Sony will officially be having a PS5 livestream showcase next week titled, “The Future of Gaming”.
After weeks of speculation, Sony has officially announced The Future of Gaming, a PS5 event that will bring over an hour of gameplay. The event will land on Thursday, June 4, at 1pm PT / 4pm ET / 9pm BST. It will stream on Twitch and YouTube. In an announcement on the Sony PlayStation blog, the team confirmed we’re in for a real treat as the games coming to PS5 represent the best in the industry from innovative studios that span the globe, with both bigger and smaller studios taking the spotlight.
The big question now is whether or not we’ll see the console itself. However, it so far seems that this event will explicitly focus on PS5 games. Which have been notably absent from the technical blog posts and showcases Sony has put out thus far. In the announcement trailer, released on Twitter, Sony also teased an all-black DualSense controller. Which you can see in the trailer below:
What did Sony have to say about the upcoming showcase?
“We will soon give you a first look at the games you’ll be playing after PlayStation 5 launches this holiday,” says Sony president and CEO Jim Ryan. “The games coming to PS5 represent the best in the industry from innovative studios that span the globe. Studios, both larger and smaller, those newer and those more established, all have been hard at work developing games that will showcase the potential of the hardware. This digital showcase will run for a bit more than an hour. And, for the first time, we will all be together virtually experiencing the excitement together.” Although the announcement mentions studios large and small. It doesn’t specify whether these games are in-house or if the announcement is only to third-party studios. In the same way, Microsoft’s latest announcement was.
Sony has yet to show off the PS5 console itself and it’s not clear if that will change at the June 4th event. However there are further events that are supposedly coming for the coming weeks and months. “This is part of our series of PS5 updates. And, rest assured, after next week’s showcase, we will still have much to share with you,” explains Ryan. We know of many upcoming PS5 games already. But most of them are cross-gen games which are planned (or expected) to also launch on next-gen platforms. Like Outriders or Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. We’ve seen very few games which are explicitly next-gen. So hopefully this event will help fill out the dedicated PS5 library.
In other related news:
Sony has declared that all new PS4 games that release after July must also be compatible with next-gen Playstation 5 hardware. According to a new report from Eurogamer, Sony is requiring developers to make their PlayStation 4 (PS4) games compatible with PlayStation 5 (PS5) starting on July 13. This really isn’t too surprising. As a game is submitted for certification sometime before it’s actually available for purchase. All of the work to do this will have to be on the side of the developer. Although Sony will be contacting developers on how to test PS5 compatibility for their games.
Meanwhile, the digital-only event will stream via the PlayStation Twitch and YouTube channels. We’ll be covering the event as it happens as well. So check back here on Thursday, June 4th for details on all the big reveals.
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