There comes a time in every video game console’s life cycle when an executive steps on stage at a painstakingly choreographed reveal event to brag about a brand-new hunk of high-powered plastic. For the Playstation 4, that moment came seven years ago, at E3 on June 10, 2013:
For the Xbox Series X, the big debut took place last December at the Game Awards, when Microsoft’s Phil Spencer introduced the company’s 2001-monolith-looking sequel to the Xbox One.
For the PlayStation 5, the most eagerly anticipated piece of hardware in the new console generation launching late this year, the official unveiling took place on Thursday, which would have been the final day of E3 2020 if the event hadn’t been canceled because of the coronavirus. (Not that Sony was planning to attend. ) Because it’s 2020, we didn’t get a live look at the system, with an in-person presentation in front of an amped-up audience. Instead, Sony partly lifted the lid on the PS5 and many of its high-profile titles during a pre-recorded, 70-plus-minute, video-only event called “Playstation 5: The Future of Gaming,” which was postponed from its original June 4 date in deference to the protests that followed the murder of George Floyd.
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