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The PS5 is getting a price hike in some countries

The PS5 is getting more expensive
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Sony has raised the price of the PS5 in some markets. The UK and Australia are among those to see higher prices for the console, which Sony blames on the "global economic environment, including high inflation."

This will be a blow to gamers now that the PS5 is finally in stock more often, after suffering supply issues for nearly two years since launch.

UK punters can expect to pay £479.99 for the standard PS5, and £389.99 for the PS5 Digital Edition without a Blu-ray disc drive (up from £449.99 and £359.99 respectively). Australia is also seeing the prices rise to AU$799.95 and AU$649.95 (up from AU$749.95 and AU$599.95). 

Prices are also going up in Europe, Japan, China, Mexico and Canada. The US price remains unchanged.

"While this price increase is a necessity given the current global economic environment and its impact on SIE’s business, our top priority continues to be improving the PS5 supply situation so that as many players as possible can experience everything that PS5 offers and what’s still to come," Sony wrote in a blog post (opens in new tab) announcing the move.

It says the price rises are effective immediately (though Japan's won't come into effect until 15th September). At the time of writing, UK retailers are still listing the old price, so if you get in quick (assuming they have stock) you might avoid the hike.

Sony recently announced a new controller for the console. The DualSense Edge is the equivalent of Microsoft's Xbox Elite Controller for Xbox Series X and S and an alternative to controllers made by third-party manufacturers like Scuff.

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Joe has been writing about tech for 17 years, first on staff at T3 magazine, then in a freelance capacity for Stuff, The Sunday Times Travel Magazine, Men's Health, GQ, The Mirror, Trusted Reviews, TechRadar and many more (including What Hi-Fi?). His specialities include all things mobile, headphones and speakers that he can't justifying spending money on.