Rumor: PS5, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S Launch Date and Price Leaked

Rumor: PS5, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S Launch Date and Price Leaked - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 September 2020 / 3,814 Views

The launch date and prices for the upcoming next-generation consoles from Sony and Microsoft have been leaked, according to a rumor and posted by Twitter user Roberto Serrano. 

Microsoft will be launching their next-generation consoles one week before Sony. The Xbox Series S will launch on November 5 for $299 / €299 and the Xbox Series X will launch on November 6 for $499 / €499.

Sony will launch both versions of the PlayStation 5 on the same day, November 13. The standard edition with the disc drive will be priced at $499 / €499 and the Digital Edition will be priced at $399 / €399.

PS5 vs Xbox Series X Price Launch

As always this should be treated as a rumor until the official price and launch dates are announced by Sony and Microsoft.

What we officially do know is the Xbox Series X will launch in November and the PS5 will launch this Holiday season. The Xbox Series S has yet to officially be announced by Microsoft.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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42 Comments

Conina (on 19 August 2020)

So price leaks from Sony AND Microsoft AT THE SAME TIME? Yeah, totally believable. ;-)


mutantsushi (on 20 August 2020)

And who are you anyways? I bet you don't even live in Bari!


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VAMatt (on 20 August 2020)

This could well be accurate. But, it's not a leak. It's just some dude using very simple deductive reasoning to come up with something that makes sense.


DonFerrari (on 19 August 2020)

Yes, totally buying info from unkown source. Just because he used quite probable prices and even if get they all right doesn`t mean he had the information.


LivingMetal (on 19 August 2020)

Prices do seem reasonable so this could be true. Or it could be the work of an attention whore.


Jannlee48504 (on 19 August 2020)

It doesn't matter what the ps5 price on this website the ps5 could cost 1000 bucks more and you guys would still say its a win for Sony lol bias at its finest


TallSilhouette (on 19 August 2020)

Who is this guy that we should take him seriously? Does he have any track record with leaks? That said, the only part of this that would kinda surprise me would be the digital PS5 being a full $100 cheaper after all.


kenjab (on 19 August 2020)

This is this guy's third tweet in the same thread, dating back to May 30, each with a different "BREAKING NEWS" announcement with a different guess of the release dates. Pardon me if I take this rumor with a sizable grain of salt.


axumblade (on 19 August 2020)

I hope it's true because then we can finally get announcements since neither company wants to break the seal.


chakkra (on 19 August 2020)

This is an odd news piece. This guy basically says: "BREAKING NEWS" followed by "I think," then ends with "to be confirmed."


yvanjean (on 19 August 2020)

if true, that would be a win for Sony.


shikamaru317 (on 19 August 2020)

Yeah, I don't think that MS can afford to allow more than $50 price gap between Series X and digital PS5, or less than a $150 price gap between Series S and digital PS5.


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NextGen_Gamer (on 19 August 2020)

Agreed. Series S and Series X have completely different GPUs/memory and are targeting different markets (1080p and 4K). PS5 Digital and PS5 "regular" are the exact same, just one without a disc drive. XSX has to be as close in price to the PS5 Digital Edition as possible.


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errorpwns (on 19 August 2020)

The 400 dollar PS5 will cost more for the user in the long run


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shikamaru317 (on 19 August 2020)

Hopefully fake, for Microsoft's sake. There needs to be more than $100 difference between Series S and digital PS5, saving $100 is not worth losing 6 tflops of GPU power, 4 GB of RAM, and about half the SSD speed compared to digital PS5. Either Series S needs to be $250, or digital PS5 needs to be $450, so that there can be a $150 price gap between Series S and digital PS5. I also think that MS can't afford to allow a price gap larger than $50 between digital PS5 and Series X. Thankfully, this guy seems to have very little credibility, some random Italian journalist with no history of accurate leaks from what I can tell.


mutantsushi (on 20 August 2020)

If you're just going to compare crude speed of SSD, I think Series S does fine in that area, since it doesn't need to load as large of textures in the first place, "half the speed" may very well be proportionately better than a system playing 4K games. Of course that is in terms of "crude speed" and doesn't address the advancement in I/O controller and access granularity etc.

