Sony trumpets PS4 at E3
Next-gen console approaches starting gate; exclusive titles announced
Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) has lifted the lid on its PlayStation4 (PS4) console at E3, the annual gaming and digital media conference held in Los Angeles, California.
SCEA announced a US market price of $399 for its next-gen hardware, which is scheduled for a Q4 launch, and also revealed a range of first- and third-party content for the forthcoming platform, PlayStation Vita (PS Vita) and PlayStation 3 (PS3TM) systems, and a next-generation PlayStationPlus (PS Plus) membership programme.
"We are proud to unveil today the most advanced gaming system ever created, PlayStation 4, which demonstrates everything PlayStation stands for: a relentless focus on the gamer, an inspired community of developers equipped with the most powerful technology, and the long-standing legacy to building worlds without boundaries through one-of-a-kind gaming experiences," said Jack Tretton, president and CEO of SCEA.
"What's equally exciting for us, however, is transforming the PlayStation ecosystem into a stronger, more vibrant destination that enables gamers to engage, share, play, and connect on their terms."
According to SCEA, SCE World Wide Studios (SCE WWS) is currently developing more than 30 PS4-exclusive titles. Twenty of them, including 12 new IPs, are planned to release within a year of the launch of the PS4 system.
SCE WWS president Shuhei Yoshida provided an update on PS4 exclusive titles #DRIVECLUB, Killzone Shadow Fall and KNACK, which will be available at launch, and inFAMOUS Second Son, available in the first quarter of 2014. He also unveiled SCEA's next blockbuster title, The Order: 1886, from game studio Ready at Dawn.
Also at the launch, SCEA Vice President of Developer and Publisher Relations Adam Boyes introduced a range of titles that will be making their console debut on the PS4 system, including: Transistor by Super Giant, Don't Starve by Klei Entertainment, Mercenary Kings by Tribute Games, Octodad: Deadliest Catch by Young Horses, Secret Ponchos by SwitchBlade Monkeys, Outlast by Red Barrels, Oddworld: New N Tasty by Oddworld Inhabitants and Galak-Z by 17-bit.
Boyes also unveiled blockbuster content from key publishing partners, including Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy XV from Square Enix; Ubisoft Entertainment's Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag and Watch_Dogs; 2K Sports' NBA 2K14; Bethesda Game Studios' The Elder Scrolls Online; and the world exclusive unveil of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment's Mad Max.
GALLERY: Sony's PS4 console
Developer Bungie was also on stage to introduce the world gameplay premiere of Destiny. SCEA announced a long-term exclusive partnership with Bungie and Activision that will ensure that the PS4 ecosystem evolves and grows with the Destiny world.
SCEA also unveiled new details for PS Plus, built to "bring games and gamers together and fuel the next generation of gaming" on the PS4 system. With a single PS Plus membership, gamers will have access to a range of offers available across the PS4, PS3, and PS Vita systems.
PS Plus benefits include exclusive game discounts, cloud game saves, early access to beta programmes and content, and access to the Instant Game Collection games library.
To celebrate the launch of PS Plus on the PS4 system, SCEA will offer the #DRIVECLUB PS Plus Edition to PS Plus members in the Instant Game Collection. In addition, one digital title will be rotated each month, including three of the new digital games introduced during the PlayStation E3 press conference: Don't Starve, Outlast, and Secret Ponchos. These three titles will be available at no extra cost via the Instant Game Collection during the first year following the launch of the PS4 system.
PS Plus membership can be purchased through PlayStation Store and is available as a one-year membership for $49.99, a three-month membership for $17.99, and a new a one-month membership option for $9.99, although SCEA has said that it will discontinue the one-month membership option from June 10, 2013.
SCEA also announced that PlayStation's cloud gaming services will be available in 2014 beginning in the US market. The cloud gaming services will provide gamers on the PS4 and PS3 systems, followed by gamers on the PS Vita system, with access to a catalogue of PS3 titles.
GALLERY: Sony's PS4 console
SCEA also made mention of its portable gaming system the PS Vita. More than 85 additional titles are slated to launch for the Vita by the end of 2013, expanding the current library of more than 125 PS Vita-dedicated games and more than 400 classic titles from the PSP and PS one Classics catalogues.
Featured titles mentioned at the press conference include Batman: Arkham Origins, Blackgate, CounterSpy, Destiny of Spirits, Doki Doki Universe, Killzone: Mercenary and Tearaway. In addition, SCEA announced that God of War HD 1 and 2, Flower, and Dead Nation from SCE WWS, as well as Square Enix's Final Fantasy X and X-2 and Telltale Games' The Walking Dead are coming soon to the platform.
Now in its seventh year, the PS3 system PS3 system is set for some major console-exclusive releases in the coming months, including Puppeteer, Rain, Gran Turismo 6, Beyond: Two Souls, The Last of Us, Batman: Arkham Origins and Grand Theft Auto V.