The much-awaited PlayStation 5 or PS5 console is set to be launched by Sony Corp in November, this year. The next-gen console will be priced at $499.99 for the regular device set-up and $399.99 for a version without a disk drive.
Just last week, Microsoft said that its Xbox Series X would go on sale on November 10, priced at $499.99 for the regular one, and a lite Xbox Series S priced at $299.99. This close price competition between the two top gaming console contenders is set to invite many enthusiasts for a showdown, post-launch, and especially towards the holiday season at the end of the year.
Sony, which is jazzing up its previous designs with a brand-new white console, will be offering the version without a disk drive, especially since digital downloads have become standard among gamers.
Upcoming titles unveiled for the console include platform exclusives “Final Fantasy XVI” from Square Enix, a new “God of War” title from Sony’s Santa Monica Studio, and a “Harry Potter” role-playing game. Recently, the company jas also revealed a plethora of new titles including Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales from in-house studio Insomniac Games in June, which will be made available on PlayStation 4 as well. Furthermore, in order to attract more gamers to sign up for Sony’s console, the company has stated that PlayStation Plus subscribers will have access to a back catalog of titles from the aging PlayStation 4.
As reported by Reuters, Sony’s “fantastic” games line-up shows it is “more aggressively betting on exclusives” with “Microsoft focused on cheaper entry prices to get users into the Xbox ecosystem,” said Serkan Toto, founder of game industry consultancy Kantan Games.
The PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X have the same price, but the $399.99 PlayStation 5 Digital Edition “offers a substantial discount at no cost in terms of performance or hardware, besides the disc reader,” said Guilherme Fernandes, an analyst at gaming analysis firm Newzoo.
The PlayStation 5 will go on sale on Nov. 12 in the United States, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea and on Nov. 19 in the rest of the world.