PS5 can hardly be found. This is the case when booking. This was the case at launch; I expect this will be the case after Christmas. Although the inventory may stabilize as early as late January, we will most likely have to wait a few more months before we can enter any electronics store and buy the latest Sony game console.
The good news is You don’t really need PS5 now, At least if you have a PS4 or similar gaming system. However, although I do not recommend that you temporarily give up all the features of PS5, the fact is that PS4 is about to be phased out, and console gamers must update sooner or later. If now is not the right time to buy PS5, when will it start?
PS5 game selection: what’s going to happen
Everyone has a different threshold in terms of “how many games make a system worthwhile”. For some people, a system vendor is enough (by the way, the system vendor is the soul of the devil). For others, a dozen exclusive titles may be the threshold, because why upgrade otherwise?
I don’t think there is a right or wrong way, but I would say that my own rule of thumb is “three games that I can’t get on any other system.” Currently, the PS5 does not meet that standard. It only has two truly exclusive games-Astro’s Playroom and Demon’s Souls-technically, one of which came out more than a decade ago.
Looking ahead to the next few months, we plan to launch Returnal, Deathloop and Ratchet&Clank: Rift Apart in the first half of 2021. We also provide more ambiguous release dates for other exclusive products, such as “God of War”, “Ghost Line”: Tokyo and “Final Fantasy XVI”, but they are likely to come out in 2021 at least.
Then there are the issues of cross-generational games, such as Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Yakuza: Like a Dragon. Although these games can run normally on PS4, cross-generation games are likely to start supporting the next generation of consoles as soon as possible. We have already begun to see the gap with games like Cyberpunk 2077, and over time, the performance difference may become more pronounced.
Based on the PS5 exclusive products we have now and the products we plan to acquire in the next few months, it seems that March 2021 will be the time to seriously consider buying. By June, there is no real reason to postpone.
PS5 errors and problems
One of the reasons why I suggest not to buy a console at startup is due to hardware issues. They do not always exist, but when they do, they are usually difficult to fix. Recalling the “Red Ring of Death” on Xbox 360, and even more recently, recalling PS5 Unfixable rest mode problem.
Even if the problem does not damage your system, early console versions are often not optimized.Consider Nintendo Switch Short battery life At launch or PS5 Fans are very different This produces fan noise.
These problems will be resolved over time, although it is difficult to say exactly how long it will take-especially as months of development, new hardware problems may arise. Remember: the problem of “Red Ring of Death” has not worsened until nearly two years after its initial release.
So, should you wait a full two years before buying a PS5-only then will it be possible to make a smaller and/or cheaper redesign? Well, maybe-I am not a big fan of the PS5’s current look. But it is also worth remembering that “Red Circle” is an anomaly in game consoles, and these systems are usually very robust.
My suggestion is to give it six months to see if there are other problems, and to understand how Sony solves them. Although this time frame has no inherent guiding significance, it is at least long enough to evaluate the actual performance of the system and see if any problems occur. That would be the “ideal” time to buy the PS5 in May 2021-just as its game library becomes more powerful.
PS5 price: will it drop?
If the purchase of the PS5 is postponed due to waiting for the price to fall, I have bad news: game consoles rarely drop in price in the first year they are on the market. Maybe if you stick to Christmas next year, you can get some kind of discounted bundle, but this may be a packaged game or additional controller, not a price difference between success and failure.
As a result, the standard PS5 is likely to remain at the $500 level in 2021, while the PS5 digital version may remain at the $400 level. (Of course, the digital version may be less popular than the CD-supported version, in which case Sony can further discount small devices. But at least for now, it is impossible to keep both models in stock.)
Although this is a solution, it is also true: the price of PS5 is unlikely to change in 2021, so your decision should not really be taken into consideration. If you want to cut prices significantly, you must wait until 2022 or later.
When to buy PS5: Outlook
Since the price is not an issue, and the choice of games depends largely on personal preference, I would like to say that the earliest time to buy PS5 is March 2021-if you really want to start, you can wait until May or June. Of course, you can try to find one faster, but you may encounter many problems, such as insufficient inventory and greedy scalpers.
Or, you can wait another year to see if the price drops. If 2022 rolls in, but you still can’t find the PS5, there will definitely be a serious error.