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Sony's PlayStation 5 will "emphasise value" says Sony's Jim Ryan

Value doesn't mean cheap...

Sony reveals its PlayStation 5 console

Sony's PlayStation 5 will "emphasise value" says Sony's Jim Ryan

When Sony revealed the PlayStation 5 last week, the company remained silent on pricing, focusing their event on their future games and the reveal of the console itself. 

With the PlayStation 5, Sony claims that their system will deliver a "paradigm shift" for both game developers and gamers alike. This will be accomplished by the console's new hardware features, such as solid state storage and the system's use of 3D audio. In addition to this, the console will also feature stronger CPU and GPU hardware than ever before. 

With these hardware enhancements, Sony's PlayStation 5 will be an expensive console. SSD storage is expensive, and so are the other hardware aspects of PlayStation 5. Sony will counter this somewhat with the release of a digital-only PlayStation 5 console, but the cost of a Blu-Ray drive is a minor aspect of the system total build cost. 

When discussing pricing, Sony's focus is on value, emphasising that the cost of their new hardware will deliver higher quality games and open up new possibilities for developers. This costly hardware will reward consumers with better gaming experiences, which is what Sony means when it talks about value. Let's be clear, the PS5 will be expensive, but Sony's plan is to convince you that it's a price worth paying. 


Sony reveals its PlayStation 5 console


The Diskless PS5 won't be cheaper because it will cost less to produce

As we have said before, the Blu-Ray drive on the PlayStation 5 is not the most costly thing on the console's bill of materials. Removing it will not make the PlayStation 5 significantly cheaper, but it will force gamers to purchase games through the PlayStation Store. This will allow Sony to earn larger margins on the games they sell, allowing them to earn back their money faster on diskless PlayStation 5 units.

In this case, offering a lower-cost console at launch will secure Sony more money from future game sales, which is great news for Sony. However, this will create a dire situation for gaming retailers, as higher PSN games sales will remove sales from other online or high street retailers. This could bring an end to games retail as we know it.  

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15-06-2020, 13:03:05

NeverBackDown
Going have to disagree on the price of the 4k drive. 4k drives in the market cost at least $200+ and the good ones are way more than that. It will be a pretty big price cut. Even $100 off is quite a bit when you consider that means you can put those savings towards PS Plus, Game, another Controller, or any of the accessories. It's definitely not a "minor aspect" taking the cost from other similar drives.

It's also the reason back in the day the PS3 was so expensive. The Blu Ray drive was absurdly expensive and was the reason Sony failed in the beginning. They don't want to repeat that this time


Now if it's one of those cheap "4k upscaling" players then sure it's not that expensive but I don't think Sony would do that. They would get a lot of crap for that.Quote

15-06-2020, 13:11:59

ImprovizoR
I'll probably get the digital version anyway, since physical copies of standard edition games are like 80 EUR in my neck of the woods for no discernable reason whatsoever.Quote

15-06-2020, 13:15:10

NeverBackDown
I'm definitely getting the digital version too. I have no need for a 4k player and no place near me I could purchase a disc version of the game. I would have to order it online which defeats the purpose... I would use it for movies but I can just stream it anyway in 4k for most thingsQuote

15-06-2020, 13:20:40

kdawgmaster
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Originally Posted by NeverBackDown View Post
Going have to disagree on the price of the 4k drive. 4k drives in the market cost at least $200+ and the good ones are way more than that. It will be a pretty big price cut. Even $100 off is quite a bit when you consider that means you can put those savings towards PS Plus, Game, another Controller, or any of the accessories. It's definitely not a "minor aspect" taking the cost from other similar drives.

It's also the reason back in the day the PS3 was so expensive. The Blu Ray drive was absurdly expensive and was the reason Sony failed in the beginning. They don't want to repeat that this time


Now if it's one of those cheap "4k upscaling" players then sure it's not that expensive but I don't think Sony would do that. They would get a lot of crap for that.
You're looking at this from entirely the wrong perspective, a consumers perspective. Keep in mind that blue rays are Sony's copyright, sony makes their own player's and this is likely a player already in market just fitted for the PS5. It has also likely gotten WAY cheaper for Sony to produce these player's likely dropping it extensively from one of their most expensive components down to more of a mid tier.Quote

15-06-2020, 13:35:21

AlienALX
TBH they can bugger off. Nothing in this world annoys me more than cloak and dagger BS, and sellers who won't put a price on something. Or they put something up for sale and won't discuss the price unless you PM them, then they make you laugh.

But to continually dodge the question whilst saying value? GTFOOH. Sounds just like when Vega was "very nice".Quote
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