Xbox One To Launch This November At $499, €499

By Ishaan . June 10, 2013 . 11:00am

UPDATE: Further details announced. See this report.


Xbox One will launch this November in 21 different markets, Microsoft have announced. Here are early pricing details:


U.S. – $499

Europe – €499

United Kingdom – £429


We’ll have more to report as Microsoft reveal more about Xbox One’s launch.


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  • Damarius Wingfield

    First! And I’m still waiting this out!

  • John Diamond

    £420? nah i’m alright

  • According to today’s exchange rates:

    Xbox One: $499, 499€, £429

    $499 = 377€ = £321.

    499€ = $660;

    £429 = $666

    Thanks, MS~

    • John Diamond

      don’t forget the xbox live gold subscription jojo

      • TrannyMagic

        I believe they said your 360 account subscription can carry over.

        • John Diamond

          true. however some people will still have to top up their gold accounts. such as myself. nah screw that i’m going wii-u or ps4

    • Keima88

      Didnt know that we Europeans are rich…
      Why do we have to pay 160 dollars more?! Thats like 3 new games on launch day >.<
      Sony is going to win if they decide to sell the PS4 for 400€..

      • ShinStar

        Do people in Europe make more money per hour with their jobs? When I saw the prices of the iPad 4 on Apple’s Australia site, it was like $1000 AUD compared to America’s $600 or something (I forgot the exact amounts) so that could be the reason why it’s priced so high. That’s what I think though.

        • No, it’s just like that euro has been a powerful currency for no real reason. Lot of European want it to be less powerfull because a lot of things are just to expensive (ex : Xbox 1)

          • ShinStar

            Ah interesting…..that’s unfortunate. :( Why can’t we all just use the same currency. It would make life easier…….I’d hope lol.

        • Eric Harris

          maybe they have a government that isn’t trying to destroy it’s own citizens rights (big $ against unions).

      • Minos

        They were. Unfortunatelly, they ran out of the gold they stole from America, China, Africa and India.

    • Bob Obb

      You fail to take into account things like minimum wage, average income, etc. The US has it pretty shitty compared to western Europe

      Don’t get me wrong I’m not defending the high price, just explaining the price difference :)

      • Mr_SP

        Are we sure about this? Sure, I’m in Australia and all, but the $AU = $US, and I still pay more for anything game-related.

        • SolRevr

          I think some of it has to do with taxes on goods in various regions. In Europe and the UK they have the VAT which is something like an extra 20% of the goods cost built into the price. I’m not sure how it works in Australia. In the US we have a retail sales tax that is tacked on during the sale, and the percentage depends on which of the 50 states you buy it in. 6% is a pretty average sales tax among states. If I bought an Xbox One in a brick and mortar retail store for $500 in Massachusetts where the sales tax is 6.25% I would be paying $531.25.

          Let’s say the 20% VAT tax in Europe is worked into the 500€ price tag. The price for an Xbox is then 416.66€ + 83.34€ VAT. 416€ is approx. $550, so the base cost of the unit without tax is still higher than $500 in the US.

          I think another added cost is the fact that, assuming they do no manufacturing of any part of the xbox or packaging materials outside of China and NA, the box is made in China, the packaging materials are made in Mexico, everything is shipped to the US where it is assembled into the final retail package. If it is true that all Xbox retail packages are created in this way, then they also have to pay to have them shipped over Australia and Europe.

          I’m not saying things are exactly like this, but I’m sure part of the added cost is this type of stuff, but it does seem that people in Europe and Australia always have to pay more for things.

    • Chim_era

      Hahaha, that was also the first thing I did ….
      €300 verschil …. sorry but that is just plan outrageous.
      Well Microsoft you know where you can put you xbox one !!!

      However I fear the PS4 won’t be much cheaper :(

    • LynxAmali

      666? I think we have a conspiracy here.

    • Helepythia

      Am I supposed to be concerned with the abnormally high prices that overseas have to deal with, or more concerned with the devilishly high exchange price that Brits have to pay, 666?

    • Fidelis

      Ha! Europe loses again!

