Estimated Cost of the major gaming consoles

CESA has released estimated figures of the development costs for all the major consoles.

  • PlayStation 2 – 139 million yen (US$1.19 million)
  • PSP – 63.1 million yen (US$541,000)
  • GameCube – 60.8 million yen (US$522,000)
  • GameBoy Advance – 40.4 million yen (US$347,000)
  • Nintendo DS – 39.8 million yen (US$341,000)
  • Xbox – 22.5 million yen (US$193,000)

Though I find it hard to believe that the GBA cost more to Nintendo to develop if you put the DS in first, the PS2 in third and the Gamecube after the GBA it should more or less be equal to the list of console sales in the past year.

Though it’s no surprise that the XBox didn’t take much money to develop it’s hard to believe they only sold 13.000 consoles in Japan, compared to the millions every console more popular than the GBA sold.

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