PlayStation announce a new State of Play this Thursday at 9pm BST

Sony have announce a new State of Play broadcast and this might be the big one, the State of Play that announces the PlayStation 5 is available for pre-order and more importantly, the cost of the console.

Or not.

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Sorry everyone, there will be “no big PS5 announcements” and instead the broadcast will focus on PlayStation VR, PS4 games, and “A few quick check-ins on third-party and indie games from June’s PS5 showcase.”

At this rate Microsoft and Sony will be announcing pre-orders two weeks before the console is due out, surely the will be revealing the prices and pre-order options soon.

Sony have double the amount of PlayStation 5 consoles they intend to produce in the coming months and have also increased the number of DualSense controllers in production.

The had previously said they were aiming for 5-6 million consoles by March 2021, that has now increased to 10 million. However, there may still be shortages of the console as they are manufactured in China and delivered across the world via shipping containers which can take a very long time to reach their destination.

“Sony began PS5 mass production in June and, under the latest plan, expects to assemble 5 million units by the end of September and another 5 million between October and December,” report Bloomberg. “A large portion of the latter tranche would turn into stock for 2021 due to the logistical delay. Sony could try to use air cargo for faster delivery, as it did in 2013 around the launch of the PlayStation 4, though airlines are running vastly reduced schedules due to Covid-19 and Sony’s ability to reserve flights would be limited.”

Sony recently revealed the design of the PlayStation 5 game boxes using the next-gen exclusive Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales to show off the familiar but stylish new design that’s true to the new PlayStation 5 console design.

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4 Comments

  1. Why are people getting so upset they’re showing off PS4 and PSVR games and not the PS5 and how much it costs??

    It’s 3 months or so before the PS5 launches. Who cares how much it costs right now? Announce the price in November and let people buy it then. There’ll be enough available. Ok, they’ll lose the publicity of selling out all those pre-orders before a whole load of new stock magically appears when it launches (like with the PS4).

    Or is it XBox fans getting upset because the PS4 has another few years life left and MS have killed off the XBone already?

    And some people are already getting upset that Sony announce the PS4 camera works on the PS5, with a free adaptor. And rather than thinking that’s good of Sony, they’re moaning that they can’t have free stuff right now.

  2. Maybe that was the case in your region and consider yourself lucky. In the middle of Europe, where I can usually get all tech products reasonably early on, the PS4 was not available for some months after launch. People were queuing at 4am in the morning on launch day to get some of the few leftovers there were initially, but most didn’t get one and that was that.
    After being unsuccessfully on several waiting lists for two months, I ended up paying a lot more as I had to buy a bundle with two seriously overpriced games.

    Meanwhile, I’m too old for this rubbish, and I don’t have the time to check that many shops, etc. Therefore, I just want to pre-order, get it on launch day and not have to worry. And because of that, it matters when pre-orders start, as it is likely that if you miss it, you’ll have to wait a lot longer, depending on where you live, maybe.

    I perfectly agree we’re talking about first-world problems here, and it doesn’t really matter if you get some tech a couple of months earlier or later. But if I can avoid the hassle I will.

  3. I think it just makes good sense for Sony to show some PS4 focus now, there are a lot of PS4s out there and not everyone will be looking to upgrade to PS5 right away. And i guess it allows them to continue their cat&mouse game with Microsoft over pricing. At least we should know what both of them cost by the end of the month.

    • Also, the PS4 isn’t even 7 years old yet. The PS3 was only discontinued 10.5 years after release, the PS2 almost 13 years and the PS1 almost 12 years.

      So if the PS4 has at least another 3 or 4 years left, showing off new stuff now is a good plan. New stuff coming, even with the PS5 very close looks good for Sony. Certainly a better look than having all the next gen stuff being held back by having to run on the current (discontinued) hardware and a vague “play it on whatever you want” thing.

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