Until today, no Black Friday 2014 ad had shown much movement on PlayStation 4 pricing for the holidays. While the core price of the PS4 doesn’t appear to be changing, Sony has announced two incredible PS4 bundles that each include two free games. And they’re doozies.
Sony’s Black Friday 2014 ad, which you can see here on Sony’s official Flickr page, shows two different PS4 bundles with two free games each. The first is a GTA 5 PS4 bundle for $399.99 that also includes The Last of Us Remastered. The second is a PS4 bundle that includes LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham and LittleBigPlanet 3.
A core PS4 system costs $399.99 on its own, so having two games included in a $399.99 Black Friday bundle effectively brings down the PS4 price by $100. By comparison, Microsoft’s much-touted Xbox One price drop was $50.
Microsoft reported that Xbox One has outsold PS4 for the two weeks since that price drop went into effect. It will be interesting to see what happens once Sony’s Black Friday 2014 ad goes into effect and the PS4 is effectively cheaper — and includes two great games.
The GTA 5 PS4 Black Friday bundle includes a 500GB PS4, a copy of Grand Theft Auto 5, and a digital download voucher for The Last of Us Remastered. The second Black Friday bundle Sony announced includes a 500GB PS4 and disc-based versions of both LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham and LittleBigPlanet 3.
Unlike Microsoft’s Xbox One holiday promotion, which lasts until January 2, 2015, the special PS4 bundles and pricing only appears to be in effect on Black Friday 2014. Sony’s announcement of the deals repeatedly referenced them as “Black Friday PS4 bundles,” and ended with “Make sure you mark your calendars for Black Friday, because these bundles won’t last long. Check your local retailer and pick them up while supplies last.”
In addition, neither of the Black Friday PS4 bundles is currently available on Amazon, which implies they won’t be available until Black Friday and may not stick around much longer after that.
Sony has also announced special holiday discounts for PlayStation TV and several PS3 bundles. You can read about those here.