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Gamescom 2013 - Sony Press Conference Coverage

Sony’s conference begins with a rather bizarre but flashy presentation. The silence is so great that it almost becomes a physical object but then the lights come up and the first sight we see is Sony president Shuhei Yoshida sitting in a leather armchair with his back to the audience. Yoshida’s not here to talk - he’s just the guy showing off the PlayStation 4’s new interface.

From the looks of it, the interface shares more than a little similarity with the PS3’s, with the main new features appearing to be instantaneous switching between gameplay, interface and apps. If that sounds vague, it’s because the demo was really, really short. For the sake of digital paper waste, we won’t be going through a detailed step-by-step breakdown of the conference but instead, focuses on the important updates Sony has brought to the next and current generation table.

Jim Ryan takes to the stage to talk about the PS3 - you’ll have to wait for the juicy PS4 news.

Gran Turismo 6

Ryan’s face beams as he reveals that GT6 will feature never before seen concept cars from real car manufacturers. Some of these are fictional whilst others are potential future realities. We’re only shown a short glimpse of gameplay but from what we can see, the game looks fast, fluid and detailed. Both vintage and top of the range cars get time in the spotlight, with some stellar looking stages also showcased.

But wait, there’s more! GT6 will be releasing worldwide on December 6th and here’s the best (but really worst) part of the announcement - GT is being adapted into a full-length feature film. Considering the track record of game to film adaptations, I’m thinking this can only end badly.


Rockstar’s upcoming epic was only mentioned briefly - to announce a new PS3 hardware bundle themed on GTA V and a 75% discount on all Rockstar titles for any PlayStation owners that pre-order the game.

PlayStation Vita

A slew of new games were announced for the Vita, most of which were privy to only a trailer, so it’s probably better to list them:

  • Batman: Arkham Origins

  • Lego Marvel

  • Football Manager Classic

  • Borderlands 2

  • Age of Zombies

  • Broken Sword: the Serpent's Curse

  • Fez

  • Final Horizon

  • Rogue Legacy

  • and many more...

Along with this, Sony announced they are slashing the price of the Vita to 199 Euro’s/Dollars (no conversion for old Blighty), whilst also reducing the price of standard memory cards for the device.

Shahid Ahmad bounds onto the stage and informs the audience more about the indie scene on PS Vita and PS4, detailing another list of games that are coming exclusively to Sony's platforms:

  • Rogue Legacy

  • The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth

  • N++

  • Volume

  • Guns of Icarus Online

  • Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number

Michael Denny returns to tell us that not only are unannounced titles from Media Molecule and Naughty Dog in the works, but even more exclusives are on their way to the PS4. A short trailer for Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture from The Chinese Room was one of these trailers - almost looking like a survival horror version of Fallout 3.

Another title of note was the announcement of new cross-platform title: Helldivers, which will allow cross-platform play between all of Sony’s consoles. The top-down arcade shooter looks like pretty standard stuff - not like it’s reinvented the wheel, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be entertaining.

That just leaves the big names, first of which is The Playroom. Announced at E3, the title will come pre-installed on every PS4 from launch and will utilise the controllers new touchpad. Along with camera functionality, Playroom looks to be a neat virtual reality title. Infamous: Second Son and Killzone: Shadow Fall both receive new trailers too.

Jim Ryan again, reiterates Sony’s new slogan of ‘Made by gamers for gamers’ and proceeds to tell us some interesting new information.

  • All owners of the PS4 will receive a 14-day free trial for PlayStation plus.

  • European customers will receive 90 free days of membership if they subscribe to the service for a year.

  • Sony are planning on partnering with European ISP’s to provide a better service to its customers.

Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag

Ubisoft then takes centre stage to showcase how the PlayStation 4 will utilise the new remote play feature, in this case in ACIV: Black Flag.

The demo begins on the Jackdaw - Kenway’s personal ship. We’re treated to some new footage of Kenway’s ship engaging in battle with a small fleet of ships and a cliffside fort. It all looks similar to Assassin’s Creed III which can be good or bad depending on how much you loved Connor’s North American adventure. As the action moves onto solid ground, the gameplay instantly transitions from PS4 to the PS Vita, showcasing the new feature which, Sony assures us, can be used for almost every PS4 title.

The conference closes out with the appearance of Sony CEO, Andrew House. Predictably, his role is to announce the release date of the PS4. But before he decides to reveal such sensitive information, House announces another price cut - this time for the PS3 - to 199 Euro’s/Dollars for the 16gb model. He further reveals that Call of Duty: Ghosts, Watch Dogs, Battlefield 4 and many others will - for a limited time only - be made available for digital download at a heavily discounted price on the PS4 for anyone who already owns the title for the previous console.

So this is it, the final reveal. House officially confirms that the PS4 will be launching on 29th Nov across Europe and 15th Nov in North America. Oh, you might want to get your pre-orders in quick too, as the PS4 already has one million of them.

JoeP | 21st August, 2013

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