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UPDATED: Sony PS4 Media Event @ 6.10.13

UPDATED: Sony PS4 Media Event @ 6.10.13

E3 is one of the busiest events of the year and Love At 1st Byte will be covering Sony’s Playstation 4 media event here! We’ll update this post as more information is made available. Make sure to also follow me at @TatianaKing for live tweets during the event!

In the meantime (and to refresh your memory), check out details and photos on the PS4’s new controller and new camera:

Dual Shock 4 Controller

  • Touch pad on the front of the controller
  • Four color LED light bar; to indicate player status
  • Share Button; initiate live streaming of your gaming sessions or upload recorded videos to Facebook
  • Built in headset jack and mono speaker
  • Enhanced Vibration

 
By: Tatiana G. King

Update 2:  Polygon ran a story explaining that Jack Tretton, Sony’s US head did mention that while Sony won’t be supporting DRM restrictions on 1st party games (i.e. games published by Sony) that they are allowing the publisher to dictate any DRM restrictions on third-party games (i.e. games made by everyone else). While at first this seems a cause of alarm, a deeper dive reveals that this is the same policy that has been in place for the PS3 all this time. So basically–nothing changes. Still winning for now…

UPDATE: Holy. Smokes. When Sony concluded their E3 media presentation, my sole response was:

 

If you haven’t seen it already, the Internet has been awash with newly hatched GIFs about how badly Sony beat on Microsoft yesterday evening. At their late E3 presentation (scheduled for 9pm NY time, but actually starting at 9:15pm…), Sony went nuclear and literally did everything in their power to make MS look bad. Real Bad. Michael Jackson.

 

Case in point? Check out this Facebook post; the quote was said on stage, verbatim, by Sony Computer Entertainment, America president Jack Tretton. (click on photos to enlarge):

 

Then this happened:

 

And finally this:

Did I mention that Jack Tretton chuckled rather loudly between sentences as he mentioned the points about PS4 not blocking used games or having an online on requirement? It was pure gold and truly vintage Sony. But why is this so significant?

 

For one, The Xbox One is going on sale for $499 . It has heavy game licensing rules that places restrictions (supposedly based upon publisher wishes) on what and how used games can be shared, sold, or bought. In addition there is aspect of the console having to be connected to the internet at least once every 24 hours.  I will say that the last note is slightly blown out of proportion, considering Xbox 360 owners today (and pretty much every PC/Mac owner) perpetually keep their systems online. However, it’s these items as a package that are ultimately becoming Microsoft’s downfall. Interesting to see if MS backtracks on the (almost) always on connection or game licensing issue now that the PS4 presentation has essentially blown the Xbox One out of the water.

 

At this point, the only real upper hand that the Xbox One has is the fact that Xbox Live (XBL) is unmatched. Sony is now making their new Playstation Network (PSN) subscription based. Costing around $5 a month, Sony has a little ways to go to up the ante on their online hub and infrastructure. If they can really work on it and get it as fast and relatively reliable as XBL then Microsoft sincerely has a full blown problem.

 

PS4 Hardware

 

So the PS4 console itself was finally revealed–and lo and behold its “just a box!” All jokes aside, this was actually a sticking point for me as Sony failed to show the console during the February event. I even wrote a post here about how annoying it was that they didn’t think the way the hardware looked was significant enough to show the audience. Thankfully my George Foreman Grill fears were allayed as a matte-black, small-ish VCR shaped box, the shape of a parallelogram, was revealed:
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The PS4 E3 event went for about two hours so the gameplay demos and video montages were aplenty. Jack Tretton stated that 85 titles would launch this year for the Playstation platform. Here’s a listing of some of the games that were announced or shown in some capacity during the show:

 

  • the new Tekken
  • Batman Arkham Origins (glimpses of Bane, Headshot, Deathstroke, and Joker!)
  • Counterspy
  • Killzone: Mercenary
  • The Walking Dead (coming to the Vita in August, bundled with full season episodes)
  • God of War HD 1 & 2 (coming to the Vita)
  • Final Fantasy X and X:2 (coming to the Vita)
  • Flower
  • The Last of Us
  • Beyond: Two Souls (covert ops game featuring a young girl; voiced by Ellen Page. The other main character is voiced by Willem Dafoe; both characters have striking resemblances to their real world counterparts.)
  • Puppeteer
  • Rain
  • Gran Turismo 6
  • Grand Theft Auto 5 (exclusive GTA5 bundle available on Sept 17th for $299
  • Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag
  • Killzone Shadow Fall
  • Drive Club
  • inFAMOUS: Second Son
  • Dark Sorcerer
  • Secret Ponchos
  • Transistor (by indy game developer SuperGiant Games; this one is particularly interesting to me)
  • Final Fantasy XV (rebranded from the title: Final Fantasy Versus XIII)
  • Final Fantasy XIV (exclusive to the PS3 and PS4)
  • Kingdom Hearts III (in development)
  • Watchdogs (another game I’m totally digging)
  • NBA2K14 (starring LeBron James apparently)
  • Elder Scrolls Online (online beta will be available first on PS4)
  • Mad Max (yes; exclusive  “road warrior” survival kit available only on Playstation)
  • Destiny (activsion/bungie joint title; coming in 2014)

Other PS4 Info

  • PSN will now be a subscription based service; cost will be around $5/month
    • Current Playstation Plus membership will carry over to the PS4 and other PS devices
    • Playstation Plus members will get immediate access to Drive Club at PS4 launch
  • Gaikai Cloud Service starting in 2014 in the U.S.; will stream games to PS4, PS3 and Vita
  • Playstation Pictures News: More Sony movie titles coming to the Playstation platform across the board
    • Netflix, MLB TV, and other current partners returning on the PS4
    • Newly added Redbox Instant by Verizon will be added
    • New Live Events Viewer for PPVs
    • Flickster added
  • PS4 available during Holiday 2013 (November-ish) for $399
    • No mention if that price corresponds with a base model, or if there are event other models with different harddrive sizes.
    • I also wonder if that pricing was more reactive to the Xbox One pricing, or if thats what Sony had in mind all along…seems like they would be selling at a loss
  • PS4 available for preorder as of July 10:

Check out the gallery below for more pics from the event:
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So, now that Sony has laid utter waste upon their rivals–what are your thoughts? Will you be getting a PS4 at launch? Do you think the Xbox One is a better deal? Let me know in the comments!

About Grand Duchess of Tech

Tatiana King-Jones, the self-proclaimed “Grand Duchess of Tech”, has served the social media and Internet community, as a thought leader and tech blogger. As creator of Love At 1st Byte she follows and reports on the trends in the consumer device market. Mrs. King-Jones also co-hosts the popular LoudSpeakersNetwork podcast, FanBrosShow.

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