Titanfall Didn't Save Microsoft's Xbox One

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Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) was hoping that Electronic Arts' (NASDAQ: EA  ) latest first-person shooter, the critically acclaimed Titanfall, would help move its newest video game console, the Xbox One. Rival Sony's (NYSE: SNE  ) PlayStation 4 has outsold Microsoft's competing machine so far, with Sony seeing unprecedented demand. Microsoft, meanwhile, hasn't released sales figures since early January.

Titanfall may have given Microsoft's console a much-needed boost, but perhaps not as much as the company had been anticipating. Less than two weeks after Titanfall's release, retailers are already discounting Microsoft's Xbox One/Titanfall bundle, suggesting that sales are weaker than expected.

A discount on top a discount
Microsoft's decision to bundle Titanfall with its Xbox One console was already a sort of discount -- by including a free copy of a game Electronic Arts normally sells for $60, Microsoft was effectively cutting the Xbox One's price by more than 10%. The Xbox One would still retail for $500, but by including a game most Xbox One buyers were going to purchase anyway, Microsoft was making its console far more attractive.

But evidently, not attractive enough.

Last week, both Wal-Mart and Best Buy -- two of the nation's largest retailers -- cut the Xbox One's price by $50. Buyers shopping at these stores can now get Microsoft's console and Electronic Arts' latest game for just $450. Comparatively speaking, this makes Microsoft's console less expensive than Sony's, as the combined cost of a PlayStation 4 and a new video game would total $460 -- $10 more than Microsoft's discounted bundle.

A weak quarter for Electronic Arts?
Electronic Arts' is likely more exposed to the Xbox One's struggles than Microsoft itself, as the Xbox remains a relatively small part of Microsoft's larger business. Electronic Arts has released Titanfall on the PC and plans to release it on the older (and much more popular) Xbox 360, but the decision to back Microsoft's platform at the expense of Sony's may have ultimately cost Electronic Arts sales.

Microsoft's decision to bundle Titanfall with the Xbox One was no doubt a great development for Electronic Arts -- although I contend most Xbox One buyers would have otherwise purchased the game anyway, the decision to bundle it assures that any U.S. buyer who bought the console in the month of March purchased Electronic Arts' game -- exposing them to the franchise and making them potential customers for Electronic Arts' forthcoming digital-content add-ons.

But given that retailers are discounting the Titanfall bundle, it's possible that the game may have sold worse than anticipated. Electronic Arts recently reaffirmed its guidance for the current quarter, but investors may want to temper their expectations heading into Electronic Arts' next earnings report. Shares of Electronic Arts have already run up significantly in the last three months, likely on elevated expectations for Titanfall.

In need of a price cut
Earlier this month, research firm NPD reported that Sony's PlayStation 4 outsold Microsoft's Xbox One in the U.S. during the month of February -- but just barely. Worldwide, the market is much more lopsided in Sony's favor. Microsoft plans to release the Xbox One in 26 more countries later this year, but many markets, including Japan and much of Europe, have historically favored Sony's consoles.

To close the gap, it seems Microsoft will have to slash the Xbox One's price -- indeed, retailers are already doing it.

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  • Report this Comment On March 25, 2014, at 7:15 PM, pwolf wrote:

    In one sentence, "PlayStation 4 has outsold Microsoft's competing machine so far." Yet, in the next sentence, "Microsoft, meanwhile, hasn't released sales figures since early January."

    I'm confused. If XBO sales figures have not been released since Jan., how can one claim PS4 is outselling it so far?

  • Report this Comment On March 25, 2014, at 7:21 PM, LazyCapitalist wrote:


    NPD sales numbers.

  • Report this Comment On March 25, 2014, at 7:29 PM, JJ82 wrote:

    Reality is here with consumers -->

    MS is here where they demand consumers be-->

  • Report this Comment On March 25, 2014, at 7:40 PM, wegetit wrote:

    Don't worry, pwolf. Tomorrow will be the article explaining how Playstation 4 is in trouble and Xbox is gaining on them because of Titanfall.

  • Report this Comment On March 25, 2014, at 8:12 PM, TelsaRowe wrote:

    This article is a great example of bad writing and mob opinions. Msft hasnt released sales figures yet somehow this author has priviledged knowledge. Silly. Looking at pre-orders for the top games for the next 3-6 months shows that the XB1 is neck and neck with the ps4. Titanfall, microsofts flagship exclusive pre-orders were over 500,000 on just the XB1. Infamous Second Son, Sonys flagship exclusive pre-orders were 375,000.

