GameStop Accidentally Leaks PS5 Specs

Retailers are often the source of reliable leaks in the gaming industry. Whether it’s a rogue employee or a corporate mishap, you can bet they will spill the beans in one form or another. GameStop is the latest to make this fumble as they published unannounced details about the PS5 in their pre-registration page. It has since been updated, but you can check out a cached version here (I love the internet sometimes). Let’s find out what they leaked! GameStop’s Mistake Reveals New PS5 Specs Looking at the cached version of GameStop’s page, we can see some new spec details that were otherwise rumors until now (they still are, but this adds credibility). Some sites are reporting that the backwards compatibility for PSVR and PS4 titles is news, but Mark Cerny already confirmed that a while back, something we reported on here. Now, what is actually new here are some fresh specs: Full 8K Support A Bespoke (custom) 8-Core AMD Chipset 3D Audio SSD Storage Backwards compatibility with PSVR and PS4 Ray Tracing Capabilities While this doesn’t officially confirm that the system is more powerful than the recently revealed Xbox Series X specs, it does show that the PS5 is shaping up to be an equally impressive console. The page goes on to mention other things we already know about, namely the DualShock 5’s haptic feedback and adaptive triggers. The page has since been updated to remove the unconfirmed details, but the information is already out there. Now, Sony, can you please just give us some details! We can’t have Microsoft taking all the glory with their surprise Xbox blog post. Let us know what you think of these details in the comments! Article by – Bradley Ramsey Insert date – 2/28/2020

PS5 Price Goes up as Component Shortages Make Sony Nervous

The electronics supply chain is in a constant war over components. Everything, from your phone, to your console, to your car, is packed with electronics these days. That means that shortages will drive up costs as manufacturers try to keep up with demand. According to a new report from Bloomberg, sources believe Sony is feeling the heat from these shortages, and it’s making the PS5 more expensive to manufacture than they originally planned. Turns out Console Wars are Costly Both Sony and Microsoft have next generation consoles coming out in holiday 2020. This means that mass production is going to start soon in order to fulfill holiday quotas. Despite this, neither Sony nor Microsoft have announced the price of their new systems. This could be due, in part, to Sony spending a rumored $450 on each PS5 they build. With that kind of cost, they would need to charge closer to $500 to make any kind of profit. Now, this is nothing new. Consoles have always been barely profitable at launch. Companies use them to get people into their ecosystem, so they can sell them games. For example, estimates say that PS4 systems cost $381 to manufacture, so Sony wasn’t making much when they sold them for $399 at launch. Even so, it looks like the PS5 will need to be $499 minimum to make any sense. That’s reasonable for someone who plays games constantly like I do, but others may not see the point in paying $100 more when they can get a PS4 Pro for less, and a regular PS4 for less than that. This opinion is mirrored by Macquarie Capital Analyst, Damian Thong: “Consumers will benchmark their expectations based on the PS4 Pro and PS4. If Sony prices above that, it would like be to balance a need to offset higher materials cost, against risk to demand.” Sony hasn’t commented on any of this, but during am earnings call, Sony’s Chief Financial Officer Hiroki Totoki said that keeping the PS5’s bill of materials (the parts used to make it) under control is a focus, along with a focus on making sure they have enough to meet demand at launch. Microsoft Will Blink First The aforementioned Bloomberg article also mentions that people in the PlayStation business (who remain anonymous), have said that Microsoft’s price will play a key factor in the decision Sony makes. That makes sense, but it also means that Microsoft has more to lose here. After all, they have been in the last place of the console war, with PS4 outselling Xbox One the entire generation. While Microsoft is leaning more into their game streaming, they can’t afford to have another flop on their hands, which is why they have been more forthcoming with their Xbox Series X news and reveals. My thinking is that Microsoft will blink first and reveal the price, possibly before E3 2020. I don’t think Sony will wait until then to reveal the price regardless, mostly because they won’t be … Read More

