PlayStation Meeting 2013
Watch PlayStation Meeting 2013 LIVE with us on Ustream! The event is starting at 6 p.m. EST, i.e. midnight, CET.
Although pretty much everyone is expecting a PlayStation 4 announcement, we’re also hoping for some PS Vita news. You are at Portable Gaming Region, after all. Anyway, we’ll report live from the event, so stay tuned!
The event was opened by Andrew House, a Welsh businessman and the current president and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment. He’ll also be leading this year’s PlayStation Meeting.
House said that Sony will “continue to unlock PlayStation Vita potential”, adding that they’ll try to make PS Vita more present in the domain of “living room entertainment”.
PlayStation Vita XL+ (Plus) wasn’t confirmed.
The game designer Mark Cerny was introduced on stage.
Cerny said that they wanted to make PlayStation 4 “a platform by game creators for game creators”.
PS4 will have 8 GB of GDDR5 unified RAM, as well as 8 CPU cores (X86). Cerny also introduced DualShock 4, which will feature “improved rumble capabilities” and a touchpad.
5 key principles Sony had in mind when crafting the PS4 Architecture:
- Simple –user friendly
- Immediate – suspending/resuming game with a single button press,
- Integrated - background processing, playing games while downloading them
- Social – in-game recording and sharing, social Network that extends outside of the console itself (Vita, smartphones, tablets, etc).
This system architecture tells us that PS4 won’t be backward compatible with PS3 games.
Knack, a PS4 exclusive Cerny is designing, was announced. The game looks like a classical action title.
DualShock 4 will have a power button for putting the PS4 in the sleep state and waking it up.
Always-on video compression and decompression hardware is included in PS4, for the purpose of supporting the social aspect of gaming.
PS4 will be capable of “getting to know the players”, personalizing the content presented to them online.
The next speaker is David Perry, CEO and co-founder of Gaikai.
Players will be able to give their PSN friends direct control of their DualShock 4 to help them with “beating difficult levels they already finished”.
PS Vita will be “the ultimate companion to PS4″, meaning that Vita will be able to stream PS4 games using the Gaikai technology.
Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and other popular services will be available on PS4.
The next speaker is Michael Denny, the head of PlayStation’s European studio business.
Killzone: Shadow Fall, another PS4 exclusive, was announced.
A sneak peak of Drive Club, developed by Evolutions Studios, was shown. According to its developers, it’s going to be a “next-gen team racing” title played from the first person perspective.
Sucker Punch presented their latest game, a PS4 exclusive titled Infamous: Second Son, a sequel to Infamous.
The Witness, Tekhla’s (Jonathan Blow’s studio) open-world puzzle game for PS4 was presented.
Next on the schedule are tech presentations by:
- Quantic Dream
- Media Molecule
CAPCOM announced Panta Rhei engine for the next-generation consoles, as well as new IP Deep Down, a medieval action adventure.
Square Enix showed the teaser for their upcoming Final Fantasy: Agni’s Philosophy that they’ll officially present at E3 this year. The game is probably being made with the Luminous Engine.
Ubisoft presented the trailer for their upcoming open-world game Watch_Dogs.
Blizzard announced that they entered into a strategic partnership with Sony. This is the first time in the gaming history that a Blizzard representative was on stage for any console manufacturer. The first Blizzard Entertainment game ported to consoles after a long time will be Diablo III (thanks to Sulvi for the correction), which will be available on both PS3 and PS4. Diablo III will be released for PS3 by the end of the year.
Activision and Bungie confirmed that Destiny, their latest FPS, will be available for PS3 and PS4 and that this title will entertain players “for years to come”. They’ll be sharing more details about Destiny “in the coming months”, but for now it’s confirmed that Destiny will be a PS4 launch title. This announcement concludes the 2-hour-long event. Unfortunately, the PlayStation 4 itself was not shown, but that’s understandable – Sony has to save something for E3.
Update: IGN speculates that PS4 will be released in November. The Sony’s next-gen console will allegedly be available in two versions, priced at $429 and $529, respectively. They can’t be far off regarding the release date, since we briefly saw the “Holidays 2013″ on the screen at the end of the event.
So, what do you think? Are you excited for PS4? Do you believe that its integration with PS Vita is a good way to increase the sales of the Sony’s handheld console? Which games are you most excited about? Tell us your opinions in the comments!