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