The much-anticipated PlayStation 5 will be revealed tonight to gamers in all its glory.
Sony bosses have remained tight-lipped on the console which will be the first new PlayStation design in the series since 2013.
It is due to be released at the end of this year but the design, price and exact UK release date are all subject to much speculation.
The coronavirus pandemic is not expected to delay the actual launch later this year.
What will be announced
Sony is expected to reveal a list of the first games to be available for the upcoming console to demonstrate its specs and capabilities.
They are expected to show off the design and the PlayStation 5’s rough price and – most importantly – a UK release date.
Sony Interactive Entertainment president and chief executive Jim Ryan said Thursday’s event will show games which “represent the best in the industry from innovative studios that span the globe”.
What time is the PlayStation 5 reveal event?
It will take place tonight via a live stream at 9pm in the UK.
Sony had originally planned to hold the virtual event last week but postponed it in the wake of the ongoing protests over the death of George Floyd in the United States.
The PlayStation 5 Dualsense controller
The PlayStation 5 introduces the Dualsense – which definitely looks more like an Xbox controller.
It has a slightly larger look and feel to the DualShock 4 with a two-toned colour design which contains haptic feedback to add “a variety of powerful sensations” and adaptive triggers onto the L2 and R2 buttons.
A PlayStation 5 spokesperson said: “Haptic feedback, which adds a variety of powerful sensations you’ll feel when you play, such as the slow grittiness of driving a car through mud. We also incorporated adaptive triggers into the L2 and R2 buttons of DualSense so you can truly feel the tension of your actions, like when drawing a bow to shoot an arrow.
“DualSense also adds a built-in microphone array, which will enable players to easily chat with friends without a headset – ideal for jumping into a quick conversation. But of course, if you are planning to chat for a longer period, it’s good to have that headset handy.”
PlayStation 5 UK Release Date
The UK release date is expected to be towards the end of this year, shortly after or at exactly the same time as it goes on sale in the US.
First pictures of PlayStation 5 design
Many so-called leaked designs of the console have been spread around the internet.
Artists created impressions of the new console with an unusual v-shape but these were later suggested to be wide of the mark by some experts.
Sony has shared images of a new white and black controller which will come with the device.
Nobody knows the actual console design for sure until the 9pm announcement.
How to watch the PlayStation 5 reveal event
The Future of Gaming event will begin at 9pm in the UK on Thursday, broadcast on YouTube and Twitch.
Rumours suggest the PlayStation 5 may retail at £599.99, according to screenshots of an amazon posting put on Reddit.
While the actual price has not been confirmed, it is thought to be around this level, if not slightly cheaper.
The PlayStation 5 is due to be released at the end of this year, around the same time as rival Microsoft’s own next-generation console, the Xbox Series X.