After delaying the initial reveal event to avoid detracting from the Black Lives Matter protests happening across the world, Sony’s big PS5 reveal event is set to take place tomorrow. Naturally that means the constant churn of leaks and rumours is going to come to an end, and as is the way there has been a big last minute ‘leak’ that claims a £600 price tag. And until we hear differently from Sony, you should not take that at face value.
I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with leaks. For starters there is demand for them, because people do love hearing about new products before they’re officially revealed, and covering them is shamelessly good us. But I also hate them because leaks are so easily fabricated that there’s a very good chance that they’re utter bollocks.
So when someone started claiming a 2TB PS5 placeholder was briefly up on Amazon UK, it set off our respective bullshit meters.
PlayStation 5 2TB placeholder listing on Amazon UK says it’s £599.99. No link posted to Amazon but someone was able to order it apparently https://t.co/f7QUdXsdGupic.twitter.com/1SEEInbeHP
— Wario64 (@Wario64) June 10, 2020
For starters there’s no link to let people go and investigate for themselves, which is always fairly suspicious. And, you know, the fact that someone has allegedly ordered the console already is the kind of thing you could easily fake. Anyone could knock up a fake Amazon order summary in MS paint if they wanted too.
Then there’s the placeholder price. As my colleagues pointed out nothing would help cause a flame war between PlayStation and Xbox diehards than a grossly over-exaggerated price
But even assuming the placeholder is legit, the price certainly isn’t. A placeholder has no need to be accurate, and the ones that are spotted ahead of time wind up being considerably more than the actual console. Plus an alleged placeholder page for a 1TB PS5 console had the same £600 price tag, and obviously that’s not going to be the case come release day.
Maybe it’s actually all legit, maybe it’s not. That’s the danger with the leaking business, particularly when you can’t verify your sources. You can’t believe everything you read on the internet, kids.