The PlayStation 5 may launch with a higher price tag than the PlayStation 4, according to one industry analyst.
Ace Research Institute analyst Hideki Yasuda recently made the prediction that the PlayStation 5 will retail around $499 at launch, which is $100 more than the PlayStation 4’s launch price of $399. Yasuda acknowledged that the next-gen system could launch for cheaper, possibly matching the PS4’s $399, although this would require Sony to initially sell at a loss, based on the console’s estimated production costs. Sony may take this hit to maintain the platform’s popularity that built up over the life of the PS4, but either way, it doesn’t sound like the PS5 will exceed $499.
Reports claim that the PS5 will launch in 2020 or later, to which Yasuda agrees, although some of the more optimistic among us have proposed that a 2019 release could happen. It is possible Sony’s opting out of E3 2019 was due to separate plans to unveil the new hardware sometime this summer, which could lead to a 2019 or 2020 release, although 2020 seems far more plausible.
Yasuda also expects the PS5 to launch with a strong first-party lineup. This seems like a safe bet, as a different analyst recently claimed that “most” of Sony’s development focus is currently on games for the PS5. This doesn’t mean the PS4 is getting abandoned, however, as some of the games are expected to launch cross-gen, not to mention the PS5’s potential backward compatibility support.