Sony could be releasing a new PlayStation 5 Slim later this year priced at $399.99, reveals a court document filed by Microsoft.

Sony PS5 Slim Likely To Debut This Year, Claims Microsoft

PlayStation 5 Slim

The released document was submitted as part of the ongoing between Xbox parent company Microsoft and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to determine the fate of a proposed preliminary injunction against the upcoming US$69 billion buyout of video game maker Activision Blizzard.

In a paragraph focused on pricing, Microsoft states, “The FTC contends that Xbox and PlayStation constitute a market of two because they are offered at a similar price.”

Disputing this, Microsoft argues that the FTC’s analysis only considers the more expensive Xbox Series X and standard PS5 and that the Xbox Series S costs $50 less than the Nintendo Switch OLED model. It adds that Nintendo Switch should be considered in the same market as the Xbox Series and PS5 consoles.

“PlayStation likewise sells a less expensive Digital Edition for $399.99, and is expected to release a PlayStation 5 Slim later this year at the same reduced price point,” Microsoft said in the document (via IGN).

The Xbox manufacturer also believes that rival Sony is preparing to release a handheld version of PS5 later this year for under $300.

This is in reference to Sony’s Project Q, a handheld gaming device that wirelessly connects to the PS5 console via Remote Play or Wi-Fi. However, the information provided by Microsoft is outdated, as Project Q isn’t a portable PS5 since it only streams games.

Since Sony has not released an official statement on the matter, it is advisable to take Microsoft’s claims with a pinch of salt, as it has no proof to back them.


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