As usual Sony Computer Entertainment America put on a great show last night during the company’s E3 2013 press-event. At the center of the briefing was the PlayStation 4 (PS4) hardware design and the PS4’s games, services and lineup.
The new console will launch in the United States for $399 this holiday season, that is $100 cheaper than the Xbox One console that was announced by Microsoft. Sony also unveiled a fill line of exclusive first and third party content for PS4, PlayStation Vita (PS Vita) and the PlayStation 3. Sony also talked abou the new Playstation Plus membership program.
“We are proud to unveil today the most advanced gaming system ever created, PlayStation 4, which demonstrates everything PlayStation stands for — a relentless focus on the gamer, an inspired community of developers equipped with the most powerful technology, and the long-standing legacy to building worlds without boundaries through one-of-a-kind gaming experiences,” said Jack Tretton, President and CEO of SCEA. “What’s equally exciting for us, however, is transforming the PlayStation ecosystem into a stronger, more vibrant destination that enables gamers to engage, share, play, and connect on their terms.”
Meet the PlayStation 4:
The overall design of the PS4 system fits will within the company’s previous models, In the works at
SCE World Wide Studios (SCE WWS) the company is currently developing more than 30 PS4 exclusive titles, 20 of them, including 12 new IPs, are planned to release within a year of the launch of the PS4 system. Sony made a strong effort to reinforce new original, creative content that will be made available to gamers in hope to “define next-generation gaming experiences”. SCE WWS President Shuhei Yoshida provided an update on PS4 exclusive titles like, #DRIVECLUB, Killzone: Shadow Fall, and KNACK, all of which will be available at launch. Then there were major AAA titles like inFAMOUS Second Son, which will be available first quarter 2014. A new game that garnered applause form the crowd around me was SCEA’s new title, The Order: 1886 from the studio Ready at Dawn.
SCEA Vice President of Developer and Publisher Relations Adam Boyes introduced a new lineup of titles that will be making their console debut on the PS4 system, including: Transistor by Super Giant, Don’t Starve by Klei Entertainment, Mercenary Kings by Tribute Games, Octodad: Deadliest Catch by Young Horses, Secret Ponchos by SwitchBlade Monkeys, Outlast by Red Barrels, Oddworld: New N Tasty by Oddworld Inhabitants and Galak-Z by 17-bit. Boyes also announced content from key publishing partners, including KINGDOM HEARTS III and FINAL FANTASY XV from SQUARE ENIX, Ubisoft Entertainment has Assassin’s Creed: IV Black Flag and Watch_Dogs coming to the PS4 as well. 2K Sports’s new title is NBA 2K14 and Bethesda Game Studios’ debuted new The Elder Scrolls Online footage. There was also the world exclusive unveil of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s Mad Max.
Bungie introduce the world gameplay premiere of Destin™ and SCEA announced a long-term exclusive partnership with Bungie and Activision that will ensure that the PS4 ecosystem evolves and grows with the incredible Destiny world.
PlayStation Plus fans know it pays to join.
SCEA also released new details for PS Plus on the PS4 system. With a single PS Plus membership, gamers will enjoy all of the program benefits across the PS4, PS3, and PS Vita systems. The new PS Plus benefits include exclusive game discounts, cloud game saves, early access to beta programs and content, and access to the Instant Game Collection. With the popular Instant Game Collection, fans can get immediate access to a library of games (including blockbuster hits, innovative indie games, and classic titles).
SCEA will offer the #DRIVECLUB PS Plus Edition to PS Plus members, which delivers “all the authenticity and immersion users would expect from the full #DRIVECLUB experience”, in the Instant Game Collection at launch. There will also be one digital title that “will be rotated each month”, including three of the new digital games introduced during the PlayStation E3 press conference, (Don’t Starve, Outlast, and Secret Ponchos). Sony stated that PS Plus members will be able to enjoy a variety of other amazing PS4 titles, while enjoying new ways to share their experiences with friends via online multiplayer, broadcasting and spectating games, cross-game voice chat, and the ability to seamlessly join a friend’s online game. PS Plus membership can be purchased through PlayStation Store and is available as a one-year membership for $49.99, a three-month membership for $17.99, and a new a one-month membership option for $9.99.
Cloud Gaming, there’s so much more room for activities.
SCEA announced PlayStation’s cloud gaming services, which will be available in 2014 beginning in the United States. The cloud gaming services will provide gamers on the PS4 and PS3 systems, followed by gamers on the PS Vita system, with immediate access to a catalog of critically acclaimed PS3 titles. These games will be streamed using Gaikai’s proprietary network technology to deliver amazing gameplay that is fast and responsive.
Sony stated that there are more than “85 additional titles are slated to launch for the PS Vita system by the end of 2013”. This will expand the current library “of more than 125 PS Vita-dedicated games and more than 400 classic titles from the PSP and PS one Classics catalogs”.
Featured titles mentioned at the press conference include Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate, CounterSpy, Destiny of Spirits, Doki Doki Universe, Killzone™: Mercenary and Tearaway. In addition, SCEA announced that God of War HD 1 and 2, Flower, and Dead Nation from SCE WWS, as well as Square Enix’s FINAL FANTASY X and X-2 and Telltale Game’s The Walking Dead are coming soon to the platform.
The Walking Dead on PS Vita will feature a new control scheme that gives players the option to use the dual analog sticks and buttons or touch controls unique to the platform. To celebrate the title’s debut on PS Vita, SCEA will offer a limited-edition bundle that includes a 3G/Wi-Fi PS Vita, the complete first season of The Walking Dead game series (including the newly announced Season One episode, 400 Days) and great bonus content.
PlayStation 3, never leave a man behind.
In its seventh year, the PS3 system continues to experience tremendous momentum, while delivering more entertainment value to consumers than ever before. The PS3 system will offer the industry’s deepest lineup of blockbuster titles, unique indie games, and exclusive “only on” PlayStation content this year, including Puppeteer, Rain, Gran Turismo 6, BEYOND: Two Souls, The Last of Us, Batman: Arkham Origins and Grand Theft Auto V.
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