Ever gamer is waiting for the release of ps5 but no one really knows what the price of ps5 will be- of course we expect that the price will be high below are the expectations
PS5 price: key facts
- Predicted PS5 price: $499 / £449 / AU$749
- Next date for PS5 price information: June (historic)
- PS5 pre-order date: March / April 2020 (predicted), June / July (historic)
- Which PS5 bundle deals can we expect: Likely bundles include Call of Duty, FIFA, Madden, and NBA annual installments
PlayStation 5 price: what to expect
Analyst predictions have placed the PS5 price in the region of $470 – $499 / £449 / AU$749, which would make sense given a generational leap as significant as Sony is currently touting.
That said, a recent Sony earnings call ensured any public details around the PS5 price remained as vague as possible. CFO Hiroki Totoki told investors, “it’s very difficult to discuss anything about the price at this point in time and depending upon the price level, we may have to determine the promotion that we are going to deploy and how much costs we are prepared to pay.”
Even more recently, Mark Cerny has been taking us through all the benefits of a custom SSD, the wonders of 3D audio, and the ray tracing more commonly seen in a PC GPU this week, and it’s easy to get bogged down in the numbers. But with so much proprietary hardware, it’s also clear how the sourcing of such components could be slowing information around the PS5 price and pre-order window.
With the costs of components increasing with every day of global pandemic and a range of custom hardware filling each console, the PS5 price may well start to inflate. However, in Cerny’s spec deep dive, he was keen to remind viewers that Sony is taking its “responsibility to be cost-effective” seriously, especially with its unique SSD.
The 825GB SSD certainly doesn’t sound too big but it’s damn fast, and Sony suggests that it has been monitoring the average amount of games played on its consoles to determine exactly how large that SSD needs to be. Overshoot it and they’re bringing the cost up without justification for most of their consumers, but cut too low and you’re guaranteed frustration as players contend with repeated reinstalls.
Plus, you can always add to your storage with an external NVMe SSD (though you won’t get the same speeds as Sony’s own internal version). Remember the days of expensive custom PS Vita memory cards? Hopefully we’re out of those dark times now.
There’s a ton of custom hardware packed into the PS5 price, and while that means Sony remains in control of its system, it also makes key components more vulnerable to distribution flaws. With the costs of those specs adding up, it seems Sony is currently working to balance the books on its custom components while making sure the PS5 price doesn’t alienate its audience.
The bottom line is that we, and possibly Sony, don’t know if the PS5 will initially sell at a loss, as all consoles tend to. Profit has historically followed in the wake of reduced component costs and increased market share. Whether Sony wants to undervalue their supercharged console to garner that player base, or if they’re looking to tier their market with different releases, competition is heating up and the clock’s ticking.