Earlier today, the PlayStation Twitter account announced that the PlayStation 5 showcase will finally be happening next week.
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) September 12, 2020
In further evidence that we’re living in strange times, the tweet was posted at 6 a.m. PT on a Saturday. (This is at least partly due to a desire to respect yesterday as the anniversary of Sept. 11.) The tweet is accompanied by a post that was published on the official PlayStation blog. The blog post, written by Sid Shuman, Senior Director of Content Communications, states:
Before PlayStation 5 launches this holiday, we wanted to give you one more look at some of the great games coming to PS5 at launch (and beyond!).
Our next digital showcase will weigh in at around 40 minutes, and feature updates on the latest titles from Worldwide Studios and our world-class development partners.
Tune in live on Twitch or YouTube this Wednesday, September 16 at 1pm PDT / 9pm BST / 10pm CEST to see what’s next for PS5.
The event will take place at 4 p.m. ET. Sony has yet to reveal a release date and price for the PlayStation 5, so it’s likely that we’ll get both at this event.
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Earlier this week, leaks pushed Microsoft to confirm the existence of the Xbox Series S and reveal its rather enticing price point. The next day, Microsoft also announced the price point for the Xbox Series X. The Xbox Series S, the less powerful and smaller (but more affordable) console between the two, will cost $299. The Xbox Series X will cost $499. Both will launch on Nov. 10, 2020. Pre-orders for both will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 2.
More information on both, including on how you can get into the next-generation with no upfront cost through Xbox All Access, can be found here at Xbox Wire. The basics are:
Xbox All Access provides an Xbox Series X, or Series S, along with 24 months of the full Xbox Game Pass Ultimate experience. In total, that means you get access to:
- The next-generation Xbox console of your choice
- Over 100 high-quality games to play on console, including next-gen Optimized games
- Over 100 high-quality games to play on PC
- An EA Play membership to play more than 60 of EA’s biggest and best console and PC games
- And over 100 games to play from the cloud
Microsoft may have been pushed to reveal its consoles first, but the significant amount of accessibility that seems to define its next console generation has been a pleasant surprise for many. With Xbox Game Pass being an incredibly affordable way of playing some of the latest games — and one that is only growing in level of accessibility the more that Microsoft pushes it — the pressure is on Sony to offer something comparatively consumer-friendly with the PlayStation 5.
It remains to be seen what Sony will do to convince the public with its next-gen console, especially as life under the COVID-19 pandemic shows no signs of improving anytime soon. While the catalog of exclusive games at Sony’s disposal has always been strong enough to please fans and consumers, Microsoft’s approach to accessibility during a time of financial hardship for the average consumer is resonating extremely positively. Sony has booked significant retail marketing for the PlayStation brand for the seven days following Nov. 13, implying the PlayStation 5 could be gearing up for a final marketing push ahead of release the following week.