By: Dylan Lepore | @dylanslegos
The next generation of gaming is here with the reveal of the PlayStation 5.
Thursday, Sony hosted their PS5: The Future of Gaming, a pre-recorded show that was broadcasted live on most streaming platforms.
The show came with the announcement of 27 upcoming games for the new console (such as Horizon Forbidden West, Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, Demon's Souls, and Sackboy A Big Adventure) and the official reveal of the PS5 itself.
Sony wrote, "At launch, we will offer two options: a PlayStation 5 console with an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive and a PlayStation 5 Digital Edition without a disc drive. The PS5 gameplay experience will be the same, so the choice is all yours. While there are some slight differences in the look of each model, for the overall design, we wanted to deliver a console that's bold, stunning, and unlike any previous generation of PlayStation."
PS5 is white and black with touches of PlayStation's recognizable blue, and the console, when stood up, creates the shape of a "V" to signify Roman Numeral 5 for PlayStation 5th generation console.
This is Sony's first home console to feature no disc support, although a disc option will be available, the last time Sony chose to get rid of physical game media was for the PSP GO which flopped. Depending on sales, this could be a turning point for future generations.
The Official List of PS5 Specs
Jim Ryan, president and CEO of Sony interactive entertainment, said during the show, "We're launching this year."
However, a specific date for when that launch will happen has not been said yet.
Below are descriptions, videos, and links detailing those 27 upcoming games for PlayStation's next generation of gaming.
Horizon Forbidden West from Guerrilla Games
From the PlayStation Blog: "Horizon Forbidden West continues Aloy’s story as she moves west to a far-future America to brave a majestic, but dangerous frontier where she’ll face awe-inspiring machines and mysterious new threats."
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales from Insomniac Games and Marvel
From the PlayStation Blog: "The latest adventure in the Spider-Man universe will build on and expand Marvel’s Spider-Man through an all-new story. Players will experience the rise of Miles Morales as he masters new powers to become his own Spider-Man. With PS5’s ultra-fast SSD, players can near-instantaneously fast-travel across Marvel’s New York City, or feel the tension of each one of Miles’s web-swings, punches, web shots, and venom blasts with the DualSense wireless controller’s haptic feedback. Highly-detailed character models and enhanced visuals across the game intensify the story of Miles Morales as he faces great, new challenges while learning to be his own Spider-Man."
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart from Insomniac Games
From the PlayStation Blog: "Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is a brand new intergalactic adventure from Insomniac Games that showcases what’s possible for games designed around PS5’s ultra-high speed SSD and DualSense wireless controller. Players will seamlessly travel through different dimensions in mid-gameplay, thanks to PS5’s ultra-high speed SSD. The DualSense wireless controller brings combat to life, with haptic feedback and the adaptive triggers adding powerful sensations that increase immersion in combat."
Demon’s Souls from Japan Studio and Bluepoint Games
From the PlayStation Blog: "From Japan Studio and Bluepoint Games comes a remake of the PlayStation classic, Demon’s Souls. In addition to beautiful shadow effects and ray tracing, players can choose between two graphics modes while playing: one focused on fidelity, and one focused on frame rate."
Gran Turismo 7 from Polyphony Digital
From the PlayStation Blog: "From classic vehicles and tracks to the reintroduction of the legendary GT Simulation Mode – GT 7 brings together the best features from past installments of the series alongside the future. An even more realistic driving experience awaits thanks to haptic feedback, which brings to life what it’s like when the tires hit the road. PS5’s immersive 3D audio allows players to sense the position of other cars and drivers around them."
Sackboy A Big Adventure from Sumo Digital
From the PlayStation Blog: "Iconic PlayStation hero Sackboy returns in an all-new 3D adventure with a deeply immersive and expressive control scheme. Players can go on this epic platforming journey solo-style, or they can team up with friends for collaborative, chaotic multiplayer fun."
Returnal from Housemarque
From the PlayStation Blog: "Returnal transforms roguelike gameplay into a third-person shooter where players fight to survive a hostile planet that changes with every death. Players can switch instinctively between firing modes by using a single adaptive trigger and can get right back into the action after dying. PS5’s immersive 3D audio brings the alien world to life around the player, helping players navigate the intense positional combat."
Destruction AllStars from Lucid Games
From the PlayStation Blog: "Destruction AllStars is an action-packed sports event that pits drivers against one another in an intense competition. The goal? Wreck as many cars as possible."
Astro’s Playroom from Japan Studios
From the PlayStation Blog: "Astro and his crew lead you on a magical introduction through PS5 in this fun platformer that comes pre-loaded on PS5. Explore four worlds, each based on PS5’s console components. Each area showcases innovative gameplay that taps into the new features of the PS5’s DualSense wireless controller."
Grand Theft Auto V from Rockstar Games
From Rockstar: “Grand Theft Auto V for PlayStation 5 will feature a range of technical improvements, visual upgrades and performance enhancements to take full advantage of the console’s powerful new hardware, making the game more beautiful and more responsive than ever. Plus, a new standalone version of Grand Theft Auto Online will be also available, free for three months exclusively on PlayStation 5.”
