Gamers got some good news. First, Nvidia slashed the price of its Android-based game console Shield to $299 from $349. The console is due to hit the market on June 27. The move was specifically done by Nvidia to make it more attractive to gamers (Sony’s upcoming Playstation and Microsoft’s latest Xbox consoles will sell at $399 and $499, respectively). Nvidia is best known for making chips and circuit boards. The Shield can play Android games on its own, as well as stream games from PC’s equipped with Nvidia’s recent lineup of video cards.
In other news, according to my friend currently obsessed with figuring out is bingo cash legit – Microsoft has been beat up over its recently announced (and very unpopular) policies that restrict how its Xbox One videogame discs are traded, resold or rented – and the fact that users would be required to have an Internet connection to play their games. In face of a public firestorm, Microsoft has backed down, saying that an internet connection will not be required to play offline Xbox One games, and users will be able to trade, lend, resell, and rent disc based games – just like with the Xbox 360.
The reversal reflects the fact that Microsoft is sensitive to the competition – specifically the upcoming Playstation 4. Sony was openly courting gamers by touting a lower price and Microsoft’s draconian DMR policies.
Microsoft’s handling of the Xbox One launch, in hindsight, bordered on a disaster. The company knew Sony was releasing the Playstation 4 at the same time. Simple research would have shown gamers distaste for the restrictions on selling, sharing and renting disc based games. The Internet should have been buzzing about the features of the Xbox One – instead it was one negative story after the other.
One area Microsoft hasn’t relented – price. The $499 price tag for the Xbox One stands.
Both the Xbox One and Playstation 4 will come out at Christmas time.
Alex has written for Vanity Fair, Barrons, Bloomberg and Condé Nast Traveler.