Sony’s PlayStation 4 has won the current generation of console wars hands down. The Japanese giant has crushed rival Microsoft’s Xbox One by a huge margin and it would want to do the same when the next-generation devices arrive next year. This is probably why Sony is considering going down the value chain to combat Microsoft’s two-pronged strategy for the Xbox Two.
IGN reports that Japanese journalist Zenji Nishikawa recently claimed in a YouTube stream that Sony is contemplating launching two different models of the next PlayStation console. These models will reportedly carry different specs, with the Pro model aimed at gaming enthusiasts looking for top-of-the-line features.
The noises that Sony has been making thus far about the pricing of the next PlayStation console make it clear that the company will go hard at appeasing hardcore gamers. The Wall Street Journal had earlier reported that Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida aims to position the PlayStation 5 as a niche product meant for hardcore gaming enthusiasts.
He reportedly said that Sony could add high-end features such as ray tracing to the next-generation console to create life-like effects and deliver an immersive gaming experience. So when the alleged specs of the PlayStation 5 console were leaked online, it appeared as if Sony will move ahead with its strategy of targeting the premium end of the market and release a console with a hefty price tag.
Some analysts have already predicted that the PlayStation 5 could cost a whopping $800.