Just this past weekend, I went by the local Data Blitz over at my local mall and saw an XBox One sitting in the display window. The price was Php36,500 (about $830) with the box containing the console, the bundled Kinect 2, one controller, HDMI and power cables. No game included (games cost about Php2.5K).
Pretty pricey when you consider previous consoles were in the 20K++ prices. This new Xbox comes with a non-replaceable 500 GB Hard Drive, which will surely run out of space quickly if you buy whole games (which are pretty huge) from the online store.
Conceivably I could have gotten myself a console, but the available games weren’t calling out to me- XB1 version of Assassins Creed: Black Flag? Meh (just got it for PS3). Forza 5? Nope. Call of Duty Ghosts? Maybe as an extra game but not as my first game. If they had Dead Rising 3 in stock, maybe I would have considered a buy. Yeah, Killer Instinct would probably be available online, but I wasn’t sure.
This was a US XBox, and would need to run on the US XBL. I guess it would be playable, though i would need to make a new account. It’s still all pretty new and scary for me right now. Can us Pinoys use an Xbox One the the fullest at this point in time? I’m just not sure yet.
Anyway, I’ll do a little bit more research and wait it out for now. Maybe I’ll have my new console (PS4 supposedly will be out this week) in late Christmas or Early 2014. With no game really urging me to buy, I think I’ll take my time a wee bit more.
UPDATE: Apparently if you log onto XBox Live (US) using the XBox One, you can set the region to your own (well, ours at least) and use your local credit card. That will make getting games easy, although the downloads may take days for big games. This makes me want to get my Box even more now… hmmm…