At this point we all know that the coronavirus has buggered everything up for just about everyone — Sony and the games industry included. But it’s still interesting to hear that Sony had initially planned for multiple PlayStation 5 presentations earlier this year, only to have higher-ups in the company refuse them.
This information comes courtesy of Alanah Pearce on Kinda Funny Games Daily. Pearce says: “Sony has tried to do presentations already this year, and I know this from developers who were supposed to be part of those presentations, but didn’t because for some reason, somewhere in the Sony hierarchy they were very obsessed with the idea of having a very, very professional stream, rather than something previously recorded.”
Pearce continues: “So they weren’t willing to do anything outside of a massive studio with a crew of like, 25 to 30 people. Which, for those devs who were planning to have their games revealed at those certain streams, was very frustrating.” She adds: “PlayStation just wasn’t having the at-home-quality stuff — they were refusing to do it. So I feel like maybe this is actually going to be huge.”
In short, it sounds like Sony wants this incoming PS5 event to be as professional as possible, ensuring the kind of quality that you’d expect from a presentation of this magnitude. Indeed, we don’t doubt that the Japanese giant could have put on a number of shows already as Pearce says — it’s just that the company clearly wants to get this right.
With the long-awaited PS5 showcase due as early as next week on the 3rd June according to a number of trusted industry sources, it surely won’t be long until we see the results of Sony’s efforts.