Blockbuster franchises will return in 2020 exclusive to PS5
The PlayStation 4 platform is currently enjoying great financial and critical success, having launched in 2013 to quickly sell 100 million units and become the most popular home video game console. Holiday 2020 will see it replaced with the imminent arrival of PlayStation 5, however, kicking off a totally new generation with lots to look forward to. While we’ve still not seen what PlayStation 5 will look like, Sony has drip-fed us plenty of insightful titbits that help paint a clearer picture.
For one, we know that PlayStation 5 will continue to be the home of many great franchise sequels like the inevitable God of War 2 and the second Marvel’s Spider-Men as well as all-new blockbuster exclusives like Gearbox’s looter-slasher Godfall. The new console has already been confirmed to support discs in addition to digital media, indicating that it will cater to players of all preferences.
When is the PS5 release date?
Currently, we have nothing more specific than ‘Holiday 2020’ for the official release of the PS5, but based on previous console launches, we can pinpoint the release date with a solid degree of accuracy.
While both Sony and Microsoft will be keen to be the ones to launch their console first, we predict both will hold off until November. In Sony’s case, this is when the original PS4 and PS4 Pro both launched, and was the intended release month for the PS3 before it was delayed in Europe. November is traditionally the biggest month of the year for gaming retail, hence why November is popular.
All the initial versions of the four PlayStation consoles have launched in Europe on a Friday, and that’s likely to be the case again, given Friday is now the gaming industry’s de facto day to launch new games and hardware. However, Sony will want to avoid the final Friday in November 2020, as this is Black Friday. They’ll no doubt want their new flagship console to get the limelight all to itself.
The latest news regarding the PS5’s release date came via a job listing for Sony, which stated that the PS5 would be released in October. This is a bit earlier than we would have expected, particularly with the on-going issues surrounding all global tech production, but would support the above theory that both Sony and Microsoft will be absolutely desperate to be the first to launch.
When will PS5 pre-orders be available?
At the moment, there’s been no suggestion about when we might see the first available pre-orders for the PS5. Most retailers will begin offering pre-orders before they’ve got concrete information about exactly how many units they’ll get, and possibly even before they have the launch date of the console locked in (several retailers such as Amazon did this prior to the launch of the PS4_. However, they will need a firm launch price so people know how much they’re agreeing to pay.
So, when are we likely to know what the PS5 will cost at launch? As we’ve covered a lot, neither Sony or Microsoft will be keen to be the first one to commit to a price for their next gen console. One of the key factors in PS4 vastly outselling the Xbox One was the fact that the PS4 launched at a lower RRP, giving it an early advantage that it never relinquished. However, someone will have to go at some point. The Xbox One and PS4 both had their prices revealed at the annual E3 conference in June. This year, it’s been cancelled, however we’re still expecting that we might get the pre-order pricing information in early-to-mid June. Keep your eyes peeled on this page, and sign up to our email alerts.