  • XYZ_JolteonZ980

    Without Halo at launch, Im kind of concerned about a slow uptake of people buying the system. Kind of priced much higher than my expected $349.99 for the console. Oh well it depends on the launch line up.

  • Bob Obb

    And with that, the Xbone’s fate is sealed.

    • John Diamond

      Not really. i’m in the mood of a fancy paper weight

      • Pockystix

        my NGage is fine

    • I wish it was that simple, but apparently, as of earlier this morning, it was beating out the PS4 by a margin of 2.3% in terms of pre-orders on–255809.phtml

      I wish I made that up but it goes back to the sentiment that people are going to buy whatever it is they’re going to want regardless if you tell them it’s wrong. It’s like most things, really.

      • Mr_SP

        I don’t believe anyone preordering a console before many of it’s features, most of it’s launch line-up, or even it’s price, are revealed, care about being well-informed.

      • Richard N

        Well lets wait for Sony’s conference to see who “wins” E3.

        • Pockystix

          people still think you can win E3?

          • Richard N

            See quotation marks.

  • No. Just no lol

  • Go2hell66

    So how long til we get a dubstep remix of that price announcement

  • Shadowman

    It’s to STEEP!!!!!!

    • AuraGuyChris

      The price is too damn high!

  • Not surprising. It’s around what I was expecting. I’ve always said the absolute maximum they can afford to charge would be $499, but it’s still out of many people’s price ranges, myself included. I wouldn’t be surprised if PS4 is around the same price, if not more expensive.

    That’s just the thing people need to accept. If they want their fancy graphics, they need to be willing to pay for them. Of course, I have no idea what actually factors into the cost of making this console considering all of the multimedia apps and included Kinect, but regardless, I can’t see them making a cheap, powerful console without losing tons of money.

    • Pockystix

      the first year or two of any consoles life is basically waiting for the thing to not be a huge burden on the company, financially. it takes a while for a system to earn back it’s money, and then some. And with each new hardware generation, developers need more time, and companies need more money. It’ll be interesting to see what M$ will do to balance out the loss of this system.

      First model systems, for example, are notorious for being faulty, and later models tend to skimp out on some features altogether, to cut costs. I don’t know what M$ could do with their system to cut costs for themselves and the consumer, since the thing is being sold as a full unit, with lots of bells and whistles. Unless they find a way to cheapen some of the services, or remove kinect, it’s going to be very expensive for a while.

  • DarthSithZero

    Could be more cheaper without the stupid Kinect.

    • VietKnight

      If it could it would be but the Kinect is required for the Xbox One. . . . sigh…

      • DarthSithZero

        Thats what they want, they made a obligatory use of the kinect so now every Xbox One comes with the Kinect so they can charge you with more money.

    • KnifeAndFork

      Hmm…that got me thinking….if the PS4 is $499 then won’t that be a mistake on Sony’s part considering this is packaged with a Kinect?

      • DarthSithZero

        PS Move perphaps?, Anything can happen on Sony Conference

        • KnifeAndFork

          damn maybe…but the Move was never required….

  • TheSwordUser

    They’ve potentially pulled out a Saturn with this price.

    • PreyMantis

      At least Saturn doesn’t spy on you.

  • Tee Niitris

    For their sake, they’d better hope that the PS4 is 599 U.S. Dollars.

  • Lester Rat

    Looks like it will 7th generation all over again. If PS4 is somewhere around $500 too, we will see a surge of Wii U sales pretty soon. It is baffling how they didn’t realize tha price matters a lot.

    • Mr_SP

      Eh. They’re always expensive on launch. Give it a year, and it’ll be at least $100 less. Though… Just because the XBone is expensive, it doesn’t mean that I’ll buy a Wii U, seriously.

      • Lester Rat

        Not you, but parents that will buy consoles for their children will have a no-brainer there, with Nintendo selection of games for children and a much lower price point. People tend to forget that the market is not only “core-gamers”.

        • Mr_SP

          Perhaps… but I’d really not think that parents are uninformed enough to buy the console their children don’t want, over not buying a new console this year, when they’ll probably still ask for it next year. Or that parents with children would buy a violent console for their kids *at all*.

