Liveblog Sony PS4 event at E3

Liveblog Sony PS4 event at E3

first_imgAs we wrap up day one of Geek Week, it looks like Sony has got a few things they want to talk about. We can only imagine what Sony has to tell us, what with their last press event leaving thousands of people hungry to know what their next-gen console would even look like.Announcing their console and games well ahead of Microsoft, Sony has had the drop on the Redmond crew so far this season. The big question is whether or not Sony will be implementing the same practices as Microsoft, whose television-focused Xbox One presentation a couple of weeks ago left many unhappy.There’s been a ton of speculation surrounding the price of the console, whether or not Sony will implement restrictions on used games, and whether or not the console will cease to function in the event that is doesn’t connect to the Internet once a day. Sony could certainly score the popular vote by announcing how different from Microsoft their console will be, or they could be implementing those same features for themselves.For now we can all kick back, relax, and let the guys and gals from Sony hop on stage and share with us everything that they came to E3 to share. We’ll be following along in this post with a live recap of what has happened so far, so if you’re late to the party just scroll down and catch up!And we’re off!The screens go dark and the Sony logo pops up, taking everyone in the audience through a trippy little tunnel of blue light with strands of light and PlayStation symbols everywhere. It then immediately flips over to a dance scene with people jamming out inside of PS shapes. Now we’re casually floating through the games that were announced at the last event with some rock and dance music in the background.Jack Tretton is on stage talking about the 220 million US gamers in the US and over a billion gamers worldwide. He gives a shout-out to the people who have been camping out at E3 since Friday and a nod to everyone watching from home and reading all the coverage on this week so far. Tretton talks about how Sony is going to revisit some of the details from the previous event, as well as PS3 and Vita news.Being able to play, share, and connect on your terms seems to be a big focus for Tretton. He explains that these are the core principles for the PS Vita, whose owners now have an average of 10 games, more than half of which have been purchased digitally. In 2013, Tretton expects Vita to continue to grow, announcing new titles like Destiny of Spirits and Killzone: Mercenary heading to the console later this year. God of War, Final Fantasy X and others will be seeing Vita remakes this year as well.After mentioning that there’s still more to be done with the PS3 we’re taking a look at The Last of Us, which is being called a Game of the Year candidate before it is even launched. Next up is a look at Puppeteer, Rain, Beyond: Two Souls, and Gran Turismo 6. Tretton also gave us a look at Batman: Arkham Origins and showed off some of the original content you’ll get with the PlayStation 3.Grand Theft Auto 5 is also part of the exclusive content for the PS3. There will be a Grand Theft Auto 5 bundle in September, as well as a custom GTA5 headset for the PS3. Sony is making it very clear that there’s no shortage of good things coming to the PS3 before the launch of the PS4.It’s finally time to talk PS4!Sony comes right out of the gate by showing off the new hardware! It’s a unique black box with slanted edges, featuring a mix of glossy and matte black panels. Like many of Sony’s other consoles, the PS4 can be laid flat or stood up, looking mostly like a flattened PS3 classic when upright.CEO Michael Lynton is on stage, talking about how the content on the Sony Music Entertainment and other content providers will be curating content for gamers on the PlayStation Network. Sony Pictures will also be working on an original programming plan, with content that will be available exclusively on PSN. Everything on PSN is going to be chosen based on what Sony thinks is best for gamers.Redbox Instant is being made available to the PlayStation Network, as well as Pay Per View events through Sony Live Events. In the fall, Flixster will also be a part of the PlayStation experience.It’s time to talk new games, as Sony President Shu Yoshida comes on stage. He starts by explaining how World Wide Studios has been a part of the PS4 experience for the last 5 years to make sure it is a platform where developers can explore and consumers can enjoy. Yoshida is now talking about the effect of social networking on the gaming world. He shifts quickly to new IP for the PS4.First up is from Santa Monica Studio and Ready at Dawn. It’s a steampunk-esque shooter called The Order 1886, set in a world where a select few have been given immense power to help protect the world from evil.Next up is a update on the titles we saw back in February at the original launch. Starting with Killzone: Shadow Fall, Drive Club, inFamous: Second Son, and Knack, each game is visually incredible. Each of these, save for inFamous, will be a launch title.Now Yoshida is talking about the ability to show deeper emotions with characters, with a sneak peek at a 24 minute tech demo of The Dark Sorcerer to show what he means. Immediately you recognize the old man from the last presentation, which was used to show the quality of facial expressions and shading. In this demo, the only man is a sorcerer in the middle of a demonic summoning. The summoning abruptly and amusingly ends. The rest of the demo will be available soon.Yoshida is now passing the microphone off to Adam Boyes to talk about new experiences on PS4. Boyes is announcing a partnership with Supergiant Games, creator of Bastion, for a new game. Transistor, is