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It sure sounds like the PlayStation 5 is going to be an expensive console

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This just in from our Water is Wet news department: The PlayStation 5 is probably going to cost you a lot. There’s no doubt that when official pricing for the PlayStation 5 is revealed, many an eye will moisten, with said ocular organs become dangerously wet when they’re exposed to local pricing a few days later. On the plus side, you won’t need to worry about paying a house mortgage because the PS5 is big enough to live in at least.

Sony’s real challenge for the tailend of 2021 and the rest of the decade, will be to convince people that their bleeding edge box is worth the price they’ll ask for it. How are they going to sell fans on the console, beyond the temptations of exclusive games and technological dick-measuring contests? By persuading people that their machine is all about value.

“Conventional wisdom and history show that our business is one of the more recession-proof businesses,” PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan explained to BBC Click (cheers, Eurogamer) when he was quizzed over the idea of dropping plenty of coin down on a machine that will be released in an age where most people are flat-broke thanks to 2020 taking ACDC’s Highway to Hell song a little too literally.

But I think this will sharpen our need to ensure that we focus on getting the value equation right. And I emphasise value as opposed to price.

We must be more attentive than ever before to ensure that the overall value proposition in terms of the console and the games – the range of games, the quality of games, the quantity of games – makes this something that our community aspires towards. You’re not going to hear anything on price today. But many of our […] consumers are purchasing solely digitally these days. We thought that we would do what we typically try and do, and just offer choice.

Options for the PlayStation 5 look varied at least. Sony will release the console in two variants: One which features a traditional disc drive attached to it like an evil conjoined fetus twin, and another that foregoes that option in lieu of an all-digital focus that also keeps the horrible cosmetic design to a more pleasing symmetrical shape.

Last Updated: June 15, 2020

38 Comments

  1. I’ll see which of my regularly functioning organs are still sellable. Anyone know how to access the dark web? Or do I just go to the last page of Google?

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    • Pariah

      June 15, 2020 at 15:14

      TOR/Onion browsers. Have at it.

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    • David Scott Duncan

      June 15, 2020 at 15:23

      Have you got an organ price list?

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    • David Scott Duncan

      June 15, 2020 at 15:23

      Have you got an organ price list?

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  2. Incubus

    June 15, 2020 at 15:14

    I’ll see which of my regularly functioning organs are still sellable. Anyone know how to access the dark web? Or do I just go to the last page of Google?

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  3. SagatatiaRZA

    June 15, 2020 at 15:53

    Curious what this value is exactly, compared to a similarly priced PC. That said I’m a consumerist sheep and will buy it for the sake of buying it, but I really do wonder how they plan to justify this. Game consoles haven’t yet reached that point of consumerist dedication where people buy newinew regardless of price or function, we saw that with a few of the consoles in the past that needed and got price drops. It’ll really have to be a game changer (in addition to a game loader of course)

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    • The D

      June 15, 2020 at 16:02

      I think PC has always had a weight advantage on console, but it’s the manner in which consoles make the most of their tech that always shines through. You look at end-gen games, how they eke every last polygon out of aging hardware and there’s a phenomenal difference in quality that you’d have to upgrade your PC constantly to, to achieve.

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      • SagatatiaRZA

        June 15, 2020 at 16:03

        True. And let’s face it, $500 isnt much for a good pc these days either. I always do enjoy the way I can just install a game on a console and know it’ll run as it should. But as I’m a multitasker I’m on my pc all the time anyways

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        • The D

          June 15, 2020 at 16:03

          PC Gaming and Nintendo Switch is my haven for AA and indie games lately. When I want a big budget experience to work from day one, I’ll go console 11/10 times.

          Unless it’s a Bethesda day one game.

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  4. CodeDisQus

    June 15, 2020 at 17:17

  5. Son of Banana Jim

    June 15, 2020 at 18:52

    It’s not rocket science, kids. If you started saving a year ago (putting away R1000 a month), you would have about 12k saved up already. If R1k is too much, start puting away R200 – R500 a month. It’ll make things easier for when these beasts release either end 2020 or 2021.

    And, if you’re like your Oom Banana, you wouldn’t stop saving until it’s released so that you have enough over to buy a couple of games and even that ugly box thing from Microsoft. Be like your Oom Banana. Don’t be a loser! In fact, why haven’t you been saving since you got out of university and started your first job… Don’t make Oom Banana come over and beat you with a hose.

    https://media2.giphy.com/media/3ohjV3OKgGcSeNNdza/giphy.gif

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  6. Iskape

    June 15, 2020 at 14:59

    As suggested in many a post on this website: R12,000 to R15,000 is what the cost is pegged at in South Africa.

