Despite speculation that the PS5 launch could be delayed, Sony’s Jim Ryan reiterated that the PlayStation 5 will release during ‘holiday 2020.’
Last week, Sony officially introduced DualSense, the new game controller that will come with the PlayStation 5. In the PlayStation Blog post, Hideaki Nishino, Senior VP of Platform Planning & Management, revealed all of the bells and whistles about the new controller, explaining how it will improve immersive gameplay on the PS5.
Tucked away at the bottom of the post, however, was something far more interesting, in my opinion. In a message from Jim Ryan, President & CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, we got affirmation that the PS5 is still slated to release this holiday season.
"“To the PlayStation community, I truly want to thank you for sharing this exciting journey with us as we head toward PS5’s launch in Holiday 2020. We look forward to sharing more information about PS5, including the console design, in the coming months.”"
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Sony had previously announced a Holiday 2020 release window for the PlayStation 5 but that was before coronavirus. The outbreak has caused all sorts of economic problems across the globe, disrupting many industries — video games included. A report by DFC Intelligence (via Forbes) from last month, even suggested a “strong likelihood” that the Xbox Series X or PS5 (or both) could be delayed from the 2020 launch windows. And even if they do end up releasing later this year, it’s believed that supply will “likely” be constrained.
For what it’s worth, Sony has still not revealed what the actual PlayStation 5 will look like, although they did recently detail the system specs. That would suggest that they’ve at least nailed down the important details. However, we still don’t have an official price. Some have suggested the PS5 could cost as little as $400 or as much as $600.
There’s still a lot of questions and uncertainty surrounding the launch of the PlayStation 5 but it’s at least a little reassuring that Jim Ryan reiterated the “Holiday 2020” launch window. Of course, the situation is fluid with this whole coronavirus pandemic, so things could change at any given moment.