Why You Won’t Get a PS5 Unless You Preorder

Since the dawn of the coronavirus outbreak, many of us have been following the news coming out of China, specifically the city of Wuhan. As the epicenter of the virus, the Chinese government has quarantined countless people and even built entirely new hospitals in 10 days, just to try and get ahead of this new virus which is still expanding at record pace. Several cases have begun appearing in other countries, including the United States, but the vast majority are still within China. As of this writing, a US citizen in Wuhan has officially died of the virus, bringing the total death toll up to 724. There are currently 37,000 + confirmed cases of the virus around the world. So, what does this have to do with PS5 preorders? As it turns out, quite a lot. Sony Backs out of Two Major Events, Citing Coronavirus Concerns Near the end of February 2020, Sony announced that they would not be attending two major gaming events in the coming weeks. It started with Sony revealing that they would not be at PAX East in Boston. The company cited the ongoing virus concerns and the safety of their global workforce as reasons for pulling out of the event. Despite this, the evemt is moving forward with “enhanced cleaning and sanitation” in place across the venue. A day later, GamesIndustry.biz reported that Sony would also be pulling out of the Game Developer Conference (GDC), another major event in the gaming industry. The reasoning was the same, of course, but as a result of this, The Last of Us Part II won’t be playable at either event as originally planned. Neil Druckman, vice president of Naughty Dog and writer of the game, took to Twitter to share the news: We’re so sad to have to miss PAX East! We were really looking forward to meeting you and seeing your reactions to the demo. Although we know this makes the wait until May 29 a bit harder, we appreciate your understanding. Don’t worry, we’ll have more to share closer to launch. https://t.co/tIJ0Z7Ztcs — Naughty Dog (@Naughty_Dog) February 19, 2020 Both PAX East and GDC are taking steps to ensure the venues are properly sanitized and in cooperation with current standards surrounding hygiene, but it also makes sense for Sony to be careful with their employees. Perhaps this means they will lean more into digital events like their State of Play streams. In the meantime, stay tuned to this page for any and all updates regarding the Coronavirus’ effect on the world of gaming. How the Coronavirus Affects PS5 Production Above all else, this writer and the people who work on this website wish a quick resolution to this pandemic, be it a cure or vaccine. Nothing is more important than human life. That being said, there’s no getting around the fact that the PS5, along with the Xbox Series X, will likely be manufactured in China. To put things in perspective, here is quote courtesy of … Read More

How a Fake PS5 Boot Screen Captured The Internet For a Weekend

I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that collective Sony fans are ravenous for new PS5 info. After all, Sony has been pretty tight-lipped about details, while Microsoft has been throwing around trailers and announcements like they’re going out of style. Given this collective attitude, is it any wonder that the entire internet was fooled by a hoax one weekend in early 2020? This PS5 boot screen may be fake, but the hype surrounding it was most certainly real. A Look at How Rumors Spread Online It’s a testament to the internet as a construct that something like this can spread so quickly over the course of 48 hours or so. It all started with a Reddit post, as these typically do (note: The video is now listed as fake, but that wasn’t the case when it first went live). #PS5 boot up and console 😱😱😱!!!!!. pic.twitter.com/ZzGQP7q4HI — Jose Miguel Esparza (@P0sitiveEmoti0n) January 25, 2020 From there, it went to Twitter and spread across the internet, where media outlets latched onto it and arguments flew across the digital sphere about whether it was real or fake. People on the fake side of things quickly pointed out discrepancies ranging from use of a Google Play logo to a QR code, which isn’t something you normally see on PlayStation hardware. The Jig is up, Now What? By the end of that cold weekend in January 2020, the original YouTube channel uploaded a second video confirming the fake PS5 boot screen. Not only that, but the video, titled “How to win the interwebs. -make a PS5 video” walked viewers through the process that went into this prank. The purpose? To see how far the rumor would go. Pretty damn far as it turns out. The process even involved a sound designer and programmer to help create something that would at least seem plausible. I honestly don’t know whether to applaud this guy or reach through the interwebs to smack him. On the one hand, it’s an impressive fake, but on the other hand, why? Just to troll people? What do you think? Did you buy into this hoax or were you sure it was a fake from the get-go? Let us know in the comments! Article by – Bradley Ramsey Insert date – 1/28/2020

