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PS5 website finally goes live – but Sony says it won’t reveal price until new Xbox launch

SONY has launched the official website for the latest PlayStation days ahead of the console's rumoured unveiling.

The webpage for the PlayStation 5, out later this year, is a bit bare-bones, showing little more than the gaming machine's logo.

However, Sony promises to share updates soon to subscribers of a newsletter that gamers can sign up for today.

"We've begun to share some of the incredible features you can expect from PlayStation 5," Sony says on the fledgling PS5 site.

"But we're not quite ready to fully unveil the next generation of PlayStation."

Sony has already confirmed that the PS5 is coming out in time for Christmas this year.

But the console's precise release date, as well as its price and what it looks like, remains a mystery.

Signing up to the newsletter means you'll be the first to know this info, according to Sony.

You'll need to plug in your email address and date of birth to sign up. Be prepared to receive a few guff messages on top of any that provide useful information.

Rumours suggest we'll get our first look at the PS5 later this month.

Apparently, Sony will wait to put a price on the console until its competition – Microsoft's Xbox Series X, also out later this year – gets a number.

Speaking about the PS5 this week, Sony's CFO Hiroki Totoki appeared to suggest the console's starting price will reflect the cost of other gaming machines.

"What is not very clear or visible is because we are competing in the space, so it’s very difficult to discuss anything about the price at this point of time," Hiroki said in an earnings call.

"Depending upon the price level, we may have to determine the promotion that we are going to deploy and how much costs we are prepared to pay."

Last week, an anonymous 4chan user uploaded a detailed and convincing post with information about the PS5 – and a blurry photo of the gadget.

According to the unnamed "leaker", the console will be unveiled on February 5, 2020, and will cost £449 / $499 / €449 / ¥54,999.

It's claimed that this launch event will take place at the ritzy Sony Hall – a Sony-sponsored venue in New York City.

According to the Sony Hall events calendar, no public or private bookings are scheduled for February 5.

That means the venue appears to be free for a Sony event, if one were being planned in secret.

Of particular excitement to Sony fans is the rumoured support for "backwards compatibility".

This is the ability to play old games on the PS5 console from all five platforms: PS1, PS2, PSP, PS3 and PS4.

Some of the rumoured launch titles include Gran Turismo 7, MLB The Show 21, Demon Souls Remastered, Godfall and Legendz.

Pre-orders are tipped as going live on the same day as the launch event, but the actual on-sale day is tipped to fall in October 2020.

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Previous rumours have put the actual PS5 retail release as being much closer to Christmas.

The bad news is that it's impossible to verify this "leak", and the information could easily have been fabricated.

However, the level of detail in the post is very high.

Sony chose not comment on the 4Chan leak, so we probably won't know the truth until the official launch.

Until then, take all rumours and leaks with due caution.

The renders in this story were created by Falcon Design.

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In other news, Son'y official unveiling of the PS5 could be just days away now.

We recently revealed all the possible PS5 exclusive games for launch day.

And Microsoft showed off its new console, the Xbox Series X, in December.

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