Sony Announces PS5 Pricing: $499 For Regular Console, $399 For Digital Editionby Ryan Smith on September 16, 2020 5:10 PM EST
At Sony’s PlayStation 5 Showcase this afternoon, the final (and much awaited) pieces of the puzzle with regards to the console’s launch have dropped: pricing and a release date.
Sony’s next-generation console will launch on Thursday, November 12th. The full version of the console, which includes a Blu-ray disc drive, will launch at $499. Meanwhile the “Digital Edition” of the console, which foregoes optical storage entirely, will release for a surprising $399, a full $100 cheaper despite only giving up a disc drive.
This will put Sony’s launch 2 days after Microsoft’s own Xbox Series X/S launch, which is taking place on Tuesday, November 10th. The $499 price tag for the two companies’ respective flagship consoles will put them in direct competition, while the PS5 Digital Edition/Xbox Series S divide should prove far more interesting – if not a bit frustrating for consumers trying to make the best choice. The discless PS5 is every bit as powerful as its disc-capable sibling – making it a spoiler of sorts at $399 – whereas the Xbox Series S gets a significantly weaker GPU than the Xbox Series X. However at $299 the slimmed down console is cheaper still, and still gets to run next-gen games.
|Next-Gen Console Specs|
|PlayStation 5||PlayStation 5
|Xbox Series S||Xbox Series X|
|CPU||8 Core AMD Zen 2
@ 3.5 GHz w/SMT
|8 Core AMD Zen 2
@ 3.6 GHz
@ 3.4 GHz w/SMT
|8 Core AMD Zen 2
@ 3.8 GHz
@ 3.6 GHz /wSMT
|GPU||36 CU AMD RDNA2
|20 CU AMD RDNA2
@ 1.565 GHz
|52 CU AMD RDNA2
@ 1.825 GHz
|GPU Throughput (FP32)||10.28 TFLOPS||4 TFLOPS||12.15 TFLOPS|
|Storage||825GB PCIe 4 x4 SSD||512GB PCIe 4 x2 SSD||1TB PCIe 4 x2 SSD|
|Storage Expansion||M.2 (NVMe) Slot
PCIe 4 x4
|Xbox Storage Expansion Card (1TB)|
|Disc Drive||4K UHD Blu-Ray||No||No||4K UHD Blu-Ray|
|Manufacturing Process||TSMC 7nm||TSMC 7nm||TSMC 7nm||TSMC 7nm|
Or if you’re in the mood for a PC (a platform we’re particularly partial towards), over the next couple of months we will be seeing new hardware launches there as well, including NVIDIA’s $500 GeForce RTX 3070, and AMD’s new RDNA2-based Radeon RX 6000 video cards. So there is no shortage of gaming hardware to be had this fall – at least if you have the cash.