A PlayStation Blog post published today flogs several brand new PS4 and PS4 Pro bundles available in several permutations. There’s also a Dualshock 4 bundle that includes a controller and a digital code to redeem FIFA 21.
The timing is a little suspect given we are knee-deep in the lead up to the next-gen. Most people are firmly dialed into the PS5 and eager to hear more from Sony after months of virtual silence on the subject, bar a few trailers and fluffed up promotional posts rehashing already-announced details.
Marketing the PS4 this late in the game comes out of the left-field, although, in fairness, the console continues to sell incredibly well, which may explain Sony’s move.
Coincidentally, Sony’s new marketing push also arrives on the same day that the official retail packaging for the Xbox Series X leaked courtesy of Canadian outlet La Source . Comparatively, Xbox’s art screams next-gen with a trypophobia-triggering front panel thrown in for good measure.
Unsurprisingly, fans haven’t taken to kindly to the marketing move as plainly displayed in the comments both under the blog post and on Twitter. Many are left scratching their heads about why Sony would promote the PS4 when everyone is waiting with bated breath for PS5 news.
There’s a running theme in the responses that the only explanation is that Sony must be winding people up, a last-minute spot of trolling, hopefully, preceding a PS5 price and release date announcement.
Others haven’t squandered the chance to take a dig at the bundles’ questionable box art layout, which, we have to admit, is a bit of a cluttered eyesore.
There you have it. While Microsoft turns heads with a $25/month entry into the next-gen thanks to the Series S, Sony pushes a mediocre yearly sports title and a seven-year-old console.