Shack Chat: Give us your PS5 Reveal reactions

We were all there for Thursday's PS5 Reveal stream. So we asked the Shacknews staff to give us their reactions.

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For last week's Shack Chat, we had planned a conversation around the PlayStation 4 to coincide with Sony's PlayStation 5 livestream reveal. Then it got postponed. So we went ahead and talked about PlayStation 4 anyway. But what does that leave for this week?

For this week's Shack Chat, we're simply reacting to the PlayStation 5 livestream reveal show. Many of our Chatty posters reacted in real-time and they can offer belated reactions in the comments. But this is also a chance for the Shacknews staff to reflect on what we saw and react accordingly.

So here's the staff's reaction to what we saw from the PlayStation 5 on Thursday.

Question Statement: Give us your PS5 Reveal reactions!


Bugsnax - Asif Khan, Inventor of Shacknews E4

I am super into Bugsnax. Also Miles Morales! But mainly Bugnsnax.


These games, tho! - Ozzie Mejia, Senior Editor and Continuity Tracker

I'm sure everybody's going to have some reaction to the PS5 system itself. (The reaction I heard around me was "It looks like an angry cat that's sitting there, silently judging you.") But I want to take a moment and talk about the games, specifically the ones that we wrote about as a staff back in February. So let me go ahead and whip out the scorecard and see how we did...

  • God of War 2 - Miss
  • Marvel's Spider-Man 2 - HIT! (Sort of. It's not being billed as "2," but it is a Spider-Man game. And I can't believe I missed the Miles Morales angle. That was a big oversight on my part.)
  • Horizon Zero Dawn 2 - HIT!
  • Bloodborne 2 - Miss (But we are getting Demon's Souls, so that's cool!)
  • Uncharted 5: The Next Generation - Miss
  • Crash Bandicoot's next big game - Miss
  • Untitled Hideo Kojima Project - Miss

Hey, we got two out of seven. That's pretty good, in all honesty. Plus, that's a dynamite addition to the Ratchet & Clank series. Add in a Sackboy adventure, Resident Evil 8, the games from Annapurna Interactive, whatever the hell Pragmata is, and I'd say this was pretty good for games. So yeah, I'm pretty excited for the PS5.

Now if only they'll just tell me how much it is.


More Spider-Man - Blake Morse, It's been a long week I'm keeping this short

Thank you, Sony, for giving me another chance to yell at Greg Burke for pictures of Spider-Man. It’s like you've been reading my dream journal or something. Can't wait to get my hands on this one!


Bugsnax > AAA games - Chris Jarrard, Wishes he was a curly fry

I did not expect to see a new game from the talented folks behind Octodad: Dadliest Catch, but I sure am glad that Sony felt it was important to feature in their show. I don’t know what this game is about or what the hell is even going on, but I do know that everything on this island is turning into food and it feels like it was custom-made for me.


Not a Black Box - Sam Chandler, Guides Editor

I'm definitely glad Sony hasn't gone for another black box, though I do wonder if they'll release a black version for those that actually want their TV cabinets looking all sleek and unified.

As for the games released, there were a few that caught my fancy, though the real stand out for me was Demon's Souls. Last year for one of our previous Shack Chats, my wish was for Demon's Souls 2 and failing that, a remaster of the original. It looks like my outlandish wish has come true.

I can't wait to dive back into the world of Boletaria and see just how incredible it looks on modern hardware.


MILES MORALES! - Donovan Erskine, Contributing Editor

Like many kids, I grew up wishing I could be Spider-Man. I was 13 years old when Brian Michael Bendis and Marvel created a "Black Spider-Man" with Miles Morales. Having a character like that, meant a lot to me. Since then, Miles has exploded in popularity, leading his own feature film, and now getting to be the star of a standalone video game. Marvel’s Spider-Man was my (and Shacknews') 2018 GOTY. When I saw Miles pop up in the story as a supporting character I wondered about the possibility of getting to play as him down the road. I bought a PS4 just to play Spider-Man, and you can bet I'll be making whatever acquisitions are necessary to play Spider-Man: Miles Morales on day 1.