Sony is Skipping E3 2020 as Rumors of a February Reveal Resurface

When Sony revealed they were skipping out on E3 2019, I was shocked and hurt. I love E3, despite the fact that it’s been in decline over the years. That doesn’t change the fact that it’s a national holiday in my household. Unfortunately, Sony isn’t coming back for 2020. The official announcement comes in the opening weeks of 2020 as Sony confirms it will not be attendance at E3 2020. Among this, talk about a potential reveal at a PlayStation Meeting 2020 has resurfaced as it looks more likely than ever. All of this, and a new tease from Sony’s own Jim Ryan. Let’s dive in! Sony Says “No Thank You” to E3 2020 Sony Skipping E3 2019 made us all feel like it was a result of them not having any PS5 stuff to show, but that’s clearly not the case this year. After all, the PS5 is confirmed for holiday 2020. So, why would they skip E3 again in 2020? In a statement provided to Gamesindustry.biz, they had this to say: “After thorough evaluation SIE has decided not to participate in E3 2020. We have great respect for the ESA as an organization, but we do not feel the vision of E3 2020 is the right venue for what we are focused on this year. We will build upon our global events strategy in 2020 by participating in hundreds of consumer events across the globe. Our focus is on making sure fans feel part of the PlayStation family and have access to play their favorite content. We have a fantastic line up of titles coming to PlayStation 4, and with the upcoming launch of PlayStation 5, we are truly looking forward to a year of celebration with our fans.” As the article notes, Sony announced the original PlayStation at E3 in 1995, and we all remember the absolute thrashing they gave Microsoft at E3 2013. It seemed like E3 was always going to be a tradition for this kind of big hype, but Sony seems to prefer doing their own thing. The ESA, who organizes E3, responded with a statement of expected optimism about the show, but without one of the big three in attendance, it just feels like a hollow attempt to hype up an empty show (Microsoft notwithstanding). With E3 2020 out of the running, where and when will we see the PS5’s official reveal? There are a few options. PlayStation Meeting 2020: When and Where? The PS4 and PS4 Pro were both revealed at specific Sony events. So, it’s safe to assume that will be the case again with this generation. Back in August of 2019, we reported on a rumor that Sony would have a PlayStation Meeting on February 12, 2020. To me, this is the most plausible approach, especially now that they’ve decided to exit E3 2020. It’s also worth mentioning that Sony is holding an Experience PlayStation event in their Sony Square NYC space from January 14th-16th of 2020, but I don’t … Read More

World’s Bravest Cleaner Posts Photos of The Prototype DualShock 5

While Sony’s keynote at CES 2020 did little to share new PS5 details (beyond an official logo, displayed above), that doesn’t mean we’re completely out of new things to talk about. You may recall the PS5 dev kit photos that surfaced back in 2019. Well, now it’s time for the DualShock 5 prototype to see the light of day! Let’s see what this brave cleaner managed to capture. The Hero We Need, But Not The One We Deserve While we did see some photos of the PS5 dev kit in 2019, 2020 is offering a better look at both the prototype system, and the controller. Keep in mind, these are not final designs, but they do mimic what we’ve seen in recent patents. Needless to say, this office cleaner is going to need new employment. Here’s the image from ResetEra: They mention that their employed at “U…” but fail to give us any details. Ubisoft would be an easy guess, but let’s not rule out Unity, which is an engine used by a lot of different games on PS4. The controller image doesn’t offer much in the way of the triggers we heard about, but it does seem to fit the bill of being similar to the DS4, just bulkier. The touchpad also seems to be larger as patents have suggested. Now that 2020 is here, images of the PS5, the DualShock 5, and more concrete details are bound to surface faster than ever. Stay tuned for the latest news and updates! Article by – Bradley Ramsey Insert date – 1/7/20

The First PS5 Pre-Order News Surfaces Online

While you may not be someone who typically worries about pre-ordering new games, there’s no arguing that consoles are a different beast entirely. Each generation they sell out immediately at launch, so we want to make sure you get one! You can sign up for pre-order alerts right here, but we’re here to discuss some news that just surfaced! Sign up for our alerts, then read on to see what new info has surfaced! Best Buy Opens up Email List For PS5 Pre-orders The PS5 is public knowledge by now, and Sony has even confirmed the release date for holiday of 2020, but we still don’t know the price or when we can pre-order it. That may change very soon, if Best Buy’s new email list is anything to go by. That’s right, the company has opened up an official email list for people who want to know when the PS5 is open for pre-order. You can find the form here, but we recommend also signing up for our email list, which covers all the major retailers! This is the first time a major company has mentioned PS5 pre-orders, and with 2020 approaching very soon, I wouldn’t be surprised if they went live sooner rather than later. While you wait, consider these tips from someone who has pre-ordered a few consoles in his day: Opt for in-store pickup if you can. It’s more of a hassle, but I’ve seen too many horror stories about delayed shipments for big releases like this. Better safe than sorry. Keep in mind that some retailers like Amazon won’t charge your card until it ships. Meaning, you can lock in the pre-order and worry about the money later! Don’t skimp on accessories. Games will be in plenty stock, but people often forget about the essential extras, which sell out just like the systems at launch. What about you? Are you going to lock in a pre-order right away? Let us know in the comments! Article by – Bradley Ramsey Insert date – 12/11/19

PS5 Leak on Twitter Reveals Potential Release Date, Price, and More!

