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.
New PS VR 2, PS5 and PS4 games announced for 2023
While there is no E3 this year, it didn’t stop PlayStation from announcing upcoming PS VR2 games and giving updates on other titles coming to PS5 and PS4. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights from June’s PlayStation State of Play digital event.
PS VR2 games shown coming in 2023
Earlier this year the PS VR2 was officially announced and we got a glimpse of the hardware. While no release date has been announced, during today’s State of Play several new PS VR2 games were announced and shown. Resident Evil Village, No Man’s Sky, and The Walking Dead Saints & Sinners Chapter 2 Retribution were all announced for PS VR2. Coming in 2023, each game is set to take advantage of the PS VR2’s special features.
This includes the headset’s 4K HDR display, eye tracking, 3D audio and the PS VR2 Sense controllers. To get a sense of the immersion these games offer, we learned that in Resident Evil Village each PS VR2 Sense controller represents a hand in-game. Guarding using both of your arms in real life with the controllers, makes Ethan guard in the same way in-game. Furthermore, you can now perform dynamic actions such as firing your gun while holding a knife with the other hand.
Horizon Call of the Mountain
Guerrilla also showed off a new trailer for their upcoming PS VR2 game, Horizon Call of the Mountain. In this game, you take on the role of Ryas, a former Shadow Carja Warrior who hopes to redeem himself by investigating a new threat to the Sundom. Seeing the spectacular world through his eyes you’ll be climbing, scaling mountains and taking down mighty Thunderjaws in a first-person view.
Alongside the game’s main story, the game includes an immersive River Ride experience. In this mode, you’ll enjoy the gorgeous views of the world of Horizon as you make your way down the river. You’ll have to keep a sharp watch as some uninvited machines may try to come aboard!
Games coming to PS5 and PS4 in 2023
Capcom also showed off the often rumored Resident Evil 4 remake, which includes PS VR2 content in the game. Resident Evil 4 remake is scheduled to launch March 24, 2023 for PS5. The beloved Street Fighter series is back with Street Fighter 6. Capcom is calling this a classic Street Fighter built for a modern era. Street Fighter 6 will include modes from previous games and include two new modes, World Tour and Battle Hub. Street Fighter 6 is coming to PS5 and PS4 sometime in 2023.
Finally, a brand new trailer for Final Fantasy XVI was revealed. The game is set to launch Summer 2023 on PS5 and based upon the trailer it looks like it will be worth the wait.
Update on PS5 games from Japanese developers
PlayStation hosted a 20 minute State of Play digital event. It focused on highlighting great games coming from some of Play station’s beloved Japanese publishers. Surprisingly, the event was packed with a lot of information including the announcement of a new co-op and Tower of Sisyphus mode in Returnal, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles collection and more.
Let’s take a look at some of the highlights of today’s State of Play!
Tango Gameworks revealed the launch trailer for their upcoming game, Ghostwire: Tokyo. It offered an exciting preview of the mystical action and fascinating world that players will be able to get their hands on when the game launches on PlayStation 5 in a few weeks on March 25, 2022.
Ghostwire: Tokyo is an action-adventure game developed by Tango Gameworks and published by Bethesda. It challenges you to master the powerful arts of Ethereal Weaving while working to defeat Hannya and his followers, the Visitors, who have invaded Tokyo. These supernatural entities roam the world of Ghostwire, which create a stunning atmosphere.
Square Enix announced Valkyrie Elysium, an all-new action-RPG in the VALKYRIE series, is coming to PS5 and PS4 this year. We got a first glimpse of the game’s protagonist, a young Valkyrie who is entrusted with the fate of the world by the All-Father, the highest of gods and ruler of all creation.
We also learned that she will face various enemies on her journey and she must use a variety of weapons, magic and the power of her allies to prevent Ragnarok—the destruction of the world. Valkyrie Elysium drives the series forward in a fresh, new direction with classic combat mechanics, such as finishing moves and combo systems, reimagined for an action-RPG.
Pre-orders for Valkyrie Elysium for PS5 and PS4 are coming soon to Best Buy Canada
We learned that Forspoken, Square Enix and Luminous Productions upcoming action role-playing game is being delayed until October 11, 2022. However, a new gameplay was shown at today’s State of Play. The trailer showcased Frey’s, the games protagonist, newfound confidence as she rises to the challenge to save Athia and its people, and the trials she faces along the way.
Additionally, we got a closer look at some of the magical abilities Frey learns along her journey. These powers include “Storm Dart,” which enables players to emit electrical energy during battle, as well as the ability to command barriers of water with the “Eagre” move. We also saw the devastating impact of the “Break” in Athia, a devastating miasma that corrupts everything it touches, including humans and animals.
Furthermore, we got to see the fierce Dragon that “welcomes” Frey to Athia, in addition to Frey’s fast-paced magic parkour and combat skills as she evades the fearsome creature’s brute-force attacks during an intense confrontation.
