trailers, some awkward audio/visual miscues, and one heck of a price announcement. The Xbox One will officially be priced at $499 at launch in November, which is higher than many expected. The news is perhaps a bit worse for potential European buyers, as the cost there will either be 429 pounds in the UK or 499 euros elsewhere, or roughly 660 dollars. Microsoft also announced a special Day One edition of the Xbox One, but no details about how this version would differ from the standard console were released.
The pricing here is a bit more than some analysts had predicted, and is notably higher than the launch price of the Xbox 360, which launched with two editions at $300 and $400 eight years ago. We’re of course still waiting on Sony’s announcement as to their own pricing, which presumably will be coming this evening at 6 PM Pacific time.
Crazy cost? About right? Planning on pre-ordering one of these, or just upgrading your PC a bit? Feel free to leave your impressions of the conference here, and be sure to tune in later tonight for the GB crew’s recap of the day when they start their livestream a couple hours after the Sony conference wraps up. We'll continue to post trailers from this conference, and the rest of today's shows, as they arrive.