It’s no secret that the PlayStation 4 has dominated this console generation. When the system launched in 2013, Sony zeroed in on creating a (then) powerful console that was focused on the gamer and backed up by a strong catalog of console exclusives.
That has been a strong selling point for the PS4 over the years, and Sony has continued to lean into that fact. Their newest advertisement, titled “Only On PlayStation” continues the narrative, hyping all the exclusives that are on or coming to PS4 in the near (and not-so-near) future.
Games including Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, Horizon: Zero Dawn, The Last of Us: Part 2, and God of War are heavily featured in the trailer. The Lost Legacy and Horizon: Zero Dawn were big hits last year, with Horizon being considered for multiple Game of the Year awards (Breath of the Wild scooped up most of those awards for 2017).
Luckily for Sony, first party games from top-tier developers such as Naughty Dog and Guerilla Games have been massive successes, but the PS4’s upcoming 2018 and 2019 titles also have the potential to be huge. Sony Santa Monica’s God of War will see its release next month with hype growing for that game. Sony Santa Monica’s latest will see a bit of a departure from previous games in the series with its more narrative-driven, intimate tone.
A month later, in May, Quantic Dream’s cinematic game, Detroit: Become Human, will launch. And while there have not been release dates given for Marvel Spider-Man, The Last of Us: Part II, and Days Gone, those PS4-exclusives are high profile releases that Sony is no doubt counting on to be major critical and commercial successes.
Of course, it’s easy to hype upcoming games. We’ve all experienced great gaming disappointments, so in the same way, no game’s success should be considered guaranteed until it actually releases.
This trailer sure makes PS4 look like it’s going strong, but the console will soon be five years old, and if rumors are true, the next generation of PlayStation could be on the horizon. Either way, PS4 has a huge install base and those who own the console have a lot of games to look forward to in 2018 and 2019.
PlayStation 4 is available now.