Economist and author Rafi Mohammed told Bloomberg TV last
week that he feels the cost of the Xbox One is still “too high”, even if it’s
bundled with the new Kinect peripheral.
“The goal of consoles is to use price to sell as many units as possible,” he
said. “You want to get that console in consumers hands, and then where you really
make the money is off of the games.”
Mohammed went on to say that he was surprised Microsoft decided to give the new
Xbox a $499 price tag, “especially when they had a lot of negatives, like…the
very restrictive DRM – which they did retract on”
Offering his advice on how Microsoft could decrease the price of the console, Mohammed suggests making the Kinect an optional purchase, stating
that it’s something “not everyone uses”.
He added that this error in pricing should have been caught
early on, saying that the price as it stands has “the potential to really derail
the Xbox One for the upcoming holiday season”.
Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is now a shadow of his former self.
He’s overwhelmed by the reality of seeing aliens; he’s struggling with
the fact that he nearly died during Marvel’s The Avengers; and
he can no longer seem to to put himself in his Iron Man suit. He’s a
manic, depressed man, suffering from crippling panic attacks and
insomnia. Even his
relationship with the woman he loves, Pepper (Gwyneth Paltrow), is on
the rocks. This should have been the most interesting take on Iron Man
ever; Tony Stark in denial that he’s a good person, obsessed with making
sense of the inexplicable things he’s been through over the last few
years, and coping by constantly trying to improve his Iron Man alter
ego. But this is not the most interesting Tony Stark we’ve seen – far from
it. With one line of dialogue Tony is reminded he is a “mechanic” who
fixes things, and all of a sudden he goes from being in desperate need
of therapy to a competent hero in seconds. And herein lies the problem
with Iron Man 3 – none of its good ideas ever seem to pan out
into anything substantial, making this outing feel hollow when compared
to its predecessors. This is a bad way to start off the second round of
Mavel films, which presumably will culminate in another Avenger’s flick
sometime in the future — and that future is looking bleak.