Sony has officially set the date to showcase games for the PlayStation 5, its upcoming home video game console.
Jim Ryan, PlayStation CEO, who spoke to BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat, said fans will see the PS5 in action in less than a week, in an effort to give gaming community “a little bit of a jolt.”
“Normally you would be in Los Angeles in some auditorium with 2000 other people,” Jim said while talking about the company’s longstanding showcase routines which would now change.
“You’d be able to cut the adrenaline and the testosterone with a knife. We’ve got to find a way to do that and give the community a little bit of a jolt.
“…Obviously it’s a terrible time with the world experiencing all sorts of things, so you need to keep a sense of perspective when you’re talking about video games.
“It’s been a rollercoaster year, we realised we needed to spend more time than we’d anticipated on the existing PS4 community. Millions were at home, locked down, with nothing to do but to play.”
On Friday, Sony took to its official PlayStation page to announce that they’ll be hosting a live-streamed event on June 4th at 1pm Pacific.
Join us Thursday, June 4 at 1:00pm Pacific time for a look at the future of gaming on PlayStation 5: https://t.co/Yr8fafcOVd #PS5 pic.twitter.com/F0yBbDmOtC
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) May 29, 2020
Allaying existing fears and uncertainties among gamers as to how much the new console will cost due to COVID-19 crisis, Ryan said the outbreak has not changed PlayStation’s pricing plans.
“When you watch the show next week, I think you’ll see that we’ve been able to do that. It’s obviously introducing a level of complexity any business would prefer not to have to deal with,” he said.
“But we’re feeling really good about the supply chain, we’re going to launch this year and we’ll be global.
“Whether it’s hardware engineers who can’t get into China because of COVID and still having to having to finalise prototypes with the 200 different suppliers,” he says.
“Or software engineers or the people who make games. Everybody’s just rolled their sleeves up and got on with it. We’re going to launch this holiday. And we’re feeling good about things.”
In April 2019, Mark Cerny, US game programmer and lead system architect for the PS 4, had revealed details for the PlayStation 5 console.
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