On June 11th 2020, Sony kicked the ninth generation of gaming into high gear with the reveal of the PlayStation 5.
It was a strong if somewhat safe unveiling, with a curved, futuristic console and several tech demonstrations. The games announced looked fantastic, and as far as excitement levels go, the Japanese corporation has began their next console venture well enough.
The PS5 looks to be a continuation of their high-tier focus from the previous generation, and as we saw with the PlayStation 4, Sony came out with a smashing success, boasting a lower price, solid value and most importantly, too many brilliant exclusive games to count.
Of course, no gaming company is on top forever, and as the next generation beckons, there are some areas Sony need to address. We'll be sure to cover Microsoft and the Xbox Series X later this month, but right now it's Sony's turn under the microscope.
What worries do they need to address? What do they need to do to ensure another successful product? How can they best compete with their rivals? Let's find out.
10. Exclusives Need To Cross More Genres
What are some of the finest experiences you remember from the PlayStation brand in recent years?
The Last of Us, Horizon Zero Dawn, Bloodborne, God of War, Spider-Man, Uncharted and now the upcoming Ghost of Tsushima. Each of these titles are excellent, but there's a key similarity between all of them.
Each is a third-person, single-player focused, story-heavy cinematic experience. It's a formula that has defined Sony's identity for a long time now and has proven to sell countless games and consoles.
Sony's focus on cinematic, story-driven games may define their identity, but there is a danger of these titles blending together into samey releases that all look and play rather similar to each other.
PlayStation has worked to engage with indie titles and on occasion some downloadable titles make an impact, the amount of genres has slowly narrowed. As arguably the most crucial pillar of the PlayStation brand, all these top-tier releases have been wildly successful, but for their fifth console, Sony need to encourage developers to branch out.
If not, then the lead established with the PlayStation 4 may start to ring hollow with the community.