Xbox Respond To Sony's Controversial Price Hikes For The PS5

Sony have officially increased the price of the PS5 in many regions around the world. They say it's due to the "global economic environment", but we're no less furious. Here's how much the PS5 will now cost in your region

PS5 Price Increase
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Sony really can be scummy can't they? Just last week we reported on the lawsuit Xbox was filing against them for paying developers to not join Game Pass. Xbox will probably be fine, the Game Pass just gets better and better either way (and it's even getting Death Stranding, a Sony exclusive, soon). But it's still a bad look for the tech giant.

We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but we're afraid Sony have made another bad move in the last few hours: they've increased the price of the PS5. As if this console wasn't difficult enough to get already...

Xbox Respond To Price Hike

In a pretty cool move, Xbox responded to Sony's price increase by making it clear they wouldn't do the same. Speaking to VGC they said:

Our Xbox Series S suggested retail price remains from £249.99 and the Xbox Series X is from £449.99

We keep getting more and more reasons to make the switch to Xbox. Here is a video of Phil Spencer talking about the price hike.


PlayStation 5: New PS5 Prices Around The World

Sony have increased the price of the PS5 in many regions around the world due to the "global economic environment". The price hike isn't horrendous, but it's going to make it even harder for players still on the old-gen to upgrade.

Here are the new prices around the world:

  • Europe
    • PS5 with Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive – €549.99
    • PS5 Digital Edition – €449.99
  • UK
    • 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)
  • China
    • PS5 with Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive – ¥4,299 yuan
    • PS5 Digital Edition – ¥3,499 yuan
  • Australia
    • PS5 with Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive – AUD $799.95
    • PS5 Digital Edition – AUD $649.95
  • Mexico
    • PS5 with Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive – MXN $14,999
    • PS5 Digital Edition – MXN $12,499
  • Canada
    • PS5 with Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive – CAD $649.99
    • PS5 Digital Edition – CAD $519.99

Honestly, at this point we really think you guys might want to take a look at the Xbox these days. Especially with how incredible the new Halo Forge mode is looking.

After this news, we shouldn't have been surprised that Sony would try and pull a stunt like this: