Microsoft has once again touted the impressive features of its Xbox One next-gen console and how it offers a better value proposition than the PlayStation 4 through the Kinect and the array of entertainment services, besides the gaming functionality
The Xbox One
and PlayStation 4
are set to debut in November and Microsoft has made quite a few changes along the way in order to respond to Sony's moves.
Now, while speaking at the Citi Global Technology Conference, via GeekWire
, Microsoft's Yusuf Mehdi once again emphasized the value of the Xbox One as opposed to competitors like the PlayStation 4.
"Competitively speaking, I feel like we have a much better and more complete value proposition," he said. "We do things that aren’t found on other platforms. The Kinect is a huge piece of differentiation, and the fact that we do entertainment and gaming."
Mehdi also emphasized that the Xbox One has a better lineup of games and cited the many awards earned by the platform via exclusives like Titanfall.
"We wanted something to really differentiate that lets you play games as if you’re playing movies and we wanted to break the barrier of being able to voice control your television," Mehdi explained. "So to do that, we added a lot of capability."
"For $499, we think the value we provide for that is a very good deal. We feel that we’ve done the right balance. And if you look either the pre-orders that we’ve been sold out for weeks, or do price-adjusted inflation on the 360, it’s actually pretty comparable."
The Xbox One's role is not only to provide a platform for gaming but also for entertainment via its power and via the Kinect, according to the Microsoft executive.
"We’re trying to provide a central device in the living room that for the first time can unify all forms of entertainment in one simple effort. We don’t just want to unify it, but then allow literally with your voice to control your television. We think TV’s will truly become smart TV’s where you can browse and do Skype communication and interactive television. Xbox One is key to opening up that world of next-generation entertainment."
The Xbox One is set to debut in November, the same month as the PlayStation 4.