Although the PlayStation 5 was released back in November of 2020, 2021 was really the year that gave fans an idea of what to expect from the system. Sony did not disappoint either. In 2021, Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart, as well as Returnal and Deathloop, and others were released to critical praise. It gave players a chance to spend time with the next-gen console and get familiar with its new interface. Although some issues were initially encountered, the PlayStation 5 has received numerous updates since its launch to fix them. But what’s in store for the new year? The system had a strong debut year and fans of PlayStation 5 have plenty of reasons to be hyped about in 2022. This year will really set the future for the console moving forward.
5. PLAYSTATION VR2
Back in 2021, Sony confirmed it is currently working on a new virtual reality headset for PlayStation 5. It promises to further immerse the player in the worlds they explore. Less than a year later, in January 2022, fans were given another update on PlayStation VR that included the name of the headset, the headset’s specs, and the launch game. There are still several questions surrounding the virtual reality system, however.
Most importantly, what are fans looking at for a release date? Initially rumored to be coming out in 2022, it’s still possible PlayStation VR2 could be coming out sometime this year. That being said, Sony is having trouble meeting demand with the PlayStation 5. Having the headset come out while many still don’t own the base console could be problematic. And what about the price? The original virtual reality system had a competitive price with a decent library of titles. It’d probably be reasonable to expect the same for PlayStation VR2, but it’s too early to tell.
Regardless of whether or not the new virtual reality headset comes out in 2022, it’s safe to assume fans will get more information this year. This information, as well as the power of the headset, will dictate whether or not those curious about PlayStation VR2 will end up purchasing it. When it comes to consoles, Sony is the only competitor tackling VR. If it turns out well, it could be another reason to pick up Sony’s system.
4. STUDIOS ACQUISITION
Sony acquired a few studios in 2021 to help bolster its library of games. Studios such as Housemarque that made Returnal and Bluepoint Games that made Demon Souls seemed like obvious additions. Both studios have worked with Sony in the past which gave the company the confidence in acquiring them. When it comes to Microsoft however, Sony acquisitions don’t appear as impressive. Microsoft acquired ZeniMax, the parent company of Bethesda last year for 7.5 billion. This year, Microsoft has agreed to acquire Activision Blizzard for nearly 70 billion. Both acquisitions are massive and will provide Microsoft with a hold on many beloved IPs.
At this point, it’s obvious Sony is aware that Microsoft is growing. Even though Sony has no shortage of games, in order to convince buyers to pick up a system, it needs to grow. Just look at Nintendo. Even though the Switch isn’t nearly as strong as either next-gen console, it’s still able to consistently be the top-selling system. Apart from nostalgia, the Switch just has games you can’t find anywhere else. PlayStation needs more exclusive content that will convince people to buy their console.
2022 will be a big year for Sony to grow in this area. Sony typically works with a studio before deciding to acquire them. So what studios could they potentially acquire? There are plenty of heavy hitters such as Square Enix that are working with Sony on exclusive content. Forspoken for example will release solely on the PlayStation 5 and PC. On a smaller scale, how about Supermassive Games? The studio previously developed the highly praised Until Dawn. Could Sony pick the studio up and add horror to its library? Expect some serious studios acquisitions in 2022.
3. PLAYSTATION 5 2022 CONSOLE UPDATES
The PlayStation 5 saw numerous quality of life updates over its debut year. Last year, the system received updates that allowed players to customize the control center. Additionally, 3D audio support for built-in tv speakers as well as various other improvements were added. On launch, the console’s UI was a point of many arguments. Some fans liked the new changes that came with the UI while others found it unnecessarily confusing.
Sony has heard the criticism though and has added some things and changed some things around. Another highly requested change fans wish Sony will bring back is the themes that were so prevalent on PlayStation 4. Currently, the console doesn’t support themes and instead uses the background images of whatever game is highlighted on the home screen. The call for Sony to return themes to PlayStation 5 is growing louder each day. It’s more than likely this and other changes will be announced this year.
2. THE EVENTS
Seemingly gone are the days when E3 was regarded as the most talked about and primary video game convention. E3 will have a digital event for the third year in a row. And now, Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft have each started to host their own digital events. 2020 and 2021 each saw multiple PlayStation State of Plays that showcased new and exciting titles for the next-gen console. Many of these titles will be coming out this year. These PlayStation events, for good reason, always generate hype, and 2022 will be no different.
So what will the PlayStation Showcase and State and Play events bring for us in 2022 then? Hopefully, new and exciting unannounced exclusive titles for PlayStation 5. While Sony’s 2021 events gave updates on titles for the new console, 2020 introduced a variety of new IPs. Kena: Bridge of Sprits, Ghostwire: Tokyo, Forspoken, and Deathloop were all introduced. Most of these games should be out sometime in 2022 so events held by Sony this year should really give fans an idea of what to expect moving forward. It awaits to be seen how far these new video games will really push the next-gen hardware and utilize it to its full potential.
1. THE GAMES
Of course, at the end of the day, the library of hit exclusive titles is what convinces players to buy Sony’s system. Yes, many video games that are launching on PlayStation 5 are also launching on PC such as Stray and Sifu. That being said, Returnal, as well as Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart didn’t make it to PC. God of War: Ragnarok and Horizon Forbidden West won’t either. To play everything, a Sony console is required. And PlayStation 5 has no shortage of great games to get hyped about in 2022.
Some 2022 releases are still missing specific dates, and are hopefully not delayed. Titles such as Ghostwire: Tokyo, and Gran Turismo 7 that have been giving release dates or release windows are looking rather impressive though. Returnal and Ratchet and Clank both felt like next-gen titles, but we’ll have to wait and see which of 2022’s video games will push the PlayStation 5 further. It’s still the beginning of 2022 too. It’s more than likely that many exciting games will come out over the year that hasn’t even been announced yet.
What are you looking forward to the most from PlayStation 5 in 2022? Will the console live up to the hype in 2022? Let us know in the comments!