The true measure of a leak is whether or not the person who leaked the information has any credibility. This is usually obtained in the form of correct leaks in the past. After all, not too many people are keen on revealing their true identity when they’re leaking top secret information. Enter Twitter user @PSErebus. This person has been correct numerous times in the past, and their latest tweets offer insight into a potential price, release date, and even backwards compatibility! Let’s see what they have to say. A Solid Track Record and Some Sweet Details! The person in question, @PSErebus on Twitter, correctly predicted the release date for The Last of Us: Part II prior to its delay. That’s not bad, but it doesn’t guarantee that they know anything about the PS5. Interestingly enough, their username also hints at a PS5 rumor. Anyone remember the rumor about the new console being codenamed “Erebus?” This news first surfaced in August of 2018, and shortly thereafter this Twitter account was opened in November of 2018. It’s not a lot to go on, but let’s just assume for a minute that @PSErebus is on to something. Let’s take a look at some of these tweets: Sony Interactive Entertainment will ship PlayStation®5 (PS5™) with a 2TB SSD at a RRP of $499, €499 and £449 #25YearsOfPlay #PS5 #PlayStation5 pic.twitter.com/pVGJRpx4lQ — PlayStation (@PSErebus) November 18, 2019 Now, this is the big one. They dropped some big info here. In terms of pricing $499 seems like a great way to keep the sticker shock low, and the 2TB SSD drive would be amazing given that games will only get bigger as time goes on (I myself have almost filled up a 4TB HDD on my PS4). The speculation continues! Check out what they said about the release date: Sony Interactive Entertainment will release PlayStation®5 on November 20, 2020. Exactly five days after the release of PlayStation®4, seven years prior. 25 days after the 20th anniversary of PlayStation 2 and exactly five weeks before December 25 #25YearsOfPlay #PS5 #PlayStation5 — PlayStation (@PSErebus) November 19, 2019 Again, this is not confirmed, but it seems like a good prediction. The proximity to the PS4’s release date in terms of day and month makes sense. The proximity to the holidays also seems like a good call. This would put the PS5 in a position to be a hot item during the holiday season. Now, I saved the best for last. Check out this prediction: PlayStation®5 will be backwards compatible with the majority of PlayStation®, PlayStation®2, PlayStation® 3 and PlayStation®4 discs #PlayStationLegacy pic.twitter.com/yDu9TYCiZR — PlayStation (@PSErebus) November 20, 2019 Yes, you read that right. If this tweet is correct, the PlayStation 5 will support a vast majority of PS4, PS3, PS2, and PS1 discs. This would be a huge, and a big blow to Microsoft, who made a lot of their ground up with their backwards compatibility on Xbox One. The entire Twitter account is worth checking out. There’s some … Read More

Sony Wants People to Buy The New PlayStation Faster Than Ever Before

While the PS2 still holds the honor of being Sony’s best selling console ever, the PS4 is no slouch in the sales numbers. In the past, when a new console comes out, the transition is gradual, but this time Sony has other plans. PlayStation boss Jim Ryan has gone on the record to tell people that the goal is a faster transition to the new PlayStation when it releases. How will they manage this? Let’s find out! Sony Pushing Gamers to Jump on The PS5 Quickly Speaking to GI.biz, Jim Ryan expanded upon Sony’s plans to get PS5s into households faster than prior PlayStations (hint, it’s all about branding): “These are gamers who are networked and sticky and engaged and passionate about PlayStation to an extent that we’ve not see in previous generations. As we move towards the next-generation in 2020, one of our tasks, probably our main task, is to take that community and transition it from the PlayStation 4 to the PlayStation 5, and at a scale an pace we’ve never delivered on before.” That all seems well and good, but did anybody ask the PS4 how it feels about this aggresive strategy? Didn’t think so. Jim Ryan didn’t expand on how Sony plans to do this, but my thinking is that it will involve cross-platform titles that come out on both systems. The confirmation that PS4 games are backwards compatible will also help ease things along. Ultimately, the price and the launch lineup will be the deciding factors. As a hardcore PlayStation gamer, I’ll be there on day one, whatever it takes. Others may require more convincing, however. How about you? Will you jump on the PS5 bandwagon as soon as possible? What could Sony do to make you hasten your transition to the new PlayStation? Let us know in the comments! Article by – Bradley Ramsey Insert date – 11/7/19

Sony Files Trademarks for PlayStation 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10

Whoever said consoles were dying is probably feeling pretty foolish right now. According to Gematsu, Sony has filed trademarks for the PS6, PS7, PS8, PS9, and even the PS10 in Japan. Trademarks don’t confirm that they will ever exist, but it shows the company’s focus on the future and their belief that consoles will continue to be viable in the years to come. And of course, all of this brings to mind that trailer from several years ago for the PS9… I, for one, would love a PlayStation 9 orb. Take a look at our concepts page for some inspiration! Let us know what you think these future consoles will look like in the comments! Article by – Bradley Ramsey Insert date – 10/29/19