Sony has told us just about everything imaginable about its next-gen video game console, the PlayStation 5. We know its lineup of launch games, including the highly anticipated superhero sequel Spider-Man: Miles. Morales. We know the devices have a futuristic vibe, with curved sides that could feel right at home next to a Star Trek ship. We even know the controller has special trigger buttons that give us feedback to make the objects we interact with in the game world feel right here in our hands.
The only things we don’t know are what it will cost and when it hits store shelves.
Until now. The company announced on Wednesdaywithout a disk drive, and $ 500 (£ 450) for its version with a. Sony said both consoles will otherwise have the same chips and other hardware inside. The device will launch on November 12 in the United States, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia (without giving out pricing), New Zealand and South Korea, and on November 19 in the rest of the world. world. Pre-orders .
Sony started their event by discussing high profile gamesand Final Fantasy XVI, both exclusive to PlayStation. Spider-Man will launch with the console in time for the 2020 holiday shopping season, while Sony has not specified when Final Fantasy XVI will launch.
The company also introduced Resident Evil Village, the eighth installment in the popular horror franchise, and teased a new sequel to its hit 2018 action adventure game God of War.
Now that the release date and price have been announced, the upcoming Sony and Microsoft consoles mark a key moment for the video game industry, moving to new devices thatto make the games all the more complex or realistic.
Somehow, Sony and Microsoft have made a comedic feature film in their preparations for their dueling next-gen consoles without telling us the fundamentals like price and release date. At the start of the year, all we knew was that the devices would launch before the holiday shopping season.
The missing information became something of an internal joke every time I spoke with the Sony and Microsoft teams. I would work on the question as often as possible, reminding them that I had to ask – and of course acknowledging that I would ask.and also has the question.
The lack of information became a meme within the gaming community, where rumors sprouted that Microsoft and Sony were playing a chicken game, seeing who would blink first and announce their price at the risk of the other adjusts its price to beat it. For what it’s worth, both companies have repeatedly denied it.
But after a series of leaks about Microsoft’s entry-level Xbox Series S that will launch alongside its more powerful Xbox Series X, the company said.. They’ll also be available with a $ 25-per-month and $ 35-per-month payment plan, including access to a bundle of the company’s social gaming network and other subscription services.
To take on Microsoft more directly, Sony also announced its PlayStation Plus Collection, a library of blockbuster PS4 games such as God of War and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. The games will be made available to subscribers to its PlayStation Plus gaming service at $ 9.99 per month.
MicrosoftThe service has often been referred to as the “best gaming deal” because it offers more than 100 games. Now Sony clearly wants to take this. Sony did not offer a direct competitor to Microsoft’s $ 14.99 per month Xbox Games Pass Ultimate subscription, which offers access to many of its library games on console and PC, as well as the ability to .
What Sony showed
Final Fantasy 16, no launch date announced.
Spider-Man: Miles Morales, coming holidays 2020.
Hogwarts Legacy, to come 2021.
Call of Duty: Cold War Black Ops, coming holidays 2020.
Resident Evil 8: Village, to come 2021.
Deathloop, to come 2021.
Devil May Cry 5: Special Editing
Oddworld: Soul Storm, coming holidays 2020.
Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach, no launch date.
Souls of the demon, no launch date.
Fortnite, available at launch.
PlayStation Plus Collection, coming holidays 2020.
Correction: Jim Ryan is the Head of Sony’s PlayStation Division. Jack Ryan is a fictional spy for the CIA. An earlier version of this story mixed up the names of the two men.