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PlayStation 5: First showcase, unveiling, specific release date, price and prime launch title details leaked

Sony PlayStation 5: A US$499 console with a 2 TB SSD? (Image source: Sony)
Sony PlayStation 5: A US$499 console with a 2 TB SSD? (Image source: Sony)
We are still about a year out from the arrival of the PlayStation 5. However, the account behind The Last of Us 2 release date has revealed not only when Sony will first showcase its next console, but also when it will unveil the design and formally release the PlayStation 5. We have rounded-up the rumors published by the account and offered an overview of the key dates to watch for PlayStation 5 updates.

The Twitter account behind The Last of Us 2 original release date rumor is in the news again, and this time for new PlayStation 5 rumors. Well, rumors that the account first tweeted in June, but Dutch website LetsGoDigital picked them up today, and now other outlets have followed suit. The twitter account has a reliable track record so far, so we would not discount these off-hand as other websites have done.

@PSErebus, the twitter account behind the rumors that are now circulating, tweeted in June that Naughty Dog would release The Last of Us 2 on February 21, 2020. Met we scepticism because of being an unknown account, Naughty Dog confirmed in September that the original release date for the game had been February 21, 2020, but that it has now slipped to May 29 of the same year.

Before we get started on the PlayStation 5 rumours posted by @PSErebus, the twitter account has tweeted over 1,000 times since June, the vast majority of which are about the PlayStation 5. The account reads like one long conspiracy theory of linked events, but we shall do our best to summarise them.

According to @PSErebus, the PlayStation 5 will launch with a 2 TB SSD at US$499. 2 TB SSDs currently sell for anywhere between US$249 and US$399.99 if you are buying a Samsung 970 EVO Plus, so this volume of solid-state storage being included in a US$499 console seems unlikely. However, @PSErebus has pointed out that the first version of the PlayStation 4 that Sony sold had the same storage capacity as the last version of the PlayStation 3 that it released. Last year, the company issued a 500 Million limited edition version of the PlayStation 4 Pro, which came with a 2 TB HDD.

Secondly, Gran Turismo 7 will be one of the key launch games for the console. @PSErebus claims that Sony will launch the console and game on November 20, 2020, a date that fits within the Holiday 2020 timeframe that the company has already announced. However, the account states that Sony will first introduce the console on December 7 running Gran Turismo 7 at PlayStation Experience (PSX). The PlayStation 5 will apparently be fully backwards compatible with all PlayStation discs from the original PlayStation onwards too.

Sony has not yet confirmed whether it will host a PSX event this year though, despite having done so every year since 2014. The company also typically announces PSX events months in advance, for reference.

With that said, December 2019 marks 25 years since Sony introduced the original PlayStation, something that @PSErebus claims the company wants to use in its PlayStation 5 marketing, hence a first demo of the console next month. If true, then we may see Sony using the hashtag #25yearsofplay. Crucially, if Sony does showcase the PlayStation 5 next, it will keep the design of the console under wraps. @PSErebus claims that the PlayStation 5 will be showcased at E3 2020 on June 8, 2020, instead.

@PSErebus has been tweeting this sporadically since June and after they were proven correct over The Last of Us 2, so we are unsure why this story has appeared online today. In summary, we would recommend keeping track of these dates for potential PlayStation 5 announcements:

  • December 7, 2019 - PlayStation Experience event
  • June 8, 2020 - E3 2020 unveiling
  • November 20, 2020 - PlayStation 5 launch

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Alex Alderson, 2019-11-20 (Update: 2019-11-21)