If there’s one thing Apple’s got going for them, it’s simplicity. You buy an Iphone, an Ipod or even an Macbook and you're good to go. Sure there’s accessories and the like, but for the most part you get one device, several buttons, and everything else comes to you through downloads. Video game consoles are a smidge more complicated than that, I’m afraid. The trade off here though is that you get more options and more customization tailored to your experience.
I can see you staring blankly at this screen here wondering how all of this is supposed to seque into the main point of the article. Fear not, for I have a plan! You see, you’re going to want an extra controller, definitely a game, maybe two. You may want a snazzy stand or a PlayStation Plus subscription as well. Now there’s places where you can get all of this a la carte for the same price, but what we’re all really here to find out is whether or not bundles exist to save us money.
Good news first since I’m the glass half full kind of guy. Yes, there are bundles. Okay, bad news, they’re currently sold out wherever I look. Now, don’t fret.
They’re sold out?! Now I’ll never get a PS4!
Seriously, I said don’t fret! You always freak out on me, what is that like a trigger word or something? Anyway, these bundles may be out right now, but once we get into the system release in a few weeks, I imagine we’ll see some good restock coming from Sony. In fact, the CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America, Jack Tretton, had this to say on the matter:
“We want to make sure people can buy a PS4 on November 15 [November 29 in the UK] and through the holidays, so we’re holding back some inventory to make sure people will be able to buy one. We can pre-sell every unit we can manufacture, and the good news is that production yields have been phenomenal. We’re going to work very hard to make sure that every consumer that wants one gets one.”
Not exactly a promise, but more than we’ve ever heard on the subject. So, without further adeu, let’s talk bundles!
Going to GameStop’s website, I found some bundles available. The first was a bundle with the system and Battlefield 4. A nice bundle to be sure, but the price for it is $459 US. That’s approximately the exact cost of buying both items separately. Looking at other bundles on the site, the same issue arises. They have options to include games like Call of Duty: Ghosts, among other launch titles, but there’s no savings to be had in these.
In my personal opinion, if you’re set on a bundle, look elsewhere for one that bundles and saves. These are meant for pure convenience, which is fine, but I think I speak for all of us when I say we want savings as well. For the GameStop bundles, this is my advice:
If you see it in stock, buy it, but look at other sites first.
These things are going to go fast, so you don’t mind paying the normal price, and you’ve exhausted other options, this is at least a convenient way to get your system and a game. Not the best way, but not the worst either.
Best Buy Bundles (Alliteration!)
Yeah, that’s a lot of bees (see what I did there?). Best buy is also currently sold out on PS4 systems, but a particular bundle I spotted looked very intriguing.
This fine collection of items includes the PS4 system with one controller, the power cord, the HDMI cable, and the mono headset, so standard so far. It also includes a copy of Killzone: Shadow Fall, and a year subscription to PlayStation Plus! Now that’s what I’m talking about! Buying all of this separately would cost you about $510 US plus tax. This bundle is bringing it to you for $499 US. Yes, only a ten dollar savings, but a savings nonetheless. My advice:
It may not save much, but this bundle has some great essentials for a good price.
I would put this one near the top. It’s a good price, a small savings, and it includes some must have essentials.
Amazon has some great options for bundles, but there’s two issues I ran into whilst conducting my research. One, is that these bundles are not available, which is par for the course. The other is that these bundles all lack any price that I can see. There is however the option to sign up for a email list that will notify you when more become available. Without knowing the prices on these, I can’t say for sure how good they are.
The bundles do offer several options including one with Killzone and PlayStation Plus, similar to the Best Buy one, as well as a bundle with an additional controller, and a bundle with Knack included. My advice here:
Sign up for the email list, and check back here for prices.
I will be diligently checking these sites for available bundles. Also, when I know the price of these Amazon bundles, so will you dear readers, so keep this page bookmarked for the latest information.
There’s a stereotype with EBay, and it’s absolutely true. You see, EBay sellers know how rare these consoles are at launch, and they know they scarcity makes for a good profit. Case and point, many of these bundles are available to pre-order on EBay, but the prices are outrageous. I’m seeing everything from five hundred to a thousand dollars for bundles that would not cost that much in a retail setting.
EBay is a last resort in my opinion. If you have the extra cash laying around it may be worth your time, but please remember that these systems won’t be impossible to get it sound like. Don’t let someone make a buck off of you unless you’re absolutely sure. So, in short, my advice:
This is a last resort, patience is a virtue.
I respect people trying to make money, but some of this is borderline scam territory. Be vigilant dear readers, and don’t let someone rob you blind. There are plenty of options, so weigh everything before you decide. And of course, keep your eyes glued here to PS4 Experts for the newest updates and the best advice this side of the Dalai Lama.
Are you planning on buying a PS4 bundle at launch? What do you look for in a good bundle? Tell us in the comments!
Article by - Bradley Ramsey
Insert Date: 11/5/2013