The first official tournaments on PS5 are set for launch with competitive games that will grant players the chance to win cash prizes, a Dualsense Edge wireless controller, or Pulse 3D wireless headset.
The new tournaments feature has been in beta testing for the last three months but now PlayStation is ready to launch its “next generation on-console competitive experience.”
Tournaments are intended to streamline the process of competitive play with a seamless sign up which is all accessible via the console itself. Players can easily find tournaments on the all-new UI and see real-time match updates along with improvements that tackle common barriers within online competitive play.
The very first of these tournaments to take place will feature Guilty Gear Strive, NBA 2K23, and FIFA 23. Players can jump in and start competing to win prizes across a series of special events, challenges, and leaderboard competitions.
It seems that PlayStation is keen to jump on board with the growing popularity of competitive gaming, and while these new tournaments don’t quite match up a truly esports level of gaming, it’s an service that allows for easy access to a more competitive style of play for the everyday gamer. By granting players the ability to earn rewards, the new tournaments feature is also sure to help entice users to compete and build upon the PlayStation community.
Having the tournament features working from the PS5 itself is a smart move too, allowing newbies to skip a complicated sign-up process that involves going online. PlayStation have made a big play of how to “quick and easy” it is to take part. For example, on FIFA 23 players can press down on the D-pad and a list of upcoming tournaments will appear for the player. Singing up is simple too as it can all be done from the Control Centre or Game Hub by simply selecting to register.
More ways to play
Between December 1 and January 31 players can take part in the PlayStation Tournaments: Win-A-Thon on both the PS5 and PS4 consoles. This event features a leaderboard in which players can see their overall ranking go up the board as they stack up on wins. Success in any Win-A-Thon event will see the victory count toward the players overall ranking on the regional leaderboard. In January the results will be calculated and players that secure the most points will be eligible to win prizes.
PlayStation is also launching a new Tournaments Discord server to coincide with the new competitive events in order to help players come together to connect and engage more deeply with the Tournament features.