Nintendo confirms that the Switch price won’t increase like the PS5
Yesterday was a strange day for those looking to purchase a PlayStation 5. Sony announced that it would raise the console’s price in most countries outside the United States. This announcement was made without warning (Japan received a heads-up a few weeks before the price change on September 15). Microsoft also got a PR win by confirming that the Xbox Series S will not be increasing its price within these same territories. In case you were concerned about the Switch’s price, Nintendo has now confirmed that it will not increase its system’s cost in the face of global economic troubles.
In a statement to Eurogamer, Nintendo stated that the company had “no plans” to raise the hardware’s trade price. The report also included a quote by Shuntaro Furukawa, the company president, from Nintendo’s June general meeting. He said the company would not increase hardware prices because of inflation.
Furukawa stated that while we cannot comment on pricing strategies, they do not plan to alter the price of their hardware because of inflation or higher procurement costs in each country. “We will decide our future pricing strategies through continued and careful deliberations.”
Prices for the Nintendo Switch vary depending on which model is purchased. An OLED system costs $349.99, while a standard console costs $299.99. The handheld-only Lite model, at $199.99, is the cheapest.
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Sony has decided that increasing the price for a console without any heads up to anyone who might have been interested in buying it in affected regions was not a good idea. Now its competitors can compare and do a similar thing. These are the new PS5 prices:
- PS5 with Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive – €549.99
- PS5 Digital Edition – €449.99
- PS5 with Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive – £479.99
- PS5 Digital Edition – £389.99
- Japan (effective September 15)
- PS5 with Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive – 60,478 yen (including tax)
- PS5 Digital Edition – 49,478 yen (including tax)
- PS5 with Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive – 4,299 yuan
- PS5 Digital Edition – 3,499 yuan
- PS5 with Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive – AUD 799.95
- PS5 Digital Edition – AUD 649.95
- PS5 with Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive – MXN 14,999
- PS5 Digital Edition – MXN 12,499
- PS5 with Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive – CAD 649.99
- PS5 Digital Edition – CAD 519.99