PS5 bombshell: vital parts shortage threatens wallet-busting price hike

The high-level specifications and hardware capabilities of the Play Station 5

The high-level specifications and hardware capabilities of the Play Station 5

However, the PS5 manufacturing cost is thought to be $450, leaving Sony with a hard pricing decision for its next console.

It turns out that around 200 hybrid Nintendo / Sony PlayStation consoles were ever produced for testing purposes and most of these were destroyed when the two companies parted ways.

Bloomberg cites "people within the PlayStation business" who said a key factor in determining the price point of PlayStation 5 will be how Microsoft prices Xbox Series X. However, according to people with knowledge of the matter, Sony is "taking a wait-and-see approach" with the PlayStation 5. Then again, the PS4 sold for $399 at launch, but the cost to manufacture was actually $381, as estimated by IHS Markit.

With less than a year to go before launch, Sony should have already secured its supply of parts - something which sources confirm, but the only thing that hasn't been settled on is the number of units it'll churn out during the first year.

Behind the PlayStation5's price increase, according to Bloomberg, is an increased demand for DRAM and NAND flash memory which are being used with greater regularity int the smart phone market. Since Sony's plan is to release many PS5 games on the PS4 as well, players will be able to access the same titles on their older hardware.

We now have an idea of an actual price range for the PS5.

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Bloomberg's source also said that the cooling system for the PS5 is unusually expensive, at a few dollars per unit.

With those things in mind, we expect that the PS5 cooling system will not only provide more efficient and reliable heat dissipation but will also run much quieter than the current generation of consoles.

At XO19 past year, head of Xbox Phil Spencer remarked, "I would say a learning from the Xbox One generation is we will not be out of position on power or price", suggesting the company has thought long and hard about this topic.

Let's say Sony wanted to be super competitive with Microsoft.

Microsoft is widely expected to hold that information back until the E3 gaming expo in Los Angeles in June. However, Sony is thought to be waiting longer this time on setting a price. The company held that meeting in late May previous year.

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