One of the reasons Sony's PlayStation 4 game console has outsold the rival Xbox One in the early months of 2014 has been the $100 price difference -- $399 versus $499 -- between the two. In mid-March, Microsoft evened the score a bit, adding the exclusive game Titanfall to new consoles as a bundle. Assuming a $60 sold-separately price on the game, one could argue the base cost of the Xbox One was now just $440.
Now, a second wave of price cuts has come to the Xbox One. As noted by the New York Times, two major retailers, Best Buy and Walmart, are now offering that same Xbox One/Titanfall bundle for $449. Unlike the addition of a bundled game, this price change comes from the retailers themselves, and a Microsoft spokesman told the Times that the company's suggested retail price remains the same. Again, assuming you would buy the $60 game separately, this brings the hardware cost down to $389, or $10 less than the PS4.
Testing both retailers' Web sites, Best Buy offered the Xbox One/Titanfall bundle for $449 for either in-store pickup or via free shipping. The final price was hidden from view until the product was in your shopping cart, and it appeared to be in-stock in stores in the New York area. Walmart is only offering in-store pickup, with limited availability in some of the stores we checked. The same bundle is available on Amazon for $499.
How long will the discounted price last? A Walmart spokeswoman told CNET, "There is no set end date. We will monitor the market and adjust our pricing accordingly," but also said that the $449 Xbox One bundle would be available until at least Easter.