The PlayStation 5 has been a resounding success since launch and shows no signs of slowing down. As a result, the hardware has broken multiple sales records to become the fastest selling home video game console of all time. Here at Best Buy we have created your one and only stop for all the latest and greatest news on PlayStation 5.
Recently, Sony achieved a major milestone with over 10 million PS5 units sold. Looking ahead to the fall / winter release schedule PlayStation is poised to keep momentum strong into 2022. There are many exciting titles coming to the PS5, here are some of the biggest upcoming games and accessories for the platform.
PlayStation Showcase 2021
Over the past few months, PlayStation has been relatively quiet when it comes to news about upcoming games. That all changed today! In a roughly 40 minute digital presentation, Sony gave updates on games from PlayStation Studios and key third party publishers. Amongst the many announcements we saw new gameplay trailers for Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands, Rainbow Six Extraction, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Deathloop and more.
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 and Marvel’s Wolverine
Insomniac Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment
Insomniac Games has been on a roll recently with Marvel’s Spider-Man, Spider-Man Miles Morales and Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart. It was only a matter of time before the next Spider-Man game was announced and today that happened. Spider-Man 2, coming exclusively to PS5 in 2023, continues the story of both Peter Parker and Miles Morales in a single-player adventure.
The footage shown was just a glimpse of what’s to come. Much of the development team from Marvel’s Spider-Man is working on the game and the same voice actors for both Peter and Miles are returning. During the minute and a half trailer, we got to see some of the new abilities and suits that will be in the game. And, during the final few seconds of the trailer, Venom was shown.
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Quite possibly the biggest surprise of the PlayStation Showcase 2021 was the announcement of Marvel’s Wolverine by Insomniac Games. This is a standalone game that is being directed by Brian Horton and Camera Christian, who recently led the creative efforts on Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales. Not a whole lot is known about the game as the announcement teaser showed a brief cutscene of walking up to an individual in the bar and then realizing it was Wolverine. The game is early in development and will be a PS5 exclusive.
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Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic – Remake
Aspyr / Lucasfilm Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment
Aspyr, Lucasfilm Games, and Sony Interactive Entertainment announced Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic – Remake. This is a remake of the original Star Wars story and role-playing game from 2003. In development as a PlayStation 5 console exclusive at launch and for PC, the game is completely rebuilt from the ground up.
Development is led by a newly created team composed of industry veterans at developer and publisher Aspyr, working in close collaboration with Lucasfilm Games. Aspyr and Lucasfilm Games have worked together in recent years to bring multiple classic Star Wars titles to modern platforms, including the original Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. The game will be published on PS5 by SIE, while the PC version of the game will be published by Aspyr.
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It’s been a few years since Project Eve was first announced and at today’s showcase Shift Up gave us a closer look at the PS5 game. The game takes place in the not-too-distant future where mankind has fled from Earth after losing a war to an alien race known as the NA:tives. You play as Eve, the survivor of the paratrooper squad deployed from the Colony, who must fight the intruders to win back Earth.
Combat is reminiscent of the Devil May Cry series, highlighted by evading attacks by weaving in multiple combo skills. As you progress, Eve acquires skills and items, growing stronger and stronger. Eve also has a Burst Gauge which accumulates with successive parries and combos, which can be used to activate buffs and powerful attacks like a leaping stab. Shift Up has assured gamers around the world that Project Eve will use the power of the PS5 and DualSense wireless controller’s haptic feedback for an out of this world experience. No release date has been announced.
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God of War Ragnarök
Santa Monica Studio / Sony Interactive Entertainment
One of the biggest highlights of the PlayStation Showcase 2021, was the first real look at God of War Ragnarok. The game picks up a few years after the event of 2018’s God of War. Winter has come to Midgard, making survival for Kratos, Atreus and Mimir even more challenging than ever.
As a young boy, Atreus is curious and wants to understand who he is and who he could be. The mystery of Loki’s role in the upcoming conflict is something that Atreus cannot let go of. He wants to keep his family safe, but Atreus also doesn’t want to stand by and do nothing while conflict consumes the Nine Realms.
Kratos wants to spare Atreus the bloody lessons he learned from his conflict with gods and keep his son safe. Together, Kratos and Atreus will have to make a choice about which path they will take. Whatever they choose will define the fate of all those living in the Nine Realms as Ragnarök approaches. God of War Ragnarök releases in 2022 on PS5 and PS4.
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Classic franchises return for a new generation
To the delight of fans both Ghost of Tsushima and Death Stranding will be receiving new content and significant upgrades in all new versions of the games.
Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut will have a whole new story arc in its new Iki Island expansion along with other upgrades on both the PS5 and PS4. The PlayStation 5 version will see the most significant improvements with DualSense haptic feedback support, reduced load times, 3D audio and dynamic 4K resolution at 60 fps. The PS5 experience will also support one of the biggest fan requested features: Japanese lip-sync in cutscenes. Whether returning to Tsushima, or visiting for the first time, this is the quintessential experience arriving on August 20th, 2021.
Death Stranding Director’s Cut will make its debut on the PS5 with new content and a host of improvements. This new version of the game will have extended storylines, more advanced combat, new weapons, vehicles and extra missions. The PS5 exclusive features will include deeper immersion with DualSense feedback, 3D Audio, near-instant load times and upgraded graphics, framerate and resolution options. The definitive version of Death Stranding arrives for the PS5 on September 24, 2021.
PlayStation acquires Housemarque
Housemarque the developer of sci-fi hit Returnal was recently acquired by Sony joining PlayStation Studios. The third-person shooter has you explore an alien planet as a marooned astronaut. You must fight for survival as you are stuck in a nightmarish time loop. Every “death” has you restart areas with the environment and enemies changing each time. Based on its addictive combat, ground-breaking use of the DualSense controller it’s no wonder PlayStation brought the developer into its umbrella of first-party developers.
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart launches to critical acclaim
The hotly anticipated interdimensional adventure with Ratchet and Clank launched in early June to critical and commercial success. Rift Apart introduced new characters, an explosive arsenal of weapons and dimension hopping mechanics. Check out our full review and Q&A with Courtenay Taylor, the voice of the iconic Mrs. Zurkon.
Deathloop headlines September
After a few delays Deathloop is ready for its time bending curtain call this fall. Step into the shoes of Colt, a spy trying to stop villains who are manipulating time travel. Every time you die, or are unsuccessful at stopping the baddies the game hits reset and you are looped back through the experience. Learn from your mistakes or be doomed to repeat them over and over again.
Hot PS5 accessories
If you are looking to get the most out of your PS5, Best Buy has all the essential accessories to aid you on current and future virtual adventures.
A second DualSense wireless controller is great for those couch co-op experiences with games like Sackboy: A Big Adventure. It’s also great to have a second controller charged up and ready to jump into the action at any time.
Stay powered up with the official DualSense Wireless Controller Charging Station from Sony. The station’s “click-in design” allows for quick and convenient docking and charging.
If you are looking to broadcast yourself the PlayStation 5 HD Camera can be used to put you in the centre of the action.
Not only is the PlayStation 5 a great gaming console, but it’s also a diverse media hub. Take control of all your content with the PlayStation 5 Media Remote Control. Navigate your entertainment options with the sleek, intuitive layout.
If you are looking for more personalized sound options, you’ll want to upgrade your experience with a pair of headphones. The Pulse Wireless 3D Gaming Headset for PlayStation 5 is a great option with 3D audio support, dual noise-cancelling microphones and easy access controls.
PlayStation 5 unboxing and review
Transferring PS4 digital games and game saves to PlayStation 5
Sony further outlined the process of transferring digital games, game data and game saves from your PS4 to your PS5. This is done by using an ethernet cable or by connecting with WiFi. And, PS Plus members can sync PS4 game saves onto PS5 through cloud storage.
It’s important to note that if you have games or game data on an external USB drive, you can bring them over to your PS5 with that drive. Finally, Sony noted that the ability to transfer game saves between the PS4 version of a game and the PS5 version is up to each developer.
PS4 peripherals & accessories backwards compatibility
Many have been wondering about what existing PS4 peripherals and accessories will work on PS5. Sony made an official announcement regarding compatibility. However, the biggest bit of news out of the announcement was that DualShock 4 controllers can only be used to play PS4 games.
- Speciality peripherals, such as officially licensed racing wheels, arcade sticks, and flight sticks, will work with PS5 games and supported PS4 games.
- The Platinum and Gold Wireless Headsets, as well as third-party headsets that connect via USB port or audio jack, will work on PS5 (the headset companion app is not compatible with PS5).
- The DualShock 4 wireless controller and PlayStation officially licensed third-party gamepad controllers will work with supported PS4 games.
- Both the PS Move Motion Controllers and the PlayStation VR Aim Controller will work with supported PS VR games on PS5.
- The PlayStation Camera will work with PS5 for playing supported PS VR games. It will require an adaptor that Sony will provide at no additional cost to PS VR users. Details on how to get the adaptor will be announced later.
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