During their livestream event last night, Sony finally unveiled some concrete details about their upcoming PlayStation 5 system. The successor to the widely successful PlayStation 4 is expected to launch on November 12, 2020 in North America. It will be sold in two configurations, a standard layout and a digital-only version.
The standard machine will have a disk drive, like all modern consoles, and will support native 4K graphics. Notably, unlike the Xbox Series X and Series S, the disc-less version of Sony’s system won’t have a reduced chipset. For the digital-only PlayStation 5, the only thing affecting the price is the lack of a disc drive.
During their live stream, Sony finally revealed the details fans have been dying to hear: the release date and pricing of their new systems. Both will be launching on November 12 in North America, a short two days after the Xbox Series X. Moreover, Sony announced the normal PS5 will retail for $500, the same as the Series X.
The digital-only PS5, meanwhile, will be $400, a full $100 more than the Series S. The difference is that, unlike the Series S, the Digital-Only PS5 isn’t sacrificing power to cut the price down. The only thing left out is the disc drive, making the system an appealing option for gamers on a budget.
If you’re considering picking up a PS5, you’re probably wondering which configuration is right for you. Unlike the Xbox, however, you don’t have to make any decisions based on power.
The only distinction between the two PS5 configurations is the presence or absence of a disc drive. If you’re a fan of physical media and prefer to own boxes and discs for your games, you’ll want the full $500 PS5.
However, if you don’t mind sacrificing the option to buy games physically, you can save $100 by getting the digital-only edition of the system. This version sports the same chipset and specs as the other version, but has a slimmer profile and can’t read optical discs.
Peripherals for the PS5 also had their pricing announced. The DualSense controller, the new controller type for the PS5, will be available for $70. One will be included with the console, as well. The Pulse 3D wireless headset will be available separately for $100.
Launch games for the system will retail between $50 and $70, depending on the game. Notably, hotly anticipated title Spider Man: Miles Morales will have a $50 edition with just the new content, and a $70 deluxe edition with a remastered copy of the original game.