The Playstation 5 made a lot of noise ahead of school 2022. After the price increase, available inventory is now a concern. The console is rare and we will help you find it.
Summary[Mis à jour le 31 août 2022 à 11h34] Among the high-tech objects in the spotlight at the moment, we obviously find the Playstation. The Sony console is in the spotlight after the recent announcement of a price hike. The decision taken by its Japanese manufacturer decided to increase the price of the digital version from 399 euros to 449 euros and the standard version from 499 euros to 549 euros. So its price does not exceed the price of the Playstation 3 at the time of release (599 € for a 60 GB hard drive), but still it becomes the most expensive console in the last ten years. Except that a lot of our readers want a PS5. To give you a boost, here’s a live daily inventory tracker and all the useful information to buy without a hitch.
Our PS5 Stock Tracker Wednesday 31st Live
- 10:21 am: No resupply at this time.
- 10:00 a.m.: The PlayStation 5 can be bought second-hand for a high price on Rakuten (see below).
Console Sony PlayStation 5 Standard Edition
If you want to get a Playstation 5, you can also opt for a used purchase. Consoles are regularly rented out for resale on sites like Rakuten, and the sellers sometimes give you great deals. Notably, in the aftermath of the PS5 price hike, some deals could very well be near-lucrative. But don’t forget, the PS5 is a rarity, and retailers are well aware of this, sometimes offering the console at exorbitant prices. As a reminder, PS5 Digital is priced at €449.99 and PS5 Standard is priced at €549.99.
It is the information about this beginning of September that confirms some of the rumors that have been heard in recent weeks. The new PS5 models have arrived at select stores in Australia. Their feature? Different serial number from previous models and slightly reduced weight from 3.6 to 3.4 kg. It’s hard to talk about the Playstation 5 Slim yet, although the console seems to be on a bit of a diet. At this point, the reason for this sudden relief is still unknown. Usually this “new model”, to extrapolate the facts a bit, should be rolled out in France in the coming weeks.
If there wasn’t any bad news this summer, here’s another one that video game players won’t like much. Sony has taken the decision to increase the selling price of the Playstation 5 by just over 10% in certain regions of the world. The de facto console sees the price of its standard version go up from €499 to €549, while the digital version goes from €399 to €449. An increase justified by Jim Ryan in an article on the Playstation blog (Jim Ryan – CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment) by the climate of global inflation.
This increase is effective immediately in the affected regions, namely the UK, Europe, Australia, Mexico, Canada, China and Japan. Only the US was spared. In a blog post announcing the price increase, Sony said: “The global economic environment is challenging for many of you around the world. You can see high inflation rates and exchange rate curves that are hostile to the environment, affecting the lives of consumers and putting a lot of pressure on many. Based on these economic conditions, SIE has made the difficult decision to increase the selling price of the Playstation 5 in certain markets in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, Latin America and Canada.” Jim Ryan, CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment
For third-party gamers who find it hard to swallow the pill, the 10% increase remains consistent despite Sony’s excuses. The Japanese company claims to be following the development of the market in conditions of strong inflation after the coronavirus pandemic and the start of the war in Ukraine. The company says it puts the interests of consumers first and is trying to maintain its margin on production of the Playstation 5, which has no doubt become more expensive due to higher prices for various raw materials.
The number of consoles available in the market is also the subject of the last paragraph of Jim Ryan’s blog post, which states: “While this price increase is a necessity given the global economic climate and its impact on the SIE, our primary goal remains to improve PS5 supply worldwide. so that as many players as possible can enjoy everything PS5 has and will offer in the future.” It should be noted that in 2022 the supply was the best on the French market, while experts expect a return to normal by 2024.
On the other hand, there is one who is likely to smile after this announcement. And yes, this is the Xbox series. The official competitor of the Playstation 5 keeps its original selling price for now, which gives it a clear advantage over the Japanese console. So the Xbox Series S can always be found at €300, while its big sister Xbox Series X keeps its €500 selling price. A price difference that could well turn the hearts of some buyers in favor of the American console. However, it is possible that Microsoft will announce such an increase in the coming months.
For 18 months, shoppers have been battling to get their hands on the Playstation 5. The new game console is in high demand, and e-commerce sites are feeling it during a rare restocking and new promotions period. Indeed, on the latter, the crowd is large, with some pages completely collapsing in long queues. Speed is the keyword of this new “sport”, which has certain rules that can be of great benefit to you. Indeed, each site has a different job, and this slide contains a few tricks to help you make a purchase as quickly as possible.
As you have already understood, the Playstation 5 belongs to the generation of consoles released directly from the warehouse. Remember when Sony’s last console was released it was November 2020 and the coronavirus pandemic was at its peak, paralyzing economies around the world. Southeast Asia, a leading producer of semiconductor metals used in the manufacture of smart cards (i.e. processors and GPUs for consoles and PCs), has been hit hard, slowing down the production of consoles, graphics cards and even cars worldwide. A factor that is still being felt in the high-tech market, especially in the market for the latest generation of game consoles.
As far as the Playstation 5 and GPUs in general are concerned, things shouldn’t be back to normal until 2024. A prediction made by Pat Gelsinger, President and CEO of Intel, who confirms in an interview with CNBC that microchip production should return to its previous levels. to its full potential by the end of 2023. An accurate experience, but a bad sign for console and PC players who expected to be able to enjoy a stable situation by the end of 2023 – the end of 2022.