Can Microsoft Fix Its Xbox One Missteps?

The next round in the fiercely competitive gaming-console battle between Sony (NYSE: SNE  ) , with its PlayStation, and Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) , with its Xbox, is about to begin, as the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One approach their release dates. But has Microsoft already fumbled the first round of this battle? In this video from The Motley Fool's Weekly Tech Review, host Chris Hill and analysts Eric Bleeker and Austin Smith discuss how the PS4's undercutting the new Xbox's price by $100 could already spell trouble for Microsoft.

It's been a frustrating path for Microsoft investors, who've watched the company fail to capitalize on the incredible growth in mobile over the past decade. However, with the release of its own tablet, along with the widely anticipated Windows 8 operating system, the company is looking to make a splash in this booming market. In a new premium report on Microsoft, a Motley Fool analyst explains that while the opportunity is huge, so are the challenges. The report includes regular updates as key events occur, so make sure to claim a copy of this report now by clicking here.

The relevant video segment can be found between 0:00 and 3:00.


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  • Report this Comment On June 15, 2013, at 7:30 PM, normgarry wrote:

    What misteps?

    The gaming industry is nothing more than substandard sequels with marginal gameplay improvments. People have bought an almost equal number of PS3 and Xbox360 units. Neither console is necessarily ahead of the other in any way.

  • Report this Comment On June 15, 2013, at 7:31 PM, bcweir wrote:

    That's because Sony regards its customers as allies necessary for the console's survival.

    Microsoft views console buyers as obstacles and criminals who are getting in the way of making a profit.

    The mentality behind each mindset is clearly evident.

  • Report this Comment On June 15, 2013, at 7:39 PM, Desktopguy wrote:

    Wake up fellas

    The Price was a Big Factor but what did not say was once you purchase an X-Box 1.Is that you need to to keep paying for it paying for games twice paying it for it to let a friend borrowing it.It is nothing more than a slap in the face to consumers and to their loyal fans.

    They are like will you don't like it than buy an X-Box 360.I am sorry fellas you need to rethink what you said their X-Box 1 will be the death of Microsoft game division because you do not make a mistake like that and get by with it these days.

    Specially against a Company like Sony they have been around for a while have made their mark by being inventors of a lot of stuff we use today like dvd's,blue-ray the walkman and alot of other electronic's and Computers heck if I am not mistaken they use to make motherboards for Apple that should tell ya something their

  • Report this Comment On June 15, 2013, at 8:47 PM, Junito25 wrote:

    microsoft did make a few missteps, but they can easily be fix buy lowering the price at least maybe 70 dollars. either way microsoft will survive because while sony is a large company, microsoft is one of the top largest and biggest grossing companies in the world. if this has been the ps4 messing uo then sony will surely go down but microsoft will not. they make more than just game systems. they build os's and computer parts. they make pc's and even have contract with the goverment by providing them with their technology to be used for drones. if you go to youtube you see soldiers controling drones and weaponry using only an xbox remote. sony is good but they can never beat microsoft.

  • Report this Comment On June 15, 2013, at 8:55 PM, MontieCRIII wrote:

    If you want to game go PC. Pay once and done.

    The entire microsoft idea is based on greed.

    If the gaming industry wants to make more money start writing games for Linux, there is a gigantic market for linux based games.

  • Report this Comment On June 15, 2013, at 9:04 PM, Wingeddamnation wrote:

    MS just made the system to try and compete with Apple and Google. A system to where their Surface tablet and their Windows smart phone will hook up to the one..like Apple's i-products. They pretty much threw in all the specs with the Xbox to cut costs, and make this thing a 'wave of the future' kind of thing. Turn everything digital. Screw that. Next thing I know I'll need a vaccum cleaner that needs Windows and an online connection that posts twitter feeds when it turns on and off.

  • Report this Comment On June 15, 2013, at 10:30 PM, onebluephish wrote:

    MS will need to backtrack on several issues, namely: DRM, Kinnect, pricing and used games otherwise it will drag behind for about 2 years until it's library outperforms Sony's (historically Sony has had a rather poor lineup of exclusives comparatively). They will have no choice now but to back pedal on several of those-if they do a few they will catch up some, but will always be in the #2/#3 positions. Otherwise, they will hurt for a very long time financially. Also, I see the head of the gaming division getting the boot as a result of this-as he should. This not only hurts their holiday sales it grossly tarnishes their reputation in the industry as well as it puts them at odds with many of their distributors.

  • Report this Comment On June 15, 2013, at 10:35 PM, MilesH2010 wrote:

    Was that really an 'article', if so, it sure didn't clue me in on anything. The title is deceiving for what the content contains. So what's the fix?

  • Report this Comment On June 16, 2013, at 12:23 AM, locsphere wrote:

    Unless they match Sony? NO! I am an Xbox person and I am switching. Gonna miss Halo, gonna miss Xbox Live! But F - that!

  • Report this Comment On June 16, 2013, at 1:03 AM, bigtimegamer53 wrote:

    Xbox is done and I cant be happier about that. I was a HUGE Xbox fan up till this whole disaster. GoodbyeXbox.com

  • Report this Comment On June 16, 2013, at 2:12 AM, Nomadder wrote:

    Not one word about the mandatory 24-hour check-ins?

    The check-ins that render your games unplayable if you're not online to make them?

    The check-ins that ostensibly will render your xb1 into a brick whenever Microsoft moves on to their next project?

    Really?

    I know you can't fit in ALL of the complaints people have with the xb1, there's too many, but the check-in is either number 1 or number 2 for most people.

    Also, the surprise at the reaction to Sony's announcement surprises me. A lot of people buy used games. You don't have to be a Gamestop employee to be upset with Microsoft over this. Sheesh.

  • Report this Comment On June 16, 2013, at 3:11 AM, micromush wrote:

    This is Microsoft's third strike. They are out

    Strike One - Windows Phone, any version

    Strike Two - Believing that the PC is dead and that people want to work on a tablet. Optimizing Windows 8 for tablets because the PC isn't going to live long.

    Strike Three - xbox One, only 359 items removed from the xBox 360. Try the no used games, the required Kinect and the required internet connection every 24 hours.

    Your out Ballmer! along with your stock price

    Ballmer I suggest you get the marketing chief replaced. THen again, Micromush has always been arrogant and not concerned about its customers. What was that comment during the Xbox Reveal at EEE, "deal with it" or "get over it". Well get over your stock price and deal with your customers wants and desires.

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