As if there was any doubt, PlayStation blew it out of the water in their press conference. They hit all the right notes throughout. Starting with an impressively cool musical opening with clips of everyone’s favorite games, Sony got the audience seriously amped.
It kicked off with a promo for the PSVita. Interestingly enough, 60% of games purchased for the Vita are done through digital download. Plenty of big games are coming to Vita soon, including The Walking Dead. You can also use it for Skype and Netflix.
The first trailer was for PS3’s The Last of Us, nominated for Game of the Year. Then came Puppeteer, a rather cute looking platformer, followed by rain, which is coming this year, too.
Yet another trailer followed – this one for the highly anticipated Beyond Two Souls, which does look rather awesome.
Speaking of awesome, there was no break before the next trailer, this time for Gran Turismo 6. Yeah, it was like a trailer gang bang of amazing. All on PS3.
Next was the promotion for the new Batman, which looks very well done. I’m definitely looking forward to Batman Arkham Origins! Not too much longer to wait considering it’s coming 25 October. Then Grand Theft Auto 5, also coming at the end of October, which will be getting an exclusive bundle including a headset.
When discussing the launch of the PS4, Sony insisted it was based on continuing in their tradition of focusing on the gamer. Don’t worry, their “sleek” console (a box) is full of cool stuff.
First of all, they also are gonna integrate with plenty of entertainment – using Sony Entertainment’s power. PSN and PS4 will provide exclusive content to new series, movies and music. Sony is making it all one big, happy family, keeping a focus on gamers – even while punting TV. On day one of PS4, console owners will have access to Music Unlimited and Video Unlimited. Plenty more media apps are coming soon. (Random fact: PS3 is the most used device for delivering Netflix to the living room)
PS4 is getting some new IP. The first trailer was for The Order: 1886. Looks so cool, although still need to see what kind of game play we can expect. Then we had some video from Killzone Shadow Fall (complete with fog horns), Drive Club, inFamous: Second Son, and Knack. Video extravaganza! All except inFamous will be available at launch of PS4, with Second Son launching in Q1 2014.
Next we got some concept footage of the Dark Sorcerer. The graphics certainly are pretty. Really pretty.
Explicitly said, PlayStation supports indie game developers! Yes, they will allow indie developers to self-publish. They even showcased indie games! First came Transistor, from the creators of Bastion, which looks like something I will definitely want to play! Weird and cute, it seems like something worth keeping an eye on. Second, Don’t Starve is coming to PlayStation – oh yes! Mercenary kings will bring retro platforming and destruction to the PS4. Octodad, Secret Ponchos, Ray’s Quest to Find Out Why He was Killed, Outlast, Oddworld: New and Tasty, and Galak-Z were also revealed – so much awesome indie gaming, all at once! And they will all be making exclusive debuts on the PS4.
SquareEnix will give us more of an update, but guess what – Final Fantasy Versus XIII is alive! It is stunningly beautiful and uniquely Final Fantasy. I am beyond excited for this title, which is now FFXV.
Then we got our teaser trailer for Kingdom Hearts III, which certainly didn’t disappoint. Beyond that, FFIV will be coming to both PS4 and PS3 – so you don’t need to rush out for the new console if you can’t afford it right away.
PSVita is getting some exclusive content from Assassin’s Creed III. Plus we got to see some PS4 demo of Assassin’s Creed IV. Looks like the game will make much better use of environments than ACIII did; I’m pretty keen on this title, too.
Then, Watch Dogs! This game is looking better and better. The demo is seriously cool. I like how they show off the different ways you can hack the world and use your own style of game play. Not to mention the fact that the graphics are really smooth. Wow, I want this game, too. How am I going to find time for all these games?
Then we briefly got some sports. LeBron James talking to himself about graphics and basketball, but that was about it.
Moving quickly on to Bethesda’s next chapter in Elder Scrolls, The Elder Scrolls Online. It looks so dark, so filled with fantasy. The beta will be exclusively available on PS4.
Next world premiere – Mad Max. Gotta value every bullet in this trailer. Truly, this is a fan favorite – so many people are desperate for this game.
While that was the end of the game extravaganza, there are 140 games coming to PS4, 40 of which will be exclusive to PlayStation.
Now, time for the gamer love-fest and answer to all your burning questions. First, PS4 will support used games! No new restrictions, none. *Pause for extensive applause* Games will be based on the disc – gamers can trade in their games, sell it on, lend it to a friend or keep it forever. In addition, no online requirements. And, in an obvious reference to the Xbox One, PS4 will NOT need you to check in online periodically. You can play your single player offline, as it has always been, and it won’t stop working if you haven’t been online in the past 24 hours. *love fest time*
The PSN is seeing an upgrade as well with a ton of new features. Including sharing, joining friends’ networks, and background downloads. PS+ is also getting expanded. First of all, your PS+ membership will carry over to PS4. As part of the instant gamers collection, PS+ members on PS4 will get immediate access to Driveclub PS+ Edition (wonder what is different about this edition) as well as new titles each month, including Don’t Starve, Outlast and Secret Ponchos.
Next we got a game from Bungie and Activision, Destiny. This post-apocalyptic, FPS certainly has some beautiful graphics. Sure, there was some canned banter between the guys during the demo, but it doesn’t look half bad. Plus, it was so smooth that I was able to watch the video without any nausea! Well done!
Gaikai, the cloud ability for PlayStation, will add gaming library access. It will begin in the USA, but eventually gamers will be able to stream games to their consoles and handheld (generally referred to as the PlayStation ecosystem).
Then the price reveal, $399! Wow, now that got the crowd to applaud. Great price, and hitting all the right notes to make the audience (and gamers worldwide) so very happy.
Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong, but I think Sony absolutely dominated at this event! Their conference was entertaining, showed a broad range of games and features, and gave us the answer we wanted on the DRM question. PlayStation is looking incredible and totally gamer focused – what more could we ask for?
Last Updated: June 11, 2013