A couple of days ago, Sony announced the prices of the different versions of the PlayStation 5 console. According to the company, the Digital Version” will sell for $399.99. However, the version with an Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Drive will hit the shelves for $499. Nevertheless, if the recent reports are true, only a handful of people will get the digital version of the Sony PS5. A recent report claims that the stock of the digital version will be much lower than the CD-ROM version.
The report claims that the retailer’s inventory of the PS5 digital version only accounts for about 20%. The overall proportion is roughly between 13-33%. According to GameStop schedule distribution inventory on some websites in the U.S., the PS5 digital version inventory only accounts for 24%. However, the optical drive version accounts for as much as 76%. In some instances, the digital version inventory only accounts for 13%.
This is not an issue with the U.S. market. Looking at the pre-order schedule at BestBuy Canada, you will observe the same situation. At BestBuy Canada, there are 19,000 optical drive version and 3,000 digital version PS5 consoles. This means the digital version is only 13% of the total. Of course, there is a huge gap in the number of units for both versions.
Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO, Jim Ryan, once said: “At present, we will not disclose the stocking ratio of the PS5 digital version and the optical drive version. However, we will produce the necessary number of digital versions to meet market demand. We will try our best to predict the market’s demand for different versions”.
Sony PlayStation 5 Pre-orders
The pre-orders for the PlayStation 5 is already on. The first outright sale of these consoles will be on the 12th of November. The US, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea will get this console on November 12th. Nevertheless, the rest of the world will get this device on November 19th.
Sony PS5 Vs Microsoft Xbox Series X/Series S
There will be a huge battle in the market between Microsoft and Sony. The Xbox Series S (digital) has a $299 price tag. However, the Xbox Series X comes with a $499 price tag. The first official sales for these consoles will take place on November 10th. The main battle will be between the PlayStation 5 with an Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Drive and the Xbox Series X. Interestingly, these two consoles have the same price tag. The speculations were somewhat correct, the Xbox is $100 cheaper than the PlayStation 5. However, only the low version (Xbox Series S) has this advantage.