Sony introduced State of Play in 2019. This series of broadcasts, which were prerecorded and Nintendo Direct-style, highlighted upcoming PlayStation 3 games. It was just months after Sony had announced its existence. E3 2019: Bowing Out — a decision it’s held to each year since — and represents Sony’s shift to a more controlled, consistent, and cost-effective way to engage its audience.
Coming up on the third anniversary of State of Play’s debut, we’re looking back at the history of the show thus far. Below we've chronicled every State of Play (and PlayStation Showcase, which are essentially larger scale State of Plays), highlighting the biggest announcements from each event to give you a better idea of what to expect from future shows in Sony’s post-E3 world.
Note: After the update, this article will be updated to include new information. March 9th State of Play.
The History of PlayStation’s State of Play
Iron Man VRWas the Biggest announcement from Sony’s first-ever State of Play, which aired on March 25, 2019. It was one among several PSVR titles displayed that day alongside previously announced Blood & TruthThe film was released on a date that was not yet known. Sony’s first broadcast was unsurprisingly one of its least bombastic, though the show also featured a Trailer for a new story for Bend Studio’s then-upcoming open-world zombie game Days gone.
- Days between shows: 45
- Runtime: 21:26
Final Fantasy 7 Remake was the highlight of Sony’s second State of Play. The FF7R re-reveal provided our first substantial look at the remake in four years and cemented Sony’s newly created broadcasts as potential must-see events. Hunting Grounds – PredatorThe licensed asymmetrical multiplayer game asymmetrical for consoles, called “Gamer” was also available. revealedDuring the show, as were the Date of releaseFor MediEvil, the 2019 remake of Sony’s PS1 hack-and-slash adventure.
- Days between showcases:
- Runtime: 21:42
Part 2 of The Last of Us Received a three-minute notification Trailer during Sony’s third State of Play, giving us more insight into Ellie’s story, showing off more of its brutal combat, and teasing returning characters Tommy and Joel. Most importantly, it revealed the sequel’s February 2020 release date, though that’d eventually be This was pushed up to June.
Modern Warfare: The Call of DutyShowcased its still-impressive visuals during a Trailer for a new campaignEnhance, the Tetris Effect creator, has announced a brand new puzzle game called Humanity. The trailer promised a 2020 release window. However, Humanity will be out sometime in the next year.
- Days between showcases:
- Runtime: 22:44
Sucker Punch closed out 2019’s final State of Play with a brief cutscene from Ghost of Tsushima gorgeous open world. Sony also displayed more of its creative tool/game Dreams, which was given a new trailer and Valentine’s Day 2020 release date. Capcom is the third-party distributor. ConfirmedThe then-rumored Resident Evil 3 Remake It also comes with a forgettable multiplayer companion Resident Evil Resistance.
- Days between showcases:
- Runtime: 18:40
This 156-day gap is the longest Sony has gone between broadcasts since State of Play’s inception. Sony remained focused on 2020's first show. Ghost of Tsushima This video explains the open world, combat, and photo modes of the July 2020 release.
- Between showcases: 13
- Runtime: 23:34
Sony followed its longest gap between showcases by airing its shortest. Just 13 days after Ghost of Tsushima State of Play aired, Sony aired a second broadcast dedicated to the topic. Part 2 of The Last of Us, during which we learned more about the sequel’s map, enemies, factions, and combat.
- Between showcases: 15
- Runtime: 1:14:25
Two weeks later, Sony returned with a doozy — inarguably its biggest and best broadcast to date. Airing as a substitute for its E3 conference, Sony’s June 2020 showcase was most notably home to the PlayStation 5 reveal.
In addition to showing off its next-gen console, Sony revealed what turned out to be nearly its entire first-party lineup for late 2020–early 2022: Astro’s Playroom, Demon’s Souls, Sackboy: A Big Adventure, Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Destruction AllStars, Return Policy, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, Horizon Forbidden WestAnd Gran Turismo 7.
Sony made space for its partners by giving showtime to Capcom, which will reveal the future of Sony Pictures Entertainment Resident Evil Village PragmataSquare will announce Project Athia (Forspoken); IO to reveal Hitman 3; and independent developers to showcase upcoming projects, Kena: Bridge of Spirits, Bugsnax, Solar AshFind out more.
