How Much will the PS5 Cost?

PS5 Price

It is no secret that gaming is an expensive hobby. What makes it more so is the fact that every six years or so, a new lineup of consoles releases, bringing forth another wave of items for gamers to purchase. With the heralding of a new console, the internet immediately goes into a frenzy, speculating about prices. The PlayStation 4 has already let that particular cat out of the bag, and four hundred dollars is less than what people expected. So what about the PlayStation 5? What can we expect the PS5 Price to be? Should we start saving up now?

There are certainly a number of factors to consider when asking a question like this. We should start by looking at current predictions and the actions of competitors like Microsoft. We’ll also need to look at the history of the PlayStation’s pricing, do some math, (yikes!) and see what inflation rates will have to say on the matter. Without knowing the exact hardware of the PlayStation 5, we can only speculate, and speculate we shall! Let us begin!

How Much is Too Much?

Companies like Sony need to make money, but there's also a maximum amount that people are willing to spend on a game console. It's a careful balance, but if we turn to episode 82 of the Pachter Factor, which you can watch below, Michael Pachter explains that Sony and Microsoft don't make much money at all on console sales.

The real profits come from software sales. Sony takes a percentage of the sales for every game you buy on the PS4 or PS4 Pro. This consistent revenue stream is where they make money. For them, it makes more sense to lose a little on the console and reap the rewards of a larger player base.

This is also why iterative consoles like PS4 Pro and Xbox One X make sense from a business standpoint. As Pachter explains in the video (roughly 2-3 minutes into it), these consoles encourage people to trade in their old systems at stores like GameStop.

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GameStop then sells them an upgraded console. After that, they turn around and sell your old used console to someone else. In this way, Microsoft just earned a new Xbox gamer who will purchase games for their Xbox One.

Given this, Sony doesn't need to charge a bunch for the PS5. They simply need to minimize their losses and maximize the number of people who own the console and purchase games for it. For this reason, it woudn't be smart to charge $599 or more for the PS5.

Why that number, you ask?

"I don't think next gen consoles will be $500. The PS3 launched at $600 and it flopped. The Xbox One launched at $500 and it didn't work, they had to drop the Kinect and bring it to under $400 before it sold."

He did go on to say that the sales of the Xbox One X could provide him wrong. If Microsoft's new console does well at the $499 price point, then it could give Sony incentive to charge a little more. Needless to say, it wouldn't be smart to charge $600 for the PS5, given historical reactions to that price point. Check out the full episode below for more:

Gazing into the Crystal Moneyball: The Price of the PlayStation 5

Playstation 5 PriceOur current predictions put the PS5's price at $499. The price of the PlayStation five depends primarily on two major factors: The state of the economy, and the availability of hardware.

Our first major factor is the economy and rate of inflation between now and the system’s release in roughly two or three years. If the value of the dollar stays the same, or fluctuates only slightly, I would estimate a price range between five and six hundred dollars. This is taking into account the no doubt cutting edge technology that the system will include.

Let’s assume the value of the dollar goes up, and inflation decreases, then we could see another price like the jump from PS1 to PS2 in which case the system would most likely cost four hundred dollars, just like the PS4. This is less likely though, considering the current state of affairs in our economy and government.

It also depends on how low the price of the PS4 manages to go before the PS5 is released. After all, this would be a clear indicator of both our aforementioned factors. If Sony can sell the PS4 or the PS4 Pro at a lower price, then it stands to reason that the PS5 can afford to be sold at a lower cost than we would expect.

How low will the PS4 go before its successor is released? To answer that, we turn to our favorite analyst, Michael Pachter. His predictions are always interesting and worthy of discussion. His comments on the 1099 Podcast are no different.

During the podcast, he predicted that Sony would wait until the PS4 Pro was the standard system before they would bring out the PS5. Once this is the case, he predicts that Sony will lower the price of the PS4 Pro to $250 if they can afford it. Seeing as how the console sells for $399 at launch, this would be quite the price drop.

While it is low compared to the launch price, it could position the PS5 to sell for $499 as the newest console. By making it twice the price of the current system, it would be a pricing model that Sony's competitors have used before.

Take Microsoft for example. The Xbox One S sells for a standard price of $249 in 2017, while the Xbox One X sells for $499. This pricing model makes sense from a consumer standpoint as it clearly shows, from a pricing standpoint, which system is the older one and which one is the newer one.

