Sony Drops PS5 Price, Date, New Games

After months of silence and fan outcry, Sony finally unveils PS5 launch details

Hot off the heels of Microsoft announcing the price and launch details for Xbox Series X/S, Sony finally reveals the price and launch date for the PlayStation 5. The standard edition of the PS5 will run you $499 while the all digital version will cost $399. Both versions of the PS5 will launch in North America on November 12th. Sony also took the opportunity to show off new gameplay for already known titles as well as drop some mega tons. Let’s run down the highlights here.

PlayStation Plus Collection

Toward the end of Sony’s presentation they announced “a new PlayStation Plus benefit” in the form of PS+ Collection. In what can only be viewed as Sony’s counter to Xbox Game Pass, PS+ Collection will grant PS+ subscribers access to a bevy of top PS4 games available at launch for all PS5 owners. The list includes the following titles:

  • God of War
  • The Last of Us: Remastered
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
  • Battlefield 1
  • Monster Hunter World
  • Fallout 4
  • Final Fantasy XV
  • The Last Guardian
  • Ratchet and Clank
  • Infamous: Second Son
  • Days Gone
  • Bloodborne
  • Detroit: Become Human
  • Batman Arkham Night
  • Mortal Kombat X
  • Persona 5
  • Until Dawn
  • Resident Evil: Biohazard

Final Fantasy XVI Announced

Rumors were swirling that Square-Enix was ready to show off the latest entry in the Final Fantasy franchise and that proved to be true. The overall vibe and aesthetic was very akin to Final Fantasy XII or Final Fantasy Tactics and shows off plenty of action with Final Fantasy summons, Shiva and Phoenix. While no date was given for the FFXVI, it was revealed that it will be a PlayStation console exclusive.

God of War: Ragnarok Announced

In what was Sony’s “one more thing” we got an extremely short tease for God of War: Ragnarok. Viewers were immediately met by Kratos’ unmistakeable voice, “The time draws near. You must prepare yourself” was heard as the God of War logo slowly revealed itself along with “Ragnarok is coming”. Sony promises a 2021 release date, though it’s not hard imaging this one slipping into 2022 given the fact that we only saw this teaser.

Hogwarts Legacy

The pleasant surprise of the show had to be Warner Bros’ unveiling of Hogwarts Legacy. While not exactly a Harry Potter game, the official website describes it was an “immersive, open-world action RPG set in the world first introduced in the Harry Potter books”. Players can expect to embark in a new journey set in the 1800s. You play as a “student who holds the key to an ancient secret that threatens to tear the wizarding world apart”. Developed by Avalanche Studios, WB is promising a 2021 release date for Hogwarts Legacy.

Gameplay Galore

Sony took a good chunk of the 40-minute presentation to show off some more gameplay from games we’ve already seen such as Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Demon’s Souls, Black Ops: Cold War and Deathloop. We also got new glimpses of RE8: Village and Oddworld: Soulstorm, and DMC5: Special Edition. Lastly, Sony confirmed that first party launch games would be Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Demon’s Souls, Destruction All-Stars, Sackboy: A Big Adventure, and Astro’s Playroom.

At long last Sony has pulled back the curtain on the PS5 price and they brought along some pretty heavy hitters with them. What did you think, Deer Reader? Did Sony do enough to make you shell out the cash for a PS5 this November? Let us know in the comments!

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