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PS5 price target predictions go as low as US$399 for the Blu-ray model but don't expect PS3 backwards compatibility or a PlayStation 5 Pro anytime soon

A PS5 Digital Edition and Blu-ray model but no PS5 Pro. (Image source: PlayStation/Sony - edited)
A PS5 Digital Edition and Blu-ray model but no PS5 Pro. (Image source: PlayStation/Sony - edited)
Some new PS5 price target predictions have been posted online, with the source positing that the Blu-ray version of the console could cost as little as US$399, although this could still be much more than the Xbox Series S. However, gamers shouldn’t expect backwards compatibility with the PS3 too soon nor an appearance of a PlayStation 5 Pro in the near future.

New likely price targets for both of the PlayStation 5 consoles, the Xbox Series X, and an Xbox Series S have been put forward by a well-known tech blogger. In his latest YouTube video, Tom from Moore’s Law Is Dead has come up with the following price ranges for the four next-gen consoles:

  • PS5 Blu-ray model: US$399 to US$499
  • PS5 Digital Edition: US$349 to US$399
  • Xbox Series X: US$399 to US$499 (more likely from US$450 to US$500 though)
  • Xbox Series S: US$249 to US$299 (which may cost around US$280 to make)

It seems more likely that the higher-end of those price ranges will end up being more accurate, although if the supposedly tiny and unconfirmed Xbox Series S console is launched at a price of around US$250, it’s probable it will end up selling like hot cakes, especially to casual gamers who are not especially aligned to either console camp. With Microsoft’s business strategy and Sony’s long-term plan seemingly far apart in relation to the next-gen console competition, an additional best-selling hardware unit will simply be icing on the cake for the Xbox designer, especially if the Redmond-based company is focusing on subscription services.

With Sony possibly preparing to bump the PS5’s specs, it seems the Japanese firm has no desire to consider planning a PlayStation 5 Pro machine, with the regular PS5 lasting for four or five years before it’s potentially time to start introducing the PlayStation 6. The timeframe suggested here seems a little tight for the period between console generations, but it also depends on what spec bumps the PS5 may (or may not) receive. With the immediate-term focus possibly resting on the PS5's components, it can be understood why there’s the opinion that backwards compatibility to the PS3 is “not a priority”.

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YouTube (Moore's Law Is Dead)

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Daniel R Deakin, 2020-07-25 (Update: 2020-09-30)
Daniel R Deakin
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My interest in technology began after I was presented with an Atari 800XL home computer in the mid-1980s. I especially enjoy writing about technological advances, compelling rumors, and intriguing tech-related leaks. I have a degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies and count my family, reading, writing, and travel as the main passions of my life. I have been with Notebookcheck since 2012.