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How much will the PS5 cost? PlayStation 5 price estimate

Published: 17/Jun/2020 18:00

by Calum Patterson

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Sony have now finally unveiled the PlayStation 5, releasing holiday 2020 – but how much will the PS5 cost you at launch?

Sony did not announce the cost, and official, regional, pricing is unlikely to be revealed until very close to launch. But, we can piece together a (hopefully) accurate estimate based on the information we already have.

This includes some of the headline specs, such as an SSD (as opposed to a hard drive), ray-tracing technology, and the ability to push out 8K playback. So we’ve considered all the features that could stack up to give us a rough price estimate.

Will the SSD make PS5 more expensive?

Some of these specs, particularly the SSD, do not come without a price tag. To buy your own 1TB SSD will cost you anywhere from $150 to $250, depending on the brand and the type (SATA or NVME).

The PS5 is confirmed to come packed with an 825GB SSD, which could end up being one of the most costly single components in the entire console.

Of course, Sony are not buying individual SSD’s for each PS5, but it’s still an expensive component – much more expensive than a hard drive.

Samsung SSDsSSD’s are much faster and far more reliable than hard drives, but also cost considerably more.

Ray-tracing in PS5

Next up we have ray-tracing, still somewhat a novelty even in PC gaming. NVIDIA started the trend with their ‘RTX’ graphics cards, which came with RT cores to provide more realistic reflections and shadows.

These RTX graphics cards come at a premium vs their non-RTX counterparts, and so there’s presumably an added cost for having this feature in PS5 too. However, it’s possible to provide ray-tracing through software now, which could cut down on this cost, rather than having a physical ray-tracing graphics component.

We also know roughly what CPU the PS5 will use; an 8-core AMD Ryzen chip. The cost of an equivalent chip for consumer purchase is around $170.

YouTube: Cycu1Ray-tracing makes reflections and shadows much more natural and realistic.

So, what’s the PS5 price?

Adjusting some of these prices down a bit, as Sony will be manufacturing in bulk, for the CPU, GPU and SSD alone, it could cost them around $300-$350 to make (for a 1TB model).

Add in the chassis itself, disc tray (on the non-digital version), RAM, controller, development costs and everything else, we wouldn’t be surprised to see the base model come in at around $500, and potentially rising to $599, depending on the edition.

We know there are at least two models, one with a disc tray and one without. But, whether they plan to introduce models with larger SSDs is unclear, though they would be more expensive.

During a February 4 investor call, Sony indicated that a price point for the new console is still yet to be finalized. “It’s very difficult to discuss anything about the price at this point of time,” Sony’s Chief Financial Officer Hiroki Totoki expressed. “It’s a question of balance, and because it’s a balancing act, it’s very difficult to say anything concrete at this point of time.”

New PS5 controller in white.
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Sony’s PS5 could potentially be their most expensive console yet.

Perhaps PlayStation will offer a version with a smaller SSD for slightly less, or a 2TB ‘PS5 Pro’ for a higher price, possibly breaching the $600 mark.

A PS5 Pro could also allow Sony to offset the cost of the base model. By dropping it slightly to encourage more casual players to make a purchase, while more dedicated players will pay a premium for the ‘pro’ version.

All of this is speculation currently, as we won’t know the actual price until much closer to release in holiday 2020.

Fortnite

New Fortnite Season 5 release date and start time potentially leaked

Published: 24/Nov/2020 12:11

by Connor Bennett

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A Fortnite leaker has seemingly revealed the start date, and time, of Chapter 2, Season 5 amid uncertainty about when it’ll be getting underway. 

Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 4 is almost at its end as players are gearing up to, finally, take on Galactus alongside some of their favorite Marvel characters. 

As with the conclusion of any season, Fortnite players immediately start looking forward to what’s coming next – and everything that Epic Games will have in store for them. Typically, the final day of the battle pass is a good indicator for when a new season might start, but that has been changed a few times in Season 4. 

Add to that the rumors about a potential black hole blackout situation again, and the Fortnite community has been left incredibly confused about Season 5’s start date. 

Galactus flying towards the screen in Fortnite
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Galactus has been getting closer and closer to the Fortnite map all season – and a battle is on the way.

However, that confusion could be cleared up if one leaker is correct with their claims about the next season. 

ShiinaBR, who has been a reliable leaker in the past, shared some information from another leaker who seems to have the scoop. “Season 5 could(!) start on December 2 at 7 am GMT, according to @tonxim,” she tweeted on November 22. “If this is true, this means the season would start 10 hours after the event takes place!”

If correct, this would mean that Fortnite Season 5 would get underway on December 2nd at 2 am ET/11 pm PT/8 am CET. So, it could be a long day of Fortnite if you factor in attending the live event. 

Additionally, the lengthy downtime would also play into the speculation that another blackout could happen in the meantime – making Fortnite inaccessible until the new season starts. 

Nothing, as of now, has been confirmed by Epic, so it’s worth taking things with a pinch of salt, but it does seem like we’re drawing ever close to the start date of Season 5 being confirmed.