Much more entertaining than Microsoft’s Xbox reveal - Brittany Vincent, Senior Editor

I was hoping for a console reveal at long last during the PlayStation 5 event, and I finally got it. I think it looks fantastic, and I'm really loving the sci-fi design. That was a particularly exciting moment, but I was hoping I'd also be able to preorder it and get my system locked in so I'd be set for coverage in late 2020 and 2021. Overall, I was more satisfied with Sony's showing than what I've seen so far from what's coming to the Xbox Series X, but most of the games shown that I was interested in are on both consoles, and some are simply timed exclusives.

I'll be getting both systems for work purposes and since I collect as I always do, but in terms of overall presentation and polish, I have to praise Sony for delivering gameplay and some very cool titles. My favorite out of the group have to be Pragmata and Resident Evil: Village, but I'm down for trying everything. I have to say I'm a little disappointed though, because I was hoping for some Silent Hill or Dino Crisis news. I know, long shot, but I was hoping.

Hopefully there will be plenty more forward momentum as we learn more about the system. I’m ready for more game announcements, too.


Sony Brought the Games - Bill Lavoy, E4 Fanboy

I'm amazed at how many top-notch titles Sony brought to the PS5 reveal. Gran Turismo 7, Resident Evil Village, Horizon: Forbidden West, Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Hitman 3, and man more. We can argue for years about who has the better hardware, but Sony has always brought the games. They sell consoles through their exclusives, and this trend should continue into the era of the PS5.


Give me those games - Josh Hawkins, Guides Guy

There is absololutely no doubting that Sony killed it when delivering last night's PlayStation 5 livestream event. On top of offering a sleek console design, the list of games we had showcased last night was absolutely astounding. From smaller looking titles like Goodbye Volcano High and Bugsnax, to much larger debuts such as the Demon Souls remaster, Ghostwire: Tokyo, and Horizon Forbidden West, the Sony PlayStation 5 livestream was a delightful trip through the "future of gaming."

There's still a lot we don’t know about the upcoming console, though, and I'm definitely intrigued to see what Sony has in store. Before this event, I wasn't really sure when I'd be picking up a PlayStation 5. I mean, aside from the usual bevy of exclusives, the idea of dropping another $500 or more on a new console just wasn’t appealing with no idea what was coming down the pipeline. Now that Sony has played its hand, though, I'm happy to say I’ll be picking up a PS5 as soon as I can.


Deathloops and Dinosaur High Schools - TJ Denzer, Volcano High Journalism Club President

There are two kinds of things that stuck with me following the PS5 reveal. One was on the high fidelity end of style and the other was on the indie end. I'm an Arkane Studios mark. I'll admit it. So getting to see their latest game Deathloop in full was an absolute delight. We could easily see how much Arkane has poured what they've learned into the new boundaries of the next generation. All the checkmarks were there: Good melee, good firearm play, and very interesting special ability gimmicks. And then there's blend of grindhouse flick flair they're going with this time. It looks like somewhere between Edge of Tomorrow and We Happy Few.

Then there's Goodbye Volcano High: an unmistakably slice-of-life teenage highschool story. Except it's dinosaurs. I (and I feel many others) was completely caught off guard by this, but the animation and charm quickly won me over. I don't even know how an animated dinosaur high school teen drama plays out on the PS5, but if it keeps the strength of the animation intact, I'm completely in.

What I learned from the PS5 reveal is that Sony is ready to push forward with focus on the little quirky things like Goodbye Volcano High and Bugsnax as they are to focus in on the big spectacles like Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Deathloop, and as a major supporter of indies, I couldn't be happier to have quality choices right out of the gate on the next-gen.


Fell in the video mines - Greg Burke, Head of Video

(Greg couldn't make it in for this week's Shack Chat, but would like for you all to watch our E4 2020 stream with Ice-T. Because that was cool.)


