Just about all the biggest video games of the year have hit store shelves just in time for the holidays. They’ve won their awards, earned their superfans, and found their way into stockings and unwrapped presents under Christmas trees everywhere.
But if this year’s games weren’t enough for some players, Sony had them covered, allowing gamers to check out a whole crop of upcoming 2017 titles at this weekend’s PlayStation Experience expo in Anaheim, Calif.
The annual expo lets a few thousand excited PlayStation fans spend a weekend checking out demos of upcoming titles — and a few that are already out — from the huge number of developers that have signed up to produce games on the tech giant’s gaming machines. It’s an opportunity to see the future of gaming, and it’s open to players, like events such as the Penny Arcade Expo game conferences that take place in Seattle, San Antonio, Texas, and Boston every year. But PlayStation Experience is a bit smaller, since it only features PlayStation games, and therefore offers players a bit of a better chance to check out what’s coming down the pipe first-hand.
This year’s PSX, as the event is known, was a huge showcase of both upcoming games and new announcements. Some of the biggest franchises in the industry, such as Uncharted, saw their newest games announced at the expo. Another well-loved title from Uncharted developer Naughty Dog is also getting a sequel, as per a huge announcement at PSX: zombie drama The Last of Us, which is both critically acclaimed and beloved by fans.
Players also got to try a hand (and eye) at Sony’s new PlayStation VR virtual reality headset, which is available on the market but still early in its life. Games like the upcoming Resident Evil 7, due out in January, the alien planet adventure Farpoint, and Star Wars: Battlefront featured VR components — including a Rogue One-themed experience.
There were plenty of other awesome games on offer as well, like a huge number of indie titles and smaller games. Players had a blast facing off against each other in titles like Pyre and Gang Beasts, trying out upcoming add-ons such as Uncharted 4: Survival, and watching the games such as next year’s Horizon: Zero Dawn on the newly released, more powerful PlayStation 4 Pro console.
Sony’s two-day event offers gamers something they can’t get anywhere else — a chance to see the future of video games, and to meet those games’ creators first-hand. One of the coolest things about gaming is that publishers and developers offer fans these chances to get closer to the industry that creates the experiences they love. It’s a big reward for players who dedicate their time and loyalty to video games to get a chance to meet the people behind them and play what the future holds a little bit early.
We were blown away by Sony’s awesome PlayStation Experience this year, and it seems that the event is only going to get bigger. We can’t wait to check out next year’s games when they become available, and to get a glimpse into the future at the next PSX!