If personal events in 2020 were one more thing, there’s a good chance we know a lot more about the PlayStation 5 by now. With tech companies setting their own event schedules, but Sony and Microsoft have offered themselves a more leisurely schedule that messages can be split up. Microsoft struck first with aggressive pricing, two different starting models, and a funding plan.
Now is the time for Sony to shine. Today’s big event answered some of the open questions about the next generation console. The company waited until the bitter end for the most important details. The PS5 will be available for $ 500 in select markets on November 1
At that time, the console will be available in North America, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea. The rest of the world will get their hands on the console a week later on November 19th. The prices keep the PS5 with the new Xboxes competitive. The Series X reaches the same price, while the lower Series S costs $ 299. The Microsoft console launches two days earlier than Sony’s, so this should be fun.
Sony pricing has been the source of much speculation and manipulation over the past few months. But while Microsoft got the first volley, the PS5 will be right there – a fact that should be a cause of great concern for Redmond’s gaming team. Pricing will be an important factor in decision making. While gaming spending has skyrocketed amid the COVID-19 shutdown, many people are cautious about pulling the trigger on large ticket items amid such an uncertain economic slowdown.
As always, the event was heavily focused on trailers and gameplay demos and featured the titles the PS5 will offer. It started with some big franchise blockbusters, including Final Fantasy XVI and the best look at Spider-Man yet: Miles Morales, which involved an extremely compelling bridge battle.
The Spider-Man expansion is slated to coincide with the console launch this holiday. The same goes for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, which got a brand new trailer full of RC car action.
The long rumored Harry Potter RPG finally got a name and an official trailer. Hogwarts Legacy looks like an epic time in the wizarding world. That should come out sometime in 2021.
What’s this? A non-franchise game? Yes, it’s Bethesda’s death loop. The time loop adventure game is slated to appear in mid-2021. The creepy enough trailer for the zombie favorite Resident Evil: Village answered more questions than it answered. The title is also planned for next year.
Other titles include Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition (expected at launch), Oddworld: Soulstorm and the Demon Souls Remaster. Also a little time for Fornite, which should be available for the console at startup.