PlayStation Press Conference Impressions


By: Angus Deacon
Published: Wednesday 12 Jun 2013 4:30 PM
 
PlayStation Press Conference Impressions

The dust has settled, Angus delivers his thoughts from Los Angeles.

Sony ended a day of pre-E3 announcements with their press conference that took place in the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena on Monday evening. It would be an exaggeration to say that Microsoft had thrown down the gauntlet earlier that day. In fact all Sony had to do was to walk on stage and say one thing: "The PS4 plays second-hand games".

It turns out Sony did this and a whole lot more. We don't like to pick sides here at NZGamer.com, but it is safe to say that the crowd in attendance had decided on a winner by the end of the night.

Before they revealed their latest PS4 console, they warmed the crowd up by discussing their existing PS3 and Vita consoles. It turns out there is plenty for Playstation fans who don't want to splash out on a brand new console at the end of the year. For starters, there is still plenty of gaming goodness to be had on the PS3 over the next 15 months.

Obviously The Last of Us, which releases internationally in a few days, is still receiving rave reviews all over the globe. But this current-gen console will also see other promising titles like Puppeteer, rain, Beyond: Two Souls, Gran Turismo 6, Batman: Arkham Origins, and the eagerly anticipated Grand Theft Auto V. To help push sales around the launch of the PS4, Sony are releasing a special GTA5 PS3 bundle as well.

The Vita will be seeing a few hot new releases over the coming month too, including Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD, re-releases of God of War 1 and 2 in HD, and the charming looking Tearaway. Later this year Sony will also release Vita console bundles that contain the highly acclaimed The Walking Dead game, including a new thrilling episode titled 400 Days. Impressively, Sony also announced that the Vita will be completely compatible with the PS4 and other plenty of handheld interactivity.

Which led onto what everyone in the room was anticipating; the Playstation 4. Once again, the charismatic SCE President, Andrew House took to the stage to personally reveal the console's design. House stated that they strove for a design that was as revolutionary as the power behind it; which was accompanied by a pleasant cameo of the console's actual designer from Sony's Japanese studios.

The PS4 console was surprisingly smaller than anticipated, but like the Xbox One - has an industrial, purpose-built aesthetic. There are no fancy curves, colours or unnecessary flair here. Both Microsoft and Sony have decided on stripped down, back-to-basic robust designs.

After the console reveal, the President of Sony Pictures Entertainment entered stage left to announce all new original content to the PlayStation Network specifically for PS4. Unfortunately for New Zealander's, this means very little as they revolve around Pay-Per-View services like Redbox Instant and Flixster - both for American audiences. But we'll check in with Sony as there is likely to be NZ-related media services at launch.


Games like DriveClub are in development for the PS4

Sony continued by listing some of the games we can expect on the PS4 - boldly claiming they are currently developing over 30 games for the new consoles, with around 20 ready within the first year. They include the steampunk shooter, The Order: 1886, Killzone: Shadow Fall, DriveClub, Infamous: Second Son, and Knack. At this stage, Killzone will certainly be a launch title, but the follow-up to Infamous will be sometime in 2014.

Sony continued to spew forth amazing titles set for the next generation of gaming. We'll cover all of these in more detail later, but they showcased some incredible looking Indie games to ensure that the PS4 and PSN feature plenty of ground-breaking, small gaming titles. Even Blizzard's Diablo III will be ported to both the PS3 and PS4 - complete with 'bonus' extras for PlayStation users, such as an amulet from the Uncharted series.


inFamous Second Son is on it's way.

Super mega-guest star Tatsuya Nomura then revealed the newest trailer for the long awaited Final Fantasy game and also confirmed rumours that it will be titled Final Fantasy XV. The crowd totally lost their blob when a teaser for the long awaited Kingdom Hearts III was also screened - but it was purely a teaser with absolutely no details.

But then Sony really let loose. As I mentioned earlier, there were just a couple of things that Playstation needed to do regarding the PS4 announcement. And the perfect man for the job was Sony's enigmatic Jack Tretton who took delight at an obvious stab at Microsoft.

The Sony PS4 will not restrict used games - once you own a game you're free to do whatever you want with it; sell it on, keep it, set fire to it, etc. PS4 owners will have no problems lending or trading games with friends. And no online connection will be needed to play or activate games. We imagine the entire city of LA could hear the loving chants of 'SONY! SONY!' echoing from the memorial center.

