Xbox One launching at $499 this November; limited edition for reserving

Start saving your pennies, as Microsoft has announced that its shiny new Xbox One will cost $499 when it launches this November.

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Start saving your pennies, as Microsoft has announced that its shiny new Xbox One will cost $499 when it launches this November. Reserving the console in advance at certain retailers will "guarantee" you get a "limited-edition commemorative bundle" on launch day. Reserving certain launch games gets you extra stuff too.

The Day One bundle comes in black packaging with a "limited edition" Day One controller. Yes, it's just a fancy box and a controller with the words "DAY ONE 2013" on it, but it's special.

Xbox One will cost $499 in the USA, £429 in the UK, and €499 in Europe. That's packing a 500GB hard drive and one controller, along with a 14-day Xbox Live Gold trial for new members.

It'll launch across 21 "markets", though exactly which ones and on what day are secrets for now.

Game reservation bonuses! Ryse offers an exclusive multiplayer map and sword, Forza 5 has "access to four cars tuned to the top of their class," Dead Rising 3 gives Frank West and Chuck Greene "Tribute Packs", and Kinect Sports Rivals has exclusive sporting gear. It's fluff, certainly, but pleasant enough I suppose if you'll be reserving any of them to pick up at launch anyway.

So, when will the PlayStation 4 launch and for how much?

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    June 10, 2013 11:04 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, Xbox One launching at $499 this November.

    Start saving your pennies, as Microsoft has announced that its shiny new Xbox One will cost $499 when it launches this November.

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      June 10, 2013 11:18 AM

      How can they announce the price and not tell us what it includes?

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        June 10, 2013 11:28 AM

        Uhm I think it includes the stuff... in the picture.. which is usually what every console launches with... a console and a controller... and the black kinect thing... and cables... more details about a free game will be coming but Im going to guess thats still being worked out

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      June 10, 2013 11:18 AM

      So there's a 'Day One' model as well a regular model? I suppose we'll get more details shortly.

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        June 10, 2013 12:11 PM

        That is interesting.

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        June 10, 2013 12:51 PM

        Seems like the 'Day One' model is simply the first batch to give you some bragging rights for being an early adopter.

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      June 10, 2013 11:30 AM

      Extra hundred quid for the UK. Awesome.

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        June 10, 2013 11:52 AM

        Does the £429 include the 20% VAT?

        If it does technically it's £343, which is $532 dollars. Still more just not as much.

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          June 10, 2013 11:57 AM

          If that's the final price than it's right on par with the US. $499 is pre tax in the US with an average sales tax of around 7%.

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            June 10, 2013 12:11 PM

            13% in ontario and i bet they tack on an extra 50 bucks :(

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          June 10, 2013 12:16 PM

          Incorrect. You did £429*0.8, which only tells you what 20% off £429 is. You should be doing 429/1.2 = £357.50.

          To clarify, the tax is on /top/, so £357.50+20% tax = 1.2*£357.50 = £429.

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      June 10, 2013 11:31 AM

      Am I the only one getting sick and tired of American companies screwing the rest of the world on pricing? $499 = €499 is 25% markup for no reason whatsoever, other than subsidising the American market.

      When you talk about $60 games, we pay €60 for the same games. It's just sick!

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        June 10, 2013 11:33 AM

        goddamn capitalists

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        June 10, 2013 11:36 AM

        you are nt along here.

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        June 10, 2013 11:39 AM

        Yep, should be 377 euro instead of 499, but well, nobody is forcing anybody to buy it. If it sells in Europe then it proves the price is on proper level.

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        June 10, 2013 11:53 AM

        We got lucky in Australia. To give you perspective the PS3 was $599US at launch but $999 in Australia. We're used to paying almost double despite our dollar being comparable to the US dollar. So naturally I expected to pay around $800 for the Xbone. But it's only $599 in Aus, just a hundred bucks more than the US. I'm stoked.

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        June 10, 2013 12:00 PM

        I think some of you forget that American prices don't include any tax.

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          June 10, 2013 12:21 PM

          my outrage is now transfered to thinking about how dumb that is

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          June 10, 2013 12:34 PM

          Tax is not enough to cover the difference in pricing. Electronic stuff is just super cheap in US.

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            June 10, 2013 12:37 PM

            It works out about $50 more if you factor out VAT. Not ideal, but so ridiculous.

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            June 10, 2013 2:02 PM

            Lots of stuff is super cheap in the US. I save about 40% by ordering coconut oil with trans-Atlantic shipping instead of picking it up at a Swedish store.

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            June 10, 2013 3:09 PM

            Lots of stuff is cheaper in the U.S. Clothes are a biggie. We're just a big market, and when you factor in big retailers like Wal-Mart that drive down market prices by importing a ton of cheap shit from China, then yeah we're gonna pay less for a lot of things than Europe/Canada/Australia.

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        June 10, 2013 12:38 PM

        Blame your VAT which is what, 20-25%? That means Microsoft themselves are charging about 400-420 euros; still more, but not as lopsided as it seems.

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        June 10, 2013 4:17 PM

        Nope. USA USA.

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      June 10, 2013 11:34 AM

      Well,this leaves the door wide open for Sony to undercut them and bury the Xbox for good.

      All they have to do is say,PS4,$449,and if they are bold enough say,$399.If they go $399,Xbox is done before it even gets off the ground.

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        June 10, 2013 11:37 AM

        I wouldn't say done really but it's going to hurt really bad.

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        June 10, 2013 1:23 PM

        And if Sony says $499? I mean, because that's what it actually costs them and to expect a reasonable recoup? You don't seem to think this is even possible.

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        June 10, 2013 1:29 PM

        you're assuming they haven't already decided on a price and will adjust in response to a press conference?

