I promised myself I wouldn’t. Pleaded with my impatient soul to endure the seemingly unremitting purgatory of PS5 silence. Make a concerted effort to ignore any dubious speculation that would inevitably follow the initial reveal all those months ago. That the best recourse to such a protracted silence is to simply carry on. Trust that Sony’s reticence in revealing specific, necessary details is in our best interest. But I can’t, not anymore. This figurative game of chicken between Sony and Microsoft has gone on for far too long. With roughly two months until these veiled machines are expected to launch, we are still no closer to a price, let alone possess the capacity to even secure a pre-order. Alleged rumours seem to indicate that an announcement is imminent, but without any official confirmation all we have is conjecture.
It’s been an agonising wait on account of Sony’s, and until recently Microsoft’s tardiness. Having sifted through patently false speculations and exaggerated claims, from some of the internets most unscrupulous “analysts”, in an attempt to find some correlating evidence that may provide clarity on its glacial like release, has diminished any fun usually associated with the anticipation of a new console. The subsequent global pandemic has evidently informed Sony’s arranged schedule, which no doubt requires years of meticulous coordination, irrespective of a potentially world ravaging infection. But with availability suspected to be limited, there’s a very real possibility of a staggered launch, with Sony favouring our Transatlantic cousins over other territories, severely inhibiting my chances of securing a PS5 at launch at the same time as the US. With Xbox confirming both the price and release date of their consoles, a favourable development for both parties as it now ensures that the PS5 shouldn’t be more expensive than the Xbox, there’s no reason for Sony to delay confirmation of their system.
So please. Pretty please, with a cherry on top: tell us when, how much and when to pre-order.