PlayStation 5 Showcase on September 16
At long last, we finally have a confirmed date for more PS5 info! Whether it was planned all along, or the XBOX Series S and X price and date leaks nudged them forward, the PlayStation 5 Showcase is set for September 16th. The only details from their blog are as follows: “Our next digital showcase will weigh in at around 40 minutes, and feature updates on the latest titles from Worldwide Studios and our world-class development partners.
Tune in live on Twitch or YouTube this Wednesday, September 16 at 1pm PDT / 9pm BST / 10pm CEST to see what’s next for PS5.”
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) September 12, 2020
PlayStation 5 Showcase Speculation:
I have to imagine that we will see the slate of games that the PS5 will launch with. Sony has previously announced that Spider-Man: Miles Morales, the follow up of Insomniac’s mega hit, Marvel’s Spider-Man, will indeed be a launch title. Insomniac has stated that it is a unique story set in the same universe. With such a short time in-between the two titles (and with Insomniac developing Ratchet and Clank: Rift Part for “Launch Widow,” it’s safe to assume that they might be using the base that was already created for the previous title. I’m in no way insinuating that they are just straight up reused and not upgraded, but there has to be some form of upcycling for Miles if it is indeed a full-fledged title. Info surrounding Miles has been sparse. For whatever reason, we’ve seen far more from the next Ratchet game that releases months after Miles. As for other first-party launch titles, we honestly are not sure, but the following have been swirling around the rumor mill or confirmed.
- Demon’s Souls Remake: We’ve seen snippets of this one, but much like all Sony news, it has been quiet ever since. This would be a huge reveal if it were to be a launch title.
- Gran Turismo 7: We did get a couple minutes of what looked like gameplay from a previous PlayStation show. It wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility, and it would be a nice way to usher in next gen.
- Astro’s Playroom (confirmed launch): This one is confirmed and will be loaded on to every PS5 that is shipped. The PSVR title was spectacular, so while it might not be the heavy-hitting franchise many people have on the tips of their tongues, it will surely be a solid title that will work as a great showcase for the tech inside the system and controller.
If Miles, Demon’s Souls and Gran Turismo 7 all make at launch, that would make for an outstanding launch. A nice variety of AAA games. Add in the third party offerings (Call of Duty, Sports titles), and backwards compatible games, the PS5 launch would go off well for all buyers.
Release Date and Price
Microsoft’s leaks may or may not have urged Sony to push their details forward, but the release date and price had to be coming soon. The only problem? We don’t even know if they are indeed part of this show. The murky details from the blog post don’t provide me with confidence to 100% say that we will get details on release date and pre-order info, but I find it really hard to believe that Sony would let Microsoft own the news cycle up to its pre-order date of September 22nd.
I think Sony will either beat them to the punch and open up pre-orders at the show’s end, or somewhere right thereafter. I honestly can’t imagine what the water-cooler talk would be should Sony completely omit a release date and/or price. It’s almost certain, but it is weird that they didn’t hype up their event with that info. More than likely they are going to, “but wait one more thing,” us and lay out all the details for their future console. I hope so, anyway.