PlayStation 5: towards a price increase for the console?

PlayStation 5: towards a price increase for the console?

Sony recently released its financial results for the first quarter of 2022, an opportunity to discover that the PS5 sold more than 2.4 million units in the quarter (21.7 million in total since its launch), a slight increase over the year.

The situation is good, but not up to expectations: the shortage of semiconductors continues to greatly penalize the machine’s production capacity, many major games have been postponed, the PlayStation Network gathers fewer players than expected…

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Inflation is also hitting Japan hard with a level rarely seen in history, and Sony has already started to raise the price of some of its products in the archipelago.

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Sony was therefore asked about the price of its PS5 to see if it would follow the increase launched on its other products… A question that Hiroki Totoki, CFO of the group was not able to answer. The price increase of the PS5 is not yet decided or ruled out, however.

We recently saw Meta increase the price of its Meta Quest 2 by 100 euros in response to component price increases. It would therefore make sense for the PS5 and Xbox Series to follow suit.

Let’s remember, then, that video game consoles are not immediately profitable for manufacturers and are often sold at a loss while a fleet is established that generates revenue via the sale of services and games, as well as royalties from third-party publishers. Given the shortage of components, it is likely that the Xbox Series and PS5 have not yet reached the break-even point, which could encourage a price increase of 10-15% according to analyst estimates.

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