After months of saying as little as it possibly could about the PlayStation 5, Sony has announced that next week, the company will be holding a presentation to give the console a proper reveal.
The “Future of Gaming” presentation will be next Thursday, June 4, at 1 p.m. Pacific, and will last a little over an hour. According to a post on the PlayStation Blog by Sony Interactive Entertainment President Jim Ryan, the focus of the event will be specifically on showing games running on the new hardware, both in the AAA space and independent developers. While there were apparently plans for a physical event in a pre-coronavirus world, Ryan says that it has some things planned that are only possible through a digital format.
“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,” Ryan said. “A lack of physical events has given us an amazing opportunity to think differently and bring you on this journey with us, and hopefully, closer than ever before. 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.”
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While the presentation will largely focus on games, Sony still has quite a few questions to answer about the PlayStation 5 before it launches this holiday season. Like, for example, what does the thing even look like? What is the state of PlayStation 4 game backwards compatibility, as it recently came to light that developers aren’t required to have the game work on a PlayStation 5 until July? How much is the thing going to cost? There have been reports that the price point for the PS5 has been a source of internal tension over at Sony due to part costs, but the company hasn’t said anything about this publicly.
At this point, Sony’s just not been very public-facing with PS5 news in general, as even its last big presentation on the console wasn’t really meant for general consumers and was instead meant for developers and the most tech savvy of the rest of us. It did show off the new controller called the DualSense, which looks like Echo from Overwatch when it’s white, but from the looks of Sony’s promotional materials for the Future of Gaming event, will also be coming in a black variant. Will it include the tech Sony patented that lets its controllers read your sweaty palms? Just another question for Sony to answer next week, right?
As for what games we might see, hopefully there’s something from Sony’s internal studios, which are now uniting under a new umbrella of PlayStation Studios, because they’re the studios who are really going to take advantage of the new tech. While Naughty Dog and Sucker Punch are just now wrapping up PS4 games with The Last of Us: Part II and Ghost of Tsushima, it doesn’t seem out of the realm of possibility for us to see something from Insomniac, who’s been quiet since the company was acquired by Sony last year.