PlayStation Showcase broadcasts later today with a focus on PS5 and PSVR 2 games, but what announcements can we expect? Here are our predictions.
Last week, Sony confirmed its latest PlayStation Showcase would air on May 24 at 1pm PT / 9pm BST. Stating the presentation will run for "a bit over an hour," it promises to show games in development "from top studios" globally between first-party teams and third-party publishers. Given the high-profile nature of PlayStation Showcase compared to February's State of Play presentation, which mostly offered indie reveals for PSVR 2, big names seem likely.
It's left many speculating about what we'll see and while we don't know what deals Sony might've made with developers for games that might be a couple years out, here are five PSVR 2 predictions for the PlayStation Showcase:
First Contact Entertainment's upcoming sequel to Firewall Zero Hour remains the only publicly confirmed Sony published PSVR 2 game in development. A 4v4 tactical shooter, Firewall Ultra is scheduled to launch later this year, so a new trailer and/or release date confirmation seems like a safe bet for PlayStation Showcase.
Resident Evil 4 Remake VR Mode
Following a successful PSVR 2 port for Resident Evil Village, Capcom previously announced "supported content" is coming for Resident Evil 4 Remake. Before the flatscreen version's launch last March, Capcom reaffirmed that a VR Mode is in development and it's unclear what this PSVR 2 content will look like. PlayStation Showcase feels like as good a place as any to reveal more.
It's been a while since we've heard anything about Beat Saber on PSVR 2. Jim Ryan revealed the news during CES 2023 and practically nothing else, saying they’ll have “more information to share in the near future.” Even now, Beat Saber tops the PlayStation Store charts for the original PSVR, so we're hopeful to learn something more today.
We've all been waiting for this one and, ultimately, we have no idea whether this is actually going to happen. Still, there's no better way to persuade those on the fence about getting PSVR 2 than a port of Valve’s stunning return to its flagship franchise. Released in 2020, Half-Life Alyx remains one of VR's greatest games and in 2019, Greg Coomer told Push Square, “We believe Sony’s VR platform has been a huge success for the medium, and we assume that lots of Sony customers would love to experience this new chapter of Half-Life.” Now that PSVR 2's here, it could finally be time.
New Astro Bot
Sony hasn't announced any upcoming first-party PSVR 2 games yet, but Astro Bot could fit the bill perfectly. Astro Bot Rescue Mission on PSVR remains one of the best PSVR games, followed up with the flatscreen Astro's Playroom as a pack-in PS5 launch game. Two and a half years later, we haven't heard what Team Asobi plans next, so we're hopeful Astro's next adventure takes him back to VR.