With the PlayStation 4’s price set at $399 (PlayStation Camera and PlayStation Move controllers sold separately), and the Xbox One at $499 including Kinect, there’s going to be a big $100 price gap when both systems battle it out on store shelves this holiday.
While we’ve already covered Jack Tretton’s thoughts on releasing the PlayStation 4 without a camera, Xbox Senior Director Albert Penello told GameSpot if he thinks the Xbox One bundling motion controls is an advantage over the PS4:
Obviously I can’t speak to what Sony’s doing. I don’t know what their plans are with their camera. But I think, they had this with Move, we had it with Kinect versus Nintendo with the Wii. When you bundle it, you get more innovation, you get better and more interesting types of experiences; so I do think that bundling it in every console, and the fact that technology is so much more advanced than what anybody else is doing; yeah, I do think it is an advantage.
Then, Albert talked about how they’ll be showing consumers that it’s worth spending the extra $100 on an Xbox One:
It’s up to us to prove that it’s worth $100 more. I think it is. 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. 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. $100, when you’re talking $400 vs. $500 [shrugs shoulders]. I don’t believe it’s going to be the deal-killer.
Now that we’re just two months away from the release of both of these systems, expect things to get even more interesting as each day passes.
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