Sony were the last ones to go on stage at E3 today, and they did quite a lot to try to win over gamers. Before talking about the PlayStation 4 and next gen, Sony did spend some time on the Vita and the PS3. New Vita titles include God of War HD Collection, Dead Nation, Flower, and a brand new episode of Telltale’s The Walking Dead series called 400 Days. Sony says that around 85 new games will be coming to the Vita in 2013.
The PS3 will continue to be supported as well, even with the PS4 looming over the horizon. We got brand new looks at The Last of Us, Beyond: Two Souls, Puppeteer, and Gran Turismo 6, which should all be out this year. Afterwards, Sony finally began the PS4 portion of their presentation, and they had quite a lot to show. After some brief announcements regarding the system getting support for video and music services, the console itself was revealed.
Shuhei Yoshida eventually came on stage and showed brand new trailers for the PS4 games revealed back in February which include Killzone: Shadow Fall, Infamous: Second Son, Drive Club, and Knack. Killzone, Drive Club and Knack will be launch titles for the console, while Infamous: Second Son will arrive in Q1 2014. A new game from studio Ready at Dawn was also teased called The Order 1886, which looks like a next gen take on Van Helsing. There was also an impressive tech demo from Quantic Dream showing off the power of the PS4 in handling realistic characters.
The focus then shifted to indie games, and Sony was more than happy to announce a slew of brand new developers bringing their games to PS4. Indie titles like Don’t Starve by Klei Entertainment, Transistor, Mercenary Kings, Octodad, Secret Ponchos, Galak-Z by 17-Bit, and more. While some of these games are also on PC, they will be making their console debuts first on PlayStation 4.
Square Enix also dropped 2 major announcements that probably shocked many. First, Final Fantasy Versus XIII is now Final Fantasy XV and is coming to PS4; no mention if it’s exclusive or not but it might be. Then right after that Kingdom Hearts 3 was finally announced after years of fan requests. Square also announced that Final Fantasy XIV will be coming to both PS3 and PS4. Not a bad way to kick off a brand new console if you ask me.
Easily the highlight of the show was Sony announcing that the PS4 would not include the same restrictions as the Xbox One. Used games will be allowed on the console and you can lend, trade-in, or do whatever you wish with your titles. The PS4 will also not require you to be connected to the internet to play games and there will be no mandatory 24-hour check-ins like the Xbox One. This got them quite a bit of applause from the audience. Finally Sony announced that the PS4 will be priced at $399 ($100 less than the Xbox One) and will be out this holiday season. Stay tuned for more coverage of the console throughout the week.