This comes from a new Bloomberg report, citing anonymous sources and bringing in experts to comment on the details.
The Bloomberg report also says that Sony has lowered its production estimate for the PS5 from 15 million units to 11 million units. This is due to “production issues with a custom-designed system-on-chip for the new console,” according to Bloomberg’s anonymous sources. At one point during production, just 50% of the components of production were enough to actually be used, although this number has since climbed.
However, soon after the Bloomberg report was published, Sony reached out to Gamesind Industries.biz with a statement claiming that the information published was inaccurate.
Sony said in a statement, “We do not release details related to manufacturing, but the information provided by Bloomberg is incorrect.”
The production drop will be for the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. Although Sony and Microsoft’s consoles share common features, including similar RDNA 2 graphics technology, Microsoft has no problem with production. The result could be console gamers looking to upgrade, finding that there are no PS5 consoles available, and instead purchasing a next-gen Xbox.
In more positive news, Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Masahiro Wakasugi claims that Sony could lower the PS5 price to $ 449 (and less than $ 400 for the digital version) to counter the $ 499 price of the Xbox X is. It’s still more expensive than the $ 300 Series S, but the PS5 digital version will have performance chops on par with the standard PS5. The Xbox Series S is a low-spec system that still offers fast loading and ray tracing but is limited to 1440p output.
Game consoles are usually sold at a loss, with the only notable exception in recent memory being the Nintendo Wii. This is because it helps encourage users to buy consoles, while manufacturers make their money back by selling games. Sony may therefore be likely to be very flexible with its pricing, especially now that we know the strategy of double promotion of Xbox.
A report based on listings at the Spanish retailer claimed that the PS5 would cost 499 euros for the standard version and 399 euros for the digital version. These are similar figures to Wakasugi, so perhaps this rumor has more than just an expert opinion.
Today (16 September) is the day of Sony’s big PS5 showcase. We expect the price and availability of the new console to be announced with the reveal of the new game. Once we have it, it won’t be new until the new PlayStation and the new Xbox make it out this November.