In response to the unexpected price reveal of the Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X, Sony hosted another PlayStation 5 showcase event today. Sony could have gone away by announcing the price only, but it had something better to show. Sony announced the much-expected price and availability of its upcoming console, more on it here.
The reveal was pretty much a followup of the PlayStation 5 Future of gaming event held in June. It had more information on the PS5 launch titles with next-gen gameplay, but the most important announcements other than price and availability are the PlayStation Plus Collections reveal and the God of War Ragnarok reveal.
PlayStation Plus Collections
Xbox Game Pass has revolutionized gaming since its launch. The luxury of downloading hundreds of games at any time at a meager subscription fee has not been matched by any competitor yet. Now that EA Play is amalgamated into the Game Pass, its popularity is at its peak. Sony clearly realizes that, and hence it announced PlayStation Plus Collections. Its reveal trailer is present below.
It can be seen as Sony’s answer to the Game Pass, but it is too early to tell whether it would be as popular as the Game Pass. It will be available only for the PlayStation 5 players (yet). More importantly, Sony is using it as an incentive for more and more players to migrate into the PS5 system since it contains most of the big reveals of the PS4 era at no additional cost. You would only have to pay for the PS+ to enjoy games like Uncharted 4, God of War, Fallout 4, Final Fantasy XV, Monster Hunter Worlds Bloodbourne, and many more. Most of these are PlayStation exclusives, but if Sony manages to put more and more games and price it competitively, it would surely become a Game Pass competitor.
God of War Ragnarok
God of War was the 2018 game of the year. Stunning visuals, unmatched gameplay, and replay incentives, God of War offered all of these to seasoned as well as new players. The game ended at a cliff hanger, suggesting that there will be a sequel to this game too.
Sony revealed God of War Ragnarok discretely showing a simple trailer with Kratos monologuing. The name, however, is the biggest reveal since Ragnarok is one of the most important events in Norse mythology. It is related to the death of Aesear Gods, and it seems Kratos would have his share in it as well. The game will be released in 2021.