According to court documents, Microsoft believes Sony will release the $399.99 PlayStation 5 Slim later this year.
of document The documents were released as part of the Federal Trade Commission v. Microsoft trial to determine the outcome of a proposed preliminary injunction against the $69 billion Acquisition of Activision Blizzard.
In a text on pricing, Microsoft is trying to convince Judge Jacqueline Scott Corey that the Nintendo Switch should be considered in the same market as the Xbox series consoles and PlayStation 5, but the argument is that the Xbox is in the console wars. The company believes that it will enhance the image of losing in third place. place.
The last sentence of this paragraph, denying not only the long-rumored PlayStation 5 Slim’s existence, but also its price, is sure to infuriate Sony president Jim Ryan. IGN reached out to Sony for comment.
“PlayStation is similarly selling a cheaper Digital Edition for $399.99, and plans to launch the PlayStation 5 Slim at the same reduced price later this year,” the document reads.
The bombshell continues, with Microsoft stating further down that “Sony plans to release a handheld version of the PlayStation 5 later this year for under $300.” This is related to Sony’s announcement of Project Q, a handheld game streaming device that wirelessly connects to the PS5. Sony has yet to announce a release date or price.
Considering Sony has released slim versions of its previous consoles, the PS5 Slim’s existence shouldn’t be too surprising. The company launched the PlayStation 4 Slim in 2016, replacing the standard PS4 model, followed shortly after by the even more rugged PS4 Pro. The PS5 was released in two forms in November 2020. It was $499 with a disc drive and $399 without a disc drive.
However, Microsoft may take a different approach. In June, Xbox head Phil Spencer said that three years after the launch of the Xbox Series X/S console, he “doesn’t feel the urgency” to release a mid-cycle console upgrade. said.
Microsoft released the Xbox One S three years after the launch of the Xbox One. A more powerful console, the Xbox One X was released four years after the original Xbox One launched.
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