It's interesting, because you would expect Sony not to lower the price of the PS4 Pro in this scenario, as they would be losing money, but in reality the lower price could stand to boost sales of the older system even after the PS5 releases.

By releasing a product that is double the price of the current system, Sony effectively makes the PS4 Pro look like a steal, while also introducing the new system at a competitive price point because it's $100 more than the PS4 Pro was when it first released.

This is a tactic called The Contract Effect. It may not be the sole reason for Sony's potential pricing, but it does play a factor, and it supports both Michael Pachter's theory about the PS4 Pro price and our theory about the PS5's ultimate release price.

PlayStation’s price tags

Before we can look at the potential price point for the PS5, we need to look at the pricing trends Sony has used in the past. These trends will help us better understand how Sony plans to price the new console:

Playstation Price History
PS1 $299 December 3, 1994
PS2 $299 March 4, 2000
PS3 $599 + (depending on model) November 11, 2006
PS4 $399 November 15, 2013
PS4 Pro $399 November 10, 2016
PS5 $399? Release Date

The price of the next console is the question we're here to answer today. It seems like Sony doesn't want to alienate gamers with a massive price tag again. If we look at the PS3 and PS4, it's clear that they learned from their mistake with the third console. That being said, the form that the PS5 takes will drastically change the ultimate price point. Let's look at the possibilities, shall we?

History tends to repeat itself:

When the original PlayStation launched in 1995, it was priced at three hundred dollars. Back then, I would have had to save my allowance for--well, let’s just say I’d probably still be saving. The PlayStation 2 released five years later for the same price. Then of course we have outlier: the PlayStation 3. When that one released, it was a whopping six hundred dollars!

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At the time, this seemed like a lot of money for a game system, but what most people didn’t consider was that the PlayStation 3 was also a Blu-Ray player. Many stand alone Blu-Ray players of the time were close to a thousand dollars, so this was quite the deal in that regard.

Eventually, the price came down to compete with the Xbox 360, but the fact of the matter was that Sony was losing money, even with the six hundred dollar price point. The reason? The PlayStation 3 had new technology, something that was fresh, and costly. At the time, Blu-Ray was just beginning to hit the scene.

Now we look at the PlayStation 4 and we see a far different story. This new console is coming out at a four hundred dollar price point. Why the sudden drop? Well, as mentioned earlier, there are a number of factors that contributed to this price point.

One of which is the fact that the PlayStation 4, unlike the PlayStation 3, isn’t utilizing any kind of recently released or overly expensive technology. It is more powerful than the PlayStation 3, ten times more powerful according to Sony, but it uses established technologies that have achieved multiple methods and thus, less expensive methods of manufacturing. When something becomes readily available, it costs less to make.

The PlayStation 4 is the evolution of the PS3, but what about the PlayStation 5? This is where things can become expensive. You see, as mentioned in our other articles, the PlayStation 5 will be arriving in an era of massive technological change.

The next generation console will have a wealth of new and exciting technologies to take advantage of. This is good for the games, because everything will be infinitely more advanced, however this also means that the PlayStation 5 will be jammed packed with expensive hardware to create those experiences.

I am imagining a somewhat significant price jump when it comes time for the PlayStation 5. This is a result of the gargantuan increase in technology that we are anticipating over the next few years. It is difficult, nigh impossible to put a price point on it, so let’s discuss another major factor before we go down that road. Hold on to your butts, this is where the math comes in.

Oh, the Options You'll Have: 2 Versions of the PS5 (Plus VR)

Over the course of a console life cycle, it's not uncommon for the gaming machine to go through several versions. Usually you get a slim version with better cooling and a larger hard drive, but when the PS5 releases, Sony is going to look into providing two versions of the system to reach a wider audience. Our speculations also predict that PlayStation VR will combine with augmented reality to replace a handheld system like the Vita and be offered as an add-on for those who want to take their games on the go with a newer and better versions of Remote Play.

One version of the PS5 will provide all the bells and whistles. We're talking a massive solid state drive (SSD) that will be up to 128 terabytes in size! You'll also get backwards compatibility and a few other exciting features. Then there's going to be a "Core Experience" that will offer the basics that casual gamers will need to enjoy the PlayStation experience. If all of this is sounding amazing or crazy (or both) be sure to check out our full article on the 2 versions of the PS5.