To heighten the love, Tretton followed by announcing that Playstation Plus will continue, but more importantly that these memberships will carry across all Sony products (PS3, Vita, and PS4). Later news reported by NZGamer.com confirms that in order to play online multiplayer games on PS4, you'll need to have a paid PS Plus membership.

And finally, the price was revealed. For New Zealander's, the price of the Playstation 4 will be $649.99 (it will retail for $399 in the US). It launches in November this year in the States and NZGamer.com will be sure to keep hassling Sony for a launch date here in NZ.

Who do you think came out on top after the big press conferences?




 

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ALK3MiST NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Wednesday 12 Jun 2013 6:28 PM Posted by ALK3MiST
oh man that was sweet. alot of gaming goodness. i cracked up how they talked around the fact that you need ps+ to play online mp. but when you look at what you're getting with ps+, its like meh. price is good so i think i'm sold.

oh if you're not on ps+ the e3 booth in ps home is giving away free 30 day trials, after you run around and answer a few questions though. easy as for a mean reward
 
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djshinra NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Wednesday 12 Jun 2013 6:47 PM Posted by djshinra
12 June 2013, 06:28 PM Reply to ALK3MiST
oh man that was sweet. alot of gaming goodness. i cracked up how they talked around the fact that you need ps+ to play online mp. but when you look at what you're getting with ps+, its like meh. price is good so i think i'm sold.

oh if you're not on ps+ the e3 booth in ps home is giving away free 30 day trials, after you run around and answer a few questions though. easy as for a mean reward
thanks for the heads up, heading there now :D
 
 
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AlmightyAllan
On Wednesday 12 Jun 2013 6:50 PM Posted by AlmightyAllan
Sony did a fantastic job at E3 this year. I was extremely pleased about their commitment towards us the consumers as well as Big developers and independent developers. Sony clearly have become one strong opponent for Microsoft and now it'll be interesting to see how Microsoft try to reel in some of their lost loyal customers.
 
 
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ssjroneel NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Wednesday 12 Jun 2013 7:34 PM Posted by ssjroneel
Was an awesome conference:D

Sad that they didnt mention the Last guardian, but was still awesome:D
 
 
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thegr8link NZGamer.com VIP VIP
On Wednesday 12 Jun 2013 7:41 PM Posted by thegr8link
Best presentation from Sony in years, they've set themselves up for success in the Next Gen race. Will be interesting to see if Microsoft suddenly start retracting all the bad stuff about their console
 
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Bank NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Wednesday 12 Jun 2013 7:50 PM Posted by Bank
barely anything about new big games but never expected it anyway.

dw my smexy piece of black box youll be home sooon :*
 
 
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AsianFella
On Wednesday 12 Jun 2013 7:54 PM Posted by AsianFella
Sony definitely capitalised on the opportunity, especially in regards to second hand games and launch price. Not to mention the nice line up of games they had. Microsoft had a good conference but the damage was done before E3 started, it didn't leave them in a good position.
 
 
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sick_wierdo
On Wednesday 12 Jun 2013 8:11 PM Posted by sick_wierdo
Ps4 > xbox none.
 
 
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Reasonedisland9
On Wednesday 12 Jun 2013 8:13 PM Posted by Reasonedisland9
Great job by Sony, I love how they were shoving the used game process in their face
 
 
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drmike
On Wednesday 12 Jun 2013 8:25 PM Posted by drmike
I'm looking forward to getting my hands on one
 
 
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kiwibadboy NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Wednesday 12 Jun 2013 8:32 PM Posted by kiwibadboy
What an amazing conference!
 
 
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dark_hadou1 NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Wednesday 12 Jun 2013 8:37 PM Posted by dark_hadou1
Damn put me in a medically induced coma until december the 5th, I can't wait. Bah!
 
