PlayStation 5 gets price, release date–finally

After much waiting, Sony finally revealed the PlayStation 5 price and release date. The PlayStation 5 hits North American shelves on November 12. The digital edition will retail for $399, while the one with the Blu-ray disc drive will go for $499.

Sony revealed the price and release date info yesterday afternoon at its latest PlayStation 5 showcase. For comparison, the Xbox Series X and S consoles release two days earlier, on November 10, for $499 and $299. But while Microsoft’s cheaper “all digital” console is significantly less powerful than the premium one, Sony’s two systems are otherwise identical aside from the lack of a Blu-ray disc drive in the less expensive model.

Alongside the price and date reveal, Sony showed off a bunch of game footage for PlayStation 5 games. The biggest surprises were the announcement of a God of War sequel, God of War: Ragnarok, Final Fantasy XVI, and the long-awaited Harry Potter RPG, Hogwarts Legacy. Sony also showed off footage of Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Demon’s Souls. Both of these games will launch alongside the PlayStation 5 on November 12.

Sony also announced its answer to Microsoft’s Game Pass, the PlayStation Plus collection. This will be a smaller collection of games compared to Game Pass, primarily concerning Sony’s first-party titles. Sony did not offer a price for this, so it’s possible that it may fold into the existing PlayStation Plus pricing.

Sony announced after the digital showcase that pre-orders for the console go live at “select retailers” today but as of the time of this writing, the company has not yet announced which retailers those are.

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