PlayStation Vita, PS4
(Photo : SCE/Facebook) A popular U.S. electronics retailer is currently selling PS4 for a reduced price. This news comes after reports that the system would receive a $50 price drop this year. PlayStation Vita is also rumored to be sold for a future rate as low as $89. Official conformation, or debunking, of this speculation is expected during Sony's E3 2015 press conference.
A PS4 price drop may have just been confirmed before an official E3 2015 announcement. One popular U.S. electronics retailer currently lists Sony's flagship console for $349.99 in a non-sale fashion. Could a PS Vita price cut be coming too?
Rumors of a PS4 price drop surfaced days ago when little-known gaming outlet WholesomeGamer posted a screenshot from Sony's official retail loyalty site. According to the evidence, the average retail value of PS4 was listed as $349. This is $50 below the usual asking price of $399. Furthermore, Vita was classified with an ARV of $89. That's $110 lower than the handheld's regular retail price of $199.
Given this news, the question begged to be asked as to why Sony would undervalue the price of its hardware on an official site. Are the details fake? Did the company make a mistake in its documentation? Most tantalizing of all was the possibility that a multi-system price drop had leaked prior to PlayStation's E3 2015 press conference.
As of today, one retailer has allowed those past rumors to gain some traction. At the time of writing, Fry's Electronics is currently selling its standard PS4 SKU for just $349. As there are no games bundled in, the box includes the system and one controller. It's worth noting that the product page doesn't clearly mark the reduced pricing as a sale like it typically would. That being said, the phrase "while supplies last" does hint that the savings period may be temporary.
The PlayStation Vita pricing on Fry's doesn't match the rumored listing, however. While the system is on sale for a discounted price of $169.99, the item is clearly advertised for 15 percent savings from the standard price.
All things considered, the aspect of a PS4 price drop remains exceptionally interesting. Should one alleged Sony stat be accurate, it's possible that the speculated Vita news might be as well.
If an official hardware price drop is on the way, it's likely that gamers will hear the first confirmed news of it during Sony's E3 2015 press conference on June 15 at 6 p.m. PST.
Is this retailer sale early confirmation of Sony's PS4 and PS Vita price drop plans for E3 2015? Tell us what you think of these rumors in the comments section!