An interview with Michael Pachter on GameTrailers during E3, brought up the idea (an analogy) of that when releasing the PlayStation 3 in 2006 Sony made a big bet on blu-ray – a more expensive drive that was much less used back then. Sony took a leap of faith of future-proofing their console in saying that Blu-ray drives were the future, although it would add to the consoles price.
“We all thought – I like Blu-ray but I’m not paying an extra $200. The difference between the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.”
Essentially Pachter believes that Microsoft has designed the Xbox One with the vision of the world in 5-10 years time and their preparing for that now with the DRM and “always online” features, just like Sony did with Blu-ray when the PlayStation 3 was launched. The problem is Microsoft needs to communicate this better with consumers and convince them that their console is really worth the $100 more than the PlayStation 4.
You can check out the full interview here, however below we’ve embedded the part of the video regarding the topic discussed above;
E3 2013: Pachter Interview
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