Along with others, the PS5 Christmas & New Year 2021 starting on December 25 and ending the first week of 2021 next year, the biggest weekend of online deals in the US & UK coincides conveniently with Sony’s mid-generational console updates.
Sony launched PlayStation® 5 on November 12th, 2021 and they have revealed PlayStation 5 prices. The PS4 Pro, as expected, is going to get heavy Christmas discounts.
PlayStation® 5 Specifications
|Processor||8-core AMD Ryzen Zen 2-architecture CPU at up to 3.5GHz|
|Graphics||AMD Navi/RDNA 2-family GPU with 36 CU up to 2.23 GHz (10.3 TFLOPS, FP unit unknown)|
|Video memory||16GB GDDR6 with 256-bit interface (448GB/sec)|
|Storage||825GB SSD at 5.5-9GB/sec; NVMe SSD slot; support for USB HDD|
|Optical drive||Yes, 4K Blu-ray|
|Maximum output resolution||8K 60fps; 4K 120fps|
|Audio||3D, accelerated by custom Tempest Engine hardware; for headphones only at launch, supplemented by virtual surround for speaker audio|
|New controller features||Haptic feedback, adaptive triggers, USB-C connector|
|VR support||Yes, compatible with PSVR headset|
|Console streaming||Yes (Remote Play)|
|Streaming apps at launch||Apple TV Plus, Netflix, Spotify, Twitch, YouTube|
|Backward compatibility||PS4 games|
|Subscription tie-in||PS Now|
|Dimensions||15.4 x 4.1 (3.6) x 10.2 in/390 x 104 (92) x 260 mm|
|Release date||Nov. 12|
|Price||With optical drive: $500, £450, AU$750; without optical drive: $400, £360, AU$600|
PlayStation 5 starts at $399 for a 1TB version without an optical drive. It will cost an extra $100 for the optical drive version. No discounts have been announced on PS 5 yet but Sony is surely going to offer a heavy discount to combat Xbox’s competitive pricing. The PS4 Pro, on the other hand, is expected to have heavy discounts.
PS4 Pro Christmas Discounts
There are two main reasons that lead us to believe the standard PS4 Pro console will be heavily discounted on Christmas:
- Sony will be looking to maximize sales of old hardware.
- Retailers will be looking to clear out old stock to make way for the new PS5 models, which are arriving shortly before Christmas.
We predict the standard PS4 Pro 1TB to be slashed from $499 to $249-$300 on Christmas, representing a 40%-50% discount. The PS4 Slim 1TB version, could fall as low as $199.
Use this table to check the Christmas pricing and deals
PS5 Christmas Discounts
The PS5 was released on November 12. It’s unlikely that the PS5 consoles will be heavily discounted during Christmas as they are so new to the market.
The main deals we expect to see on these mid-generation consoles are bundle deals. For the PS5 consoles themselves, we predict discounts in the range of 10 – 15%. A PS5 Slim console for $349 on Christmas is optimistic but not impossible.
Retailers will be looking to shift old consoles before offering big reductions on the newest Playstation consoles.
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What did we base these prices on?
As well as the reasons outlined above, we analyzed: Christmas 2019 & 2018 PlayStation deals, trends in console prices over time and we also compared the launch price of the PS5 to previous consoles.