With Sony cancelling its PlayStation Experience last December and its usual E3 press conference this June, it looks like the publisher will now be relying on video presentations to update everyone on what they can expect out of the PlayStation brand. They’re calling these videos “State of Play,” and the first one airs this coming Monday, March 25.
The first State of Play video presentation will broadcast at 2 p.m. PST, 5 p.m. EST. According to the PlayStation Blog, you’ll be able to watch the presentations live on Twitch, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook, and then full versions of the broadcast will be made available for your viewing pleasure if you happen to miss the live showing.
And yes, this sounds exactly like Sony’s answer to the Nintendo Direct; regularly occurring video showcases that have proven to be great marketing tools for the house Mario built.
According to PlayStation Social Media Director Sid Shuman, these State of Play videos will “give you updates and announcements from the world of PlayStation.” When the first showcase goes live Monday, you can expect details on both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR software. The content outline includes new trailers, new gameplay footage and even new game announcements. There’s no word on how many games will be discussed or how long the presentation will take, but they’ll probably want to wow us with this debut event.
Last fall, Sony announced that it would be cancelling its PlayStation Experience event that usually occurs in December. The reasoning was that it was going to be too difficult to get everyone in one place at one time (scheduling with the increasingly popular The Game Awards may have had something to do with that) and it was argued that they didn’t have enough to show off from games fans hadn’t already seen a dozen times at that point. It sounds like similar reasoning went into Sony also cancelling its E3 games showcase for 2019.
Instead, it looks like Sony is taking a page from Nintendo’s book and will be offering these State of Play videos on a more regular basis. We’ll see how it all turns out on Monday.