Demon's Souls and RE8 - David L. Craddock, long reads editor

Word of a Demon's Souls remaster has spread through the industry over the past year, but last night Sony and developer Bluepoint one-upped those rumors by unveiling a remake of the 2009 PS3 classic. (FromSoftware director and "Soulsborne" director Hidetaka Miyazaki has gone on record as saying the studio won't helm remasters or remakes; he wants to look forward, not backward.) Judging by the trailer, the game looks gorgeous. No release date, though. 2021, I guess?

As for RE8: Village, I'm just as excited. One reason the RE franchise stalled out in the early '00s was because Capcom turned out too many games that followed the formula established in RE1 and 2. Games like CODE: Veronica were great, but too similar to their predecessors. RE8's release in 2021 will mark the third consecutive year of Resident Evil release, and the fourth game in five years, including RE7 in 2017. (2018 was a gap year.) However, I don’t see the franchise sputtering out again soon. But why? What’s the difference between now and the early aughts?

One thing: Diversity. RE7, RE2make, RE3make, RE8, and 2022's "RE4make" (which Capcom hasn't announced yet, but it's happening) are all, and will all be, diverse enough from one another to engage fans and newcomers alike. RE8 won’t be as radical a shift as 2005's RE4 or 2017's RE7, but the addition of a new enemy type, werewolves, as seen in the trailer, shows Capcom has the confidence to experiment with new numbered titles while counting on remakes of successful Resident Evils from the early days to appeal to fans eager to revisit the franchise's past.

Capcom has all bases covered, and I can’t wait to see how RE8 will deliver.


Generating Buzz - Steve Tyminski, Contributing Editor

This week, Sony had the Internet buzzing with the (Finally!) PlayStation 5 big reveal. They showed off the system, games, and some hardware to go with it. There were two big things that I would have liked to have heard, release-date and price. We didn’t get much on either, with "Holiday 2020" being announced as a release-point for the system. During a time when so many people are losing/lost their jobs because of the Covid-19, Sony has to be very careful how they price the PlayStation 5. Sony revealed two variations of the PS5 during their live stream, one that has a disc drive and one that doesn’t. You would assume that the disc-driverless version would be a cheaper model but you never know with these things.

The games that were shown off during the presentation look fantastic, graphically but only time will tell how they play. Ghostwire: Tokyo was a game that got me excited way back at E3 last year and it continues to pique my interest. Trying to discover what actually is going on in the game will be fun to discover. Kena: Bridge of Spirits sounds like a fun, story-driven game, with fast pacing and little creatures to train. There were quite a few more games that will get people talking like Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Horizon Forbidden West, and Demon's Souls to name a few.


Those are the staff's reactions to Thursday's PS5 reveal. Chatty posters, we know you all reacted in real-time, but if you have more to say, join the conversation! To our non-Chatty poster readers, if you want to weigh in, join the conversation! Simply create an account along the top bar and Shack Chat right along with us!

From The Chatty
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    June 12, 2020 2:00 PM

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      June 12, 2020 4:03 PM

      I'm there day 1. But I'm a Sony Stan

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      June 12, 2020 4:22 PM

      I still need to know more about the price(s), the extent of the backwards-compatibility, and any other amenities that go with staying loyal to Sony.

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        June 13, 2020 8:38 AM

        Price and backwards compatibility are critical to me. Most of my friends went back to Xbox after starting out on PS4 due to backwards compat.

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      June 12, 2020 4:29 PM

      Pretty much all in but still want more details. This spread out info instead of just a big dump that MS and Sony both have been doing is frustrating as hell.

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      June 12, 2020 4:47 PM

      Kinda ugly, prefer black, especially on controller. None of the games scream day 1 to me, but I'd definitely consider 1 or 2 of them if they reviewed very well and dropped siginificantly in price.

      Wish there was a LOT more technical detail on the unit, can the drive be upgraded? How? What can you store on USB? Does it copy across before playing a game not loaded to the local super fast drive?
      How's the 3D Audio? Has anyone used it? Is it really that good? It sounds super interesting.

