Sony Announces PS5 Event, Not a State of Play
The next generation of consoles is still in its infancy, as many players haven’t been able to get their hands on next-gen consoles for a while now. On top of this, the recent amount of exclusive titles coming out for consoles has been lackluster, seeing that titles like Call of Duty Cold War are being played mostly on PS4 and Xbox One. However, this doesn’t mean that Sony and Microsoft are giving up on their consoles. The PS5 has had some exclusives to keep players of the new console on the game while they wait for more titles to come out, like Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, Returnal, and Demon’s Souls. More games are slated to release throughout the year, with titles like Deathloop, Death Stranding: Director’s Cut, and Horizon Forbidden West.
Players who can’t get enough of the new console will see what’s coming next soon, as Sony announced a new event dedicated exclusively to content coming to the PS5.
The PS5 Event
This Sony PS5 event isn’t going to be another State of Play. Those presentations are focused on the upcoming content for PlayStation games for both PS4 and PS5. This event is geared specifically towards the future of the PS5 console. Sony shared this from the official PlayStation account on Twitter, stating that viewers are going to “get a sneak peek” at the future of the PS5, as well as information from studios inside of PlayStation and industry-leading devs. The event is slated to go live on September 9 at 1 p.m. PDT. It’s possible to speculate about what viewers could see when they tune in for the showcase next week.
One of the things that’s a no-brainer is new titles being announced. It’s anyone’s game when it comes to this. It could be possible that players could see new releases for games that will come to all manner of platforms. However, seeing that the showcase is centered around the PlayStation 5, it’s more likely that the games will be exclusives for the PS5. Some games players know exist but haven’t seen yet are Spider-Man 2, which Insomniac worked on after Spider-Man: Miles Morales came out. Although, Insomniac had recently just finished Ratchet & Clank, and with the game still fresh in players’ minds, it’s possible that Spider-Man 2 is a ways off.
Another game players have been wondering about is the sequel to God of War. This title has already been announced, with Sony Santa Monica posting a teaser trailer for the game. No actual gameplay about the title is known, but more information about that game may be revealed. While unlikely, Jason Blundell may appear at the Sony PS5 event, seeing that he recently founded Deviation Games and has been working closely with PlayStation to develop something new for the console.
Another possible thing shown in the presentation is information about the next PSVR headset slated to come out sometime within the next few years. Rumors about the headset state that it’s planned for a holiday release in 2021. However, players will likely get a first look at the headset during the showcase.
Lastly, Sony mentioned that the event would clue players in on the “future of PS5.” This will most likely come in the form of a reveal of a remodeled version of the console or announcements on restocks to support the holiday rush of 2021.
Many fans would be hoping to see more information about how Sony will get the PS5 into the hands of consumers at a reasonable retail price. Xbox has a program that lets players who own an Xbox One get the Series X sent to them without waiting online. Steam had the first two days of preorders for the Steam Deck reserved for accounts that purchased something during June and limiting purchases of the Steam Deck to one per account.
It would be a good opportunity for players to see if Sony cares about the amount of money people are paying scalpers for the console and whether they will do something about it. However, this is unlikely, and the announcement may either speak about a restock or a new version of the console.
Regardless, players have a week until the showcase goes live. The stream will be available on YouTube and Twitch. With 40 minutes of content planned for the stream, there’s going to be a lot of information coming out.