Ghostwire: Tokyo from Tango Gameworks / Bethesda Softworks
From Bethesda: “From Shinji Mikami and the team at Tango Gameworks comes Ghostwire: Tokyo, a next-gen action-adventure game coming to consoles exclusively for PlayStation 5 in 2021. Tango Gameworks has taken full advantage of the power of the PS5’s next-gen hardware to create a stunning, immersive, and mysterious world to experience. Explore the streets of a city filled with spirits and mysterious otherworldly threats, with an arsenal of powerful abilities at your command.”
Godfall from Counterplay Games
From Counterplay Games: “You are the last of the Valorian knights, god-like warriors able to equip Valorplates, legendary armor sets that transform wielders into unstoppable masters of melee combat. Players will tear through foes as they climb through some of the elemental realms…. We’re still hard at work and can’t wait for players to experience Godfall when it makes its console debut on PS5 and launches on PC this holiday season.”
Project Athia from Luminous Productions / Square Enix
“Project Athia is the culmination of our philosophy here at Luminous Productions to create completely new and fresh gaming experiences that fuse together the latest technologies with art. With the PS5, our vision truly comes to life, and with Project Athia players can look forward to being transported to a vast and detailed world filled with beauty and dismay.”
Hitman 3 from IO Interactive
From IO Interactive: “Hitman 3 is the dramatic conclusion to the World of Assassination trilogy and will put you back into the shoes (and stylish suit) of Agent 47, a ruthless professional assassin who must take on the most important contracts of his career.”
NBA 2K21 from 2K Sports
From the PlayStation Blog: "2K Sports stopped by to give us an eye-popping first look at pre-alpha PS5 development footage of NBA 2K21."
Deathloop from Arkane Studios / Bethesda Softworks
From Arkane Studios: “With stunning and stylish environments, memorable combat encounters, and the freedom to tackle each mission at any pace and with any approach you choose, this is Arkane like you’ve never seen (or felt) it before, built with next-gen in mind. Deathloop is being developed for a new generation of hardware and will launch on console exclusively for PlayStation 5.”
Resident Evil Village from Capcom
From Capcom: “…the fear of dark corners has been replaced with the anxiety of the unknown as Ethan searches for answers within decrepit buildings among snow-covered trees. The return of a first-person perspective will bring a visceral edge to combat… With a greater focus on combat and exploration compared to Resident Evil 7, the village itself is just as important a character as any other, a location with a life of its own that will frequently keep you on edge as you discover its secrets.”
Pragmata from Capcom
Set in a dystopian near-future on Earth’s Moon, PRAGMATA will take you on an unforgettable, adventure, powered by the Next Generation of gaming hardware.
Bugsnax from Young Horses
Bugsnax takes you on a whimsical adventure to Snaktooth Island, home of the legendary half-bug half-snack creatures, Bugsnax. Invited by intrepid explorer Elizabert Megafig, you arrive to discover your host nowhere to be found, her camp in shambles, and her followers scattered across the island alone... and hungry! It's up to you to solve the mysteries of Snaktooth Island: What happened to Lizbert? What are Bugsnax and where do they come from? But most of all, why do they taste SO GOOD?
Goodbye Volcano High from Ko_op
Goodbye Volcano High, a cinematic, choice-based narrative game set in the final year of school for a bunch of dinosaur teens, on the cusp of graduation and the rest of their lives.
Jett: The Far Shore from Superbrothers + Pine Scented
A new cinematic action-adventure that invites you to embark on an interstellar trip. Carve out a future for a people ‘haunted by oblivion’ while skimming over an ocean of music and 3D sound.
Kena: Bridge of Spirits from Ember Lab
A story-driven action-adventure game combining exploration and discovery with fast-paced combat.
Little Devil Inside from Neostream Interactive
Explore, discover, adapt, fight, and survive. Experience a world filled with atmospheric contrasts embark on hostile missions and journeys that challenge your survival instincts and the choices you make.
Oddworld: Soulstorm from Oddworld Inhabitants
Witness Abe's horrifying conflict with a terrifying new machination. A fresh narrative - a complete story retake inspired by our original tale. A big visual and cinematic leap aiming to break new ground for Oddworld. Intelligent new mechanics, twisted new devices enabling highly explosive deviousness. A dark parable that tells an epic tale of a volatile society pushed to its limits.
The Pathless from Giant Squid / Annapurna
Become the Hunter, a master of archery whose mission is to dispel the curse of darkness that grips her world. Forge a connection with an eagle companion as you explore a vast, forested island full of secrets. Solve puzzles in ancient ruins and test your skill in epic battles. Hunt corrupted spirits, but be careful not to become the hunted yourself. The bond with your eagle and the fate of the world hang in the balance.
Stray from BlueTwelve Studio / Annapurna
Stray is a third-person cat adventure game set amidst the detailed neon-lit alleys of a decaying cybercity and the murky environments of its seedy underbelly. Roam surroundings high and low, defend against unforeseen threats and solve the mysteries of this unwelcoming place inhabited by nothing but unassuming droids and dangerous creatures.
Solar Ash from Heart Machine / Annapurna
Journey through a surreal, vivid and highly stylized world filled with mystery, wild high-speed traversal, endearing characters, and massive enemy encounters.
For some PlayStation nostalgia, check out this video that was aired in the show on Thursday.