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Forums - Sony Discussion - PS5 Price Will Likely Be Determined by Xbox Series X Price

HollyGamer said:
PortisheadBiscuit said:
Why is Sony being so beta, they are the market leaders they should be dictating.

They are being humble and avoid being arrogance. They know Microsoft are not messing around this time.  

They've actually been fairly quiet all gen. Has much less to do with Microsoft and much more to do with keeping their current (working) strategy. 



                                                                                                                                                           

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Figuring out if Lockhart is actually coming and strategizing how to deal with it will be important.

On one hand it seems logical to keep the PS5 price between both XB's if they can, but the closer PS5 is priced to Lockhart, the more PS also indirectly legitimizes it. So does PS5 get placed right in the middle, or up around XBSX at a higher, less affordable price? There are pluses and minuses to both approaches.

The price can always be dropped if need be.



I read somewhere both microsoft and sony have come to terms with the level of power the consoles will have, so they don't undermine each other in terms of pricing and so on. And that they will be relying more on exclusives and ecosysem to differentiate the systems apart. So they should have a good idea in terms of pricing, since the internals will be similar.



KratosLives said:
I read somewhere both microsoft and sony have come to terms with the level of power the consoles will have, so they don't undermine each other in terms of pricing and so on. And that they will be relying more on exclusives and ecosysem to differentiate the systems apart. So they should have a good idea in terms of pricing, since the internals will be similar.

Kinda find that hard to believe unless they both are fully in agreement that $500 or whatever, is the price the hardware needs to be, and that the budget for that price has to be like $600 max.

If one company wants to focus on affordability a little more, and the other wants to push the hardware capabilities, you immediately have a problem. If one wants to incorporate VR and the other doesn't?

Not to mention this would likely make things even tougher for MS. Unless XB can clearly prove their games and ecosystem are undeniably better early on, why wouldn't you buy a PS5 instead since the hardware is basically the same? I don't see why MS wouldn't want the chance to throw a wrench into SNY's hardware plans.



Sorry but no, it is not going to be a “smooth” transition. Xbox is doing a smooth transition with cross gen launch games. Sony is basically saying “you want the newest games, buy the PS5”.



Xbox: Best hardware, Game Pass best value, best BC, more 1st party genres and multiplayer titles. 

 

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Lets be honest, sony can price their console same as xbox and still with lower specs and still will beat it in sales, if sony was smart, they would actually release the ps5 before xbox, 80% of gamers already planned to get it, the other 20% who want an xbox might just not wait and change to ps. Look at the ps2 that was released before the xbox, it killed the xbox in sales around 158 million against 25 million, even tough xbox had better specs and more sales.

I believe the same would happen again if sony releases a couple months before xbox. People are ready, xbox fans not so much because they just upgraded to the X.

Here in the UK I literally know of no one planning to get an xbox, I'm the only one I know of that buys all consoles, money is not an issue at all for me, my house is fully paid so I can buy a ps5, xbox series X and switch with the saving of 1 month work, and I still would have money for a couple games.



sales2099 said:
Sorry but no, it is not going to be a “smooth” transition. Xbox is doing a smooth transition with cross gen launch games. Sony is basically saying “you want the newest games, buy the PS5”.

Cross gen will not make a smooth transition instead " super extreme  hard transition ". Gamer will not smoothly change to new platform instead waiting for a reason to change and to upgrade, gamer 100 % will obviously (no rocket science) will stay on current platform if a lot of launch games are cross gen. Gamer logically will think that is unnecessary to upgrade if games can be achievable or available on current gen. 

In the other way smooth transition can be achievable by product price that is relatively affordable, backward compatibility, accessibility, a reason  for upgrade (value , uniqueness ) , market readiness, macro economic situation on global scale, product availability on the place. 



NobleTeam360 said:
Well, if the rumors of MS doing a cheaper console along with the 12tf console are true, any attempt at trying to be cheaper seems doomed to fail. Of course, that's operating under the assumption MS will do two models (which seems rather likely at this point based on rumors).

Sony doesn't need to be the cheapest.  If it has better specs than Lockhart, which it will, of course it will be more expensive.  The goal would to be cheaper than the Series X.  Really if the PS5 is only $100 more than the Lockhart, but 2.5x-3x more powerful than it, I doubt many will see the need to pick the Lockhart up.



HollyGamer said:
sales2099 said:
Sorry but no, it is not going to be a “smooth” transition. Xbox is doing a smooth transition with cross gen launch games. Sony is basically saying “you want the newest games, buy the PS5”.

Cross gen will not make a smooth transition instead " super extreme  hard transition ". Gamer will not smoothly change to new platform instead waiting for a reason to change and to upgrade, gamer 100 % will obviously (no rocket science) will stay on current platform if a lot of launch games are cross gen. Gamer logically will think that is unnecessary to upgrade if games can be achievable or available on current gen. 

In the other way smooth transition can be achievable by product price that is relatively affordable, backward compatibility, accessibility, a reason  for upgrade (value , uniqueness ) , market readiness, macro economic situation on global scale, product availability on the place. 

There will always be late and early adopters. Many want something new and or the best version. Others don’t have the budget or even desire to get a shiny new console when they just got a Xbox x. 

You mentioned “gamers logically”....just as many gamers are the opposite of that lol. I am NOT a early adopter for my entire life, but I know MS gonna push Halo Infinite marketing hard. I’m almost certain their will be a limited edition console. MS has me by the balls and I’m day 1 buying...but also I have the money to not have the “poor mans” version. I have the means to play the best, that’s what I’ll do 



Xbox: Best hardware, Game Pass best value, best BC, more 1st party genres and multiplayer titles. 

 

Heh, sounds like Sony and Microsoft are in a giant game of chicken. First one to swerve has to set the price.