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The PS5 Stream Was Not Meant For You

March 18, 2020

By: Robert N. Adams

 
 

The PS5 stream has just concluded, and it's safe to say that quite a few gamers are confused, disappointed, upset, or all three at the same time.

If you missed the stream, you can watch the VOD of it right now... but it's probably not going to be what you're hoping for.

 

Sony ran a PS5 stream earlier today which went into depth about the console's hardware specs, how they work, and how game developers can use them. This was a highly-technical stream talking about the inner workings of the console's systems in serious detail.

Unfortunately, it appears to have flown over the head of much of the gaming community as shown by these notable gaming Twitter personalities:

 
 

So what happened? Well, the coronavirus happened. You see, this talk was probably based on information they would have normally given out to game developers at GDC.

GDC is not E3. It is not a consumer/press convention. It is a convention for professionals to network, talk about the technical and business bits of game development, and try to sell whatever cool new tech they've cooked up to companies. That's why you rarely see any massive game reveals at GDC — that's not the purpose of the show.

 
 

"Hi. Unfortunately, we had to cancel the talk that we planned for GDC," SIE's President and CEO Jim Ryan said at the start of the PS5 stream. "But we do have some super-exciting news about PS5[.]"

Before the first minute was even over, the PS5's Lead System Architect Mark Cerny came up to the podium and started talking technical stuff. And then he continued... for nearly an hour.

It seems pretty clear that this talk was targeted more towers game developers than consumers. Sony might not have done the best job of framing it that way judging by the reaction of some people.

PS5 Stream Death Star
The target area is only two meters wide. It's a small thermal exhaust port, right below the main port.

What Did the PS5 Stream Reveal?

So, what did we get to see in the live stream from Sony? Mostly technical stuff.

 
 

Not only did we get to see the technical specs, but we got a lot of in-depth slides like the image you see above. (Said image has been rather amusingly referred to as the "Death Star plans" by some folks for obvious reasons).

If you were hoping to get a look at the actual console or see a price reveal, you walked away disappointed today. Hopefully, Sony is going to be releasing that information sooner rather than later.

What did you think of today's PS5 stream? Were you disappointed to not see any console or price reveal? Let us know in the comments below!