PS5 Price WARNING: Sony’s PlayStation 5 sounds very, very expensive

In a shock move, Sony has revealed the first information about the PlayStation 5 via an interview with Wired.

In the interview, it’s revealed that the PS5 is going to really up the stakes in terms of what tech we can expect to see in the machine compared to the PS4.

As per the Wired article, the most pertinent things to bear in mind are: 

• “PlayStation’s next-generation console ticks all those boxes, starting with an AMD chip at the heart of the device. (Warning: some alphabet soup follows.) The CPU is based on the third generation of AMD’s Ryzen line and contains eight cores of the company’s new 7nm Zen 2 microarchitecture. The GPU, a custom variant of Radeon’s Navi family, will support ray tracing, a technique that models the travel of light to simulate complex interactions in 3D environments.”

• “Solid-state drives have been available in budget laptops for more than a decade, and the Xbox One and PS4 both offer external SSDs that claim to improve load times. […] What’s built into Sony’s next-gen console is something a little more specialized.”

Now, that outlines a good level of basic tech that we can assume will form the base of the PlayStation 5. Now, bear with us as we take a little speculative tour of the price point here.

Let’s start with the SSD. Mark Cerny, in the interview and elsewhere previously, has stated that the PS5 will feature ‘no loading times’ or ‘very few loading times’. This suggests that the specialised hard drive Sony intends to use will be a high-end SSD.

Now, on the market currently, you can nab an NVME SSD, with 500GB storage, for £120. This has a read speed of 3.5GB/s and write speed 2.5GB/s – not bad, right? This is fairly good tech, but the PS5 will absolutely be hungry for more storage space (at least 1TB – and that’s the pure minimum) and a better read/write speed. 

In the current market, you’d pay £120 for that SSD.

So let’s look higher – according to ExpertReviews, one of the best all-rounders you can buy right now is the Adata XPG SX8200 Pro. 1TB storage, decent read/write, good value – and that’s £160.

Keep that in mind.

Next, let’s look at the sort of graphics card you’d need to get decent, future-proof raytracing to work.

Recently, Nvidia’s pushed out a driver that allows you to make older graphics cards: the GTX-10 and 16-series. These could set you back about £200 if you’re smart about where you buy from, and currently it’s questionable whether or not they’ll be good enough to support much upcoming gaming content.

But that is low-end, just-about-capable of current games stuff… and that’s cheap.

A lower-end, modern raytracing graphics card will set you back – typically – somewhere in the region of £480. If Sony wants its cards to be viable until, well, let’s say at least 2027, it’s going to want something powerful.

NVIDIA’s GEFORCE RTX 2080 card, generally one of the more mainstream high-end cards available at the moment, comes in at about £720. And that, maybe, would just about be up for the job.

PlayStation 5 – How much will it cost? 

So, let’s take a very conservative estimate. 

Let’s say around £150 for a good, specialised SSD. And then, for the sake of assuming Sony can mass produce tech and sell it at a slight loss (it’s happened before!), lets say the graphics and CPU tech comes in, together, at £600.

That’s £750 – before you even get to everything else: manufacturing costs, shipping, logistics and so forth.

Obviously, Sony can come in a bit cheaper, rely on its own tech arms to get better tech deals and so on… but, for the sort of tech we’re talking about, this is real high-end expensive stuff. 

Don’t expect a £400 price point similar to the PS4 launch – it looks like Sony is likely to deliver something much, much more expensive. 

We’ll update you as we learn more.

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