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Sony Admits Xbox One Price Drop Makes Things "Tough" For PS4

November marked the first month since December 2013 that saw Xbox One top PlayStation 4 in the US sales department.

Microsoft's console was #1 in the UK as well and now, Sony has commented on the shift. In speaking to Reuters, SCE president and CEO Andrew House said sales conditions in November were indeed "tougher" due to Microsoft's aggressive pricing actions.

As you probably know, the Xbox One now starts at $350 (PS4's lowest price is still $400) and MS also offered some holiday bundles for $350. However, that Xbox One markdown is only good through January 3, 2015, so it'll be interesting to see what happens when the price goes back to the standard $400. As for PS4 sales in December, House says they're "in line" with previous estimates but he didn't provide any exact numbers.

However, he did say that increased demand for the system in Europe has resulted in limited inventory. You should be able to find a PS4 if you look hard enough, though.

Tags: ps4, playstation 4, ps4 price, xbox one price, console war

12/19/2014 11:12:36 AM Ben Dutka

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DemonNeno
Friday, December 19, 2014 @ 2:09:09 PM
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I, for one, am glad that Sony hasn't reduced the price of the ps4 by $150 in less than a year later. I did purchase the PS4 within the first 3 months of its release and couldn't imagine how pissed off I'd be if that was the case... Especially with the game selection.

On that note, I don't think Sony has to sweat over any of this. While most of my friends haven't adopted the next gen systems yet, none are convinced that the XB1 would be the ideal choice.

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Cesar_ser_4
Friday, December 19, 2014 @ 3:35:06 PM

At least the gaming division. Movie division on the other hand...

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DemonNeno
Friday, December 19, 2014 @ 6:59:01 PM

Truth.

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AcHiLLiA
Friday, December 19, 2014 @ 8:59:11 PM

Sony was planning on doing that, making it $249?.. Haha, we wish that.

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DemonNeno
Saturday, December 20, 2014 @ 10:04:11 AM

It was a reference to Sony not worrying about it. North Korea targeted Sony Pictures via cyber attacks over the a fictionalized movie about a N. Korean President assassination.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, December 19, 2014 @ 2:55:16 PM
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You sell your product for what it's worth, Sony shouldn't buckle because the dying competitor dropped their price to try to recoup huge losses.

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jimmyhandsome
Friday, December 19, 2014 @ 3:26:31 PM

Like when Sony dropped the price of the PS3 by $200 in 12 months?

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Underdog15
Friday, December 19, 2014 @ 10:12:19 PM

Not without the removal of features. You look at the history of price drops vs. feature changes, and it's brilliantly stuck to the business 101 concept.

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PSDreaM
Friday, December 19, 2014 @ 10:02:30 PM
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Sony picture's surrender to North Korean Hackers over 'The interview' screening is a huge blow to its brand and thus is going to have more sales decline as some consumers have lost confidence over their actions.

Sony really needs to rebuild its brand to regain the public confidence. Don't worry, Xbone is just picking up the bones that is left over by Sony at the moment.

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Underdog15
Friday, December 19, 2014 @ 10:14:59 PM

lol Why do Americans think Sony needs to make a political stand against terrorists? If they get threats like that, show the movie anyways, and then something happens, they are done. That's one huge legal disaster that would end the entire division as well as any decision maker found to be in neglect.

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Beamboom
Saturday, December 20, 2014 @ 4:46:57 AM

It's completely incomprehensible that they dropped that movie because of that attack. It only fuels the fire, and shows the world that those kind of activities works.

There must be more to that story than we know, cause as it stands today it's just completely incomprehensible.

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DemonNeno
Saturday, December 20, 2014 @ 10:09:39 AM

Easily said that done. If Sony was a one man show and had nothing to lose, then that's one option. It's already jeopardizing business, but the elephant in the room is the employee's exploited information... Aka lawsuits. That's far more damaging than anything else. Having maintained the mindset of releasing it now, there wouldn't be an end to the threats.

