PlayStation 5 news: Console prices cut in Brazil; rumors of early launch in Europe; PS5 comes with an HDMI 2.1 cable
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There’s some good news for Brazilian PlayStation fans who may have already been disappointed about the suggested retail prices for the upcoming PlayStation 5. The PS5 and Digital Edition were originally priced at R$4,999 (US$869) and R$4,499 (US$782), respectively, but they now have newly discounted price tags of R$4,699 (US$816) and R$4,199 (US$730). However, many gamers in Brazil will still struggle to pick up the PS5 at those prices as the average monthly income is just R$2,535 (US$440). It’s a stark contrast to the situation in the US: US$499.99 for the Blu-ray model or US$399.99 for the Digital Edition and an average monthly income of US$4,090.
Eager PS5 fans in countries such as Germany, France, and the UK started believing that the next-gen console was going to get an earlier launch than expected in some parts of Europe. While North America, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and South Korea get to welcome the PS5 on November 12, much of the rest of the world has to wait until November 19. However, some fake emails and misinterpreted messages certainly stoked the rumor flames for a while, as social media started buzzing with the thought that the UK/Germany/Europe launch date had been pushed forward.
Strangely enough, some of the confusion about the matter was even caused by PlayStation itself, with the official German-language Twitter account reminding followers that Miles Morales would be available on November 12. Some took this to be a subtle clue that the PS5 console was getting an earlier release and along with an alleged MediaMarkt “email” seemed to confirm this much wished-for rumor. However, it is the PS4 edition of Spider-Man: Miles Morales that has a worldwide November 12 launch date along with the PS5 version of the game for the first console launch markets mentioned above (North America, etc.). European gamers can keep hoping, but it seems unlikely Sony would change shipping dates at the last minute, even with the various national lockdowns taking place.
There is another small silver lining to all these gray clouds though, with tech tipster @GermanStrands confirming that there will be an HDMI 2.1 cable to be found in the PS5’s box. So this means 4K gaming at 120 fps is possible on Sony’s console, because the HDMI 2.1 format is capable of fulfilling the 48 Gb/s transmission rate requirement for this level of entertainment. Games like DIRT 5 and Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition offer support for 120 fps gaming as long as the user has a television capable of taking full advantage of the next-gen console’s video output.