          …Then again, I saw a mother try to buy a PSP because she wanted her girl to have something different from her boys’ DSes. Maybe I expect too much awareness from the average consumer.

          • Lester Rat

            Younger children would not see much difference between a Playstation 3 and a Polystation (a NES clone).

            If only 10% of the market are uninformed parents/grandparents buying consoles for children between 4 and 9, it is already millions of consoles. And the example of the mother buying a PSP for a girl is more proof that parents are generally uninformed.

          • Mr_SP

            Much like the Wii before it, you mean? While you’re probably right, I don’t think Microsoft or Sony can do anything about it, without selling their consoles for cheaper than the Wii U. As you said, 7th Generation all over again.

        • Shady Shariest

          Parents that have enough free money to buy you a Wii U are rare here :P

          • Lester Rat

            Yeah, but I imagine even less parents will buy you a XBox One :p

          • Shady Shariest

            It actually undermines any hope for your prediction of increased Wii U sales…Most Wii and Wii U sales come from families who are looking for kid-friendly console…
            And you can imagine who pays for the console then,too :P

            Edit: And family market is another pinch…Kids are at the age they seriously need to be watched upon, clothed most and are open to a more attractive and cheaper market of toys,cartoons and comics.

          • Lester Rat

            Wii U sales may not increase a lot, but it will be surely the no-brainer choice among the new generation consoles for parents.

            And the crisis may have lowered the number of consoles sold, but it is not like they are selling 10% of what they were selling three years ago.

          • Shady Shariest

            The key point being that the crisis is still going on…People around here are sensitive (and mislead) on the issue -_-‘
            It’s a no-brainer whether to buy a new console for your kids, or have some money for food and expenses.(This ofc is propaganda scum like Soini make for hysteria)

            Wii U also has a notoriously bad reputation, i’m pretty sure that i have seen 1 move out in the supermarkets i tend to stalk :P (For Gamereacter, and discounts…)
            Not to talk about games, and the appeal, kids aren’t that demanding…They wan’t Mario, they’ve most likely all ready got a Wii full of it. And if anyone wants a profitable cheap kid-console: Wii Mini.

            The point being that Wii U sales might not rise any notable number…Not yet. Maybe this fall when that goddamn delayed Rayman comes :)

            As a closure, (i feel like it this be my last reply) i do not hate Nintendo, Wii U or any other Nintendo device, if that crossed your mind ::)
            For me at the very least, this has been a nice little disqussion between E3 events, and i hope that (but please feel free to point out) if anything i said didn’t insult you :/

      • Kevin Tan

        People are worse off than they were in 2006-2007. Sales will NOT be good at that price point (and they were not for the PS3 even back then). It seems like MS is overestimating the appeal of their console…

      • ronin4life

        When talikig about the market; see Vita Vs 3ds.
        Once WiiU sales pick up, development for it will increase leading to more sales and fewer games for the consoles devs will be ditching if they fail to recover.

        The WiiU is a cheaper, more reliable and simpler product. All these things make it VERY appealing, which means more sales.

        • 324234

          Not disputing your point, but what is more reliable about the WiiU? In regards to simplicity Nintendo’s caused a lot of confusion already regarding the name and the Gamepad, in terms of reliability the huge investment Gamepad can be broken and is at the moment impossible to replace (at retail, outside of warranty/repairs), and in regards to price, sure, it’s cheaper than a One/PS4. But the WiiU isn’t a fully-fledged Next-Gen console. The WiiU is however far more expensive than it’s very comparable 360 and PS3 counterparts.

          • ronin4life

            They are more reliable/simple in these ways:

            No online BS.
            Backwards compatibility
            Used game compatibility
            Nintendo products are famously sturdy. They are built solid and rarely break.
            Nintendo customer service is famously impeccable, and often comparitively cheap.
            No additional accesories needed. Especially if you own a wii; all wii
            controllers work just fine.

            And I may be missing some points.

            You buy the system and that is it: no ps+. No xbox live. Full game compatibility and controller compatibility between the previous gen including downloaded content.

