Sony officially copies Nintendo Direct with new ‘State of Play’ series

Sony has formally announced a brand-new video series which will provide updates on upcoming PS4 and PSVR games. This new series is called ‘State of Play’ and the first episode will go live on March 25, 2019. Doesn’t this sound familiar?

We’ll imitate you directly

This move from Sony comes just a few months after Microsoft started its own online video news series called ‘Inside Xbox’. Episodes of that show have been far more frequent than Nintendo Direct presentations, though the format is modeled more like a casual show that you’d see on TV, like G4’s well-known X-Play. It remains to be seen what format Sony’s State of Play will take on. Regardless, both of these shows have clearly been influenced by the success of the now eight-year-old Nintendo Direct series.

It’s been a running joke for a while in the gaming community that Sony (and even Microsoft) have been guilty of copying Nintendo on more than one occasion. The most notable example is how both companies tried to get on the motion control craze that was jumpstarted by the Wii, which led to the creation of the PlayStation Move and Xbox Kinect. Though, one can argue that Nintendo has done some copying of its own, such as recently launching its own subscrition-based network service for Switch similar to that of Xbox Live and PlayStation Network.

As a bit of a humblebrag, I called out the possibility of Sony doing such a thing earlier this year when the company announced it wouldn’t be coming to E3. I didn’t know for sure that it would actually go through with the idea of adopting a Nintendo Direct style presentation but turns out it ultimately couldn’t resist adopting Nintendo’s format.

Now, we have to wait and see if the elusive PS5 is revealed in a way similar to that of the Nintendo Switch was — just a simple YouTube video. 

A.K Rahming
Having been introduced to video games at the age of 3 via a Nintendo 64, A.K has grown up in the culture. A fan of simulators and racers, with a soft spot for Nintendo! But, he has a great respect for the entire video game world and enjoys watching it all expand as a whole.