The Xbox console will not follow the PS5 price increase

Sony announced earlier that it will increase the price of its PS5 game console to cope with economic and logistic pressures. The increase varies in different regions, with a maximum of almost 20% or even higher. After the news came out, many players wondered whether Sony’s rival Microsoft would make the same move. Now it seems that Microsoft will not raise the price of the Xbox console, at least not in the short term.

In a statement to Windows Central, Microsoft said: “We are constantly evaluating our business to offer our fans great gaming options. Our Xbox Series S suggested retail price remains at $299 (£250, €300) the Xbox Series X is $499 (£450, €500).

This price is the same as the current price of the Xbox Series X/S console, so it can also be seen that Microsoft has no plans to increase its prices in the short term. But it is unknown whether the price will be maintained in the future. Although the sales of the new generation of Xbox consoles are not as good as the PS5, like the PS5, the Xbox Series X/S still has to face the problems of production capacity, transportation, and inflation.

Some industry insiders have analyzed that Microsoft may not raise prices at present because it wants to take advantage of the fact that before the final price increase comes, to convey to players that the Xbox console and even its surrounding game services are more cost-effective.

However, compared to Sony, in addition to selling game consoles, Microsoft pays more attention to the promotion of the Xbox Game Pass, which has gained a large number of subscribers. The Xbox Series S, a console with a small experience, is also unexpectedly popular with many players, so Microsoft has more cards to play, especially Xbox/PC Game Pass, therefore, there is more flexibility in determining the game console’s price.