Why Kenyans Are Unhappy About The Leaked PlayStation 5 Prices (PHOTOS)

UPDATE Thursday September 17: Sony had announced on Wednesday September 16 that the standard PlayStation5 will officially cost $499 and the Digital Edition will cost $399.

Preorders have also since begun ahead of a worldwide release on November 19.


Electronics giant Sony unveiled the highly anticipated PlayStation 5 during the “Future of Gaming” live stream hosted virtually on Thursday June 11 and watched by half a million fans, including those at 254news.co.ke.

Speculation has been rife about the price tag surrounding the two versions of the Playstation 5 as it was not revealed during the hardware showcase.

However the latest leak by game store Vivid Gold in Nairobi offered a glimpse into how much one would have to spend on to get the latest Playstation, and scores of Kenyans were not happy.

Screengrabs of the preorder prices of the Playstation 5. Source: File/254news.co.ke

Spot checks by 254news.co.ke reveal that the Playstation 5’s prices could begin from Ksh59,000 for the digital version and Ksh64,000 for the Standard version that comes with the disk drive, an inflation from its predecessor Playstation 4 which began at approximately Ksh40,000 worldwide.

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Kenyans knowledgeable to the government’s habit of taxing electronics so that they cost higher than the recommended price took to social media to express their outrage of the latest leak in prices.

“They can keep them with those insane prices. We are importing.” highlighted Twitter user Collins Karanja, who is among the Kenyans opting to purchase the console at the country where it is cheaper and bringing it home.

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“Girlfriends assemble!” outlined @Larry_Aizen who is for ladies gifting their men the next generation console.

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“The prices are what we’ve given for now and we’ve done so even for past consoles. Once Sony announces their official prices we will mark them upwards” narrated Victor who works at Vivid Gold when reached out by 254news.co.ke

“As for the preorders we only need a limited number of guys and once we get, we close down pre ordering requests” he added.

Header art by Playstation ahead of the PS5 release in 2020. Source: Twitter

According to Express UK on Monday August 31, recent reports from China suggested that the PS5 Digital will cost less than $450, while the Blu-Ray console will retail at just below $500. Meanwhile, another rumour revealed that pre-orders for the PlayStation 5 will begin on September 9.

As per now, the reports remain unverified ahead of Sony’s official announcement on the same, as well as the exact release date.

The PS5 was announced albeit virtually on June 11 and like the new DualSense controller debuted earlier this year, the console has a striking white and black design with hints of a blue glow.

There will be two versions of the PS5, one that has a disk drive, and one that is digital only, dubbed the “Digital Edition” This is the first time in Sony’s history to have a console without a disc drive and the second console to go digital after Microsoft’s XBOX One S.

The release of the digital version comes at a time more gamers are purchasing games online, seemingly ditching the physical disc versions which were so dominant over the years.

Sony on Thursday July 9 showcased what PlayStation 5’s box art will look like, with the reveal of the Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales box art ahead of its launch later this year.

Box art for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War for Playstation 5 and XBOX. Source: Twitter
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