Sony wants the PS5 reveal event to showcase games actually running on the next-gen console and don't expect to know the PlayStation 5's price before August
Jeff Grubb has been offering up further informed opinions about next-gen consoles and particularly the PlayStation 5. One comment the VentureBeat writer made recently on ResetEra has triggered considerable discussion that appears to be generally in favor of his statement. Part of Grubb’s post read:
Sony just wants to limit the use of the ‘disclaimer: this game is running in a PC environment but will be optimized for PS5.’
The journalist was referring to the upcoming PS5 reveal event (expected in early June), where he believes Sony would like third-party developers to use the next-gen console for showing off game footage rather than relying on the above PC-based tactic mentioned in his comment. It would be a great move from Sony, as it cannot be argued just how much gamers want to see how titles run and look on an actual PS5. The recent acclaim for the Unreal Engine 5 tech demo, which ran on a PS5 devkit, is a perfect example of this.
The same source has also been opining about when the prices for the next-gen consoles could finally be revealed. Grubb believes it won’t be until August before Sony and Microsoft finally let gamers know how much they will be paying for the PS5 and Xbox Series X, respectively. He continues to say that there’s only so long the companies can wait before announcing the prices due to their reliance on pre-orders. But of course, whichever firm lets the cat out of the bag first is probably going to hand a vital advantage over to the rival in terms of matching or undercutting the price.
I wouldn't expect console prices until August. When Intel, Nvidia, and AMD launch similar products, they wait until the last possible minute to set a price. It's the one thing they *can* still change. But, of course, consoles rely more on preorders, so can't wait forever.— Jeff Grubb (@JeffGrubb) May 20, 2020