PlayStation 4 gets price drop in North America

Sony has announced a $50 price cut to the PlayStation 4, bringing it down to $349.99 along with an included copy of the Nathan Drake Collection. Plus, various bundles this fall are dropping in price too.

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Sony has announced an official $50 price cut to the PlayStation 4, bringing the price down from $399.99 to $349.99. It's not just out of the blue, either: Japan received a very similar price cut just last month, so the drop was rumored to happen here in the West as well.

If you're looking to pick up a brand new PlayStation 4, the price drop goes into effect tomorrow, and you'll also get a copy of Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection with your shiny new console purchase. This price drop impacts all of the other upcoming PlayStation 4 bundles, too. The Star Wars Battlefront bundle will be $349.99, the Limited Edition Battlefront bundle and Limited Edition Disney Infinity bundles will be $399.99, and the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 bundle will be $429.99.

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    October 8, 2015 6:55 AM

    Brittany Vincent posted a new article, PlayStation 4 gets price drop in North America

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      October 8, 2015 7:31 AM

      Except for Canada? I'm just guessing, because that's usually how it goes for us.

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        October 8, 2015 8:07 AM

        We get a $20CAD!

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          October 8, 2015 10:16 AM

          that's enough for a date night at tim horton's

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            October 8, 2015 10:54 AM

            2 iced capps and 2 chocolate chip muffins. Still have $11 left over.

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          October 8, 2015 8:19 PM

          Only, wth

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      October 8, 2015 8:08 AM

      This is a red letter day for procrastinators such as myself

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      October 8, 2015 8:58 AM

      Good. I hope this drives down the price of the Wii U cause I kinda want one.

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        October 8, 2015 9:04 AM

        I can't imagine the Wii U price having anything to do with the price of other consoles.

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          October 8, 2015 11:11 AM

          Competition heading into the holidays. Nintendo no longer has the lowest priced console. It's more "in line" with the others.

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            October 8, 2015 4:54 PM

            Isn't the Wii U $250?

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              October 8, 2015 6:02 PM

              $300 but that's always bundled with something.

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                October 8, 2015 6:37 PM

                Yup. At $199 with a game is where I think it needs to be. How much more does the Wii U have to give?

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                  October 8, 2015 7:02 PM

                  $225 refurb bundle is the way to go: https://store.nintendo.com/ng3/us/po/browse/productDetailColorSizePicker.jsp?categoryNav=true&navAction=jump&navCount=0&atg.multisite.remap=false&productId=prod560316&categoryId=cat570935

                  They're like Apple refurbs in that they seem new, are individually certified, and come with a complete warranty.

                  As for what it has left to give, it has the best exclusive library with several best-in-franchise games. There's a lot to catch up on with Bayonetta 2, Super Mario 3D World, Mario Kart 8, Smash 4, Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze, Splatoon, Super Mario Maker, Captain Toad, Wind Waker HD, Pikmin 3, Shovel Knight, Wonderful 101, and the Virtual Console. Yoshi's Wooly World, Xenoblade Chronicles X, and Zelda Wii U are on the way.

                  I own every console and use Wii U the most. Everything else has way too much crossover with PC, which I'd rather play on instead.

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                    October 8, 2015 7:31 PM

                    I do most of my gaming on my PC now a days as well. Of the stuff listed there Mario Maker is the only thing I'm interested in. I forgot about Bayonetta 2. The first game was great except for the last gen low frame rates. I'd pick that up. I don't care for the 3D Zelda titles. So $200 bucks for the console and Mario Maker is all I'm willing to cough up. Not to mention once they turn the servers off most of the charm to the game disappears.

                    A lot of the other stuff I've played at a friends house, and it's okay. Smash is Smash. Better than Brawl. Best console version of Mario Kart. I don't want to own it though. Not in the least. I guess I should put it this way. Nintendo's past catalog on the Wii U isn't interesting to me. The closest I came to picking one us was the Wind Waker edition at a Wal-Mart for $250. Which at the time was a great price. But I thought to myself that I've played Wind Waker. It's a solid game. Do I want to play it again? Nope.

