Sony disappoints at PlayStation 5 launch
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, and given us a better idea of when that will be.
It was hoped the next-generation of gaming consoles would be available by the end of the year.
During a stream showing off the games that will eventually be available on the console, Sony quietly confirmed it won't be out until 2021.
The prerecorded stream went live at 6am on Friday morning, 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.
GTA Online will be available on PS5 when it launches and PS4 players will get $1 million in-game money until it does.
"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 CEO 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 won't 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.
A look at Gran Turismo's next instalment followed, bringing with it the same iconic race tracks and cars we've come to expect from the franchise. It will probably have to wait until launch to see how the game leverages the new console.
Ratchet & Clank will make a proper return on PlayStation 5 as well.
The iconic franchise landed one console on the PS4: a re-imagining of the original game to tie in with a movie based on the franchise.
Ratchet and Clank: Rift Return promises to bring a new story and some sizeable changes, with one sure to raise the ire of the gaming community.
It appears a female Ratchet will appear in the next video game.
It's hard to get the full details from the brief preview shown during the launch event, but the game appears to centre around Clank falling into an alternate reality or timeline ala Rick and Morty, where he is teamed up with a female character who looks suspiciously like Ratchet, but claims to not even know who he is.
Reuniting Ratchet and Clank will likely involve playing as both characters, but the story may also be somewhat ancillary to the gameplay.
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.
The consoles are expected to arrive in November of this year, in time for the end of year holiday season.
Originally published as Sony disappoints at PS5 launch