On the whole I don't see this price structure being too successful, but I also don't see it being under successful. In MS' strong market the US and I guess Brazil (aided by local assembly tax benefits) it has claim to both highest GPU spec and lowest price with 1080p performance. I don't think it will gain much in Sony strong market (or claw back that much marketshare from Sony in US). The lowest price point might seem successful in poorer countries, but if the all digital PS5 isn't much more for "full spec experience" I see that being successfull because the market there isn't really the poorest people it is "middle class". Markets where MS already has strong presence it could play better though. I think the biggest impact on relative market share is determined by how much Sony continues it's advantage in MS "home markets", it started this gen coming from behind in terms of US market, so larger part of market should be likely to consider buying it to start this time around. I do think MS' offering will be reasonably appealing to their home markets though, so tough to say, and "holiday launch window" isn't really meaningful in big picture IMHO since it's easily swayed by "hardcore fans" that don't tell long term picture. (I believe MS had rough parity with Sony for Xbone/PS4 launch despite latter outselling it eventually by more than 2.3:1)

But yeah, I don't really take this source seriously, besides his (lack of) credibility, he doesn't even attempt to establish why this is "news", it's one thing to keep sources secret, but not even broadly characterizing them (i.e. are they from Sony/MS, publisher, retail?) or even how many sources it comes from is just not "news" material. For all we know his "sources" could be a tarot card reader communing with "the spirits".


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Manlytears (on 19 August 2020)

Whit all due respect, not trying to offend Xbox fanbase or cause console wars, If this is true than the $399 discless PS5 feels like a great deal better than the discless Series S. I mean, $100 is a big deal, but you just can't compare Rumored Series S spec. and PS5. Ps5 is just another level far above in power, if the diference is just $100 than Series S will have problems here ( i think MS can make it $249, let's wait and see.) Also Series X vs. Ps5 at $499 looks like a good fight. Let's see how these two fare agains each other soon on Digital Foundry, will Series X GPU advantage shine? Or Ps5 will fare better whit "magic SSD" and more advanced I/O?


chakkra (on 19 August 2020)

AI agree with you to a certain extent but there is something we need to keep in mind, and that is the holiday deals. The Series S will be the first one to hit the coveted $199 price. At that price, it becomes an excellent option as a secondary console.


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yvanjean (on 19 August 2020)

Microsoft talked about being more aggressive this time around. These price would not be aggressive at all.


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DonFerrari (on 19 August 2020)

Not being 100 more expensive is already a lot more aggressive, and Series S that price is also aggressive, you can bet there isn`t a 200 difference in the cost of the GPU for MS. They are eating a lot of loss to have that price gap.


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mutantsushi (on 20 August 2020)

Also I think it's fair to consider that people interested in the Series S are not likely to spend as much on games (on average, obviously somebody can prioritize games more than a 4K TV or console to display at 4K). I mean, MS still might do that, but the economic rationale would be weaker IMHO.


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DonFerrari (on 20 August 2020)

I imagine series S is their entry door for GP so they hope to make that money there instead of selling sw, and with combined price that they will attract a market that didn't buy consoles before, and then expect it to be more than offset the loss of sw sales.


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mutantsushi (on 20 August 2020)

Sure, although I wouldn't go so far as to say this attracts non-console gamers, it seems more about people who would wait for 1-2 price drops, although there could be a gain there if they aren't already on Xbox services. It just stands to reason this audience will spend less money over all, so the average Series S sale would have less attached profit than average Series X, which doesn't make it not worth chasing (and may be most efficient way to chase that market, VS waiting to catch it with a price drop) and growing the total "generation" market has value in itself (not that MS is pushing generation exclusive games at least at this point).


