17th September 2020 – (Hong Kong) Sony Corp said on Wednesday the next-generation PlayStation 5 console would launch in November priced at US$499.99 and US$399.99 for a version without a disk drive, as it squares off against rival Microsoft Corp’s Xbox console.
The pricing announcement sets the stage for a year-end showdown between Xbox and PlayStation, as consumers continue to flock to gaming optimised consoles offering exclusive titles.
Sony announced the price of a new generation of game console PS5 early this morning, and the Hong Kong version can be pre-ordered tomorrow and will be released on November 19th. This immediately sparked discussion among players in the mainland. Some fans of the PS5 expressed dissatisfaction as they have to compete with Hongkongers to buy the console. Sony announced that the PS5 will be first sold in the United States, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea and other places on 12th November, and Hong Kong, like other countries, will be sold on 19th November. Many enthusiastic fans have tried to buy the console in the first round of sales through overseas purchasing agents.
Although Sony has announced the price, the Hong Kong version has a CD version of the PS5 console for HK$3,980, and the non-disc digital version is priced at HK$3,180. However, players believe that there may be a wave of speculation when the product is launched.
The Beijing authorities strictly censor and prevent sensitive or inappropriate content from appearing in the game, so PS5 cannot be sold in China. However, some netizens are worried that even if they buy the Hong Kong version or other foreign versions, the government may automatically block the contents from Hong Kong or other servers like the previous PS4.