Sony PlayStation 5 and Xbox Scarlett (the now Xbox Series X) were rumored to cost $399 each when they arrive in stores this holiday season. Turns out, the leaksters were a bit too optimistic.
Although neither the PS5 nor the Xbox Series X have hit the market yet, we do have an idea of their prices and launch dates.
Since Microsoft officially revealed its Project Scarlett at E3 2019, the device received a lot of attention. Project Scarlett, which we now call Xbox Series X as well as the PS5 are expected to be able to compete with high-end gaming PCs, due to their exciting list of specs.
Sony PlayStation 5 specs, upgrades and improvements
Being absent from E3, Sony didn’t reveal much about the next console, only some general hardware expectations. Since then, we’ve found out that the PlayStation 5 will feature an eight-core CPU built on the latest 7nm Zen 2 process and a custom GPU based on AMD’s Radeon Navi hardware. Thanks to this equipment, ray-tracing graphics will be available to a game console for the very first time. We’re also expecting a custom 825GB SSD, a 4K optical drive and solid-state drive storage with an extra SSD slot.
Analyst Michael Pachter thought that Microsoft and Sony will go for a $399 price for the Xbox Series X and the PS5: “Microsoft will announce $399 and Sony will follow suit”. He wasn’t entirely wrong.
Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 prices, PS5 games
When it comes on November 12, the PS5 will launch and will retail for $499, with the PS5 Digital Edition with no optical disk for $399. The not-so-good news? Some PS5 exclusive games will raise the price bar significantly:
The T3 report on Sony analyst Hideki Yasuda’s predictions also came true, as the analyst believed the price of the console would not go beyond the $500 threshold.
What do you get for that price? Quite a thrilling experience, as a few Japanese YouTubers found out:
But hardware is only half of the equation. Content matters too and without a seriously good line-up, PlayStation 5 would have a short stage life. So, Sony prepared a phenomenal list of games that will come to life on PS5: Project Athia, Sackboy: A Big Adventure, Resident Evil Village, Horizon Forbidden West, Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time and more.
But you shouldn’t take us at our word! Check the trailers first:
As for Xbox Series X, the rumors kinda came to life. Microsoft’s console will go on sale for a slightly bigger price, at $499 with the S selling for just $300. Quite a smart move, Microsoft!
If you’re not ready to spend so much money in one go, there’s always the option of a monthly cost, both for the Series S and the Series X.
So, come this November, what will you go for: Sony PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X/S?