LA Clippers forward Paul George partnered with Nike and PlayStation for his latest pair of sneakers, the PG 5 PlayStation 5 colorway, which will become available later this month on May 27. PlayStation is by no means new to the shoe game; in fact, the brand has partnered with George in the past on his PG 2.5 sneakers whose colorway paid homage to the classic PS1 design.
Nike does not count as PlayStation's only partner in this realm, either. Many may recall the brand teaming up with Adidas late last year for a pair of Superstar kicks inspired by Miles' red and black shoes in Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales. Insomniac Games, Marvel Games, and PlayStation all worked closely with Adidas to design the Spider-Man-themed shoe, which even featured a PlayStation tag on the laces and a red webbing print on the heel. Unsurprisingly, they sold out at the speed of light, so anyone who remembers the stress of trying to secure a pair of Miles Morales sneakers (or the PS5) will want to be extra quick come later this month.
Last night, Clippers player Paul George took to the PlayStation Blog to announce his latest PlayStation-inspired sneakers - the PG 5 PlayStation 5 colorway. Wanting to craft something that honored his favorite gaming brand's newest hardware, George worked with Nike and PlayStation designers, including PS5 console designer Yujin Morisawa, to take the PG shoe to another level. The sneakers' left and right tongue bear the PG and PlayStation logos, respectively, while the colors take a cue from PS5's industrial design. Similar to the PS5 and DualSense, these sneakers also feature tiny PlayStation symbols surrounding the blue Nike logo. The PG 5 PlayStation 5 colorway, priced at $120, will become available in select regions on May 14, though the Nike website lists their availability as May 27 at 9:00 am.
No doubt, these new Paul George x PlayStation sneakers will prove tough to snag, even for those who prepare and know all of the tricks to have a fighting chance. Exclusive sneaker releases are in many respects no different than new console launches - there's never enough supply to meet demand. And scalpers always seem to be a step ahead of the game.
The PS5 itself remains in short supply, not unlike the Xbox Series X|S. As tech companies the world over still struggle with constraints due to widespread chip shortages, some of the world's leading electronics manufacturers are predicting things won't pick up until mid-2022 or later.
Sony’s PlayStation 5 and its Digital Edition counterpart will release this coming November, alongside Microsoft’s Xbox Series X/S. Gamers waited long for the reveal of details concerning the next-gen consoles, and with their prices and release dates officially confirmed, the wait is finally over. But one thing on many minds is what the release of the PlayStation 5 means for the PlayStation 4.
Back in July, Sony confirmed PlayStation 4 support isn’t going anywhere, even after the next-gen consoles release. “PlayStation 4 is a big part of everything we do and will continue to be a big part of everything we do; there’s a lot more to come on PlayStation 4,” Eric Lempel, the head of PlayStation global marketing, said during a livestream. Similarly, PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan has said Sony will continue to support the PS4 for up to three to four years following the launch of the next-gen consoles.
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