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Leaker reveals PS5 price and preorder timing

Published May 8th, 2020 3:19PM EDT
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  • Sony will reportedly start PS5 preorders as soon as early June, an insider claims.
  • The leak is in line with the person’s previous PlayStation 5 leaks that said the console should be unveiled in early June and hit stores in mid-November.
  • There’s no evidence to back up any of these claims, however.
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We have yet to actually see it, but the next-gen PS5 is one of the hottest products of the year. That’s assuming Sony launches the PS5 on time this year, considering everything that’s going on right now with the novel coronavirus. This health crisis is probably the reason why the PlayStation 5 design remains a mystery. Sony was supposed to hold a PlayStation event in February or March, but that never happened. Sony didn’t even have time to send out media invites for such an event, so we have no way of knowing whether the company really planned to reveal the new console in early 2020. Sony also pulled out of all other tech events that followed, including MWC and a few gaming shows.

Aside from the PS5 logo reveal at CES 2020, Sony had just two other major PS5 announcements this year, including the PS5 specs announcement and the new DualSense controller unveiling. But a PS5 announcement might be just around the corner, according to several reports from the past few days. Now, one of those leakers claims that PS5 preorders might start very soon.

A well-connected blogger said a few days ago that PS5 news is coming in a few weeks, without revealing any specifics. Then, a leaker who claims to have knowledge of Sony’s PS5 plans said on Twitter that the new console will be unveiled in early June and that it’ll be released on November 20th.

This person goes by the name of @PSErebus on social media and he or she has been posting supposed PS5 details since late 2019. Back then, the supposed insider offered the same release date for the gaming rig and said the console would cost $499.

In a recent reply to other Twitter users, the insider said that video game retailer GAME will take in-store PS5 preorders for £50, adding that no deposit is required if you pay online for the console. “Payment will only be taken up to seven days before the November 20th, 2020 release date,” the leaker said. “Preorders begin in the first week of June.” He or she stated that GAME will not reveal any PS5 preorder details until Sony announces them first.

Those dates are in line with what @PSErebus has been tweeting over the past few days. Sony should unveil the console on June 2nd and release it on November 20th, if this information is accurate. We have no way to tell whether the leaker has reliable info on hand, and this could all be fake. The leaker has been defending his or her leaks rather aggressively online, disputing other PS5 rumors. Those rumors didn’t pan out, of course, but that’s because 2020 has been shaken up by the coronavirus pandemic.

It’ll be interesting to see whether Sony will host any sort of event in June and if it’s ready to kick off preorders so soon. A recent report said that Sony has been trying to lower the price of the PS5 and that supply might be constricted at launch. An early preorder date would give Sony time to prepare the PS5 launch accordingly by gauging consumer interest. A more expensive console might be a tough sell in a year when millions of people have lost their jobs because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But it could also pose problems if PS5 demand exceeds supply following the console’s release, and that could definitely happen considering how disruptive the coronavirus has been for factories in China.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.