E3 2013: Sony Conference Wrap-up

Posted on Wednesday, June 12th 2013 at 9:09 p.m.

Welcome to the new age”, as their opening song states.  Sony is following some decent conferences by Nintendo and Microsoft.  Do they have what it takes to win E3?  Let’s check it out.

Upcoming Vita Games

  • Batman Arkham Origins
  • Counterspy
  • Destiny of Spirits
  • Doki Doki Universe
  • Killzone Mercenary
  • Tearaway
  • God of War HD 1 & 2 Collection
  • Final Fantasy X & X2
  • Flower
  • Dead Nation
  • The Walking Dead Game Episodes

Upcoming PS3 Games

  • Last of Us
    • Looking like Resident Evil and Uncharted combined
    • Some weird looking creatures in this one…
    • Created by Naughty Dog
  • Puppeteer
    • Side-scrolling adventure game
  • Rain
    • Ghost filled game
    • Coming Fall 2013
  • Beyond: Two Souls
    • Featuring Ellen Page and William Dafoe
    • 3rd person mercenary title
    • Coming October 8, 2013
  • Gran Turismo 6
    • Car racing at foreign locals
      • Looks like Italy is a locale
    • New physics engine
    • New tire model
    • New suspension model
    • New aerodynamics model
    • Adaptive tessellation
    • A new rendering engine
  • Batman Arkham Origins
    • Featuring Black Mask as the main enemy
    • Reward to kill Batman
      • Bounty hunters come after you
    • Joker and Bane return
    • Coming October 25, 2013
    • Nightfall content and 1960s TV show Batman skin as exclusive PS3 DLC
  • Pretty nice looking headset

    Grand Theft Auto V
    • GTA V PS3 bundle
      • 500 GB PS3
      • 30-day PlayStation Plus trial membership
      • Coming September 17, 2013
      • Priced at $299.99
    • GTA V Pulse - Elite Edition headset
      • $179.99

PS4 Details

  • Parallelogram shaped console
  • Music and Video Unlimited services and well as Sony Pictures
    • Rent and own movies / TV shows
    • Access to over 20 million songs
  • Brand new original programming coming to PSN/PS4 from Sony Pictures

Future Network Entertainment Services

  • Redbox instant by Verizon is coming soon to PS3/Vita/PS4
  • Live events viewer is coming
  • Flixster is coming

PS4 Games

  • Over 40 PS4 titles in development
    • 20 coming this year
      • 12 of them are brand new IPs
  • The Order: 1886
    • Developed by Ready At Dawn Studios
    • Old timey styled game with knights fighting creatures… with guns
  • Killzone: Shadow Fall
    • Short trailer shown featuring first person futuristic shooting
    • Available at launch
  • Driveclub
    • Racing game
    • #driveclub
    • Available at launch
  • inFamous: Second Son
    • Awesome voice acting
    • Amazing looking powers shown off
    • Coming Q1 2014
  • Knack
    • Cartoony looking beat ‘em up
    • Looks similar to Ratchet and Clank style
    • Available at launch
  • The Dark Sorcerer
    • Created by Quantic Dream
    • Gag style trailer was shown off
  • Transistor
    • Supergiant Games (Bastion fame)
    • Cities most prominent voices are being silenced
    • Same style of game as Bastion graphics wise
    • Coming 2014

PS4 Indie Games

  • Don’t Starve
    • Created by Clay Entertainment
    • Randomly generated adventure
  • Mercenary Kings
    • Created by Tribute
      • Creators of Scott Pilgrim game
    • Similar to Scott Pilgrim in graphic design
  • Octodad: Dadliest Catch
    • Created by Young Horses
  • The Secret Ponchos
    • Created by Switchblade Monkeys
  • Ray’s The Dead
  • Outlast
    • Created by Red Barrels
    • First person horror
  • Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty
    • Remake of first Oddworld game
    • Oddworld Inhabitants
  • Galak-Z: The Dimensional
    • Created by 17-bit Games
    • Side-scrolling open world space shooter

PS4 Blockbuster Games

  • Diablo III
    • Sony Exclusive items
      • Drake’s amulet from Uncharted
      • Shoulder braces inspired by Journey
      • And more
  • Final Fantasy Versus XIII
    • Now titled Final Fantasy XV
    • Created by Square Enix
    • Japanese trailer was shown
    • 3rd person action game similar to Kingdom Hearts’ battle system
    • Features cover abilities
    • Main hero Noctis can teleport and uses a sword
    • Based in Fabula Nova Crystallis mythology
  • About freakin time Square Enix

    Kingdom Hearts 3
    • Created by Square Enix and Disney
    • Sora is back ladies and gentlemen
    • Now in development
    • Graphics look ASTOUNDING
  • Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn
    • Coming exclusively to PS3 and PS4
  • Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag
    • Pirate… Assassins
    • Stealth in the jungle
    • Escape trailer shown features Prince of Persia (and Assassin’s Creed) style maneuvers
    • Features ship battles
  • Watch_Dogs
    • Created by Ubisoft
    • Entire city can be hacked at will
      • Cars, cellphones, doors, cameras, etc.
    • Modern vigilante with a smartphone
    • Stealth open world style game
    • Man this game looks better and better with each trailer
    • Looks like it has co-op multiplayer assist maneuvers to disable enemies and put up barricades
    • Playstation players will get an hour extra of gameplay and an exclusive outfit
  • NBA 2K14
    • Lebron… talking to video game Lebron
    • Created by 2K sports
  • The Elder Scrolls Online
    • Created by Bethesda Softworks
    • Next chapter in the Elder Scrolls saga
    • Beta will be exclusive first to PS4 players
    • Coming Spring 2014
  • Mad Max
    • Looks crazy as expected
    • Exclusive Road Warrior survival kit for PS4 players

Further PS4 Details (The anti-Microsoft part of the conference)

  • PS4 supports used games
    • NO RESTRICTIONS
    • Disc based games
      • Trade in games at retail
      • Sell it to another person
      • Lend it to a friend
      • Or keep it forever
  • PS4 games do not need to be connected online to play
    • No need to login to “check-in” / authenticate
  • PSN features
    • Play games as they download in the background
      • PS4 players will be able to play the first portion of a game, even if the entire game has not finished downloading
    • Cross game voice chat
    • Transition to a “real world” friends network
    • Share button to upload via Ustream
    • PS Plus is back
      • Existing PS Plus membership will apply to your PS4
      • Access for PS3, PS4, PS Vita all for one price
      • Less than $5 per month
      • Discounted games
      • Cloud saves
      • Automatic game updates
      • Early access to beta programs
      • Instant game collection
      • Immersive multiplayer online on PS4
        • Single player ONLY for non Playstation Plus members
          • That’s one way to silence a crowd, in a bad way *facepalm*
      • Instant Game Collection (IGC)
        • PS Plus Members PS4 will get immediate access to Driveclub PS Plus Edition during first year
      • New title every month for free
        • Don’t Starve, Outlast, The Secret Ponchos

Destiny

  • Joint project between Bungie and Activision
    • Makers of Halo and Call of Duty respectively
  • Set in Earth many years from now
  • Futuristic co-op first person shooter
  • Loot that drops from bosses involves new weapons with upgrades
  • You can join public online multiplayer events during the story
  • Coming 2014

Cloud Based Strategy

  • Gaikai Cloud Service coming in 2014
    • All access gaming library
    • PS3 games streamed to your PS4, PS3, PS Vita (in future)
      • Even though the PS4 isn’t backwards compatible, this lets you play PS3 games still
    • No price yet for the service
  • $399 price tag (lowest end price)
  • Available this holiday season

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