CES: Sony Touts Games’ Expanding Movie/Streaming Presence

In the wake of last November’s launch of the next-generation PlayStation 5 video game system, Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) used Sony Corp.’s annual (and virtual) CES media presentation to showcase PlayStation’s expanded foray into film and TV with a diversity of stories.

As with much of Hollywood, PlayStation, along with Sony Pictures Entertainment, pushed back most of its new original content releases to 2021 and beyond due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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In addition to continued development of the “Spider-Man” franchise, two PS properties eyeing both theatrical and episodic TV adaptations in 2021 include Uncharted, featuring Tom Holland (Spider-Man: Homecoming) as a live-action young Nathan Drake and Mark Wahlberg as Victor Sullivan. The film is now set to release on July 16. Separately, Sony Pictures Television and HBO are creating a limited series around the video game The Last of Us for subscription streaming platform HBO Max.

The studio also has a partnership with Hivemind Productions (creator of Netflix’s “The Witcher”) for a live-action adaption of the Final Fantasy XIV series games.

“This is just the beginning of the expansion of our storytelling into new media and even wider audiences,” Jim Ryan, president/CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, said in a video clip. “Sony is a creative entertainment company and entertainment has never been more important. Our community are networked like never before and are more diverse than they have ever been. And we celebrate and embrace the differing viewpoints and tastes that make up our community.”

Indeed, Sony Pictures CEO Tony Vinciquerra last month announced that the studio was working on three movies and seven TV shows based on PlayStation games, including the recent actioner Monster Hunter, starring Mila Jovovich and Tony Jaa.

“You’ll be seeing a lot more integration of Sony companies together in the future,” Vinciquerra told CNBC.

Sony Offers Free Video Games to PS4 Owners During Pandemic

Sony is giving free video games to PlayStation 4 owners stuck at home during the coronavirus Pandemic.

Through 8 p.m. PT May 5, PS4 owners can download Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection (a 43.5GB file) and Journey (2.5GB) through the PlayStation Store.

To get the games, users simply have to log onto their Internet-connected PS4 consoles and navigate to the PlayStation Store in their menu. The game offer should come up as soon as the store loads.

Users don’t have to subscribe to PlayStation Plus to get the games, nor do they need to download the games prior to the deadline to add them to their collection — simply adding the games to their library will suffice.

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In Journey, players explore a mysterious world of sand and ancient ruins.

In the “Uncharted” series, players follow the adventures of treasure hunter Nathan Drake. Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection includes the single-player campaigns for Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception.

Users in Germany or China will receive Knack 2 instead of the “Uncharted” bundle.

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