As wonderful as the PlayStation is, the consensus among hardcore gamers is that the Xbox reigns supreme. Of course, there will be dissent – there always is – but at the end of the day, this is one beast of a gaming machine. There is the matter of pricing, which is not easy on the pocket. Hence, rumors of an Xbox One price drop started to go around late in January.

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On January 29, word got around – well, hints were more like it – that the Xbox One will be going down to “only” $399. (Source: NeoGAF) As rumors like these go, the word spread rather quickly, with people getting their hopes up.

The reduced price Xbox One is supposed to have no optical drive included, which contributes to the lower price tag. Even established sites such as PCMag have joined the speculation bandwagon, analysing the possibility of a $399 Xbox One.

It’s on the Internet, so it must be true, yes?

Well, in this case, it’s the exact opposite.

Aaron Greenberg, Microsoft Chief of Staff for Devices and Studios Group, has gone to Twitter to stop the wildfire from spreading. In a tweet on the 31st of January, he says that the rumors are not true.

@TheAnchormanV No, you cannot believe everything you read on the internet..

That was in response to a tweet by @TheAnchormanV:

@majornelson @XboxP3 @albertpenello @aarongreenberg is this $399 xbox one rumor true? If so can it please at least wait till 2015 (pt1)

That’s a an unequivocal debunking of the rumor, isn’t it?

The Xbox One console is currently selling for $499.99 at Best Buy, and if you want the one with a second controller bundled in, you’ll have to shell out $549.98.

Sure, it’s just a hundred dollar difference if ever Microsoft changes its mind and makes a price (and feature) cut on the Xbox One, but that does make an interesting proposition.

In the meantime, I guess you’ll have to lessen wasting money on frappes and lattes and put that money toward your Xbox One fund.

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