Following Sony’s announcement of a price increase for the PlayStation 5, Microsoft stated that the Xbox Series S and Series X will remain at their current suggested retail price.
The PlayStation 5 price will increase in the UK, Australia and other key territories, however, the US has managed to avoid a price increase for the time being. While unfortunate for many people looking to get a PS5, Microsoft’s announcement is great news for Xbox fans.
On a statement to our sister site, Windows CentralMicrosoft has confirmed that the tech giant has no plans to raise the price of its latest consoles.
“We are constantly evaluating our business to provide our fans with great gaming options. Our Xbox Series S MSRP remains at $299 (£250, AU$499) and the Xbox Series X is $499 (£450, AU$749).”
This is a relief for gamers as there were suspicions of a similar price jump from Microsoft following Sony’s announcement citing economic pressure and inflation as the big factors behind this decision. Only time will tell if Xbox prices remain immune to global economic stress.
The Battle of the Console Giants
By offering a budget option with Xbox Series S and access to a vast library of games with its monthly subscription service, game pass, Microsoft is leading the accessibility race with this generation of consoles. Game Pass not only gives you a wide selection of past titles, but also gives you immediate access to original games at launch. Different tiers also offer the library on PC and EA Play, so gamers don’t even need the latest console to play their favorite games.
PlayStation has its own answer to Game Pass with PlayStation Plus, and while the library is more extensive than Xbox’s, it doesn’t include day one access to original titles. PlayStation Plus Premium also offers the ability to play select titles on PC, but this is restricted to what’s available in its catalog of PS4 classics and select titles.
Given the current difficulty in stocking the PlayStation 5, this is the last hurdle for fans to overcome when acquiring the console. Since its launch in 2020, it’s been notoriously difficult to get your hands on a PS5. It’s not that difficult to track one down in 2022, however, there are still stock issues in several markets, and fans often have to wait for replenishment before their orders arrive.