Big things might finally be coming for fans eagerly awaiting Sony’s PlayStation 5 drop. While the company has not confirmed anything specific about its Wednesday broadcast aside from it being a game showcase, with only two months until the expected PS5 launch, there are some key things that need to be addressed.

Here are four things to expect going into PlayStation's 2020 event:

Release Date

Microsoft surprised everyone by revealing the release date for its Xbox Series X and Series S consoles last week – on the 25th anniversary of PlayStation, no less – putting the ball firmly in Sony’s court. Coming so soon after Microsoft’s announcement and with so little time left, fans might learn a more specific release date for the PS5 that just “November.” With the Xbox Series X set for Nov. 10, prevailing rumors suggest the date might be set for a little later in the month.


The other major piece of information that still eludes Sony fans is the PS5’s price. For the longest time, gamers assumed that the company was playing a protracted game of chicken with Microsoft, with each waiting for the other to break so that they could avoid getting undercut. Just like with the release date, a price reveal seems inevitable, yet not confirmed, to happen at Wednesday’s event.

The Xbox Series X will officially cost $499 at launch and the weaker, digital-only Series S comes in at a paltry $299. According to ScreenRant, Sony is expected to match the $499 price point for the standard PS5, with the digital-only variant potentially coming in at around $399. While the Series S features weaker components than its big brother, the digital-only PS5 has the same specs but simply lacks a disc-drive, potentially justifying the higher price.

Launch Games

Gamers could also learn some new information about the PS5’s lineup of launch games during the event. Insomniac Games’s “Spider-Man: Miles Morales” has been confirmed as a launch title, and the developer recently hinted at the game’s appearance at this event with a tweet showing a brief snippet of footage.

Beyond that, the titles expected to make up the PS5 launch library are not set in stone, with many expected to be upgraded cross-generational titles, like “Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War,” “Avengers,” “Cyberpunk 2077,” and more.


While there are many potential known candidates for launch titles to be confirmed at the event, there are also a few hints making the rounds suggesting that gamers could be in for some big surprises. Cory Barlog, director of 2018’s “God of War,” recently altered his Twitter account to feature a banner image displaying redacted documents written in Latin. Many fans and outlets have taken this as a hint that the reveal of Kratos’s next adventure could be on the way.

Also, Shinji Hashimoto, the brand manager for the “Final Fantasy” franchise at Square Enix, recently tweeted about his excitement for the PS5 event but quickly deleted the message. While a bit more of a stretch, the swift deletion could suggest that the beloved series could make a surprise presentation at the show. Speculation has been rampant in the past few months that “Final Fantasy XVI” is deep in development, potentially as a PS5 exclusive.

When And Where To Watch

The PS5 Showcase event will kick off at 1 p.m. PDT/4 p.m. EDT on Wednesday. Fans can tune in on the PlayStation YouTube channel.

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Sony's new PlayStation 5 will go head-to-head with a new-generation Xbox from Microsoft when the rival consoles are released later this year. AFP/CHARLY TRIBALLEAU