Sony's E3 announcements for PlayStation 4

News Aaron Birch
10 Jun 2014 - 21:13

The big conferences have kicked off E3, and we take a look at what Sony had in store for us...

Sony's E3 conference was a veritable game-fest, with a slew of new announcements, some expected, some rumoured, and others that surprised us. It was a good overall showing, and one that certainly didn't hold off on big reveals and updates.

Big hitters we already knew about were given pride of place ahead of their respective launches. Such triple-A's as Destiny, The Order: 1886 and Far Cry 4 were highlighted, with Far Cry 4 offering he ability for friends to jump into your game even if they don't own a copy. Battlefield: Hardline got a new trailer, and looks suitably impressive, as did the new trailers for Batman: Arkham Knight (with PS4-exclusive Scarecrow content) and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Mortal Kombat X also threw its punches.

This was all great, but there were also some surprises thrown in, some of which we suspected, but all were welcome. Little Big Planet 3 was revealed for PS4, and zombie smasher FPS Dead Island 2 was seen. No Man's Sky returned to the fray with an even more mind-blowing spectacle. Make no mistake, this is one to watch.

The Last of Us: Remastered was given a release date, and will arrive on July 29, and new DLC for Infamous: Second Son, called First Light, will be released soon. New PSN title, Entwined was revealed, looking like a mesmerising experience, and it's available right now.

There was a good selection of indie games featured too, a big strong point for the PS4 thus far. Chief amongst these reveals was an announcement of a partnership with Devolver Digital, bringing a collection of new titles from the publisher to the PS4.

And then there were the big ones, the announcement that arguably stole the show. First was the reveal of BloodBorne, the new IP coming courtesy of Fromsoftware. Originally believed to be Demon's Souls 2, this is the Project Beast we've been seeing for a while. The reveal was another CG only trailer, but it's clear this is a Souls inspired title, and will be a big release for PS4 in 2015.

Then the rumours were laid to rest, and Sony confirmed that Rockstar's GTA V was coming to the PS4 (as well as Xbox One and PC, as Rockstar revealed later). Characters will be able to be transferred from the PS3, and oddly, Xbox 360 versions to the new game, and it'll be with us this Christmas.

Right out of left field came the announcement that one of the best point-and-click adventures ever made, Tim Shafer's Grim Fandango, is being remastered and released for PS4.

Other highlights of the conference included the reveal of a PS4 exclusive Suda 51 release, as well as some hardware and software news, such as a focus on the PlayStation Camera, and the release of PlayStation TV for $99. It was also confirmed that YouTube is coming to the PS4, bolstering the already popular share button functionality, which has already been used around 200 million times according to Sony.

The show wrapped up with a teaser trailer for new Uncharted game, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, leaving us with a good dose of excitement for the year to come. Sony is clearly trying to provide something for everyone, and with some great exclusives, the PS4 may well continue to be the one to beat.

Here's the entire press conference in full, enjoy.

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