Here we are just 40 minutes before the PS5 Showcase begins and dear god has it been one hell of a frustrating wait since the June PS5 reveal event and fans have been agonisingly waiting for Pricing information, release date and to see when they can actually pre-order and secure their own PlayStation 5 when it launches….well…that what we will hopefully find out with this event. Prepping to cover tonight event and just scanning Twitter alongside other social media and it is flush with more rumours and speculation which is taking some time to read through to see which is credible and which is just click bait.
But tonight should finally answer all the questions PlayStation fans want to know now from the obvious to what will the PS5 game launch line up look like with the expected Spider Man: Miles Morales spin off to be a launch day title from PlayStation Studio Insomniac games but what will join it, a Knack 3 perhaps? (Personal fave series for me so don’t hate!). Xbox have done their bit and now its time for Sony to deliver and how they price the PS5 and position its release date will be key. So below you will find the news and trailers as they happened during that should be a 45 minute event as well as my final thoughts…..just please let this be the Showcase to give all the answers!
To open the event we have…..
Final Fantasy XVI – Reveal Trailer (PC Emulating PS5 Gameplay) – PlayStation Exclusive
“The legacy of the crystals has shaped our history for long enough…” Watch the exciting teaser trailer for the newest title in the legendary FINAL FANTASY series. FINAL FANTASY XVI is the next all-new standalone single player action RPG from Square Enix, coming to PlayStation 5.
Spider Man : Miles Morales – PS5 Gameplay Trailer
Experience the rise of Miles Morales in this gameplay sequence captured on PlayStation 5. Coming Holiday 2020.
Hogwarts Legacy – Reveal Trailer
Experience a new story set at #Hogwarts in the 1800s. Your character is a student who holds the key to an ancient secret that threatens to tear the wizarding world apart. Make allies, battle Dark wizards and decide the fate of the wizarding world.
Black Ops Cold War – PS5 Gameplay Preview
It’s rumored that Perseus is in play again, and planning an attack that threatens the balance of power. A Black Ops team comprised of Frank Woods, Alex Mason, and Russell Adler infiltrates an airfield in Turkey to eliminate a high-value target. The following is a portion of ‘Nowhere Left to Run’ the first campaign mission in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, where players will use the cover of darkness and plausible deniability to fight a battle that “never happened.”
Village – PS5 Gameplay Trailer
Fear surrounds you in Resident Evil Village, unleashing a new chapter of survival horror on PlayStation 5 in 2021!
Deathloop – PS5 Gameplay Trailer
See how Colt tackles the problem of getting two Visionaries – Aleksis and Egor – in the same place at the same time. There are 8 Visionaries responsible for keeping the timeloop going. 8 people that have to die to make things right, and thanks to the timeloop, you’ve only got one day to take them all out or the loop resets. But the targets are spread out across the island and are often only accessible at certain points throughout the day. So how can you possibly eliminate them all in time? The solution won’t be easy, but with some practice (and quite a few resets) you’ll be able to solve the puzzle of Blackreef and break the loop. If At First You Don’t Succeed… Die, Die Again. Release window Q2 2021!
Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition – Digital Launch Day Reveal Trailer
DMC is back and better than ever in the series’ most SSStylish and most action-packed entry yet: Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition!
Oddworld: Soulstorm – PS5 Gameplay Trailer
Oddworld: Soulstorm – Bigger, bolder, badder, odder…the platformer evolves!
Five Nights at Freddys: Security Breach – Teaser trailer
Demon Souls – PS5 Gameplay Trailer
In Demon’s Souls, venture into the fog-ridden kingdom of Boletaria. Here, death is not the end, and again the challenge seems insurmountable. But this dark world draws you in nonetheless, with its sumptuous sights and chilling sounds. Through the power of the DualSense controller’s haptics, you feel every visceral blow, making even small victories all the sweeter.
Fortnite: Unreal Engine 4 Gameplay on PS5
PlayStation Plus Collection:
PlayStation 5 – UK Pricing and Release Date
God of War: Ragnarok – Teaser Trailer
and that is your show…..
……My Final Thoughts
So let me start with that price reveal, which is not surprising seeing how going more than the Series X is an instant self injury for the PS5. The All Digital version, which unlike the Series S is not a less powerful PS5 but simply one without an Optical Drive coming in at £359.99 puts it at current PS4 Pro pricing.
What is a kicker though, is the release date of November 19th for PAL regions whilst NTSC regions will get the launch on November 12th a full week before and at time of writing these thoughts, no Pre-Order information for the UK is officially available whilst for the US Pre-Orders will go live tomorrow at certain retailers. Xbox UK for example, had release date, pricing and Pre-order information at the time the announcement was made and so far now 40 mins after the event ended there is still nothing from PlayStation UK. PlayStation Plus Collection, if a feature of current PS Plus is a nice tiny clone of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, will bring a lot of iconic PS4 generation games on launch day day for owners of PS5, no doubt a way to entice those who may be coming to PlayStation for the first time a chance to see what they have missed.
But the games….well Spider Man: Miles Morales looking incredible from the preview scene they showed and instantly very different gameplay style for Miles than Peter Parker in Spider Man PS4, it looked incredible. Seeing Final Fantasy XVI was huge, I did not believe the rumours but it is there, though running on a PC Emulating a PS5 but its there. Demon Souls looks to be coming to Xbox Series X and PC as well as PS5 but it looked incredible with the new lighting effects so bravo to the brilliant BluePoint Games as always.
So the event was timed to leave the pricing and release date information for the big finish….well….that and confirming God of War: Ragnarok for 2021 on PS5 but it was well paced event in the end. The messy split in which regions get a PS5 launch has left a lot of people confused compared to the clear and concise messaging from Xbox in the US and UK especially. But its done. We know how much and when the PS5 will launch.
Now we can all focus on the fun excitement of the Next Generation launch in two months time!
*Update: 23:12pm – Over an hour after the event ended and amidst lots of confusion around Pre-Orders in the UK, PlayStation UK Tweeted this: