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Sony blames "market conditions" for price increase

Gamers in Canada that haven't purchased a PS4 console yet may be kicking themselves when they see what Sony now has in store for them. Sony Entertainment Canada has confirmed that the game console will see its price increased by $50 in Canada.
That means that the purchase price is going from $399.99 to $449.99 for Canadian PS4 fans. Sony is also increasing the price of the DualShock 4 controller and the PlayStation camera as well. Both of those items will see their Canadian prices rise by $5.
As for the reason that Sony is increasing prices, a statement from the company said that the price increase was enacted "to respond to changes in the market environment."

Even with the price increase in Canada, the PS4 is still cheaper than the Xbox One.
The PS4 continues to outsell the Xbox One in the U.S., and the console is also said to be more difficult to find while stocks of the Xbox One are easy to come by in most locations.
The PS4 price hike isn't the first time in recent months that Canadian gamers have seen their costs increase. Video games have also gone up in Canada with most new games on the PS4 and Xbox One increasing from $59.99 to $64.99.
A Microsoft spokesperson has said that it has no plans for increasing prices in Canada.

Source: Toronto Sun

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PS4 vs. XBOne (redux)
By Dr K on 3/18/2014 11:34:21 AM , Rating: 2
I keep seeing circumstancial evidence that the PS4 is the stronger console so far, and this is just a little more. Why isn't the XBOne price rising in Canada, not selling well? I have personally observed the XBOne stacked up at my local Best Buy and no PS4s to be seen. Don't get me wrong, I'm currently an avid XBox360 gamer and don't own a PS3. There just weren't enough PS3 exclusives I wanted to play to get me to buy that too. I'm heading toward making a choice for the next gen of consoles too -- PS4 or XBOne? I doubt I will buy both, and so far the PS4 has the most compelling case.

My thoughts on why I am leaning toward purchasing a PS4 instead of an XBOne
1) the PS4 is cheaper -- even though I can afford an extra $100, why spend it if I don't have to?
2) the PS4 might have more power (no one is arguing (credibly at least) that the XBOne has more powerful hardware than the PS4)
3) Market share/momentum is important because the game developers will focus on the console that establishes the biggest market for their games.
4) petty reason #1: Microsoft's idiotic missteps when the XBOne was first announced -- yes, I remember.
5) petty reason #2: The XBOne looks like something my mom would buy, a big freakin lump of electronics box.

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