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Everything You Need to Know About the PS5 Launch
Posted by Yuri Mangahas September 17, 2020

A week after Microsoft unveiled the release date and price points for Xbox Series X and S, Sony followed suit with a virtual showcase that revealed the retail price for the PlayStation 5’s standard and digital variants along with a handful of games that are coming to the platform.

 

Price & Release Dates

Contrary to expectations, the PS5’s retail price points are surprisingly lower.

Sony announced that the PS5 will initially hit shelves on Nov. 12 in the U.S., Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, and South Korea, while the rest of the world will get their hands on the console on Nov. 19. The company will market the platform with two price points: $499.99 for the base PS5 unit, and a cheaper $399.99 retail price for the disc-free digital edition.

 

The Games

Final Fantasy XVI

The long-rumored Final Fantasy XVI finally got a full reveal, with both gameplay footage and a cinematic trailer shown during the showcase. Subtitled Awakening, the game will feature a new cast of characters and appearances from Final Fantasy summons Ifrit, Phoenix, and Shiva.

 

Spider-Man: Miles Morales

Insomniac Games showcased the gameplay system for the much-awaited spin-off Spider-Man: Miles Morales. Just like its predecessor, the game plays smoothly and looks stunning on the PS5. There was a good mix of gameplay and cinematics shown off, with an extended battle on a bridge being a particular highlight. The game is slated to debut on the PS5 and the PS4 in the holiday season.

 

Hogwarts Legacy

Rejoice, Potterheads! Sony has unveiled a new IP set in the continuity of the Harry Potter books. Titled Hogwarts Legacy, the game will allow players to live the life of a wizarding student during the 1800s. While Sony hasn’t confirmed how Hogwarts Legacy will pan out, the trailer heavily implies an open-world dynamic for the game.

 

Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War

Activision gave viewers a sneak peek at the upcoming Call of Duty entry Black Ops: Cold War. The gameplay showcase featured a mix of melee, bullet, and unmanned vehicle action. PS4 players may also get to try the game’s multiplayer mode on Friday ahead of its worldwide release on Nov. 13.

 

Resident Evil Village

Capcom and Sony teased another look at Resident Evil Village during the event. While the story remains vague as of writing, the trailer heavily alluded to fairy tale elements and highlighted a clearer picture of the titular village and its horrifying residents.

 

Demon’s Souls

Souls fans definitely got a little treat of their own with the reveal of Demon’s Souls remake’s gameplay system. Naturally, things look a lot better on PS5 than when the game first released in 2009, but it looks to have very much retained the spirit of the original game, with the sounds of weighty hacking uninterrupted by music or ambient noise.

 

God of War: Ragnarok

Sony closed off the showcase with a bang as the company teased the follow-up to the fourth God of War entry, God of War: Ragnarok. The company did not show any cinematics or gameplay footage for the game, save for its logo, and a planned release in 2021.

 

The PlayStation Plus Collection

PS5 owners may access beloved PS4 classics The Last of Us Remastered, God of War, and Persona 5 via the PS Plus collection.

Sony announced a brand new benefit for PlayStation Plus subscribers, and it’s a pretty sweet deal. Subscribers can access a whole bunch of downloadable PS4 classics upon the PS5’s launch, ranging from Uncharted 4, God of War, The Last of Us: Remastered, and a lot more. The company also revealed that Horizon Forbidden West is set to hit the PS4 console along with its successor.

 

“We know that the PS4 community will transition to PS5 at different times, and we’re happy to announce PS4 versions of some of our exclusives,” Sony said in a blog entry.

 

Excited to try the PlayStation 5? What games are you looking forward to playing on the platform? Let us know in the comments!

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