Nintendo “has no plans” to raise Nintendo Switch prices

Nintendo has thrown its hat in the ring regarding the recent PlayStation 5 price increase in various regions.

The statement was given to eurogamer, and simply notes that Nintendo “has no plans to increase the retail price of its hardware.” This makes Sony the outlier in its plans to increase the cost of its latest hardware, and Microsoft also claims that its suggested retail price will remain the same.

The PlayStation 5 saw a £30/€50 increase in seven regions, with prices in the US remaining unchanged. Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan explained that this was due to the current “economic environment” and “global inflation rates”.

Nintendo Switch OLED Model
Nintendo Switch OLED model. Credit: Nintendo

Ryan explicitly stated that this was “a necessity given the current global economic environment”, though Nintendo and Microsoft appear to disagree on their respective pricing.

It is unusual for base hardware to receive a price increase over time. Retail prices generally go down over time, not including revised models. In particular, PlayStation’s own software saw a price increase this generation. In the US, it’s only up $10, but in the UK, its game prices have shot up £20, and the new price of £69.99 is currently the highest price associated with a game’s base release. in the market.

At the time of publishing, the price of the PlayStation 5 in the UK is £479.99 for the disc version and £389.99 for the digital version only.

Sony CEO Jim Ryan
Jim Ryan, Chairman and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment. Credit: Sony Interactive Entertainment

Meanwhile, the Xbox Series X is £449.99, while the Series S is £249.99. The Nintendo Switch comes in three models, with the handheld-only Lite version costing £199, the base version available at £259, and the reviewed OLED model fetching £309.99.

In other news, a Denuvo spokesperson claimed that the integration of anti-piracy software into the Nintendo Switch will not affect game performance, even though it is an issue for several PC games.

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