LONDON: Sony gave gamers their first look at the PlayStation 5 and some of its upcoming titles in a live-streaming event on Thursday.
The console was revealed to have a black central unit with white edging, and was unveiled in a vertical position - with a disc edition and digital edition.
One of the stand-out games for an Arab audience was Hitman III - the trailer for which showed a mission set in Dubai.
Sony's is looking to release the console in late 2020 and will competr with Microsoft's Xbox Series X for sales.
The PS5 promises advanced graphics and shorter load times through the use of its solid-state hard drive, which along with the device's games pipeline are key selling points as contenders like Google push into gaming.
"You've seen games that can only be enjoyed with the full range of PlayStation 5's features and power," Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan said during the presentation, which attracted more than three million viewers to its English feed alone on YouTube and Twitch.
Upcoming titles include Spider-Man: Miles Morales from in-house studio Insomniac Games, a sequel to the best-selling title on the aging PlayStation 4, and third-party titles like Project Athia from Final Fantasy developer Square Enix Holdings .
Follow updates as they happened below...(All times GMT)
21:20 - Well, that's all we're getting tonight folks... a whole load of titles for us to get excited about as Sony focused more on games rather than technical hardware explanations. And, alas, we still don’t know the release date or how much it will cost...
21:10 - At last! We finally get to see the console in all its glory...
21:00 - Time for another Game Reveal Update - titles you can look forward to in Q4 2020 and into 2021...
* Astro’s Playroom
* NBA 2K21
* Little Devil Inside
* Demon’s Souls - looks stunning, by the way
20:50 - Agent 47 from the Hitman series is back in his "most intimate" assassination mission yet in Hitman III, which will conclude the trilogy. We get to see a very short clip of a mission set in Dubai...excitement levels at Arab News through the roof...
20:45 - Game Reveal Update - titles you can look forward to in Q4 2020 and into 2021...
* Goodbye Volcano High
* Soulstorm - new title in the Oddworld series
* Ghostwire: Tokyo
* Jett: The Far Shore
20:40 - Anyone else getting that "assault of the senses" sort of feeling watching epic trailer after epic trailer? Or is it just us...
20:35 - Major tone shift as we get a glimpse of Destruction Allstars (think Rocket League and Destruction Derby) and then straight into a much more chilled out gaming experience in Kena: Bridge of Spirits.
20:30 - More games revealed, including a cyberpunk cat game called Stray, sci-fi scenes in Returnal and Sack Boy: A Big Adventure...
20:25 - A little technical explanation of the new console's capabilities - must mean we're getting closer to actually seeing it...
20:20 - Ratchet and Clank and Project Athia are next up with some sumptuous graphics on display, the latter created specifically for the PS5. Gamers are certainly going to be in for a visual treat when they finally get their hands on the PS5...
20:10 - Game announcement two is Spider-Man: Miles Morales, a follow-up to Marvel’s Spider-Man. And another classic title, Gran Turismo is back!
20:05 - We are being treated to a reel of classic PlayStation titles - including Grand Theft Auto V (what a game that was), as CEO Jim Ryan announces PS5 partnership with Rockstar Games will continue.
20:05 - We got a look at the controller, which will be released with the PS5, earlier this year. It gave experts the idea we might be looking at a predominantly white unit, as opposed to the predominantly black units we have been used to.
20:00 - We are ready to go! Stick with us for all the latest reveals...
Have a read here of what we can expect