Renewing its interest in the French capital's annual video games expo, PlayStation will make an October 30 media showcase presentation at the 2017 edition of Paris Games Week.
Sony Interactive Entertainment is shifting its emphasis from August's enormous Gamescom in Cologne, Germany, towards Paris Games Week in October, just as it did in 2015.
Choosing PGW in preference to Gamescom moves PlayStation's showcase further towards the end-of-year shopping season, allowing five weeks of breathing space following June's Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles.
Announced for 5pm local time in Paris, the presentation is expected to be broadcast online via YouTube and Twitch, pending confirmation from SIE.
A 5pm CET start time corresponds to 4pm UTC / GMT, 9am PDT, 12 noon EDT, 6pm South Africa, and 9.30pm India, and then midnight in Singapore, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Beijing, China, 1am in South Korea and Japan, and 3am in Sydney, Australia the following day.
PlayStation already has an upgraded PlayStation 4 console on the market, the PlayStation 4 Pro, as well as virtual reality headset PSVR.
By the end of October, almost all its previously announced PS4 or console exclusives and big-name promotional partnerships will have launched, except November's multi-platform "Call of Duty: WWII" and PS4-only "Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds".
Sandwiched between the Tokyo Game Show in September and December's PlayStation Experience in California, Paris Games Week is a chance for Sony to underline the PS4's established credibility and value going into the holiday season, while announcing and previewing some of 2018's bigger exclusives.
Delays notwithstanding, that 2018 roster boasts cinematic sci-fi adventure "Detroit: Become Human," developed by Sony's ambitious Parisian partner Quantic Dream, and announced at PGW 2015.
Other previously announced PS4 games from European studios include "Wild" (France,) "Crossing Souls," "Megaton Rainfall," "Way of Redemption" and "Raiders of the Broken Planet" (Spain,) and "Dreams," "Boundless," and "The Swords of Ditto" (UK.)
In addition, on August 20, just prior to Gamescom, Microsoft's Xbox division is expected to lean in hard on its latest console model, the significantly upgraded Xbox One X, which launches November 7.
Nintendo, too, has Gamescom plans to preview two headline releases and several other significant titles for its newest console, the Switch: October's "Super Mario Odyssey" is set for an August 23 presentation, and September's "Metroid: Samus Returns" will be shown on August 24.