Sony has finally revealed some cards it’s been holding pretty close to the vest.
At the end of its “Future of Gaming” presentation Thursday, the company gave us a first look at the new PlayStation 5 console and its “most striking design yet.” Before that, we got short snippets of a plethora of games coming to the PlayStation 5. Some will make their debut for the holiday season, while others are a bit further off.
You can read more detail about what we’ve learned about the PS5 here. But let’s talk about the games the PS5 can run and, may we say, appears to run really well. During the streamed presentation, the graphics looked quite realistic and the rendering was nearly flawless. There won’t be a shortage of titles as well across genres — including a fan favorite making its return as a relaunch for the next generation of consoles.
Grand Theft Auto V will be ‘enhanced’ for PlayStation 5
Sony began its presentation with a brief look at Grand Theft Auto V, which is coming to PlayStation 5 in 2021. It will be “expanded and enhanced” when it makes its way to the system next year, and Grand Theft Auto V owners will get GTA Online for free upon its release. In addition, starting now, Grand Theft Auto V owners on PlayStation 4 will get $1 million in GTA Cash to enjoy until the PS5 version releases in 2021.
Spider-Man: Miles Morales brings web-slinging action to PlayStation 5
Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man returns, with Miles Morales taking over the hero’s mantle after Peter Parker. It will be a complete sequel to 2018’s PlayStation 4 Marvel’s Spider-Man, though there wasn’t much shown during the presentation regarding actual gameplay. It looks like Miles’ electric venom blasts will be center stage in addition to weather and day/night cycles, two huge enhancements over what the original game offered. We’ll learn more when the game launches alongside the PlayStation 5 this holiday season.
Gran Turismo 7 is speeding to PlayStation 5
Sony confirmed that the next entry in its seminal racing game series, Gran Turismo 7, is headed for PlayStation 5, and it looks like it could be the most realistic iteration yet. There’s no release date yet, but it will be the first numbered game in the series since 2013’s Gran Turismo 6.
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart brings multiverse mayhem to PlayStation 5
Dynamic platforming duo Ratchet & Clank are back with their first game on the next-gen PS5. The pair will travel through multiple dimensions as well as a variety of different game worlds as they take on colorful, wacky enemies. This is the first entry in the franchise since Ratchet & Clank debuted on PlayStation 4 in 2016 alongside a feature film. From using weapons that turn enemies into shrubbery to riding alien creatures, it looks like the pair are getting back to their bizarre basics once more.
PS4 open-world adventure Horizon Zero Dawn gets PS5 sequel Horizon: Forbidden West
Guerrilla Games is hard at work on a followup to its sprawling 2017 adventure, Horizon Zero Dawn. Horizon: Forbidden West will once again follow the steadfast Aloy as she wanders through a post-apocalyptic world searching for additional clues to her past. Like the original game, it looks to be teeming with enormous robotic dinosaurs and danger aplenty. It will pick up where the original game left off and pepper in additional gameplay elements, new robots, and new abilities for Aloy as she works to put together the puzzle of her past.
Capcom goes full Hideo Kojima with Pragmata for PS5
Capcom showed off a bizarre new game, Pragmata, that could have easily taken a page from Hideo Kojima’s game design playbook. There was little information given about the game during the presentation, but it appeared to show an astronaut of some sort as he interacts with a little girl in what looks like a city, while investigating memories of those who used to live there. The little girl and the astronaut find themselves on the moon looking out at the Earth below them, marveling at the sight, before the girl asks what the planet is. The astronaut’s reply, “Freedom,” suggests that perhaps these weren’t Earth-dwellers to begin with. There’s no release date other than 2022 currently for Pragmata.
Resident Evil: Village is the horror series’ latest chilling chapter
The terrifying Resident Evil series continues with Resident Evil 8: Village, which is set for release in 2021. It appears to take place in a remote village and will once again utilize a first-person perspective, much like the previous numbered entry Resident Evil 7. Ethan, Resident Evil 7’s protagonist, made a brief appearance alongside an austere Chris Redfield, who played an important part in Resident Evil 7 and earlier entries. Ultimately, the game will revolve around “a chain of events in which a distraught Ethan will seek answers to Chris’ shocking actions … and ultimately find him in a mysterious village,” according to Capcom. It will also feature a heavy focus on combat and exploration. Ethan, Resident Evil 7’s protagonist, makes a brief appearance in the trailer alongside an austere Chris Redfield, who played an important part in Resident Evil 7 and earlier entries.
