Some people seem to think that just because the Xbox One hasn’t been selling very well compared to its competition that it is a “lost cause.” Let’s hit the brakes on this train of thought. Sure, it isn’t selling as well as Microsoft hoped for, especially when both the PS4 and Wii U are outselling it. But, in the upcoming months, expect sales figures to rise (for all three consoles), and the talk of the Xbox One being doomed can then stop.
First off, I just want to point out how stupid it is to believe that Microsoft should give away their console for free. Sure, more living rooms would contain Xbox Ones, but Microsoft wouldn’t be making any money off of them, except for Xbox Live subscriptions. This is an idiotic idea. Microsoft’s sales aren’t so far down the tank that they would consider giving away their console for free. And though sales are low, they are surely going to rise.
Last Black Friday, the best deals on video games were for the previous generation. It was a great time to get an Xbox 360 or PS3 if you hadn’t already. This year, retailers are going to offer some amazing deals for the new consoles. The Xbox One’s price has already gone from $500 to $400 and now (temporarily), down to $350, but you’ll be able to pick up an Xbox One (sans Kinect) with Assassins Creed Unity & Black Flag and a $50 Target gift card for only $329.99 at Target. I highly doubt there will be a better deal than that, but more Black Friday deals are expected to trickle out closer to the date.
Also, this year there are some reasons to pick up a new console. Last year, all the best games could be picked on 360 or PS3. Finally, it seems as if developers’ and publishers’ attention is being turned to the new systems. Assassin’s Creed: Unity is one of the biggest games of this holiday season and that won’t be available for last gen consoles. The Xbox One will exclusively have Sunset Overdrive, which Microsoft is hoping will sell more systems for them than Titanfall did. But the biggest release for the Xbox One will be Halo: The Master Chief Collection. I think TMCC will be the system seller that Microsoft has been waiting for, especially with those Black Friday prices looming.
With the drop in price, and the new games releasing, the Xbox One will surely not be a “lost cause” by the time 2014 is over. Their sales will undoubtedly rise and narrow the gap between the Xbox One and the PS4. Now, if after Christmas Sony is still selling double the amount of consoles that Microsoft is, then it makes sense to worry about the viability of the Xbox One. Until then, there’s no need to think the Xbox One is done for. Let’s just enjoy our consoles and games.