The PS5 Has a Site Now, so It's Time to Speculate About the Reveal Event That Will Seemingly Never Come

The PS5 Has a Site Now, so It's Time to Speculate About the Reveal Event That Will Seemingly Never Come

Will we be seeing the PS5 in the next few weeks? Let's think about it.

In all fairness to Sony, the company has already told the world a lot about its plans for the PlayStation 5. We've heard some promises about its specs, we know about some new tech that'll be in its controller, and system architect Mark Cerny has even provided some details on new UI features.

However, we don't know what it looks like, what first-party games are coming for it, how much it'll cost... you know, some pretty big stuff. So, could the fact that Sony has launched an official website for the PS5 mean a reveal event is just around the corner?

In a word, no. Or rather, probably not.

Last month, a few rumors got going that Sony would hold an unveiling event for the PS5 some time in February. These rumors were surely amplified in part by Sony announcing that it would not attend E3 2020, suggesting that when we did get our first look at the PS5, it would be as a one-off Sony event. We got our first look at the Xbox Series X at 2019's Game Awards, and then a few weeks later, Sony basically told us nothing new at CES (granted, the awards also showed us PS5's Godfall). "Surely," you might think, "Sony launching a website for the PS5 must mean we're getting that reveal event this month?"

The site itself is little more than a sign-up form for a newsletter that promises to deliver news on the PS5's release date, price, and games when Sony is ready to offer it. As for when that will be, well, the website says Sony's "not quite ready to fully unveil the next generation of PlayStation." That could really mean anything, and 4 days into the shortest month of the year, the fact remains that Sony hasn't announced anything regarding a reveal event.

With each passing day, the chance that we're looking at a March reveal (or later) for the PS5 grow, and for Sony, there's not necessarily a case to be made for rushing things. Sony Interactive Entertainment's president and CEO Jim Ryan has promised that there are "bigger differences" in store for the PS5 that will make it stand out from previous consoles, but fan excitement is already at such a fever pitch that it's not as though Sony needs to build hype early. Sony only showed the PS5's logo at CES, and then it got over 5 million likes on Instagram.

For now, the safest assumption to make is that Sony is still a ways off from discussing more PS5 details—and that when the time is right, just as Sony has told us not to expect PS5 news in State of Play presentations, it will let us know in plain language.

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Mathew Olson

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Mathew Olson is a writer formerly of Digg, where he blogged and reported about all things under the umbrella of internet culture (including games, of course). He lives in New York, grew up under rain clouds and the influence of numerous games studios in the Pacific Northwest, and will talk your ear off about Half-Life mods, Talking Heads or Twin Peaks if you let him.

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