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PlayStation gets a streaming video game show of its own

Microsoft has This Week at Xbox and Inside Xbox. Nintendo has its occasional Direct streams. And now Sony is jumping into the fray, creating its own streaming news show for fans of PlayStation.

It's called State of Play, and according to Polygon, the first live stream isn't too far away — in fact, it's next week. The very first episode of State of Play will broadcast on Monday, March 25 at 5 p.m. ET.

If you're familiar at all with the shows put on by Microsoft and Nintendo, Sony's State of Play won't be too much of a departure. Sony states that "new trailers, new game announcements and new gameplay footage" will be what the show is all about, and for those who own PlayStation hardware, the fact that Sony isn't staying totally silent this year has to be good news.

Sony canceled its yearly fan festival, PSX, last year. Along with that, the company also pulled out of E3 2019, essentially ceding the show to Microsoft and Nintendo (and perhaps Google, now that Stadia is in the picture). Sony claimed that it was "exploring new and familiar ways to engage [its] community in 2019," and as it turns out, the company didn't have to look any further than its closest competitors for inspiration.

State of Play figures to be a regular thing, popping up throughout the year to offer fans updates on games coming to PlayStation this year and beyond. If Sony doesn't think it has enough to show off at a trade show or large conference, the State of Play format could prove to be a better fit as the company gears up for the inevitable PlayStation 5, which many expect will launch sometime in 2020.

State of Play will air on a number of different platforms, including YouTube, Twitch, Facebook, and Twitter. We'll be tuned in next Monday to check out what Sony has to share, and we'll report back with anything of note.