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PS5 Console Reveal Could Happen Within Weeks Due to COVID-19

Last Updated September 23, 2020 1:50 PM
Thomas Bardwell
Last Updated September 23, 2020 1:50 PM
  • Developers and platform holders are shifting announcement away from the now-canceled E3 week.
  • A known-insider suggests a next-gen reveal is happening much earlier.
  • Sony reportedly plans to stage a PS5 event in May, but unforeseen last-minute delays aren’t out of the question.

With the excitement of Mark Cerny’s PlayStation 5 deep dive and the Dual Shock reveal slowly fading, attention is now turned to when we’ll hear more about Sony’s next-gen plans.

According to the latest rumors, we may not have to wait long with May standing as the best bet.

May PlayStation 5 Showcase?

Niko Partners analyst Daniel Ahmad took to Twitter late yesterday  to reveal that many of the announcements planned for the now-canceled E3 week in early June may come later or even earlier. The pandemic appears to have affected pre-coronavirus marketing plans, including those for the PlayStation 5.

With E3 canceled, a lot of the planned reveals/announcements have been moved out of that single week. Some are now much earlier, others much later. Some still during E3 week ofc. The first proper next-gen console/games showcase is much earlier too.

PS5 Console and Launch Slate Could Arrive Within Weeks Due to COVID-19
Source: Twitter 

The last sentence is particularly relevant to the PlayStation 5: Sony has yet to treat us with a ‘proper next-gen console showcase.’ The suggestion is that we’ll hear more before E3. Ahmad did qualify his statement with an accompanying tweet that recommends caution: the global situation could lead to a last-minute change of plans.

In the wake of Ahmad’s Tweet, outlet VGC published a piece stating that, according to a source with knowledge of internal PlayStation 5 plans, Sony was gearing up for a ‘significant’ PS5 reveal in May . While ‘significant’ remains vague, we may be looking at the console design, pricing, or even possibly a sneak peek at launch games.

Investor Relations

Late last week, Sony laid out plans for its investor relations schedule for the fiscal year ending Mar 31, 2021 .

The gaming giant will host an earnings call on May 13 and a corporate strategy meeting on May 19. It’s reasonable to assume that Sony will want to showcase the PlayStation 5 as the driving force for the year ahead. A ‘proper next-gen reveal’ before these live webcasts would give investors something tangible to sink their teeth into.

Source: Sony Interactive Entertainment

While these rumors indeed come from more reliable sources that your average Reddit or 4chan rumor, we’ve heard nothing official from Sony yet.