Why the Xbox One costs more than the PS4

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The Xbox One costs $100 more than the PlayStation 4. Many have guessed that the reason that it costs so much more is that it comes bundled with the motion-sensing spycam, Kinect. That’s just speculation. Speaking in an AMA on Reddit, a confirmed Xbox 1 developer at Microsoft has revealed the real reason why Microsoft’s console will be more expensive.

Yes, It’s because of Kinect. The sensor, says the anonymous internet person, cost nearly as much as the rest of the whole console to make.

"The majority of the masses care only about the console," the poster said. "Except that the success of the Kinect carries much more weight to us. The sensor costs almost as much as the console to make.”

It’s apparently an integral part of the Xbox One experience.

"The goal with having a Kinect ship with every Xbox is to guarantee to game developers if they implement Kinect features into their games, everyone who has an Xbox will be able to experience it. I often see people dismiss the Kinect instantly because they haven’t seen it work like I have. It is an integral part of the Xbox One experience."

Kinect is still, as far as I’m concerned, largely unproven. there’s been nothing yet to convince me that it fundamentally makes games any better – but I’m hoping to be shown other wise.

Last Updated: July 17, 2013

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