Sony PlayStation 5 to launch in November

Sony PlayStation 5 to launch in November

Playstation 5 console
Sony's new PlayStation 5 console, which launches later this year. (Photo: AFP/Sony Interactive Entertainment)

TOKYO: Sony said on Thursday (Sep 17) the next-generation PlayStation 5 console will be launched in Singapore on Nov 19, priced at S$599 and S$729 for a version with a Blu-ray disk drive.

Pre-orders for the PS5 will start online at 11am on Friday in Singapore.

The pricing announcement sets the stage for a year-end showdown between Xbox and PlayStation, as consumers continue to flock to gaming optimised consoles offering exclusive titles.

Microsoft said last week Xbox Series X would go on sale on Nov 10 priced at US$499.99 (S$680) with the less powerful Xbox Series S priced at US$299.99, as Xbox bets that offering consumers choice will outweigh the risks run by launching two distinct devices at once.

The PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X have the same price, but the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition "offers a substantial discount at no cost in terms of performance or hardware, besides the disc reader", said Guilherme Fernandes, analyst at gaming analysis firm Newzoo.

Hardware pricing decisions have won and lost generational console battles as makers look to build the critical mass of consumers that will attract games developers to their platform.

Sony, which is making a stylistic departure from recent generations with the predominantly white PlayStation 5, is offering the version without a disk drive as digital downloads become standard.

The console will go on sale on Nov 12 in the United States, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea, and will continue to be rolled out on Nov 19 for the rest of the world.

Upcoming titles unveiled for the console include platform exclusive Final Fantasy XVI from Square Enix and a Harry Potter role-playing game.

The announcement bolsters PlayStation's lineup following the reveal of a slew of titles including Spider-Man: Miles Morales from in-house studio Insomniac Games in June.

Source: Reuters/jt