As we enter fall and the holiday season is just moments away, the questions on all gamers’ minds is when will we be able to get our hands on next-generation consoles, and how much will they be?
At PS5’s live, online reveal show – they finally filled us in on these facts.
Sony announced that the PS5 will pre-order at US$499.99 / £449.99 / AU$749.95, while it’s little brother, the PS5 Digital Edition will retail at US$399.99 / £359.99 / AU$599,95. With both versions officially releasing on November 12, 2020.
Not only did they reveal the price, but they also revealed that the console will be available to pre-order on September 17, the day after this announcement went out!
While this sudden announcement, it is likely to see PS5 stock flicker in and out of availability. Previous concerns of the console seeing only a limited run initially, due to incredible demand exceeding produced consoles, was relatively put to bed with a more recent announcement from Sony exclaiming how they are working hard to increase supply.
How This Competes
The question of Sony’s PlayStation versus Microsoft’s Xbox has raged for the past 20 years, and it’s clear that it will continue on. With both consoles having now released their price, potential buyers can finally weigh the consoles against one another.
The Xbox Series X weighs in at the exact same price of US$499.99 / £449.99 / AU$749.95 and it’s smaller digital-only edition known as the Xbox Series S comes in at US$299.99 / £249.99 / AU$499.95. This makes the Series S the cheapest next-generation console by quite a margin.
However, it is important to note that the Xbox Series S is a streamlined version of the Series X, with notably lower overall specs while the PS5 Digital Edition boasts the same capabilities of the flagship PS5.
Thus, perhaps the conundrum still stands, with a question of specs, aesthetic choices and, most importantly, game selection driving many individuals’ decisions to choose one side or the other.
The Price of Games
Back in July, 2K Games announced that it’s hoop-dreaming NBA 2K21 would cost US$10 more on next generation consoles when compared to its current gen incarnation. This is of course due to the increase in production costs. Sony has more recently confirmed that the price of its Worldwide Studios titles will be US$69.99 on the PS5. This signals that gamers may have to expect AAA next-gen title to weigh in at around US$70, which may be a particularly hard pill to swallow.
PlayStation Plus Collection
Alongside the PS5 announcement and a swath of exciting game trailers the PS5 event also threw one curve ball into the mix—PlayStation Plus Collection. This new benefit for PlayStation Plus subscribers will see subscribers gain access to an array of downloadable PS4 classics when the new console launches. All of these titles will, of course, be playable on the new next-gen console, meaning that, similar to Microsoft’s Game Pass, you will have an array of titles at your fingertips on launch day.
Currently the collection contains; God of War, The Last of Us: Remastered, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Battlefield 1, Monster Hunter World, Bloodborne, Batman Arkham Knight and many more tiles.
It is fair to say, with the PS5 receiving a final price and release date, fans of Sony’s longstanding console are delighted to know there are less than two months to go!
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