Sony’s PS5 reveal stream highlighted over 25 new and current games that will be available on the PS5 and be available on the market before the end of 2020. This collection of trailers showcased a diverse line-up of games from action heroes in Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Zion Williamson introducing the new NBA 2K21, the eighth installment in the Resident Evil franchise, Resident Evil: Village, and light-hearted, colorful games in Bugsnax and Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart. Initial reactions to the overall event were neutral, as viewers felt the line up for new games were great to mediocre or terrible.
There were strong reactions and conversations around the look and design of the console, and the improvements that come with the new DualSense controller. Overall reaction for the console reveal segment was very positive, as a majority of viewers were excited to see the console for the first time, while quite a few viewers questioned the design, even comparing it to a wireless router or an air purifier. The package also includes an HD camera with a dual 1080p lens for streaming, a media remote with built-in microphone for voice control, and the Pulse 3D wireless headset with 3D audio and dual noise-cancelling. The price of the new console was not announced during the stream, and ultimately, remains the biggest piece of the puzzle missing for consumers to buy the console during the 2020 holiday season.
Several game trailers during the Sony stream stood out to viewers, both positively and negatively. Here we have highlighted a few of these trailers to show sentiment and reaction from audiences as these trailers were streaming.
Gran Turismo 7
Gran Turismo 7, the latest in the franchise, seemed to have mixed reviews with the audience and low sentiment. Even with amazing graphics, the majority of viewers thought the reveal was boring or did not care for the racing series, as the reveal received one of the more negative segments of the stream. Since the initial stream, however, conversation has been increasingly positive specifically around the excitement of seeing the new car lineup and the apparent return of Trial Mountain to GT7.
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
The newest installment in the Ratchet & Clank franchise, Rift Apart, saw more positive sentiment and engagement, with follow-up conversations around the new light blue-colored character, Lombax, seen towards the end of the trailer. Even with large spikes in engagement and positive sentiment, viewers received the overall reveal for the new entry in the series with mixed reactions, as the series can resonate with long time fans or seem boring for viewers who are not familiar with the franchise.