Bloomberg reports new information on the PlayStation 5. Sony would wait for the announcement of the price of the Xbox Series X to set the price of its console.
After the presentation of the Xbox Series X in December at the Game Awards, and a simple logo for the PS5 at CES, the gaming world is waiting for Sony to discover its new PlayStation. Especially since some rumors evoked the beginning of February for the launch. It’s the period during which Sony had presented its PS4 in 2013.
For the moment Sony does not announce anything concerning its next-gen console, and according to Bloomberg, it is also because the firm would be in difficulty concerning the manufacturing price of the PlayStation 5.
MANUFACTURING PRICE OF THE PLAYSTATION 5: 450 DOLLARS
Bloomberg was able to question sources close to the design of the PS5, we imagine at Sony. The site indicates that the manufacturing costs of the new PlayStation are currently around 450 dollars per unit, which puts the Japanese giant in difficulty, which has yet to announce the price of its new console.
As a reminder, the price that had made the success of the PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation 4 Pro in their time, but also of the PS VR, was $400. The cost of manufacturing of the first PS4 at launch was estimated at $ 381, which allowed Sony not to lose money on the sale of its console, a rare occurrence for the launch of a console. If we take this example again, the PS5 could be sold at 470 dollars.
WHY SUCH A HIGH PRICE?
According to Bloomberg, the main problem comes from the supply of DRAM and NAND flash memory. They will be used for the RAM of the console and its SSD storage. The production lines have recently experienced difficulties which caused a general rise in prices.
The source also indicates that Sony has finalized the list of most of the components of its new console. This include the cooling system which would be particularly expensive. The next two consoles promise to be particularly powerful, so it will require an excellent cooling system to be sure to dissipate the heat emitted. The cooling would cost Sony several dollars per unit, against less than a dollar for the cooling of previous consoles.