The long-running cat-and-dog approach of Xbox and PlayStation has finally come to an end as Sony revealed the PlayStation 5 will cost $499.99 when it goes official on November 12. The Digital Edition will go alongside it for a price of $399.99. While stores around the US have already started their pre-orders, the official date is set at September 17.
This means Sony’s console will go neck and neck against Microsoft’s next-gen console, with it ready to launch its entry-level Xbox Series S at $299 and its flagship Xbox Series X at $499, both on November 10th. Although it looks that the pricing is set to favor Microsoft’s sales, we must keep in mind that the Series S has entry-level hardware that is much less powerful than the “Digital Edition” of the PlayStation 5, which is just $100 more expensive.
The release date of November 12 is set for the US, Mexico, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea, while the rest of the world will get it on November 19. Sony has also stated that the console is heading to China but is yet to set any date for it.
Sony’s PlayStation 5 is ready to take the next-gen console flight with a handful of launch titles heading its way. Also, remember that it will have backward compatibility for most of the PlayStation 4 lineup, though it’s yet to be confirmed. This should provide a boost for Sony to lure in more PlayStation buyers from the old consoles later this year.
The starting price might seem overwhelming for most of us out there but mind you, the hardware inside is much more powerful than what you would get from a low-budget gaming PC. And then again, this isn’t the most expensive PlayStation console of all time, the crown is still with the PlayStation 3, which had a launch price of $499 for the 20GB variant and $599 for the 60GB.
As for Nepal, although the official release is still far from our imagination, numerous third-party retailers might bring this sweet console to our reach. However, be ready to pay at least a sum of Rs. 60,000 in Nepal if you want it on day one.