While Xbox One X preorders are still nowhere to be seen, it's given players and professionals plenty of time to think over the positives and negatives of the upcoming half-step console that hopes to bring next-level gaming quality. One analyst says that the factor that'll keep gamers away from the Xbox One X isn't related to a lack of attractive games, but rather has to do with the price tag for the console.
Well-known tech analyst Michael Pachter fielded several questions from fans in one of his recent "Pachter Factor" episodes as part of his YouTube series, and while he talked about quite a few gaming elements from Super Mario Odyssey to PC gamers, much of the later part of the video was devoted to why the Xbox One X won't sell well.
"The people who are saying it's not going to sell well because of lack of games – it plays all Xbox games," Pachter said, refuting the initial claim made in a question that was asked. "There are tons of games for it. We can argue about whether they're going to have 4K features in them not. All the new ones will, the developers are putting them in. So that's BS."
Instead, Pachter said that the price will be the console's downfall. For the power that it's packing, $500 may not seem like a bad price for some consumers, but Pachter says that price doesn't look nearly as attractive when placed side-by-side with the current Xbox One S and PlayStation's consoles.
"I think it won't sell so well because it cost twice as much as PlayStation 4," Pachter continued. "I mean, I think that's the easy answer. And, you know, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One S are nominally are priced at $299, and they're pretty regularly discounted to $249, and they are almost always bundled with something. So the $299 version, you kind of have to be a moron to pay $299 for a console now and not get a piece of software for free which does have a perceived value of 50 bucks."
Pachter took the explanation a bit further by saying that those who work for their money and don't have a great deal of disposable income simply aren't going to opt for a console that could cost $250 when considering sales for the Xbox One S and its PlayStation competitors.
"The question is: 'Who in their right mind is buying an Xbox One X?' And the answer is: The same guy who buys a Porsche instead of a BMW. The guys who have Porsches are the guys who have too much money. It doesn't seem like it's that much more expensive, and they just do it, because they can."
There's still some time before the Nov. 7 release of the Xbox One X, so we'll have to wait and see if Pachter and other analysts and naysayers change their tune as the we approach the release.