Sony announced it will hold its long-awaited PlayStation 5 unveiling event at 4 p.m. ET on June 4. Sony’s invite says the company will discuss “the future of gaming” and will focus on some of the games that will be released alongside the PlayStation 5 later this year.
“The games coming to PS5 represent the best in the industry from innovative studios that span the globe,” Sony Interactive Entertainment chief Jim Ryan said in a blog post accompanying the announcement. He added that the stream will be just the first unveiling, and promised more updates in the coming weeks.
The June 4 event will primarily focus on games. Sony is not expected to reveal the console itself, which is shrouded in mystery. Sony has so far unveiled a logo for the console, the PS5 gamepad, and a tech demo showing the console’s graphics capability.
The PlayStation 5 will feature eight Ryzen Zen 2 cores with a variable frequency up to 3.5 GHz, and a custom AMD GPU based on their RDNA 2 technology that promises 10.28 teraflops, based on 36 compute units running at up to 2.23 GHz. The PS5 will also feature a custom 825GB SSD as well as a dedicated hardware unit for 3D audio. The PS5 will also offer hardware acceleration for real-time ray tracing.
Epic Games recently showed an Unreal Engine 5 demo running on the upcoming console to demonstrate what the next-gen hardware is capable of. The PlayStation 5 is confirmed to feature backward compatibility. Sony says only the “top 100 PS4 games” will be supported by the PS5 at launch though, with more expected to be backward compatible at a later stage.
For Sony, the success of the PlayStation 5 matters a lot. Sony began teasing the PS5 early last year when Mark Cerny, a lead system architect for both the PlayStation 4 and PS5, revealed some information on the PS5 in an interview with Wired. Beginning this year, Sony started revealing a bit more about the PS5 which will succeed the PlayStation 4, the second best-selling game console of all time.
Sony’s event comes just weeks after Microsoft held its own virtual event, where it showcased some of the games coming to the Xbox Series X this holiday season. Sony has been slower than Microsoft to provide updates on its next-gen console but did showcase a controversial new DualSense controller design last month.
Upcoming games for PlayStation 5 include Godfall by Gearbox; Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Rainbow Six Quarantine, Gods and Monsters and Watch Dogs Legion by Ubisoft; Outriders by Square Enix; Gran Turismo Sport by Sony, Lord Of The Rings: Gollum by Daedalic Entertainment; Dying Light 2 by Techland. Rumoured PlayStation 5 games include Cyberpunk 2077, The Witcher 4, and Uncharted 5.