How is this desperate?
I'm with you. If this is "desperate," then so is every other discounted product ever. Desperation abounds, apparently. I don't get this shit. MS launches X1 with Kinect for $500, people whine that they don't need/want the Kinect and that it costs too much. MS sells cheaper, Kinect-less X1s, people whine that they aren't getting the full system. MS throws in a free game and cuts the price for the holidays, people whine that it's proof Microsoft is "desperate". Well, what the f*** do you want, then? Maybe this is all just PS4 fanboy bullshit or something from folks "desperate" to have any first-party game worth buying this Fall, or maybe it's from PC elitists who get their jollies crapping on consoles so they can try to justify having to buy new hardware every year to even be able to run new games; I don't know. Regardless, it's beyond tiresome.
Consumers are winning the shit out of this, yet they apparently remain offended. How fucking entitled can you get? Here's a system selling for essentially $150 less (likely more, depending on Black Friday deals) a year from its release date. And didn't people laud Sony for a $100 price cut on the PS3 (which, BTW, still was going for $399/$499 at this point seven fucking years ago)? I guess since it's Microsoft, this is a bad thing? It's a company strongly backing a product by literally putting their money where their mouth is, and the result is a freaking steal. And even if you're a PS4 guy, MS pricing this aggressively for the holidays probably has a net result of Sony being forced to throw you a bone in response or put their sales lead in this console cycle at serious risk. Competition benefits everyone. I don't understand all the outrage here. At all.
The general lack of business acumen and common sense is astounding sometimes.
I don't think anyone is legit outraged. I think it's all just massive schadenfreude. The price cut is obviously great for the marketplace and there's zero reason to complain. But I think the initial reveal of the One with the strong TV and Kinect focus put a lot of people off and now they just love seeing Microsoft stumble out of spite. I have to admit I did kind of enjoy seeing Microsoft eat it and flop so hard after launch. They are desperate and that desperation can also be kind of funny, but it's also a win for consumers. Very curious to see if this will swing things back for them.
I think schadenfreude is right. Xbox 360 was the leader last generation, which led them to be able to take advantage of the consumer like paid wall netflix. When Sony was stumbling with the PS3, people had the same schadenfreude because they got knocked off their PS2 pedestal. Sony was where MS is now, when the PS3 launched it was super expensive and their messaging was tough shit we know we're number 1. When the 360 took the lead, PS3 had to play catch up and offer better perks.