A Lesson in Economics: How Inflation will Affect the PS5 Price

Playstation 5 CostFrom what I recall, I got a decent grade in economics in high school, once I was out of my general education in college, I left math on the side of the road and never looked back. For the sake of you, my dear readers, I will once more tread that narrow path suspended above a black abyss of confusion and uncertainty.

First thing’s first, a quick lesson on inflation for the benefit of myself and anyone else reading this who’s last brush with economics was in high school. So, the straight vanilla ice definition of inflation is as follows:

A general increase in prices and fall in the purchasing value of money.

Essentially what this means is that inflation occurs when prices go up as a result of high demand and low supply. Take the PlayStation 3 for example. Everybody wanted it, but no one had it in stock. This kind of situation creates inflation over time because manufacturers can charge higher prices for items that are equally high in demand, but low in supply.

Playstation 5 CostThe process of inflation also affects how much a single dollar is worth. Of course, a dollar is always a dollar, but the actual value of it changes based on inflation. For example, a dollar today is worth far less than a dollar two decades ago. A dollar from then would be worth over twenty dollars today!

A recent article from IGN discussed the cost of gaming in regards to inflation over the years. Colin Moriarty, the article’s author made an excellent point in regards to the price of game consoles:

“The PlayStation 3 may have seemed expensive when it launched at $599.99 in 2006 – and it was – but it’s not the most expensive mainstream gaming console. That honor goes to the Atari 2600. Launched in September of 1977, the Atari 2600 cost $199.99. When taking into account the 258.9 percent inflation rate between 1977 and 2013, the Atari 2600 cost the equivalent of $771 today.”

I don’t know about you, but that seems like a steep price point for a console whose lasting legacy includes the likes of Pong. As of right now, the rate of inflation is smaller, and more steady. Ten years from now though, the inflation could be different. Better or worse, it’s hard to say, but the fact of the matter is that the value of the dollar is low and the prospects aren’t looking too good for the future.

How much do you think the PS5 will cost? What would you be willing to pay for one? Tell us in the comments!

Article by - Bradley Ramsey

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Nooooo i think 600 - 1000 dollar


I think $500 will work




Either way, I'm okay with waiting until the price drops down to a few hundred dollars, again.


Well you should wait for PS6 release then

PS5 Price

I agree with you that it should be 500 because its a reasonable price not to expensive not too cheap and more people would buy a ps5 that cost $1,000 dollars would be way too expensive and not a lot of people would buy it.

Ps5 price

I think it will be either $500 or $400 and maybe even $450 I would like $400 though because a $500 dollar one would end up being around $560 because of taxes


I think 400 cause I got ps4?for 350

The PS5

I think that it's going to be $399,99.

The PS5

Yes I agree with $399,99. The price is not too high and not too low. It's a very reasonable price for a ps5. It's not too much and inflation won't be too high.

Ps5 price

Guys I seriously agree that the ps5 should be in the range of $ 399.99to $ 450 becausethis price ain't cheap or expensive. This goes to the people who say it should be less then $ 399.99: You have to spend money to get what you want. Nothin comes for free so bear with it.

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400$ is a reasonable price. times are tough if the game system gets too high in value then people will not buy. you gotta think about the parents who have to buy these systems for their kids. 400$ is alot of peoples limit. so if the price goes up another 100 then good luck with sales being up....


Me thinking about giving dice and Sony that kind of cash for all the troubles they have.. lol literally

Prefer had than PS5

i prefer had GTX1080 and Dell 4k monitor to play Minecraft, PUBG, Fortnite, GTA V, and CS:GO

Sony said, PS5 wont be a

Sony said, PS5 wont be a console - Only cloud or virtual. Should be costs like Ocolus Rift!

virtual reality

Yes i too believe ps5 is going to be something different.. all the latest trends and evidence points towards virtual reality or/and cloud based gaming.. even the playstation vr is clearly a stepping stone for a new and improved vr system... too many wires ,old move controllers ,only 100 degree field of view... they were limited by a console not even designed for vr in mind.


wow my brother will love this soon


shut the crap bro i would like it for 2,000 dollar cost it look nice and i love playing the gtaSandres on it...........................


Well seeing as to the fact that you will be playing with your mind, 25TB hard drive, holographic display & 100GB/s Wifi, it probably will be atlast $5000


They will use cheap parts to keep prices low. Virtual reality never really took off like expected. Expect the close to 500 after taxes. It is a business and a fast nickel is better than a slow dime. 1000 dollar consoles will not sell many. So they will keep it lower for more sales.


