Sony had a lot to say at their 2013 E3 conference.
So first things first: Sony revealed that the PS4 would cost gamers $399 — a full $100 less than the hefty price tag of the Xbox One, which was met with waves of applause. The excitement continued when Sony also announced that the PS4 will play used games, won’t impose strict DRM and will not require an online connection to play single-player games.
Sony did hint that multiplayer gaming might require a $5 per month PlayStation Plus subscriptions, but not for single player games, various entertaiment apps or downloading content. The PS+ also allows access to free games every month.
However, Sony saved these tidbits for last and opted to start things off by jumping right into their upcoming PS3 titles: The Last of Us, a zombie survival game and “Game of the Year” contender, Gran Turismo 6, Beyond: Two Souls and Batman: Arkham Origins. Sony chief exec Jack Tretton then announced a Grand Theft Auto V bundle that will be available alongside the game’s release.
President of Sony, Andrew House, discussed the PlayStation Cloud that will hit the U.S. in 2014, allowing PS3 and PS4 gamers to stream PS3 games. It would come to the Vita later. The Vita also has a string of titles hitting the port: God of War 1 & 2, Flower, Dead Nation, The Walking Dead bundle and Destiny of Spirits.
Sony also highlighted their indie developer collaborations. Some of the games included Klei Entertainment’s survival game Don’t Starve, Octodad: Dadliest Catch, Mercenary Kings (from the makers of Scott Pilgrim The Game and an exciting remake of the original Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee redubbed as Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee New N’ Tasty.
Of course, plenty of exclusive titles were unveiled for the next-gen console — more than 30 to be exact — and 20 of them, including 12 new IPs, are scheduled to drop within a year of the PS4 launch.
FPS Killzone: Shadow Fall and Driveclub were confirmed as launch titles, while open-world superhero game, inFamous: Second Son, will be released in Q1 2014. A trailer for Ready at Dawn’s new IP The Order: 1886, a supernatural shooter set in Victorian London, was also shown.
Sony showcased other PS4 titles including a teaser trailer for Kingdom Hearts 3, a freshly renamed Final Fantasy XV and Diablo 3. Gameplay of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag was revealed as well as a look at Ubisoft’s impressive-looking Watch Dogs. In the game, you play as Aiden Pearce, hacker and former thug, in a Max Payne-esque scenario on the hunt for those who hurt your family.
Elder Scrolls Online, NBA 2K14 and more were announced for PS3, including the world premiere first look at Mad Max.
Look for the PS4 to be released this holiday season.