Sony finally did it. After their long game of chicken with Microsoft ended last week, Sony finally announced the prices of their two PlayStation 5 versions and the release date. $399.99 for the Digital Edition and $499 for the Standard Edition.
The price doesn’t come as a major shock, as we’ve been surmising that the digital edition could likely be cheaper than the standard edition. We just didn’t know what Sony valued a disc drive at, and apparently it’s $100.
It’s a unique console generation for Sony, though. When the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One were releasing, Sony opted to wait and undercut their competitor’s price significantly. This year, however, there was no way they could match the price of the Xbox Series S ($299.99) without taking a major hit with each unit. Therefore, they did the next best thing, reduce the price of their Digital Edition.
Sony also revealed that November 12, 2020 will be the release date of the PlayStation 5 for the U.S., Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea. It will release on November 19, 2020 for the rest of the world.
Sony announced after their PlayStation 5 reveal event that pre-ordering opens tomorrow. So, get ready to queue. Although, some retailers like Walmart and GameStop opened pre-orders early.
PS5 pre-orders will be available starting as early as tomorrow at select retailers.
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) September 16, 2020
To watch the full PlayStation 5 price and release date reveal, see below.