‘Mini E3’ as PlayStation, Nintendo livestream today

Depending on how excited you get about game announcements, today could be Christmas in September as PlayStation announces a State of Play stream.

This will take place after and completely separately from the Nintendo Direct stream also happening today, which is why some people online have called today a “Mini E3“.

Well that does depend on where you live, however, as the timing of the State of Play event actually places it tomorrow. For South Africans and others close to us, the stream will only start at 23:59 CEST.

For those who don’t want to stay up past midnight for nebulous game reveals, the stream is happening on YouTube – see the embed below – so you can simply watch a VOD after the fact.

So what can we expect? The official PlayStation Blog fills us in on some details including the focus and length of the event.

“With Tokyo Game Show just around the corner, it’s almost time to celebrate the amazing creative contributions of the Japanese game development community. And it’s also a perfect time to kick off another State of Play,” the announcement reads.

The Tokyo Games Show starts later this week on 15th September and runs until 18th September. This has us wondering if any games shown off in the State of Play will then be playable at the show and, while that means most of us won’t get to enjoy them, attending media can at least report back.

Valve is also leaning into the Tokyo Games Show by producing a book attendees can get as a physical print while the rest of us can read an online version right now. Valve’s Steam Deck will also have a “huge presence” at the show too.

Back to the length of the State of Play and, at 20 minutes, it will be half the length of the promised 40-minute Nintendo Direct. We usually find these events bloated either way so a shorter runtime is very welcome.

As for what Sony will show us is anyone’s guess but we’re hoping for more information about titles like God of War Ragnarok, Spider-Man 2 (pictured above) or Wolverine.

Lastly, for content creators and others who want to co-stream or otherwise host this State of Play in another way, Sony warns against because of that old chestnut of copyrighted music.

“Please note that this broadcast may include copyrighted content (e.g. licensed music) that PlayStation does not control. We welcome and celebrate our amazing co-streamers and creators, but licensing agreements outside our control could interfere with co-streams or VOD archives of this broadcast,” the company writes.

“If you’re planning to save this broadcast as a VOD to create recap videos, or to repost clips or segments from the show, we advise omitting any copyrighted music,” it concludes.


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