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How the Cheaper Xbox Could Shake Up the Console Wars

A standard Xbox now costs $50 less than a standard Playstation. This could give Microsoft the edge it needs

As Sony and Microsoft battle for the hearts and minds of gamers, Sony has held one big advantage: The Playstation 4 was cheaper than the Xbox One. Now things are different. Xbox has steadily moved toward cheaper prices, and one of the things that Sony didn’t announce at E3 this year was a price cut that would have kept pace. A standard Xbox now costs $50 less than a standard Playstation. Combined with Microsoft’s announcement that the Xbox One will be able to run older games, this change could affect the balance of power as the two companies battle to win the loyalty of the most enthusiastic gamers. Playstation’s decision not to follow suit was seen as a surprise in some corners of the gaming industry.

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