The PS5 could see its price drop even below that of the Xbox Series X. But unfortunately, it looks like there will be fewer PS5 consoles produced than we expected.
This comes from a new Bloomberg report, citing unnamed sources and leading experts to comment on the details.
The Bloomberg report also says that Sony has reduced its PS5 production estimate from 15 million to 11 million units. This is due to “production issues with the system custom-designed for the new console,” according to unnamed Bloomberg sources. Apparently, at one point in production, only 50% of the components produced were really good enough to be used, although that number has been increasing.
However, shortly after the Bloomberg report was released, Sony contacted Gamesindustry.biz with a statement stating that the information published by the media outlet is incorrect.
“While we do not publish details related to the manufacture, the information provided by Bloomberg is false,”; Sony wrote in a statement.
A drop in production would be for the Xbox X and Xbox Series S. Although Sony and Microsoft consoles share common features, including the same RDNA 2 graphics technology, there have been no words from Microsoft that have issues with the production. The result could be that console gamers want to upgrade, find that there are no PS5 consoles available, and buy a next-generation Xbox.
In more positive news, Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Masahiro Wakasugi claims that Sony could raise the price of the PS5 to $ 449 (and less than $ 400 for the digital edition) to combat the $ 499 price tag. the Xbox Series X. This is even more expensive than the $ 300. S Series, but the PS5 Digital Edition will perform just as well as the standard PS5. The Xbox Series S is a lower-spec system that still offers fast charging and ray tracing, but is limited to 1440p output.
Game consoles are usually sold at a loss, with the only notable exception in recent memory being the Nintendo Wii. This is because it helps users buy the console, while the manufacturers make their money by selling games. Therefore, it is likely that Sony can afford to be very flexible with its prices, especially now that we know the dual-sided strategy of Xbox.
A report based on the lists of a Spanish retailer states that the PS5 would cost 499 euros for the standard version and 399 euros for the digital edition. These are similar figures to Wakasugi’s, so there may be more to this rumor than just an expert opinion.
Today (September 16) is the day of Sony’s big PS5 showcase, hopefully we will see the price and availability of the new console announced alongside the new game revealed. Once we have them, it won’t be long before the new PlayStation and new Xbox face off this November.