    Destiny, likely the biggest game release of the year for both consoles has pre-orders very very close to one another. Thats odd for a console that has supposedly sold millions and millions more than the XB1. I really dont believe this endless parade of marching in step and partotting unfounded nonsense with articles like this popping up daily.

    I predict the XB1 will probably overtake the Ps4 sales sometime after Kinect Sports is released and ignorant authors posting garbage like the article above will move on to the next unfounded opinion hoping nobody folling them pulls up their posting history.

  • Report this Comment On March 25, 2014, at 8:24 PM, gonorrhea69 wrote:

    This development isn't news. But the way the MF crew spins it.....................really guys. But I'm not surprised as media i as biased as the next paid streetwalker.

  • Report this Comment On March 25, 2014, at 8:34 PM, GK15 wrote:

    Sam, your articles are full of it.

    Last figures I saw put the XB1 heavily outselling PS4 in the US for at least 2 weeks and only trailing PS4 by about 250k units total in the US. They should keep the momentum with the price drop.

    So, yeah, full of it

  • Report this Comment On March 25, 2014, at 8:48 PM, armee23 wrote:

    Sam hates anything about microsoft,I bet you his next article will be something negative about microsoft and their products, start to wonder if he is a payroll.

  • Report this Comment On March 25, 2014, at 8:59 PM, John112 wrote:
  • Report this Comment On March 25, 2014, at 9:14 PM, normgarry wrote:

    It feels like all these "marketwatch" people are counting Microsoft out- yet they have better exclusives.

  • Report this Comment On March 25, 2014, at 9:34 PM, miker529 wrote:

    we get it Sam mettara, you work for sony, try to have some journalistic integrity.

  • Report this Comment On March 25, 2014, at 9:44 PM, geedup6 wrote:

    This garbage site's Sony bias is astounding. Microsoft hasn't released figures since January but first states that Sony is increasing it's sales lead. So how would you know? Which BTW is a lie, has the sales figures all the way through March 15th and the Xbox One has been outselling the PS4 since February. Sad that it took me about 5 minutes to research and debunk an actual journalist. Might want to do some fact checking on your so called journalists Motley Fool, unless you just want to be just

  • Report this Comment On March 25, 2014, at 9:52 PM, geedup6 wrote:

    This guy is killing me, he wrote about that garbage Sony Morpheus piece of crap saying that it would crush the video game market when all other proven tech sites, like IGN, CNET etc. all say that it is a novelty that will not catch on and it's very uncomfortable. This guy is a clown who is very obviously trying to manipulate the market for Sony. Please stop bringing this clown's garbage up in my feed!

  • Report this Comment On March 25, 2014, at 10:04 PM, liebevision wrote:

    Can you PLEASE stop with the doom and gloom articles? Both consoles are selling very well, PS4 is simply selling CRAZY well.

    I hate microsoft as much as anyone, but these articles are just getting ridiculous, and have DESTROYED this website's credibility.

  • Report this Comment On March 25, 2014, at 11:45 PM, WarriorNine wrote:

    As a fan of gaming, regardless of console, it pains me to read these stories. While many Fool gaming headlines are attention grabbers, this Sam Mattera is definitely the most out of touch.

    Does anybody proof-read these articles, or are all writers free to post whatever they feel like? In Sam's world, Sony should be the only option for console gamers. I guess competition driving innovation is not important to him, which is a shame.

    Of course, it's fine to prefer one thing over another, but there's no need to constantly bash anything different. Please stop writing and find a different line of work.

  • Report this Comment On March 25, 2014, at 11:47 PM, GamerGod wrote:

    Once again TitanFall is not exclusive and PS4 is still dominating on amazon.According to vgchartz the PS4 has outsold the X1 in February and the beginning of March. Stop lying @geedup6. The X1 only sold more the week Titanfall released, but not any other time.

  • Report this Comment On March 25, 2014, at 11:48 PM, GamerGod wrote:

    @TelsaRowe Kinect Sports is irrelevant just like it was for the 360 and the PS3 remains ahead of the 360. The Xbox does not have the word wide appeal of the PS. Facts are facts so just except it.

