The real cost of the PS5: what you need to know

Sony’s PS5 may share an opinion about its looks, but there’s no doubt that it’s one seriously impressive gaming machine. For $ 499 (£ 449 in the UK) you can get a 4K console that would cost you well over $ 1,500 if you want to build an equivalent gaming PC.

Then, there’s the $ 399 PS5 Digital Edition, which offers the same power as a standard console, only it drops Blu-ray drive. And with a fast PCIe 4.0 SSD, both machines are equipped with the appropriate next-generation technology for less than $ 500. Sounds like a bargain, doesn’t it? Not really.