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Perturbing PlayStation 5 price rumor threatens to spoil the party and alleged PS5 console turns up in unlikely circumstances

The PS5 is widely expected to launch shortly after the Xbox Series X. (Image source: Sony/PlayStation)
The PS5 is widely expected to launch shortly after the Xbox Series X. (Image source: Sony/PlayStation)
A new PlayStation 5 price rumor has been making the rounds on social media lately, with the all-important figures being considerably higher than those that have been generally predicted for the next-gen console. A likely fake but quite convincing example of the PS5 hardware has also turned up in a TikTok video.

There have been plenty of PlayStation 5 price rumors and placeholders bandied around recently, but a pair of prices for the upcoming next-gen consoles published by an online French magazine called Xboxygen has thoroughly rocked the boat in regard to this sensitive subject. While many commenters have speculated price tags of €499 and €399 for the PS5 Blu-ray console and PS5 Digital Edition, respectively, Xboxygen’s sources have delivered shocking prices of €599 and €499 for the hardware.

If these prices were accurate, and presuming the generally accepted pricing scheme for the PS5 offered up by other sources was followed, then this would indicate prices of US$599/£549 for the regular model and US$499/£449 for the Digital Edition. Xboxygen has also previously reported on the lower expected prices (which were sourced from MyDrivers but actually originated from @IronManPS5 (via Notebookcheck)), so these new prices are startling in their contrast and unexpected appearance.

While naysayers may point out that the French outlet focuses on delivering news for Xbox fans, there is no reason for posting unexpectedly high prices just to potentially upset PS5 fans who might be hoping that the next-gen console stays under US$500/£450/€500. If Sony did set the PS5 price tag closer to the US$600/€600-mark, there would still be plenty of orders for the console, but there would also be a considerably noisy wave of disgruntlement accompanying the bookings.

On a brighter point, there has been another potential PS5 sighting, which does not include cake this time. A TikTok video featuring the console has been shared (via NeoGAF), and although it is more than likely a clever fake, it is still quite convincing in its appearance. The console is even connected to a television with the official PS5 boot-up screen on display. There are plenty of augmented reality clips of Sony’s console already in the wild, and tricksters have tried to fool fans before with well-crafted fakery. But at least it gives a decent idea of how the real thing will look like in your gaming room of choice.

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Likely AR PS5. (Image source: TikTok via NeoGAF)
Likely AR PS5. (Image source: TikTok via NeoGAF)
Likely AR PS5. (Image source: TikTok via NeoGAF)
Likely AR PS5. (Image source: TikTok via NeoGAF)
Likely AR PS5. (Image source: TikTok via NeoGAF)
Likely AR PS5. (Image source: TikTok via NeoGAF)

Source(s)

Xboxygen (1/2 - in French) & NeoGAF (1/2)

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Daniel R Deakin, 2020-09- 5 (Update: 2020-09-30)
Daniel R Deakin
Daniel R Deakin - Managing Editor News
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.