It's going to be an odd year for the games industry, and Sony may have to reveal the PS5 at a point when real-life events are simply not possible because of Coronavirus.
Even if it's not specifically an event for announcing something, events like E3 and Gamescom play a huge part in the marketing cycle for most games. So, how exactly do all of these reveals look without an in-person event?
Sony already revealed the PS5 DualSense controller with a blog post, and it is starting to look like further details about the console could be revealed in the online realm as well.
How likely is it that we'll see a big reveal event for the PS5? Read on to find out more...
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Will there be a PS5 reveal event?
Lots of events have been cancelled due to COVID-19. EGX Rezzed was pushed back to July, GDC was postponed, E3 has been cancelled, Gamescom is going digital. These are, undoubtedly, very strange times.
Well, according to some people that talked to Bloomberg, the usual over-the-top reveal event that Sony would hold to announce a new console might not exist this year.
In the words of the article, "The company may forgo hosting a public press conference for its PS5 release date and price unveiling due to infection fears."
That doesn't mean there won't be an event of some sort though; it just means that things will be a little bit different. So, while there would normally be celebrities, random free stuff, and laser shows, it could just be a PowerPoint presentation this year.
When will learn more about the PS5?
Well, alright, probably not a PowerPoint presentation, but certainly an all-digital event instead (just like the Xbox Series X team is planning).
This event will, hopefully, not be a repeat of the GDC style tech talk that they did to reveal the PS5 specs, and should instead be a little more consumer-friendly.
We haven't even seen the shape of the PS5 yet, nor do we know the price, so there's definitely a lot of information to find out at this point.
When it will happen is anybody's guess, though it would make sense for it to be around June (when E3 was meant to be happening). Watch this space, folks.
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