Sony Gamescom press conference
If you missed the Sony press briefing at Gamescom, you can find it here in its entirety...
Sony made another big impact at Gamescom, boosting the ever-growing anticipation of the PS4's arrival, but it wasn't all about the new platform, and the PS3 and Vita also featured in the presentation.
The whole thing kicked off with the global reveal of the new PS4 interface, which looks sleek and highly connected.
Gran Turismo 6 on the PS3 kicked off the show proper, with news of the upcoming movie based on the racing franchise. Other games, such as Beyond: Two Souls were mentioned, along with Little Big Planet Hub. This will be a new free-to-play title on PS3 launching later in the year.
Things then moved to GTA V and it's PS3-exclusive pack that includes custom headphones. Also, PS3 owners who pre-orders GTA V from the PS Store will get 75% off any Rockstar title.
That was that for PS3, and the Vita took the stage next. Thee new PlayStation Mega Packs were announced for Vita, followed by Batman: Arkham Origins and Lego Marvel. Football Manager and Borderlands 2 were also announced, with Gearbox's FPS getting a round of applause.
Some indie Vita titles were also announced, including Fez, Starbound and Velocity 2X, but the biggest news was the upcoming price drop for the mobile unit. The PS Vita will now cost €199 in Europe and $199 in the US. PS Vita memory card prices will also be reduced.
The presentation then moved to other new titles coming up for the Vita. This included the visually stunning Murasaki Baby and free-to-play music festival creator, Big Fest. A video focusing on indie development for Vita was then shown. As interesting as all of this was, the main course was next, and the PS4 was ready to rock the show.
Once more billed as the most powerful game console in the world, by gamers for gamers, the presentation waxed lyrical about the new platform before getting to the launch line up, which is being called the greatest in PlayStation history. A big focus on indie games was also featured
This indie line up reveal began with Sony exclusive, Rogue Legacy (for PS4 and Vita). Binding of Isaac Rebirth is also coming to PS4 and Vita, along with N+ sequel, N++. Coming from Thomas Was Alone dev, Mike Bithell, is Volume, and Guns of Icarus Online will also exclusively début on PS4. The next two titles announced for PS4 an Vita included Wasteland Kings and Sony exclusive Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number.
Next up was the creepy-looking, end of the world tale, Everybody's Gone To The Rapture, and this was followed by Rime and Helldivers, which will arrive for PS4, PS3 and Vita. The next title from the team behind Super Stardust, called Resogun, was then shown and then came retro reboot of Psygnosis classic, Shadow of the Beast, a title not seen since the age of 16-bit home computers and consoles. The Playroom came up next, and was (re)confirmed to be pre-installed on every PS4.
Things then moved from indie to big name titles, beginning with a new trailer for Infamous: Second Son (which you can also see below). Drive Club and Knack were quickly mentioned, and Killzone: Shadow Fall was shown, along with multiplayer gameplay.
Games then took a back seat, and the focus switched to entertainment. The PS4 will feature various streaming video services, including Twitch, along with music services like Music Unlimited (which can be listened to in the background during gameplay). These will be available on launch. Deals with the likes of Orange and Virgin Media for dedicated broadband gaming are in progress.
Returning to actual games, it was announced that DriveClub PS Plus Edition and Resogun will be free for Plus Subscribers on launch. PS Plus was bigged up more by the announcement that Assassin's Creed III will soon be free for PS Plus users (on PS3, of course), and if you sign up for a new PS Plus membership this month, another 90 days will be added for free.
Sony then moved to big name third party titles, kicking off with Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (with remote play also shown on the Vita) and continuing with Watch Dogs. A surprise announcement then came, revealing that Minecraft is going to be available on PS4 at launch. This will surely be a big blow for Microsoft and XBLA. Another launch exclusive free-to-play title, War Thunder, was then shown.
A 12GB PS3 price drop was announced next. It'll drop to €199 in Europe and $199 in the US. It was also revealed that the buyers of PS3 versions of Call of Duty: Ghosts, Watch Dogs, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag and Battlefield 4 will be offered digital PS4 versions at a reduced price.
And that's was pretty much it, save for a bit of Microsoft-mocking and chest beating. Oh, and the last bit of info? Yep, the PS4 release date was finally confirmed. It lands on November 15 in the US, and November 29 in Europe.
You can see the full conference below, along with trailers for Infamous: Second Son, Killzone: Shadow Fall and Little Big Planet: Hub.
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