                    Also you didn't mention Star Fox! Which looks okay. I feel like it's what the GC game should have been, and unfortunately I'd like to see more from them if they're going to do an on rails shooter for 60 bucks this day and age. Steam has plenty of those, and they're plenty good.

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                      October 8, 2015 7:46 PM

                      I'm not a big Starfox fan. Platinum Games is the main reason I'm interested, otherwise I can take or leave it.

                      Otherwise I think there are a lot of outstanding games, certainly more than what the other systems have right now. I know you didn't care for Splatoon but its in my top 5 for the year. IMHO its the most innovative shooter in years. This old Quake man hates what the genre has turned into, and Nintendo of all companies releases one with an emphasis on traversal, speed, and mobility. Combining the win condition with mobility, reload, and stealth was genius. It also has my favorite single player boss in a 3D Nintendo game ever. I'm thinking back on all the 3D Mario and Zelda games and coming up short. Ganon in Wind Waker would be my #2 now.

                      DKTF is insanely underrated, just a great game: http://www.polygon.com/2014/12/24/7438399/donkey-kong-country-tropical-freeze-nintendo-wii-u-game-of-the-year

                      I listed over a dozen games. Even cutting it by half is a solid library. The only thing it'll be missing is a 3D Metroid game, which is a shame given all the stuff they could do with the gamepad (AR scanning, etc). Otherwise it might have my favorite first party library since the SNES, which is good given that I didn't like very much on the Wii (Super Mario Galaxy series, Punch Out, Trauma Center).

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                        October 8, 2015 8:01 PM

                        DKTFs greatest mistake is being a DK game. I say that meaning that I don't think people care about that franchise. Like if Nintendo said "Yeah we're not doing a DK game this generation" I don't think people would freak out.

                        I've only played a small bit of it, but I remember it being challenging for a Nintendo platformer, and I appreciated it for that.

                        You're not wrong when you say the Wii U has a great catalog over the other consoles. I think it's great. It's just personally there's not a lot of it I want to play. You mention Metroid, I'm floored there is no Paper Mario as that game seems perfect for that touch pad controller. Also an Earthbound game on the Wii U would have been nice.

                        I wish you hadn't brought up Quake cause now I wanna play some freeze tag.

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                          October 8, 2015 8:12 PM

                          Quake is just the best.

                          DKTF gets to Super Meat Boy levels of difficulty later on. Very challenging but in a way that isn't bullshit. Its also gorgeous. I'd love for Retro to have made another Metroid game, but I ain't mad at what they did with DKTF either. Its an A+ platformer.

                          And good point about Paper Mario, that would have been great! Ultimately its all about the games you're interested in. All I can do is make recommendations. I just hope that the next Nintendo console is as great as the Wii U, because right now it seems like they have a "Microsoft Windows" pattern with which systems I like. I'm cold on the N64, loved the Gamecube, cold on Wii, loved Wii U. We'll see!

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                            October 8, 2015 8:30 PM

                            None of them were bad. Like I said. Everything on there is solid. Maybe I just need a Ninbreak after the Wii.

                            I was hotter on the N64 than the GameCube. Though the N64 really only shined when you had more than one controller plugged in.

                            In an alternate universe the Wii U came out with hardware that is comparable to the PS4 and XboxOne, and launched 2 years earlier. It's weakness? It's still not Xbox Live or PSN.

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                              October 8, 2015 8:46 PM

                              For sure. Like I said before, its just recommendations. Ultimately everyone likes what they like. I really dislike games like Assassins Creed but I know there's a huge audience for them. Its just not for me.

                              N64, man, there were important games but it was also in that awkward puberty era of first gen console 3D. Its the same reason why I can't really go back and play Playstation 1 games. The graphics don't hold up like SNES or Gamecube era games, and interfaces/design/pacing were still being figured out for 3D games. The following generation IMHO has more games that have better stood the test of time.

                              I don't think the Wii U hardware is an issue except for third parties. Games like SM3DW and MK8 are among the best looking this console generation and they run pinned at 60fps, so no complaints from me. Online is definitely something they're playing catch up on.

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                                October 8, 2015 9:23 PM

                                I don't disagree about early 3D, but I think that's why I liked that generation a bit more. Everyone was trying everything, and while the stuff I loved the most didn't come out on the N64, Nintendo's games on that console laid so much ground work. Still nothing on the GameCube compares to the first time I played Super Mario 64.

