PS5 price leak hints that console could be CHEAPER than the Xbox Series X at just £320
THE PlayStation 5 could be cheaper than the new Xbox when the pair of consoles hit shelves later this year.
A new report suggests Sony's new machine could carry a price tag of just £320, a good £80 cheaper than the lowest estimates for the Xbox Series X.
Both Microsoft and Sony have broken cover in recent months to confirm they're building new consoles.
Few details have emerged, though each promises more power and better graphics than any gaming machine before it.
And while we know a release date for both consoles – "Holidays 2020", or, likely sometime in November – Microsoft and Sony have kept tight-lipped on price tags.
That's likely because they're hesitating to make the first move, as whoever does sets the goalposts.
However, we may have just found out the PS5's price regardless.
News outlet Notebookcheck reports that Canadian shop Play N Trade Vancouver Island has opened pre-orders for the Japanese console.
The price tag is reportedly CA$559.99 on the Play N Trade Facebook page. That's equivalent to around £320, or $395 USD.
Previous estimates have suggested both the PS5 and Series X will be priced at around £400-£450.
Obviously, the Play N Trade price is likely pure speculation, so take it with a pinch of salt for now.
We won't know more on the consoles' prices until Sony and Microsoft unveil more ahead of their releases.
Earlier this year, analysts suggested the Series X and PS5 could hit shelves with price tags as high as £500.
They predicted that the two consoles will share similar specs, pricing and features.
"Both consoles will be a lot more similar to each other in terms of specs, pricing, and features when compared to the last generation," Serkan Toto of Kantan Games said in January.
"Microsoft will likely avoid shenanigans like higher price (I expect $499 price tags for both), weaker specs, restrictions to used disc sales etc."
It's likely the consoles will launch at a similar price point in the UK, meaning around £500.
Microsoft confirmed in December that its new console would be named the Xbox Series X.
Xbox Series X news and rumours – what we know so far
Here's what we know about the next-gen Xbox…
- Microsoft's next-gen Xbox will come out towards the end of 2020
- It was officially unveiled in December 2019 after months of rumours and speculation.
- Dubbed the Series X, Microsoft referred to the console under the development codename 'Project Scarlett' for several months
- As with the next PlayStation, it's going to use super speedy 'solid state' storage to drastically reduce or even totally eliminate loading times
- This means your games should start up almost instantly, and there won't be lengthy pauses between scenes, or when moving from one part of a game's world to another
- It's going to be able to play older games too, with Microsoft making big promises about backwards compatibility
- "Thousands of games across four console generations will look and play best on the Series X," they say, referring to the original Xbox, the Xbox 360, the Xbox One and the new console
- The third area where they matched Sony is the chips at the console's heart – the brains of the Series X is the same AMD Navi technology at the heart of Sony's next console
- It's not quite identical to the PlayStation chips, as both are custom-made for the companies in question
- AMD promised Sony's "special sauce" was built into their chips, while Microsoft describe the core of their new box is a "custom-designed AMD processor"
- Xbox boss Phil Spencer also revealed that processor would have hardware dedicated to ray-tracing
- Ray-tracing is a new technology just making it into the most expensive gaming PCs that makes lighting and sound incredibly realistic by calculating the exact path of each ray of light or sound wave through transparent objects and off reflective surfaces
- This gives you much more realistic lighting and reflections as well as much more natural looking materials and objects
- Sony has confirmed the next PlayStation will have something similar, but hasn't revealed if the console will have hardware specifically dedicated to it
- Finally, Microsoft also revealed that Halo: Infinite, which is first revealed at the same briefing last year, is going to launch with the new Xbox
- The latest chapter in the story of Master Chief will release alongside Series X devices in time for "Holidays 2020", meaning around mid-November
The machine will apparently run games at 4K resolution – double that of HD – with the possibility of running 8K.
It will also process games faster so as to "eliminate" loading times. A new Halo title will launch with the console.
Sony got in a bit before Microsoft, revealing details of its PS5 console in October, 2019.
Loading up a game on the PlayStation 5 will be ten times faster than on PS4, according to Sony.
Microsoft unveiled its upcoming console in December.
Read our round-up of the latest rumours about the Xbox Series X and PS5.
And find out why both of these consoles could be the last you ever own.
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