THE PlayStation 5 could be cheaper than the new Xbox when the pair of consoles hit shelves later this year.
A new report suggests Sony’s new machine could carry a price tag of just £320, a good £80 cheaper than the lowest estimates for the Xbox Series X.
Both Microsoft and Sony have broken cover in recent months to confirm they’re building new consoles.
Few details have emerged, though each promises more power and better graphics than any gaming machine before it.
And while we know a release date for both consoles – “Holidays 2020”, or, likely sometime in November – Microsoft and Sony have kept tight-lipped on price tags.
That’s likely because they’re hesitating to make the first move, as whoever does sets the goalposts.
However, we may have just found out the PS5’s price regardless.
News outlet Notebookcheck reports that Canadian shop Play N Trade Vancouver Island has opened pre-orders for the Japanese console.
The price tag is reportedly CA$559.99 on the Play N Trade Facebook page. That’s equivalent to around £320, or $395 USD.
Previous estimates have suggested both the PS5 and Series X will be priced at around £400-£450.
Obviously, the Play N Trade price is likely pure speculation, so take it with a pinch of salt for now.
We won’t know more on the consoles’ prices until Sony and Microsoft unveil more ahead of their releases.
Earlier this year, analysts suggested the Series X and PS5 could hit shelves with price tags as high as £500.
They predicted that the two consoles will share similar specs, pricing and features.
“Both consoles will be a lot more similar to each other in terms of specs, pricing, and features when compared to the last generation,” Serkan Toto of Kantan Games said in January.
“Microsoft will likely avoid shenanigans like higher price (I expect $499 price tags for both), weaker specs, restrictions to used disc sales etc.”
It’s likely the consoles will launch at a similar price point in the UK, meaning around £500.
Microsoft confirmed in December that its new console would be named the Xbox Series X.
The machine will apparently run games at 4K resolution – double that of HD – with the possibility of running 8K.
It will also process games faster so as to “eliminate” loading times. A new Halo title will launch with the console.
Sony got in a bit before Microsoft, revealing details of its PS5 console in October, 2019.
Loading up a game on the PlayStation 5 will be ten times faster than on PS4, according to Sony.
Microsoft unveiled its upcoming console in December.
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