          • 324234

            PS+ isn’t necessary for any of the basic functions unlike Live. PS+ is actually a downside for the WiiU, as it offers nowhere near as good a value. ‘No additional accessories needed’ may be true if you already own Wiimotes, but wrong otherwise. I think it’s silly to buy a brand new console with an extra Pro Controller and still be forced to buy a last-gen Wiimote in order to play multiplayer, especially for a game like NSMB:U, incredibly unintuitive. And while it’s a small outdated point, many WiiUs were bricked during the day 1 updates hanging.

            “Online BS” and “Used Games” goes only against the One (and hopefully not the PS4), but I suppose I’ll give you those and backwards compatibility (for..all those good Wii games..). But hoping for the best from the PS4, that just makes the One the odd man out.

          • ronin4life

            “Silly”? All of the consoles will make you buy new controllers to play mp; this is the only console that lets you use old controllers that most people already own/are super cheap right now.

            The wii had plenty of great games… and a few online ones too(which become an expansive library once VC is taken into account). Full BC means all those games too, which makes managing libraries easier.

          • 324234

            Yes, silly. If I buy a 360 and a multiplayer game, I buy a second controller and I’m set.
            If I bought a WiiU with a Pro Controller along with Mario Bros U, I’d be told to get a Wii Remote or be unable to play. Despite it being a WiiU game that should support the WiiU’s controller. That is ridiculous. And not simple.

            I’d rather be forced to use new controllers on my new system than be forced to use old controllers. And that’s the word; I’m not ‘let’ to use Wiimotes, I’m /forced/. Needlessly.

  • ddh819

    they are still going to sell the 360 for a while

  • DesmaX

    Well, that’s Expensive

  • James Enk

    500€? isn’t there an economical crisis still here?

    • Shady Shariest


    • AuraGuyChris


    • Eilanzer

      nah…there is always a moron with money to buy crap ^^ …And microsoft know this very well….

    • gerald

      PS3 is more popular than 360 pretty much everywhere but the USA, where 360 wins by a big margin, so I don’t think they care. This is an American console for American… gamers? No, that doesn’t sound right. I’m a gamer and this sure doesn’t appeal to me.

      • James Enk

        i understand that they care more about usa but i don’t know i just don’t like where gaming is going maybe the wii u and ps4 are better cases but if this keeps up what about wii3 and ps5
        (it’s not like i will cry over this but you get my point:p )

      • CirnoLakes

        I’m pretty sure it isn’t a good idea to stick to one economy.

        Also, the American economy may be better than several European countries, but it isn’t that great.

        I don’t think that many people are going to spend $500 at all for something of this level.

  • Rini11

    Anyone else annoyed about these region locks?For this price they should have made a region free console but oh well whatever. I checked the Italian Amazon and the PS4 is priced at 599€.

  • Shady Shariest

    And once again.Europe is fucked, and will have to deal with it…
    Because apparently Us-Money is better than € or £, while it really isn’t…

    Edit:Will hold back buying the console, and play this gen games outta way…

  • hadjimurad

    is it wrong to hope for it’s failure? i find it so anti-consumer from price to features, i can’t see any good reason to purchase this. i hope people don’t give Microsoft the confirmation that everyone is OK with the digital slavery it is trying to make the norm. (yeah, that’s dramatic)

    • gerald

      Well, their model is basically like Steam (online DRM, games tied to your account, blocking/killing used games) but without the cheap games, and PC gamers have learned to bend over and like it, so unless PS4 kills the Xbone, this could be the bleak future of gaming, And oh yeah, they’ll be watching you too…

      • Tatsuya1221

        There is a difference, for one you can still access the games you install on your hard drive, thus you technically still have access to your files, plus steam generally has far better prices than either psn or xbl.

        The main difference here is that steam is still pretty open (mainly due to pc being an open platform), consoles on the other hand, are completely closed off and you cannot access anything on it unless they allow it.

        And of course, not all pc games use DRM, as proves.

  • Well after their showing I’m still uninterested for the system sure watching Killer Instinct was cool but that is the only game so far that I liked and its not a dealbreaker for me. I already got a Wii U so lets see what Sony delivers so I can go with them. I hardly even touch the 360 anymore if only for a few exclusives like Tales of Vesperia, Lost Odyssey and Blue Dragon.

