Gamescom used to be the second biggest week on the PlayStation calendar, but it's been quiet over the past couple of years. The reason? Sony's been showing up, but it hasn't exactly been going all out. The press conferences that it used to hold in Germany, for example, appear to be a thing of the past; last year it opted for Paris Games Week, of course – and this time it's scheduled a PlayStation Meeting for 7th September.
Of course, there's more to Europe's biggest gaming convention than just platform holder presence, so while you wait for the event to get underway, here's a quick guide to the Cologne-based mega event.
When's Sony's PlayStation press conference?
There isn't one! Just like last year, Sony's not holding a media briefing in Germany, opting for a PlayStation Meeting event on 7th September instead. This will almost certainly be the venue of the PS4K or Neo's announcement, so it should be worth the wait. You'll of course find all of the coverage here on Push Square.
What time is EA's press conference?
Sony may not be holding a press conference this year, but EA is. You can catch the publisher's presentation on Tuesday, 16th August from 18:15PM BST (10:15AM PDT/13:15PM EDT) right here on Push Square, with live video, text, and chat enabled.
We'd expect to see a lot more of FIFA 17 during the presser given the location, as well as Titanfall 2 and Battlefield 1. In fact, both games will get dedicated streams directly after the press conference – from 19:00PM and 20:00PM respectively, so make sure that you stick around for those.
Are there any other livestreams?
You can look forward to a Destiny stream from 18:00PM BST (10:00AM PDT/13:00PM EDT), with more on Rise of Iron promised. Blizzard will also be holding a presser from 17:30PM BST (09:30AM PDT/12:30PM EDT), though it's unclear whether this will include anything relevant for PlayStation fans. We'd expect the likes of Overwatch to be mentioned at the very least.
What games will be at Gamescom 2016?
Sony's bringing a huge lineup of games to Germany, with PlayStation VR taking centre stage. Traditional titles like Gran Turismo Sport, Titanfall 2, and Destiny: Rise of Iron will be joined by big virtual reality experiences such as Batman: Arkham VR and Resident Evil 7. It'll also have live cinema demos of Horizon: Zero Dawn, Days Gone, and many more.
The Japanese giant won't be the only one showing off PlayStation VR games, as Ubisoft will be demoing Eagle Flight and Star Trek: Bridge Crew. It'll also have For Honor and Steep on display. Elsewhere, the likes of Activision, Square Enix, Warner Bros, and many more will all have booths. Expect to see plenty of Farming Simulator 17 over the course of the week, too.