PS5 lead system architect Mark Cerny has addressed the price of the upcoming console, while not actually saying what it will be.
Wired writer Peter Rubin dropped a quote from Cerny, which wasn’t used in the magazine’s reveal feature yesterday, on Twitter.
Rubin asked Cerny whether the PS5 would be set around the launch price range of recent consoles. Cerny’s answer was a little enigmatic: “I believe that we will be able to release it at an SRP [suggested retail price] that will be appealing to gamers in light of its advanced feature set.”
Decoding that a little, it seems as though Cerny is saying that the console may cost more than previous generations, but not well outside the norm.
Perhaps the closest current comparison might be the Xbox One X. When that console was still codenamed Scorpio, Head of Xbox Phil Spencer addressed people’s concerns saying that it “will feel like it’s a premium product, a premium console,” but that people shouldn’t be “worried that this thing is going to be unlike any console price you’ve ever seen.” It launched at USD $499, £449, €499, AUD $649, and CAD $599.
Cerny went on to tell Rubin that he couldn’t say anything more about the price, so it seems we’ll have to wait for Sony to give us a more formal reveal in future.
Yesterday was the first time we’ve had concrete details on Sony’s next home console. We might not know the price, but we do know that it will support discs, PS4 backwards compatibility, ray tracing and will let Spider-man fast travel in 0.8 seconds.
There’s a lot still to find out, but for now we’ve got a rundown of what it’s complicated tech specs actually mean, why you shouldn’t get too excited about its mooted 8K support, and how we think Sony’s essentially making a PS4 Deluxe (and why that’s a good thing).
Joe Skrebels is IGN’s UK Deputy Editor, and thinks this console will cost £10, but he’s really thick. Follow him on Twitter.
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