Play Life, Live Games column: Sony finally announces pricing, release date for PS5
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All the cards are finally on the table.
One week after Microsoft announced a Nov. 10 release date and $500 and $300 price tags for their next generation Xbox consoles, Sony has finally followed suit. The PlayStation 5 will launch on Nov. 12 at two prices as well. A $500 model will feature a disc drive capable of playing Ultra HD 4K discs, and a $400 all-digital model without a disc drive.
Sony hosted a PlayStation 5 livestream Sept. 16 to make the new announcements. It also used the roughly 45-minute video to highlight the launch lineup of games coming to the system this year as well as new looks at games coming later.
Most of the time was spent giving us fresh looks at games we already knew about. But the livestream did reveal some new games as well.
More than a year after I first wrote about here after some gameplay footage leaked online, the Harry Potter-prequel “Hogwarts Legacy” was officially revealed during the livestream. The game is set during the late 1800s at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Like the books and movies before them, it looks like the game will have you splitting your time between going to classes such Defense Against the Dark Arts, Potions and Herbology while a larger, darker storyline unfolds. The game’s trailer even implies that it might be possible for your character to become a dark wizard through your gameplay decisions, but that’s not confirmed yet.
Another game that got revealed during the livestream was “Final Fantasy 16,” the next installment of the long-running series that started all the way back on the Nintendo Entertainment System. The game looks to be more fantasy-based than recent installments that took on a more steampunk vibe. The biggest surprise was that publisher Square Enix announced the game was going to be console exclusive to the PlayStation 5, not Xbox Series X version will be coming this time.
The livestream ended with a teaser for the next installment of the God of War series, which featured only the new logo and a voice over from series protagonist Kratos. It ended by stating that Ragnarok is coming in 2021, meaning the next game is going to deal with the great battle in Norse mythology that led to the deaths of Odin, Thor, Loki and the end of the world.
The highlight for me, besides finally knowing the release date and prices for the PlayStation 5, was the gameplay reveal for “Spider-Man: Miles Morales,” which should be out around the launch of the new console. The game looks stunning with Miles pulling off some incredible attacks and rescuing New Yorkers from a collapsing bridge.
Dusty Ricketts is the editor of The Destin Log and The Walton Sun newspapers and can be reached ata firstname.lastname@example.org.