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PS4 loses price advantage over Xbox One

On Friday, Walmart and Best Buy began offering a bundle of Microsoft's Xbox One and Titanfall, a high-profile science fiction shooter game, for $450, a $50 cut from the combined price of the separate items. The new price becomes visible online only after you place the bundle in your online shopping cart and log in to the sites. The price cut also applies to the bundle in Walmart and Best Buy's physical stores. 

When Microsoft first began offering the bundle earlier this month for $500, it amounted to a price drop on the console, since Titanfall sells on its own for $60. Now, if you consider the fact that the $450 Xbox One bundle includes a $60 game, the price of Microsoft's console is actually $10 lower than that of the $400 PlayStation 4 from Sony, which does not include a game. 

David Dennis, a spokesman for Microsoft, said the price drops were the decision of its retail partners. "This is a special promotion offered by Walmart and Best Buy stores in the US, " Dennis said in a statement. 

"Microsoft sets a suggested retail price, but specific pricing and offers vary by retailer." 

Even if retailers are in control of price, manufacturers like Microsoft set wholesale prices that can influence how much a retailer charges for a product. In this case, though, Dennis said Microsoft did not drop the wholesale price of its product. 

It is clear one of Sony's biggest advantages over the Xbox One, its price, is diminishing. The original $100 difference in price between the systems helped the PlayStation 4 outsell Xbox One during the consoles' first few months on the market.

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