Why is there a price difference between the two consoles?

Why is there a price difference between the two consoles?
Why is there a price difference between the two consoles?
After a strange delay in the launch of the PS5 in India due to a trademark dispute, Sony has finally announced the price of the PS5 and the Digital Edition, as well as the prices for the accessories.

The base PS5 is £ 49,990 while the Digital Edition is £ 39,990. Console price has a huge say in a market like India and potential consumers have been waiting with bated breath for Sony to release the prices.

After Microsoft announced the price of the Xbox Series X and Series in India, Sony may have been able to make a more informed decision. Choosing a digital edition of the PS5 has sparked interest from the community, and fans have long debated the pros and cons of a digital-only console.

PS5 vs PS5 Digital Edition: Which Console Should Players Buy?

Lack of an optical drive

The only difference between the PS5 and the Digital Edition is the lack of a Blu-Ray optical drive. This essentially means that gamers cannot use physical copies of PS5 / PS4 games in the Digital Edition.

Removing the optical drive not only adds symmetry to the PS5’s design, it also lowers the price of the console. Since the Digital Edition drops an extremely valuable piece of hardware, it can distract fans from the console.

The optical drive goes a long way in making the PS5 work as a great, all-inclusive entertainment system and play Blu-Ray discs. Thus, the PlayStation is not only a game console, but also a great entertainment product.

Reverse and compatibility and PS4 games

For gamers who are familiar with the lack of an optical drive, the Digital Edition should be a breeze. However, since the PS5 can play 99% of the PS4 library, players who own physical copies of PS4 games are essentially foregoing a number of high quality games.

Since players would have amassed a decent number of PS4 titles by then, whether physical or not, the PS5 will have some pretty solid titles right at launch.

The PS Plus Collection allows gamers to enjoy some of the best games from the PS4 library and are available digitally. However, there is a chance that players already own these games in physical form.

Therefore, the Digital Edition offers a great compromise that is not too obvious at first glance.

Trading in physical copies of games


The ability to trade physical discs of games has always been one of the most important parts of gaming. Sony even dug into Microsoft when the Xbox One and PS4 launched.

Digital output essentially prevents gamers from trading physical copies of their games. Potential buyers need to remember that the PS5 and Digital Editions are virtually identical consoles, with only one missing optical drive.

The hardware on both consoles remains the same. If players are comfortable with the aforementioned drawbacks, the Digital Edition is a fantastic buy.

Published October 17, 2020, 8:03 pm IST

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