Sony had a busy news day with the announcement of PlayStation VR for PS5, a new State of Play, the return of Play at Home and more
It was a busy news day for Sony with the announcement of a new State of Play, the return of Play at Home, the reveal of a new PSVR model for the PlayStation 5 and a whole lot more. Here’s a roundup of all of today’s news.
State of Play coming Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021
Sony has announced its next State of Play event, which is slated for 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021.
According to the PlayStation Blog, the event will last about 30 minutes and focus on 10 upcoming games for the PS4 and PS5. It’ll include new game announcements and updates on third-party and indie titles shown in June’s PS5 showcase.
“There won’t be PlayStation hardware or business-focused updates in this show,” Sid Shuman, senior director of Sony Interactive Entertainment content communications, said in the Blog post. “We’re focusing on great games set to come out in the months ahead.” You can stream the show live on Twitch and YouTube.
PlayStation VR is getting revamped for PS5
While the current PSVR hardware is fully compatible with PlayStation 5, it was designed for PS4 and has some setbacks like requiring the set up of multiple cords in order to use it and lower resolution than is desirable for next-generation games.
That’s why Sony is designing a brand new VR headset, specifically geared at running PS5 games.
According to the PlayStation Blog, the new hardware won’t be launching in 2021, but it’s in the works for a near-future release. That most likely means it’ll release sometime next year. New features of the device are yet to be fully revealed, but the Blog post mentioned a single cord hookup (unfortunately, it won’t be wireless), enhanced resolution and field of view, better tracking and input and a high-fidelity visual experience.
Also, Sony announced that new VR controllers that will utilize DualSense technology are on the way. Current PSVR hardware relies on the PS3-era PlayStation Move controllers or the use of a DualShock 4 or DualSense controller. “With both PlayStation VR and the next-generation VR system we’re building, our commitment to virtual reality as a medium for games is stronger than ever,” said Hideaki Nishino,
PlayStation’s senior vice president of platform planning and management, in the Blog post. “We look forward to sharing more details in the future!”
Sony announces the return of Play at Home
In April 2020, Sony offered Journey and Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection for free to PlayStation gamers and now more free games are on their way. According to the PlayStation Blog, Sony’s Play at Home initiative starts in March and will last through June. That’s four months of perks. Beginning March 1, Ratchet & Clank for PS4 will be available as a free download to all PlayStation users through March 31. On March 25, users will receive extended access for new subscribers to Funimation, Sony’s anime-focused subscription service.
The Blog went on to say further details of what will be offered for the rest of the initiative will be shared “in the coming weeks.”
More PlayStation exclusives coming to PC, starting with Days Gone
As first reported by GQ, Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan has confirmed that more first-party Sony games are coming to PC. The next game to come to the platform will be Days Gone in spring of this year. Previously, Sony released Horizon: Zero Dawn on PC last year, so it’s not the first Sony title to release on the platform. Other titles coming to PC have not been announced, but you can expect news on those in the near future.
Twisted Metal to get its own TV show
On Monday, several outlets, including Variety, reported that a Twisted Metal TV series is coming from Sony Pictures TV and PlayStation Productions. The live-action show is set to be crafted by the writers of Deadpool, Variety reported. The “series is described as an action-comedy based on an original take by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick,” who, in addition to Deadpool, wrote Zombieland, according to Variety. No timeline has been reported for when the show may begin or what platform it’ll be offered on, but more should be revealed about the show soon.
Gran Turismo 7 delayed
Not all of the morning’s news was good news. Gran Turismo 7 has been delayed into next year, according to IGN and GQ.
Sony stated that the reason for the delay is related to impact of the COVID pandemic and production problems due to the changes many businesses have had to make due to the ongoing coronavirus situation.
Other recent announcements from the PlayStation Blog
- Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time will be coming to PS5 on March 12 (it’s also coming to Nintendo Switch and Xbox Series X|S).
- Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart releases on June 11 on PS5.
- Can’t Drive This, a vehicular split-screen racing game where one player drives while the other builds the track in front of them, comes to PS4 and PS5 on March 19.