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PlayStation 5 prices supposedly cut to compete with Xbox consoles, Japan release date potentially leaked, and a timely reminder of what's in store for PS5 owners

Striking fan-made concept PS5 box by designer Vinícius de Jesus. (Image source: @vih8p)
Striking fan-made concept PS5 box by designer Vinícius de Jesus. (Image source: @vih8p)
A new report has claimed that Sony has had to revise planned prices for the PlayStation 5 consoles due to Microsoft’s attractive next-gen Xbox hardware price tags. A PS5 launch date in Japan may have been accidentally revealed, and a timely reminder of what future PS5 owners can look forward to has been circulating on social media.

It seems that Sony may have intended higher prices for its PlayStation 5 consoles than many suspected, according to a report from Gamereactor. There have even been some recent rumors of a PS5 with disc drive costing €599 and the Digital Edition costing €499, so you could reason that respective price tags for other markets would have been around US$599/£549 and US$499/£449. However, now Microsoft has confirmed US$499/£449/€499/AU$749 and US$299/£249/€299/AU$499 for its two consoles, it’s believed Sony has had to go back to the drawing board and cut its console price tags.

The same source further reports hearing prices of US$399 and US$499 for the Digital Edition PS5 and Blu-ray PS5, respectively. This could indicate prices of £349/€399/AU$599 for the former console and £449/€499/AU$749 for the latter in other key markets. Of course, none of these PlayStation prices are official, so they should be taken with a healthy dose of skepticism for the time being.

Amazon has yet again seemingly leaked confidential details about Sony’s upcoming next-gen console, with listings for the DualSense charging station, the PS5 Pulse 3D wireless headset, and apparently a “protective cover” (or attachment of some sort) for the DualSense controller, appearing on the company’s website for Japan. A date of purchase for these PS5 accessories was also listed: November 20. This could mean that the PS5 console will be launched in Japan on that particular date, or Amazon has just guessed a date for the sake of placeholders.

For those getting fed up of the wait for the PS5, a seemingly dated but still relevant image (see below) of games and exclusives coming to the next-gen console has been circulating on social media as of late. The picture, which seems to have come from a Spanish-language forum, shows PS5 exclusives that are classed as first-party or second-party titles on the top row while the second row features third-party games and timed exclusives. It’s an impressive list of games that should help reinvigorate the spirits of some fans who may have found their excitement levels flagging lately.

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Potential game list. (Image source: Vandal)
Potential game list. (Image source: Vandal)
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Daniel R Deakin, 2020-09-11 (Update: 2020-09-12)
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.