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If you're steeped in Japanese gaming culture you're probably well aware of a little something-something known as Famitsu, only the most popular Japanese gaming publication around. Well, the magazine conducted a poll with its readers to see who they thought won E3 (even though clearly the PC Master Race walked away the victors), as well as what they felt the pricing was like for both the next-gen consoles.
Gamingbolt picked up the news from Polygon, who had some beefy translations available of the content from the magazine, where three-quarters of Famitsu's readers felt as if Sony won E3 while less than 7% thought that Microsoft came away the winner and the rest were all-in on the Big 'N's E3 Direct show, which opted to showcase the company's good bits without all the expensive pageantry of a live E3 press conference.
What's more, however, is that when it came to price there was some obvious leanings toward one company over the other. In fact, despite some grievances with Sony's line-up of exclusive games for E3, one reader wrote that...
"It's a shame that there weren't too many announcements for PS4-exclusive games, but it really impressed me how much cheaper the system's price was than what I guessed."
The real juicy bit is that the magazine captured a massive 60% of the vote from readers who were in favor of the PlayStation 4's price point, believing that the system has just the right price for the barrier of entry.
On the opposite side of the spectrum, an absolutely massive 89% of Famitsu readers believe that the Xbox One is priced way too high. In comparison to Microsoft's offerings, SMBC Nikko Securities analyst Eiji Maeda mentioned to Famitsu that..
“A lot of people were paying attention to SCE, something you could really feel on the show floor as well. The PS4′s price announcement at the conference was probably the most energized moment of the show.”
No Mr. Maeda-San, the price point was not the most energized moment of the show. The most energized moment of the show was when Jack Tretton put on his ball-kicking boots and proceeded to de-genitalize the Xbox One by stating that the PS4 would have no disc-based DRM whatsoever. In case you all forgot, here's a little video to help you recap the events.
Furthermore, the Xbox One comes in at an extra disadvantage due to a lot of people not feeling keen on the Kinect. While the technology is decent, the privacy concerns and added price to the overall Xbox One package has made it a lot less enticing to gamers looking for a lower point of entry regarding the price.
Famitsu readers aren't alone, Gamespot reported on business author Rafi Mohammad's Bloomberg TV segment where he, too, lamented Microsoft's $499 price tag for their next generation console, saying...
You want to get that console in consumers' hands, and then where you really make the money is off of the games," ... "So it was really surprising that they charged such a premium, especially when they had a lot of negatives…like the very restrictive DRM, which they did retract on."
The major problem is that the price has to stay high since the Kinect 2.0 is a mandatory part of the Xbox One system, it also works as a bit of a patented copyright protection measure against unlawful exhibitors of licensed media content.
Nevertheless, the Kinect 2.0 is here to stay and so is the Xbox One's launch price. I guess Japanese gamers shouldn't be too worried since their region isn't part of the launch territories and they won't be able to buy the console until 2014, anyway.