PS5, PS5 Digital Edition Now Most Expensive in India: Details
PlayStation 5 is more expensive in India – at least 10 percent. On Saturday, Sony India quietly updated the prices of both models of Sony’s next-generation console, PS5 and PS5 Digital Edition, on the Sony Center ShopAtSC website. PlayStation 5 equipped with 4K Blu-ray now costs Rs. 54,990, up 10 percent from its launch price of Rs. 49,990. Meanwhile, the accompanying disc-less PS5 Digital Edition costs a whopping Rs. 44,990, which is an increase of 12.5 percent over its launch price of Rs. 39,990. This may be due to the rise of the American Dollar (USD), which has affected almost all segments of society around the world. Gadget 360 has contacted Sony India for comment, but we have not heard back at press time.
Thankfully, there is no change in the prices of all PS5 accessories – yet. The PlayStation 5 wireless controller, DualSense, is still priced at Rs. 5,990 (for whites and blacks) and Rs. 6,390 (blue, red, pink, and purple color variants). You can get them below MRP though, as usual. PS5 Pulse 3D wireless headset is still Rs. 8,590, although it is usually available for Rs. 7,890. The PS5 HD camera remains at Rs. 5,190, although it is offered at Rs. 4,790 in most places. Finally, the PS5 Media Remote and DualSense Charging Station retain their launch price: Rs. 2,590.
India isn’t the only market affected when it comes to PS5 price hikes – and it’s not even the first. Back in August, Sony India announced that the PlayStation 5 and PS5 Digital Edition will go on sale in the UK, Australia, Canada, Japan, China, Mexico, and select markets in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. While Canada saw a slight increase of 3-4 percent, Sony’s home country of Japan was the hardest hit with an increase of 21-24 percent. The PlayStation maker cited “high levels of global inflation” and “unfavorable currency trends”. Now, the same impact has reached our shores. The Indian Rupee (INR) has depreciated nearly 10 percent this year against the USD.
Fair enough, the PS5 isn’t quite as affected as the Xbox Series X, which has gone up 12 percent from its launch price to Rs. 55,990. Unlike Sony however, that didn’t happen all at once. Back in July, Microsoft was the first to react to the strengthening USD, pushing the Indian price of its flagship gaming console up 6 percent from Rs. 49,990 to Rs. 52,990. Then earlier this week, it also increased the price of the Series X in India by more than 5 percent from Rs. 52,990 to Rs. 55,990. The new price is already visible on Amazon Indiabut others they are issuing old stock at a discount.
Microsoft’s only digital console, the Xbox Series S, has also gone through two rounds of price increases. Although the difference is very low, it is 8.5 percent more than the starting price. In June, the price of Series S in India was increased by almost 6 percent from Rs. 34,990 to Rs. 36,990. Then in August, Microsoft made a small move, raising 2.7 percent from Rs. 36,990 to Rs. 37,990. While the Series S has become somewhat of a disappointment, given its close price to the PS5 Digital Edition, that has now changed. While Sony’s digital-only console was 14 percent more expensive when Microsoft launched, the PS5 Digital Edition is now nearly 18.5 percent more expensive than the Xbox Series S.
PlayStation 5 is now expensive Rs. 54,990 in India, with the PS5 Digital Edition coming in at Rs. 44,990, Currently, only Sony Center lists the new prices. None of the other major online retailers – be it Croma, Flipkart, or Vijay Sales – have updated the prices on their website yet. The PS5 pages on Amazon India and Reliance Digital remain offline. At the time of writing, apart from ShopAtSC, it is the only e2z Store to show the new PS5 India prices,