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When Is It Time For Sony To Unveil the Playstation 5?

Sony’s Playstation 4 is entering year-five of its release the public and as of now maintains an unwavering stranglehold on the console gaming market. With sales more than double that of its closest competition – Microsoft’s Xbox One – Sony and Playstation 4 have shown no signs of slowing down…or so it would seem. 2017 was a stellar year for the Playstation 4, but it was also the year its holidays sales showed signs of slowing for the first time since launch. While one would argue that the slight dip in numbers can be attributed to the runway success that is the Nintendo Switch (and to a lesser extent the release of the Xbox One X), is it time for Sony to start thinking about the next iteration of the Playstation? Or should the gaming powerhouse play the long game and respond what its competitors are up to?

In the fall of 2017, Microsoft launched the Xbox One X –  touting it as the most powerful console ever made. As true as that statement may be, Sony and the PS4 don’t appear to be too impacted – if at all – by a more powerful console on the market aside from a slight dip in sales during the 2017 holiday season. On the Big N’s side of things, the Nintendo Switch has officially outsold its predecessor’s lifetime sales and continues to sell like gangbusters, even tripling PS4’s sales numbers in its first year in Japan. While there is cause for a growing concern in Sony’s camp, one can argue that the PS4 has more than enough fuel in its tank to come out ahead of its competition.

Sony recently confirmed that Days Gone – a title which was thought to be released this year – would be pushed back to 2019, making Sony’s 2018-2019 release calendar a little more clear. 2018 is already shaping up to the another landmark year Playstation gamers with releases like Dissidia: Final Fantasy NT and the critically acclaimed Shadow of the Colossus remake leading the the 1st-Party charge. Sony’s library was further bolstered in the early months of the year with a number of 3rd-Party titles such as Dragon Ball FighterZ and Monster Hunter World attributing most of their sales on Sony’s platform. But that is just the beginning.  April will bring God of War, May will deliver Detroit: Become Human, and if my spider-sense is accurate, Insomniac’s highly anticipated Spider-Man will be out before the year’s end as well. And let’s not forget about Dreams, a title which looks to take the best parts of LittleBigPlanet and truly allow the player to let their creativity run wild.  Those heavy-hitters signify the strength of the Playstation brand and will to push more and more PS4 consoles into people’s homes.

While Nintendo is no stranger to the 1st-Party game, its main shots have already been fired with Super Mario Odyssey and Breath of the Wild launching in the Switch’s first year. Although, the recent announcement of Super Smash Brothers coming to Switch in 2018 will certainly help sway the pendulum a bit in Nintendo’s favor, especially if the game ends up being more than a port of the Wii U/3DS version. That just leaves Microsoft. While it may have a beast of a console, it doesn’t have much to offer in terms of a diverse library. Yes, the the higher resolution patches and the growing number to its backwards-compatible library are a good thing for its existing users, but Xbox One has yet to unveil a system-seller title. Sea of Thieves and State of Decay 2 seem to be getting a lot of buzz but Crackdown 3, however, appears to be nothing more than a fart in the wind. One has to wonder what Microsoft is hiding up its sleeve. 2018 may be a lock for Ps4’s continued success but 2019 may just be a the most critical year for Sony since the launch of Playstation 4.

By the time we raise a glass of champagne to 2019, the 6th year of the PS4’s stellar life will be upon us. With Days Gone slipping into 2019, will its release also be accompanied by the likes of Last of Us Part II and Death Stranding? My hunch tells me no, as TLoU II and Days Gone may be too similar and may inadvertently cannibalize each other.., honestly, Days Gone wouldn’t stand a chance. The Last of Us II is likely to be a 2020 title and Death Stranding? I wouldn’t count on seeing that game released prior to 2020 either. It is possible that TLoU II and Death Stranding are the swan songs of the PS4 generation in the same way that TLoU was the swan song of the PS3 generation. The argument can be made that a 2019 reveal and 2020 release of the PS5 is possible, but I think a 2020 reveal at E3 and March 2021 release might be the better decision. The Nintendo Switch releasing in March was able to stave off the supply and demand issues they have had in the past when releasing in November. Playstation hasn’t had those problems before, but it is an interesting strategy to take nonetheless.

What do you think? Do you think the PS5 will be announced sooner? Do you think Sony needs to get ahead of things or do you think they can still afford to wait until the PS4 install base dries up? Tell us what you think in the comments section below.

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E3 2017

Detroit: Become Human Introduces New Characters.

A new story and gameplay trailer was shown for Detroit: Become Human. It started off showing androids doing manually labor, before cutting to a new character, Marcus, attempting to free androids from a store window. However, they are quickly approached by cops. The branching story gameplay was shown again. Multiple escape routes were shown.

Marcus frees the androids and tells them that he can follow them to start a better life. Riots for pro-android rights begin popping up across the city as the machines continue to turn on the city. News reports start to question if androids are starting to become more of a threat to society. Along with Marcus, some of the other playable characters from previous trailers made an appearance.

Detroit: Become Human is set to launch on PlayStation 4. No release date was given at this time.

Stay tuned to Proven Gamer for more E3 coverage.

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Yuntwis Discusses Detroit: Become Human

It’s been awhile since I wrote the best-selling review “Fight Night Champion”, I’m back with a interesting game that literally hits home “Detroit Become Human”.

The game has not come out yet but we have seen two different trailers.

One that portrays a female Android named Kara

and another with the Android named Connor.

Detroit: Become Human is a game that takes place from what I see in downtown Detroit and humans are coexisting with Androids kind of like that IRobot feel. Quantic Dream are the developers on this game they’re the same developers who developed Heavy Rain and Beyond Two Souls so you can expect a great story if nothing else.

That being said, from what I’ve seen from the trailer, Quantic Dream is following their predecessors with choice driven plots and it seems like you will also be playing multiple character scenarios like in Heavy Rain. Earlier I said this game literally hits home that’s because I am a native of Detroit, born and raised so I am very interested in this game solely on that purpose even though I am a fan of Quantic Dream. I really hope this game shows us various sites of Detroit not just the area of downtown Detroit. Even if I’m not playing a scenario not set in downtown Detroit I would love to see cutscenes of various sites of Detroit. Also, within the two trailers there wasn’t much diversity in the game. Seeing different nationalities would add more to the experience of Detroit Become Human, being that Detroit is a heavily populated city of diversity.

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Detroit: Become Human Announcement

Sony has announced Detroit: Become Human, a game where you play different androids living among humans. Your choices affect the outcome of the story, leaving a huge amount of possible endings. The trailer shows the character Connor, a police android who tries to negotiate with an android gone bad.

I definitely think this game could be something great and a great addition to modern RPGs.

You can Check out the trailer below.