It is an open secret that the PS5 and all Xbox Series X should cost between 500 and 400 euros each. While nothing has been officially announced, industry experts also talk about the price in a podcast by gamescom moderator Geoff Keighley – and they assume that Microsoft wants to undercut Sony.

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What is the price of next gen consoles based on? First of all, of course Production costs of each console, which mainly depend on the built-in hardware inside. Let's take a look: An older report from the industrial magazine Bloomberg according to, they total Production cost of a PS5 in about $ 500. So will it also be priced there? What about the Xbox Series X?

This is exactly the subject of two industry experts in the Podcast by gamescom and The Game Awards presenter Geoff Keighley assumed: The two men were the Industry analyst Michael Pachter as well as the former EA manager Peter Moore. As you can listen to in the podcast, Pachter assumes that Microsoft will wait for Sony price announcement. And of course, then one announce lower price:

“From what I saw, Sony becomes Charge $ 500 for the PS5 and Microsoft has plenty of leeway to balance that. If you can reduce the price by 100 euros – put the price under the PS5 and subsidize the first 10 million copies – then they will. I think they are waiting for Sony to respond first, and then they announce the price and the release date. Most likely sometime in the November, and very likely $ 400. "

Clever.

In addition to the production costs and the inclusion of the competition, the feasibility of the price also plays a role. Both companies will beware of that To put consoles on the market too expensivewhich, conversely, also prevents them from installing hardware that is too expensive. Casual and mainstream gamers in particular do not want to pay the same price for a console as for a good PC – I would say.

However, it will be important for both sell as many consoles as possibleto then be able to launch as many games as possible for the Next Gen. In other words, yes, that Price of a PS5 or an Xbox Series X could even fall below production costs. And both companies would still earn their living.

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PS5: Contradicting messages – super cheap or far too expensive?

The PlayStation 5 is expected to be released at the end of the year. Due to the problems that cause the spread of the corona virus worldwide, industry analysts are already speculating whether the PS5 will even appear as planned for the 2020 Christmas season. Whether there may be delivery bottlenecks. And of course how the whole thing could affect the purchase price of the console, which is still not officially confirmed.

These uncertainties cause any information that a Reference to the price of the PS5 could be taken under the microscope. Two current reports that resulted from this could hardly be more contradictory.

For example, reports Gamerant that a Danish online retailer is already offering the device for pre-ordering. In addition to the release date, the December 1, 2020, a price is also given: 6,689 Danish kroner, so converted about 900 euros – an insane price. Gamerant admits that both the date and the price could of course be placeholders – but still considers that the current problems could be reflected in the purchase price.

The price of the PS5: contradictory reports

This current message from Notebookcheck: Sony's PS5 may be incredibly cheap and affordable far undercut the Xbox Series X. There are various other online retailers, such as Play N Trade in Vancouver, Canada, which show wildcard prices well below the Danish retailer. So it is converted for there about 360 euros offered, which seems a bit more realistic, but is far below what you would expect at the console launch. This could be a competitive advantage, but it could also mean a great risk of loss, since Sony would then offer the console even more than in previous generations at a manufacturing cost. Failure to achieve rapid market penetration at such a price could have serious consequences.

Either way: It remains to be seen how the final price will actually be.

Original message from Marina Hansel, February 14, 12:01 p.m.

PS5: production is as expensive as never – price as high?

Perhaps Sony will not make much sales with the PS5 alone, let's just talk about the profit from selling the consoles. What sounds like a joke is actually none – let's believe the new information on the Production costs of the PS5.

As the Industry magazine Bloomberg reports, the cost of manufacturing the PS5 on round $ 450 each. The information is based on anonymous sources from industry. Bloomberg continues that Sony is normally in the February of the release year sets the price; this time, however, the group is keeping a low profile. That would explain why the new one Console still hasn't been presented. As I just said in another message recently, everything has spoken so far about an announcement from PlayStation 5 in February. Why? Because the last generations were also presented in February, price announcement included.

Does that mean the PS5 will cost at least 450 euros?

Of course that's the big question. At the same time, however, one that is not so easy to answer: If we look back at the PS4, the release cost 399.99 euros. IHS Markit according to the console, the production cost was approximately $ 381. Is that true, Sony has here too can hardly make a profit – we only notice the sale of the console and forget for a moment that the group may have made enough money with all kinds of PS4 games.

So the PS5 becomes even more expensive and approaches the 500 euro mark? It is possible, but in this case Sony has to pay even more attention: They are in direct competition with Microsoft and the Xbox Series X: If the price difference becomes too large, Sony could lose its buyers. In addition, it is certainly far from Sony console to expensive to bring to the market. To this day, all kinds of VR glasses have to struggle, which are expensive to produce and therefore also reach the pain threshold of buyers in terms of price.

It is impossible to guess now how expensive the PS5 will actually be. Who knows, maybe it will even be sold below production value? If Sony decides soon in this regard, the should also announcement nothing in the way. And then we all know more.