Another State of Play is coming in today. Sony is ramping up its announcements, but if you're expecting next-gen news, you might be out of luck.
Today's State of Play is another stream in a long list, as most of the usual summer gaming festivals have gone digital in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. This has meant a lot of streamed announcements, week in and week out, packed with news leading up to the new generation of consoles launching this holiday season. The PlayStation 5 won't be making big waves today, though.
Don't Expect Big PS5 Announcements
Sony has been setting some expectations on today's announcement. Over on the PlayStation blog, the company lays it out pretty clearly: there will be no PlayStation Studios updates during today's stream.
There also won't be any PS5 hardware announcements, either. Alongside the console itself, this includes preorders, dates, and price point. Sony has already confirmed that there will be fair warning before PS5 preorders go live, so you won't have to rush out and fight a line to get a preorder locked in.
With the holidays fast approaching, this means that after today, both Microsoft and Sony will still have no price set yet. Major events like E3 have often been the focal point to center that discussion around, but with E3 2020 canceled, this year has felt like a game of chicken between the two console manufacturers.
That Doesn't Mean No PS5 Games
Though there won't be anything major like a price reveal today, that doesn't mean the PS5 won't get mentioned at all. The PS Blog says today's episode is currently sitting at over 40 minutes long, and there will be a few updates in store.
The focus, according to Sony, will be on "third-party published games coming to PS4 and PS VR." There will also be a few updates on third-party PS5 games, including some of the indies, that were in June's PS5 showcase.
Could this possibly mean more Bugsnax? One can only dream, but there are some other likely candidates. Games like Hitman 3, Deathloop, and GhostWire: Tokyo are all lined up for the PS5 and could get some more gameplay or details today.
Today's State of Play, overall, sounds like a reaffirmation of the path ahead rather than any sort of mind-blowing procession of reveals. There's always the chance for a surprise, like a release date for a beloved indie or an "available now" stinger; just no big PS5 blowout this time around.
Also, it's a nice reminder that even if next-gen consoles are right around a quickly approaching corner, there are still current and cross-gen games scheduled to launch between here and then. We're going to need something to play before we start fretting over which box to buy, right?