21 Jun “The Future of Gaming”: PlayStation 5 Reveal
The first PlayStation console was released almost 30 years ago. Just last week, Sony held a reveal event titled “The Future of Gaming”, where they unveiled the PlayStation 5. The livestream video is over an hour long and filled with previews of games to accompany the new console.
Hermen Hulst, head of Worldwide Studios, expressed excitement about the new console. He claimed that game developers would no longer have to sacrifice artistic vision for technical limitations. According to him the PlayStation 5 will, “tell stories, make worlds, [and] create gameplay that will truly captivate the player and really surprise quite a few people.”
While video games are a male-dominant industry, games themselves vary in their genre and intended audience. Just like with current consoles, the PS5 will feature classic known franchises like Grand Theft Auto or Rachet & Clank but also new and original games that are story-driven with beautiful art styles and relatable themes.
Now, let’s take a look at what this reveal told us.
Towards the end of the live stream, Sony showed off the physical hardware for the PS5. Both the console and DualSense controller sport a two-tone, black-and-white design. The console has a “wavy” outer shell and, yes, can still be laid horizontally.
We also got a look at some PS5 accessories, including a charging dock for the DualSense controller, and HD camera, Pulse 3D wireless headset, and a media remote.
The DualSense controller, which was revealed earlier this year, features haptic feedback, adaptive trigger buttons, a motion sensor, built in mic and integrated speaker, and headset jack. The adaptive triggers allow developers to adjust the tension and give more precise feedback than the classic rumble tech.
As mentioned before, many games were previewed during the livestream. Many of the games have combat features but here are some standout games that were shown.
This new game will likely expand on the universe featured in the 2018 Spider-Man game. But, this time, Miles Morales will be the playable character. This standalone game lets players experience the rise of Miles Morales as he discovers new powers that set him apart from his mentor, Peter Parker.
Square Enix and Luminous Productions created this game. Not much is known about the story but the preview featured werewolf-like creatures and flying sections. The game’s tagline reads: “In a world not her own. Where resolve will be tested. Truths will be questioned and devotions will be doubted. She will rise.”
Project Athia will come exclusively to PS5.
In a futuristic world where humans no longer exist and robots have become the dominant species, you, a stray cat, must untangle an ancient mystery to escape a long-forgotten cybercity and find the way home. This game will feature puzzle solving and action scenes. The game will be out next year for both PS4 and PS5, followed by a PC release.
Developed by Sumo Digital, Sackboy: A Big Adventure is the latest game in the LittleBigPlanet franchise. You play as Sackboy, a small, brown, anthropomorphic, humanoid creature made of fabric with a zip fastener and button eyes. He’s like a cute handmade doll. The game features action-oriented gameplay and 3D platforming rather than the 2D from the first three games.
This is an adventure game with visuals reminiscent of Pixar. Kena is a young Spirit Guide, that travels to an abandoned village in search of the sacred mountain shrine. She struggles to uncover the secrets of this forgotten community hidden in an overgrown forest where wandering spirits are trapped.
Starring fantasy creatures in a hand-drawn art style, Goodbye Volcano High is an emotional game. It is a cinematic narrative adventure about love, change, and the end of an era. You play as Fang and guide them through their final year of high school as they try to make things right before time is up.
And there are many more games to come.
Two PS5 Consoles
There will be two variations of the PS5: one with a disc drive and one without. The latter is called the PS5 Digital Edition and is slightly slimmer than the former. The price and release date for the system has not been announced yet, but that will be coming later. Overall, if you or anyone you know is into video games, this console could make for a great gift.