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Playstation 4 holdouts will have plenty of bundle options to join the best selling system of this young console generation’s family this holiday season. Sony is putting together a litany of hardware bundles that aim to lure those that have been waiting for software deals to join the current generation to their product. Microsoft and Nintendo are also following suit with their own bundles and offers, some of which have already come and gone to varying levels of success. This avalanche of savings comes just before the proverbial floodgates open on the holiday gaming scene, bringing all three companies hope that adopters will buy software to populate their new consoles.
Sony already has a sizable lead in the hardware sales department over Nintendo and then Microsoft with their Playstation 4 console. Even with that sizable lead, Sony is poised to announce a new bundle that will contain three pieces of software for North America and United Kingdom, according to a source. This potential collection will include a Dualshock 4 controller, system and connectors, the pack-in microphone and three games exclusive to the system. Killzone: Shadow Fall, Knack and Infamous: Second Son are the rumored inclusions and neither a price nor release date has yet to be revealed.
Holiday bundles are coming in bunches for the Playstation 4 over the remaining months of 2014. The console’s mascot, Sack Boy, is making his return in Little Big Planet 3 with a few other friends, and will be a part of his own bundle coming Nov. 21. That package will come with the standard system and a copy of the game and is currently only listed for the United Kingdom and Spain territories through Amazon, but is rumored to be on the move to North America. Far Cry 4 is receiving the same kind of bundle as Destiny with a white Playstation 4 console and a copy of the game coming together on Nov. 18 for Europe.
Nintendo’s Wii U and Microsoft’s Xbox One have followed with bundles often and early in this generational race for sales and consumers. Nintendo has the most bundles on the market currently with four with the Wii U, not to mention the dozen or so for their 3DS system, while Microsoft has a couple combinations still coming. The newest Nintendo bundles include one with Super Mario 3D World and Nintendo Land inside a Deluxe Edition Wii U, another with New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi Bros. U with a Deluxe Edition console and a Mario Kart 8 one which includes the game and Nintendo Land with the same system. All of these have the same cost at $300, less than any of the Playstation 4 bundles.
The Xbox One bundles center around some of the system’s major launches. Sunset Overdrive will be included inside a white Xbox One bundle for $399 and a Call of Duty version will include several upgrades including a 1 TB hard drive, a new paint job for console and controller and an included Limited “Day Zero” Edition of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. The first bundle will cost $399 and be available Oct. 28 and the second will be available Nov. 3 for $499.
Both companies hope to come back into contention with Sony’s Playstation 4 with these holiday bundle inclusions. Triple-A titles, such as Grand Theft Auto V, Super Smash Bros. and Halo: The Master Chief Collection, look to make the difference for each console in this evolving generation. For now, however, Playstation 4 is on top and does not seem to be slowing down.
By Myles Gann