In the last few hours, a new rumor of the PlayStation 5 appeared and, in the face of a huge anxiety for official information about the new Sony console, spread quickly like a fire in the dry season through the various forums and media.
The rumor comes from the Twitter account “PSErebus” and is based on a tweet that already dates to 28 December. In the tweet it is said that pre-orders for PlayStation 5 will start in March. Although the tweet is more than a month old, the account returned to publish the same rumor on January 31, triggering the spread.
As we had already done with the case of Nuno Agonia, the Portuguese youtuber who claimed to be in possession of a PS5 devkit, we decided to dissect this rumor. For this we decided to investigate the previous tweets from this account.
The credibility attributed to the PSErebus account comes from the release date of The Last of Us: Part 2. Three months before the release date of The Last of Us: Part 2 is officially revealed, the PSErebus account said the game would be released on 21 February 2020. The date was finally verified in September.
Since then, several other rumors have emerged from this account. On December 23 it was said that Grand Theft Auto VI is in development at Rockstar Games and is scheduled for autumn 2021. Another rumor, published on January 31, is that pre-sales for PS5 and Gran Turismo 7 will start in spring 2020.
Although this account did in fact advance the release date for The Last of Us: Part 2 before it was officially revealed, lately the rumors it has released are quite vague and somewhat obvious in its information. For example, this same account said that Dualshock 5 will be unveiled in the first quarter of 2020 and that PS5 will be available in pre-order shortly thereafter.
Now, if the PS5 will be released at Christmas 2020 – and this is officially confirmed by Sony – it is more than obvious that it will have to be revealed in the first months of the year. To say that Dualshock 5 will be revealed in the first quarter of 2020 or that PS5 pre-orders will start in March seems to be more logical deduction than a rumor.
Unlike what happened with the date of The Last of Us: Part 2, which could not be more specific, the PSErebus account has been limited to throwing very vague dates in relation to things on PS5. The only concrete date revealed is that the console will be launched on 20 November 2020. Other than that, the account has only been throwing very long periods of time into the air, such as the first quarter of 2020, Spring and March.
Truth or lie? Our verdict
We can attribute some credibility to this Twitter account due to having revealed the release date for The Last of Us: Part 2, but the latest information it has revealed seems to be more deductions and riddles than rumors released with concrete knowledge. To say that PS5 pre-orders start in March is a likely bet – we would make that bet ourselves.
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