Have you ever wanted to play a PS5 game in your car without resorting to cumbersome portable displays? Well, Sony and Honda might have the answer for you. Last night, under their collaborative brand Sony Honda Mobility, the two companies unveiled Afeela, a new electric car brand that will seemingly incorporate PS5 games.
If you're an automotive fan, the Sony CES conference has probably been pretty exciting for you. Not only did we get a glimpse at the upcoming Gran Turismo movie, but Sony also revealed an entirely new electric car with plenty of stuff to keep tech nerds satisfied, including PS5 integration.
Sony Honda Mobility CEO Yasuhide Mizuno revealed the car, although he didn't go into specifics regarding how PS5 integration will actually work. He simply confirmed the Afeela will include "best-in-class entertainment" that will incorporate movies, games, and music, all of which Sony has a hand in, of course. As part of that, Mizuno showed a dashboard screen on which someone was playing Horizon Forbidden West, with the message "captured on PS5" visible.
As well as showing off the Afeela's PS5 capabilities, Mizuno also gave a chunk of the presentation to Epic Games CTO Kim Libreri. According to Libreri, Sony and Epic are working closely to deliver "connected automotive experiences" that will "lead the way" in both automotive safety and entertainment.
It looks like the Afeela will have some sort of augmented reality overlay; in a press release, Sony Honda Mobility says it's aiming to "seamlessly [integrate] real and virtual worlds" with the Afeela. It's not clear exactly how this will work yet. The Afeela is a couple of years away yet, with the first vehicles shipping in 2026 at the earliest, so we'll probably learn more in the coming months.
This is, of course, not the first time that video games have been incorporated directly into vehicle systems. Just last month, Tesla announced that some of its models now feature official Steam integration, and the company has also directly implemented certain games, like Cuphead and Stardew Valley, into its cars' OS. Let's just hope that Sony isn't offering to pay its PS5 devs in exposure, eh?