Yeah, I don’t think there’s anything nefarious about the setup in and of itself. Sony want to have the optimal conditions for showcasing their tech. It just feels a little funky because a) having people move to a secondary location is unpleasant in the current circumstances and b) Microsoft are being super open about it.
I don’t remember how things have gone in the past, but I would think that Microsoft are the outlier in sending out their prototype units so far ahead of launch. It belies some serious confidence that they’re sending them to tech people as well (though to be fair, I don’t know that these youtubers aren’t tech-savvy)
In the end, these approaches are both about generating positive buzz around some impressive machines, but I only consider them vaguely encouraging. The real test will be when they’re widely available and we can tell from a vast number of people.
For what it’s worth, I much prefer the Microsoft approach here. It doesn’t make any difference to me either way since I had already made up my mind, but I enjoy the transparency and confidence.
Xbox approach is the best approach. Transparent. Nothing to hide. Here is the new Xbox, try it.
In contrast, this event is controlled and pretty much doing all the opposite. It is underwhelming by not showing what the PS5 is capable of. So the buzz is quite minimal at the moment, compared to Series X showing load times…
Yeah, this new gen is interesting to say the least.
So they’re not letting the playtesters touch the console or use the UI? Sony’s handlers are even changing the games for them? Really weird format. To me it doesn’t exactly speak to confidence in the console the same way that Microsoft literally mailed the console to people and said here it is, go nuts. (Albeit with really strict embargo on what they could talk about.)
I sometimes see people saying “well at least we have seen gameplay taken from PS5.”
Sorry, but after Sony pretty much just straight up lying to us all year I can’t really take their word on that to be honest. They showed gameplay and said it was captured on PS5. But all this weird…secrecy isn’t helping them.
Not allowed to physically touch, nor actually control the console
I don’t actually think there’s anything fishy going on, it’s just Sony being odd and hyper-controlling like every other aspect of the PS5’s launch has been. The console is going to be out in like 5 weeks, just let people look at the UI, how hard is it not to keep every tiny detail a state secret?