It’s something that goes a little under the radar at times, but Sony is big on e-sports right now. One thing it’s been trying to push, even as far back as the PS4, is PS Tournaments on console – a kind of competitive environment where you can sign up, compete, and win prizes. To be clear, you won’t need to be a professional to participate – but you’ll need some serious chops to win.
And now the entire environment has rolled out on the PS5, with new features and an enhanced interface to boot. Beginning with FIFA 23, Guilty Gear Strive, and NBA 2K23, you’ll find various open competitions within each game’s Activity Cards. You can then use these to sign up and participate in the contest, and you can even check the overall bracket to see where your potential competition could come from.
In addition to individual tournaments for each of the aforementioned games, Sony is also running a Win-A-Thon between 1st December and 31st January. Effectively, this will act as a leaderboard for all of the PS5 and PS4’s upcoming competitions, and winning tournaments will earn you a point on a regional leaderboard. If you come out on top, you’ll be eligible to win prizes, like a DualSense Edge controller or Pulse 3D Wireless Headset.
As part of today’s rollout, the platform holder is boasting about some improvements to the overall tournament experience, too. For example, it’s condensed the brackets to ensure competitions are shorter, but if the cap is exceeded it’ll simply roll out multiple brackets – with the prizes remaining unchanged. Similarly, it’s promising more contests overall – weekly and even daily, so there are more opportunities to play.
And the new user interface on the PS5 seems pretty neat: it’ll notify you when your next match is up, and you’ll even be able to browse real-time results for the entire bracket. Of interest, the platform holder has also launched a new Discord community specifically for PS Tournaments, which you have to imagine will be integrated deeper into the device once the social network is finally added natively to the new-gen format.