Well, it was about time 2020 gave us something good. Yesterday evening Sony revealed the Playstation 5, and my, what a reveal it was.
During an hour-long live streamed event, we got to have a look at 25 of the amazing games that will be coming out for the newest generation console, and we finally got a look at the console itself.
The event opened with the announcement that there will be a new expansion for GTA V, exclusively for the PS5. Grand Theft Auto is a franchise that has been on every PlayStation console, so while it would have been awesome to have had a reveal for GTA 6, we can definitely make do with what we’ve got. GTA V Expanded and Enhanced will be released for next-generation consoles in the second half of 2021, and PS5 player will have access to GTA Online for free, as well as $1 million in-game cash each month.
Spiderman: Miles Morales
The first new game we saw presented was Spider-Man: Miles Morales, and I am fully behind this sequel. The actor lending his likeness to Miles in the new game also appeared in Spider-Man for the PS4 as Miles, and played Miles Morales in Spider-Man: Into The Spiderverse. There is currently less than a minute of footage from Spider-Man: Miles Morales, but honestly, what we saw looked amazing! This will be a holiday 2020 release, which means there’s really not long to wait!
Gran Turismo 7
Next up was Gran Turismo 7. This looks like another solid release from the Gran Turismo franchise. We got a little bit of gameplay footage and honestly, the graphics look awesome. The release date hasn’t been confirmed yet, but based on previous released we would guess it’s not going to be too far behind console release.
Ratchett and Clank: Rift Apart
One of my favourite announcements, the newest instalment in the Ratchett and Clank franchise looks great fun! There’s no release date yet, although we did see a tech demo, and I’m just excited about this one. Features like being able to use portals to instantly change location just sound like great fun!
We only got a tiny glimpse of this new PS5 exclusive, but it looks breathtaking. From what we can gather it’ll most likely be a third person action game, and there are dragons. What more do you need?
The reveal trailer for this game didn’t really tell us a lot. All we know is it’s released in 2021, and there were robots and cats. I think that’s all I needed to be sold on this game though.
Another game that I’m pretty excited about, this game is centred around an astronaut who dies again, and again, and again. Returnal seems to be a third person action shooter, and to be honest that’s my favourite kind of game.
Sackboy: A Big Adventure
Sackboy is back! Although this doesn’t look to have the level construction elements of Little Big Planet, this looks like a brilliantly fun platformer with a mascot that everyone loves! No release date yet, though I think this could be a great Christmas hit.
Plain old, destructive fun. There’s car combat, you can get out of your car and do some parkour, it’s bright, colourful and sure to be popular when it releases in 2021.
Kena: Bridge of Spirits
Another game I really liked the look of, this Christmas 2020 release has lots of cuddly squishy creatures, and gave me Zelda vibes. Can’t wait!
Goodbye Volcano High
Dinosaur-people teenagers, living in a world that’s about to experience the end? I’m not sure about this one if I’m honest, but we’ll find out in 2021.
This looks like a triumphant return for Abe. We’ve seen previews of this game before, but it’s been subject to a series of delays. There’s no release date for this, but we’re waiting with bated breath!
This game was previewd at E3 2019, but this is the first time we’ve seen any gameplay. The first person action and crazy ghost monsters were all I needed to get excited about this one. It’s slated for a 2021 release, and I’m hoping it’s early 2021!
Jett: The Far Shore
Another Christmas 2020 release, the trailer for this gave very little away, are we building cities and looking after people? Also looks like there’s some action too.
This was the first PS5 game to be announced, at the Game Awards 2019. It’s a looter shooter, but the combat looks fun. It’ll be released Christmas 2020
Another game that I am so looking forward to, not very much is known about this game, the images are odd, the perspective spins, there’s a black hole and it’ll be released in 2021, and that’s everything I can tell you.
The new Dubai setting for this game looks stunning, other than that it’s just Hitman doing Hitman things. Bound to be good fun! We’re looking at a January 2021 release.
Astro Bot’s Playroom
The PS5 will come pre-loaded with the demo for Astro Bots Playroom. Similar to the VR Astro Bot: Robot Rescue, this game looks like good, family fun.
Little Devil Inside
Another game where the only thing I can really tell you is I liked it. The visuals are stunning, the official description says survival, I say yes. No release date as yet though!
The graphics on this are looking amazing – the photo-realistic images of Zion Williamson are a great selling point for the graphical power of the PS5. Slated for an Autumn 2020 release, this one is will also be available on current generation consoles.
I’m honestly not 100% sure what this new game from the makers of Octodad is all about but I’m definitely looking forward to it. This is a Christmas 2020 released and will definitely be a family hit.
I’m not sure about everyone else, but to me this game was immediately recognisable. Coming from the studio behind the Shadow of the Colossus, this remake of Dark Souls spiritual prequel should be amazing.
This, this is my favourite game from this list. Sure, there are others I’m looking forward to, but this one made me think “yeah I’d buy a PS5 to play this game”. A game that has a Bioshock-esque vibe, and a compelling story, this is one is top of my Christmas list.
Resident Evil Village
Another immediately recognisable title, the newest Resident Evil entry looks awesome. A werewolf, and Chris Redfield turning villian is definitely interesting. We’re looking forward to this next year.
Another game we don’t know much about, other than it looks awesome. The official word is this will be a ‘dystopian near-future on Earth’s moon’. This is slated for a 2022 release, so we’ve got a while to wait yet!
Horizon: Forbidden West
What a final game to show. We’re not expecting this to be a launch title, but we are expecting it to be awesome. There are giant mechanical elephants, it’s set in a new location and Aloy is as badass as ever. Fantastic.
And then, of course, we had the showpiece – the first look at the PS5. All we can really say is wow, what a sexy bit of kit it looks to be.
We’ve seen the full edition and the digital edition, as well as the controllers, and we’ve had a full run down of the specs:
- CPU: AMD Zen 2-based CPU with 8 cores at 3.5GHz (variable frequency)
- GPU: 10.28 TFLOPs, 36 CUs at 2.23GHz (variable frequency)
- GPU architecture: Custom RDNA 2
- Memory interface: 16GB GDDR6 / 256-bit
- Memory bandwidth: 448GB/s
- Internal storage: Custom 825GB SSD
- IO throughput: 5.5GB/s (raw), typical 8-9GB/s (compressed)
- Expandable storage: NVMe SSD slot
- External storage: USB HDD support (PS4 games only)
- Optical drive: 4K UHD Blu-ray drive
We know the DualSense PS5 controller will have haptic feedback and adaptive triggers. Sony have said that these adaptive triggers are important to let players feel the tension of their actions, like drawing a bow to shoot an arrow. This will let developers program the resistance of the triggers to simulate actions more accurately.
We don’t yet know the price tag of the PS5, but we would expect it to be around £650+ for the full version.
Let us know your thoughts and feels on the presentation, and what games you’re excited for in the comments box below!