Sony boosts PS4 price by $50 in Canada; no increase for Xbox One

Sony has been highly successful with the PlayStation 4 since its launch in the U.S and Canada on November 15, selling over 6 million units of the console worldwide so far. However, the residents of Canada that didn't jump in to buy the PS4 in its first five months are now facing a $50 increase in its price.

The Toronto Sun reports that, as of March 15th, the price of the PS4 in Canada is now $449, up from $399. In addition, the price of the DualShock 4 controllers and the PS4 camera are now $64.99 each, up $5 from its previous cost. Even some PS4 games are getting price increases. Sony said that in Canada, "Infamous: Second Son" and "MLB 14 The Show" will now cost $69.99.

Sony said that the jump is due to "changes in the market environment." While Sony did not get more specific than that, it's likely that the recent lower value of the Canadian dollar compared to the U.S. dollar was the big reason.

For its part, a Microsoft spokesperson told the Toronto Sun that the company currently has no plans to increase the price of the Xbox One in Canada, If that holds true for the remainder of the year, it could help Microsoft's console in that country. The Sun's article says that while the Xbox One is easy to find in stores, the PS4 is still mostly sold out in Canada.

Source: Toronto Sun | Image via Sony

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Even when our money (Can$) was worth more than the US$, the price gap between us was ridiculous. I guess Stephen Harper wants his cut on the PS4.

Hopeing this doesn't eventually filter through to the UK, i mean, we're already being screwed on price as it is. Am looking to pick a PS4 up at some point when the games call to me but having bought an XB1 for some of the games plus TV integration, i'll have to wait or my missus would bap me.

dead.cell said,
I don't think you have anything to worry about, considering the USD to Pound Sterling ratio.

Which means i'm already being f***** yeah?

Our money is at 1.13x since a while now. (bank exchange rate). They boosted the price of computer hardware too in Mid January..

ryoohki said,
Our money is at 1.13x since a while now. (bank exchange rate). They boosted the price of computer hardware too in Mid January..

Being a Canadian, I would love to agree with you. However, CAD is at times at par or worth more than USD. You don't see console price drops when that happens...

timicantisano said,
interesting part is if you convert the canadian price to USD its the $399 usd.

That probably explains it pretty well actually. Although it doesn't change the fact that the Xbox One is still cheaper in Canada than in the USA ($500 in both countries).

dead.cell said,
Who wants a stupid camera...?

Because you don't - nobody should want one ?
Don't try to spin it, PS4+Camera is more expensive in Canada than Xbox One+Camera.

Price of bundles = facts
Need for a camera = opinion

Half the time you guys are arguing that the Playstation 4 camera pales in comparison to the Kinect, yet now you want to argue that anyone who wants a PS4 wants this "awful" camera too?

Make up your mind in which way you want to spin your own nonsense before you start trying to throw it back at me bro.

Yes, the PS4 camera pales in technical comparison to the Kinect 2, but that doesn't mean that a person wouldn't want to get one... (I wouldn't, and you wouldn't - but others might)

If I'm a Canadian who wishes to get a console+camera bundle (maybe I have kids?), the X1 is now the cheaper option (I said cheaper, not better - which is an opinion). This is new, and I wonder if it'll change things.

I didn't spin anything... plus PS4 w/o a camera is still cheaper than the X1.

I'm not saying one might not want it, but that the camera isn't exactly a necessity.

Hell, check the forums once in a while, and you'll see people hoping to see the Xbox One drop in price, even if they removed the Kinect. While I might not agree with them, I can at least respect the fact that it's not something everyone cares about.

Furthermore, the "bundling" factor has been present since before the launch of PS4 + Camera vs Xbox One. Quite frankly, I've seen more people interested in seeing a PS4 + Vita bundle than worrying about the camera...

nobody is trying to spin it. Microsoft make it seem like you need the Kinect when the games that are available on both systems dont make significant use of it. ALSO, Sony mentioned that their touchpad on the ps4 controller has more uses than the Kinect strategy of Microsoft.

