Was PlayStation’s State of Play Good? – Hot Take

Sony released a new State of Play presentation today. But was PlayStation’s State of Play good?

Sony doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to their State of Plays. They come off as poor translations of what Nintendo does with their Directs instead of genuine attempts at community building. Have they gotten better? It depends on how you look at it.

Reveals fans care about

State of Plays can be very divisive among fans and today was no exception. But today’s presentation actually contained some games that fans were excited to hear about, depending on who you ask. For fans of PlatinumGames and Square Enix there was Babylon’s Fall. For fans of Resident Evil, who hadn’t seen the leaks, there was the trailer and release date for Resident Evil 3. And then there was Ghost of Tsushima. This has been a highly anticipated title that has been pretty quiet this year. Then Sony ended the presentation with a tease for a Ghost of Tsushima trailer at The Game Awards. It was exciting to hear from the game but that was overshadowed by having to wait two days for more.

Missing character

Exciting announcements is only part of what makes a Direct-style presentation a success. Nintendo has styled their Directs with a certain character and tone. They feel energetic and vibrant. State of Plays still feel very shallow and lifeless. It feels as if Sony interpreted what they saw Nintendo doing but missed the character behind it. Until they turn around this dynamic State of Plays will probably always feel less than the competition. 

In the meantime, today’s State of Play was a show of subtle improvement. They’re not where they need to be yet but maybe they’ll find their way in time for PlayStation 5.

Hot Take is a live-streamed show where two of our hosts jump in-front of a camera to discuss the latest gaming news and trends. These videos are personal opinions and not intended to be news reports.

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