The COVID-19 pandemic continues to create chaos in all manner of industries. Gaming is not immune to this, as we’ve seen delays and a shift towards virtual events in the wake of social distancing and quarantine efforts.
Among all of this, the announcement of PS5 news from Sony has been sporadic and usually done through a blog post. We still have yet to see a traditional showcase of what the next generation could look like. Now, a new source is hinting at a shift towards a PS5 reveal in May of 2020, but like most things in the world, it’s up in the air.
PS5 Reveal in May?
The coronavirus has thrown everything into chaos, resulting in cancellations, delays, and countless changes behind the scenes while both Sony and Microsoft seek to navigate their upcoming console launches.
We have multiple sources on this. VGC, for example, spoke with a person who supposedly has knowledge of Sony’s plans. They claimed that Sony was already planning a full PS5 reveal in May.
Another reputable source, Daniel Ahmad, who is a Senior Analyst at Niko Partners that tweets often about the gaming industry, elaborated on the situation in a tweet:
This is the one time I will actually add a caveat, for the last sentence in this case, as we are living through an unprecedented situation and this is the one time where external factors such as COVID-19 could actually change plans right at the last minute. But we’ll see.
— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) April 19, 2020
It makes sense that, with E3 2020 officially cancelled that plans would be moved around.
Of course, Sony was already going to sit out E3, but Microsoft had plans to do a showcase, all of which was most likely on Sony’s radar. To get ahead of the June event, a May reveal for PS5 makes a lot of sense.
Given how the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the indefinite delay of The Last of Us Part II, I would venture to predict that Sony needs to get people excited about PS5 to keep themselves at the forefront of people’s minds.
The DualSense reveal, done in a blog post, ignited fires for a few days, but we need some sort of livestream event to really get people’s attention. As Daniel Ahmad said in his follow-up tweet, all of this could change at any moment as the health crisis continues to develop.
Would you like to see a full PS5 reveal in May? What are you hoping to see in terms of launch titles or pricing? Let us know in the comments!
Article by – Bradley Ramsey
Insert date – 4/16/2020