Xbox price cut to match PS4 in sales war

Last updated at 07:22
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Microsoft is to drop the price of its new Xbox One console - just over three months after its release.

The console, which is currently £429 with a game, will drop to £399 in the UK on Friday.

The new cost brings it nearer to the price of Sony's PlayStation 4, which is outselling the Xbox One.

However, the PlayStation 4 can be bought without a game for £349.

Harvey Eagle, Xbox's marketing director in the UK, said: "The reason we're doing this is that we're committed to giving gamers the best value that we can."

He added: "We're only a few months into a generation of consoles that are going to last for many many years to come,"

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Sony have sold around 5.3 million of the PlayStation 4 devices worldwide

Industry figures suggest that the PlayStation 4 is outselling the Xbox One by around two to one.

Microsoft says that compared with their previous console, the Xbox 360, the newer model has enjoyed a "record-breaking" launch, and that sales of games have been strong.

In January Nintendo announced poor sales of its Wii U console, estimating 3 million sales worldwide. But games critics say this is because of the success of the original Wii, new consoles from Microsoft and Sony and the rise of mobile phone games.