PS5 Event Scheduled for Next Week

Posted on September 12, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in PlayStation with 9 Comments

Sony has announced a PlayStation 5 virtual showcase for next Wednesday. Will the firm finally announce its new console pricing?

“Before PlayStation 5 launches this holiday, we wanted to give you one more look at some of the great games coming to PS5 at launch (and beyond!),” the brief Sony announcement notes. “Our next digital showcase will weigh in at around 40 minutes, and feature updates on the latest titles from Worldwide Studios and our world-class development partners.”

It’s not clear why gamers would even want to see more game demos at this point. But with Microsoft finally unveiling the pricing for the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S—$499 and $299, respectively—this past week, the pressure is on Sony to reveal pricing as well. And while there’s no way it can match the $299 price point, one assumes that the Series X’s price point has influenced where the PS5 will land. That is, it can’t cost more than $499.

Of course, Sony’s strategy for this new generation of consoles is different from Microsoft’s. Where the new Xbox consoles will come in at two different performance levels—1440p at 60 fps for the Series S and 4K/UHD at 60 fps for the Series X—the two PS5 consoles, the PS5 and PS5 Digital Edition, will be identical except for the absence of a Blu-Ray drive on the latter.

One approach Sony could take is to price the more expensive version at $499, but price the Digital Edition at $399. That’s $100 more than the Series S, but it has the same internals as the higher-end console, making it quite a deal for that type of performance.

Well, we’ll. If you’re interested in watching live—or, more likely, planning to tune in with about 5 minutes left to see if they unveil the price—the PS5 Showcase will be live on Twitch and YouTube on Wednesday, September 16 at 1 pm PDT/4 pm EDT.

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Comments (9)

9 responses to “PS5 Event Scheduled for Next Week”

  1. spiderman2

    few days after xbox announced date and price... what a coincidence /s

    • rosyna

      In reply to spiderman2:

      is it? Microsoft had to cancel their event next week because of the leak, even though all the videos were ready. It was forced.

      I honestly don’t think Sony considers Xbox much of a competition (Sony being Japanese and Microsoft having zero share in Japan). Their chief competition is Nintendo and mobile devices. Sony has a really bad case of NIH syndrome.

    • dad0118

      In reply to spiderman2:

      I mean, it’s September, how long were they gonna wait?

  2. panjjj

    I thought the max for both those consoles was at 120 fps, did I get that wrong?

  3. dad0118

    It’s not clear why gamers would even want to see more game demos at this point. “

    Unlike Microsoft, Sony actually has next gen exclusive launch titles to show off. A key differentiator they want to capitalize on no doubt.

    • ecumenical

      In reply to dad0118:

      Right, but we've already seen them. So it's hard to get hyped for 39 mins of "game you've already seen" and "game 2-3 years away" before they finally tell us whether it'll be competitive on price.

  4. SRLRacing

    I'm really hoping Xbox can put up a decent fight against PlayStation this generation. Their "winning" conditions vastly differ but I feel Xbox needs to at least close the install base and mindshare gap to an extent to stay relevant.

  5. ghostrider

    It would appear that MS have very little to talk about for the new Xbox. Here's the hardware, here's the price, but there really aren't any games worth discussing at launch. Talking up the games are what it's all about really - the hardware is one thing, but the games are what will really get potential buyers excited, which Sony seems to have a lot more of. They just need to get the pricing right now.

    I think MS seem to have made a mistake launching two consoles with different capabilities - developers will have to work to make games work on both, but scale differently, which is harder, and requires more testing. Sony offers one console that performs the same - just that one offers a BD drive, the other doesn't. Less work for developers!

    • Paul Thurrott

      Microsoft literally held a game showcase event. I covered it live: