The PlayStation 5 is coming and, thanks to an official soft reveal of the system by PS5 lead system architect Mark Cerny, we now know it's going to be a pixel-pushing powerhouse of a gaming console. A system that will simply excel in delivering eye-popping and immersive games for next-generation PlayStation users to enjoy.
And, while Sony has confirmed there'll be no PS5 launch before May 2020, the console is slated to launch sometime next year (currently slated to hit store shelves in November), which means that we're currently seeing plenty of rumours and leaks pointing toward which already-announced games will appear on the next-gen console, and what exclusives are being planned.
As we can't wait to get our hands on the PlayStation 5 and load-up those eagerly awaiting titles, here we will be presenting what we consider the best PS5 games that either have been officially confirmed, or heavily rumoured to feature on Sony's next-gen system. We'll keep this article updated as new rumours trickle in, so come back and find out whether you're most anticipated has made the list.
The most exciting thing for PlayStation gamers right now is, unlike the PlayStation 4 launch window, which was largely devoid of absolutely killer PS4 games, the PS5 is already looking like it could have one of the best first year game lineups ever.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 5
The Cold War shooter is locked and loaded for a fall 2020 deployment
Reasons to buy
The worst kept secret in the gaming industry right now is that the PS5 is coming out next year in 2020 (along with the next Xbox), and one of the titles that, according to respected gaming news site Kotaku, is due to get a cross-platform release on it is Call of Duty: Black Ops 5.
According to the recent Kotaku report, which also confirmed that the title was set during the Cold War time period and was being headed up by Californian-based game maker Treyarch, the next CODBLOPS "will likely be a cross-gen game, to coincide with the launch of the next PlayStation and Xbox, which are also expected in the fall of 2020."
A fall release date for Black Ops 5 makes perfect sense as well if it is indeed a cross-gen game, as that way it could both be ready for the PS5 launch, as well as be available during the crucial sales period during the Winter holiday season on PS4, too. Check out our Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 review for an idea of timing.
No details of just how the Black Ops 5 will be improved on PS5 have yet to be released, however we're guessing the PlayStation 5's powerful new hardware will allow higher resolutions and frame rates to be achieved, as well as much faster loading thanks to the system's rapid SSD.
Horizon Zero Dawn 2
The incredible PlayStation exclusive that would be a perfect PS5 launch title
Reasons to buy
One of the reasons why the PlayStation 4 ended up absolutely smoking the Xbox One in terms of sales this generation was because of its pure focus on games, and Sony's raft of top exclusives, such as God of War, Gravity Rush 2, and Horizon Zero Dawn specifically turning gamers' heads.
Now while we would certainly love to see a new God of War or Gravity Rush on PS5, we think one of the coolest and, considering the last game's release date (2017), most plausible PlayStation 5 games we could see during the new console's launch window is Horizon Zero Dawn 2.
The original game delivered an amazing far-future game world to explore where gigantic robotic machines ruled the Earth, and with addictive open-world Tomb Raider-style action RPG gameplay, it soon won gamers over despite its flaws, which included a rather barren game world, questionable voice acting, and long loading times.
A PS5 sequel, though, with the console's next-gen AMD Navi GPU and 8-core Zen 2 CPU power on tap, would allow Horizon's maker, Guerrilla Games, to really flesh out the game world and present it in even greater fidelity. Equally, with the game running off the PS5's super-fast SSD, then those long load times of the original would be a thing of the past.
Dystopian robotic dinosaur stompy action T3 wants, and on PlayStation 5 Horizon Zero Dawn 2 would look simply incredible.
The dystopian cyberpunk RPG that literally everyone is waiting for
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The hotly-anticipated new title from CD Projekt, the fine fellows behind the stunning The Witcher series, Cyberpunk 2077 is an upcoming RPG set in a futuristic, dystopian California.
The game offers an open world and allows the player to choose from eight different "Edgerunners", operatives that serve society in Night City (the fictional setting for the game's story) and then control and customise them as they see fit. According to decisions the player makes, various alternate endings are possible.
