Sony showed the PlayStation 5 yesterday and the all-digital event was a resounding success. Millions of people watched and cheered the cat as the seasoned console maker showed one game after another that could help it win the console war.
Sony is entering this generation change as chief with more than 111 million consoles sold, against 48 million for the Xbox One and 58 million for the Nintendo Switch. And yesterday’s event showed that Sony has no plans to let its rivals catch up. The event showed that the company is well on its way to supply material for the holidays and that it has a bunch of exclusive games that people want to play.
Microsoft, on the other hand, had to apologize for not impressing everyone with its event in May.
the Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart The Insomniac Games demo showed a lot of extensive gameplay. One of the technological wonders it showed was instantaneous switching of the environment. He showed how Ratchet could go from one dimension to another with total interactivity and almost no downtime. One of the advantages of SSDs that PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X will have is such rapid interaction without loading time. The idea is to have fast storage that can meet the need to move a ton of data through the processor and the graphics processing unit. It was a real next generation advantage that we saw working on the PS5.
Sony and Insomniac also showed Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, a sequel to the spectacular Marvel’s Spider-Man exclusive to 2018. Yes, we now know why Sony bought Insomniac Games in August 2019. Since the launch of the first Spider-Man game, Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse debuted and Morales has stolen the hearts of the general public . It brings exciting diversity to the superhero genre and is the perfect type of game coming soon for players who want something different and different.
Sony unveiled the sequel to Guerrilla Games at Horizon Zero Dawn – Guerrilla Games Horizon Forbidden West – as part of its list of proprietary games produced in-house. We know Horizon was probably going to appear, but the Spider-Man title was a complete surprise. Sony showed Horizon last, and that was exactly what it took to get everyone excited. These are the types of trailers that you look at over and over again.
They brought a lot more games
More than two dozen games were broadcast during the one-hour event. Fortunately for Sony, some of these titles did not leak, and Sony therefore obtained big results on the surprise factor.
Some headlines included Gran Turismo 7 (Polyphony Digital), Astro games room (Japan Studio / Team Asobi), Sackboy: A Big Adventure and Demon’s Souls (Japan Studio / Bluepoint Games). Sony also revealed a few independent songs that looked good, like Kena: Bridge of Spirits, Stray (Annapurna / Blue Twelve Studio) and Bugsnax (Young Horses). It was good to see Lorne Lanning all of Oddworld: Soulstorm (Oddworld).
Sony has also brought out third-party publishers with great titles like NBA 2K21 (2K, Visual Concepts), Deathloop (Bethesda / Arkane Studios) and Project Athia (Square Enix / Luminous Productions).
Sony showed its hardware
Since Sony was quieter about its hardware release, there have been real revelations in the hardware department.
Sony had two options: one comes with an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc player and the digital model doesn’t have a disc player. This cheaper digital model could help it postpone any attempt by Microsoft to price its rival Xbox Series X below the price of Sony.
The company has promised that this material will be transformative and that the difference between generations will be obvious to those of us who love exceptional graphics and technological advancements.
Sony also presented its Pulse 3D wireless headset and its new DualSense wireless game controllers. Many players will be obsessed with these details for days.
Some big questions
If you are not a big fanboy or fangirl of Sony, you have probably found a lot of holes in the presentation. This is normal, because you cannot combine everything in a short presentation.
Sony did not reveal the price of its console in the dark, nor did it say whether it would have a sequel to the PlayStation VR headset, as many fans of virtual reality hope. We also haven’t heard anything about Activision playing favorites with its upcoming Call of Duty game. Activision could have shown its title to Sony, but it clearly chose not to do so.
Microsoft’s own list of exclusives and third-party games announced in May was not as impressive. They were interesting, but not the kind of blockbusters you’d expect, and Microsoft has so far made the mistake of not revealing its headlines before Sony. I’m sure they have a lot of exclusive Xbox Series X games, but we still don’t really know which are the big ones.
Some people are of course ready to declare this a slam dunk for Sony in the console war. But many things were missing. Sony did not mention the price. If it comes in at $ 500 and Microsoft’s Xbox Series X comes in at $ 400, then the war is over.
Sony also made no noise about backward compatibility, a feature that Microsoft touts. That didn’t say much about the competition with Microsoft’s subscription service, Game Pass, which Microsoft also pushed harder as a great way to experience games. Sony hasn’t even said that its two PlayStation 4 headlines of the year – The Last of Us Part II and Ghost of Tsushima – will work on PS5. We’re pretty sure, but Sony could at least have released some details about it.
Sony also has a lot of third-party support, but it’s not all exclusive. A typical example is Hitman 3, which got good airtime during the show as a PlayStation 5 title. But it also appears on the Xbox Series X, as Microsoft nicely pointed out in its own tweet. Titles like Fortnite will also be on both consoles. Ubisoft games will be on both consoles, and I suspect Resident Evil Village (Resident Evil 8) will also be on Xbox Series X.
GTA 5 and GTA Online will also be on PS5, and it’s unclear how exclusive it will be. It’s a bit dangerous for Microsoft to allow any love story, however brief, between Rockstar Games and Sony.
It’s certainly love at first sight for Microsoft. But Microsoft still has a lot of exclusives to show, like Halo: Infinite. And Microsoft has always been reluctant to show games that in the distant future, while Sony had no qualms about showing games that will appear sometime in 2021.
But Sony clearly did what it was supposed to do at the start of the console war. He put the ball in Microsoft’s court.