Sony will (hopefully) reveal the price of the PS5 on a livestream this week

mongeese

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Something to look forward to: Sony will conduct one last, special "PlayStation 5 showcase" livestream this week. In it, they’re expected to announce the price and release date of the PS5, while showing off gameplay from launch titles.

Sony describes the event as “one more look at some of the great games coming to PS5 at launch (and beyond!)” and says it will “weight in at around 40 minutes, and feature updates on the latest titles.” The stream will be available on Twitch and YouTube this Wednesday, September 16, at 1pm PT / 4pm ET.

Last week, Microsoft announced that the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S will both launch on November 10, and cost $499 and $299, respectively. Pre-orders start on September 22. Sony is expected to battle Microsoft at every point of contention.

Friday brought the rumor that Sony’s planned price for the PS5 had to be reduced to match the Xbox’s value. Let's not forget their failure to do so in 2006 is what doomed the launch of the PS3. Analysts now expect Sony’s console to match the Xbox Series X at $499. The disc-less version, meanwhile, could arrive at $399.

Relative to Microsoft’s pricing, Sony could have a tough fight on their hands. The Xbox Series X is expected to be more powerful than the PS5, but Sony’s console has an impressive new fast storage implementation. Microsoft is offering the stellar Xbox Game Pass, but Sony will have more exclusives – it’s no wonder they want to show them off on Wednesday’s livestream; hopefully, they’ll soften the blow once we hear the price.

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Vulcanproject

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They can get away with $499 because of their games lineup and fanbase. No more though.

$449 for a disc drive PS5 would be pretty fantastic if they can squeeze down to that. It would pose a major headache for Microsoft regardless of the $299 Series S faux next gen machine they are hawking.
 
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QuantumPhysics

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Playstation has always outsold everything else but Nintendo since its original launch of the PS1 so I have no imagination that PS5 will outsell Xbox (again).

Who cares tho?

Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft will continue to co-exist and they continue to work together to control launch dates so they suck as much money out of us as possible.

There are no more "console wars". In the good old days, one company dominated and the others got their stores shuttered. It was cutthroat.

Now: the corporations are being "corporations".
 

eforce

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They can get away with $499 because of their games lineup and fanbase. No more though.

$449 for a disc drive PS5 would be pretty fantastic if they can squeeze down to that. It would pose a major headache for Microsoft regardless of the $299 Series S faux next gen machine they are hawking.
The S is more than enough for the average gamer who will be gaming at 1080p.
 
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Lounds

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The S is more than enough for the average gamer who will be gaming at 1080p.
Agreed if you're not bothered about getting a 4K TV then the S is the one to go for, I don't think there will be much difference visually as the X's biggest hurdle is having to push 3-4X more pixels than the S, so that 3X more compute power is why it is that much more powerful.
 

Edster

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Is funny how people say that the S would be enough when at the same time hoards of people say they would get at least the 3080 and here I am thinking the 3060 Ti leaks is right up my ally with my current setup. There is what is enough, but there is also what people want.

I think there are good reason to get the S from a price standpoint, but people don't tend to want the gimped version; my personal opinion based on nothing is that a lack if a disc drive or being slower are both ok for a lower model, but not both. People who grab the S are more likely to be people who grabs the PS5 or already have a good PC and have the S as a low cost 2nd gaming machine. What is Sony's biggest challenge is the deal MS has; console and gamepass on a basically subscription/lay by process.

People are happy with Netflix and Spotify, stuff that traditionally you buy one item at a time, but in a subscription service. With economic downturn, the lack of upfront deposit could be very appealing and Sony, being a company that don't exist in the software space as much, could struggle to see the threat MS's offerings nor have a counter for that already in place.


I think Sony will have it 499 and 399, with no special deals, agreeing with the analysts. If they are smart, they might try to do some sweeteners but I just don't think they will.
 

Jroc187

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Help me understand this? blue-ray drives are like $30 retail, so I would assume that sony can get them for like 10$ or less, so how do they drop the price by $100 for the all-digital console based on that one part. I just don't get it
 

m4a4

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Help me understand this? blue-ray drives are like $30 retail, so I would assume that sony can get them for like 10$ or less, so how do they drop the price by $100 for the all-digital console based on that one part. I just don't get it
4K UHD Blu-ray drives are more expensive than that (around $100-200 from a quick look).

Though, I would be surprised if Sony's supply chain can't get them for half that...
 

Jroc187

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4K UHD Blu-ray drives are more expensive than that (around $100-200 from a quick look).

Though, I would be surprised if Sony's supply chain can't get them for half that...
I was looking at regular blue ray drives I forgot the PS5 uses 4k blue ray.