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Why the PlayStation 4 is outselling the Xbox One

Tech Yeah! PlayStation 4 vs. Xbox One

Sony's PlayStation 4 video game consoles may be outselling Microsoft's Xbox One, and there's much more than brand loyalty involved.

In fact, the PS4's success could largely be because the PlayStation is a much simpler console, according to CNET Senior Editor Dan Ackerman.

"Sony said, 'Here's a black box that you plug into your TV and it plays games,' " he said.

"Microsoft had a deeper, more ambitious approach, but one that was not as easy to explain to consumers," Ackerman added. " 'We're your living room box. You can pass your cable TV HDMI signal through the Xbox One and use an on-screen channel guide. You can use it to work out, to make Skype calls, etc. Oh yeah, and it also plays games.' "

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