PlayStation Worldwide Marketing Head Eric Lempel has confirmed that any news and rumors of PlayStation 5 pre-orders have been false. He has reassured PlayStation fans that everyone will receive plenty of advance notice for pre-orders.
He made his statement during Geoff Keighley’s stream on July 17, in which Keighley offered a hand-on look at the PlayStation 5 DualSense controller. Keighley posted the specific snippet of his Summer Game Fest video on Twitter. The clip contains the following part of their longer conversation:
Goeff Keighley: We saw even this week that there were rumors that pre-orders were happening and Twitter lit up. I don’t know where these rumors start but I have to ask you: are you about to press the button now for pre-orders? When can we expect to get our Playstation 5?
Eric Lempel: No, definitely not now. We don’t know what happened there. We had nothing to do with it. I got a message from someone saying people are lining up at stores, and we had no idea why. I think it’s safe to say to your viewers: we’ll let you know when pre-order will happen. We will let you know. It’s not going to happen with a minute’s notice. We’re going to, at some point, let you know when you can pre-order PlayStation 5. So, please, don’t feel like you have to go run out and line up anywhere until you receive official notice on how that will work. So, how that happened, I don’t know who did it — wasn’t us, though!
Lempel says that the company is thrilled fans are so excited about the product despite the COVID-19 pandemic. “Unfortunately, given the current situation in the world, we would love to be out there having gamers start to touch the product. We would have done that in normal years, but we can’t do that.” He, and the company, hope Keighley’s demonstration offers an idea of all the exciting new features to come.
Before speaking with Lempel, Keighley’s hands-on presentation focused on a game called Astro’s Playroom, which is installed on every PlayStation 5. Lempel says it, “really shows off a lot of the features of the platform,” and, “does a great job of showing off the benefits of the DualSense controller.”
— Summer Game Fest (@summergamefest) July 17, 2020
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These benefits include adaptive triggers, haptic feedback, a built-in microphone, an integrated speaker, and the ability to blow air into the microphone in order to blow a gust of wind into various objects. Developers have been able to use the game to see what is possible with the new system and its features. Lempel recommends that, when players finally get their hands on the PlayStation 5, they jump into Astro’s Playroom to see everything they can do on the new console.
Earlier in the stream, Lempel mentioned there is still much to come for the PlayStation 4. “PlayStation 4 is a big part of everything we do, and will continue to be a big part of everything we do. There’s a lot more to come on PlayStation 4. I think, most recently, we’ve seen some of the greatest titles this generation has released in recent weeks. That will continue. Again, PlayStation 5 is the next-generation product but we’ve got a lot to come for people on PlayStation 4. Still a ton of life in that product.”
Sony is gearing up to release the PlayStation 5 by the end of the year alongside Microsoft’s launch of the Xbox Series X (with several versions reported to be on their way). As we head into the next generation and developers create even bigger, more elaborate games, it’s important to keep in mind that AAA game development is, as former PlayStation boss Shawn Layden recently said, largely unsustainable.
For Keighley and Lempel’s full conversation, as well as the hands-on look at the PlayStation 5 DualSense, you can watch the stream below.