Ghost of Tsushima PS4

Hardware manufacturers typically slow down their first-party output for a console in the lead-up to the launch of the next one, but Sony doesn't follow the mantra these days. The Game Awards has revealed the nominations for this year's show and games you can only play on PlayStation 4 lead the pack by a very significant margin. Of the six titles that make up the Game of the Year category, half of them are PS4 exclusives at the time of writing (yes, Final Fantasy VII Remake is likely to come to other platforms eventually). Those same three experiences dominate the Best Game Direction, Best Narrative, and Best Art Direction line-ups too.

Alongside Square Enix's long-awaited remake project, we are, of course, talking about The Last of Us: Part II and Ghost of Tsushima. Naughty Dog's latest masterpiece scooped up a whopping 10 nominations across various categories while Sucker Punch Productions' samurai hit bagged itself seven. Final Fantasy VII Remake is just behind with six nods in total. And that's pretty incredible, right? Sony could have very easily saved one of these PS4 titles for PlayStation 5 and have gotten away with another good first-party year. But it didn't — proving its commitment to the successful platform. As the next generation arrives, we've got another seven years of PlayStation magic to look forward to. If anything, these nominations prove there'll be something worth playing during every single one of them.

As the PS5 generation begins, let's celebrate what has come before it in the comments below.