First look at the design of the PlayStation VR2
PlayStation are slowly revealing details on their next-generation virtual reality headset, PlayStation VR2. We now know exactly what the PlayStation VR successor will look like, along with the PlayStation VR2 Sense controller. And, the Senior Vice President Platform Experience Hideaki Nishino gave us insight on some of the design decisions.
One of the first things you’ll notice is that the PS VR2 headset and PS VR2 Sense controller have a matching “orb” look. This was done to represent the 360-degree view players will experience when they use the PS VR2.
The design of the PS VR2 headset was also inspired by the look of the PS5 family of products. Whereas the PS5 has flat edges, the PS VR2 headset is more round like the DualSense controller and Pulse 3D headset since it involves more human interaction.
Additionally, close attention to the ergonomics of the PS VR2 headset and extensive testing to ensure a comfortable feel for a variety of head sizes was completed. Original PlayStation VR features such as the headset’s adjustable scope and placement of the stereo headphone jack are the same.
Additional improvements include a lens adjustment dial, so users have an option to match the lens distance between their eyes to optimize their view. Moreover, the PS VR2 headset is slimmer than the PS VR and weighs slightly less. Furthermore, a new vent design for the PS VR2 headset has been implemented that will avoid having the lens fog up on gamers while playing.
Finally, PlayStation announced that PS VR2 development kits are in the hands of developers now! While there is no set release date for PS VR2, some industry experts are expecting a release in late 2022.
In-depth look at modes and features of Gran Turismo 7
Ahead of its March 4, 2022 launch, PlayStation has release 30 minutes of new PlayStation 5 gameplay as well as an in-depth look at modes and features of Gran Turismo 7. From the 30 minutes of footage its clear that Gran Turismo 7 has something for gamers of all abilities and ages.
Several modes were shown, let’s take a quick look at some of the modes shown during the presentation.
Great for new players, Music Rally is an arcade-style race where you enjoy some up-tempo and motivating music while you race to reach checkpoints before time runs out. This is a great way to get familiar with Gran Turismo 7’s driving simulation gameplay and an opportunity to set your steering and pedal operation type and driving assist presets (Auto Brakes, Braking Zones, Driving Lines, etc.).
The cafe offers players “Menu Books” of activities to complete for new cars and other game-progression items. Your first Menu Book request is to acquire three Japanese compact cars, one of which you already purchased earlier in the game. You can obtain the other two cars by winning them from specific races in the Menu Book. Meet the placement criteria and the two remaining cars are yours.
The License Centre features challenging driving tests all over the world. Getting licenses teaches players valuable skills that will help you throughout the many races and challenges in the game.
As with previous Gran Turismo games, tuning your car is very important. The garage is loaded with parts of all shapes and sizes, with even more unlocked as you play. As you acquire new cars, you build up your Collector Level and hitting level 4 unlocks the “Club Sports” category in the Tuning Shop.
These are just a few of the features that are contained in Gran Turismo 7. Look for a full review of GT7 here on the Best Buy Blog in March!
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Destiny 2 developer Bungie joins PlayStation
Today, PlayStation announced that Bungie, former Halo and current Destiny developer, is joining the PlayStation family. In today’s announcement it was made clear that Bungie will remain an independent multi-platform studio. This means that Destiny 2 will stay on all current platforms and expand to new platforms.
Additionally, Bungie maintains full creative control and publishing independence of the Destiny universe. Furthermore, Bungie’s goal of allowing players to play the same game everywhere with the same experience still stands.
Now, with the support from PlayStation, Bungie is accelerating the hiring process of talent across the entire studio. This means that future games and content will be even more expansive and allow the studio to push the boundaries even further.
New PS5 DualSense controller colours and PS5 console covers announced
Three brand new PS5 DualSense wireless controller colours have arrived. Nova Pink, Starlight Blue and Galactic Purple PS5 DualSense controllers will be available at Best Buy. You can pre-order them today at the links below!
That’s not all though! In addition to the three new PS5 DualSense wireless controller colours, PlayStation announced matching PS5 console covers! In addition to Nova Pink, Starlight Blue and Galactic Purple, there will be Midnight Black and Cosmic Red to match previously released DualSense wireless controllers in those colours.
The PS5 console covers will be available for both the PS5 with Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive and the PS5 Digital Edition consoles. Midnight Black and Cosmic Red console covers will be available in January 2022 and the other three colours will be available during the first half of 2022.
PlayStation 5 updates and news from 2021
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.
Pre-orders for Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 are coming soon to Best Buy Canada
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.
Pre-orders for Marvel’s Wolverine are coming soon to Best Buy Canada
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.
Pre-orders for Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic – Remake are coming soon to Best Buy Canada
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.
Pre-orders for Project Eve are coming soon to Best Buy Canada
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.
Pre-orders for God of War Ragnarök are coming soon to Best Buy Canada
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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