Why the Xbox One isn’t good value for money; or why PC is still the better choice.

Microsoft announced the pricing of the Xbone: $499 US. Or £429. Which is a pretty ridiculous price for us here in the UK. £429 isn’t a small amount of money at all. In fact, that much money is budget gaming PC territory.

A quick browse through eBuyer and within 5 minutes I’ve sorted this comparable build:


I’ve tried to make it match up with some of the Xbone specs. 8 core cpu? 6 is probably still four too many. 8GB Ram? Not shared between everything, but check. Powerful GPU? Check, and probably a bit more oomph than the Xbone’s APU. 7.1 channel sound? Check. 500gb HDD? Check. Black case? Check, and probably better quality too. Blu-ray? Check.  The only major feature it really seems to be missing is the new Kinect, which is probably what’s driving the price up so much.

I’m also 100% sure this isn’t the best value PC build you could make for the money either. I’m interested to see other people’s builds with an Xbone budget. Bonus points if you can can save enough money for some dog stickers. But if you’ve been waiting for an opportunity to start PC gaming? With the next gen of consoles, now’s probably the best time it’s ever been to make the switch.

2 Replies

  1. Not Lewis

    You’ve even budgeted the laptop with the crazy high prices of RAM at the moment. What happened to 8gb of RAM (1x8gb) for <£30 :(

    1. NXRK Post author

      Probably went the same way as the cheap hard drives in the thai floods a few years back, before that it was possible to get a 2tb drive for less than £50.


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