No PS5 reveal here: PlayStation cancels scheduled PAX East appearance due to coronavirus concerns
The current coronavirus outbreak has already affected the technology industry, with a major example being the recent cancellation of the 2020 Mobile World Congress event. Now it seems that PAX East will also be affected, as PlayStation has pulled out of its scheduled participation. The news was broken on the PlayStation blog:
UPDATE: Today, Sony Interactive Entertainment made the decision to cancel its participation at PAX East in Boston this year due to increasing concerns related to COVID-19 (also known as “novel coronavirus”). We felt this was the safest option as the situation is changing daily. We are disappointed to cancel our participation in this event, but the health and safety of our global workforce is our highest concern.
There was some speculation that PAX East would have been the ideal event for PlayStation to unveil the PS5, but that is clearly not going to happen. As we get closer to the end of February, many are still wondering when the next-gen console will finally make a public appearance. According to one Sony executive, the PS5 will be revealed “at a time period which is comparable to the past”.
The PS4 was announced at an event in New York City on February 20, which could indicate that the PS5 might still be unveiled over the next few days. However, it seems more likely that the console will finally make an appearance sometime in March.