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The research firm IHS claims that their teardown of Microsoft's Xbox One console reveals that it costs $471 to build the unit, along with the Kinect and controller devices.
The research firm IHS estimates that it costs Sony $381 to build a unit of its PlayStation 4 game console which sells for $399, which is still far better than the margin costs of the PS3 at launch.
The research firm IHS claims that Microsoft's new Windows RT-based Surface tablet costs $271 to make for the 32 GB version, without the Touch Cover, based on a tear down of the device.
The research firm IHS is predicting that worldwide shipments of PCs will be down in 2012 compared to 2011, which if true will be the first time this has happened in 11 years.