Update: They removed the 2hr buffer at the beginning. I’ve updated the time codes below.
Sony put on a show today showcasing some upcoming games for the PlayStation 5 system. And that’s all they did. No mention of a release date or price for the actual system, but we did get a peek at the console and some of the accessories.
The presentation started with a look back a the biggest hits from the PS4 to get you pumped up for the hour-long sizzle reel.
List of PlayStation 5 Games from Today’s Event
Here’s a list of all the games they revealed, along with links going directly to the spot in the video. Release dates are posted alongside if announced:
- Grand Theft Auto V Expanded and Enhanced (releases 2021) (yeah, this is what they opened with. PS5 owners will get GTA Online for free, and PS4 owners of GTA V will get $1M in GTA cash every month starting today until GTA V EE launches).
- Spider-Man: Miles Morales (CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS ONE AND IT LAUNCHES HOLIDAY 2020 THAT’S LIKE THIS YEAR)
- Gran Turismo 7 (they made special mention of campaign mode which should appeal to the single player market; no release date)
- Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
- Project Athia (classic misdirection using the word ‘rise’; this one is “designed exclusivley for PlayStation 5”)
- Stray (it looks like a cat stealth game; launches 2021)
- Returnal (Groundhog Day space horror game)
- Sackboy: A Big Adventure (Little Big Planet spin off)
- Destruction Allstars (futuristic demolition derby racing game)
- Kena: Bridge of Spirits (got a strong Zelda x Pikmin vibe from this one)
- Goodbye Volcano High (2021)
- Oddworld Soulstorm
- Ghostwire: Tokyo (Neo Tokyo Skyrim comes out in 2021)
- Jett: The Far Shore (holiday 2020)
- Godfall (holiday 2020)
- Solar Ash (from creator of hyperlight drifter, 2021)
- Hitman III (January 2021)
- Astro’s Playroom
- Little Devil Inside
- NBA 2k21 (fall 2020)
- Bugsnax (I hate everything about this game; holiday 2020)
- Demon’s Souls (the title confuses me; is there only one demon in the game with many souls? or is there many demons with many souls? if the latter, shouldn’t the apostrophe be on the other side of the ‘s’ like this: Demons’ Souls? wouldn’t it have been better to call it Demon Souls instead so we can avoid this debate? Eric’s Note: Spoilers, but the final boss of the game is an ancient demon. He possesses souls. Thus, a demon’s souls.)
- Resident Evil 8: Village (2021)
- Pragmata (2022)
- Horizon II: Forbidden West
What The PlayStation 5 Console Looks Like
After all the trailers, we got a peek at what the console looks like. And here it is:
There’s a regular console version with an optical drive and a “Digital Edition” which forgoes the optical drive. This one would be perfect for people who buy games exclusively through digital channels.
No Release Date or Price Announced For PlayStation 5
Unfortunately, what the console and accessories look like were the only things revealed about the system; no street date or price was announced. So what we knew about those things before the presentation is the same as after: nada.
Games Ace Is Looking Forward To
There are the usual suspects: Gran Turismo 7 (I haven’t played a GT game since forever, but emphasizing the single player campaign mode might be enough for me to get back in it), Horizon II (the original is great game, so hopefully the sequel can fill its shoes), and Resident Evil VIII. Some new ones seem really interesting like Returnal, Kena: Bridge of Spirits, and Pragmata. But Spider-Man: Miles Morales is at the top of the list. Spider-Man PS4 was such an incredible game, I couldn’t be more excited.
Games Eric Is Looking Forward To
I’m with the rest of you when it comes to the big hits, but there a few I want to highlight in particular. For one, seeing Little Devil Inside, a Kickstarter I backed way back in 2015, shown off was an incredible surprise, and I can’t wait to dig in. I’ve known Demon’s Souls (yes, that’s still right) would be shown off for a while now, but it’s great to finally get confirmation (though no release date, darn). Assuming this is a ground-up remake, I hope Bluepoint can get rid of that early Souls’ jankiness while still retaining that classic feel. It’s a narrow needle to thread. I had no idea that RE8 was, you know, a Resident Evil game until the title showed up. It looked nothing like the Remakes of these last two years, but maybe that’s good. The only thing I want is more representation from classic characters. Leon, Jill, Rebecca, Ada, Claire, etc. Chris is fine and all (if you want cookie-cutter badass characters, though it looks like he might be changing a bit), but I want to see how Leon and Jill are doing in their late 40s.
Games Nick is Looking Forward To
This wasn’t quite as underwhelming as the Xbox “Gameplay” Event, which featured no gameplay… but didn’t feel especially off from it. Fun fact, I had an article open to take notes of that event, and at the end just deleted it because “Well, that was a waste of time” wouldn’t have made for much of an article. I was struck by a few things during this… mostly that so little of what we saw really looked “next gen” at all. There’s a diminishing return to graphics upgrades, and we were probably close to it… but still, this felt underwhelming.
Horizon: Forbidden West and Spider-Man: Miles Morales top my list; those are sequels to two of the best games of the previous generation, and I more than welcome more than that. Pragmata has me interested, because it looked unique and I’ve enjoyed the Dishonored series. Deathloop still looks interesting, just like it did at E3, but nothing else struck me as “this will be worth dropping several hundred dollars to go play.”
I’ll get a PS5, that’s a foregone conclusion at this point… but I want to know when some of these will be showing up to play. Of the two major consoles, the Xbox still has me a bit more excited. Probably because the new PS5 looks like a Wifi extender from the mid-2010s.