What will be the price of PS5? And how much will Xbox Series X cost? We’ve been asking ourselves those questions for months, and even though we have no official confirmation we have been able to see, thanks to several leaks and the estimates of numerous analysts, three trends very clear:
- A minority maintains that both consoles will be priced at 599 euros. Unlikely.
- An important part of the industry points to the fringe of 499 euros, something quite probable.
- Another important part of the sector is committed to 399 euros, nothing crazy, in fact.
Personally, I have kept my position very clear from the beginning, I think the price of PS5 will be around, in its version with optical drive, 499 euros, and that Xbox Series X will position in the same strip to prevent users from being intimidated by seeing a too large price difference between both consoles.
Nothing final yet, but new information suggests Sony may choose to a more aggressive strategy with the price of PS5, all with the aim of counteracting the technical superiority (at the hardware level) of Xbox Series X, and that said console could reach the market with a price of 399 euros in its version with optical drive, and of 349 euros in its version without said unit. They are very good prices, without a doubt, so much that it costs me a bit to believe them, but since the source has a minimum of credibility, this information is worth considering.
PS5 price could be very attractive, but Xbox Series S is going to break the market
Especially if the latest rumors are confirmed that point to a price of 249 euros. I put you in a situation, we talk about a console with a next generation hardware configuration that it will support hardware accelerated ray tracing and that it will even have a more powerful CPU than PS5.
These are its possible specifications:
- Zen 2 CPU with 8 cores at 3.8 GHz, 8 cores and 16 threads at 3.6 GHz.
- AMD RDNA 2 GPU with 1,280 shaders, 80 texturing units, and 32 raster units.
- 10 GB of GDDR6 memory, with 7.5 GB free to share between RAM and VRAM.
- SSD undetermined.
- Hardware accelerated ray tracing support.
With that configuration you would be able to offer a Optimal gaming experience with 1080p resolution and maintain 60 FPS, although it is said that it will give the option of playing 1440p at 30 FPS.
This console makes a lot of sense for Microsoft, especially now that the company has reaffirmed its commitment to services (Game Pass, especially), since it could serve as a gateway to the new generation for users on a tighter budget. It is said that the cost of manufacturing the Xbox Series S will make the company lose money per unit sold, but it is obvious to say that it will recover it more than enough through the income generated by the sale of games and services.
The price of PS5 and Xbox Series X will tend towards that parity that we have referred to, but it remains to be seen what impact does it end up having on sales from both consoles that Xbox Series S.