The PS5’s release date may have just surfaced in an unexpected source – or a technical release could include two unrelated facts. Either way, we now know some interesting things about the PS5’s media remote, thanks to a leaked user guide.
The PS5 was able to debut as early as November 17th, but apparently not sooner. The timing has almost nothing to do with the Xbox Series X, which will be out on November 10th, but almost everything has to do with Disney +.
Information is from the Brazilian tech news site Tecnoblog, courtesy of GamesRadar. Tecnoblog has received an instruction manual for the PS5 Media Remote: an accessory that allows you to control a PS5 such as a streaming box or Blu-ray player. (PS2, PS3, and PS4 all have similar accessories as all Xbox iterations.) Like many modern streaming remotes, the PS5 accessories have four dedicated buttons that can be used to start certain services. In Brazil, these buttons are reserved for Netflix, Spotify, YouTube and Disney +, which won̵
Paulo Higa from Tecnoblog justifies this with the fact that the PS5 cannot be started before November 17th. The media remote will launch alongside the PS5 and Sony wouldn’t sell any accessories with a non-working button, he wrote.
While November 17th seems like the earliest date for the PS5 launch, it probably doesn’t have that much to do with Disney +. Sony will want to wait at least a week after the Xbox Series X launches, and Microsoft’s console will be out on November 10th. In theory, Sony could try jumping the gun and launching it on Nov 6, but the general consensus was that Sony would wait for Microsoft to release the new console first.
In addition, streaming remotes can and will start with buttons not working – probably more often than you think. (The Sling AirTV and Roku Wireless Speakers come to mind.) For example, if Sony were to launch on November 6th, a Disney + button wouldn’t shake anyone’s trust in the electronics giant. Both Sony and consumers are fully aware that Disney + is coming, and having to wait a few weeks for a shortcut button to work is a relatively minor question.
In other words, the PS5 probably won’t be out before November 17th, but linking that to the Disney + release date in Brazil feels a little like reading tea leaves. And even if November 17th is the earliest date, we still have no idea what the latest date would be. Assuming Sony wants to launch its console in November, either the 20th or 27th could be a good candidate. But Microsoft decided to defy the convention and start on a Tuesday. Who can say Sony won’t do the same?