I highly doubt they will take advantage on using cheap parts to keep prices low if you wanna make good quality you won't be worried about quantity as soon as they go and build the new system with cheap parts there's gonna be either recalls or refunds I mean think about it

This is high tech

This is high they we are talking about here... I think for a ps5 like this is should be $799.99


I agree for $799.99 but thousands dollars I think it's too much money to buy a console for that much.

PS5 should go for 880.00

PS5 should go for 880.00-1000 think about the graphics and games like Madden etc.

I agree

That's reasonable


A fair price that people would still buy would be $699.99 if it uses 8K since Scorpio will already have full 4K & Pro too more or less, but $499.99 if only 4K. 4 years from now...I think 8K is possible. I have a 4K t.v. & the pixels really aren't that small, & it's a smaller t.v. so the pixels are smaller than on a bigger 4K t.v. They really have to push the technology because I got very bored with PS3 a few years in & same with PS4. Pro should help & I'm buying it, but PS4 has only been out for 3 years & I'm bored, so in 4 more years I'll definitely be bored of 4K. 8K would also be better for films. I would like to get to 16K by PS6. It doesn't have to go any higher than that. Meanwhile they can keep improving HDR. That's all I care about. I don't care about 3-D. I also think if holograms were real then they would be bad for psychological health, but we don't have to worry about them since they cannot be invented, but 3-D is similar. What I'm interested in is effects which trick our eyes into seeing a 2d t.v. as 3-D, but not with the images coming out of the screen, but rather the screen being a window which we can look INTO. But still, if we look at the screen close up it is clearly 2d. Basically realism.

£300 because you would want

£300 because you would want lots of people having and saying how good it is.You'll get a better reputation.It looks amazing.

not pleased

If I had an estimate; probably to pay 650.00 dollars. I'll recall their might be a lack of experience, if its like the PS4.I don't want it. To keep it from overheating; Sony please use the previous inventions it might help you.

Your right

Around 700 dollars to prove this system is better

Not gonna buy it

I am not gonna buy it cause I don't have enough money for it and my dad won't gonna give me money to but it but Sony can gift me one so please gift me but don't worry if you are not gonna gift it to me just don't kill me.Thank you


Why do you say "gift" Say "give" You sound so ignorant.

Bruh ..

We dont care if u do t have money u dont have to tell us .. Im a rich ass kid but i dobt tell anyone

about $499 to $699

With 2 games $499 to $699. 3 games

You can never be sure

People you can never be sure Sony might change the price and everything


I think that the price should be atlast $550 dollars

Nope a little to much

$1,000 is to much, just for a game! Some people even thought $400 was a little to much now Sony want to go all the way up to $1,000?! Some people don't have money like that to be spending for a Game and for $1,000 I will be expecting the PS5 to be making Cheese Burgers or something, it should be $500 the highest. If Sony takes it that far I'm not buying it!!


I agree with you i will not buy a game that is $1,000 dollars its just too much 500 is a very reasonable price.

Price of PS5

Yeah..$1000 is too much.I hope the price is at least $600 and below...

PS5 Price

ITS OVER 9000!!!!!!!!!! LOL

within time

Eventually, the price of the console with decrease as its age goes up. I will definately get one. Depends on the prices when its first released; might have to wait for blacl friday to come along haha. Hoping the price is around £350-£400. Would pay up to £500 tops. :)

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I agree. I would pay 450 none more a lot of money already on games pluse games themselves are nearly 70 dollars along with new controllers if it cost them to much to make I think they should keep the ps4 around a bit longer a lot of people have spent a lot of money on these things already I love my ps4 but having to spend money on the next best thing is a bit unfair so early of a stage yet especially those that have yet to get a ps4 do to prices not many people have 400$ to throw on a game console..


The price of a PS4 really hasn't gone down much since it's come out so honestly if it costs more than 400 is know a lot of people would buy it most people don't make a lot of money to be able to spend $500 to a 1,000 on a system Plus I haven't even been able to get it PS4 yet because it's still almost $400 to get a game with it and the system and One controller


Because of the constant lag and the games are over $80dollars a pop for one game and that's not includding preorders too so really that's my price and I hope it stays that way ty


Because of the constant lag and the games are over $80dollars a pop for one game and that's not includding preorders too so really that's my price and I hope it stays that way ty


i think in all tops, maybe 450 or 575 plus tax. i mean not all of us have 700$ to throw around on a game console. plus all of the chargers, cords, and games would be a good 200$ more.


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