We're only several months away from the holiday season now, a speeding bullet on the horizon that marks the end of the current console era and the start of next-gen. Microsoft has been fairly candid in regards to their next-gen plans: The Xbox Series X. As the name implies, it's quite literally a series of different consoles to suit various needs, similar to the newer spinoff versions of Xbox One that were made. They've even gone so far as to reveal some of the console's launch titles. But what about Sony? Info is far more scarce on their end; we don't even know what the console will look like yet. We might know soon, however. You see, it all started when rumors began to swirl after a report was put out by Bloomberg, citing people with "direct knowledge of the matter". According to the report, Sony planned on holding a PlayStation 5 online event sometime this week, which will then spiral outwards into further conferences and events over the next few weeks and months. Sony then quickly confirmed that, yes, a conference is taking place.

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Taking to the PlayStation Blog, SIE president/CEO Jim Ryan revealed the news. "We've shared technical specifications and shown you the new DualSense wireless controller. But what is a launch without games?" Ryan states. "That's why I'm excited to share that we will soon give you a first look at the games you'll be playing after PlayStation 5 launches this holiday. The games coming to PS5 represent the best in the industry from innovative studios that span the globe." Long story short, the idea of this event is to showcase a lineup of next-gen games planned for the PS5. According to Ryan, the event will run for "a bit more than an hour". Better yet, it looks as if the 'multiple conferences' part of the initial rumor was true. Ryan ends off the post with this: "This is part of our series of PS5 updates and, rest assured, after next week's showcase, we will still have much more to share with you."

That's to say nothing on what has been revealed already. Sony gave us the first look at the PlayStation 5's controller a few weeks back: The DualSense. A controller that tosses off the DualShock name in favor of a new sensory experience, one that incorporates advanced haptic feedback and refined triggers to make you really feel every sensation in a game. The controller also ditches the black design that's been standard since the PlayStation 2, opting instead for a more white-on-black appearance that looks every bit as smooth as it does easy-to-stain. It also features a new button that replaces the 'Share' button from the DualShock 4: A Create button. Sony's been coy on what this button actually does, simply stating: "With Create, we're once again pioneering new ways for players to create epic gameplay content to share with the world, or just to enjoy for themselves."

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While the first event will focus on games lineup, the aforementioned follow-up events will likely strike upon different areas of PlayStation 5 details. Hopefully, this all culminates in a reveal of the console proper. Whatever the case, this seems like the best time for Sony to make a move. This would normally be the time E3 takes place, and while they weren't planning on attending before the COVID-19 outbreak, no doubt they had their own exclusive plans to trump announcements from competitors. You'll be able to catch the conference on June 4th at 1pm PDT/4pm EST on either Twitch or YouTube. The road to next-gen is heating up fast, and it's hard to say where it will take us. Epic Games recently unveiled a jaw-dropping Unreal Engine 5 demo that was running on the PlayStation 5. You can check that out for yourself down below; it's a startling example of just how far graphics have come, though it sounds like the bigger focus on these next-gen platforms will be the drastic decrease of load times. According to Sony, PS5 is still on-mark for a holiday season launch, avoiding impact from the pandemic.

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Tanner

Tanner is a freelance writer. He enjoys all things video games, particularly the weirder ones, and can often be found drinking coffee and trying to get through his backlog.

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