Sony’s E3 2013 Press Conference.

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With Microsoft having already played their hand earlier in the day Sony knew exactly what needed to be done going into this year’s E3, the question now was would they deliver? In a word, yes.
Sony’s press conference started games and was packed with games: Batman Arkham Origins, Last of Us, Puppeteer, Beyond Two Souls, Gran Turismo 6 and Rain being wheeled out straight away to tide over PS3 owners while the likes of new IP The Order 1886, Killzone Shadow Fall, InFamous Second Son, Knack, The Dark Sorcerer, Assassin’s Creed IV, Watch Dogs and Bungie’s Destiny (which looked, unsurprisingly a lot like Halo)  gave us a glimpse of what was in store for the PS4.
One game above all of these however really seemed to catch the crowds imagination and that was the stunning Final Fantasy XV (formally Final Fantasy Versus XIII) which looked like it might very well have been worth the long wait. Kingdom Hearts 3 and Mad Max are also worth a mention but it really was Final Fantasy XV which stole the show on the games front of things.
This E3 was about more then just the games however and this conference would succeed or fail on the decisions Sony would make surrounding always-online restrictions, DRM and price. Thankfully Sony have decided that the Playstation 4 will put no restrictions on used games (want to sell them, lend them or simply give them away it’s entirely up to you) and there will be no online checks (want to go online once a day, do it, don’t do it, it’s entirely up to you) while on the subject of price, the PS4 will set you back either $399, €399 or £349 depending on where you live, a very reasonable price indeed.
It wasn’t all good news for Sony however as the electronic giant did stumble in two places, firstly with the  PS Vita which for a second year was basically ignored. Second was the news that in order to play any PS4 game online you’ll need a PS+ subscription, so no more free online. Besides these bumps in the road though Sony really did do what most gamers had hoped they would, they refused to follow Microsoft’s lead.
Sony’s E3 2013 Press Conference Grade B.

Sony's E3 2013 Press Conference

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2 Comments

  1. I agree that the Vita was pretty much kicked to the curb and Sony did little to promote the purchase of one over the 3DS aside from mentioning that you can use it in some way with the PS4.

    I really liked their massive focus on supporting indie titles and their trailers for The Order and Infamous Second Son have me excited for some early exclusives.

    Overall I think their pricing is perfect and thought they did a good job selling the new console as a gaming console rather than an entertainment box (although they did spend a good 5 minutes going over those features). It seemed very gamer-centric to me and I dug that.

  2. Sony won this years E3 for me simply by giving gamers what they actually want. A little Uncharted though would have been the icing on the cake but that’s just me being greedy.

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