Next Gen Console Pricing: Will They Be a Good Deal for 4K Lovers?

Left: Xbox Series X, Right: PlayStation 5 | Photo Credit: Tom's Guide

If you’ve got a 4K TV, you know how hard it can be to find 4K content for your awesome screen. One of the biggest issues is that game consoles with true 4K are currently somewhat hard to come by.

The Xbox One X and PS4 Pro can both output a 4K signal, but this is often an upscaled 1080p image, not a true, native 4K. Native 4K is one of the biggest promises of the upcoming console generation.

While the Nintendo Switch technically kicked off the ninth console generation in 2017, many gamers are referring to the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 as “true next gen” consoles. This is because of their higher graphical fidelity and more tuned specs.

In truth the Switch, while a newer console, isn’t as powerful as the PS4 or Xbox One. After all, it is a hybrid system that can be used portably.

What Will They Cost?

While the Switch comes in at a $300 price point, what remains to be seen is the next gen consoles’ pricing. Sony and Microsoft tend to sell their consoles for higher than Nintendo’s offerings, due to their more cutting-edge processers and components. As of yet, neither company has announced official pricing for the systems.

However, some eagle-eyed PlayStation fans believe Amazon France may have accidentally leaked the PS5’s pricing along with its release date. The supposed leak has the PS5’s disc version retailing for 500 euros, while the digital-only version was at 400 euros. These prices are somewhat realistic, and fall in line with what industry analysts are predicting.

Due to the costs of components that can render 4K graphics, these prices sound rather accurate. Of course, all leaks should be taken with a grain of salt.

Release Dates?

Again, there are no official release dates for Sony nor Microsoft’s newest systems. However, the aforementioned PS5 “leak” holds that the PS5 will be arrive on November 20. That’s a Friday right in the middle of the holiday shopping rush, which seems like a time to expect a new system to drop. This is also consistent with another theory: Cyberpunk 2077’s latest delay.

Cyberpunk 2077 is one of the most hotly anticipated titles of the year, and was pushed back twice. Once, from April to September, and then from September to November 19. Many have speculated that the second delay was to put the game in the same launch window as the next gen systems. If November 20 really is the PS5 launch date, that will give this theory further credibility.