For the first time ever Sony is planning a ‘video programme’ called State of Play, promising updates and announcements for PS4 and PSVR.
Nintendo Directs have been widely praised by gamers and the industry as a way of keeping fans up-to-date with upcoming games and announcing brand new ones, but strangely neither Microsoft nor Sony has ever tried to do something similar – instead preferring to rely on physical events like E3.
Sony aren’t at E3 this year though and it seems as if State Of Play is going to be one of the ways they’ll compensate for that.
There’s very little information about what State of Play actually is but it’s described as being ‘the first episode’ with more to come ‘throughout the year’. All of which sounds very much like Nintendo Direct.
The first episode will be on Monday, 25 March at 9pm GMT and a brief description on the PlayStation Blog reads as follows:
‘State of Play will give you updates and announcements from the world of PlayStation. Our first episode will showcase upcoming PS4 and PS VR software, including new trailers, new game announcements and new gameplay footage.’
It’s tempting to think that the timing might have something to do with Google’s reveal this week of its Stadia streaming platform, but work would almost certainly have begun on the programme weeks or months ago.
It’s going to be very interesting to see whether Sony talks about its next gen plans though, or whether it really will be just PlayStation 4 titles. Although either way hopefully there’ll be at least some new game announcements and/or release dates.