Sony’s PS5 event was scheduled for June 4 but has now been delayed to an undetermined future date. Prior to the news of its postponement, there had been tons of excitement and speculation about what the company will reveal about the upcoming next-generation console. While new games being played on PlayStation 5 are confirmed to be part of the showcase whenever it happens, we might also hear more technical details around its internal architecture and possible services. And if luck’s on our side, there could even be a release date or price confirmation, which would be helpful for those looking to start setting aside some savings to purchase it this holiday.
After all, there’s been a lot of talk about how much the PS5 will cost. As it pertains to Sony’s history, it’s easy to feel anxious when it comes to pricing a new PlayStation console, as there’s potential it will replicate the steep PS3 price point. However, the console’s lead architect Mark Cerny has declared that the price “will be appealing to gamers in light of its advanced feature set.”
As the upcoming event approaches and imaginations continue to run wild about potential price points, the GameSpot staff began to deeply meditate on how much money the PS5 will set back consumer wallets. Below, you can find a handful of predictions from the team, addressing our thoughts on the subject and how much we’d personally pay for the console. Be sure to let us know your predictions in the comments.
As a console, there’s a lot to know, so if you want more details on its design and confirmed games, be sure to read our feature covering everything we know about PS5. You can also check out our in-depth feature highlighting the key differences between PS5 and Xbox Series X and then see how much we predict Xbox Series’s price to end up being.
$500 – Michael Higham, Associate Editor
I’m a long-time PC gamer, so I know the drill when it comes to upgrading components and building new gaming rigs altogether. It has made me somewhat nonchalant about the pricing of gaming hardware–not because I’m a baller (as my bank and ViacomCBS can confirm), but because the top of the line hardware comes at a high cost.
Concerning the PS5, just thinking about its solid-state drive (SSD) capabilities has me expecting a high-end price point. Super-fast NVMe SSDs for PCs have become a bit more affordable but are still considered a luxury item. So far, the SSD has been one of the biggest flexes of the PS5, reducing 15-second load times to a fraction of a second in some cases.
Another aspect to consider is that the PS5 (and Xbox Series X) will have games that use ray tracing, which is a high-end graphics feature even on PC. You also need an Nvidia RTX graphics card to even do it properly, and while RTX cards have become more affordable, it’s still not exactly cheap.
PS5 uses brand-new tech in AMD’s RDNA 2 graphics that will be capable of 4K resolutions and possibly higher frame rates. Of course, it’ll be up to developers on how to best take advantage of those features. But making a capable console requires a lot of power, and the recent Unreal Engine 5 showcase is indicative of that.
If games are going to look this good and run this smooth, I don’t mind shelling out $500. But I will want to see an enticing lineup of games or clearer messaging on how PS4 games will benefit before making a purchasing decision.
$450 – Dave Klein, Entertainment Video Producer
I admit these days I’m in a fortunate position that–unlike the era of my childhood where I would spend months upon months saving up and working odd jobs so I could afford a system–I no longer have to worry about new console price points. But, even then, it’s still a hefty investment, and I also strongly feel these systems should be priced affordably.
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