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News: Sony’s E3 conference roundup

E3 opened with a strong conference from Microsoft and while it certainly didn’t silence critics of the Xbox One, Sony were going to have a hard time of topping it. How did they do?  Here’s a roundup of everything that went down during Sony’s conference.

PS4 console revealed

After a somewhat slow start to the conference (involving The Walking Dead coming to Vita and a GTAV bundle for the PS3) Sony finally showed us what their new console looks like (see below). I like it but personally, although it is massive, I think I prefer the look of the XBone. Sony then announced that there are currently 30 titles in development for the PS4, 12 of which are new IP.

 

 

The Order 1886 announced

The first PS4 exclusive to be revealed during Sony’s conference was a steampunk action game set in London called The Order 1886. It’s being developed by Sony Santa Monica, known for the God Of War series.

Here’s the cinematic trailer.

Transistor Revealed

A new game from Supergiant, creators of the excellent indie title Bastion, called Transistor was next to be revealed. It will make it’s console debut on PS4.

Here’s the trailer.

In addition to this, Sony announced that 8 more indie games will make their console debuts on PS4 next year. These are:

Secret Ponchos

Galak-Z

Octodad: Dadliest Catch

Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee – New ‘n’ tasty

Outcast

Mercenary Kings

Don’t Starve

Ray’s The Dead

 

Final Fantasy XV revealed

Square Enix used Sony’s conference to announce that the long awaited Final Fantasy Versus XIII is now Final Fantasy XV. Both a trailer and gameplay footage was shown, the latter suggesting a move away from the series’ traditional JRPG gameplay into a third person action game.

Here’s the trailer.

And the gameplay footage.

But that’s not all Square Enix had up their sleeve, following this announcement with the reveal of Kingdom Hearts 3 and a HD remake of the original Kingdom Hearts (called Kingdom Hearts 1.5).

Here’s the trailer.

It’s worth noting that both Final Fantasy 15 and Kingdom Hearts 3 will be released for Xbox One as well as PS4.

Elder Scrolls Online Coming to PS4

It was confirmed that the Elder Scrolls Online, an MMO spin-off of the popular RPG series, will be coming to PS4.

Here’s the trailer.

Again, the ESO will be coming to Xbox One too.

Mad Max Announced 

Mad Max, a game based on the film series from the 70s/80s and 1990 game, was revealed at the conference and will be developed by Avalanche Studios, creators of the Just Cause series. It will come to both PS4 and Xbox One.

Here’s the trailer.

PS4 can play used games

It was here that Sony landed their biggest blows to Microsoft. They confirmed that unlike the Xbox One, gamers will be able to buy, sell and trade in used PS4 games as well as lend them to a friend. An online check-in will not be present either, allowing offline play when you’re internet is down. Sony even showed us a glimpse of their funny side in this video which illustrates the ease in which people will be able to lend PS4 games.

Despite these things, Sony announced that a PS Plus subscription will now be necessary to play PS4 games online, just like an Xbox Gold subscription. This news may sting PS fans after the PS3 boasted free online for so long, hopefully the quality of free games on offer each month will remain at such a high quality after this change.

Watch Dogs Gameplay demo

Ubisoft hit the stage to announce exclusive content for both Watch Dogs and Assassin’s Creed IV and show off a new gameplay demo for their upcoming game Watch Dogs which was first revealed at E3 last year.

Here’s the demo.

Destiny gameplay demo

Sony ended their conference in style, giving us our first look at gameplay footage for Bungie’s new online shooter Destiny.

Here’s the demo.

PS4 price revealed

Finally, Sony closed the conference by revealing the launch price of the PS4: £349. Compare this with the Xbox One’s rather steep price tag of £429 and this looks like it could be a big deal for the PS4. We saw how much the PS3 struggled at first when it launched at a higher price than the 360, it’ll be interesting to see how the Xbox One fairs.

 

So a strong conference from Sony then. In terms of the amount of games shown off I think Microsoft’s conference just edges it, but Sony needn’t worry about that. The internet has spoken and Sony are still the clear favourites coming out of E3, Microsoft are gonna need to do a lot of work to get the fans back on their side.

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