Next-generation consoles are practically upon us. Both Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 are coming earlier than the tip of the year–the new Xbox is now confirmed for November–meaning we’re not more than three months away from having new consoles in our fingers. Despite that, we nonetheless do not know precisely once they’re coming and, extra notably, how a lot they’re going to value. But you do not have to look that far again to see the look forward to this info is not unprecedented.
Nintendo Switch launched on March 3, 2017, but it surely wasn’t till January 12–less than two months earlier–that Nintendo shared a value or launch date. That’s 50 days earlier than launch! It’s wild to suppose that information got here so late within the game, however that did not cease the Switch from promoting out when pre-orders went stay simply hours after the date and value have been introduced (although there have been some obtainable at launch). Likewise, Xbox 360’s value wasn’t introduced till mid-August, simply three months earlier than launch.
I’ve seen folks proceed to precise astonishment that such important particulars about PS5 or Xbox stay unknown at this late stage. And I get it: Who can overlook PS3’s “five-hundred and ninety-nine US dollars” at E3 2006, 5 months earlier than launch? We heard about pricing for PS4 and Xbox One again to again throughout E3 in June 2013, once more, 5 months earlier than they hit retailer cabinets. While this yr might not have seen an E3, we now have already gotten occasions from each Sony and Microsoft that successfully served as substitutes for his or her regular E3 press conferences, and but these particulars stay unknown as of mid-August.