After doing a 180 on their DRM and used game policies for the Xbox One, Microsoft is sticking to their guns with the decision to make Kinect and integral part of the system and adhering to their $499 price point.

“We really believe deeply in the value that we’re delivering. Not just for the first day of launch, which we think is going to be amazing, with amazing games and entertainment experiences, but what this architecture can deliver over the long term.” said Marc Whitten. “We feel good about our price.”

Sony felt good about the price of the PS3 at launch as well, but that did not stop users from shying away from a high price point.

Whitten was also asked about the Kinect, and the possibility of removing it as a necessary part of the Xbox One.
“We still absolutely believe in Kinect. It’s a core part of the architecture. Frankly, it’s really critical that you build it as something that’s always there, always part of the platform. So that game creators, experience creators can know they can rely on it. And you, the user, that there’s always a consistent experience. That it’s not just an accessory.”

Hopefully the confidence that Whitten and the rest of Microsoft have in their decisions work out for the best.

Xbox One is set to release this holiday season for $499.

Source: Joystiq

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