In the US, the PlayStation 4 will cost $399. The Xbox One will retail for $499, which, budding mathematician you likely are, you can can tell is $100 higher. Microsoft believes its next-gen console is worth that premium.
"It’s up to us to prove that it’s worth $100 more. I think it is," Albert Penello, the senior director of product planning and management at Xbox told GameSpot.
That value, he says, comes in the quality of games and the suite of services the Xbox One offers.
"I think we do more. I think our games are better. I think as people start to experience Kinect and see what it can do using voice, I think that’s better," he added. "I think the ability to have an all-in-one system where you can plug in the TV, that’s better. I think we’ll have a better online service."
"I just believe that we’re going to have a better system."
He doesn’t believe that the $100 price difference is going to make much of an impact this holiday season in the US. Microsoft still hasn’t nailed down an actual release date for the system; expected sometime in November.
"$100, when you’re talking $400 vs. $500 [shrugs shoulders]. I don’t believe it’s going to be the deal-killer," he said.
Here in South Africa, we still don’t know when the Xbox One will be launching – nor the impact it’ll have on our wallets when it does. What do you think? Seen anything from the Xbox One that you think justifies the extra cost? That $100 is very nearly two games
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