Perhaps realising that their haphazard release campaign has left many gamers nonplussed, Microsoft are pitching the Xbox One to a new demographic: small business owners.
Microsoft MVP (volunteer community managers and developers) Marques Lyons claims that the Xbox One will be a "justifiable" expense for the workplace.
“As the owner of a small business, you find great value in your computer and your phone," Lyons writes in a new blog post. "Between the two of them you are prepped for presentations, up to date on your appointments and able to create documents with relative ease. However, let me throw another device into that mix: The Xbox One.
“What is being positioned as an excellent entertainment device can be just as enticing for you and your small business. In fact, it’s entirely justifiable to make the Xbox One a business expense.
“The Xbox One, priced at $499, is an affordable option for small business owners, as there are many features built into the console that could help it rival even the most modest of video conferencing and networking platforms.” These features reportedly include Skype, Internet Explorer, SkyDrive, Wi-Fi Direct and Office web applications.
To be honest, I'm not personally convinced that this pitch holds water, since every PC workstation includes these apps as standard alone with, you know, a keyboard. On the flip-side, however, I bet that plenty of small business owners will be very keen to buy an Xbox One and write it off against tax.