Rumors that PS5 and Xbox Series X will both be priced at $499 and will launch by mid-November

It might be hard to make the price any higher than that.

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2020年08月21日, 午後 08:13 in egmt
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This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.


Sony's PlayStation 5 and Microsoft's Xbox Series X are set to launch at the end of 2020, of these two next-gen gaming consoles, the Xbox Series X has been officially announced for a November release, but the PlayStation 5 has not been announced at the time of writing . And as for pricing, neither of them have mentioned it at this time.

In the meantime, there are rumors that the Xbox Series X will be released on November 6 and the PS5 on November 13, plus both will be priced at $499 in the US.

The prediction was made by Roberto Serrano, a well-known business analyst. Along with the above prediction, he said on Twitter that the lower-priced Xbox Series S (tentative) will be available for $299 on November 5, a day earlier than the Series X, and the all-digital version of the PS5 will be available on the same day as the optical drive version for $399.

However, these dates and prices have not been backed up in any way, and Serrano's prediction that PS5 pre-orders would open on July 13 was a big miss. Therefore, his statement is by no means credible on its own.

However, there are different leading sources for this release date and price predictions. Particularly in regards to the release date, when Epic Games announced a few days ago that the Last Ruff Bundle (an assortment of costumes and various items, including Batman's nemesis, the Joker, and other costumes for the popular Fortnite game) would be released on November 17, "It will also arrive in time for the release of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X next-generation consoles," they add.

In other words, the Serrano statement comes at a time when it's almost confirmed that both consoles will be released before November 17.

And in terms of price, it's safe to say that talk of around $499 for both the PS5 and Xbox Series X is almost a theory.

Particularly with regard to the PS5, the French Amazon temporarily listed the PS5 as €499 (based on the difference in VAT, the US price is estimated to be $499) at the same time as the Xbox Sales Strategy Manager stated his prediction from a marketing strategy perspective that the PS5 would never exceed $500.

As for the other Xbox Series X, Monster Energy recently announced a campaign in collaboration with Halo: Infinite. The actual promotion won't start until September 1, but details about the prizes have already been revealed, which is another clue as to the price of the unit.

According to the document with the campaign details, we can confirm that the total value of the product is $119,998, with a total of 200 prizes. If you divide the front number by the back number, you get $599.99. So if you subtract the software price of Halo: Infinite from that, the Xbox Series X leads to a guess that's not too far off, $539.99 per unit.

However, at this point in time, none of the information is strong enough to be considered ironclad. But at least the PS5 and Xbox Series X are both expected to cost around $499, indicating the possibility that a price much higher than that could be a disappointment to users.

Both Sony and MS have bitten the dust in the past when it comes to console prices, so both may not be able to ignore the direction of the consumer wind.

Source: Roberto Serrano (Twitter)

Via: Gamesradar


This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.

 
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