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PS4 Price Drops to $349

If you've been on the fence about buying a PlayStation 4, your decision may have just gotten easier. Starting Oct. 9, Sony's current-gen gaming console will drop from $399 to $349, with a variety of bigger bundles also getting a $50 price cut.

The core PS4 package will now start at $349, which gets you a 500GB console and Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection. Sony's two limited-edition Star Wars PS4 bundles, which include a Darth Vader-branded system and your choice of Star Wars Battlefront or Disney Infinity 3.0, will each drop to $399. If you prefer the Battlefront bundle that includes a non-fancy PS4, you can get it for $349.

The biggest bundle in Sony's lineup, which includes Call of Duty: Black Ops III and a 1TB hard drive, will drop from $449 to $429. For our friends up north, the Canada-exclusive NHL 16 bundle will be reduced to $429 Canadian dollars.

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The PS4 hasn't exactly been hurting for a price drop -- Sony's console has been the top selling system on the market since May, according to GameSpot. However, with Microsoft's $349 Xbox One getting a slew of high-profile exclusives, a new Windows 10-powered interface and backwards compatibility with Xbox 360 games this fall, now is the perfect time for Sony to push the PS4 to even more gamers.

The PS4's price drop may also help compensate for the system's lack of major fall exclusives. Aside from Until Dawn and remake anthology Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, Sony is leaning heavily on third party titles such as Destiny: The Taken King, Call of Duty: Black Ops III and Disney Infinity 3.0, all of which have PlayStation 4-exclusive content.

On the other hand, Microsoft is banking on the success of exclusive games such as Halo 5: Guardians, Forza Motorsport 6 and Rise of the Tomb Raider to help it come out on top this season.

Fortunately, with both consoles now starting at $349 with a slew of great games, the ultimate winner of this holiday's console war is the player.

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