The biggest open-secret in gaming right now is that Sony PlayStation is gearing up for a special event to showcase the new PS5 console.
And it seems that it's not just news outlets, fans and the even the odd former Sony industry dev who believes the event is coming.
Retailers are also riding the wave of speculation. Well, unless of course, they're aware of something we're not.
Curry's PC World, the well known UK retailer has this week gone live with a new landing page on their website this week allowing customers to register their interest in the new console.
As well as providing a comprehensive FAQ for fans to learn everything officially announced by Sony so far, potential customers can also sign up with their email address, so you can be the first to get in line and pre-order the machine.
On the retailer’s website, it says:
“ PlayStation 5 Coming Soon! The wait is almost over, gaming fans! Sony has officially announced that the new PlayStation is on its way."
"Register your interest in the PlayStation PS5 now, and we’ll keep you right up to date with all the latest news. As soon as you can pre-order it, we’ll let you know."
It could be that Curry's PC World's are just hedging their bets. After all, competitive high-street chain GAME have already gone live with their own page in December.
However, it does seem, in this instance, that it could be more likely that retailers are finally getting their ducks in a row for the big reveal next month.
It's also interesting that their FAQ mentions Spiderman running faster on the PS5. Which we thought was only something 'leaked' as part of an internal meeting in 2019.
Granted, it's been widely reported, but given most of the FAQ sticks to the facts as issued by Sony in recent months, it is an odd inclusion. Assuming it's not something the company has been briefed on.
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Also noted on the PS5 subreddit, it seems as though ShopTo opened up their own pre-orders on the same day.
We know GAME have a habit of securing deals for 'GAME exclusives" so we wouldn't rule out them having something in place to go first with their landing page a month back.
If not, why would all their competitors wait a month and then go live on the same day?
The bottom line is that it feels as though the stars are aligning for that much-speculated event in February.
And even if the event itself is over a month away, a landing page so potential customers can get pre-order info feels like a definitive step forward as we approach the big reveal.
Most suggestions seem to indicate the console could cost close to the £400-500 mark. That said, how much are you willing to pay? Let us know in the poll above because we'd love to know.
Currys PlayStation 5 FAQ in full, reads:
What will the new PlayStation be called?
No surprises here. Sony’s next console will go by the name of the PlayStation 5. PS5 for short.
When is the PS5 coming out?
We don’t know the exact PS5 release date as yet. However, Sony has advised us that it will be launched in time for Christmas 2020. The PS5 pre-order date is also to be confirmed.
What new features will the PS5 have?
A lot of details are still to be announced, but some cool new PS5 features have already been unveiled…
An innovative new controller
The PlayStation 5 will have a completely new controller, designed to deepen that feeling of immersion you get when you’re in the middle of your favourite game. Sony has worked hard to reimagine how the sense of touch can take gaming to a whole new level, and has added some exciting new innovations.
Firstly, haptic feedback will replace the ‘rumble’ technology found on the current PlayStation controller. Haptics give you a much wider range of feedback. So, for example, crashing into a wall in a racing game (it happens to the best of us) feels much different to making a crunching tackle on a football pitch. You’ll even get a sense of travelling through a variety of textures – running through fields will feel very different to plodding through mud, for example.
Another innovation on the new PlayStation 5 controller is something called adaptive triggers – new technology that will be incorporated into the L2/R2 trigger buttons. This will let you feel the tactile sensation of doing different things, from drawing a bow and arrow to accelerating through rocky terrain on an off-road vehicle.
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Ultra-high speed solid-state drive (SSD)
The PS5 will have a solid-state drive (SSD) to turn loading time into a mere blink. It can also render gaming worlds much quicker, which allows for seamless gameplay. If you thought Spiderman was fast on the PS4, wait until you see him swing through Midtown on the PS5!
The SSD also makes things much more efficient. Older spinning hard drives have lots of duplicated information, but an SSD doesn’t – that means crucial space is saved.
The PS5 will support ray tracing, a technique that lets game developers add elaborate lighting and sound effects to 3D environments. You can expect new PS5 games to be more realistic and incredibly spectacular.
3D audio will be on the PS5, giving you a dramatically improved sound experience. You’ll feel more immersed as in-game sounds come at you from all around. Best of all, no additional hardware is needed – it’ll work through your standard TV speakers or headset.
Game creators have already started to receive early versions of the new controller, and we can’t wait to see where their imagination takes them with these new features!
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