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Lil Frier

Member Since 23 May 2014
Offline Last Active Apr 29 2021 12:01 AM
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In Topic: Xbox Game Pass Ultimate $1 only !

10 January 2021 - 06:54 PM

No that’s my opinion as a shareholder. Also the elite controller is priced like a lot of controllers in that segment. Your point on surface is valid. The reality is they sell well, retooling is expensive, and if you can get away with doing more with outdated tech go for it. Apple has been doing that for years. 3 yrs of nearly the same apple watches, several years of the same iPhone design. Many years of the same Apple TV’s...don’t get me going on macpros. Microsoft is just copying their main competitor’s strategy. High design and less function. Vote with your wallet and buy what you want. That’s what I do.

They're great at pleasing their shareholders, I agree with that.  think back to the 5th-gen Surface Pro, when they raised the price from what the 4th-gen cost, took out the included Surface Pen, and raised the standalone price from $50 to $100...because Apple did that. Raising the price, taking out an accessory, and raising the price of the accessory is 0% pro-consumer. To say "they're copying Apple" as a sign of being pro-consumer doesn't make much sense to me.

 

There are things that MS has done well, but I wouldn't say being consumer-friendly belongs on the list. They're a good place to invest, sure. Their cloud growth is great. Business-oriented ventures are doing well. Heck, I would even say that Office 365 is a great buy for consumers (after previously being very against the subscription model). None of that excuses how poorly they've done in consumer hardware, but pro-consumer and pro-shareholder are typically things that don't go together, and MS is no exception.


In Topic: Xbox Game Pass Ultimate $1 only !

10 January 2021 - 05:42 AM

Is that...sarcasm? They've been pretty bad at consumer-focused stuff for a while now, IMO. Their Elite Controllers are super expensive and more failure-prone than the stock ones that cost one-third of the price. Their Surfaces have barely improved in the last 5 years, yet continue to go up in price. They keep delayed games and telling everyone to get excited for them later. Other than the Series X hardware itself and the GPU conversion, I'm not sure what good stuff they've done for consumers. I won't even get started on Mixer...


In Topic: Xbox Game Pass Ultimate $1 only !

10 January 2021 - 04:21 AM

Is there anywhere with decent pricing on XBL subs right now? I was considering reupping mine (it's been lapsed for a year or two), and thought I'd try to pick up a cheap sub and convert it.


In Topic: Best Buy YMMV Thread

22 September 2020 - 07:54 PM

Ah the ol ymmv store threads. Brings a tear to my eye; reminds me of the earlier days of CAG where people were friendly to each other and everyone was just trying to get good deals.

I support this!

Shut up and save me money! /s


In Topic: Best Buy 9/22 only ... save 10% on Microsoft Xbox and Nintendo eShop digital...

22 September 2020 - 07:49 PM

These can be used like a regular Microsoft gift card, right? Like, I could pick these up and purchase a Surface Duo for 10% off from their online store?