So, at this point it’s looking like the presumed February reveal for the PlayStation 5 is looking a little less likely. We’re now 4 days into February with not a hint of an upcoming PlayStation meeting, and there was no mention of a reveal on a recent investor call. Not to say a February reveal is impossible, just that it’s unlikely. That doesn’t mean the company isn’t slowly—slowly—laying the groundwork for the eventual event, however. Sony is launching websites that seem like they’ll evenutally house some pertinent info.
Here’s a look at the UK website.
The text is pretty boilerplate, just telling people to sign up to receive more info:
“We’ve begun to share some of the incredible features you can expect from PlayStation 5, but we’re not quite ready to fully unveil the next generation of PlayStation. Sign up below to be among the first to receive updates as we announce them, including news on the PS5 release date, PS5 price and the upcoming roster of PS5 launch games.”
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So nothing new there, clearly, but nothing about launching this right now makes me think that the reveal is right around the corner: parts of the text even seem like they’re a response to the constant rumors of an imminent reveal. I guess I’ll push back my prediction to March or so, but Sony has a lot of leeway about when it reveals this thing. A new console generation more or less builds hype on its own, and Sony has already trickled out some information via a few Wired articles. The company also appears to be playing chicken with Xbox Series X a little bit, likely because making announcements after Xbox One worked out so well for PS4.
It could theoretically reveal the thing at around the same time as E3 and then launch it in the fall: I’m not sure what would be lost by doing that. Regardless, more info is coming. We’ve still got a few months left in this console generation, so enjoy them before everyone gets a little wonky for a while.