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PS5 reveal event next week might be even bigger than expected

Published May 28th, 2020 1:34PM EDT
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  • Sony is expected to host a long-awaited PS5 reveal event on Wednesday, June 3rd.
  • According to gaming journalist Alanah Pearce, Sony has planned multiple events already this year, but ended up scrapping them all because they weren’t “professional” enough.
  • Pearce says the PS5 event might be “huge” and have “a lot of games” and “some reveals.”

Barring any major disruptions, Sony will finally host its first major PlayStation 5 event on Wednesday, June 3rd. While Microsoft has been regularly sharing news about the Xbox Series X for months, Sony has been quiet. We’ve watched a deep dive into the system architecture and were introduced to the DualSense controller, but there’s still plenty that we don’t know, including what the PS5 looks like and what games will be available at launch.

According to multiple reports, Sony will solve some of those mysteries at its big event next week. VentureBeat’s Jeff Grubb says that Sony “seems aware of the backlash that Microsoft faced for its first Xbox 20/20 event,” which did not feature games from many major studios and lacked the promised gameplay footage. It seems unlikely that Sony will make the same mistakes. But why has it taken so long for us to learn more about the PS5?

In a recent episode of Kinda Funny Games Daily, gaming journalist and former IGN host Alanah Pearce shared some previously unknown behind-the-scenes details about Sony’s PS5 reveal strategy.

“Sony has tried to do presentations already this year — and I know this from developers who were supposed to be part of those presentations — but didn’t, because for some reason, somewhere in the Sony hierarchy they were very obsessed with the idea of having a very, very, very professional stream, rather than something previously recorded,” Pearce said. Sony wasn’t willing to host an event without a massive crew and high production value, which left many developers in the lurch that were expecting to have their games shown off much earlier.

Providing Pearce’s scoop is legitimate, the fact that Sony has delayed or canceled multiple events over the past few months because they weren’t up to the company’s standards might mean that the event we are getting will feature all of the reveals that would have been part of those scrapped events, had they taken place. In other words, even though Jeff Grubb suggested that the event wouldn’t be as “hefty” as expected, this event may be on the level of an E3 press conference, packed with massive game announcements and a full reveal of the hardware.

Whatever shape the PS5 event ends up taking, we won’t have to wait long to find out. If Sony is planning to host a major online event as early as next Wednesday, an official announcement should be right around the corner. Watch the full interview with Alanah Pearce on Kinda Funny Games Daily below:

Jacob Siegal
Jacob Siegal Associate Editor

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.

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