After months of silence, the PS5 storefront we’ve all been waiting for has finally been confirmed, due to take place this Wednesday, September 16 at 1:00 p.m. PST / 4:00 p.m. ET / 9:00 p.m. BST. PlayStation has already announced that the digital live stream will be approximately 40 minutes long and will “focus on the latest titles from Worldwide Studios and our world-class development partners”.
Aside from the official announcements, there is of course a lot of rumor and speculation about what PlayStation has planned for this particular PS5 event, as well as some industry leaks that may have pre-emptively revealed some of the things we should be expecting to show up. Below we̵
PS5 price, release date, and pre-order information
After Microsoft announced the launch details for the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, it’s hard to imagine Sony continuing to be silent about the PS5 price, release date, and availability at this event. We’re about two months from the console launch window for Holiday 2020, and there’s only so long until PlayStation can exit before fans have any doubts.
There’s a good chance this information will be released at the end of the show, much like Sony unveiled the PS5 design to close its final storefront in June. However, PlayStation has confirmed that customers will be notified of the console’s pre-orders. So don’t worry about your wallet being ready for the entire stream.
Confirmed list of starting games
The icing on the cake of those launch day details is of course what we can expect to see on our shiny new console this vacation. While Spider-Man: Miles Morales has been confirmed as the PS5’s flagship launch title and Astros PlayRoom is already pre-installed on every system to hit store shelves, there are sure to be some other unannounced smaller and midsize exclusives from Sony planned as PS5 launch games , in addition to familiar entities like Demon’s Souls, Bugsnax, and Sackboy: A Big Adventure.
We can count both Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart and Horizon: Forbidden West from potential competitors on launch day as well, as both have been confirmed to hit shelves sometime after the PS5’s release. There is also the question of backwards compatible titles; While Sony has confirmed that the top 100 PS4 games will be playable on PS5 at launch, this list has yet to be fully released. Hopefully the storefront will give us the information we ask for.
PS5 user interface and experience
Aside from the launch day details and the list of upcoming PS5 games, we don’t know much about the new PlayStation interface either, which has only been shown in brief glimpses so far. What does the PS5 dashboard look like? How customizable is it? How easily can I transfer my PS4 data to the new system? How many entertainment apps like Spotify or Disney Plus can we expect at launch? What are the new social functions like?
Expect some, but not all, of these questions to be answered during the Wednesday show. Given that Microsoft has already shown its updated user interface and shown how new features like Quick Resume work and how fast the load times get due to the SSD, it would be appropriate for Sony to demonstrate some key features of the PS5 dashboard.
More “extended” new releases
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Far Cry 6, Cyberpunk 2077 and all PS5 upgrade game confirmed so far
PlayStation open (yes, open) its first PS5 storefront with the news that Grand Theft Auto 5, a seven year old title originally released on PS3 and Xbox One, will hit PS5 in 2021, and you can expect similar announcements for current generation titles .
When I talked about Rockstar, I wouldn’t be too surprised if, for example, Red Dead Redemption 2 showed up, or maybe the focus is on new releases from PlayStation Studios like The Last of Us Part 2, Spirit of Tsushima or God of War.
Basically, don’t expect PlayStation to focus solely on new PS5 games made exclusively for the console on Wednesday. Backward compatibility may have changed the way we think about remasters, but they don’t go anywhere yet.
Final Fantasy 16
Now for the specific games that we believe may show up on Wednesday, including the biggest rumor circulating this week. A now-deleted tweet from Square Enix game maker Shinji Hashimoto has JRPG fans predicting that Final Fantasy 16 is about to be heralded as a surprising PS5 game at the show.
After all, it’s been four years since Final Fantasy 15, while various vacancies and rumors so far suggest that development of the sequel has long been underway. Given Square Enix’s historic relationship with PlayStation (and the unveiling of Project Athia at the last PS5 event), it wouldn’t be much of a surprise if the storefront on Wednesday were seen as the perfect platform for the company to display the next episode of its popular edition publish franchise.
The last of us 2 factions
It’s easy to forget that the next game from Naughty Dog, a multiplayer spin-off of The Last of Us 2 / spiritual successor to The Last of Us’ factions, has already been confirmed, but we haven’t had any of it since that last time belongs to year.
That makes it a prime suspect for Wednesday’s live stream, especially now that The Last of Us 2 has come and gone and all eyes are on Naughty Dog to reveal what it’s been working on in semi-secret. PlayStation also knows that the appearance of the Naughty Dog logo alone is enough to wow a lot of people, making it a perfect way to open the show.
Horizon: Forbidden West
While Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart had time to shine at Gamescom Opening Night Live last month, we haven’t seen Horizon: Forbidden West since its formidable reveal trailer back in June.
While it’s hardly a guarantee that Guerrilla Games has anything planned for this Wednesday, a quick look at the game running in real time on PS5 sounds like an easy way for Sony to sell the power of the next generation of its new console and at the same time giving us an idea of how far this sequel is in development. Heck, we might even get a more specific release window confirmation, but don’t get your hopes up too high just yet.
This may seem like a wildcard choice, but I’m only saying it in light of what has annoyed DICE over the past week. Various social media clues suggest that EA’s own studio is gearing up for a great reveal of its next-gen shooter sequel.
We already know that Battlefield 6 is slated for release next year, and DICE’s patented large-scale warfare brand would fit well with PlayStation’s goals of impressing viewers with stunning PS5 gameplay in action. PlayStation has had a marketing partnership with Call of Duty and Activision for a number of years, but it’s not implausible to assume that this could change anytime soon as we make our way to a new generation.
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