On June 11th, Sony and the PlayStation brand revealed the PlayStation 5 to the world, along with many of its future games. They say gaming history was made, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little disappointed with the console reveal. Here’s everything you need to know if you missed the PlayStation 5 event.
After rescheduling the event, PlayStation took to YouTube and Twitch to reveal its new console, the PlayStation 5. There was plenty of buzz around the console reveal, with Sony and the PlayStation brand promising to introduce gamers to the future of gaming. Unfortunately, it looks like the future of gaming is less about an actual revolution and more about cleaner graphics, quicker load times, and new console design.
The PlayStation event started out with a bang. Viewers were able to see tons of new games with amazing graphics and great sound quality. Here’s a full list of the games showcased.
- GTA 5: Enhanced and Expanded (Rockstar Games; 2021)
- Spider-Man: Miles Morales (Insomniac Games; Holiday 2020)
- Gran Turismo 7: The Real Driving Simulator (Polyphony Digital; TBA)
- Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart (Insomniac Games; TBA)
- Project Athia (Luminous Productions; TBA)
- Stray (Annapurna Interactive/BlueTwelve; 2021)
- Returnal (Housemarque; TBA)
- Sackboy: A Big Adventure (Sumo Digital; TBA)
- Destruction Allstars (Lucid Games; TBA)
- Kena Bridge of Spirits (Ember Lab; TBA)
- Goodbye Volcano High (KO_OP; 2021)
- Oddworld Soulstorm (Oddworld Inhabitants; 2020)
- Ghostwire Tokyo (Tango Gameworks; 2021)
- Jett: The Far Shore (Superbrothers/Pine Scented; Holiday 2020)
- Godfall (Counterplay Games; 2020)
- Solar Ash (Heart Machine; 2021)
- Hitman 3 (IO Interactive; January 2021)
- Astro’s Playroom (Japan Studio; TBA)
- Little Devil Inside (Neostream; TBA)
- NBA 2k21 (Visual Concepts; 2020)
- BugSnax (Young Horses; Holiday 2020)
- Demon’s Souls (Bluepoint Games/Japan Studio; TBA)
- Deathloop (Arkane Lyon; Holiday 2020)
- Village: Resident Evil 8 (Capcom; 2021)
- Pragmata (Capcom; 2022)
- Horizon: Forbidden West (Guerrilla Games; 2020)
In addition to all of those amazing games, viewers were given a look at the PlayStation 5 console. It features a sleek, slightly curved design with a polished finish. The console comes in two different versions: a regular version and a “digital” version sans an optical disc drive. Right now, it looks like the console will only be available in white, but I (along with many others) hope a black version will be available as well!
There were so many great games on display, I can’t even begin to tackle them all. I will say that it looks like the PlayStation 5 will handle both realistic and cartoon-like graphics perfectly. Everything displayed looked smooth, with actual in-game footage matching promotional videos. The animation is clear and realistic, character models are rich in detail, and the games just look fun to play. I was blown away by the lighting and mirroring effects shown off in Gran Turismo 7, and thought that one of the cutscenes in Hitman 3 was live-action instead of animation.
While the graphics and audio seem to be the best the console gaming community has ever seen, I can’t help but feeling a little bit betrayed by the marketing. The PlayStation 5 was supposed to usher in the future of gaming. In 2006, Nintendo’s new Wii console changed the way many people thought about video games. Now, motion controls are a staple of many a console (including the PlayStation 5). However, nothing about the new PlayStation changed the way I thought about gaming. The DualSense controller seems like a great improvement on the previous DualShock model, but it doesn’t seem revolutionary. Raytracing is huge for console graphics, but, only in the games that rely on realistic lighting effects. Sure, some of the PlayStation exclusives like Destruction AllStars will benefit. But for games that don’t support raytracing, this feature doesn’t do much.
The console itself has all sorts of accessories, including a remote, camera, charging dock for their new controllers, and a wireless headset. Although it wasn’t covered much at the event, the console has great specs and is sure to please many gamers. Here’s to hoping that game developers can make use of the PlayStation 5’s GPU and CPU capabilities.
One major thing that was lacking from the console reveal was the price point of the PlayStation 5. It’d be reasonable to assume that the PlayStation would release at a similar price point as the Xbox Series X (and their past console, the PlayStation 4), which would be around $499.99. However, no official console price was listed, much to the chagrin of fans.
Regardless, I’m still very excited about the PlayStation 5- just not as excited as I thought I’d be. This was the first look at the Sony console, and I’m sure PlayStation has some other tricks up their sleeves. Perhaps I took the “future of gaming” in the wrong sense; Sony didn’t aim to change the way we look at games. Rather, Sony wanted to improve on their past console and provide PlayStation fans with the best in gaming technology. As much as I’d love a new way to experience and interact with games, it might have been naive to expect that from a company that hasn’t really changed its console or controller design since the first PlayStation. The changes here may not be revolutionary to the gaming industry, but they are revolutionary for Sony and the PlayStation Brand.
How did you feel about the PlayStation 5 reveal? Will you be buying the new console? Let me know in the comments what you thought about the console reveal! If you missed the PlayStation event, check it out here!