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        June 10, 2013 1:32 PM

        PS4... 650$!

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        June 10, 2013 2:35 PM

        I don't think this is going to happen. With all the crap surrounding the Xbone I bet MS is making a mint off of all the deals with 2nd parties allowing them to sell the box at a big loss. I don't think PS4 will be able to do that. I'd bet the PS4 is $600 at the least. Who knows though.

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          June 10, 2013 3:49 PM

          I'd bet the PS4 is $600 at the least - No, that's not going to happen.

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      June 10, 2013 11:35 AM

      Didn't they learn anything from PS3 launched

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      June 10, 2013 11:37 AM

      $760? SWEET! :(
      I'd buy it first day for $499.

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        June 10, 2013 12:01 PM

        where.. does it say 760$

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          June 10, 2013 12:09 PM

          €499 most probably means 4999 SEK in Sweden (hopefully!), which is $760.

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      June 10, 2013 11:55 AM

      Every time I read that sentence I swear I see shitty instead of shiny.

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      June 10, 2013 11:58 AM

      CliffyB, voice of the common man:
      https://twitter.com/therealcliffyb/status/344157759153004544

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      June 10, 2013 12:06 PM

      XBoxOnePercenters

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      June 10, 2013 12:19 PM

      So add one game, extra controller, and a year of Live and you're up to like $680 before tax.

      And no rentals or used games.

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        June 10, 2013 12:31 PM

        You forgot to factor in the cost of a couch to sit on, a TV to hook it up to and the electricity it consumes.
        xbone? more like Xnone!

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        June 10, 2013 12:59 PM

        You get two free games a month now with that LIVE subscription!

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          June 10, 2013 2:09 PM

          Wahhh! Why just two, how about a billion? Wahhhhhh

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            June 10, 2013 2:19 PM

            how about they don't make the subscription basically mandatory instead of trying to make it seem more valuable by adding bargain bin games to it.

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          June 10, 2013 2:14 PM

          that's disingenuous, what they actually said is you get two free 360 games a month until the One releases

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            June 10, 2013 4:03 PM

            Yeah, once the One is out they wont have a big enough catalogue to provide included games with for a while. It'd be neat if they ported Xbox 1 games over though (seeing as that's much easier to do than 360 games).

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          June 10, 2013 2:19 PM

          Games you probably already own!

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          June 10, 2013 3:32 PM

          games you bought years ago

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        June 10, 2013 3:32 PM

        I went to see Iron Man 3 at the cinema recently and it was almost 120 $. I think I'm fine paying even 680 $ for a console considering I spent nearly 12 hours playing through the single player campaign of Max Payne 3 last summer.

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          June 10, 2013 3:51 PM

          How the hell did you make a movie cost $120?
          My ticket was $10.

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            June 10, 2013 4:07 PM

            1 $10 ticket and 20 pounds of primo borscht to eat during the movie. Shit ain't cheap.

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            June 10, 2013 5:09 PM

            quick post history seems to indicate living in scandinavia!

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          June 10, 2013 3:53 PM

          $120?!! Do you have a family of 8?

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          June 10, 2013 4:17 PM

          How in the flying fuck did you spend $120 to see Iron Man 3?

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            June 10, 2013 4:20 PM

            You guys seen the prices of those sodas lately? Out of hand.

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          June 10, 2013 4:22 PM

          Are you factoring in the cost of getting mugged on your way there or something?

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          June 10, 2013 9:03 PM

          *grabs popcorn*
          *puts it back down because it's $100*

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          June 10, 2013 9:04 PM

          did it come with the suit?

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        June 10, 2013 3:50 PM

        Oh and if you don't have internet at one time or another it makes for a great paperweight.

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      June 10, 2013 1:06 PM

      So, an xbox one, an extra controller and two launch games... £970. Ouch.

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        June 10, 2013 1:52 PM

        Are you sure? £430 + 2 * £55 + £90 = £630 on amazon.co.uk

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        June 10, 2013 1:56 PM

        how did you jump to pounds

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      June 10, 2013 1:41 PM

      I like cookies but not for $400 after the kitchenaid

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        June 10, 2013 1:45 PM

        you don't know what you're missing

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          June 10, 2013 1:56 PM

          i'll wait until i can make cookies with my vitamix

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            June 10, 2013 2:01 PM

            lol that is an interesting idea. perfectly blended oatmeal, chocolate chip, peanut butter cookies but only one texture and one flavor.

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      June 10, 2013 2:27 PM

      I don't see how this is a surprise since X360/PS3 are still around $300. People expected the new ones to be the same price...? Maybe after 7 years.

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      June 10, 2013 2:30 PM

      I just put in a pre-order for one on Amazon. One day delivery shows arriving Dec 3rd, 2013. "A fool and his money..."

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        June 10, 2013 3:14 PM

        No point in ramping up on your shipping. Amazon preorders for games will have it at your door the the same day as release, regardless of selected shipping speed.

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      June 20, 2013 8:27 AM

      Well as much as I would like an Xbox One, the price tag of 650$ isn't a possibility... I mean 499$ for the Console PLUS the console REQUIRES but does not come with a Kinect 2 which costs 110$ roughly so thats a grand total of...
      499+
      110=609 + Tax (in California its 8% so thats)=
      659 $$$$$

      While the PS4 (has pretty much all the same games, because developers do that now.)
      399+
      59+
      +8% Tax=
      494 $$$ for a PS4 659 for an Xbox one...

      which console do you think will sell more consoles this year? certainly not the 659$ one.. you may as well buy an I7 computer with 16gb of ram and 1TB harddrive... hell most internal video cards can play most games now.. add in card for like 150$ will net you 60-120FPS with medium to high settings...

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