      Will PS4 backwards compatibility be via disc? What % of games will work? What about digital PS4 libraries?
      I know it's quieter, just how much so? How much does it cost?

      Oh, did they get a great UI in, like PS4 (and more so PS3, the best UI?) or have they finally pulled an MS and released a poor UI?
      Do we have multi-game-suspend-to-disk because that is a wonderful, killer feature on the XB S X.

      I think you could summarise my reactions to "more answers plz"

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        June 12, 2020 5:01 PM

        Have you watched the Cerny PS5 tech talk? You really should if you haven’t.

        Things like how you upgrade the super fast drive are known, at least. (The included PS5 SSD is a specific size for a hardware design reason, and there will be an approved list of retail pci-e 4.0 nvme drives to install into an expansion port)

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          June 12, 2020 5:12 PM

          I watched the digital foundry thing and the issue is that it's all a little unclear. I'm also obviously fairly pedantic... so I like to know all the nitty gritty.

          Curious if a regular old hard drive with 150GB of COD 7 on it, when you go to play, does it just detect it's on the USB external and copy it across over 15 minutes?
          How is the 825GB managed? Games are gonna be as large as 200GB I reckon eventually.

          I'm just all curious. I hope that a 2TB mega fast NVME expansion disk ends up being a few hundred dollars ASAP.

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            June 12, 2020 6:01 PM

            Yeah, I think the stuff you’re talking about will be super interesting to see how they’ll manage. Software driven stuff like that which affects the user experience a lot might be something they want to keep close to the best for a while.

            I think it’s got to be a given that neither console will run a game that’s not on the fast internal storage (or equivalent addon) so they’ll have to have good straightforward management UI for that stuff.

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        June 13, 2020 2:55 AM

        I'm breathless in anticipation of the next six months of your moaning ad nauseam about exactly the same thing in every ps5 thread.

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          June 13, 2020 2:56 AM

          That's good to hear, I'll make sure I amp it up the times I know you're online.

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      June 12, 2020 4:55 PM

      I’ll be getting both PS5 and XSX at launch and I’ll probably regret early adopting both, like usual. #yolo

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      June 12, 2020 5:04 PM

      I’m loving Sony’s reveals, even if I may not get either console for a while.

      The talk Cerny gave on their tech was fantastic. It really illustrated the reasons for some big design decisions, and how much work went into designing that machine for both developers and players.

      I wish Microsoft would do the same. Their box is obviously super powerful and packed with goodies too.

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      June 12, 2020 5:32 PM

      Will buy it at launch. Don't care what it looks like.

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      June 12, 2020 6:04 PM

      I'LL FEEKIN' BOUY IT

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      June 12, 2020 7:15 PM

      Sexbox first for me...ultimate gamepads is just too much value. Ps5 after a revision to a less shit looking model

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      June 12, 2020 9:12 PM

      DF have a ps5 reveal reaction article: https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-2020-ps5-reveal-does-it-deliver-the-next-gen-dream

      They pixel-count most of the trailers and talk about the rendering stuff you can see.

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        June 13, 2020 3:13 AM

        They say Ratchet and Clank is a launch title, which I'd not seen before.

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      June 12, 2020 9:56 PM

      The box is nasty. I'll get one.

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      June 12, 2020 11:02 PM

      As a playstation/ace combat fanboy, I am eyeing the xbox more and more. The backwards compatibility and the game pass (combined with the pc game pass) is a huge drawing factor. I bought a 360 just for ace combat and traded it in for the ps3 but with everything going more cross platform it seems worth it to go xbox just to go through that extensive backlog of games I have never played. Sony's stance on backwards compatibility is just... ugh.

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      June 13, 2020 1:48 AM

      Looked cool, but none of the games really grabbed me.

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      June 13, 2020 2:45 AM

      I much prefer E3 reveals. We would've got the release date for the launch games, would've got the price and would've had a couple of real gameplay deep dives into there AAA big titles.

