Sony gamescom 2013 press conference recap, with launch date!
Sony announces new games, services, and features for the PS3, PS4, and PS Vita. Including that long awaited price drop for the PS Vita and the PS4 launch date.
Editor's Note: Updated with a few links and videos. Very nicely done -X-!
After the fantastic showing at E3 this year, there were high expectations for the Sony gamescom press conference. With so much momentum going into the conference from E3, Sony was poised to take the ball and run with it, and they did.
Sony started the show showing the off the power of the PS3 by showing off Gran Turismo 6. The video montage was quite impressive showcasing the graphical prowess and their continued commitment to the PS3.
Sony talked about The Last of Us and it's incredible success for this console generation. They also spoke about the upcoming Beyond: Two Souls, the new LittleBigPlanet Hub which is presented as a free to play, micro-transaction heavy LBP social network game, and GTA V which will have a PS3 bundle that comes with the game and a custom headset. Customers who pre-order GTA V via PSN starting Friday (at least in Europe) you will receive 75% off a Rockstar Game.
The PS Vita was up next, and there are two major highlights to point out. First, a price drop!!!! Finally, gamers have been begging for this for ever. PS Vita will now be selling for $199 and they will be making major price cuts to the PS Vita memory cards beginning tomorrow. Second, Borderlands 2 will be coming to PS Vita. Please excuse my lack of professionalism for a second but, HECK YEA!!!! WHOOT!!. Okay back to normal.
Other games coming to the PS Vita including Batman: Arkham Origins, Lego Marvel, Fez, Murasaki Baby, Big Fest, and many others. Gameplay seen from Murasaki Baby looks quite interesting with a awesome art style that will most defiantly be a treat. Big Fest is a concert promoter simulator that will allow you to build your own music festivals and promote unsigned bands. The lack of games for the PS Vita has been a huge contention for many players. The announcement of several new games and the price drop of the PS Vita has definitely sweetened the deal.
Sony then emphasized their commitment to indie developers allowing for self publishing on the PSN. Sony spent a lot of time talking about indie developers and how they will be a prominent features on PS4, PS3, and PSVita.
It was also announced that Sony Santa Monica, Media Molecule, and Naughty Dog are currently working on new titles but they are yet unannounced. Another interesting PS4 exclusive was announced. Shadow of the Beast is a remake of an Amiga classic and from the presentation given looks like a really bloody fun time. Sony then showed new footage of Infamous: Second Son, showing off the ability for the main character to absorb powers from other conduits ala Rogue from the X-Men. Killzone will get a feature to create your own combat zones and share them online.
Minecraft will also be coming to the PS4. Exclusive missions for Assassin's Creed IV and Watchdogs will be coming to the console as well. In Europe customers who bought Assassin's Creed IV or Call of Duty: Ghost for the PS3 will be able to download the PS4 versions of the games for a significantly cheaper price on the PSN for a limited time.
Sony then moved onto new features and entertainment services. A rework of the Music Unlimited program is in the works and will streamline the functions. PS4 users will also now be able to listen to music in the background while playing games.
Remote play has been touted as a huge selling point for the PS Vita. We get to see how this works with a demo of Assassin's Creed IV where they switched from using the PS4 to the PS Vita. However, they did not show how this will work so the actual process is still a mystery. It was said that almost all PS4 games will be able to be played on the PS Vita via Remote Play.
Was this conference as good as E3? No but Sony did have a solid showing. With new games and announcements this is looking like it will be a great year for Playstation veterans and new gamers alike.
g1s sound off in the comments below and give your impressions of the Sony gamescom conference. What were your highlights? How did you think the conference went down?
Fiend03 "Oh. So they're copying what the Wii U gamepad is doing?"
Nope, FYI i was able to play Lair in remote play on my psp from my ps3 in 2007, you know... before the wii u gamepad thigny. What we see with the PS4/PsVita remote play is simply the same thing but better.
oh and saying that make me wonder if sony will do a better version of the PlayTv (a ps3 addon doing pretty much what Xbone will do)
Keep in mind that 4 and Vita are complementary products, as they share games via remote play and share PS Plus. Even if the Vita price doesn't essentially go down another $100 by a $500 bundle, it's quite worthwhile to get both systems.
Basically... I don't know personally how good it looks or how it runs over the wifi. I'm hoping they come out with that rumored $500 Ps4/Vita bundle soon because I will definitely get that if it's available.
Oh. So they're copying what the Wii U gamepad is doing?
It's for those people who have one tv in the house or don't want to move the system to another room when someone else needs the tv.
One thing I don't get is Remote play. I mean yeah you could play the console with the Vita, but Why? You have the regular controller, so what's the point?
Is it just me or has most of the console gaming news been about the x-box one recently? Of course it's almost all about how they are retracting their awful policies, but publicity is publicity. Still, I think Sony is still far ahead of Microsoft in this war.
Keep up the good fight, Sony!
i think Sony's is doing a great job.