24 January 2023
Sony has announced that PlayStation 5 prices are increasing in the majority of the markets. The only big market where prices will remain unchanged is the United States. The reason for the increase is related to continued inflation around the globe. It has also mentioned other global economic troubles for pushing prices up.
Here are the new PlayStation 5 recommended retail prices:
PS5 with Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive – €549.99
PS5 Digital Edition – €449.99
PS5 with Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive – £479.99
PS5 Digital Edition – £389.99
- Japan (effective Sept. 15, 2022)
PS5 with Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive – ¥60,478 yen (including tax)
PS5 Digital Edition – ¥49,478 yen (including tax)
PS5 with Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive – ¥4,299 yuan
PS5 Digital Edition – ¥3,499 yuan
PS5 with Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive – AUD $799.95
PS5 Digital Edition – AUD $649.95
PS5 with Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive – MXN $14,999
PS5 Digital Edition – MXN $12,499
PS5 with Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive – CAD $649.99
PS5 Digital Edition – CAD $519.99
There is currently no information on whether and when we will see prices go back to their original state. Sony is yet to comment on the situation. Moreover, it will have to be seen for how long United States buyers will stay safe from the price bump.
Here is the official statement from Sony,
"The global economic environment is a challenge that many of you around the world are no doubt experiencing. We’re seeing high global inflation rates, as well as adverse currency trends, impacting consumers and creating pressure on many industries. Based on these challenging economic conditions, SIE has made the difficult decision to increase the recommended retail price (RRP) of PlayStation 5 in select markets across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), Asia-Pacific (APAC), Latin America (LATAM), as well as Canada."