We’re deep into the year now and thus, only a month away from next-gen consoles. Both Sony and Microsoft have pretty much shown all of their cards now and it’s just the final stretch from here on out. However, while the Xbox Series X is already in the hands of the media, Sony has yet to give out any PS5 preview units. Despite the secrecy though, Sony has been throwing out little nuggets of information and today we finally got to hear the official startup sound for the PlayStation 5.
The PlayStation 5 Startup sound revealed by Burger King
In a rather bizarre fashion, the official Burger King Twitter account posted a video earlier today. In the video, the mascot of the renowned fast-food chain can be seen peeking into a bag of what presumably is a Burger King meal. However, the real whopper of a reveal came afterward when blue light started to emit out of the bag. And, accompanying it was the sweet sound of that PS5 powering up for the very first time.
do Whopper sandwiches normally do this? pic.twitter.com/lQhvIEZ2fG
— Burger King (@BurgerKing) October 12, 2020
The sound caught many people off-guard since it just felt different in a weird way. When you listen to it again though, it does seem like a PlayStation sound but there’s just something strange about it that I just can’t quite put my finger on. Maybe it is too short or the note arrangement is unorthodox. I’ll leave the musical dissection to the experts as I, like most other people, will probably just get used to it soon anyway.
While there was no explicit text that said that this is indeed the PS5 Startup sound, it is pretty much confirmed at this point as the official PlayStation account also retweeted the post. The console startup sound was not the only thing we heard though. The Burger King mascot looks to be puzzled due to the whopper bag emitting blue light and blasting the PS5 startup sound. So, to not raise any alarm, he takes the bag away with him.
PS5 UI Reveal Date confirmed
Behind the bag is the date 10/15, which is the 15th of October. Now, we’re only 2 days away from the 15th and we doubt that Sony would announce any big reveal event through Burger King. So, all fingers point towards this being the official reveal date for the PS5 UI. And, since the Burger King mascot also revealed the startup sound, maybe we’ll see another video of him browsing through the UI on his couch.
Sony and Microsoft are playing different games
In any case, it really seems like both Sony and Microsoft are playing completely different games this gen. Where Microsoft has left the Xbox UI untouched, Sony is going for a big redesign. Furthermore, while Sony is pushing its platform exclusivity, the focus from the Xbox team has been all shifted towards Game Pass.
Having said that, one could argue that Microsoft has been much more transparent with its marketing this time around. We already have the Series X consoles in our hands and know the ins and outs of the system. On the other hand, Sony has been releasing information in a much more conspicuous manner. For instance, the company just released its PS5 internal teardown last week, which is a far cry from Xbox which already had teardown coverage way back in March.
However, one could also argue that despite keeping its cards close, Sony has been the better side in terms of showing actual gameplay. We’ve seen next-gen games like Demon’s Souls Remake, Ratchet, and Clank: Rift Apart, and Spiderman: Miles Morales running on the PlayStation 5. But, we haven’t really seen much from the Xbox side of things apart from Dirt 5 and Yakuza: Like a Dragon.
With both the Xbox Series S/X and PlayStation 5 a month away, the next-gen finally feels like it has arrived and we can’t wait for it. Which company do you think has done a better job of revealing its cards so far? Let us know down in the comments below!