Xbox Series X | S will not see a price increase after the sudden increase of PS5

After Sony suddenly raised the price of the PS5 earlier this week, Microsoft has confirmed that it currently has no plans to raise the price of the Xbox Series X|S.

Yesterday (Aug 25), Sony abruptly announced that it would be increasing the price of the PS5 by £30/€50 in seven regions, not including the US, effective immediately. Sony Interactive CEO Jim Ryan wrote that this was due to the “current global economic environment”.

In response, a Microsoft spokesperson has confirmed that the company currently has no plans to increase the cost of its own current generation of consoles, the Xbox Series X|S (via windows center).

“We are constantly evaluating our business to offer our fans great gaming options. Our Xbox Series S suggested retail price remains at $299 (£250, €300), the Xbox Series X is $499 (£450, €500).”

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Xbox Series X and Series X. Credit: Microsoft

This means that, in the UK, the standard PS5 is £479.99, while the Xbox Series X is £30 cheaper. The digital PS5 costs £389.99, making the (less powerful) Xbox Series S now £140 cheaper.

It should be noted that Microsoft’s statement above doesn’t fully confirm that the Xbox Series X|S will never see a price increase, but rather that there are currently no plans for the company to do so.

VR hardware hasn’t been immune to price increases either, with it being announced last month that Meta Quest 2 would see a £100 price increase, with a free copy of beat saber trying to placate the increase.

The free copy of beat saber Also, it is only available until the end of 2022, with purchases in the next year without receiving the game, only the increased price.

In other gaming news, the Prime Gaming September sale has been revealed, and Amazon Prime subscribers are offered eight games.

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