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Sony announces PlayStation 5 launch pricing and release date

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  • Sony will release the PlayStation 5 on November 12 starting at a price of $399.
  • It also previewed a slew of games, including Final Fantasy XVI and Hogwarts Legacy.

After months of playing a game of chicken with Microsoft, Sony has committed to a release date and price for the PlayStation 5 during its latest showcase stream. The company’s next-generation video game console will arrive on November 12 in seven countries (US, Canada, Japan, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea) starting at $399 for the Digital Edition, and $499 for the ‘full’ PS5 with a Blu-ray disc drive. It launches November 19 for the rest of the world.

The system will have several high-profile games arriving at or near launch, including Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War, Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition, and an upgraded version of Fortnite.

PlayStation Plus subscribers who buy the PS5 will also get a collection of some of the PS4’s defining games, including God of War, Uncharted 4, and The Last of Us: Remastered.

The high-end model’s pricing puts the PlayStation 5 on par with the Xbox Series X, and might leave gamers with a tough choice when the two consoles are released this fall. However, the lower-end versions are more complicated. While the disc-free PS5 costs $100 more than the Xbox Series S, it also delivers the same performance as its more expensive counterpart. The budget Xbox is a cut-down system — you’ll have to decide whether it’s worth the extra money to get that enhanced experience.

That wasn’t all, though. The showcase also provided premieres for multiple games, including brand new titles as well as PS5 updates to existing releases.

Final Fantasy XVI is still very early, but it appears to have the familiar action RPG gameplay of modern Final Fantasy games. It centers around the “legacy of the crystals” and promises epic battles, including giant demons and “Icons.” More details aren’t expected until 2021, so this don’t expect a release on the PlayStation 5 for a while. It will, however, be a console exclusive.

Hogwarts Legacy is an open-world game set in the Wizarding World roughly a century before Harry Potter comes to the magical school. Suffice it to say the landscape is considerably less tamed than before — goblins aren’t your friends in this era. It’s due sometime in 2021.

Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach brings the next generation of the jump-scare series to the PlayStation 5. Your aim is to survive Freddy Fazbear’s Mega Pizza Plex as the animatronic robots inevitably go haywire. Gameplay mechanics are still unknown, but you can expect ray-traced lighting, enhanced audio, and a horror experience that’s “never interrupted.” There’s no release date, but it will be a console exclusive for the PlayStation 5.

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