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PS5 website launched as Sony finally address price speculation

Published: 4/Feb/2020 16:58

by Calum Patterson

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Sony CFO Hiroki Totoki has finally touched on the price of the PlayStation 5, explaining that it is still yet to be determined, just before the official PS5 website was launched on February 4

Though both the PS5 and Xbox Series X boast some impressive technical specs, such as fast SSDs, ray-tracing and more, these components are sure to come at a premium.

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This has left some fans cautious in their excitement for the next console generation, concerned that they might have to shell out more than ever before to get Sony and Microsoft’s latest offerings.

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The official PlayStation 5 logo was revealed at CES 2020.

Speaking on Sony’s third-quarter earnings call (via SpielTimes), Chief Financial Officer Kotoki said: “because we are competing in the space, […] it’s very difficult to discuss anything about the price at this point of time, and depending upon the price level, we may have to determine the promotion that we are going to deploy and how much costs we are prepared to pay.”

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So, it sounds like with the new Xbox set to release at a similar time, around Holiday 2020, the two competitors will be keen to ensure they don’t over or underprice their machines.

Totoki said that it is “very difficult to say anything concrete at this point [in] time,” and that they’re looking to maintain “balance” so that the PS5 is profitable throughout its product life.

PS5 Website launched

Shortly after the call, Redditors noticed that a website had been setup for the PS5. This could indicate that an announcement is imminent.

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Sony’s PS5 page doesn’t have much information, yet.

When is the PS5 being revealed?

This revelation means that it’s unlikely a price will announced for the console at a reveal event expected in February or March. There’s no confirmation yet though, only speculation based on the release period of Holiday 2020.

Xbox is moving along faster, having already revealed their console, so perhaps Sony is expecting them to announce the price first too, allowing them to set their own accordingly.

So, how much will the PS5 cost?

Based on the information we have so far about the console, it’s possible to give a rough estimate of how much Sony might end up charging. We did the maths here, and calculate that the base model will most likely come in at around $500.

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It’s possible that Sony offer two models, with a more pricey ‘Pro’ version aimed at more serious gamers, perhaps at around $650, or even $700. This could help offset any tight margins in the lower end model.

But, even Sony themselves don’t know for sure how much the PS5 will cost at the moment, so we’ll simply have to wait to find out.

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Apex Legends Evo shields are being nerfed again in Season 7

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:12 Updated: 8/Oct/2020 1:28

by Alan Bernal

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The Evo Shields in Apex Legends are set for another balance update that could come in Season 7, as Respawn are still fine-tuning how the armor upgrades to its max level.

Respawn brought the Evo Shields in the System Override patch in March, then made them a staple in the battle royale later on. Ever since then, the studio has been trying to find the right balance with the armor and its scaling defense as the game continues.

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As for the studio, the hunt for that equilibrium to the item will continue as Respawn Game Designer Daniel Z. Klein indicated that players could have an increased damage threshold to hit before getting a fully evolved shield.

This change is still in the implementation phases, however, since Respawn need to tinker with the game’s networking to actually bring in the patch.

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The Evo Armor values for max level will change, most likely in Season 7.

“We have a change planned for red Evo Shields for patch 7.0, but it required a little networking work (don’t ask; game dev is dumb) so we couldn’t ship it in 6.1,” Klein responded to a player who noticed there weren’t any changes to the shields in the Aftermarket update. “The plan is to increase the damage required to go to Red.”

At the time of writing, the Evo Shields need 500 damage inflicted to reach max level. That requirement is going to change, although the developer gave no indication for how much.

Complaints about the gear stem from how many people seem to have a fully upgraded Evo early in games.

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Though this could be attributed to the typical gunfight fiestas that happen at any major POI after dropping into the Arena, the problem is going to get a closer look within the studio.

There’s no word if there will also be a change to the armor max Evo Shields provide, but it’s not likely since Respawn tuned that not too long ago when Season 6 started.

In any case, the company is hoping the next round of changes will leave Apex Legends in a healthier state as it concerns the popular Evo Shields in the game.

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