So Microsoft Lost Round One…
Kinect-less consoles for $399 starting June 9th. So that is their tacit acknowledgement that PS4 won out of the gate. And personally, I am quite surprised. My Kinect has not worked in two weeks, and I do miss it. Yeah, it is not vital to the core product, and they had trouble making it an essential part. At a more philosophical level, this is the final reversal from the original Microsoft stance, and the completion of the 180. Now the Kinect will not have 100% saturation. The future is bit less interesting because of this.
So, now while Sony has got their arms up in the air, and their guard down, Microsoft unleashes a devastating roundhouse kick (totally ruining the boxing metaphor… Stupid MMA.). Gold is no longer needed to play MP games online or access apps. Take that Sony! The one clear advantage of their online service is gone. Gold will now look more like PS+, being a ’’free’’ game and discount service. Microsoft already has their network infrastructure where they want it, and make oodles off of the ads.
Which works for me, because my Gold expired April 1st, and I had not renewed it yet. I don’t really buy games online, and I don’t play all that many games, but I do play online games.
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