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Sony PlayStation 5 reveal event dated for June 4

Sony to unveil new games in hourlong presentation

a product photo from the front of the PlayStation 5 controller, the DualSense, showing a close-up of the D-pad and analog sticks
A close-up of the DualSense, the PS5 controller.
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Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

New details on the PlayStation 5 will be revealed on Thursday, June 4, at 4 p.m. EDT, Sony Interactive Entertainment announced on Friday. The reveal event will include a first look at PS5 games, and will be broadcast on YouTube and Twitch.

“The games coming to PS5 represent the best in the industry from innovative studios that span the globe, both larger and smaller, those newer and those more established, all have been hard at work developing games that will showcase the potential of the hardware,” Jim Ryan, president and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment Studios, said on the PlayStation Blog.

“This digital showcase will run for a bit more than an hour and, for the first time, we will all be together virtually experiencing the excitement together. A lack of physical events has given us an amazing opportunity to think differently and bring you on this journey with us, and hopefully, closer than ever before. This is part of our series of PS5 updates and, rest assured, after next week’s showcase, we will still have much to share with you.”

The first details on the PlayStation 5 were announced in April 2019, when lead system architect Mark Cerny laid out the console’s system specifications to Wired. The PS5 will be powered by a CPU based on AMD’s Ryzen Zen 2 processor and a GPU based on AMD’s Radeon RDNA 2 architecture, which will support hardware-accelerated ray tracing and resolutions up to 8K. The PS5 will also come with a solid-state drive, support PlayStation 4 games through backward compatibility, and work with PlayStation VR.

Sony later confirmed a release window for PS5: holidays 2020 — a date the company recently recommitted to.

Since then, Sony has slowly rolled out more information about the next-gen PlayStation. At CES 2020, the company showed off the next-gen console’s logo, which looked unsurprisingly familiar. In March, Cerny provided additional details about the PS5’s CPU, GPU, internal storage, and other hardware features. Sony later revealed the PS5’s controller, the DualSense. And in May, we got our first peek at next-gen PlayStation graphics thanks to Epic Games’ reveal of Unreal Engine 5.

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