Sony PlayStation 5 event gives first look at games, specs, price
SONY has given a sneak peek at some of the games that will be sucking us in when the next generation PlayStation 5 console goes on sale, which is due to be later this year.
The prerecorded stream went live at 6am on Friday, after an event originally scheduled for Thursday last week was postponed to give space to the BlackLivesMatter protests.
The event began with a montage of past games to show the history of the platform.
Particular attention was paid to reflecting on Grand Theft Auto 5, which some have estimated is the most financially successful piece of media of all time, that sold over 120 million copies since launching in 2013.
Sony also showed what the console is going to look like.
“It was great to kick today off with a look back at just some of the seminal moments of the last 25 years, and what better way to bridge our past and our future than with a game that’s graced every PlayStation console: Grand Theft Auto. It’s been a privilege partnering with Rockstar games for many years now, and we’re thrilled to open today with the news that partnership will continue with PlayStation 5,” Sony
Interactive Entertainment president and chief executive Jim Ryan said.
“It’s now just over a year since we began sharing technical details of PlayStation 5, but today’s the day we’ve been looking forward to for years, where we get to show you just some of the games that demonstrate our belief that PlayStation 5 marks the biggest generational transition our industry has yet seen,” he added.
“Enough from me, we’re going to have our games do the talking.”
The game footage shown off was all captured from a PlayStation 5, Sony claimed, not rendered to wow crowds as has been the case in some previous gaming unveils.
Grand Theft Auto will not be the only iconic franchise to return on PlayStation 5.
A long awaited new game in the Ratchet & Clank franchise, as well as a new Gran Turismo game, were also announced during the event.
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales led the game showcase, showing off an upcoming game featuring the reimagined Spider-Man from 2018’s Into the Spider-Verse movie.
While 4K, 60 frames per second (fps) gaming is the target for next-gen consoles, the stream was presented at 1080p, 30fps to make it easier to produce during work-from-home changes stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Earlier this week, a leaked Amazon UK listing suggested a price of $1090 in Australia for the console, but it could be slightly cheaper as UK shoppers tend to pay more for electronics, if that price is even accurate.
Sony has promised release later this year but no firm date is currently set for launch.
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