PlayStation Showcase May 2023: How to Watch and What to Expect
It may be hard to believe, but the first PlayStation Showcase since April 13, 2021, is nearly here. Sure, we’ve had State of Plays and other presentations, but Sony seems to save these showcases for the biggest of moments. I mean, the last one had God of War: Ragnarok, Spider-Man 2, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Remake, Wolverine, and so much more. So, this is probably one show PlayStation fans don’t want to miss.
This guide will provide you with everything you need to know to watch the latest PlayStation Showcase, including when it starts, a list of places you can watch it with us, and what you can expect.
PlayStation Showcase May 2023 Start Time
The newest PlayStation Showcase will take place on Wednesday, May 24, at 1pm PT/4pm ET/9pm BST. If you live in Australia, this translates to 6am AEST on Thursday, May 25. We may not know exactly what games will be featured in the show, but Sony did confirm the PlayStation Showcase will run for “a bit over an hour.”
The crew of IGN’s Beyond! will also be hosting a special pre and post-show for the PlayStation Showcase that will take place 30 minutes before the start of Sony’s stream and will continue right after it ends. It’s an exciting time as the PlayStation Showcase will also kick off IGN’s Summer of Gaming coverage, and you can check all the details on that right here.
Where to Watch the PlayStation Showcase May 2023
If you’re interested in watching the PlayStation Showcase broadcast yourself, we’ll host the stream here and across our many channels like YouTube, Twitch, Twitter, Facebook, and more. Here’s the full list of places you can watch the PlayStation Showcase on Wednesday, May 24.
What to Expect from the PlayStation Showcase May 2023
Expectations appear to be through the roof for this upcoming PlayStation Showcase as, like we previously mentioned, its the first of its kind since April 2021’s brought us God of War: Ragnarok, Spider-Man 2, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Remake, Wolverine, and so much more.
PlayStation isn’t confirming any single game that will be part of the a bit over an hour-long showcase, but it did confirm it will focus on “PS5 and PS VR2 games in development from top studios around the world.” We can also expect “several new creations from PlayStation Studios, as well as spellbinding games from our third-part partners and indie creators.”
This showcase also comes at a moment when PlayStation’s console exclusive future isn’t super clear after the arrival of Final Fantasy 16 in June. We know Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 is still on track for this year and that Sony’s first-party studios are working on The Last of Us multiplayer experience and Wolverine, but its unclear when those will be released. Naughty Dog did say we would learn more about The Last of Us multiplayer experience this year, and this could be the perfect place for it.
We’re also waiting to hear our next update on third-party exclusives like Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, which currently has a release window of Winter 2023/2024, and more details on Death Stranding 2, Silent Hill 2 Remake, and Baldur’s Gate 3.
PlayStation also tends to feature big third-party games that also appear on other consoles, so we could learn more about games like Mortal Kombat 1, Armored Core 6: Fires of Rubicon, Assassin’s Creed Mirage, Call of Duty, Alan Wake 2, Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name, any of the many Star Wars games in development, and more.
There are a lot of unannounced games that could show up at the PlayStation Showcase as well, including the long-rumored Metal Gear Sold 3: Snake Eater remake, a glimpse at the future of the Horizon series on the single-player or multiplayer front, Ghost of Tsushima 2, The Last of Us Part 3, a new Uncharted game, whatever new game God of War 2018’s director Cory Barlog is leading, any of the 10 live-service games PlayStation has confirmed are being worked on, and more.
As for PS VR2, there are a lot of questions in regards to its future and how much PlayStation is going to support it from its first-party studios. PS VR2 launched with Horizon: Call of the Mountain, but will we get VR experiences from PlayStation’s other biggest franchises? We know many would love a sequel to Astro Bot: Rescue Mission and other big hitters from franchises like God of War, The Last of Us, Uncharted, and others. However, big third-party support can be just as valuable, as an announcement the caliber of Half-Life: Alyx would be a big deal.
We’ve mentioned a lot of games here, and hopefully the PlayStation Showcase is filled with many of them and even more surprises. Let us know below what you are most excited to see at the show, and stay tuned to IGN for our coverage of the PlayStation Showcase and all the biggest news, trailers, gameplay, and more!
Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Twitch.
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