  • Pockystix

    hahahaha. . . no

    I mean, I wasn’t planning on it. But this pretty much sealed it for me and my friends.

    it’s going to be an interesting launch for the system. So far the line up seems average, the price-point has been set high, and hardcore fans have been in let down by a lot of the DRM and catering to the more TV-sports loving consumers. This could either be a huge financial disaster for M$, or something that they will need to constantly keep alive by constant appeasement patches and price drops. . . if even possible.

    although; according to them, gamers will buy anything. . . so my faith in humanity may be all for not.

    • SaveTheDay

      And yet, xbox one pre orders seem to skyrocket…

      • Pockystix

        oh, humanity

        you so doomed

      • AuraGuyChris

        Wow, Halo is truly a system seller…

      • Testsubject909

        Freaking dudebros… Again. Just wait until they get to learn the hard way.

        They go out, buy a game and want to play it multiplayer real quick. “Hey dudebro. Let’s go to your place, we’ll play real quick since you live closer”

        And they go. He installs the game he bought on his dudebro friend’s Xbox One. And they have fun.

        Then he goes home. Puts the game in his Xbox One thinking he can play and.. “The fuck? Dude… Xbox Dude. Play Game… What? A fee? What? Dude? The hell dude! Bro this ain’t cool dude! DUDE! FUCK DUDE! FUCK! XBOX PLAY MAH GAME! XBOX! WHAT? HE OWNS IT? MY BRO STOLE MAH GAME! FUCK MAN! BRO! FUCK! BRO! DUDE! XBOX! DUDE!”

        • OK, I think it’s time you shut up before someone finally decides to ban you. This last week week, we’ve had multiple people point your behaviour out to us.

          Cool it with the idiotic comments and go chill out somewhere until you can type rationally again.

          edit: Please don’t post another of your usual 3-page-long text wall replies that never go anywhere. I don’t have the time to read it right now. Just knock it off.

          • CirnoLakes

            Really? I thought it was funny.

            Which part of this is supposed to be bad? The “freaking dudebros” part?

      • randominternetperson

        Vita’s pre orders were #1 on amazon before release.

      • Skye Johnson

        To be honest, if people want to pre-order the system, fine. I’m not going to, because I know what I’d be signing up for.

        However, considering consoles are usually sold at a loss, if people find out the hard way that the console isn’t worth using/playing due to all the negatives listed by other people in this post, and abandon the console entirely, and stop buying games, we’ll be costing Microsoft money just by buying the console. So not as horrible as it could be if you bought a clearly anti-consumer product.

  • wahyudil

    xbone stole my heart until they announced their price …

    • Pockystix

      you poor thing, your heart must be in shambles

  • Sentsuizan_93

    So £429 (499 euros, $500) + 24 hour play license with constant renewal + 1 hour play on another console license with required renewal on home console + Account limitation + DRM + Limited trading + Limited sharing + Always on Kinect + Germany considering banning the Xbox One + No backward compatibility + No XBLA backward compatibility + Continued subscription fee + Required additional device for TV support =


  • We’ll have to wait until we see PS4’s pricing to determine what is actually driving up the cost of this thing. From what I’m to understand, PS4 is more powerful with similar streaming capabilities, but it doesn’t come with something like Kinect. But then again, they are building Move functionality into the controller, so they might ship it with an eye toy or whatever it is that makes the Move work.

    I’m genuinely curious to see how expensive the PS4 is going to be now. I’ll laugh for hours if it’s cheaper.

    • Testsubject909


      Greed is what’s driving up the cost.

      The Xbox One’s manufacturing estimated cost for manufacturing an Xbox One is around 275$

  • sd28

    i guess this console isn’t the one for me

  • Too expensive for a water cooler

  • Lexaus_the_Alchemist

    Expected. And seriously, anyone who thinks Sony will launch lower than that price is kidding themselves. This new gen is gonna be more expensive than what we have now.

    • Testsubject909

      Sony has a golden chance to steal from their competition. It’d take a major fool not to price it below 500$.

