The PS5 might see its price drop even lower than the Xbox Series X’s price. Unfortunately, however, it looks like there will be fewer PS5 consoles produced than we expected.
This comes from a new Bloomberg report, citing unnamed sources and bringing in experts to comment on the details.
The Bloomberg report also says Sony has lowered its PS5 production estimate from 15 million units to 11 million. This is due to “production issues with the specially designed on-chip system for the new console,” according to an unnamed Bloomberg source. Obviously, at some point during production, only 50% of the ingredients produced were good enough to be used, although that number has risen since then.
However, shortly after the Bloomberg report was published, Sony contacted Gamesindustry.biz with a statement claiming that the information posted by the outlet was incorrect.
“While we do not release details regarding the manufacturing, the information provided by Bloomberg is false,” Sony wrote in a statement.
The decline will be in production for the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. Although Sony and Microsoft consoles share common features, including RDNA 2 graphics technology itself, there has been no news that Microsoft is having trouble with production. The result could be console players looking to upgrade, discovering unavailability of PS5 consoles, and buying next-generation Xbox consoles instead.
In more positive news, Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Masahiro Wakasugi claims Sony can push the PS5 price to $ 449 (and under $ 400 for the digital version) to fight the Xbox Series X’s price of $ 499. This is still more than $ 300. The S series, but the PS5 Digital Edition will have equal performance chips with the standard PS5. The Xbox Series S is a low-spec system that still offers load speed and ray tracing but is limited to 1440p output.
Game consoles are usually sold at a loss, with the only notable exception in recent memory being the Nintendo Wii. This is because it helps encourage users to buy the console, while manufacturers make their money selling games. So Sony is likely to be very flexible with its pricing, especially now that we know the two-pronged Xbox strategy.
A report based on listings at a Spanish retailer claims the PS5 will cost 499 euros for the standard edition and 399 euros for the digital version. These are similar numbers to Wakasugi’s, so there’s probably more to this rumor than just an expert’s opinion.
Today (September 16th) is Sony’s PS5 big show day, and we hope to see the price and availability of the new console announced alongside the new games that have been revealed. Once we get those, it won’t be long until a new PlayStation and new Xbox take the fight this coming November.