The PlayStation 5 could be very expensive as Sony is battling with huge components cost. Due to scarcity, the manufacturing cost for a PlayStation 5 is said to be around $450. When the PS4 was released in 2013, IHS estimated manufacturing cost to be $381 with Sony selling it for $399 MSRP.
With the Xbox Series X and the PlayStation 5 scheduled for a holiday season release, the final price of the consoles will play a huge factor. Sonny cannot afford to set the unit price of the PS5 below its production cost the retail price of the PlayStation 5 may be close to $500. Sony normally set a price for its upcoming consoles in February of the year of its release but the company is taking a wait-and-see approach according to Bloomberg.
Sony has revealed some of the specifications of the PS5 and it is expected to come with a fast SSD which are typically expensive. In terms of graphics, next-generation AMD GPU which supports ray tracing and most likely a lot of DRAM and NAND flash memory is coming with Sony’s PS5. These components are becoming expensive with smartphone makers needing the same components.
One positive news for the company is the coronavirus outbreak has not disrupted production of the PlayStation 5. Sony has not made comments on how many units it will ship in the first year. Apart from the PlayStation 5, Sony plans to release a new version of PlayStation VR reality headset after the PS5 enters the market officially.