      Plus from the manufacturing cost. They could sell at 400$ and still make a profit per sale.

      Hell if they go the PS3 route again of selling at a loss, they could turn down the price to an insane 250$ and STILL not lose as much money per console as they did with the PS3.

      • Lexaus_the_Alchemist

        At the very lowest it may launch at $449, but even that could be pushing it.

  • badmoogle

    Way too expensive for something that takes away my consumer rights, spies on my living room,and has no exclusive games that interest me.

    • OMG could you imagine a government overreach coupled with MS? They could literally spy on you in your own home! that’s excellent.

  • Mirai

    Now all sony have to do is announce the ps4 WILL have backwards compatibility and sell at $300

    • Testsubject909

      They already did announce that the PS4 will have backwards compatibility. Just not natively as doing so would bump up the cost of manufacturing. Instead it’ll have to be Cloud dependent so that they can sell us the console cheaper.

      • Mirai

        Still would of prefered just being able to put my ps3 disc in and play but if this makes the ps4 $50-100 cheaper then i’ll live with it

        • mirumu

          Real backwards compatibility would be best, but for all we know that could be how their cloud service works. e.g. Pop in the disc, PS4 recognizes it’s a legitimate copy, game starts playing via Gaikai.

          Maybe we’ll know later today.

    • mirumu

      I think $300 is not impossible. Unlikely yes, but still possible. Given the GDDR5 memory I suspect $349 is more likely. If they want to play it safer to keep the shareholders happy, maybe $399. If they go for $499 or higher I think they’re just wasting a good opportunity.

    • CirnoLakes

      “Now all sony have to do is announce the ps4 WILL have backwards compatibility”
      On x86 architecture? Impossible.

      Not unless you’re hoping on them spending the time and money on coders to emulate the cell architecture with software.

  • Unlimax

    This Conference makes me WAAAAY more excited for Sony Conference , Thanks M$ :D

    And No XBONE for me ~

  • PlayLife

    For those prices and looking to the games that X360 and especially PS3 still as to offer, next-gen sales are gonna be low.

  • KnifeAndFork

    But the Kinect is always on and will stare at me while I’m naked…

    • fireguardiancoty

      Give them a good show!

  • British_Otaku

    The PS3 60GB was £425 at launch here. The Xbox One is £429… >_>
    Good luck considering the additional Live costs and general anti-consumer business which may be more tolerable with cheaper games (Still to be confirmed? maybe digital sales will be good…) or a cheaper console.

    I guess there is still the PS4 which still hasn’t even shown the console yet. It could be even worse off, though Euro seems bound to be “Sonyland” again, UK aside if people have more tolerance than I think.

  • revenent hell

    and……for the same amount I can get a PC. Granted it wont be terribly “high end” but it would still be better than this and do the exact same stuff better.

    • CirnoLakes

      Indeed. At this point, there’s no reason to get something like an XBOX One over a PC.

      You can make a really nice PC right now for $500. One that will definitely play games well. Will have a much larger library of games. And be far less DRM locked than the XBOX One.

      • revenent hell

        Well I bought mine for that price and its apparently a gaming PC (though I don’t really play games on it….Yet, I just grabbed it since my other PC’s hard drive was failing and it had a ton of space available, probably because of its gaming aspect) AND it has more space on the drive than the Xbox One….

        I don’t see why anyone would want to downgrade over a PC…..

  • CirnoLakes

    A $500 box that nobody is going to buy.

    Think of this, the PlayStation 3 was only $100 more than this at launch. And was a far, far more desirable system than this. Everyone wanted a PlayStation 3 despite the massive price tag. No one wants this system, and it is almost the same price.

  • Nitraion

    Hmm just remember those are “base price”…..

    • revenent hell

      Uhm….. for free I can go get a brick outside…I’d rather not pay 500$(not including tax) for one…..Thanx

  • Lemon

    Holy mother of- €499!?
    I live in Southeast Asia so converting that to my local currency already made me physically feel the hurt my wallet would feel, if it had feelings.

  • Just Tim

    $499 US DOLLARS!? Geez, I bet a lot goes to DRM royalties.

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