Innovation and creativity collide this holiday season, as Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) revealed new details for PlayStation®5, including the next-generation console’s design and a deep lineup of brand new games coming to the platform. In a livestream event today reaching millions of gaming fans, SIE showed the PS5™ hardware for the first time, with its bold, two-tone design marking a radical departure from previous PlayStation consoles. PS5 will launch in two options: a standard model with an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive, and a digital model without a disc drive, offering unprecedented choice at launch to gamers.
Today’s livestream also provided fans with a first look at the new games that will define the next generation of gaming on PlayStation 5. Across dozens of titles, most of which are launching as console exclusives or full exclusives on PS5, the world’s most talented developers showcased the potential of the hardware, which will unlock rich experiences for gamers, bringing them deeper into extraordinary game worlds than ever before.
You can watch the full stream of the reveal above, but here are the games which stood out for me:
Spider-Man: Miles Morales
Though subsequently revealed as an expansion to 2018’s Marvel’s Spider-Man re-release on the PS5, I don’t think anyone expected a solo outing for Miles this fast, let alone as a PS5 launch title.
I am 100% in the bag for this game. Published by Annapurna Interactive, about sad robots and a kitty. I mean, C’mon.
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
The Ratchet & Clank series has been a quiet workhorse for the PlayStation consoles, and Rift Apart looks no different, adding a Portal-esq dimension hopping mechanic, which really showcases the wild things the PS5 can do.
JETT: The Far Shore
Much like Stray, this is just one of those games which I was in the bag for immediately. Space adventure, as designed by a studio I love (Superbrothers) and with a soundtrack by SCNTFC? I am in.
Little Devil Inside
Definitely the biggest surprise of the presentation to me, Little Devil Inside looks like the wildest game in ages. Very cool visual style met with what appears to be an ever changing, ever growing set of play styles and locations.
Horizon Forbidden West
The sequel to 2017’s amazing Horizon Zero Dawn, this might be the most gorgeous game ever made? Watch this trailer in 4K if you can. Because, dang.
Sadly, no pricing or release date was announced for the space-age looking PlayStation 5 — still just the “Holiday 2020” date — but after yesterday’s presentation showcasing a breadth of experiences I VERY MUCH want to play (including those which I didn’t mention in this post), I know that for me it’s not a question of if I get a PS5, but when.