PlayStation finally revealed the price and availability of the PS5. Set to debut worldwide on 19 November – which should also include Malaysia – the next generation console carries a pretty competitive starting price of only $399; that comes up to about RM1,650.
Of course, that’s the price of the PS5 Digital Edition, which doesn’t come with a disc drive. The standard PS5, on the other hand, retails at $499 (approximately RM2,060). These price tags put the PS5 squarely against Microsoft’s own next generation consoles, which also go for $499 and $299 (around RM1,235) for the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S respectively in the US.
As mentioned, the global debut of the PS5 on 19 November should also include the Malaysian market, even if this hasn’t been explicitly mentioned yet. After all, the DualSense controller and the media remote for the PS5 have already passed through SIRIM. It’s only a matter of time before the console itself appears in the certification body’s database.
As for how much the PS5 would cost here, we reckon the Digital Edition won’t go past the RM2,000 mark, given that a direct conversion of its $399 price tag in the US comes up to only about RM1,650. The standard PS5, on the other hand, should be priced slightly above the RM2,000 price point. As expected, the PS5 will cost quite a bit more over the PS4, which retailed for as low as RM799 to RM1,259.
Regardless, we’ll keep a close eye on the local availability of the PlayStation 5 as we approach closer to 19 November. Even though it’s not quite as affordable as its predecessor, it does come with some impressive features.