PlayStation Dashes Hopes of PS5 Showcase This Week

With a focus on flaunting the merits of its PlayStation VR roster, Sony dashes any hopes of a PS5-focused showcase this week.

PlayStation fans will have to wait for any juicy reveals, but they should be used to it by now. | Image: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT INC./Handout via REUTERS

  • The next PS5 event was rumored to take place on Sept. 9.
  • A new PlayStation Blog confirms Sony’s focus this week will be on PS VR.
  • The gaming giant advises fans not to expect any PS5-related news.

Rumors swelling over the past few weeks had earmarked Sept. 9 as the date for Sony’s next PS5 blowout, prompting speculation that an announcement was in the pipeline.

An announcement there is, but it’s not what many will be expecting.

Some of us have checked out. | Source: Twitter

The gaming giant has dashed any hopes of a showcase this week, and the long-awaited price and release date details craved by fans – this week’s focus will be purely on PlayStation VR.

In a post published today on the PlayStation Blog, SIE’s content communications senior specialist, Gillen McAllister, revealed what Sony calls a PS VR spotlight on upcoming and previously revealed games to showcase ‘the diverse range of experiences only possible on the platform.’

No PS5-related news this week. | Source: PlayStation

Amid the news of a week-long celebration of all things VR, including announcements, updates, and a PlayStation Store promotion, is nestled some bleak news for those hungry for more about the PS5. McAllister notes:

And as mentioned, this is all about the games. So to manage expectations, there’ll be no PS5-related news.

There’s no skirting around this one – the news is as clear cut as it comes; the long PS5 silence continues for another week. As much as this is sure to frustrate many and prolong the wait, props to Sony for being upfront, and by extension, putting to bed the rumors.

With roughly two months until the next-gen consoles’ expected release in November, time is fast becoming a rare commodity. As much as the pandemic and the ongoing price game of chicken with Microsoft has framed this peculiar lead up to the next-gen, Sony has to announce something soon.

It won’t be this week, though, and it shouldn’t be too long before the next rumor emerges to rekindle the whole speculative sideshow that’s defined the past few months.

Last modified: September 23, 2020 2:29 PM

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