Tokyo Game Show 2013 has begun and the folks at Sony have kicked things off in grand fashion during their press conference, which was held late last night…or in the wee hours of this morning depending on your time zone. Anyway, Sony had plenty to say about the recently revealed Vita TV and of course the PlayStation 4.
In relation to the micro-console version of the Vita TV
, Sony Computer Entertainment president Andrew House reiterated the Vita TV’s main selling points of not only being able to play Vita games on your TV but also having the ability to stream games from your PS4 via remote play. The remote play feature was demonstrated live on stage, as Sony Worldwide Studios head Shuhei Yoshida used the micro-console to play a quick game of Knack.
House also mentioned there will be 1,300 games available on the Vita TV at launch and it will also sport a recorder and media storage. Not too mention the cloud storage feature that is said to be coming to the PS3, PS4, and Vita at some point down the line, will also be available on this little box as well.
News on a release outside of Japan remains scarce.
On the PS4 front, more information was given regarding the next-gen console’s companion app
, which was announced way back at the PS4 reveal in February. This handy little app will allow users to search through the games their PSN friends are playing, as well as send/accept invites to multiplayer matches via its What's New feature. Of course the app will also feature chat, PSN Store, and social media capabilities.
This app can even turn your iOS or Android device into either a second controller or a second screen, depending on whether or not the game you’re playing is compatible.
The PS4 companion app will launch at some point in November, likely when the console hits stores in North America on the 15th.
Sony’s keynote also brought about some very good news
for those who work in games media or making a living off of creating gaming content for Youtube, as Sony Senior VP and Business Division president Masayasu Ito confirmed the PS4 will allow gameplay to be recorded over HDMI. We don’t know much regarding the HDMI support at this time but Ito says more details will be coming soon.
Ito also confirmed the next-gen console will support voice commands and facial recognition
when paired with the PlayStation Camera. This feature was leaked
about a month ago but this adds a nice extra bit of confirmation for those interested in picking up the camera.
One last bit from keynote is Sony’s (bold?) sales expectations
for the PS4, with Yoshida confirmed the company is expecting to sell at least 5 Million consoles by the end of the fiscal year. It’s important to note the fiscal year doesn’t wrap up until late March 2014.
Sony also dropped a couple of important news beats after the keynote was completed. According to IGN
, Yoshida announced during a press roundtable meeting the PS4’s Gaikai streaming service will launch with a library of PS3 games in North America in 2014.
Yoshida said Sony fans can expect the service to launch with a decent number of games, with the selection growing as time rolls on. He also confirmed these games will be playable through the Vita and Vita TV.
Finally, if you enjoyed the gravity defying Vita hit Gravity Rush
and would like to see a continuation of Kat’s adventures, well you’re in luck!
Developer Team Gravity has launched a teaser for a sequel at Sony’s TGS booth and you can watch it right here:
Wow. That’s a lot of news. The Vita TV is continuing to be a very tempting purchase (to me at least), especially with the Gaikai compatibility. My fingers are now crossed for an international release.
The PS4 is continuing to look strong, with the Gaikai service and companion app both being solid ideas…even if the idea of an iOS/Android device serving as a second controller or screen can potentially hurt the Vita. If Sony keeps this momentum going, 5 million console sales by the end of March is a real possibility. Not too mention it’s quite a relief the PS4 will indeed sport HDMI support. Allowing more people to produce online content and giving the people who already do so a much easier option for the PS4 is a very good thing indeed.
Oh and it’s also nice to finally get confirmation on Gravity Rush 2.
What do you make of this Sony news avalanche g1s? Does it make you more excited for the PS4? Does it make the Vita TV more enticing? Are you happy about the Gravity Rush sequel? Be sure to share your thoughts in the comments below!