                                Objectively Game Cube games are much cleaner, but the impact of the last successful cartridge based home console cannot be ignored, and those experiences felt better because of it.

                                The lack of third parties is what I think the WiiUs biggest problem is. It removes a lot of diversity from that platform. While it's not my cup of tea, Nintendo isn't going to make a game like ZombieU. You wouldn't see a Titanfall from Nintendo or a Dragon's Dogma. You have to have that diversity. Without it the WiiU comes off as very one note. It's a console for a specific type of gamer. Not one for all gamers, and Nintendo is struggling because of it.

                                In contrast Nintendo sold the Wii as a console for everyone even non gamers. It wasn't, but they sold it that was and the hardware was very successful because of it.

                                The reason I brought hardware was for the longevity prospect. The WiiU won't have long legs because it's so far behind where it's competition is in the performance space. The could address the other issues, but there no panacea for under powered hardware. Destiny would play like a 360 game (with better frame rates I'm sure), and at some point developers aren't going to want to spend the extra money to make the cut down version for the Wii U. It puts them in a really bad spot. Because the only solution they have is to come out with another console mid cycle when the other two are hitting their stride, and the online player bases are set.

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                                  October 8, 2015 9:54 PM

                                  IMHO the Gamecube had the better Zelda game, the better Smash, and an almost-great Mario game. Its a hell of a system and one that I actually go back to. Pokemon Puzzle League is the only thing I still fire up the N64 for.

                                  "The lack of third parties is what I think the WiiUs biggest problem is."

                                  What third parties mostly do is pad libraries before the great first party games come out. Look at the PS4, you have lots of third party stuff like CoD and Assassin's Creed that hits bargain bins in months, but those are the big releases that give a system lots of hype. I personally don't care for those games, not nearly as much as what Naughty Dog or That Game Company puts out.

                                  There are obviously exceptions. Rayman Legends was an excellent game that made better use of the gamepad than Nintendo themselves did for years.

                                  "The WiiU won't have long legs because it's so far behind where it's competition is in the performance space."

                                  Every Nintendo console, with the exception of the Wii, had a 5 year time period between releases. The Wii had 6 years, and its sixth year was a graveyard. The last great Wii game came out in 2010, its fourth year. The Wii U had an incredible library by 2014, its second year. I wish the PS4 had one as strong but all I count is Bloodborne. Fortunately Uncharted 4 is out in five months.

                                  Anyway, an NX release in 2017 would give Wii U a standard lifespan for a Nintendo console, 2012 to 2017. That doesn't seem truncated to me given that Nintendo doesn't do long console cycles like Sony or MS.

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        October 8, 2015 10:37 AM

        Just get one then. Splatoon and Mario Maker are worth the price of admission

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          October 8, 2015 11:12 AM

          Mario Maker is the only game on the entire platform I want. I've played Splatoon at my friends house. It just doesn't do anything for me.

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        October 8, 2015 12:09 PM

        I imagine there will be some fine Brack Friday Bundaroos from Nintendo.

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        October 8, 2015 5:41 PM

        I'm tempted to pick one up so I can play Xenoblade X (then go back and play the other cool stuff I missed).

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      October 8, 2015 12:47 PM

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      October 8, 2015 12:57 PM

      Kind of a big F U to launch buyers who paid full price. Hopefully they'll compensate us with a free game or two.

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        October 8, 2015 1:16 PM

        Low effort. 2/10.

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        October 8, 2015 3:34 PM

        I've never understood the concept of keeping prices high to appease early adopters. Or not releasing something better because for some reason people who rushed out and bought something that was "expensive" need to be assured they got a great deal.

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          October 8, 2015 4:54 PM

          No one does that, because any business worth their salt realizes early adopters are always going to buy shit, and even if they complain about price drops they miss out on, they're going to keep buying shit at launch anyway.

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            October 8, 2015 8:07 PM

            I don't think they do, and I'd hope they didn't.

            Can you imagine a salesman? Thanks for buying our thing. You'll know that we'll keep prices right here where you bought it so you know you got a good deal.

