It seems like microsoft is adamant on making their own consoles available for cheaper than both the PS5 editions. Based on insider information and leaks on both sides, it seems Xbox next-gen consoles will be cheaper despite having better specs.
Microsoft plans to low-ball Sony
According to an industry insider ‘Dusk Golem’ it seems “Microsoft is ready to low-ball Sony when it comes to price.” They added that, “Microsoft can more easily make a sacrifice and get back profits from Game Pass than console sales than Sony can from that comparatively.” It should be noted that in the past Dusk Golem’s leaks has been consistent regarding the Resident Evil franchise and a currently unconfirmed Sony Silent Hill game.
This information is completely aligned with Microsoft’s current policy of getting as many users into the Xbox ecosystem. Although this can be a risky move it can prove effective in these times when people are still suffering from the effects of an economic slowdown due to the corona pandemic.
Xbox Series S leaked
Another leak has also confirmed the existence of Xbox’s Project Lockheart aka Xbox Series S (this generation’s console wars worst kept secret). The leak was confirmed when images of the controller for the new console started making it rounds on Twitter.
The Series S console is supposedly a lower powered and affordable version of Series X meant to compete with the disk-less version of PS5. Though the console may not be able to run games in 4K but is supposed to have all the other upgrades and next-gen features same as Series X.
PS5 prices leaked
It was also previously reported that a major french retailer had accidentally leaked the prices for PS5 and its accompanying accessories. Although, this information should be taken with a grain of salt as the prices mentioned can be just placeholders put up by employees for a rough estimate.
But it is still quite interesting that the standard version of PS5 is priced at €499 while the PS5 Digital Edition costs €399. If Playstation 4’s launch price structure is taken into account, the same price as the EU can be applicable in the US. Then the PS5 digital edition could cost $399 at launch, and the regular model would have an initial price of $499..
These prices can certainly be game changing especially when considering the price comparison between Xbox Series S and PS5 Digital Edition. If Xbox manages to low-ball the price of Xbox Series S lower than PS5 Digital Edition, it would lower the entry point for next-gen consoles considerably. That can only be a relief to gamers all around the world as they may not have to break their wallet to afford a new console.
Players may not have to wait that long for more news as according to Bloomberg a Playstation official who remained anonymous, as the plan isn’t public – explained that Sony “tentatively” plans to make its next announcement in August. Based on Sony’s recent statement saying preorders for the console won’t come as a surprise, this announcement is highly likely to be about the console’s price and release date.
Xbox too is likely to have a showcase this August to officially reveal Xbox Series S. Hopefully they may take this chance to also reveal the console’s price and release date.