Today, Sony has officially unveiled the next generation of PlayStation during its “Future of Gaming” presentation.
In an hour-and-a-half long showcase, Sony showed of a massive slate of PS5 games from PlayStation Studios with footage all captured on real PS5 hardware. Some of the graphics on display were genuinely stunning, and many came alongside announcements of exciting new titles (and remasters of old ones). Nothing felt as striking, though, as the console itself.
The PlayStation 5 boasts a sleek organic design, with curved white paneling encasing the jet-black console hardware. Additionally, it appears it will come in two versions, with one dubbed the “PS5 Digital Edition” being noticeably slimmer. There’s no word on pricing or release date yet, but it’s likely the Digital Edition will clock in at slightly cheaper than its full-fledged counterpart.
The controller, too, has gotten a huge makeover; It’s called the DualSense, and it places a huge emphasis on sensory feedback with 3D audio, haptic feedback to greatly enhance vibration detail, a built-in microphone, and more.
Stealing most of the show, however, was footage of upcoming games for the console (all captured using the system’s actual hardware.)
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
Following up their widely acclaimed 2019 game showcasing Peter Parker, Marvel Studios appears to have a sequel in the works. It appears this game will focus on Miles Morales, the first black Spider-Man and the protagonist of 2018’s Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse.
Horizon: Forbidden West
This breathtakingly beautiful series follows a hunter named Aloy in a post-apocalyptic, techno-primitive world. Its predecessor, 2017’s Horizon Zero Dawn, was widely regarded as a masterpiece. The graphics in the trailer look stunning, appearing to show massive bio-organic animals both hunting and hunted.
Resident Evil Village
Possibly the most famous survival horror series of all time, the newest Resident Evil appears to take place in a snowy, castle-like setting. The trailer showcases characters and monsters both new and old, but it clearly seems to end on a man shapeshifting into a bestial werewolf.
While 2k games usually arrive on almost every current-gen platform, NBA 2k21 is supposedly built “from the ground up” for PS5. The trailer features a hyper-realistically rendered Zion Williamson dribbling on a practice court, and the game should arrive sometime this fall.
This complete remake of the 2009 classic follows a knight’s quest to purge the kingdom of Boletaria of an ancient, dark spirit. The original game is notorious for incredible monster design and brutal difficulty, and it’s likely the remake will offer both in spades.
In what’s set to be the conclusion to the World of Assassination trilogy, the infamous Agent 47 is back—this time, on a both professionally and personally important contract. While it’s likely the game will take place across the world, the developers showcased a level taking place in one of Dubai’s highest skyscrapers.
The PS5 reveal event included far more games than these, the trailers for which can all be found on PlayStation’s YouTube channel. Stay tuned for more release and pricing information on the PlayStation 5 and it’s Digital Edition.