09 September 2020 18:31
Our next-gen console bingo boards are finally filling up now that we know the release date and price of the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. Sony has yet to confirm the pricing and availability for the PS5, but several leaks have narrowed things down for us. The latest comes from a now-deleted tweet from the major UK retailer Game. Captured by TheSixthAxis, the tweet addresses "those awaiting preorders" and says "PS5 have scheduled an announcement tomorrow." The tweet was posted on September 8 so "tomorrow" is today. Before you grab your credit card, we should mention that a separate, now-debunked leak had claimed Sony would open pre-orders for the PS5 at its PSVR showcase.
As things stand, you can submit your PSN ID to register for a chance of pre-ordering the console. Sony will determine who can buy the console before anyone else "based on previous interests and PlayStation activities." Sony is under the spotlight after Microsoft revealed that the Xbox Series X would cost $499 while the Xbox Series S will go for $299 when they launch on November 10. Pre-orders for those consoles begins on September 22, in less than two weeks from today. Now would be a great time for Sony to fill us in on the PS5 or risk gamers nabbing the Xbox Series S or Series X instead. Today marks the 25th anniversary of the original PlayStation — I can't think of a better time to usher in the new era.
But it also could just be based on the assumption that Sony will have to announce the PS5 price soon. New consoles tend to launch in November, perfectly placed to get a head start in sales thanks to Black Friday and the holiday shopping season in general. That doesn't give Sony a lot of time left to tell the public how much it wants for the new console. PS5 games leaked boxart The Game Guildford tweet isn't the only recent piece of enticing PS5 news. Amazon Australia recently saw the upload of some PS5 game boxart (as shown in the below tweet from Twitter gaming commentator Nibellion.
Where the standard PS5 is concerned, many websites are now allowing fans to register for a chance to pre-order the console. Sony set up their own pre-order page last month where players can register their interest, but it is believed that the decision on who can pre-order will be based on interest in previous PlayStation activities. Speaking about the situation and the company's future plans, PlayStation's head of worldwide marketing Eric Lempel said: "I think it's safe to say that we'll let you know when pre-orders will happen. The PS5 is set to be the first major console released by Sony in seven years, following on from its PS4 predecessor. Sony's intention is for the PS5 to be its next-generation console, while it will also feature backwards compatibility with PS4 and PlayStation Virtual Reality games. With the PS5 launch rumoured for November, and an announcement set to take place today according to a major UK game retailer, fans are waiting with bated breath for Sony to make its next move, on the 25th anniversary of the PlayStation's North American release. Evidence is mounting for a significant info drop today, with Amazon listings suggesting that PS5 pre-orders could open up, and we may have even been tipped off about the console's release date. Some more #PS5 boxart has shown up on Amazon Australia (in some cases not finalized) pic.twitter.com/vFsS8Ttbr9September 9, 2020 Twitter leaker @Nibel spotted the first clue that something's brewing, with a number of PS5 game listings popping up on Amazon Australia. That may seem tenuous on its own, a third-party Amazon seller is advertising a PS5 wall mount (via Reddit) with a November 19 release date, which fits with the PS5 launch window that's been rumoured. Of course, Microsoft may have thrown a spanner into the works with the announcement of the Xbox Series X price, launch, and pre-order dates, that it dropped today following the Xbox Series S leak yesterday. If Sony had anything planned for today, which would line up nicely with the PlayStation's 25th anniversary, it may be reconsidering its options now that Microsoft has swooped in to steal the limelight. Get the best Sony PlayStation 5 deals before anyone else! We'll send you pre-order details and the best Sony PlayStation 5 deals as soon as they're available. Luxury retailer Truly Exquisite is accepting pre-orders from tomorrow (Thursday 10 September) and you can pick from a gold, platinum or rose gold console. If bling ain't your thing, but you still want something a bit different, the new PS5 is likely to have other finishes - it's just not certain when. In an interview in July, PlayStation's head of worldwide marketing Eric Lempel was asked whether the games company would be releasing different colours. Earlier this week, it was reported that the PlayStation 5 could release in North America before other regions. Two updated product pages suggested to fans that the next-gen console will see a staggered launch, releasing on separate dates around the world - just as it did with the PlayStation 4.