On top of the simply awesome 48-minute gameplay trailer that dropped in August last year, we've also just got a new trailer at E3 2019 for the much-wanted title, too, which is due for release on April 16, 2020 on Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
No mention has yet been made of a PS5 version of the game, however, with the PS5 set to be released next year, too, it doesn't take a lot of reasoning at all to conclude a PlayStation 5 edition is highly likely, offering greater graphical effects, frame rates, and resolutions than on the current-gen game versions.
Indeed, a PS5 version of the game would really make the most of Cyberpunk's powerful REDengine 4, as well as the super cool Blade Runner-style art design. The PS5's officially confirmed Radeon Navi GPU, Ryzen 7nm Zen 2 CPU, and super-fast SSD should be perfect for making Cyberpunk look and run great.
Ghost of Tsushima
The Samurai epic would look stunning on PlayStation 5
Reasons to buy
Since Ghost of Tsushima's gameplay was shown off in an amazing trailer at E3 last year, we've literally been praying to the gaming gods that it gets a PS5 launch.
Now chances are the Samurai epic, which sees the player take control of Samurai Jin Sakai during the 1274 CE Mongol invasion of Japan, will launch first on PS4, as it was first announced way back in 2017. However, since the trailer launch last year, developer SuckerPunch has gone very, very quiet, fuelling rumours that the game is being prepared for a dual PS4 and PS5 release.
Judging by the stunning art style and cinematic presentation, the PS5 really would be the ideal console to do a gorgeous game like this justice. The authentic-looking characters, environments and weapons would be given a greater level of immersion if they could be run with PS5-level resolutions (4K to 8K with HDR), frame rates (60 fps+) and special effects.
The PS5's custom-designed 3D audio chip would also really help make the most of the game's incredible musical score (played with authentic-for-the-period Japanese instruments) and audio, with the gaming experience taken to new levels of enjoyment and immersion.
GTA 6 (VI)
A new Grand Theft Auto on PS5 is a mouth-watering proposition
Reasons to buy
It's been 6 years since GTA V hit game consoles and, after its maker Rockstar Games released the incredible Red Dead Redemption 2 at the end of last year, naturally industry speculation has shifted to focus on when a sequel to the open-world crime sandbox will arrive.
To date, there has been almost no indication of what GTA VI will be or when it will be released, however, considering that both the PS5 and next Xbox flagship consoles are now slated for release in 2020, we'd be incredibly surprised if the game launched on the outgoing current console generation.
That's because if there is one genre that is going to benefit most from the PlayStation 5's powerful next-gen hardware, it is open-world games. By being able to tap into the PS5's Ryzen and Navi technology, the world of GTA VI will be able to be rendered at higher resolutions and with greater draw distances, while thanks the console's rapid solid state drive loading times will be slashed.
As shown in the official PS5 soft reveal, the system's SSD should also allow the open-world of GTA VI to be continuously loaded during play much faster, too, allowing the player to move through it quicker without texture or geometry pop-in issues. Could this lead to the next GTA to be set not just over an extended city area, but actually over an entire area, with multiple cities, towns and natural environments? Our mouth is watering just thinking about it.
Here's hoping that GTA VI launches on the PS5, either at launch or during its first year on the market.
The Elder Scrolls VI
A successor to Skyrim running at 4K HDR and 60 fps+? Hell yes!
Reasons to buy
Talking of games with potential release dates that line up with the rumoured release window for the PS5, the next game in Bethesda Game Studios' Elder Scrolls franchise, Elder Scrolls VI, is one of the biggest and most anticipated.
The fourth game in the series, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, was released in 2006 and then the fifth game in the series, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, was released five years later in 2011. As such, that would indicate that we are now well overdue a new Elder Scrolls game and, considering the series' penchant for wide-open worlds and spectacular draw distances, there would be no better system to run it than a PS5.
Unfortunately, we're still largely in the dark as to when The Elder Scrolls VI will launch, or even where it will be set. In June last year Bethesda Softworks, the game's maker, put out a very brief teaser trailer, but that only showed a sweeping coastal landscape with a castle, as well as the game's name, which was "The Elder Scrolls VI".
Up until now, The Elder Scroll games have always looked and, arguably, played best on PC, with the game's stock clunky game engine displayed best once heavily modded and presented with PC-levels of graphical fidelity.
However, with the PS5 and Xbox Two architecture's reportedly closer to a PC environment than ever before, and loaded with AMD's Ryzen CPU tech and Navi GPU tech, we have high hopes the PlayStation 5 version of the VI, when it is surely released, will have to make little if any visual compromises at all. This powerful hardware should also facilitate Bethesda finally shifting the series off the dated Creation Engine.
Just imagine a PS5 console running The Elder Scrolls VI with a brand new, visually stunning game engine at 4K resolution and with HDR enabled and a 60 fps+ resolution. We know, it is the stuff of RPG dreams.
A PS5 and PS4 two-platform release seems now very likely
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When PS5 lead system architect Mark Cerny recently was asked about whether upcoming Hideo Kokima title Death Stranding would be released on PS5, according to a Wired report "a spokesperson in the room repeated that the game would be released for PS4, but Cerny’s smile and pregnant pause invites speculation that it will in fact be a two-platform release."
And, to us here at T3, that makes perfect sense. From the trailers we've seen so far, Kojima's new title looks very impressive graphically, and as he has always done in his games, the style and tone feel incredibly cinematic. The PS5's ability to support 8K HDR graphics would make it perfect for displaying the game's engine, which allows for stunningly realistic characters to be rendered.
Death Stranding has been confirmed to be launching on November 8, 2019 (Kojima originally said that the game would launch before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics), however whether that is for the current gen only, with a PS5 version coming later, remains to be seen.
The current generation version will likely offer 4K, 30 fps gameplay on PS4 Pro, while the PS5 variant is currently tipped to get 8K, 30/60 fps options.
The famous web-slinger would be right at home on PS5
Reasons to buy
The PlayStation exclusive Spider-Man was one of 2018's very best games, with more than 9 million gamers picking up a copy so they could don the Spidey suit and swing through the Big Apple.
A sequel, though unconfirmed right now, therefore appears absolutely nailed on for Insomniac Games and, considering that the original game's last piece of DLC only landed last December, a follow up appearing anytime soon on PS4 seems incredibly unlikely.
However, a sequel launching, say, at the end of the PS5's first year on sale or during its second seems very plausible, and the new console would allow Insomniac to really broaden their horizons in terms of design and execution.
The largely non-interactable world of the first game could be given a real jolt, with the power on tap in the PS5 allowing more NPCs, environmental details and, crucially, the ability to visit both indoor and outdoor locals without lengthy loading screens. It would be awfully nice to go get shouted at by J. Jonah Jameson at The Daily Bugle, for example, without having to sit through a boring you're-going-inside-a-building transition.
The fact that Mark Cerny himself has confirmed that the new SSD in the PlayStation 5 allows the original Spider-Man to load 18-times faster than on PS4 also indicates that the sequel would load initially much faster, too, while the fact that more in-game assets could be addressed and then loaded much quicker means that Spider-Man himself should be able to move through it quicker and at a smoother frame-rate as well.
The Lord of the Rings: Gollum
Journey back to Middle-earth on PS5
Reasons to buy
As broke originally by The Hollywood Reporter, The Lord of the Rings: Gollum is a new game currently in the works by German developer Daedalic Entertainment that is slated for release on PC and " all relevant console platforms at that time."
Now, with the PS5 slated for release next year, in 2020, that means that it would 100 per cent fall under that "all relevant console platforms at that time" statement. And that's a great thing, as the PS5's graphical power would be a perfect partner for bringing both the infamous protagonist and the world around him to life.
Imagine the awesome lighting effects that could be achieved in caves and forests with the PlayStation 5's ray tracing-capable GPU. It would lead to some incredibly immersive gaming for sure.
As to the story, Daedalic CEO and co-founder Carsten Fichtelmann has revealed that "we have the story that we all know from the book, but everything that happens to him before he appears in the book are the main things we will see in our game. We will tell the story before he first appears in the books."