Demon’s Souls is being remade over a decade later for PlayStation 5
FromSoftware’s austere classic Demon’s Souls is on its way to PlayStation 5 with an entirely new remake. The team at Bluepoint Game (the same group that brought us a remake of Shadow of the Colossus) will put the title together. It follows an adventurer trekking through a punishing world rife with monsters. It’s incredibly difficult, but totally rewarding when you face it head-on. Its online capabilities have been unavailable for some time now, so the new PlayStation 5 vision will mean that it will be available for players to enjoy with others around the world once more.
LittleBigPlanet makes a storied return with Sackboy: A Big Adventure
Sony Interactive Entertainment and Sumo Digital have joined forces to bring the classic PlayStation mascot Sackboy to life once more in Sackboy: A Big Adventure. The diminutive hero returns in a new and immersive adventure where he can journey alone or with friends across a wide variety of terrain. The new 3D adventure will be full of ways to play with others, as well as that signature LittleBigPlanet fun.
Sony Interactive Entertainment and Housemarque announce Returnal
Sony has teamed with developer Housemarque, which created the critically acclaimed Resogun for the PlayStation 4, on an unique third-person shooter with rogue-like elements. Returnal is a story that centers on the survival of a hostile planet that changes each time a player dies. There will be several modes of fire, as well as ways to be involved in the action, with the PlayStation 5’s positional 3D audio working to immerse players and help them figure out where threats are coming from.
Frenetic GhostWire: Tokyo is headed to PlayStation 5 in 2021
After being announced during E3 a few years ago, Tango Gameworks and Bethesda Softworks’ GhostWire: Tokyo finally had a chance to shine during the PlayStation 5 event. From the legendary Shinji Mikami, developer of games like Resident Evil and The Evil Within, it follows a strange paranormal event that’s caused the disappearance of about 99% of the population. Using a variety of paranormal abilities, players must solve the mystery behind humanity’s disappearance and somehow restore order to the city. This inventive adventure is headed to the PlayStation 5 in 2021.
Stray is a purr-fectly unique adventure coming to the PlayStation 5
Ever wondered what it’s like to be a cat? Annapurna Interactive and BlueTwelve Studio’s Stray looks to help answer that question. This third-person cat adventure game takes place within a city with bright neon lights as a stray cat must find its way back to its loving home. View the world through the eyes of a feline as you utilize your lithe kitty body to navigate the seedy underbelly of the city and interact with the citizens who dwell there. You may even make friends, like a special drone, when you least expect it. Stray is set for release in 2021.
Square Enix and Luminous Productions team up for the gorgeous Project Athia
Square Enix had its head down working on the Final Fantasy 7 Remake, but now it looks like it has a new project up its sleeve. The stunning Athia was highlighted during today’s presentation, and though little was shared about what to expect, it looks to transport players to a fantasy world. According to the PlayStation Blog, it will be a “thrilling, other-worldly adventure” that will be “action-packed, at times twisted, tempestuous, and forbidding.” There’s no release window, but it’s safe to say it won’t be 2020.
While you wait for PS5 and the new games, there’s still plenty to love about PlayStation 4.
Currently, there are three different models of PlayStation 4 systems available. You can opt for the vanilla PlayStation 4 (now discontinued, but still available for less than $300), the PlayStation 4 Slim ($299), or the more powerful PlayStation Pro ($399). The original model includes a 500GB hard drive, while the Slim and PS4 Pro include a 1TB hard drive, all of which can be upgraded with additional storage. You can opt for an external storage drive called the GameDrive as well. For casual gamers, the original PS4 or Slim will suffice, but for hardcore enthusiasts and those seeking the best possible performance out of their system, the Pro is the best the PS4 lineage has to offer.
You can still pair any PS4 console with the DualShock Controller and PlayStation offers it in a number of colors.
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