Almost a year after Sony made the PS5 more expensive, it’s claimed that the standard edition of the console is about to drop in price.
One of the most common issues with modern gaming is just how expensive it is. Everything about it has steadily increased in price over the last few years, with more and more publishers following Sony’s example of charging £70 for games.
Sony also caught flack last year for raising the price of the already costly PlayStation 5 by £30; a decision it blamed on inflation – even though the US was somehow the only country not to suffer from the increase.
However, it’s recently been claimed that the opposite is about to happen, and that Sony is planning a price cut for the standard edition of the PlayStation 5, aka the one with a disc drive.
There’s no mention of this price cut applying to the console’s Digital Edition (which has no disc drive and costs £389.99), but the standard edition is said to be inline for a £75 price cut – more than double last year’s price rise.
This would bring it down from £479.99 to £404.99, which would also make it £40 cheaper than what it cost at launch in 2020.
This comes courtesy of billbil-kun over at Dealabs, who has become a regular and very reliable source of leaks, including the monthly PlayStation Plus line-ups and products such as the Starfield Xbox controller.
They add that the discount will be available in at least the UK, Germany, and the US. Although the US will only see a $50 reduction (roughly £39) since the PlayStation 5 never got more expensive there to begin with.
Billbil-kun admits they don’t know when this reduction will take place, but it will apply to the PlayStation Direct store and other retailers like Amazon and GAME.
Presumably, if billbil-kun is hearing about this now, the discount will come into effect relatively soon – in time for the run-up to Christmas.
Considering a PS5 Slim is rumoured to be out this year, which will also be cheaper than the standard PlayStation 5, it’ll be interesting to see if this price drop will come before or after the new variant’s launch.
Or perhaps the price drop in question is solely for the PS5 Slim, with streamlined production methods allowing Sony to offer the discount – which is the primary point of slim models, from a console manufacturer’s point of view.
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