Microsoft: Xbox One Priced At $499, Switches To Real Money Instead Of Points
Last month Microsoft announced the specs of the Xbox One console, but they did not release the pricing details. Today at the E3 press event , Microsoft announced that the Xbox One will sell for $499 in the U.S., 499 euros in Europe, and 429 pounds in the U.K. when it is launched in November. The Xbox One will start selling initially in 21 countries.
Microsoft also announced several exclusive launch titles for the Xbox One. The titles include Ryse: Son of Rome, Forza Motorsport 5, Killer Instinct, and Sunset Overdrive. Crytek’s Ryse was announced as an Xbox 360 exclusive at E3 2011 so their relationship with Microsoft is proving to be a positive thing for both companies.
Other games that are coming to the Xbox One include Quantum Break, D4, Project Spark, Battlefield 4 Second Assault, Crimson Dragon, and Dead Rising 3. Project Spark is a voice-controlled game that has a game creator integrated with SmartGlass.
Microsoft is shifting away from the Microsoft Points virtual currency and will start relying on local currency for in-console content purchases. The Microsoft Points currency is used on the Xbox Live Marketplace, Games for Windows Marketplace, Windows Live Gallery, Xbox Music and Video online stores.
Twitch and Microsoft have partnered with each other to have a game broadcasting service set up on Xbox Live Gold. Members will be able to broadcast their Xbox One games using Twitch and stream through Kinect.
“Live broadcasting has continued to grow in popularity, but sharing your console experience has never been this easy,” stated Twitch CEO Emmett Shear. “Xbox Live Gold is enabling the ability to both upload your gameplay directly to Twitch and to stream Twitch content on Xbox One. The impact of this level of console integration will be a true game changer.”