Update (21st January): It's been brought to our attention that there's actually nothing new about the slogan "It's Time to Play", as it was used in a PlayStation marketing campaign late last year. Sony may be in the process of revamping its commercials ahead of the PS5, and this may be the first sign of that, but we can probably file this 4chan rumour in the rubbish pile for now.
Original Article: PlayStation appears to be in the process of changing its company slogan. Over the course of this generation, it's mainly gone with 'For the Players' (or #4ThePlayers at points) as well as 'Best Place to Play'. But if you take a look at PlayStation Europe's Twitter profile (as pointed out by Twitter user @VideoTech_) it now says "It's time to play".
Now, there's a chance that this could just be part of a fresh look for the social media account, but the way that it leads the rest of the text makes it seem more important than that. We could well be looking at the PlayStation 5 slogan.
And this is where it gets juicy. There was a massive PS5 leak posted to 4chan (this link contains some strong language) one week ago at the time of writing this article. We didn't report on it because, well, it's 4chan -- supposed rumours and leaks are always being posted by anonymous sources, and the vast majority turn out to have no bearing on reality.
However, this leak states that PlayStation's new slogan for the PS5 will be "It's time to play". Either this poster's made a really lucky guess, or there's actually some truth to the leak.
The post features a long list of PS5 details. We've broken down the main points below:
- PS5 reveal event set for 5th February 2020
- PS5 release date is in October 2020
- PS5 price is $499/£449, only one model
- PS5 launch games include: Gran Turismo 7, MLB The Show 21, Demon's Souls Remastered, Godfall, Legendz (new IP from Sony Santa Monica Studio)
- Games teased at PS5 reveal: Horizon: Zero Dawn sequel, Marvel's Spider-Man sequel, new sci-fi IP from Naughty Dog, new IP from SIE Japan, new IP from London Studio, Final Fantasy XVI, new Resident Evil
- PS5 specs "almost on par" with Xbox Series X, leak claims Series X is more expensive, PS5 more powerful than cheaper Xbox "Lockhart"
- PS5 slogan is "It's time to play"
Some of this sounds feasible -- namely the reveal event date, the October release, and the pricing, but there are parts of the leak that throw it into question. Most obvious of all is that the poster says Sony will be at E3 2020 in order to share more information about the PS5. Obviously that's not right. Since this leak was posted, Sony confirmed that it won't be attending E3 2020. Sony's plans could have changed between then and now, but we highly doubt it.
So this is where we're at: the leak seems to be spot on with the part about the PS5 slogan. Just about everything else seems reasonable, too -- but there are a couple of details that simply don't add up. Again, the poster may have just gotten very lucky with their predicted slogan -- it's impossible to say right now.
All we can do is wait and see whether Sony does announce an event for the 5th February. If that's really happening, then you'd expect the company to reveal its plans over the next week or so.
What do you make of all this? Could the leak be accurate? Or at least partially accurate? Jump to conclusions in the comments section below.