Sony debunks leak that PS5 pre-order links, price will be revealed Wednesday (update)

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Update: Sony has confirmed that they will hold a PSVR showcase this week, but that there would be "no PS5-related news", refuting the leak suggesting otherwise. We have updated our post to make this clear.

Just days after Nintendo celebrated its 35th anniversary of Super Mario, rumors arose that Sony would commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Playstation 1 launch in the United States with a major Playstation 5 showcase. However, this rumor is contradicted by an official Playstation blog post.

WhatHiFi first reported on a Reddit post referencing a supposedly "official" leak on 4Chan, claiming that Sony would host a major reveal on September 9, 2020. 

The post claimed that Sony would finally open up PS5 pre-order links, reveal the PS5's price and release date, show off the console's UI and new features, and more. The alleged showcase would then proceed to reveal new gameplay footage from previously announced titles like Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Horizon Forbidden West, Ratchet and Clank and Call of Duty: Cold War

However, we learned via Gamesradar that Sony has no such plans. Instead, they will announce "upcoming games coming to PlayStation VR" throughout the week, as well as detail new developments for previously announced titles. They also announced a sale on most of the top PSVR games.

Reddit has labelled the original post as false, and it is clear that Sony has no plans for a sudden surprise bait-and-switch. We'll have to wait longer for any official PS5 news.

Another false prediction among many

Rumors about the PS5's price or release date are a dime a dozen, and we've seen plenty of "credible" rumors turn out to be bunk. It's unsurprising that this 4Chan rumor followed in their footsteps.

One Twitter rumor suggested that PS5 pre-orders would absolutely open in March. That obviously didn't happen. Meanwhile, we've reported on several instances of leaked PS5 prices, including on Amazon and a French retailer that all turned out to be fakes.

In hindsight, it was very unlikely that Sony, a Japanese company, would consider such a US-centric landmark important enough for a global reveal of information it has kept hidden for months.

What do we actually know about the PS5's price and pre-orders? For a start, pre-orders are expected to be very limited, so you may want to stay by your computer on Wednesday in case Sony does pull off a surprise reveal. On the other hand, Sony hopes you won't need a pre-order to buy a PS5 at launch, so don't fret if initial pre-orders sell out fast.

Sony says it will "emphasize value as opposed to price" when deciding the official cost, and will sell the digital-only console at a lower list price than the disc version.

Ultimately, if the latest release date rumor that the PS5 will launch after the Xbox Series X in mid-November is true, Sony will need to finally give us official launch details fairly soon.

Michael Hicks

Michael Hicks began his freelance writing career with TechRadar in 2016, covering emerging tech like VR and self-driving cars. Nowadays, he works as a staff editor for Android Central, but still writes occasional TR reviews, how-tos and explainers on phones, tablets, smart home devices, and other tech.