I tend to disagree there has been plenty of front page 9th gen news, what you may have noticed is less consistency due to the general disruption that's occurred in the industry since covid hit so what you see is the peaks and troughs of a normal year being magnified, usually late February- May sees an influx of new season games then things quieten down during the Northern hemisphere summer apart from the sugar hit from E3 then Sept things pick up again along with the holiday period but more and more that post Christmas period seems to be growing as a preferred release for big titles especially for Sony's first party and the end of the year while still having big releases many are annual and while they sell the buzz isn't quite there like it once was when the last quarter was king of major releases that we may have waited four or more years for and this year with even more games than usual being pushed into 2022 that has lessened the day to day build up.
I think COVID played a large part, too. And, for me, not being able to just walk in the store and buy one really killed much of my interest. I barely bought any games in the last year and most of what I played this year were games I'd beaten countless times before. My hardware felt old and outdated and the new systems were out of reach so I lost interest. But I do feel the excitement rising. It's tangible.
There were specific days where I would look at the forum and say to myself "there are absolutely no posts about the PS5/XS.", though. I even commented as much on a couple of occasions in various threads. But then again, interaction on this site seems to be at all time low, as well. Yes, there's always news in other corners of the internet but it often failed to hook me. I was actually afraid I was going to give up the hobby.
I wound up filling the void with action figures.
Goddam action figures. I spent thousands!