Japan doesn't need a war with N. Korea based on something Sony is releasing. It seems to be that bad.

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Underdog15
Monday, December 22, 2014 @ 9:50:08 AM

Those kinds of activities do work, though. The proper reaction is to take counter measures to stop it. Not invite further attacks you aren't prepared for.

If you aren't ready to face potential consequences, no matter how big or small, you don't take those risks. This tells me that Sony (after numerous movie companies refused to show it) decided the best plan of action is to put in on hold for now, let things die down a bit, then release it later.

Makes complete business sense, too. Already, some of the largest theatre companies weren't going to show it anyways. Why not wait until you can post more of a profit?

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Underdog15
Friday, December 19, 2014 @ 10:11:21 PM
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Number one rule of business... don't slash prices. Add value.

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FAREEZ
Saturday, December 20, 2014 @ 9:05:03 AM
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Don't slash the price Sony, coz your parent company already loss 1 billion this year, the interview will make u lost money too...

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cadpig
Saturday, December 20, 2014 @ 3:13:24 PM
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I am glad that Microsoft's price cut is making it tough on Sony. The competition is really energizing the industry.

I say buy a PS4, then wait and buy a used Xbox One. So you won't miss out on any game.

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___________
Sunday, December 21, 2014 @ 2:17:12 AM
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tougher yeah, but the price point of the competition is $onys least concern!
the content available is what they should be worried about.
if price point is so important then why is the iPhone always the biggest best selling phone even though its considerably more expensive, and also always offers the most disappointing lowest powered device as well.
6+ is smashing the note 4 in sales even though the note is significantly cheaper, has twice the resolution screen, far better screen with AMOLED rather than ancient LCD, far lower powered processor and GPU, not to mention the notes battery life is so much better and also removable rather than fixed.
oh and not to mention expandable memory rather than fixed.
note 4 is better in EVERY way, yet its selling significantly worse than the 6+.
and thats because of content, you want a screen protector you have 100000000000 to choose from for the 6+.
you want a leather case, hard case, car holder, portable battery case, headphones designed for IOS, anything you could possibly want for the 6+ phone you can find.
every other device, be it android, or even windows phone, is quite a different story.
people don't care about what a product costs, nor do they care the value for money a product offers.
they care about the whole picture of what that device offers, that means what am i going to be able to do with it.
not only how powerful it is, or how good it looks, or how much it costs, but what am i going to be able to do with it on the full picture.
note 4 may be the most technically advanced phone available, at a reasonable price, but whats the point when it slips out of your pocket and shatters costing you $400 to replace just the screen because there are barely any screen protectors and cases available for it?


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ricksterj
Sunday, December 21, 2014 @ 12:27:21 PM
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Hopefully a 1TB PS4 will change this.

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phade2blaq
Sunday, December 21, 2014 @ 12:41:47 PM
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Now Sony needs to add a bigger HDD and allow us to store and play MP3/4 and cd's.

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SASSYGIRL82
Sunday, December 21, 2014 @ 2:14:29 PM
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Well duh no name guy ur a true idiot of course all u see is the 6 plus is more than the note 4 w no contract but many providers in the US r providing deals w a contract that end up making it cheaper and w SPRINT offering unfedered unlimited data w the iPhone 6 n not w any other phone it would seem to be obvious 4 ppl buy the iPhone although the 6plus is a total piece of garbage that bends way to easily among other things

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SASSYGIRL82
Monday, December 22, 2014 @ 1:38:29 PM
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Well its gettn hell a extra discounts from stores to like best buy u can get the unity bundle plus destiny and a $50 gift card I mean if one of the ps4 bundles had an extra game and a $50 gift card lol but its more like one or the other

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Rachet_JC_FTW
Monday, December 22, 2014 @ 7:42:44 PM
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yeah no duh i think well all saw that coming, not surprising at all, but sony could drop their price 50 to 100 bucks to compete and gain more market share they could out compete M$ if they wanted to

happy gaming

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