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    • The D

      June 15, 2020 at 15:07

      That’s Gundam model kit money, dammit!

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    • Pariah

      June 15, 2020 at 15:14

      Literally would rather buy a new PC.

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      • Llama In The Rift

        June 15, 2020 at 15:16

        But But the Sweeney said you can’t find the PS5 SSD in any PC yet.

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        • Pariah

          June 15, 2020 at 15:16

          You can’t. But you know, I can do my work on my PC. Work from home is a real thing, and the reason I’m still very gainfully employed right now. Can’t do that on a PS5.

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          • Llama In The Rift

            June 15, 2020 at 15:23

            Lol nah i get it…..more productive on PC plus MODS!!!

            Legit, i sold my PS3 for GTX 960 GPU back in the day lol.

          • Pariah

            June 15, 2020 at 15:24

            haha I still have my Xbox 360 stashed in a cupboard somewhere. Been there for over 6 years,

          • Llama In The Rift

            June 15, 2020 at 15:24

            Might as well keep it for 6 more…never know when nostalgia makes a 360 haha

          • Pariah

            June 15, 2020 at 15:24

            I see what you did there. XD

        • Gareth Lagesse (eXCheez)

          June 15, 2020 at 15:16

          Nor on any existing console – yet. 😉

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  7. Llama In The Rift

    June 15, 2020 at 15:00

    Humans in 2020…

    I aint paying no $800 for a console…
    Commences to stand in the Apple/Samsung store queue for a $1000 phone.

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    • Incubus

      June 15, 2020 at 15:14

      Lol, I’m on a Samsung J3 that’s a hand me down from a contract that expired. Not catching me with that BS ever again.

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      • Llama In The Rift

        June 15, 2020 at 15:24

        Lol,i’m on a P30 Lite and will not change for the few coming years, barely look at phone reviews as it’s all the same to me.

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        • The D

          June 15, 2020 at 15:31

          Not a bad plan. I think realistically, a screen protector and a battery swap every few years will keep me going for years.

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        • Incubus

          June 15, 2020 at 16:19

          Agreed. If I can Whatsapp, call and read my Kindle Books I’m good.

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          • Son of Banana Jim

            June 17, 2020 at 02:41

            Or browse the internet while on the poop pot…

    • Son of Banana Jim

      June 17, 2020 at 02:41

      lol, I never understood why people do that. have no interest in keeping up with the Jones’ by having the most recent cellphone (overpriced garbage if you ask me, especially the apple phones). I’d rather buy a PS5 to be honest. As long as my phone can do the most basic, I’m fine.

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  8. Original Heretic

    June 15, 2020 at 15:00

    Pretty soon we’ll be financing game consoles the way we do houses and cars.

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    • Pariah

      June 15, 2020 at 15:14

      FNB have been doing this for many years.

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    • Mark Treloar

      June 16, 2020 at 15:44

      When you consider that its still cheaper than an iPhone and more entertaining, why not pay it off over 2 years?

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  9. Gareth Lagesse (eXCheez)

    June 15, 2020 at 15:14

    Surely people wanting one started saving when the implication of a new system was on the way. That’s what I did for the Xbox Four (I refuse to call it the Series X, because it’s a bloody stupid name).

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    • Llama In The Rift

      June 15, 2020 at 15:31

      Is jy nou Series? ?

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    • The D

      June 15, 2020 at 15:25

      I’ve got a bank account with some of the almighty dollar saved up inside of it, just for this 🙂

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      • Llama In The Rift

        June 15, 2020 at 15:31

        Do hear that D?!

        a vague echo….emanating from Gundam model?

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        • The D

          June 15, 2020 at 15:31

          The catch here is that it’s Zimbabwean dollars ;_;

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          • Pariah

            June 15, 2020 at 15:32

            As if one needed another reason to cry themselves to sleep at night right now.

  10. Pieter Kruger

    June 16, 2020 at 11:04

    Not interested in the Xbox Series Lockheart(or Series S or whatever) I will get the Series X. The PS5 is ugly AF, but the Digital only version is not too ugly(better looking but still HUGE!). If Sony can launch the Digital model with a 2TB SSD for the same price/lower than the Series X, I think that would be a very “attractive” proposition for the market and should do extremely well!

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