Microsoft slashes US Xbox One price again

Xbox One discount is only temporary

The PS4 continues to enjoy the lead that it earned early on in the current console war, but that doesn't mean the Xbox One will never catch up.

And Microsoft hopes to help the process by taking an additional US$50 off the console's price tag in the States – Microsoft Australia has confirmed the console's local pricing will remain unchanged.

The offer takes the shape of a temporary discount, according to Forbes.

It brings the Xbox One's price down to US$350, officially less than the PS4's.

How low can you go

The Xbox One's first price cut came earlier this year when Microsoft de-bundled it from Kinect, resulting in a cheaper core console without bonuses like voice commands and gesture controls.

The additional money off is another step in the right direction, although the rebate is currently available only in the US and reportedly for a limited time.

But while the PS4 is still ahead, it's conceivable that Microsoft might one day close the gap.

Microsoft is also offering numerous Xbox One bundles, including packages with Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Assassin's Creed Unity and Sunset Overdrive.