) took the veil off its fourth game console this evening during a
two-hour event that included a cornucopia of software
demonstrations -- most of which were for actual games (not tech
demos). In fact, Square Enix was the only company that came to
Sony's event with nothing more than a demonstration for the types
of games it would like to develop. Sony's internal development
studios -- along with Activision and Blizzard (NASDAQ:
), Capcom and Ubisoft -- introduced a number of new games, as
well as an unusual port of Diablo III. (Blizzard revealed that
Diablo III will be coming to both PlayStation 3 and PlayStation
The first-party lineup includes Knack, a clever
action/adventure that features a robotic character that can
mutate into a number of different forms. It was reminiscent of
Rare's Kameo and looks very promising.
Sony also unveiled Killzone: Shadow Fall, a breathtaking
first-person shooter that features some of the most realistic
graphics ever produced in a game. Drive Club, a multiplayer
team-based racer that looks to replace Gran Turismo, was also
fairly impressive. The detailed car interiors and realistic
backdrops could make for a very exciting racing experience.
Infamous is also getting a new chapter, along with a fresh
concept from LittleBigPlanet developer Media Molecule that allows
users to mold virtual, three-dimensional clay using the PS Move
controller. This demo was referred to as "The Creative Console;"
some speculate that it
be a full-fledged game. However, considering how much Media
Molecule loves the new character creation feature, it seems
likely that this element will appear in one of the company's
Capcom's first PlayStation 4 game, Deep Down (working title),
demonstrated the console's ability to render realistic images of
things that do not really exist - such as dragons. This game will
run on a new engine called Panta Rhei.
Activision showed off Destiny, its long-awaited game from Halo
creator Bungie. Destiny will appear on both PlayStation 3 and
PlayStation 4 -- and likely every other console available -- this
fall. The PlayStation versions will include exclusive content of
some kind, but Activision did not provide any further details on
Watch Dogs, Ubisoft's open world action game first introduced
at E3 2012, is also coming to PlayStation 4. The game can be best
described as a good guy's version of Grand Theft Auto. It looks
like a rich and immersive game that cleverly melds elements of
Ubisoft's other hit games (most notably the seamless
running/climbing features of Assassin's Creed) into the
Like Destiny, Watch Dogs is still expected to be released for
PC, Wii U, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
Square Enix did not show any actual games, but it did
introduce an amusing, Final Fantasy-esque tech demo. The company
also announced that it will make some Final Fantasy-related
announcement at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo.
Last but not least, the creator of Braid (a quirky,
side-scrolling game that started on Xbox Live) is working on an
unusual puzzle game that will be exclusive to PlayStation 4 when
it is initially released.
Contrary to earlier reports, PlayStation 4 will not ship with
the ability to stream full games instantaneously. However, it
will employ the technology Sony acquired from Gaikai to allow
users to play demos instantly. Users will also be able to play
games while they start downloading, though it is unclear if the
game will freeze if the player progress past the point that has
In addition to the game lineup (which is far from complete -
expect more at E3), Sony introduced the Dual-Shock 4 controller.
It contains a touch pad, as well as a tracking ability tied to
the console's new camera. This allows PlayStation 4 to sense
where the controller is in relation to the TV, which could create
some interesting game possibilities.
PlayStation 4 games can be streamed locally to PS Vita,
creating a Wii U-like experience. Users will also be able to
watch each other play games, if they desire. It is unclear how
useful this feature will be, but Sony stressed its
The company also focused heavily on the new "Share" button,
which will allow users to record their games and upload the
videos for the whole world to see.
All in all, this was one of Sony's most impressive gaming
events. If this console can't save the company, nothing could.
However, the truth is that PlayStation 4 was likely designed from
the ground up to save Sony. There may be a lot of question marks
(how much will it cost?), a few vague details (the console uses
an X86 CPU and 8GB memory - what else?), and only a launch window
(PS4 is slated to ship worldwide this holiday season), but the
hype has only just begun.
While not all of the console's elements will change gaming
forever, one thing is for certain: Sony is no longer content to
play second fiddle. The company that created and fostered the
PlayStation brand is back in full force.
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