Sony is emulating the model used by its competitors and has begun a new series called, State of Play, that will show footage of upcoming games for PlayStation systems. The first episode of State of Play was broadcast on March 25, 2019, and it came with a slew of announcements.
The first major announcement of State of Play was the reveal of Iron Man VR for the PS VR, which will allow players to fly around in the armor of the famous superhero while blowing up villains using repulsor rays. Iron Man VR is due to be released in Spring 2019.
The PlayStation 4 version of Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is due to receive exclusive models that make the characters look how they did in the original PlayStation version of the game. Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is due to be released on June 21, 2019.
No Man's Sky Beyond has already been announced by Hello Games, but State of Play revealed that the game would receive a PS VR mode that would be totally free.
A new game called Readyset Heroes was announced that involves two teams of players running through stages filled with enemies and traps in order to collect items, before being thrown into an arena for a final showdown.
The upcoming PS VR game called Blood & Truth now has a release date of May 28, 2019, for those with a hankering for protagonists who like to perform bad Vinnie Jones impressions.
A new trailer for a story-based game called Observation was released, where you play as a space station in a kind of role-reversal of 2001: A Space Odyssey. Observation is due to be released on May 21, 2019.
One of the biggest announcements of State of Play was Five Nights At Freddy's VR: Help Wanted, which is the first game in the series to receive VR support and will combine segments from previous Five Nights At Freddy's games, as well as adding new ones.
The previously announced Concrete Genie was given a new trailer and solid release date of fall 2019, as well as the reveal of a PS VR mode.
Days Gone was given an extended trailer that showed off some gameplay, but there wasn't much that hadn't been shown before. Days Gone is due to be released on April 26, 2019.
The final trailer of State of Play was for the upcoming Mortal Kombat 11, which confirmed that Jax, Kung Lao, and Liu Kang would be present in the game, along with the classic '90s iterations of several characters.
State of Play was Sony's first attempt at emulating the format of the Nintendo Directs, and there wasn't much to reveal. Nintendo usually has at least one or two huge announcements saved for their Directs, and the first State of Play didn't have any.
The first State of Play was still an admirable attempt by Sony to try and take back some of the spotlight that had been stolen by their competitors over the past few months, and the idea of there being a semi-regular PlayStation announcement video is a good one. It just needs some better reveals in order to justify its existence.