With everything going on in the world right now, retailers are struggling to stay alive. Canadian games retailer Play N Trade is one of the last holdouts as even GameStop has been closing thousands of stores in USA over the last few years and over 300 new closings announced in the last month alone.
In order to remain relevant and survive the current dip in global economic strength, video game stores have resorted to selling games like Resident Evil 3 Remake and Final Fantasy VII Remake early (with or without permission from publishers), and now we may have seen the next-generation PlayStation console, Sony’s PS5, have its price revealed by Play N Trade.
Image: Fan Render based on Sony PS5 SSD Hot Swap Patent
- Play N Trade has opened pre-orders for PS5
- PlayStation 5 Canadian price being displayed as $559 CAD
- This has caused many to believe the PS5 will be $399 USD
- The equivalent is around $395 USD but that price isn’t promised
(items are typically not set to the exact exchange rate, etc.)
- A week ago Denmark retailers debuted around ~$1050 USD for PS5 and have been promoting December 1, 2020 delivery.
According to this leak, Play N Trade derives the USA price of the console as well through deducing historical data. Due to this factor, and other factors at play, the Canadian price is more likely to be correct and the USA price will not necessarily fall in line with traditional format. However, it is also a very competitive console generation coming up with Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 both needing as much of an advantage as they can possibly get. Another factor for the cheaper price (if true) could be the recent Road to PS5 event held by Mark Cerny which revealed a lower Teraflop count and 825GB drive rather than full 1TB like XSX.
- Rumor: PS5 Remote Play Companion Device
- Xbox Series S Rumored at 4Tflops for $299 USD
- PlayStation 5 Competing with Galaxy S20 for Parts
- Xbox Series X is over 6 times PS4’s power
Although the presentation was developer-focused, and actually showed of loads of Custom Integrated Circuitry such as a dedicated audio processor with the equivalent of a PS4’s total compute power (and it can be reprogrammed for uses other than audio if desired by developers). Everything about next-generation seems to be opening up the doors for more creative and unique productions than seen in the PS3 and PS4 life cycles. Therefore, excitement is through the roof this time around from fans, enthusiasts, and tech gurus in the know about what is coming down the pipeline. Other potential gamers will have to wait and see to believe, as the specs will not tell the full story in a cohesive way the average person can visualize.
Image: Leaked PS5 Dev Kit Controller w/ Touchscreen
Official PlayStation 5 Specs (via Sony):
- CPU x86-64-AMD Ryzen™ “Zen 2”
- 8 Cores / 16 Threads
- Variable frequency, up to 3.5 GHz
- GPU AMD Radeon™ RDNA 2-based graphics engine
- Ray Tracing Acceleration
- Variable frequency, up to 2.23 GHz (10.3 TFLOPS)
- System Memory GDDR6 16GB
- 448GB/s Bandwidth
- SSD 825GB
- 5.5GB/s Read Bandwidth (Raw)
- PS5 Game Disc Ultra HD Blu-ray™, up to 100GB/disc
- Video Out Support of 4K 120Hz TVs, 8K TVs, VRR (specified by HDMI ver.2.1)
- Audio “Tempest” 3D AudioTech
I predicted a price ranging from $449 – $499 USD / $499 – $549 CAD for the PlayStation 5 back in October 2019. The ability for Sony to take a large loss on price is always there, as they are a multi-billion dollar company, but they also have shareholders which may or may not be willing to risk it. Thanks to the success of PS4 it’s certainly a possibility, but time will tell. For now, we have this information that in Canada the price of the PlayStation 5 will be around $559 CAD which was expected, and could possibly come in much lower than expected for USA based on this.
Image: Fan Render based on Sony PS5 Dev Kit Patent