PS5 release date predictions: Earnings call suggests PS5 on track for holiday release, won’t be delayed by Covid-19

Check out the latest rumours and rumblings about the PS5 release date in the UK, USA, Japan and Europe!

by Rob Leane

Beyond the vague promise of ‘holiday 2020’, the PS5 release date remains a thing of mystery.

While we wait for the console’s official launch date to be announced, Amazon product pages have started to appear: the PS5 Standard Edition and PS5 Digital Edition both have Amazon product pages, but neither of them states a date.

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Keep reading for the latest rumours and rumblings about the PS5 release date in the UK, USA, Japan and Europe!

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PS5 on track for Holiday 2020 release, says PlayStation

As part of an earnings announcement, PlayStation has assured investors that the upcoming console is still scheduled for a Holiday 2020 release.

“Although factors such as constraints due to employees working from home and restrictions on international travel remain, necessary measures are being taken and preparations are underway with the launch of the console scheduled for the 2020 holiday season,” stated PlayStation.

The company also added that “At this time, no major problems have arisen in the game software development pipeline for Sony’s own first-party studios or its partners’ studios.”

Previous rumours and insider information suggested that production delays and supply shortages could force PlayStation to delay the release of its console or reduce the number of PS5’s made.

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PS5 release date rumour says November for the UK and USA, with early access for Japan

A prominent leaker, Tom Henderson, suggests that the PS5 will cost $499 USD in the USA or £449 GBP in the UK.

He tweeted this prediction, as well as stating that the PS5 release date will be 14th November in Japan and 20th November everywhere else – this suggests that Sony’s native Japan could be getting early access to the console, before gamers in the USA, UK or Europe get to have a go.

However, with no source to back this claim up, we’ll take it with a pinch of salt for now. The word really does need to come from Sony if you want the world to believe it.

Around about the middle of November does sound about right, though, with the prominent Twitter account @PS5Only also backing up this suggestion…

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Lots of pressure on the PS5?

There could be more pressure than ever on the PS5, the Bloomberg article seems to suggest. Even though PS Plus has been earning extra money during lockdown, PS4 sales have been falling and Sony predicts that the company could see a drop in profits this year.

As Bloomberg said: “Sony Corp. warned operating profit could fall 30% or more in the current fiscal year as the coronavirus hampers production of devices like smartphones and saps consumer demand for digital cameras and other electronics.”

Bloomberg’s Takashi Mochizuki added one final quote on Twitter. He asked Hiroki Totoki, Sony’s CFO, how he would rate the PS5’s marketing push so far. The CFO responded like so: “we consider things strategically but doing our best. As for pass or fail, I would wait for PS5 sales to make that judgement.”

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PS5 pre-order UK: How to sign up for notifications

The UK has a few different places to register your interest. You just have to go to a website and sign up for email reminders or some kind of newsletter to keep you up to date with when you can pre-order a PS5.

One place you can do this is Currys. Just click that link and follow the instructions at the bottom of the page.

You start the whole process by clicking “Register your Interest”, you then have to enter your details and you’ll be added to their mailing list specifically for the PS5.

And now, you can do the same thing on Amazon in the UK: you can click here to go to the official PS5 product page, or click here for the PS5 Digital Edition product page. Either way, you should see an option at the top of the page to ‘register your interest here.’

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PS5 release date reveal: When will we know the date?

A rumour from Roberto Serrano suggested that pre-orders for the PS5 were due to open on July 13 alongside the date and price of the console.

Serrano tweeted out this rumoured date in reply to Jeff Grubb’s predictions of upcoming Summer gaming events.

However, that date and time are now in the past, so it looks like this particular prediction was off the mark. We’ll just keep refreshing the Amazon product page in the hope of seeing a price…

PlayStation’s Eric Lempel also confirmed in an interview with Geoff Keighley that they would not just drop the pre-orders out of nowhere, telling fans that “We’ll let you know” exactly when pre-orders will open.

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Rob Leane