a very artistic game where most everything looks hand drawn. The game looks to be a fun mesh of combat and puzzles, and is headed to PS4 first.Boyes is continuing to discuss how developers will be able to publish their own content to the PlayStation Network. The new Indie section of the PlayStation store will soon include Don’t Starve, Mercenary Kings, OctoDad-Dadliest Catch, Secret Ponchos, Outlast, Oddworld: New and Tasty, and Galak-Z.Diablo 3 is getting some screen time to mention that the PS4 version of the game will include exclusive in-game items from Sony’s other properties.Square Enix looks ready to update everyone on what they have been working on. “This is a fantasy based in reality” glistened across the screen right before showing off massive airships and men in cloaks. The fantastically real looking game has a modern day feel despite the clear fantasy influence. There’s some examples of sword play, magic, and shooting mixed in the storytelling. Final Fantasy Versus XV is the name of the game!There’s also a short trailer for Kingdom Hearts, which takes you quickly through the franchise so far to a beach with a keyblade resting in the sand. Kingdom Hearts 3 is the name, and you see plenty of familiar elements like heartless swarms and high walled towns to run through.Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag is getting some screen time, showing off in game graphics and a quick look at the characters and style of the world. The main character moves through a pirate camp, drinking and socializing as he moves through the crowd. At the ends of the campsite the man finds himself following a man through the the trees to snoop on a private conversation. Much of the actual gameplay feels like the Assassin’s Creed we all know and love. The sequence ends as a fleet of enemy ships bombards the beach with cannons, forcing the main character to make way to his vessel and fight his way though the armada. When the ship finally succumbs to its wounds, you hop across to the other ship and go back to one on many combat.Jonathan Morin of Watch Dogs is talking about his new game and how the fact that his game can exist is what defines the next generation. He takes everyone through a live demo of this open world game, where your smartphone is the hacker instrument that gets you in and out of every situation. In the demo we see how the main character sees the world through the on screen HUD as he drives around in an attempt to get caught long enough to pull the “fixers” away from hunting his friend.As the demo comes to an end, the main character requests help from a mobile player, when the video pans to a person with a tablet that has a map of the world who is able to lend a hand by hacking a nearby distraction. PS4 owners will get an hour of gameplay that is exclusive to this console.Bethesda and Sony are also announcing a new multiplayer chapter in The Elder Scrolls saga. The game demo makes it clear that it will be up to the player to enjoy the game with friends on by themselves, and in Spring 2014 The Elder Scrolls Online will be here. There will be an exclusive PS4 beta made official at a later date. PS4 gamers will also have exclusive content in the upcoming Mad Max game, with a quick look at the brutal world in production right now.Jack Tretton is back on stage to to confirm that there will be no new restrictions on used games. “We believe in the model that people embrace today with the PS3.” which includes lending, sharing, and selling as you choose. Additionally, the games don’t require an Internet connection and the console does not require authentication of any kind to play any game. Microsoft is in trouble with this news for sure, as this will be more than enough to encourage people to pick one over the other.PS+ members who move their accounts over to the PS4 will get free access to the PS+ edition of Drive Club, as well as access to several of the Indie titles as you continue to participate in the monthly service.Bungie is on stage for the world gameplay premiere of Destiny, which Jack Tretton assures everyone will be best played on the PS4. This post apocalyptic game demo puts you in “old Russia” with gun in hand to explore some wild frontier. The main character has access to a floaty AI bot a GHOST, who moans about how cheerful the dark facility is as soon as he is summoned. The bot floats off and activates the lights for the facility, which in turn alerts some aliens to your existence.Despite their best efforts the aliens lose to the two shooters, in a shooting sequence that feel very similar to Halo. After that one fighting scene, it becomes clear that this is nothing like Halo — one of the big differences so far is the ability to revive fallen friends and a skill tree for weapons usage.As the group makes it though the wall, a public event is started where the everyone in the area that is playing the game can participate. This is similar in execution to Arkfalls in Defiance, where a group of strangers can participate in a real time event together.Sony has also announced their plans for streaming games in 2014 with their Gaikai based cloud based service. The PS4 and PS3 will have access to this service first, with PS Vita gaining access later.Finally, the main event. Sony has announced that the PlayStation 4 is going to be available for $399 this holiday season. This price undercuts the Xbox One by $100 on top of everything else we’ve learned tonight, which will be a huge deal for many future users.And that’s a wrap folks! Be sure to check back with us all week long as we continue our E3 coverage and break down everything we’ve learned from Sony’s E3 presentation. What do you think, will you be picking up a PS4?last_img

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