  • Report this Comment On March 26, 2014, at 12:24 AM, LazyCapitalist wrote:


    The author says in the article that these are NPD reported numbers.

  • Report this Comment On March 26, 2014, at 12:26 AM, DisplayName wrote:

    lol cable isnt going anywhere, once comcast buys time warner they will own the majority of bandwidth in the country, they'll just throw on extensive caps that force you to keep their crappy service.

  • Report this Comment On March 26, 2014, at 2:37 AM, sternfan wrote:

    motley fool sucks wangs

  • Report this Comment On March 26, 2014, at 2:40 AM, prof25 wrote:

    WOW..another hate article on the titanfall and the xbox one..every day these guy's get bitter...@GamerGod kinect sports is gonna be more ..and online vs other people..maybe get some fat and lazy people will be fun...better then ps..oh wait..they have nothing like that''facts are facts just except why'll we are on subject...can we get a article on how infamous second son..only took 2 day's to beat...the same crap..nothing new..write about that...lmao

  • Report this Comment On March 26, 2014, at 4:25 AM, Bunnyking77 wrote:

    I can't stand the internet news anymore. Opinion based BS at it's finest. It's like if Pandora wrote the news. XBOXone vs PS4, let's all take a crap on Nintendo.

    I hate he XBOX brand but it doesn't deserve this. Having the media plow away at it over the most minor detail.

    While I agree that non of the next gen systems were ready to launch, I have to say it was foreseeable.

    Being an owner of the Wii U and PS4, I have to say the Wii U is the better system because of the gaming exclusives. The new AAA titles (3 titles) on the PS4 have all come down to cinematics and cutscenes driving the story while gaming/gameplay are at the but end of the joke.

    The Wii U has at leat 10 must play games that are meaty in the gameplay department and the XBOXone has Titanfall.

    But I digress.

    The internet/social media as awesome as it can be for things like the Trayvon Martin Case and Cops Killing Innocent People All the Time, it does hurt some industries, particularly gaming.

    Please, if you write about gaming do some research. Or swallow your words.

    Gamers are passionate about their love of gaming and you guys are a bunch of scam artist if that.

    I'd call you paparazzi of whatever gives you the most views and I 'm calling you out on BS.

  • Report this Comment On March 26, 2014, at 5:25 AM, thisistheslam wrote:

    The Motley Fool, for those that don't come across it much/ever, is a hodge-podge of misinformed articles filled with half truths at best. Titanfall is "saving" the Xbox One because it's selling like hotcakes. Retailers are just being cutthroat about prices and once one makes a big cut others will follow. Anyone who has spent time in big-box retailer understands that competition is stiff and it's an auto-loss on sales when word gets out your competitor is selling a $500 product for $50 less. It's the retailers choice to drop price but Microsoft likely still made their money.

    Titanfall showed a 96% sales increase in the UK over its launch weekend earlier this month which bested the PS4's ~70% increase over the same weekend. Microsoft hasn't given ANY sales indicators at all so... The Motley Fool is all over the place here. Maybe it's for page clicks, but I'm about another bad article or two from moving past the site articles 100% of the time.

  • Report this Comment On March 26, 2014, at 6:30 AM, ShadowOfTheVoid wrote:

    No one game was ever going to "save" the XBO (not that it needs saving; more on this in a bit). Individual games give extremely short-term boosts. Titanfall may be enough for the XBO to edge out the PS4 in the U.S. for this month (we'll find out when the NPD's March numbers come out in mid-April), but right now the PS4 has simply been in greater demand. With no other major exclusives coming any time soon and with tax season ending, the XBO will likely drop sharply in April, perhaps back to around 200k at most. Meanwhile, the PS4 has been exceeding PS2 numbers so far this year, and that's with limited supply.

    That being said, the XBO isn't "doomed" or anything. It's just underperforming. It's doing decently in America. It had a bad January, but it also had the second-best launch of any console ever (second only to the PS4) and it had a solid February. For January & February combined it sold 400,000 units in the U.S. according to NPD data, while Jan.+Feb. 2006 for the 360 totaled 411k. So, it's barely trailing the 360 right now in year-to-date sales. It can still manage to pull off at least 3 million units for this year, which isn't terrible.

