The PlayStation 5 recently joined the Meta Quest 2 in the ignominious category of “game consoles with arbitrary price hikes.” Earlier this week, Sony announced that it would raise the PS5’s price all across Europe, as well as in parts of Asia and North America. 

The price increase isn’t trivial, either, with PS5s in some regions rocketing up by as much as 24%. This is a tough blow, especially in a time when inflation is running rampant, and families are already struggling to buy more important goods, such as food and gas.