Post a one week delay to “allow more important voices to be heard,” PlayStation 5’s digital reveal blow-out event surely surprised and delighted fans across the world, revealing a stellar line-up of sequels to past favorites and new, original IPs, with many of the showcased titles being exclusive to the console. Amongst a remake of Demon’s Souls from Bluepoint Games and the eighth installment in the Resident Evil franchise, also came two critical announcements from the newly minted PlayStation Studios brand: Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Horizon II: Forbidden West. Both announcements fittingly bookended the presentation which stretched for a little over an hour in length. Following the public blunder of the Inside Xbox event that debuted the first “Xbox Series X gameplay,” Sony and PlayStation capitalized on the failure that its competitor endured with a program stuffed with exciting announcements from the leading developers and studios across the globe, positioning the PlayStation 5 for a rolling success come this holiday season when the console will launch.
However, as great as the reveal event was, it was not without a few blunders of its own. For one, very few games had a release window attached to their trailers with the ones that did mostly set to release in 2021. For any gaming hardware launch to be successful, it must be accompanied by an impressive launch line-up. With a previous opinion piece, I argued that the sequel to Horizon: Zero Dawn was the most likely contender to go up against Halo: Infinite, Xbox Series X’s flagship exclusive.
I did not expect however that it would not be Horizon II: Forbidden West to release alongside the PlayStation 5 but rather Spider-Man: Miles Morales, an Uncharted: The Lost Legacy-like experience that expands on the 2018 superhero blockbuster rather than serves as a genuine sequel. Miles Morales will surely be enticing for many players, and it has been confirmed to be a PlayStation 5 exclusive as a stand-alone game, but I am not as confident that it will be the marquee title to drive the console’s sales for the rest of 2020 until the next major release.
For this reason, I still am not confident that Xbox Series X will be completely trampled by the PlayStation 5 by the beginning of 2021 even if Sony may have made the best first impression with the public. Either way, however, only time will tell which of gaming’s titans will rule the upcoming console generation. For now, though, rewatch the complete presentation here, and be sure to keep to Second Union for the latest updates on the upcoming launches of the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5.