    However, the XBO is getting destroyed in Europe, though that's to be expected since Europe is essentially "PlayStation Country." If we are to believe VG Chartz's estimates for European sales, the XBO is trending far behind what the 360 was doing in early 2006, and is selling about as well as the Wii U outside of the UK. Xbox has always been a heavily regional brand with the majority of its global sales coming from North America and a disproportionate amount of its European sales coming from the UK.

    So, the XBO is doing decent in the U.S. and UK but mediocre in continental Europe and is almost guaranteed to flop in Japan when it launches later this year. The thing that is holding it back the most is its price, which is entirely due to Kinect. Price cuts are proven to stimulate sales over a longer term, and if MS issues a permanent drop to $400 the XBO should start doing considerably better. It may be underperforming, but it's not even close to dead.

  • Report this Comment On March 26, 2014, at 7:06 AM, Cerberus82 wrote:

    Electronic Arts shot themselves in the foot with 'Titanfall'. I have heard plenty of people complain that there is no single player mode/story, and leaked information says part 2 (if it survives) will have it. Sorry but that's too little too late, if they wanted people to buy their game they should have added that in the development stages. Yeah there are plenty of gamers who love these types of online only games, but not all of us are like that. No storyline, only running around in mini battles, is a huge turn off, especially when you take the console price (and xbox live costs) into account.

  • Report this Comment On March 26, 2014, at 7:33 AM, Ebby720 wrote:

    This is a marathon...these boxes are out for SIX years plus...Mr Softy prints money....Sony pisses it depends on their console and one gets ADDITIONAL money to purchase other stuff and to grow on.....the people that write this stuff are stupid and fanboys.

  • Report this Comment On March 26, 2014, at 8:04 AM, mobrocket wrote:


    thank you... so many people say its exclusive

    but titanfall is just not on sony...

    and EA doesnt make games for Wii U

    its on PC, its on 360 its on XB1

  • Report this Comment On March 26, 2014, at 8:06 AM, mobrocket wrote:

    PS4 and XB1 are both doing very well. And I think MSFT never intended on being #1. They are looking to be a strong #2 and make money via services like XBlive

    Sony I think will keep its lead and never trail. The VR headset will be a big boost too down the road

  • Report this Comment On March 26, 2014, at 8:47 AM, eQil1 wrote:

    Sam, why don't you just title all your crap articles "I hate Microsoft". Xb1 doesn't need saving. It's doing well despite it's more expensive price tag & it's 13 country release. Since when does a console that is the second fastest selling system that has sold somwhere around 3.8 to 4.5 million units in four months in 13 countries need saving.

  • Report this Comment On March 26, 2014, at 9:34 AM, John112 wrote:


    Yes it isn't but sony fanboys like yourself usually cannot afford expensive computers to play games such as titanfall.

  • Report this Comment On March 26, 2014, at 9:37 AM, Aegius wrote:

    I do not have sympathy for Microsoft. Their ridiculous pompous restrictions they initially wanted to place on the Xbox broke the trust. That combined with their Windows 8 metro push. I have had the Xbox, multiple red ringed Xbox 360's, and now a PS4. Does anyone really think MS would have change course if it wasn't for competition from Sony?

  • Report this Comment On March 26, 2014, at 10:40 AM, Droppo wrote:

    No. It didn't save Xbox One at all. They are absolutely correct about that. Problem is: it didn't need to be saved in the first place. You can't save something that doesn't need saving. They have been selling just fine. Less than Playstation, but they are doing just fine. Millions of consoles sold in a few short months. I'll take those numbers any day. It's only a problem with people who require that we think about this as some ultimate showdown/war between the two companies. There is room for both of them to succeed. Both did well in the last generation too. Let's just continue with both doing well. And STFU about it.

  • Report this Comment On March 26, 2014, at 11:35 AM, goliath209 wrote:

    Microsoft is a victim of their own success. The Xbox 360 is too good. Who needs an Xbox one before their 360 dies? Especially with the current lack of AAA titles not available on 360? Heck, you can even play Titanfall on 360. What's the $400 difference?

  • Report this Comment On March 26, 2014, at 12:01 PM, mitch079 wrote:

    It is refreshing to see that there are places that hire intellectually disabled people to write for them.