- Between showcases: 56
- Runtime: 42:37
Sony followed its June disaster with a smaller broadcast in August. Highlights included: New BugsnaxTrailerAn overview of GodfallA preview of gameplay and another similar one TrailerFor The Pathless.
- Day between shows: 41
- Runtime: 47:54
Sony presented another showcase about the PlayStation 5 before releasing it, culminating with the announcement of PS5’s price and release date. The games front Final Fantasy 16As a PS5 exclusive, the Harry Potter RPG was announced Hogwarts LegacyIt was revealed that and God of War: RagnarokThe teaser was shown for the first time.
- 52 Days between shows
- Runtime: 12:13
2020’s final State of Play had a singular focus: Bluepoint's Demon’s Souls remake for PS5. Aired days before the remake’s release, the 12-minute broadcast featured new PS5 GamingGavin Moore as creative director.
- Days between shows: 110
- Runtime: 31:53
Sony’s firstOf six showcases in 2021 featured the reveal of Final Fantasy 7 Remake IntergradePS5 as well as its Intermission Yuffie DLC. The most recent release SifuThis State of Play also featured a number of other surprises. Kena: Bridge of SpiritsRecieved its August 2021 Date of release.
- Days between shows: 63
- Runtime: 22:28
Another of Sony’s smaller broadcasts came in April 2021, when the company showed off 16 minutes of Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart Play the game. Rift Apart was the main attraction, but two other games also made an appearance. Subnautica Below ZeroA new trailer for gameplay has been released. Among UsPlayStation consoles will be the first to receive this announcement.
- Between showcases: 28
- Runtime: 19:11
May 2021’s State of Play was dedicated to Horizon Forbidden West. During the stream, developer Guerilla Games revealed key details about the sequel’s story, setting, weapons, abilities, and more, showcasing a large chunk of gameplay in a battle against a Tremortusk.
- Days between showcases 42
- Runtime: 31:44
Two months later, Sony returned to digital with a modest State of Play that centered on a new product. DeathloopPlay the game Trailer. Book 2: MossPSVR was also announced, Death Stranding Director’s CutSeptember 2021 release date was set.
- Days between shows: 63
- Runtime: 42:01
Sony’s best and biggest show of 2021 aired on September 9. After its tease one year earlier, God of War: RagnarokOfficially, it was revealed via a Trailer for the gameThe film stars Kratos, Atreus. Marvel’s Spider-Man 2This was announced along with another Insomniac/Marvel partnership based on Wolverine. The biggest third-party reveal, meanwhile, was Aspyr’s Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic – RemakeThe exclusive PS5 console was being announced with the name ‘,
God of War: Ragnarok Trailer Screenshots — PlayStation Showcase 2021
- Days between shows: 48
- Runtime: 22:33
The following month, a third-party-focused State of Play aired. It gave us new looks at Little Devil InsideThe best thing about the internet is that it's free! Bugsnax DLCFind the most recent version here Five Nights at Freddy’s. The next entry in Square Enix’s long-running action-RPG series Star OceanA 2022 release window was also announced.
- Between showcases: 100 days
Sony began its 2022 programming with an a Gran Turismo 7State of Play. The racer was the focus of the entire program. There was a deep dive into GT7, along with 30 minutes of PS5 gameplay.
- 35 Days between showcases
Sony says today's State of Play 20-minute will feature “new revelations and eye-catching updates for PS5/PS4 games” with a “special emphasis” on Japanese-published games. The latter quote has led some to speculate we’ll be seeing more from Square Enix and Final Fantasy 16, though nothing’s been confirmed. It’s also possible we’ll hear more about Sony’s rumored Game Pass competitor, Project Spartacus.
Regardless of what's announced, we’ll be updating this article after the show with all of Sony's biggest reveals.
How Many Times Does Sony Air a PlayStation State of Play
Since 2019 the time between State of Play broadcasts has ranged from 13 days to 156 — that's anywhere from two weeks to five months. Sony airs a new State of Play on average every 64 days (two month), although this is far from its normal cadence. This number may be more important as a measure of Sony’s annual broadcast target. After a first year with four State of Plays Sony aired a total of ten. six events in both 2020 and 2021 — three in the first half of the year and three in the back. We can expect the next State of Play to be completed by Sony if they stick with this formula until June.