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
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”.
YouTube (Moore's Law Is Dead)