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mutantsushi (on 20 August 2020)

I guess that sounds too negative on Series S, and I don't want to, or denigrate anybody inclined to play on one. Honestly I think the benefits of 4K vs 1080p aren't vastly impactful over console style games, and obviously all XS# games will be playable on both. I haven't gotten into VR at all, but I somewhat feel that is where the increased power of full spec next gen will be most impactful, but obviously MS isn't going there at least for now. I was just mostly speaking in narrow terms of "X subsidy ensures Y higher attach revenue per console" and I expect Y to be smaller for XSS than XSX.


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DonFerrari (on 20 August 2020)

Don't forget the option to buy a Series S with GP without any upfront payment, that is where they may try to get casuals that weren't interested in consoles before. People love subs.


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Cerebralbore101 (on 20 August 2020)

So if I make a random new twitter account, and start posting "RUMORS!", and "BREAKING NEWS!" Will I get an article posted about me on vgchartz? Seriously, does WDA do any vetting of sources, or does he just take whatever he sees and makes an article out of it? This is amateur hour journalism here.


StuOhQ (on 20 August 2020)

Not exactly reputable, but seems like these dates and prices could be in the realm of possibility.


VAMatt (on 20 August 2020)

Well, yeah. If you'd have asked everyone on this site to predict this stuff, probably half of us would have come up with approximately the same dates and prices.


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LivncA_Dis3 (on 20 August 2020)

dont count ur chicks as i always say, wait for the real news to pop, getting eggcited over nothing is a tragedy haha!


chakkra (on 19 August 2020)

This is an odd news piece. This guy basically says: "BREAKING NEWS" followed by "I think," then ends with "to be confirmed."


RolStoppable (on 19 August 2020)

The prices also happen to be the most commonly expected ones. Also strange that Microsoft would launch Series S one day before Series X. What exactly is the point of that?


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shikamaru317 (on 19 August 2020)

@Rol Well, I would say that a split launch for S and X is designed to lessen lines at retail stores at midnight, but it's corona season, who is crazy enough to wait in line for a console during covid? Maybe they are afraid some people will still be stupid enough to wait in lines to get one, so they are hopping that a split launch for S and X will help promote social distancing as much as possible.


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Random_Matt (on 19 August 2020)

Nope, a disk drive isn't going to be a 100 less. Some unknown guy on twitter, brilliant.


method114 (on 19 August 2020)

Your not understanding the situation that's why. This isn't as simple as disc drive = $100. If a person buys the digital edition they are 100% locked into buying all their games from the Sony store only for the whole generation. That means every game you buy Sony doesn't have to give a cut of that to retailers. That is worth more to Sony than just the cost of a disc drive. That's more money in their pocket every time you buy a game directly from them. Which is all I do so I do plan on going disc less.


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method114 (on 19 August 2020)

I forgot to add this also means no more used games. Which Sony made absolutely no money from. So yea this is worth $100 to Sony.


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ArchangelMadzz (on 19 August 2020)

Well said, was about to say this. Sony is very willing to give you $100 off to be locked into their store and not able to use used games.


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DonFerrari (on 19 August 2020)

And also means a way to fight both low spec Series S and expensive Series X.


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Imaginedvl (on 19 August 2020)

This is pretty much what I expect. The S will be a very nice entry level console :) The disc-less version being 100$ would also be amazing. I may buy it day one alongside my Xbox Series X (was waiting for Horizon D.) if it is the case! I'm 100% digital, so it is just perfect for me to have to pay less for it ;-)


KratosLives (on 19 August 2020)

Anything under 500 us dollars for ps5 is hard to believe.


EpicRandy (on 19 August 2020)

I hope it's true $499 vs $599 probably mean CAD $200 difference. $299 for XSS seems a little high though, if the rumor are true regarding performance I would expect a $299 version to come with a disc drive. A discless version should be $199-$249 or else I don't this version leverage much interest.


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goopy20 (on 19 August 2020)

Not sure how this is newsworthy lol. The guy is just making a guess. Its pretty much what I'm expecting, except that Series X will be $599.


aiwass (on 19 August 2020)

Series X being more expensive than PS5 would be hilarious.


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