Update, 8 July 2020: Sony India has shared the following statement with digit. "This page pertains to registration of interest enabling interested customers to register and get regular updates on PS5. Such information can be availed from other channels as well including Sony’s newly launched online shopping portal www.shopatSC.com." When you log on to Sony’s own website, Amazon or Flipkart, you can enter your email ID and get notified about new information pertaining to the PS5. When the PS4 launched in India there were massive shortages of stock while demand for the console was high. It is possible that Sony is looking to avoid this situation by gaging user interest, understanding the demand and ensuring enough stocks are available. Information circulating the internet suggests that the PS5 will have 6 million units shipped during the launch window. to put things into perspective, in the first three months of launch, Sony said that the PS4 sold more than 5 million units. The price of the PS5 is still unknown and there is no information on when Sony will announce the price of its next-gen console.
Original Story: The PS5 is coming to India in late 2020, as per the product listing on Amazon and Flipkart! The PS5 has a launch date of “Holiday 2020”, globally. There is no confirmed date in any region, but the internet is abuzz, hinting that Sony could reveal the price and a release date for the PS5 on July 13. Coming back to the listing page, it not only shows off the PS5 but the digital edition as well along with the accessories like camera, headset, charging station and media remote control. It is possible that all these could be available at launch. At the bottom of the listing page on Amazon and Flipkart, we have a listing of games that have been announced for the console. We know that Spider-Man: Miles Morales is releasing in 2020 and it has been confirmed by developer Guerilla Games, that Horizon: Forbidden West will launch in 2021.
When Sony launched the PS4, it released in North America on November 15, 2013, EU, November 29, 2013, and Japan on February 22, 2014. The console launched in India in December 2013 and went on sale in January 2014. If information circulating the internet is to be believed, then PS5 will launch in North America and other key markets in November 2020, a week before Black Friday sales in the US to cash in on the holiday buying. It is possible that we could see the same December-January 2020 launch for the console in India. This isn’t confirmed, it is just us speculating. Other leaks suggest that Sony could announce the launch date and price of the PS5 on July 13 and considering Sony just gave us a few days heads up before the June event, it is possible we will hear of this event a few days before its intended date.
When Sony showed off the PS5, the one key piece of information the company withheld was the price. Information circulating the internet suggests that the PS5 could cost as much as $500 for the blu-ray drive version and about $450 for the All Digital edition. That translates to Rs 37,300 and Rs 33,500 respectively when directly converted, but this isn’t the price we should judge the console on. Look at it this way, the PS4 launched in 2013 for $399. In 2013 $399 was about Rs 24,000 approx. directly converted. But the PS4 launched in India for Rs 39,999. This is after the inclusion of taxes and import duties. So it would be safe to assume that the PS5 will cost close to Rs 50,000 when it launches in India around December 2020.
It is good news that Sony is launching the PS5 in India almost at the same time as its international launch. There are those in India that would buy the console via international travel scheduled around the time, but because of the ongoing pandemic, international travel may not be likely for quite some time. Sony could cash in on the demand of the console from dedicated fans and gamers that are saving up for the consoles and will not be able to get it through alternate means.
At an event in June 2020, Sony gave us a glimpse into the PS5 design and you can see how it compares to the Xbox Series X design here.
On Microsoft’s front, there is no information on when the Xbox Series X will come to India. Even though the Xbox India website has a page dedicated to the Series X with a Holiday 2020 date, there is no official information on a concrete launch window. You can read more about the Series X here.
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