D.he Japanese electronics company Sony has announced its new PlayStation 5 console at a price of $ 499.99. A version without a hard disk drive is already available for 399.99 dollars, the company said. Both versions would be on the market from mid-November. The PlayStation 5 without disk reader offers in comparison “a significant discount without sacrificing performance or hardware,” said Guilherme Fernandes of the gaming analysis company Newzoo.
With the PlayStation 5, which is mostly white in its new design, the Microsoft rival is offering a more cost-effective version without a hard disk drive, as digital downloads are becoming the standard in the gaming industry. The demand for game consoles picked up during the Corona crisis and caused the shares of the Japanese manufacturer to rise by 46 percent after a slump in March.