  • Report this Comment On March 26, 2014, at 12:33 PM, JoeLemon wrote:

    Kinect Sports is not going to sell consoles. It won't even sell well.

    The PS4 is still badly outselling the xbox. You can't find it in stores and when you do they force you to buy a bundle with a ton of stuff you don't want. But the Xbox One, is still selling better then the 360 did. Both are doing well. Just like the PS3 did well even though the 360 was outselling it.

  • Report this Comment On March 26, 2014, at 1:53 PM, philk828 wrote:

    @ John112 don't forget this article by TMFMattera

    I'm guessing Sony doesn't have a controller or fanboy here just forgot to mention them. He has bashed MSFT in every article he writes. And make no mistake this website is about investments, so he either has Sony stock or is short selling MSFT, but either way he is obviously trying to be a market maker.

  • Report this Comment On March 26, 2014, at 2:28 PM, maxxxtrippp wrote:

    How do I ban Motley Fool from my Yahoo homepage? If that is impossible, then how do I ban this sensationalist hack, Sam Mattera's scribbling from my homepage? I don't care about his imaginary war or any of his idiotic thoughts on it.

  • Report this Comment On March 26, 2014, at 2:44 PM, MeAliasX wrote:

    Just throwing this out there as a gamer, but many folks, including myself and friends, who have purchased Titanfall aren't impressed. Could be that it just isn't that great of a game (at least not as much as it has been hyped)?

  • Report this Comment On March 26, 2014, at 3:17 PM, damienvox wrote:

    I would say this article could have done its point by far better.

    NPD data shows before this month Xbox One still hasn't sold 4 million units and the shipped stock from December still has nit been moved as is evident with almost everywhere staying in continuous stock until this month.

    Those would have been way better points to have brought up to proove your point.

    Also how NPD data shows titanfall bundle and price drops still hasn't goten xbox one to fully catch up with sales for this month alone vs ps4 meaning tge gap between the two is only rising just its rising slower now.

    These things should have gotten some light.

  • Report this Comment On March 26, 2014, at 4:26 PM, rrjim1 wrote:

    Taking a break from playing Titanfall, GREAT GAME, having a blast and I don't usually play MP FPS!

  • Report this Comment On March 26, 2014, at 5:17 PM, circlehead28 wrote:

    The game's been out for only 2 weeks. I'd love to know how you can come up with such a conclusion based on such a short timeframe.

  • Report this Comment On March 26, 2014, at 6:15 PM, Alilwet wrote:

    @GK15 Your numbers are horribly off... Only behind by 250k units? The PS4 has sold roughly 35% more units than the X1, it's about 6mil to 4 as of now...

    Maybe the numbers you looked at were from about 20 minutes after both consoles released, if not then you probably get your numbers from Fox...

  • Report this Comment On March 26, 2014, at 7:35 PM, pwolf wrote:

    I find it funny (or poetic justice) that there's a Fool ad just below Sam Mattera's profile on the top right of this page that headlines, "They think you're an IDIOT." in big bold letters.

  • Report this Comment On March 26, 2014, at 7:38 PM, notthatfoolish wrote:

    lol the utter and blatant troll Sam mattera writing another hit piece on the xbox (like he does every week). Got to wonder why the fool keeps allowing this so called journalism.

  • Report this Comment On March 26, 2014, at 8:34 PM, chrismireya wrote:

    Before I clicked on this article from Yahoo's homepage, I knew that it was going to be another moronic opinion piece from that paid Sony shrill Sam Mattera.

    So, I clicked anyway.


    The petulant little guy who writes HATE XBOX articles as often as he can was the culprit! As usual, Mattera relies upon NO FACTS to back up his asinine, idiotic rants.

    In fact, Microsoft hasn't released their March figures yet, but insiders are already saying that they are HUGE.

    Why is Sam Mattera still employed at Motley Fool?

    Shouldn't he have a blog at Sony?

    I suppose that it would be TOO obvious and LESS effective if readers knew that Sam was nothing more than a childish little Sony fanboy/cheerleader/glee club member with the intellect of a nine year old.

    It is funny that fanboys think that ABSOLUTE DEVOTION to a console or company is necessary...and this turns into absolute HATRED for any other console or company.

    How much does Sony pay you, Sam?

    Is it possible that you are just posting nonsense in the hopes of attracting clicks to this sort of petulant tripe?