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      June 13, 2020 3:43 AM

      While I can appreciate the quality of their big exclusive franchises, I just never got into any of them. So, even though something like HZD looked really pretty, it's not a system seller for me. The only game that really, really impressed me that I can't get on my PC was Ratchet & Clank. The hardware looks impressive even if I don't like the design of the box, but right now there's nothing to move me away from PC and the Xbox ecosystem. Even once they start having more games that appeal to me, the idea of spending a significant amount of money my gaming system that doesn't have a comparable service to Game Pass just isn't appealing to me right now.

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      June 13, 2020 3:57 AM

      Super ugly, I know I'll hate the controller :( But the games are what really matter, I can't see MS beating them this gen so I'll go ps5

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        June 13, 2020 4:05 AM

        Usually Sonys big thing is their games and exclusives... But I felt disappointed with this showing from Sony... Horizon 2 is probably going to be 2021 or 2022... Spirderman was a standalone expansion of the original game.

        I really didn't see any games that would make me rush to get a PS5 if MS is similar I'll be waiting until holidays 2021 I think.

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          June 13, 2020 4:08 AM

          Yea, for me it's Last of Us 2 because I was not smart and sold my ps4pro earlier this year

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            June 13, 2020 4:10 AM

            Also Demons Souls because I never played it

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              June 13, 2020 4:55 AM

              I am so excited for you. I wish I could experience Demon’s Souls for the first time again. I think it’s one of the best of the souls style games only hampered by it being the first so it didn’t have a lot of the refinements that came later in the series. It has a unique flavor to it while also feeling very like Dark Souls 1.

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            June 13, 2020 4:15 AM

            I hope they will show some convincing upgrades for the recent PS4 releases if they show Last of Us 2 updated for the PS5 then that could be considered a really good launch game as well.

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              June 13, 2020 4:59 AM

              That’s my hope as well, plus ideally not asking players to rebuy it. Or worst case just a small upgrade fee instead of outright purchase.

              It was great seeing games and the actual system, but now I want nitty gritty of UI, system features, how they are handling PS4 titles, and also seeing how developers are using the controller’s capabilities in games because that can also set them apart from MS.

              I know it will come, but I want info now. Really dislike both companies spreading things out.

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      June 13, 2020 5:20 AM

      I really didn't care for the design. While I have enjoyed the exclusives on PS4, I think I may wait for the first design revision for PS5. But, if they launch with some killer title, or within launch window, I could see myself going with both. I think the BC stuff has me in the Xbox camp since I have quite a few games for Xbox & 360. Not that I'd play all of them, but there are a few I'd love to bring back out.

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      June 13, 2020 5:54 AM

      Very strange design choices. The white doesn’t look good. Also, if the comparison composite shots are to be believed, this thing is huge. The games they showed weren’t that impressive. I’m listening to Waypoints breakdown all the trailers and nothing they showed really brought the way factor.

      As someone that didn’t own an PS4 this generation, everything hinges on backwards compatibility. But even then, no way I’m buying this at launch.

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      June 13, 2020 6:18 AM

      Day 1 for Demon's Souls remaster. Tower of Latria, baby!

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        June 13, 2020 6:21 AM

        I didn't think they mentioned a date for Demon Souls? Anything that doesn't have a date I assume is ages away.

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          June 13, 2020 6:36 AM

          There's going to be another event to announce the launch lineup, price and date. Ratchet and Clank is supposedly a launch game, but didn't have a date in the games reveal.

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            June 13, 2020 6:58 AM

            pretty hard to believe that's gonna be a launch title, but maybe DF has some inside info and it's not just wild speculation

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          June 13, 2020 7:19 AM

          Please don't throw a wet towel on my dream to play DS on day 1. I need this!!!!

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      June 13, 2020 8:42 AM

      None of the games are very impressive from what we've seen so far. All of that could have been achieved on current gen imo, or at least close to it.

      There are some key details still missing (price, backwards compatibility) that will change things up as launch gets closer but right now I'm content to ride things out with my PC and PS4. I remember how good the console deals were around the holidays following current gen's launch. With no apparent killer app, I'll be keeping an eye out for those down the road.

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