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PS5 Buying Guide: Digital or Disc?

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PS5 Buying Guide

The PlayStation 5 is the newest state-of-the-art console from Sony. If you're considering it for your next console, you'll have to decide if you want the Digital or Disc version. Both have their own advantages, so it's essential to understand what those are to help you decide which is best for you. That's why in this PS5 buying guide, we will tell you everything you need to know to help you pick between Digital or Disc.

PS5 Buying Guide – Digital or Disc?


  • Cost

Let's start with the most important factor, which is the cost. The standard manufacturer price for the PS5 Digital version is coming in at $399. Compared to the PS5 Disc version, which is coming in at a manufacturer price of $499. That means by going with the PS5 Digital version, you'll be saving around a hundred dollars.


  • Performance

The price difference between the two has absolutely no difference in terms of performance. The main reason for the price difference stems from the PS5 disc version doubling as a 4k Blue-ray disc player.

So if you're an avid movie-goer, and watch a lot of Blue-ray disc movies, it may be worth considering the disc version. However, if that's not you, and you'd rather live off of streaming services, the PS5 disc version isn't necessary. This means you're probably better off going digital


  • Subscription Services

When purchasing the PS5 digital or disc version, most individuals overlook the possibility of the PlayStation's subscription-based services. This is vital to remember since the games available through these subscriptions are only available for digital download. This really negates that reason to get a PS5 disk version since both versions of the console perform the same.



Because there is no performance difference between the PS5 digital and disc versions, the only reason to buy the disc version is to have access to a Blue-ray player and the ability to purchase physical copies of games. However, if neither of those appeals to you, there isn't much of a reason to go with the disc version. Our pick is PS5 digital version since you can use the extra money to get a PlayStation Subscription or even use it to buy a game on the PlayStation store.


So, what's your take? Will you go with the PS5 digital or disc version? Did this PS5 buying guide help? Let us know in the comments below or over on our socials here!

Riley Fonger is a freelance writer, music lover, and gamer since adolescence. He loves anything video game-related and grew up with a passion for story games such as Bioshock and The Last of Us.