PlayStation 5 Will Have a ‘Lavish’ Cooling System, Better Than the PS4

PlayStation 5 Will Have a ‘Lavish’ Cooling System, Better Than the PS4

PlayStation 5 Will Have a ‘Lavish’ Cooling System, Better Than the PS4

According to "people with knowledge of the matter" the console's manufacturing cost is now at around $450 per unit. This means that either Sony will have to take a risk and sell the PS5 at a higher price point, or stick to $400 and sell at a significant per-unit loss.

At XO19 previous year, head of Xbox Phil Spencer remarked, "I would say a learning from the Xbox One generation is we will not be out of position on power or price", suggesting the company has thought long and hard about this topic. There's no current pricing but the company says it will be released this year.

The PlayStation 5's manufacturing cost woes don't end with flash memory, however. If all things were similar with the PlayStation 5, Sony would have to have the PS5's price "be at least $470" to reach similar gross margin. The cost of manufacturing of the first PS4 at launch was estimated at $ 381, which allowed Sony not to lose money on the sale of its console, a rare occurrence for the launch of a console.

Memory is in demand at the moment, as manufacturers of smartphones are gearing up to a new generation product cycle of their own. Consoles are regularly sold for little profit - and sometimes at a small loss.

That would be a hard sell to consumers, considering Sony's most expensive machine now is the US$399.99 PS4 Pro and is often discounted, according to Macquarie Capital analyst Damian Thong. The company shelled out several dollars per unit (usually, console cooling systems cost less than a dollar) to ensure that "heat dissipation from the powerful chips housed inside the console isn't an issue".

Sony has also said that the ongoing coronavirus outbreak has had no impact on PS5 production, unlike the Animal Crossing Nintendo Switch.

It turns out that around 200 hybrid Nintendo / Sony PlayStation consoles were ever produced for testing purposes and most of these were destroyed when the two companies parted ways. This generation hasn't had almost as many of those devastating console crashes, but PS4 owners are all too familiar with their console sounding like a jet engine when it gets overworked. Sony also plans its PS5 games to launch on the PS4 at the same time to keep "business performance intact".

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