After a distinctly Microsoft-themed week, it’s now over to Sony to flog its best next-gen wares, and hopefully, reveal the remaining crucial pieces to its PS5 puzzle. The gaming giant uncommonly chose a weekend to announce its next PS5 showcase , which is penciled in for this Wednesday, Sept. 16.
Here are five things we’d be ever so grateful if Sony touched on during this week’s PS5 showcase.
We’d be genuinely surprised if Sony doesn’t reveal the price of the PS5. Microsoft blinked first last week, granting Sony with a clear vision of the market. There’s little in the way of hurdles holding the gaming giant back, and leaving it any longer is sure to roil up a fan base steadily losing patience.
As for what we can expect, Sony will likely match the $499 Series X with its full-fat PS5. The intriguing part is the disc-less all-digital version, which could fall anywhere from $399 to $449, depending on how much of a loss Sony is prepared to absorb.
Much like the price, this one is very much in Sony’s court. There’s little sense in prolonging the wait after Microsoft spilled the bean last week.
Based on rumors, November seems a good bet.
Other than a stylized CGI trailer and a few errant screenshots, we’ve yet to see what is arguably the biggest confirmed PS5 launch title in the flesh. With Holiday 2020 roughly two months away, it’s high time Sony pushed out a meaty slice of Spider-Man: Miles Morales gameplay.
We can’t think of a better way to showcase the PS5’s ultra-fast SSD than Morales slaloming between New York’s tallest buildings at breakneck speeds.
Briefly glimpsed during June’s showcase, the PS5’s UI remains mostly an enigma. On the other hand, Microsoft has paraded the look and feel of its next-gen UI on multiple occasions.
Given the time players will spend sifting through its menus and basking in the glow of its animations, a more than cursory look at the UI wouldn’t go amiss.
There’s no shortage of big-name games in Sony’s first-party pipeline, but little has been said about when we can expect these to hit store shelves.
Sony says the PS5 has ‘the best line-up that we’ve ever seen in the history of PlayStation,’ yet other than Miles Morales, Sony continues to keep its first-party launch line-up under wraps. The third-party line-up is gently expanding, but many of the games which launch simultaneously on Microsoft’s consoles, so there’s little value in them as console sellers.
Demon’s Souls certification in South Korea in recent weeks suggests the remake of From Software’s seminal action-RPG may join Miles Morales as a launch title.
As for Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, Insomniac Games says it will arrive during the PS5 ‘launch window,’ which could mean anytime up to Spring 2021.
Sony would do well to deliver some clarity and share what day-one PS5 owners can expect to play at launch.