So Sony has finally revealed the PlayStation 5, and, all router jokes aside, I think it’s looking pretty good. It think it looks cool, but more importantly it looks like it’s going to have a healthy selection of games coming to it in the first few months post-launch. Now the only thing left that we need to know is the price, and I have a feeling that this one ain’t gonna be cheap.
For a long time, console prices have been fixed at the $300 and $400 mark. That’s what we’re used to paying for a home console, and, believe me, I would love it if it were to stay that way. I was right there with everyone else back when Sony was getting roasted for selling the original PlayStation 3 for $599 US dollars.
Unfortunately, I don’t think that price point will hold for this upcoming generation. We’ve seen massive strides forward in terms of video game visuals, so much so that these new consoles have to have some serious tech packed inside in order to keep them in the same league as PCs. Frankly I’d rather developers had gone for higher framerates instead ever-more detailed visuals. Seriously, how much more detailed do games have to look?! I can barely tell the difference between standard HD and 4K and we’re pushing for even more? Really?! Anyway, all that tech comes with a price, and it’s likely that we’re the ones who are going to have to pay it this time around.
Notice that neither Sony or Microsoft have announced the prices for their new consoles yet. Why not? If it was going to be more or less in-line with what we’re used to, then there’s no need to delay the announcement? If anything, hearing about such a price would likely make potential customers feel more secure about making the purchase. So yeah, I’m thinking we’re going to be back in $600 territory this time around. Both consoles have high-end low-end versions coming too, right? So it’s also likely that those will cost even more money. All that said though, I’m not sure yet if this is going to be a problem for Sony and Microsoft. Well, not in the long run at least.
If these companies come out and say that the systems will start at about $600, I’m sure people will still rush to buy the things on day one. Not as many people, sure, but still enough to exhaust the initial stock. No I think that all this is going to do is cause more people to wait until both consoles have a more substantial library of games. That’s what I want to do at least. I’m still pretty happy with my PS4 and Switch, so I’m not exactly in a hurry to drop a ton of money on new hardware (especially on first generation, launch hardware). It’s better to wait and get more bang (and stability) for my buck you know? I won’t complain about consoles getting more expensive with this generation, but I’m not going to rush out for the initial run either. What about you?
What do you think of the PlayStation 5? Are you concerned about the price?
Image from the PlayStation 5 preview material
I’d love a PS5, it would open up options for me gaming wise (though I love my Switch). However, if it weighs in at £600 it will be a no from me!
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I actually know very little about the PS5, aside from there apparently being versions that play digital-only and versions that play both physical and digital games? (Is that right?) I think I’ve partly avoided learning too much about it because I was concerned about it having a really high price tag, and I didn’t want to get excited about something I wouldn’t be able to afford. I was actually kind of upset when I learned there would be a new Ratchet & Clank for the PS5 because my first thought was, “Great, I really want that game, and I’ll probably never be able to play it.”
Anyway, I agree that the PS5 is probably going to have a pretty hefty price tag (especially since I want the version that can play physical games). And as much as I might want one, I just can’t spend $600 on a single machine. Honestly, the most I could part with is $400, and it would still be pretty painful. (And as you said, what are the odds of the PS5 being roughly the same price as previous consoles? Not very high, that’s for sure. And I was shocked all those years ago when the GameCube was $200!)
Fortunately, I love my Switch, Crash Bandicoot 4 is coming out on the PS4, and as for Ratchet & Clank on the PS5, there’s always YouTube….
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The nice thing about game consoles is that there’s always a price drop after a couple years. The digital version will probably be in the right price range for you after a little bit.
So yeah, don’t give up hope on Ratchet and Clank!
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