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Inflation hits the PS5 just in time for Christmas
As if getting your hands on a PS5 wasn't hard enough.
Sony is raising the recommended retail pricing for the PlayStation 5, citing concerns around inflation.
Aussies looking at picking up the next-generation home console ahead of the holiday season will have shell out an extra $50 on what it would have cost to buy a PS5 in the first half of 2022. The new Australian pricing for the PlayStation 5 is as follows:
- PS5 with Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive – AU $799 (was $749)
- PS5 Digital Edition – AU $649 (was $599)
The company announced the move via a statement on their blog earlier this week, with Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan attributing the price hike to changing economic conditions.
Those in Europe, the UK, Japan, Mexico and Canada are looking at a similar price-hike while PS5 prices in the United States are set to remain stable.
A post-launch price hike for gaming hardware like this isn't entirely unheard of, but it is exceedingly rare in modern times. Typically, the cost of a gaming console like the Playstation 5 is at its peak when it launches and then gradually becomes cheaper over time.
Earlier this year, Meta attracted a the ire of consumers by raising the price of the Oculus Quest 2. At the time, Meta said that "the costs to make and ship our products have been on the rise."
While that's not quite an apples-to-apples comparison as the economics of a VR headset and home console are slightly different, the similarity in timing and rationale between the two examples may suggest that inflation is having an impact on the bigger players in the consumer tech conversation.
In the statement, Ryan acknowledged what anyone who has attempted to buy a PlayStation 5 over the past two years already knows: that supply and availability of the console continues to be an ongoing issue.
Meanwhile, Microsoft has pushed back on speculation that the Xbox Series X and Series S might be due for a similar price-hike. In a statement sent to WindowsCentral, a Microsoft spokesperson said the company are constantly evaluating their business but that the suggested retail price for both products remains where it is.
Assuming you can find local stock, the new PS5 pricing kicks in from today.
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