Sky-high PS5 price and PS5 Pro gets rubbished by Sony
The latest issue of Famitsu magazine seemed to respond to a hoax image of the PlayStation 5, where the price of the hardware was apparently posted.
The image – which you can see on the link below – suggested Sony’s next-generation console would hit shelves at about £475 (as per the conversion rate from Japanese yen at the time of writing).
That was supposedly just the base model of the PlayStation 5, too – the hoax image also suggested that a 'premium edition' of the console would also come to market, costing the equivalent of £750.
As per a translation of the Japanese site:
"The release date of PlayStation 5 [will be] Friday, December 4, 2020. The price starts from 69,800 yen (excluding tax).
"The standard model PS5 Standard is equipped with a 1TB SSD and has basic functions. The top model PS5 Premium has a 4TB SSD and a separate GPU for ray-tracing, so the graphics performance is higher than the standard.
"The price is 109,800 yen (excluding tax), and reservations for both models will start on March 20 next year."
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The information was originally posted on the blog GAMERS GATE and the eye-watering price started to gain so much traction that it prompted an uncharacteristic response from Sony.
Thankfully that eye-watering price is not the price gamers will be paying when Sony launches the console next year.
Famitsu contacted Sony, and a spokesperson for the company was quick to outline that the information in the blog is not true.
"The posted content is not an official announcement", a translation of the reply from Sony states.
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A successful industry-trusted leaker has suggested the PS5 will release in North America on November 20, 2020.
In a tweet, @PSErebus also said the recommended retail price would be $499. Which for anyone curious is roughly £385 here in the UK.
It was also suggested Sony will leave the next generation console in several other countries in “the holiday season of 2020”.
One Twitter user commented: “The is leaked, and not the official Sony account, but looks credible! Release date and price in-line with what was expected”.
It's fine to be sceptical and frankly we'd take all PS5 stories with a pinch of salt until otherwise confirmed by Sony themselves.
However, it’s worth keeping in mind that this leaker has already, successfully, leaked several key details about Sony's upcoming exclusive, The Last of Us Part 2.
Not just that, he also knew the release date well before it was announced by the developer and publisher. So it does seem, giving him the benefit of the doubt, as though this insider might have the inside track on certain Sony 2020 plans.
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