Spider-Man Miles Morales, Horizon Down Forbidden West… Sony gave a preview of the first titles that will be released on the PS5, with a very futuristic design, scheduled for the end of 2020.
One console, one visual, and around 20 games: Sony unveiled its plans for the PlayStation 5, scheduled for release at the end of the year, at an online conference lasting just over an hour on Thursday 11 June.
The console finally revealed
It was the highlight of the show: Sony ended its series of online announcements by revealing for the first time the design of its future PlayStation 5. A black heart, wrapped in two white plastic petals, which can be placed both vertically and horizontally on a stand designed for this purpose: this highly futuristic design, miles away from the all-angled sobriety of its future competitor – Microsoft’s Xbox Series X – left no observer indifferent.
It was also learned that the PlayStation 5 will be available in two models, a classic one, capable of playing Blu-ray discs, and a “digital edition”, without a disc player, for players who prefer to download their games rather than buy them off the shelf. Both models should, however, be equipped with the same hardware, i.e. an AMD Zen 2 processor, a home-made version of the AMD RDNA 2 graphics card supporting 8K (or 4K 120Hz), as well as an 825 gigabyte SSD hard drive for fast loading times.
Some accessories were also shown: in addition to the DualSense controller that we already knew, and whose design contrasts with that of previous Sony consoles, we discovered its HD camera, its Pulse 3D headset, and its indispensable remote control.
At the end of this video announcement, two important pieces of information remain to be revealed: the price of the machine and its release date. For the time being, it is still scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2020, without further details.
A console is above all games. For the first time, Sony has unveiled images of future games that will run on PlayStation 5 (and often Xbox Series X or PC). There were twenty-six of them, and while a handful of them was already known, most of them were discoveries.
The announcement video opened and closed with images of two blockbusters, two sequels to games that have left their mark on the PlayStation 4 game library. The first, Spider-Man Miles Morales, is a continuation of the Spider-Man released exclusively on PlayStation 4 in 2018 and is scheduled for release in late 2020. The second, Horizon Forbidden West, has no official release date at the moment.
Other games exclusive to the upcoming PlayStation 5 have been unveiled, including the racing game Gran Turismo 7, the action game Ratchet & Clank Rift Apart, and the mysterious Project Athia. A title mixing parkour and fantasy elements, published by a company outside Sony (Square Enix, not to mention it), but which will only be released on PlayStation 5 (and, we are told in the small print, on PC). None of these games have an official release date at this time.