Sony Cuts PlayStation 4 Price in Parts of Europe

21 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

PS4 and Xbox One sales down in US, as Metal Gear Solid V beaten by NBA 2K16.

Following on from price cuts in Japan and the US, Sony has announced that the PlayStation 4 will now sell for €349.99 in Europe and £299.99 in the UK. PlayStation 4 owners have been able to stream their video game sessions live on Twitch for years, but unlike its rival the Xbox One, Sony’s latest console only allowed users to watch Twitch broadcasts of PS4 games. This is a saving of €50/£50 in these two markets, and brings the price of a PS4 with 500GB of internal storage down to the same level as a 500GB Xbox One.

That changes today with the launch of the new Twitch app, a full-featured piece of software that lets PS4 players watch broadcasts or interact with streamers of games on other platforms, bringing Sony’s machine up to speed with competing iOS, Android, and Microsoft devices. This new price cut also applies to some non-European countries including Australia and New Zealand, where the console will now cost $479.95 and $569.95 respectively.

The rapidly growing company first detailed its new PS4 app last month at its first ever TwitchCon conference, explaining that in addition to the PS4, the app would be available on PS3 and Vita. This is just normal pre-holiday price positioning from Sony (which is still also pushing a variety of bundles for the PS4) but it’ll still be welcome news for any latecomers to the latest generation of home consoles.

While the PS4 version is available first — launching in North, South, and Central America today before rolling out to players in other regions shortly — Twitch promises the app will be available for the older consoles before the end of fall. In terms of software sales there were more surprises, with Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain being steamrollered by the two big American sports sims.

Despite having been released on the first day of the month Metal Gear had to settle for third place, behind Madden NFL 16 – which had already been released in August. That makes it all the more impressive that in just those two days NBA 2K16 still had the best launch month of any new sports games released in the US this generation.

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