Video game fans will get a first look at some of the titles coming to the new PlayStation 5 in a special event later this week.
The gaming system’s maker Sony has confirmed it will hold a Future of Gaming streaming event on Thursday night, where it will reveal the first games to be available for the upcoming console.
The PlayStation 5 is due to be released at the end of this year, around the same time as rival Microsoft’s own next-generation console, the Xbox Series X.
The two releases will be a pivotal moment for the gaming industry – Sony and Microsoft are market leaders and their next generation of consoles will set the tone for gaming habits for years to come.
Sony Interactive Entertainment president and chief executive Jim Ryan said Thursday’s event will show games which “represent the best in the industry from innovative studios that span the globe”.
“There are few things as exciting as the launch of a new console. While this road to launch has been a bit… different, we are as thrilled as ever to bring you with us on this journey to redefine the future of video games,” Mr Ryan said.
Sony had yet to reveal the PS5 console itself, although it has shared images of a new white and black controller which will come with the device.
The event on Thursday could also be used to officially reveal the system’s hardware for the first time. However, Sony has not confirmed any such plans.
Sony had originally planned to hold the virtual event last week but postponed it in the wake of the ongoing protests over the death of George Floyd in the United States.
At the time, the company said: “While we understand gamers worldwide are excited to see PS5 games, we do not feel that right now is a time for celebration and for now, we want to stand back and allow more important voices to be heard.”
The Future of Gaming event will begin at 9pm in the UK on Thursday, broadcast on YouTube and Twitch.