Sony has recently declared a promotional sale for the PS5 in India, offering a significant discount of Rs. 7,500. This discounted price applies solely to the 4K Bluray-equipped disc version of the console. The sale will commence on Thursday, August 24, and will be available at select online and brick-and-mortar retailers. The promotion will run for a duration of nine days, concluding on September 2. During this time, the price of the PS5 will be reduced to Rs. 47,490. With this sale mirroring the discount provided in July, it presents an excellent opportunity for consumers who may have missed out previously to purchase a PS5.
It’s important to note that this discount only applies to the disc version of the console and not to the Digital version or any game bundle variants, unless individual retailers decide to offer separate discounts. Participating online retailers include Amazon India, Croma, Flipkart, Games the Shop, Reliance Digital, ShopatSC, Vijay Sales, and other selected retailers. Sony’s decision to provide a discount suggests that sales targets for the PS5 in India may not be meeting expectations, thus prompting a second promotional sale within a one-month period.
Industry insider Rishi Alwani has dismissed the notion that these back-to-back promotional offers are intended to clear space for the rumored PS5 Slim or PS5 Pro consoles. Earlier this month, a leaked video showcased a slightly slimmer version of the console, featuring a new cover, dual USB Type-C ports in the front, and a bulge on the side, presumably for a detachable disc drive. An Insider Gaming report from last year corroborated these details, aligning with Microsoft’s claims during its court battle against the US FTC. Microsoft believes that Sony has plans to release a more affordable PS5 Slim model for $399.99 (approximately Rs. 33,093) later this year. However, details regarding the improvements that the new console may bring remain unknown at this time, and the characterization of calling it ‘Slim’ may be an exaggeration.
In a recent development, Sony has commenced beta access to cloud streaming on the PS5, exclusively available to select PS Plus Premium members. This feature enables subscribers to play a variety of games from the cloud without the need for ownership or downloads on their consoles. The beta testing allows players to choose from four primary resolutions: 720p, 1080p, 1440p, and 2160p. Additionally, they can test out a catalog of 12 games, including popular titles such as God of War Ragnarök, Death Stranding, Demon’s Souls, and Horizon Forbidden West.
Sony’s announcement of a substantial discount on the PS5 in India demonstrates their ongoing commitment to providing attractive offers to potential buyers. This limited-time promotion for the disc version of the console presents an excellent opportunity for gamers to acquire the PS5 at a reduced price. Although rumors persist regarding the release of a PS5 Slim or PS5 Pro, there is still much uncertainty surrounding the details and improvements that these consoles may bring. In the meantime, the beta access to cloud streaming provides another exciting feature for PS5 users to explore, allowing them to play games without the need for ownership or downloads. As Sony continues to innovate and offer exciting promotions, gamers can look forward to more opportunities to experience the incredible world of the PS5.