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How much are you willing to pay?

OK, Sony have announced some of the basic specs of the PS5,


to be fair on face value it does seem like it is shaping up to be a vary capable machine. But how much will all this power cost. And more importantly what are you prepared to pay?

The sweet spot is usually about£350 to £399 for a new console, but my guess would be £450 to £499. £599 would be a huge gamble, and can't see Sony doing that again.

As for what I would be prepared to pay, I would like a more expensive console, even £599, would work for me if it delivered what I wanted, and what I want is a big boost to it's VR capabilities.

No matter what, this does seem a more than decent upgrade, So what are you thoughts?

posted on 19/4/19

As much as I wouldn't mind paying it Randomer, I think it would be a huge gamble on Sony's part.

£499, I would guess as the maximum, but Sony may choose to take a loss in the short term, to keep the specs high.

posted on 19/4/19

I would pay maybe upto 500. However, I don't think Sony can do that as that is not the "console segment"..... though this does ask a big question what will be the console segment post PS5? Stadia looked impressive today - so 10 years I'm expecting to see Netflixesque improvements each year and 5g is looking to be a data game changer. So if I was a betting man I would predict this will be the last "real" console generation we have. How will this affect Sony's mind set with the PS5? This generation is gonna be interesting.

posted on 19/4/19

I have a feeling this announcement was to spoil any future news of the next xbox. I'm sure both stables are well into development of their new consoles, and whatever hardware deals had to be made have been done.

I don't think MS thought Sony would be bringing out a console with such impressive specs, I certainly doubt they will be running a SSD, (hell they might not even out a disk drive in) and MS always try to sell at a profit. I think Sony may have some big advantages going into next gen.

posted on 19/4/19

I don't remember exactly, but wasn't the PS4 the first PlayStation to actually make a profit on launch, rather than be a loss leader (Sony making their money from licences and games rather than the console)?

I imagine this'll be the same. Could also explain why there's nothing particularly revolutionary in it - keeping costs down. Although an SSD is nice.

posted on 19/4/19

Yes Hobo, Sony's finances were a bit of a mess, there were all sorts of savings being made in their business. and they had to make sure to keep a tight ship with the launch of the PS4. So yes it was profitable from launch.

Playstation has now become a major part of their business, especially since following MS lead with an online subscription service, and it looks like they want to keep it that way.

The specs are very good for a console, MS will do well to match it.

posted 1 month, 1 day ago

Ssd is dirt cheap nowadays though. I got a 1tb one 2 years ago for 100 quid. It really shouldn't be the selling point. Even hybrid drives have been available for a long time.

I won't get one because I'm strictly PC gaming nowadays but 500 seems steep as you could likely build today's top range PC for that price in 18 months time and it would be as powerful.

posted 1 month, 1 day ago

Sounds like it's more than just an SSD though Rep, again not much info out there yet but what was said would suggest that's it will be pretty fundamental in how development could be done on the system, and I'm guessing leap frog the ram limitation of consoles. Again I have no facts so I could be totally wrong!

posted 1 month, 1 day ago

The information regarding the SSD is intriguing. This will not be the standard SSD Republik is talking about, This one will be far more specialised and will be an important part of the PS5 achitecture.

Again Republik. it is not simply about the hardware, it's what is done with it. Sony's first party studios will make the most of the hardware in front of them. That doesn't happen for PC.

posted 1 month, 1 day ago

My initial thoughts is that it is acting more like intels octane system where a very fast SSD acts as a giant buffer/sort of secondary ram for files. And I'm guessing if they continue utilising the gddr it should work very well together and help pushing those 4k images (I'm personally still doubtful of 8k and that seemed less confirmed than the rest)

posted 1 month, 1 day ago

As far as 8k does, it will probably be able to display 8k images, but not much more.

So technically capable of 8k, but certainly not meant for gaming.

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