The PlayStation 5 was finally unveiled in a 'deep dive' video, but some fans are furious - here's what's going on
- The PlayStation 5, Sony's next-generation game console that's deep in production, is scheduled to launch during the 2020 holiday season.
- Since revealing the console last April in an interview with Wired, Sony has said very little about it. That was expected to change on Wednesday, March 18 in a "deep dive" video promoted by Sony.
- Instead, the video largely focused on technical components of the console, and relied heavily on jargon. The response on social media, gathered under the trending "#PS5Reveal" hashtag, has been overwhelmingly negative.
- Amazingly, when Sony's "deep dive" video concluded, viewers still had no idea what the new console actually looks like.
- "That was boring as hell and you guys didn't bother [to] show us the console," one Twitter user said. "Thanks for wasting my time."
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Sony's PlayStation 4 is a smash-hit console, with over 100 million units sold and dozens of excellent games. It's Sony's second-best selling game console of all time, behind only the PlayStation 2. The PlayStation brand is stronger than ever, and millions of fans are anxiously awaiting the next-generation PlayStation console.
Anticipation for Sony's upcoming PlayStation 5 - the PlayStation 4's successor that's scheduled to launch this holiday season - is reaching a fever pitch.
But, other than a few blips like revealing the logo, Sony has been notoriously quiet about its next-generation game console. That was all expected to change this afternoon, as Sony teased earlier this week that a "deep dive" video into the PlayStation 5 was on the way.
The deep dive video did indeed debut this afternoon, but it wasn't quite what people expected from an event that Sony described as a look into how the PlayStation 5 "will shape the future of games."
The problems started early, when viewers couldn't tell whether or not the video's audience was real.
"I know why there's no actual audience," one Twitter user said, "But why did they decide to use Shadow Ghosts instead?"
Others compared the bizarre framing of the video to the cult-classic TV show "Mystery Science Theater 3000."
On Twitter, where the hashtag #PS5Reveal was trending, the vast majority of the "Top" posts were tweets expressing frustration, anger, and surprise:
Sony has repeatedly discussed the PlayStation 5 without showing what the console looks like, how it works, or any games it will play. For some viewers of the deep dive video, there was an expectation that Sony would finally showcase some of those details.
Instead, PlayStation 5 lead architect Mark Cerny spent much of the hour spelling out highly-technical details about how the console functions on a technical level.
He spoke about the console's storage system (a solid-state drive) and how quickly it's able to transfer data. He spoke about the type of processing unit powering the PlayStation 5. And he spoke about the company's new approach to audio design.
There were technical slides, and the big picture vision of the PlayStation 5 was laid bare, but few concrete details for interested fans were provided.
He didn't speak about games, or show the hardware, or do any of the other stuff normally associated with revealing a new, highly-anticipated game console.
In fact, viewers of Sony's "deep dive" were left without any idea about what the new console looks like. Sony never actually showed it.
The negative response wasn't exclusive to Twitter - the YouTube video's chat was full of similarly frustrated viewers:
You can watch the full video from PlayStation, titled "The Road to PS5," right here:
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