Sony formally unveiled the PlayStation 4 (PS4) at E3 2013 in Los Angeles, and also announced the pricing for the console.
While the console was notably absent from Sony’s media event in February, the company finally displayed the finished product at the video games expo. At first glance, the PS4 is notably smaller than the Xbox One and features an angular design reminiscent of the PS2. The PS4 will retail for $399 in the US, while Sony Computer Entertainment Australia has confirmed the Australian pricing to be $549.
Sony began the conference by outlining its current plans for the PS3 and Vita. A 60 per cent discount off all Vita purchases through the PlayStation Network was announced, with the God of War HD collection making the leap from PS3 to the handheld. A Walking Dead Vita bundle was also announced. Other upcoming games that Sony will be releasing on the PS3 will be Puppeteer, Rain, Beyond Two Souls and Gran Turismo 6.
Games, games, games
Following the PS4 unveil, Sony showcased some of the games coming to the new system. Ready at Dawn announced its exclusive PS4 title, The Order 1886, which looks to be a third person shooter. Guerrilla Games’ Killzone Shadowfall was shown again, and so was Evolution Studios’ Drive Club. The latter will be free on launch for PlayStation Plus subscribers. Suckerpunch’s Infamous: Second Son was shown again, and it is notable for using the same motion capture technology as 2011’s LA Noire. Killzone Shadowfall and Drive Club, as well as Sony Japan’s Knack, will be available on launch, which Infamous: Second Son is coming early next year.
Quantic Dream showed its new concept game, The Dark Sorcerer, on PS4, sporting impressive visuals that look near CG quality and feature human like movement. Super Giant Games is creating a new indie game for PS4 called Transistor. Oddworld Inhabitants is bringing its classic Abe’s Odyssey platformer to the present with a 3D remake, while Blizzard demonstrated Diablo III on both PS3 and PS4. Square Enix’s Final Fantasy Versus XIII has been rebranded as Final Fantasy XV, Final Fantasy XIV is exclusive to PS3 and PS3, and Kingdom Hearts 3 has been confirmed to be in development.
No need for DRM
Already announced months ago, Ubisoft presented multi-platform titles such as Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and Watch Dogs. Other third-party titles that were presented included NBA 2K, Elder Scrolls Online, Mad Max and Destiny. Sony topped off these announcements by stating that PS4 games do not use DRM, so there will be no need to sign in once every 24 hours as on Xbox One. Xbox One may not feature any backward compatibility, but Sony said PS3 games are playable on PS4 and Vita via its Gaikai Cloud service.