Canadians wanting a better deal on the Xbox One might want to consider some cross border shopping.
Microsoft’s Xbox One is getting a $50 price cut to the $349 (U.S.) price from Nov. 2 until Jan. 3 in the U.S. as part of a holiday promotion which will not be available in Canada.
In Canada, the Xbox One will continue to sell for $399, and $499 with a Kinect, the company’s motion control peripheral.
“The $50 off any Xbox One holiday season promotion will be available in the U.S. at select major retailers. Decisions about promotional and pricing strategies are made at a local level and based on market context. We have nothing more to announce at this time,” said a Microsoft spokesperson.
For video games, the holiday season is the equivalent of the summer season for movie blockbusters. It is when all of the big games come out for the various consoles, and when most consumers will decide to buy a new console.
Since launching in November last year, Sony’s PlayStation’s PS4 — which retails for $449 in Canada — has been winning the new console battle — announcing in August that it has sold 10 million units. Some unconfirmed reports peg global Xbox One sales around the 5 million mark.
Microsoft’s Xbox One has had a more difficult path, first turning off gamers with a perceived TV and entertainment focus, and then bundling in a Kinect, which made it initially cost $499. After lagging sales, this past June, the company relented and made the Kinect optional and lowered the price to $399 — a move seen as an effort to help the console better compete with Sony on price.