Microsoft’s Xbox One console has been available to the public for around three months, and after much speculation on a price drop, it’s finally happened. In the UK at least, Microsoft have confirmed that the system will be seeing a thirty pounds price drop, bringing it to only 399. Just like in the United States, there will be an Xbox One bundle which does indeed include Titanfall. Strangely enough, only the UK has been confirmed for a price drop, possibly Microsoft feels that they are losing too much ground to Sony.
The bundle which is now available for pre-order includes the following:
Download code for a digital copy of “Titanfall”
Standard Xbox One console and Kinect sensor
Standard Xbox One wireless controller
Standard Xbox One Chat Headset
One month Xbox Live Gold membership
While this might be great for those who’re just about to buy the Xbox One, those who’ve recently put down the cash to buy a new system aren’t so amused. It was always likely that the Xbox One would come with a Titanfall Bundle. In the UK, typically would cost between 450 to 480 depending on what games were included. Many gamer’s likely assumed that the Titanfall bundle would cost 450, and if they wanted a few games they’d break even. So for example, a gamer might have bought the Xbox One and Ryse, and just planned to buy Titanfall on its own, feeling that the amount of money ‘saved’ on the bundle would equal to be about the same.
Instead, in the UK particularly, this is far from the case. The Xbox One, from February 28th will go down to only 399 pounds. From the 14th March, the system will come bundled with Titanfall for completely and utterly free. It’s worth remembering that with many retailers selling the Playstation 4 at the same price point (for example, 390 with Infamous Second Son) this puts the two systems pretty much equal in price.
Microsoft have confirmed that the Kinect 2 will remain with the system for some time, and that Kinect is integral to the Xbox One. Since the X1’s launch, many have been outspoken on the systems pricing. It’s also been confirmed that Microsoft are working on a fix for the TV situation in Europe which uses the PAL / SECAM 50HZ signal.
Overall, this is a positive move for the ‘good’ of the system to try and make up for lost sales, particularly with Titanfall being such a big release. The problems however is that the lower price is a slap in the face to early adopters. Also, if you’ve a fairly average PC, a low to medium spec card (like the R7 260X or Nvidia’s GTX 750 Ti) have been shown to play Titanfall in higher frame rates, Resolution and better Anti-Aliasing, For the price point of the Xbox One, it’s a tough sell buy the system for just one game.