PS5 pricing leak gains ground with corroboration from alleged retail insider

Update – September 16: An anonymous source said to be an employee at French retailer Micromania has corroborated reports of the PS5 price leak ahead of today’s presentation.

French outlet PlayerOne.tv claims to have heard the PS5 price and other pre-order information from this source in advance, and points to the same pricing described by El Corte Ingles: €499 for the base PS5, and €399 for the all-digital edition. This source also says that multiple PS5 games including Spider-Man: Miles Morales, the Demon’s Souls remake, and Sackboy Adventures will soon be available for pre-order. 

Crucially, Micromania itself has denied this leak on Twitter, explicitly stating that “we have denied this information.” PlayerOne responded to these denials in an update confirming that it stands by its reporting and source. 

With multiple markets now tied up in this pricing rumor, conversion rates have been called into question, but seeing as how the PS4 matched Euro and USD at launch, it’s likely that PS5 will as well. This information remains unofficial, but more and more leaks suggest we’ll be paying $499 for the PS5 and $399 for the digital edition, which is consistent with previous rumors and our own expectations. Hopefully we get a final price later today.

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Multiple images have surfaced from a major Spanish retailer that may have revealed the PS5 price. Photos from El Corte Inglés appeared overnight, potentially revealing the cost of both versions of the upcoming console ahead of official word from Sony.

Both images stem from El Corte Inglés, which is one of the biggest retailers in Spain, Pictures of the store’s internal systems that appear to show entries for both the standard and digital versions of the PS5 were shared on messaging service Telegram, listing two prices for the console. According to both of these photos, one version of the PS5 will cost €499.90 ($594/£460), while the other will cost €399.90 ($475/£369). The digital-only version of the console is very likely to be the cheaper version.

#PS5€399/€499(El Corte Inglés ~ One of the biggest spanish retailers) pic.twitter.com/B6o3aJhAqGSeptember 13, 2020

It’s possible that these prices are the retailer’s own placeholders for the console, but they line up precisely with similar leaks posted to Amazon France last month. What’s more, they’re very similar to the prices we’re expecting to see at Sony’s PS5 event tomorrow, and with that reveal so close, it does seem likely that retailers would have been informed about the console’s official price.

If these prices are accurate, it looks like Microsoft will have managed to undercut Sony pretty significantly. Both the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S come in around $100 cheaper than their counterparts, and while Sony is likely hoping that its library of games will help sway buyers, the inflated price-tag could push several people towards the next-generation Xbox.

Here are all the upcoming PS5 games confirmed so far.

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