Microsoft and Sony gamers are getting a little frustrated at the lack of next-gen info while the PlayStation 5 release date looks to have been changed.
For months now gamers have been given the vague release window of “holiday 2020” which seems to suggest a mid-November release for both of the upcoming successors to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
However, a recent change to the official PlayStation 5 website now states that the console “Launches Late 2020“.
This could signify that the initial holiday schedule launch date has been changed.
However, Sony has not yet commented on this.
While games for both of the machines have begun to appear on sites such as Amazon, along with the expected price increases, there’s still no news on the consoles themselves.
Gameplay for the machines has even been shown as some games are in development and some are even near completion to coincide with the launch.
The lack of information is leaving some gamers unhappy since we all need to know a date and price so we can save for the new consoles which are expected to cost anything between £400 and £600.
The large price range takes into account that both new consoles will be available as a digital-only version, which should cost significantly less than the full disc-enabled versions.
Microsoft’s cavalier attitude to leaving consumers in the dark has done nothing to calm the situation.
In a recent interview, Samuel Bateman, one of Microsoft’s marketing managers plainly stated “We will let you know when we are ready“.
Well, that’s all well and good, but for how long can a company such as this hold out on pricing information?
If not for the consumers themselves, then for the multitudes of retailers who also need to know.
As it stands, with no pricing or release date information, retailers cannot take pre-orders on the new machines which puts them in a difficult position.
The retailers themselves cannot place purchase orders on goods without knowing exact information since every penny needs to be accounted for with their own accounting departments.
What this means is that when Sony or Microsoft eventually decides that they are ready, there is going to be a mad scramble by retailers to place their orders with each manufacturer.
Amazon is allowing registration for email notifications as soon as they are given a release date, and Sony is allowing registration for pre-order.
However, Sony has stated that successful applications for pre-order will be based upon “PlayStation activity“, whatever the hell that means.
Personally, I believe that each company has fallen way behind in the manufacturing process because of the current Coronavirus pandemic, but neither will admit to a shortage of product.
Instead, this has caused the industry giants to play a cruel game of poker, with each side unwilling to show their hand until the other does.
It is also likely that while the consoles will launch in November, there will be extremely limited stock, with rolling batches being released well into 2021.
These underhanded tactics that are often employed by large companies are extremely self-serving and the consumer ultimately loses out.
For once, I would just like them to be open, honest and give us the information that we want and need.
Failing that, I would rather the machines be launched when they are absolutely ready and each side can fulfill orders rather than leaving some customers in the wind waiting for a new console for months.
PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X are scheduled for launch in November, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they are delayed.
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