  • Report this Comment On March 26, 2014, at 8:36 PM, chrismireya wrote:

    Only a moron thinks that a console is beyond being "saved" because the company producing that console tweaks the price.

    Sam, go to college and enroll in a course of Microeconomics. You might actually learn something.

  • Report this Comment On March 26, 2014, at 8:39 PM, chrismireya wrote:

    Sam Mattera

    = World's dumbest paid blogger/shrill for Sony

    People in school always said that Sam was "Special," but he never understood why people kept calling him "Ed."

  • Report this Comment On March 26, 2014, at 8:41 PM, chrismireya wrote:

    Sam Mattera: World dumbest paid shrill for Sony

    Sam's teachers always said that he was "Special;" however, Sam never understood why they kept calling him "Ed."

  • Report this Comment On March 26, 2014, at 8:45 PM, MrGeno wrote:

    I will probably end up buying an XB1 next year, AFTER I buy a PS4, but my main problem isn't with MS, it's with EA. Given the lackluster performance with Battlefield 4, I believe it's safe to say that buying any game with an "EA" logo on it is a less popular idea than sitting next to a person with leprosy.

  • Report this Comment On March 26, 2014, at 9:12 PM, metsin032000 wrote:

    just go in any store there will be 3-8 xbox ones on the shelf and 0 ps4 systems enough said.And it has been this way for months even with a free game(titanfall) and $50 off there are still lots in stores

  • Report this Comment On March 26, 2014, at 9:35 PM, chrismireya wrote:

    @ metsin032000:

    SO WHAT?

    All that this means is that Sony could have a terrible supply strategy. It could mean that Sony simply didn't produce enough consoles.

    It is amazing that some people are so naive as to think that a lack of a product means that Sony and Microsoft produced the same number of consoles in the first place!

    If Sony produced FEWER consoles than demand, then the shelves would be empty. A company should be smart enough to NOT do this. Otherwise, consumers will purchase the console from the company that is smart enough to produce MORE than expected demand.

    Is there clear?

  • Report this Comment On March 26, 2014, at 9:56 PM, Theinsultedelf wrote:

    I understand exclusives made by respective console makers but it is always stupidity for a independent studio to throw in exclusive with only one platform. At least with Titianfall there is the PC version as well . With Sony's exclusives it's PS3/PS4 only. No chance for those extra sales from the PC.

    I've played Titanfall and it's CoD + Halo + mechwars and with a lack of map and issues with the AI enemies it's a bore to play for long. When you make a game exclusively MP baby, you better have a nice big selection of maps.

    The only thing that will save TitanFall is mod tools for the players. So they can make the maps they need to keep the game fresh. Sorry EA but this is no CoD killer.

  • Report this Comment On March 27, 2014, at 2:52 AM, dnhoogerwerf wrote:

    Motely Fool...please get this joker (Sam Mattera) off of your web site. He is making a FOOL of you. His biases are so obvious and his "facts" are easily disproven. I don't know what his issues are, but he is ruining your credibility as a serious investment information source.

  • Report this Comment On March 27, 2014, at 3:06 AM, danielson79000 wrote:

    This yahoo guy is always ridiculously anti xbox and I believe american. Xbox is great. Lay off the play station love its a great system too but why always these I hate xbox news stories from yahoo

  • Report this Comment On March 27, 2014, at 6:59 AM, superkevbo wrote:

    Sam Mattera is the new Chris Chase

  • Report this Comment On March 27, 2014, at 8:32 AM, FSKI82 wrote:

    I'm confused.....the article said Titanfall didn't save Microsoft and PS4 is still killing in sales...but the article gives no sales numbers or any tangible proof besides a couple retailers offering a discount....

    How do these articles get posted and why are they showing up front and center on yahoo???

  • Report this Comment On March 27, 2014, at 8:37 AM, FSKI82 wrote:

    Totally agree with chrismireya on how ridiculous and stupid people like metsin032000 sound. Just because there are no PS4 on the shelves doesn't imply the demand is could imply that Sony has supply restraints which will hurt their bottom line. Either gamers will go get a different console or they will just have to wait for the PS4 to get restocked....either way Sony is losing money on it. Also, I can attest that around MD, VA, DC....there are no waiting for any console you want at a variety of different stores.....