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        October 8, 2015 4:47 PM

        Lol. Seriously? The thing is two years old! Would you do that with a car or TV? No, they bought into it. System prices always from so you shouldn't be shocked.

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        October 8, 2015 7:57 PM

        You should still be in your 2 year return period so no worries

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      October 8, 2015 3:52 PM

      Paid 326 after tax for a used one 1 1/2 years ago.

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      October 8, 2015 3:57 PM

      I was hoping they were also dropping the price of the Vita. Might as well fire sale it this winter and be done.

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        October 8, 2015 4:33 PM

        I want Sony to combine the Vita with an Xperia phone so bad.

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        October 8, 2015 5:42 PM

        Even though that thing is almost dead, it is still a kick ass piece of hardware and I kinda want one.

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          October 8, 2015 5:45 PM

          I've been thinking of getting one to replace my aging psp for playing PS one games

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          October 8, 2015 5:56 PM

          It's a great companion to PS4, especially with the number of cross buy titles and PS+ giving you a bunch of free games (assuming you're already using it on PS4).

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          October 8, 2015 7:53 PM

          vitas are fucking amazing and japan should be ashamed, 3ds is shit

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            October 8, 2015 7:57 PM

            I wouldn't say the 3ds screen is shit, but going directly from playing Vita to 3DS really highlights how crappy the 3DS screens are. It's nuts.

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              October 8, 2015 8:07 PM

              The 3DS screens are poop. That said, the problem with Sony's portables have always been software. Nintendo makes games that can be played in small chunks or long periods of time, but first and foremost they're mobile.

              Many of Sony's portable games are living room games that are shrunk down. What's the point of that? If I want to play living room games I'll do that in the living room. The Vita is an outstanding piece of hardware and Tearaway is an excellent game, but it just doesn't have the volume of proper portable games Nintendo does.

              The "cuteness" of the hardware and software is another thing worth talking about: http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/sep/29/nintendo-handheld-gaming-sony-playstation-vita

              "Sometimes, as a race, we allow ourselves to be loveable. It doesn’t happen much and we often have to express it in quite obtuse ways – through novelty socks, or action figure collections, or really liking Pixar movies. Portable games fit into this mode of thinking. The most successful handheld franchises – Pokemon, Animal Crossing, Cooking Mama, Professor Layton – they’re all reasonably complex experiences, but they’re also really, really cute. They fit the form factor – both physically and psychologically.

              The PlayStation Portable wasn’t cute. Vita isn’t cute. Both tried to compete, in industrial design terms, with home consoles and with smartphones, dropping into an awkward aesthetic space between the two. When gamers first saw Ridge Racer on the Sony PSP they gasped in wonder – a true console experience on the go – but it turned out that not many people wanted that; not just because PSP was more expensive, but because (to a lot of people) it just felt weird to sit on a bus with this ostentatious piece of cold, sleek gaming technology."


              I mean, even an austere piece of technology like an iPhone (now in gold and pink) is somehow more "loveable" than a Vita.

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                October 8, 2015 8:11 PM

                I think the biggest mistake Sony made with the Vita is the separated storage and the mind boggling prices on the larger ones. Personally I didn't care because the Vita is such a nicer device-- but I can see how other people would get upset over it and thus it would lose market share.

                Just a god damn shame

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                  October 8, 2015 8:17 PM

                  That's extra dirt on the grave but I don't think its the main reason. Most people still buy physical anyway. Those expensive high capacity memory cards (32GB for $100!) would have affected a very small number of people even if the system was a hit.

                  I got one on sale and it was still a ridiculous hit on the wallet compared to if they went with micro SD cards.

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                    October 8, 2015 10:14 PM

                    Their addiction to proprietary media is mind boggling. Betamax over and over again.

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              October 8, 2015 8:09 PM

              The early OLED screens from Sony are actually really. Really! Good.

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          October 8, 2015 7:57 PM

          Just like the PSP, many games are never released outside of japan.

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          October 8, 2015 9:34 PM

          I've been playing Super Meat Boy on it (free for PSN+ this month!) and it's so good.

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      October 8, 2015 7:27 PM

      Neat

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