Sony will show off games for the PlayStation 5 during an official online showcase at 4pm ET on Thursday June 4.
In a blog post today, Sony boss Jim Ryan promised that the showcase will include games and will run “a bit more than an hour.”
That’s why I’m excited to share that we will soon give you a first look at the games you’ll be playing after PlayStation 5 launches this holiday. The games coming to PS5 represent the best in the industry from innovative studios that span the globe. Studios, both larger and smaller, those newer and those more established, all have been hard at work developing games that will showcase the potential of the hardware.
The event will continue the unconventional build-up to the PS5's late 2020 launch, one that began with earlier official word than expected but then down-shifted to a pace slower than that of the rival Xbox. While we’ve seen the Xbox Series X (revealed last December) and got to watch a showcase of Series X third-party games earlier this month, we’ve still only seen the PS5's controller and not seen any games. (Microsoft’s first-party Series X games aren’t scheduled to be shown to the public until July.)
Sony first began sharing details about the PS5 in April 2019 via Wired magazine, focusing on the console’s processing power and its solid-state drive, a storage solution that will speed up load times. SSDs are common in gaming PCs and will also be in the Xbox Series X, though Sony’s approach is expected to be exceptionally speedy.
Sony revealed the console’s expected name—PS5—in October; staged a tech talk from system architect Mark Cerny in March of this year, during what would normally have been Game Developers Conference; and showed the system’s new DualSense controller in April.
Earlier this month, Epic Games showed off a dazzling and supposedly playable graphical tech demo that ran off of a PS5 devkit. It served as a showcase of the power and speed of the new console (though the same features displayed will also be supported on Xbox Series X).
According to a report in Bloomberg from last month, Sony still expects to launch the PS5 during the holiday season but expects to make fewer units than it did for the PS4's launch due to price.
What we don’t know is what Sony’s internal studios have on tap for the PS5's launch. Console launches always include first-party games, but pickings can be slim on day one. The PS4 launched with three new Sony-published titles: Cerny and Japan Studio’s Knack, Guerrilla Games’ Killzone: Shadow Fall, and the externally developed but Sony-published Resogun.
In less than a week we will know a lot more about what Sony’s internal studios have on tap for the PS5.