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Sony Just Announced Some Really Bad News About The PlayStation 5

Catherine Lewis

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Sony Just Announced Some Really Bad News About The PlayStation 5

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Ever since its launch almost two years ago (!), the PlayStation 5 has been notoriously difficult to buy. Thanks to a combined mess of stock shortages (as a result of the world’s lack of semiconductors) and scalpers buying out so much of that already limited stock, grabbing one of Sony’s new-gen consoles hasn’t been as easy as just adding one to your cart and waiting for the delivery - we’re talking stock alerts, waiting in 40-minute-long online queues only to be met with no stock at the end of it, and repeat.

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This wife managed to get her husband an elusive PS5, and his reaction was priceless - take a look below.

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Things seemed to be looking up, with promises that shortages could ease by 2024 (still a fair wait), but the situation just took another turn for the worse. As reported by Kotaku, Sony has just raised the price of the PS5 in almost every major PlayStation-selling region. The price changes are effective immediately, except for in Japan, where the console will increase in cost from 15 September.

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In the UK, the Disc edition will now cost you £479.99 (up from £449.99), and the Digital edition is £389.99 (up from £359.99). Meanwhile in Europe, it now costs €549.99 for the Disc edition (up from €499.99) and €449.99 for the Digital edition (from €399.99).

To quickly run through the rest, also affected are Australia (Disc edition now costs AUD $799.95, Digital is AUD $649.95), Canada (CAD $649.99 for Disc, CAD $519.99 for Digital), Mexico (Disc is now MXN $14,999, Digital is MXN $12,499), China (¥4,299 yuan for Disc, ¥3,499 yuan for Digital), and Japan (¥60,478 yen for Disc, and ¥49,478 yen for Digital, both including tax). Thanks to Kotaku for those figures.

You might have noticed that missing from that list is the US - it seems that gamers there have gotten away with it. Sony have described the price increase as “a necessity given the current global economic environment”.

Topics: PlayStation 5, PlayStation, Sony

Catherine Lewis
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