 
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MoonlightKiD NZGamer.com VIP VIP
On Wednesday 12 Jun 2013 8:38 PM Posted by MoonlightKiD
12 June 2013, 07:41 PM Reply to thegr8link
Best presentation from Sony in years, they've set themselves up for success in the Next Gen race. Will be interesting to see if Microsoft suddenly start retracting all the bad stuff about their console
I'm not sure they can. They've gone too far with it to back out now with all they've detailed. In order to do so they would have to admit they were wrong and apologize, only then they would still be in the same second place position as they are now. Admitting they were wrong would be showing weakness to Sony. You think they would do that? I doubt it. But they will have to do something and soon or they will indeed lose their currently just lost customers. It's not over until the PS4 hits the shelves and is on the market after all.
 
 
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Coddfish NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Wednesday 12 Jun 2013 9:03 PM Posted by Coddfish
I'm not usually an early adopter of consoles, but I preordered a PS4 today.
It just looks so good, the launch/early titles look great, price is spectacular and probably won't come down much before MGS5 and KH3 (must plays for me), PS+ cross console support is awesome.

It's a no brainer really.
 
 
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guido NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Wednesday 12 Jun 2013 10:10 PM Posted by guido
12 June 2013, 09:03 PM Reply to Coddfish
I'm not usually an early adopter of consoles, but I preordered a PS4 today.
It just looks so good, the launch/early titles look great, price is spectacular and probably won't come down much before MGS5 and KH3 (must plays for me), PS+ cross console support is awesome.

It's a no brainer really.
Wow! No mucking around huh? I'm pretty close to throwing down also and I imagine a lot of people will do so. The price is $100 less than what I paid for my PS3 in 2009 after having waited for a couple of price drops. No need to wait this time round! Just got to decide who to pre-order through?
 
 
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KILL-TONE
On Thursday 13 Jun 2013 4:07 AM Posted by KILL-TONE
To be honest, i dont care for this console-war as each console brings something different to the table. I was hooked on both Sony's and Microsoft's conferences ive pre-ordered both consoles with money that i was saving to buy the iphone 5. Next-Gen gaming FTW!

Dead Rising 3, Halo 5, Ryse, Destiny, Titanfall, MGS5, Final Fantasy 15
 
 
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tom_nz NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Thursday 13 Jun 2013 8:49 AM Posted by tom_nz
Loved the massive cheer from the crowd when they announced that there would be nothing to stop you using second hand games. That was easily my favorite part of the whole expo so far. So awesome. I was stoked!
 
 
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scotteffone NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Thursday 13 Jun 2013 11:38 PM Posted by scotteffone
13 June 2013, 08:49 AM Reply to tom_nz
Loved the massive cheer from the crowd when they announced that there would be nothing to stop you using second hand games. That was easily my favorite part of the whole expo so far. So awesome. I was stoked!
Yeah Im not even a preowned gamer but I know so many people are that I was stoked to hear this was happening. Mostly though, it shows Sony was listening to customers and that should bode well for the rest of their features.
 
 
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LoftyDog NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Friday 14 Jun 2013 10:32 AM Posted by LoftyDog
im sure everyone can agree this conferance could not have been much better
 
 
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LoftyDog NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Friday 14 Jun 2013 10:33 AM Posted by LoftyDog
12 June 2013, 06:28 PM Reply to ALK3MiST
oh man that was sweet. alot of gaming goodness. i cracked up how they talked around the fact that you need ps+ to play online mp. but when you look at what you're getting with ps+, its like meh. price is good so i think i'm sold.

oh if you're not on ps+ the e3 booth in ps home is giving away free 30 day trials, after you run around and answer a few questions though. easy as for a mean reward
I dont think going to Home is worth that. I would rather pay the 5 bucks and not :)
 
 
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nos4r2d2
On Saturday 15 Jun 2013 4:35 PM Posted by nos4r2d2
I'm keen on a PS4 due to being able to rent games.
 
 
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dman
On Thursday 27 Jun 2013 12:37 PM Posted by dman
This is going to be day one getting the PS4. next step is to tell my boss i need some time off work.
 
 
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HONI
On Tuesday 19 Nov 2013 3:09 PM Posted by HONI
Alot of gaming goodness. i cracked up how they talked around the fact that you need ps+ to play online mp. but when you look at what you're getting with ps+, its like meh. price is good so i think i'm sold.

oh if you're not on ps+ the e3 booth in ps home is giving away free 30 day trials, after you run around and answer a few questions though. easy as for a mean reward
 
 
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