  • Report this Comment On March 27, 2014, at 10:09 AM, locsphere wrote:

    I have owned an Xbox since the first, I think what they did with the 360 was amazing. But something is just off about this system. Its big and bulky, it uses a gimmick like Wii and gimmicks have a cost usually at the cost of power. The kinect is still forced on the end user through pricing and I am just not paying for it.

    They threw in Titanfall? Sure they did! As a digital download and gamers just are not interested in that. When I was at Walmart and actually had some games to trade in and could have probably gotten the console for a mere 350 they did not have the titanfall bundle. So I said thats not a problem you have the game and you have the console. So just do that! They said they couldn't because it was a digital only download. That turned me away from going to target or Bestbuy.

    I want a tangible product, I am not really interested in Titanfall either. I have a PC for that game and I can get it in 1080p for that game.

    The Xbox can either ditch the kinect and sell it separately or Im done. Simple as that! Its about consumer choice. The Playstation focused on games, it focused on power, and it has a stupid gimmick of a camera too! Its sold separately though.

    I have used the new Kinect at my friends, its inaccurate has a huge lag time and I don't want it and will not be forced to pay for it or even have it.

    Too bad? Well... Don't cry that the product isn't moving then. Because I am not buying gimmicks attached to a console that can't hit 1080p. I didn't buy a tv with those capabilities so it could be under utilized. As consumers I think we're just sick of paying for the same old recycled technology.

    8 cores isn't even a giant leap and 1.6ghz no matter what the architecture or console does not scream next gen. It scream we updated things a tad. NOW GIVE US MONEY! Its another Office 360 where I have to pay a monthly fee and don't want to. I give you a one time up front price and I own the product. I will make office 2007 last for decades until you guys pick up on this trend. Consumers are sick of contracts and they're sick of monthly fees. Money is staying in my pocket until Xbox and Microsoft learns. I TRIED to buy your console and was turned away because you want to force digital. NOT gonna happen!

  • Report this Comment On March 27, 2014, at 11:41 AM, stangace20 wrote:

    This is what happens when fanboys start thinking they're journalists and some random website actually agrees.

    Cause I would think facts tend to matter to journalists (real journalists anyway). Whereas fanboys will use whatever skewed, incomplete, or generally flawed information they can get their hands on to prove their own opinions.

    I know every single MF article about the consoles is anti-xbox so I don't expect sam to ever listen or stop. But even if what he's saying is true would it kill him to wait until we actually have the sales numbers from Microsoft first just so this looks more like a legitimate news article and less like sony funded fanboy gibberish

  • Report this Comment On March 27, 2014, at 11:45 AM, Nobody766 wrote:

    I own both a PS4 and a Xbox One and play both. I get so angry when I see articles from this guy. He always is attacking the Xbox One trying to prevent people from buying it. This guy shows a considerable bias against the Xbox One and should not be writing articles about it. Most people don't need the system that appears most powerful on paper, but a system that fills the needs and wants of people.

  • Report this Comment On March 27, 2014, at 12:49 PM, kev72 wrote:

    I don't own either console but this article is one of the best examples of a 'fluff' piece I have seen. According to the numbers provided the difference in between the consoles in sales is like 10% or less. Other than the NPD numbers which are close the author uses 'bundle pricing' deals as an example of a failure. These are just bundles and don't seem to indicate anything. Sony has bundles too that include discounts (as they should). Really no conclusions can be drawn from what we've seen so far other than the sales between the consoles are similar.

  • Report this Comment On March 27, 2014, at 3:58 PM, kensal wrote:

    someone should seriously report this guy for the total garbage he spews out...this is the last time i'm coming onto this site regarding all the negative bull he tries to put out about the xbox one which is so far from the truth its frightening...peace

  • Report this Comment On March 28, 2014, at 5:23 PM, 883tutto wrote:

    Well said Sam. It is amazing that so many are having such difficulty absorbing the realities surrounding MS's serious shortcomings this generation. That said, I do not think the XBox One is doomed. It simply is not the success technologically or in terms of sales, that Sony's PS4 is.

    It is sad to see so many grasping at straws to misquote what other sources have said.

    Thank you for not being afraid to call it like you see it. Anything less might be indicative of a lack of journalistic integrity. MS fumbled the ball and you saw it.

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