The summer of gaming never truly ended. As we sail into the foreboding fall, as consoles loom on the horizon, there are still more streams ahead. Today, Sony takes the spotlight, preparing to unveil even more information about the upcoming PlayStation 5.
Today's PlayStation 5 showcase will kick off at 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT. It'll be streaming in several different languages on PlayStation's YouTube channel; we've embedded the English language stream below.
As for what to expect? Past PS5 showcases have featured a number of games, both first and third-party, as well as reveals of the console itself and the technology that powers it. At this point, there are thankfully fewer unknowns about Sony's next-gen console, and you can likely expect to see a few of those dissipate today.
It's Time For a Price
With Microsoft's plans for both the Xbox Series X and the slimmer, digital-focused Series S out there, it's fair to say it's Sony's turn to show their cards. A price point reveal, if not a release date alongside it, are extremely likely to happen during today's showcase.
The big question is how Sony's next-gen pricing will compare to Xbox. PlayStation is also going for a two-console approach, though the difference seems less stark between its two models; Xbox's two models have different resolution targets and power behind them, while the only difference between Sony's two PS5 models seems to be the inclusion or lack of a disc drive. It'll be interesting to see how much of a difference that makes, compared to Xbox's budget-oriented Series S.
I mean, it's a PS5 showcase, right? Time to show some more PS5 games. Sony says today's showcase will be about 40 minutes long, which leaves plenty of time to make some big announcements.
We've already seen a long list of PlayStation's big hitters. Ratchet and Clank, Spider-Man, and Sackboy are all set for appearances on the next-gen console. It'll be interesting to see if any more Sony staples are due for a PS5 debut. One of Sony's biggest strengths this generation is in its exclusives, and I wouldn't be surprised to see PlayStation lean even more heavily into that.
A Launch Picture Window
One lingering question is what Sony's launch day looks like. Following the leak and subsequent reveal of Xbox's next-gen plans, a number of games quickly lined up to make the Xbox debut day, including Assassin's Creed Valhalla and Yakuza: Like a Dragon.
Sony's launch lineup is a little more slim right now, so it's reasonable to expect Sony would like to fix that a bit. The aforementioned games are multi-platform releases, so PS5 will still be getting viking escapades and Japanese crime RPG action. Some launch day games will help push PlayStations, and bolster up the list of day-one things to play a bit for Sony.