It looks like Sony are doing what they can to be competitive for the new console generation with the disc free “digital” console launching at $399US and $499US for those still attached to their physical libraries. The pricing is as many expected though the $100 difference is still notable as the only difference between the two versions is the optical disc drive. It’ll be interesting to see how that plays out in terms of sales. It does make the digital console more in reach of those considering an Xbox Series S which is a smart move. It’s also likely much more of a loss leader than the disc version and Sony will really be hoping the difference will be made up for in digital game sales. The PlayStation 5 will launch November 12th/19th depending on your region.
The showcase livestream (via Gamespot) is below… I jumped ahead to where the trailers begin so you can avoid scanning through the whole video:
With everyone around the world being stung in their wallets due to current events we could find this generation will skew even further toward the more budget conscious options than the previous one. And with both of the cheaper consoles (PS5 Digital Edition and Xbox Series S) not having disc drives it’ll also impact on how the majority of games are sold in the future. It’s funny to think now that this digital future which was mocked at the beginning of the last generation will soon be the standard for the next one! 😉