PlayStation 5 Rumoured Release Date And Price Leaks Online
While we know the PlayStation 5 is due to arrive before the end of 2020, we still don't know exactly when to expect the next-gen console. However, a recent leak suggests that the PS5 will be releasing on November 20th, 2020 at the fairly eye-watering price of $499 in the US (roughly £380).
As always, take this unofficial information with a hearty pinch of salt. LetsGoDigital reports that the alleged price point and release date for the PS5 was leaked by a Twitter user by the name of PSErebus, who previously correctly leaked the initial release date for The Last Of Us Part II. You know, before Naughty Dog went and pushed their game back to May.
We already knew that Sony intended to release the PS5 around the "Holiday" period, so a November 20th release date certainly lines up with the minimal official information that we have. It also makes sense for Sony to release the console one month before Christmas, as the company will no doubt be hoping the PS5 finds its way under more than a few trees on December 25th. Christmas trees that is, not just... random trees. That wouldn't help anyone.
The price point is bound to be a more contentious subject. $499 is undeniably a fairly hefty chunk of cash, but Sony has made it clear multiple times over the past year that the PS5 is likely to be the most powerful (and fastest) console in the world.
For comparison, the PS4 launched at $399 in 2014, and the original PlayStation at $300 in 1995. Adjusting both for inflation, $499 isn't actually that far ahead of its predecessors at all. Still not an amount of money the majority of us can simply piddle away, of course. Three cheers for a broken economy, am I right?
Regardless, we should treat this rumour with a hefty degree of skepticism until we get official word from Sony on the PS5's release date and price. No doubt there'll be some kind of big reveal event in the new year that details price, specs, launch games, and all the stuff consumers need to know before they decide whether to go with Sony or Microsoft next gen.
In other PS5 news, we got our first look at what could be the DualShock 5 controller via a patent that was discovered online. According to the application, the new controller will feature "adaptive triggers."
Funnily enough, that's one of the few things PlayStation boss Jim Ryan confirmed about the next-gen kit in an official blog post a few months back. He explained that adaptive triggers mean that developers will be able to program the resistance of the shoulder buttons (L2/R2), so that you can "feel the tactile sensation of drawing a bow and arrow or accelerating an off-road vehicle through rocky terrain."
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