On September 16, Sony Interactive Entertainment gave an online presentation that revealed the launch date and price for the PlayStation 5. There were no major surprises. However, the event underlined how much of an advantage the PlayStation 5 has over the Xbox Series X/S.
As expected, the PlayStation 5 will be priced at $500 for the Blu-ray version and $400 for the digital only version. The system will launch November 12 in North America, Australia/New Zealand, Japan and South Korea. It will launch in Europe and the rest of the world November 19.
Unlike the Xbox Series X/S both PlayStation 5 versions will have the same core hardware specs. The only difference is the lack of the Ultra HD Blu-ray drive in the digital edition (and a slight difference in size). In contrast, the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S are two very different systems.
The latest DFC Intelligence brief compares the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. The digital only Xbox Series S not only lacks a Blu-ray drive, but its specs are significantly lower than the Xbox Series X. This is a baffling choice on the part of Microsoft.