Recently, and quite controversially, it was announced that the cost of buying a PlayStation 5 will increase in select regions around the world. This includes the UK, where the console now retails for £479.99 for a disc-based unit and £389.99 for a digital edition. Representing a £30 increase, the price increase is unprecedented for a console that’s been out for almost two years. Needless to say, gaming fans are wondering if their other favorite devices will follow suit, like the Nintendo Switch and the Xbox Series X/S family of consoles.
The good news is that both Nintendo and Microsoft have said they have no plans to increase the prices of their respective devices.
When asked if Nintendo plans to increase the price of the Nintendo Switch, the OLED model of the Nintendo Switch, or the Nintendo Switch Lite, a company spokesperson referred Express Online to a comment made by Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa in June. .
“While we cannot comment on pricing strategies, we currently do not have any plans to change the price of our hardware due to inflation or increased procurement costs in each country,” he said.
“We will determine our future pricing strategies through careful and ongoing deliberations.”
While there’s always a chance things could change in the future, Nintendo said that retailers ultimately set the price for the device and there are no plans to increase the Switch’s retail cost at this time.
At the time of writing, the standard Nintendo Switch has a suggested retail price of £259.99, while the OLED model of the Nintendo Switch will set you back £309.99. Without the ability to dock to a TV, the Switch Lite is the cheapest model, retailing for £199.99.
There’s more good news if you’ve got your eye on a new Xbox, be it the entry-level Xbox Series S or the more powerful Xbox Series X.
In a statement to windows centerA Microsoft spokesperson said the company has no plans to increase the recommended retail price of any of the units.
“We are constantly evaluating our business to provide our fans with great gaming options,” a Microsoft spokesperson explained. “Our Xbox Series S suggested retail price remains at $299 (£250, €300), the Xbox Series X is $499 (£450, €500).”
While Express Online has also asked Microsoft for a statement, it’s unlikely the company will reveal much more than the above.
With Christmas fast approaching, plus a cost-of-living crisis to worry about, statements from Microsoft and Nintendo may sway consumers when deciding whether to buy an Xbox, Switch, or PS5 this holiday season.
Consoles from Microsoft and Nintendo are also more widely available than the PS5, which could boost Xbox and Switch sales later in the year.
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