Sony revealed on Wednesday that $399.99 will be the starting price range for PlayStation 5 which is going on sale on 12 November in the United States. The Microsoft Xbox Series X and Xbox series S game consoles compete directly from the Sony PS5. The PS5 Digital Version, with no hard drive, costs $399.99. The device will cost $499.99 for the “standard” edition.
The Xbox Series X and Xbox S were revealed by Microsoft earlier this month which were going on sale on November 10 for $499 and $299 respectively. The Microsoft Series X is considerably more powerful than Xbox Series S and provides a hard drive and can be used to play games while S Series Xbox is smaller and will ask you to download the games from the internet to play. The Xbox Series S of Microsoft is fitted with an eight-core AMD Zen 2, like the PS5, but it will have a good graphic card than the rival Playstation 5 of Sony.
Sony follows a Microsoft-like tactic. A standard PS5 will be launched with a hard drive as well as a PS5 digital version, which will import and play games from the internet. Microsoft will be providing a payment scheme that allows consumers to pay for any console in 24 months installments. The Xbox Series S will be available in a $24 per month package, while the Xbox Series X can be bought in $34.99 per month installments. The package provides an online library that can be accessed and enjoyed by users.
It is worth remembering that PlayStation 5 would be backward compatible with the current PlayStation 4 line-up for a vast amount, although specifications are still low. This extended collection could make it more engaging for future PlayStation owners during this holiday season. Sony Playstation 5 will be launched officially on November 19th, in the USA, Japan, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea, just like the rest of the world. Sony also states that a release date for China is yet to be finalized and will be announced later on.
The latest Sony and Microsoft consoles are now in a crucial moment for the video game industry since the launch dates and price announcement of both of the devices. Both the consoles are promising faster processing chips and new technology to improve the difficulty or realism of the games. However, both Sony and Microsoft took a restrictive period to get prepared for a console duel of the next generation without informing everyone about the basics, such as price and launch date.
When asked for the information about their new consoles, both Sony and Microsoft departments, tried to move the questions around. Although, both companies have admitted the details that we have mentioned above are true. Jim Ryan who is head of Playstation recently did a press conference and told the media that all necessary information regarding the new Playstation 5 has already been shared on the internet. The same goes for Xbox Head Phil Spencer, who made almost the same statements. In the gaming world, the lack of knowledge about both of the consoles has become meme war and there were reports that Microsoft and Sony are trying to hide their specifications and actual details in the risk of price increases from the opponent.
Sony also launched the PlayStation Plus Bundle, a catalog of classic PS4 games including God of the War and Uncharted 4: the Thief’s End, to make Microsoft Playstation 5 more exciting. The game can be enjoyed at $9.99 per month on the PlayStation Plus gaming plan. This plan is widely regarded as the “best deal in the game” providing more than 100 games and $9.99 a month on the Xbox Game Pass. Sony is currently not providing any service matching the $14.99 monthly Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership, which provides access to multiple titles in the console and device library.
PlayStation 5 Full Specifications
- CPU: x86-64-AMD Ryzen Zen 2, eight cores, variable frequency, up to 3.5 GHz
- GPU: AMD Radeon RDNA 2-based graphics engine, variable frequency, up to 2.23 GHz (10.3 Tflops)’
- System memory: 16GB GDDR6
- SSD: 825GB, 5.5GB/s read bandwidth
- Audio: Tempest 3D AudioTech
- Game Disk: Ultra HD Blu-ray, up to 100GB/disc
- Video out: Support of 4K 120Hz TVs, 8K TVs