In a special PlayStation event, Sony has revealed the launch price for both the standard and digital editions of the PS5. These prices closely match with rumours that circulated before the announcement.
The PS5 will have two editions: the standard, more expensive version (simply called the PlayStation 5) and the cheaper PlayStation 5 Digital Edition which lacks the ability to read optical discs.
The differences between these two versions are minimal, so which version you choose to buy depends primarily on how fond you are of physical media.
What is the PS5 price at launch for each version?
The PS5 price is straightforward: the Standard Edition, which can read discs, will cost $499.99, €499.99, and £449.99. The Digital Edition will cost $399.99, €399.99, and £359.99.
Both editions of the PS5 will go on sale on November 12 in the US, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea. The console will be available a week later, on November 19, in Europe and other parts of the world.
At this price point, the more standard PS5 is about on par with the Xbox Series X, while the digital edition is significantly more expensive than the Series S. That said, comparing the two side-by-side isn’t entirely fair.
PS5 Standard vs Digital Edition: What’s the difference?
The only major difference between the Standard and Digital Edition PS5 consoles is the ability to play physical media. The Digital Edition will only play games that are purchased digitally, as as such can’t play second-hand games.
This means that while the cheaper PS5 is more expensive than the Xbox Series S, it’s also a more advanced piece of hardware. The relatively low cost of the cheaper Xbox also necessitates a drop in game quality.
Aside from this limitation, the Digital Edition PS5 is more or less identical to the Standard console in every way except price. It’ll be up to each individual customer to decide just how much they want to play games on discs.