So now the people who were waiting for a price drop before buying will have to wait for 2. Lol

The early adopters actually got a better deal for once.

I'm hoping this doesn't lead to a trend of price increases in other markets. I have already delayed my purchase of a PS4 and adding further costs to the hardware and software will delay my purchase even further.

Sony can shove their price increase. I was planning to buy one but will buy when they start selling it in bundle at lower cost with Uncharted 4 or GOW. They don't decrease the price when Canadian dollar is exchange rate his high.

What I don't get is why the PS4 is $548 AUD in Australia at present when 449 Canadian dollars = 449.08 Australian dollars (at time of writing)!

Same thing when I was looking to get a MacBook Pro a few years ago - the exchange rate was about 0.85 USD = 1 AUD, and prices were still 20% more than those in the US.

Perhaps it's to do with the GST also. No wonder why so many customers here purchase from overseas.

68k said,
(Still, the GST would only add 10%.)

The Apple/Sony tax. If you look at the prices for Microsoft products, its pretty much the same as the US + 10% GST

68k said,
What I don't get is why the PS4 is $548 AUD in Australia at present when 449 Canadian dollars = 449.08 Australian dollars (at time of writing)!

Same thing when I was looking to get a MacBook Pro a few years ago - the exchange rate was about 0.85 USD = 1 AUD, and prices were still 20% more than those in the US.

Perhaps it's to do with the GST also. No wonder why so many customers here purchase from overseas.


Australia is a bad measurement for how any pricing is supposed to be. They often get the short end of the stick from every company...

68k said,
What I don't get is why the PS4 is $548 AUD in Australia at present when 449 Canadian dollars = 449.08 Australian dollars (at time of writing)!

Same thing when I was looking to get a MacBook Pro a few years ago - the exchange rate was about 0.85 USD = 1 AUD, and prices were still 20% more than those in the US.

Perhaps it's to do with the GST also. No wonder why so many customers here purchase from overseas.

minimum wage in Canada ~$10/hr
minimum wage in Australia ~$16.37/hr

they pay there employees there more so they want to recover the costs.

What bloody costs? The things are made overseas and shipped to AU. All the extra cost is for the distributor and retailer to make higher profit. This is why I buy Microsoft, and buy my games digitally from the US Xbox Store. There is no reason a digital game should cost AU$100 while the retail costs $70 after being shipped around the world.

dead.cell said,

Australia is a bad measurement for how any pricing is supposed to be. They often get the short end of the stick from every company...

Agreed. C'mon guys, you KNOW that using Aussie prices as a comparison for the RoW is blatantly unfair!

Remember - flying to USA to purchase Adobe suite is cheaper than buying it here...

Sicarius123 said,
What bloody costs? The things are made overseas and shipped to AU. All the extra cost is for the distributor and retailer to make higher profit. This is why I buy Microsoft, and buy my games digitally from the US Xbox Store. There is no reason a digital game should cost AU$100 while the retail costs $70 after being shipped around the world.

Except that no manufacturer seems to be exempt from this bad practise. Microsoft included.

Sicarius123 said,
If you really want them to shove their price increase, go buy an Xbox One. Microsoft aren't treating you like second class citizens.

Easy to say if you're lucky enough to live in one of their release territories lol...

68k said,
What I don't get is why the PS4 is $548 AUD in Australia at present when 449 Canadian dollars = 449.08 Australian dollars (at time of writing)!

That'll be the AIT. Australian Import Tax.

Those companies just luuuuuuuuuurve to screw you folks over on the pretense that it costs more to ship stuff to you.

It's more like an adjustment... You think they should have lowered the price everywhere else instead to match? They want to break even. Why do you feel ripped off if you have to pay the same as in the US?

Basically what has been mentioned regarding the minimum wage isn't too far off the reason.

This article is a little older, but you can have a read of it as well when it comes to a real answer: http://www.engadget.com/2013/0...mons-apple-microsoft-adobe/

I haven't seen any further information though. It's generally accepted that we get screwed on pricing for almost everything down here, hence why most people resort to importing their goods.