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PS5 Reveal Event - Here is What Went Down

PS5 Reveal Event - Here is What Went Down - Article

by William D'Angelo , posted on 02 August 2020 / 3,384 Views

Sony Interactive Entertainment held its big PlayStation 5 reveal event today with showcasing multiple first-party and third-party games, and unveiling what the PS5 console looks like. What they did not announce was the launch date or price of the console. 

The PS5 reveal event ran for around one hour and 15 minutes and started off with the announcement Grand Theft Auto V will be getting a release on the PS5 in 2021 and Grand Theft Auto Online will be free for the PS5 when Grand Theft Auto V launches.

Next up was a sequel to one of the most popular games on the PS4, Marvel’s Spider-Man. The game is titled Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales and will launch for the PS5 in Holiday 2020. 

Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales

Sony quickly followed it up by announcing another first-party game, this time the next entry in the popular racing series, Gran Turismo. Gran Turismo 7 was announced for the PlayStation 5. The last entry in the series, Gran Turismo Sport, released in 2017 for the PS4. After that Sony stuck to first-party games with the announced of Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart.

Following a few first-party title announcements, came a third-party game from Square Enix and subsidiary Luminous Production with a new IP. Project Athia is a PS5 exclusive and is " a completely new and fresh gaming experiences that fuses together the latest technologies with art." 

Next up was publisher Annapurna Interactive and developer Blue Twelve Studio who announced a game where you play as a cat, Stray, for the console. "Lost, alone, and separated from family, a stray cat must untangle an ancient mystery to escape a long-forgotten cybercity and find the way home," is how the game is described. It will launch in 2021.

New IP, Returnal, was announced next for the PS5. It is published by Sony Interactive Entertainment and developed Housemarque. The game "combines side-scrolling action with roguelike gameplay into a third-person shooter where players fight to survive a hostile planet that changes with every death. Players can switch instinctively between firing modes by using a single adaptive trigger and can get right back into the action after dying."

Sony announced a return to LittleBigPlanet with "an all-new 3D adventure" Sackboy: A Big Adventure. Following that announcement was Lucid Games who announced Destruction Allstars. It is an "action-packed sports event that pits drivers against one another in an intense competition. The goal? Wreck as many cars as possible."

Gran Turismo 7

Ember Lab announced a story-driven action adventure game, Kena: Bridge of Spirits. The game has a "stunning visual aesthetic combining exploration with fast-paced combat." KO_OP has announced cinematic narrative adventure game, Goodbye Volcano High, for the PS5, PS4 and Windows PC.

Oddworld Inhabitants announced it will release Oddworld: Soulstorm for the PS5. The game was previously announced for the PS4, Xbox One and PC. Publisher Bethesda Softworks and developer Tango GameWorks announced GhostWire: Tokyo will launch in 2021 for PS5. It was previously announced for the PS4, Xbox One and PC.

The PS5 reveal event continued with more third-party games as Superbrothers and Pine Scented announced Jett The Far Shore for the PS5 and PS4. It is a "cinematic action adventure" game that takes you on an " interstellar trip to carve out a future for a people haunted by oblivion." That was followed up by a new trailer for Godfall, which will launch in Holiday 2020 for PS5 and PC via The Epic Games Store.

Developer Heart Machine announced Solar Ash will be getting a release on the PS5. IO Interactive announced Hitman III will launch in 2021 for the PS5, Xbox Series X, PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

Sony then announced Astro's Playroom for the PS5, which will come pre-loaded on the console. In the game you can "explore four worlds, each based on PS5’s console components. Each area showcases innovative gameplay that taps into the new features of the PS5's DualSense wireless controller."

Horizon: Forbidden West

Neostream announced action-adventure RPG, Little Devil Inside, for the PS5, then the basketball game, NBA 2K21, was announced it was headed to the console. The creators of Octodad: Dadliest Catch announced Bugsnax.

Publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment and developers Bluepoint Games and SIE Japan Studio announced a remake of Demon’s Souls for the PS5.

Bethesda Softworks and Arkane Lyan announced first-person action game, Deathloop, was coming to the PS5. Capcom at the event announced Resident Evil VIII: Village and Pragmata. The former will be launching in 2021 and the latter in 2022.

The last game showed at the PS5 reveal event was Horizon: Forbidden West from developer Guerrilla Games. The game "continues Aloy’s story as she moves west to a far-future America to brave a majestic, but dangerous frontier where she’ll face awe-inspiring machines and mysterious new threats."

PS5 Console

Sony ended the big PS5 reveal event by unveiling the PlayStation 5 console itself. Alongside the standard PS5 model, Sony announced a PS5 Digital Edition,  a PS5 console with no disc-drive. The standard PS5 includes an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive. A release date and launch date were not announced.

"With PlayStation 5, we are making a significant leap to deliver a truly new generation of transformative play experiences that will redefine expectations for what games can be,” said Sony Interactive Entertainment president Jim Ryan.

"Worlds will be richer and more beautiful, they’ll captivate your senses in ways you didn’t think possible, and you’ll be able to experience them much more seamlessly, with lightning fast loading. Today’s showcase is just a glimpse of what’s to come in the next generation, and we want to thank our community for taking this journey to PS5’s launch with us."

Sony also announced PS5 accessories:

  • PULSE 3D wireless headset – offering 3D audio support and dual noise-cancelling microphones;
  • HD Camera – featuring dual 1080p lenses for gamers to broadcast themselves along with their epic gameplay moments;
  • Media Remote – a remote control with built-in microphone to navigate movies and streaming services with ease; and
  • DualSense Charging Station – for convenient charging of two DualSense Wireless Controllers.

PlayStation 5 will launch in Holiday 2020.

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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Bristow9091 (on 11 June 2020)

If I had to sum up the show today without referring to Owen Wilson's trademarked (It should be!) wow, it'd be out-fucking-standing. They delivered so much more than I was expecting, and there's still more to come!

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khotboat Bristow9091 (on 12 June 2020)

Agreed, can't wait to see more!

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TallSilhouette (on 11 June 2020)

They had me a little worried in the beginning, but the show just kept getting better as it went on. Almost didn't think we'd see the console after all. Glad we did. I'd give the show a solid A.

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DonFerrari (on 11 June 2020)

A very good summary.
I would say the only negative of the presentation to me was that despise they asking to use the headphone I didn`t see anything special on the audio.

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catofellow (on 12 June 2020)

Reverse Ice Cream Sandwich design. Chocolate ice cream with vanilla wafers.

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