Our first look at games to expect on the PlayStation 5 started with a big white cube, and ended with a bang – our first look at the console hardware.
Through an exciting array of familiar franchises and a refreshing quantity of new IPs, we witnessed everything from super-cute to ultra-gritty – and quite a bit of actual gameplay. It’s a promising first look at what’s coming, and also bodes well for variety, with art styles ranging from cartoonish to ultra-realistic.
Then there’s the hardware. It’s sleek, it’s white, and there are two models of PS5 on their way initially – one with a disc slot, and a digital-only version.
Now, here’s everything that was unveiled games-wise, in order of appearance.
An expanded and enhanced GTA V is on its way in 2021, and GTA Online will be free at launch. Plus, there’s free cash every month – a cool million – until launch for PS4 players of the game.
Jim Ryan – president and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment – popped up with a quick message. Key here was his claim that the PS5 will mark the “Biggest generational transition our industry has yet seen”. We’ll have to wait and see on that one, as the jump from bitmaps to polygons when the original PlayStation launched in the 1990s was pretty huge.
Back to the games, and new Spidey! This one’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, and it looks like it’ll be a launch title, or close to.
Gran Turismo 7. With a campaign mode! So shiny! Please, take our money.
Ratchet & Clank are back! It’s time to dimension jump in Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart.
Next, a PS5 exclusive from Square Enix – Project Athia.
Want some weird, Blade Runner-esque robot cat action? Say hello to Stray! Due in 2021.
Now, for a closer look at the DualSense controller…
It’s a new space shooter from Resogun people Housemarque, Returnal.
Want more cute? You can’t go past the star of LittleBigPlanet, coming back to our screens for what looks to be quite a super odyssey in Sackboy: A Big Adventure…
Destruction derby meets brawler in Destruction Allstars.
A look at an exciting indie title, Kena: Bridge of Spirits…
Get cartoony – it’s time for the 2021-bound Goodbye Volcano High.
New Abe! It’s Oddworld: Soulstorm…
We were excited by this at last year’s E3, and this first look at actual gameplay has us even more eager to get our mitts on Ghostwire: Tokyo, which will be a PS5 console exclusive…
Jett: The Far Shore, due at launch.
New from Gearbox, it’s launch (or thereabouts) title Godfall.
From the Hyper Light Drifter people, this is the 2021-due Solar Ash.
Are you ready? Hitman III is set to, well, hit in January 2021.
Astro’s Playroom from Japan Studio is set to get us all touchy-feely with our DualSense.
A walk on the peculiar side – it’s Little Devil Inside.
A quick announce of NBA 2K21…
From the Octodad creators, another odd looking odyssey in the launch-bound Bugsnax (complete with crazy-catchy theme song).
You’d better “gut gud”, because here comes Demon’s Souls!
Bethesda and Arkane Studios bring us what looks like Tarantino meets John Wick in PS5 console exclusive Deathloop… (LANGUAGE WARNING)
Whoa! Capcom announce Village: Resident Evil 8 – due in 2021.
The next one’s way off, due in 2022 is Pragmata.
Everybody was crossing fingers, wishing, hoping and otherwise sending out good vibes for it, and success! Yes, the announce of a Horizon Zero Dawn follow-up – Horizon Forbidden West!
Here’s the entire event if you’d like to watch it in one chunk: