Updated | Convincing PlayStation 5 price leak and latest IGN poll all but confirm victory for Sony and the PS5 in the first battle of the next-gen console war
Update September 15: Another supposed screenshot taken from El Corte Inglés has been shared online, and although it specifies €499.90 for the "PS5 1" and €399.90 for the "PS5 2", the wording for the Xbox consoles ("Xbox One Serie X1" etc.) indicates that this latest image (see below) may be fake.
There have been many leaks and rumors over the last few months in regard to the final price for the PlayStation 5 consoles – and more than a few terrifying and fantastical retail placeholders too. However, the latest alleged leak, which appears to come from a stock catalog taken from the well-known department store group El Corte Inglés, is certainly one of the most convincing PS5 price leaks yet. An image of a computer screen (see below), which appears to have been made on September 12, gives accurate pricing for various Nintendo Switch bundles. At the bottom of this particular list is the pricing for an “Aurea” console and an “Enigma” console.
To cut to the chase, it seems here that the PlayStation 5 price is €499.90 and the Digital Edition console is €399.90. There is argument for and against this particular leak though: El Corte Inglés, which is especially popular in Spain, is a huge company with billions of Euros a year revenue – so it is possible that Sony has shared the prices with select retailers like this one ahead of the upcoming pre-order announcement. However, images like this can be faked, and it is even plausible that the PS5 information was temporarily added to the company’s database as a joke by some cruel El Corte Inglés employees.
But €399/€499 has been one of the most popular PS5 price estimates in social media channels for a while now, although lately there seems to have been an increase in predictions landing at US$449/US$399, leaving just a US$50 gap between the disc model and digital console. However, if Sony does plump for the often-considered US$499 and US$399 pricing route then it’s likely fans and general consumers will be attracted by the perceived affordability of the hardware, especially when weighing in other important key factors, such as exclusives. It’s worth keeping in mind, though, that Sony has been acting in a very leftfield manner so far, so it wouldn’t be surprising if the console prices ended up being completely different to everything that has been reported.
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An IGN poll asking Twitter residents the question “Now that we have more info on some next-gen console prices, which do you think you're most likely to buy first?” has now closed, and perhaps unsurprisingly it has been a convincing win for Sony. The PS5 attracted 55.3% of the votes, followed by the Xbox Series X on a respectable 23.5%, PS5 Digital Edition on 12.9%, and Xbox Series S on 8.4% (out of 138,045 votes). Call it damage control or just business acumen depending on your viewpoint, but it’s unlikely Microsoft is expecting a numbers win against Sony in this particular battle anyway, but then the Xbox maker has made it clear several times that it’s not about selling more consoles, and that there are other rivals to be more aware of, such as Google and Amazon.
Now that we have more info on some next-gen console prices, which do you think you're most likely to buy first?— IGN (@IGN) September 11, 2020