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PlayStation E3 2014 Press Conference Recap

After an insanely successful E3 conference in 2013, PlayStation had a hard act to follow this time around – their own. With high expectations from the gaming community (and no doubt the industry) to perform well at the show, the pressure was on. Sony seemed pretty confident though. They had screenings all across North America in theaters for fans who were not able to come to E3. This no doubt also added to the excitement and hype.

As many of you know, thanks to the wonderful PlayStation MVP program, I was not only able to attend the E3 show floor, but also check out PlayStation’s conference this year.

The Sony PlayStation press conference was held, once again, at the L.A. Memorial Sports Arena. Of course, before the conference, Sony had one of their great little shindigs for everyone to hang out at. Free drinks, food, and music were all present – along with all of the big names in the gaming industry (check out the #PlayStationMVP hashtag on Twitter and across the web for pics of this and more).

Finally on the inside of the L.A. Memorial Sports Arena, right before the show started, we grabbed our floor seats, close to the front of the stadium. As usual, the hype and excitement could be felt by everyone in the crowd and it was soon time to start the show.

 

 

At the outset, it seemed like Sony remembered their promise of keeping the show all about the games and the gamer. The show started right away with a games. Instead of opening with someone walking out on stage or by montages (which are usually pretty awesome), the opening of the PlayStation press conference consisted of a new extended look at Activision and Bungie’s new game, Destiny. Although Sony employees, executives, and developers did go on stage to talk about their games, the company, and the community, games were still the prime focus. Sony kept up the pace fairly well with game previews and reveals.

Some of the games that Sony showed at their E3 conference included the following:

  • Destiny
  • The Order 1886
  • Entwined
  • inFAMOUS Second Son: First Light (standalone DLC)
  • LittleBigPlanet 3
  • Bloodborne
  • Farcry 4
  • Dead Island 2
  • Diablo III: Reaper of Souls
  • Battlefield Hardline
  • Disney Infinity 2.0
  • Magicka 2
  • Grim Fandango
  • Hotline Miami 2
  • The Talos Principle
  • Let It Die
  • Abzu
  • No Man’s Sky
  • Fat Princess: Piece of Cake
  • and more

As you can see, there were quite a number of games that were shown off at the E3 Press Conference alone for Sony PlayStation. “What about the show floor?” you might ask. There were a whole lot more games on the show floor, but we’ll get to that in another article.

PS4 and PS TV

Some bigger bits of news from the show were not just about titles either. More info was given on PlayStation Now and the fact that come July 31st, everyone who has a PS4 will be able to access the open beta. Sony also announced that to go along with the release of Destiny this Fall, a brand new white PlayStation 4 bundle would be on sale. The PS4 bundle includes everything that the PlayStation 4 comes with today, but you also get the Destiny game, and a 30-day trial for PlayStation Plus.

Another hardware reveal was a fairly surprising one – PlayStation TV (also known as PlayStation Vita TV in Japan). Although the device (which essentially is a Vita console that you can connect to your TV) has performed poorly in Japan, Sony is still bringing it to the West for $99 stand-alone and $139 for a bundle that includes the PlayStation TV a Dualshock 3 controller, HDMI cable, 8 GB Memory Card, and The Lego Movie game voucher. It should be interesting to see how the market responds to it on this side of the globe.

For a moment, it seems like Sony did lose focus when it came to games as they segued into speaking about movies and other programming that will be hitting the PlayStation network or those that are based on PlayStation games. For example, although it was announced earlier (if you’re a comic nut, you might have seen the announcement) an adaptation of Brian M. Bendis’ comic, Powers, was revealed and talked a little more about by Bendis himself. We also got to see a new trailer for the Ratchet & Clank movie along with an announcement that the first game was being reimagined for the PS4 to go along with the release of the movie. So, although Sony did talk about some things other than games, they didn’t completely lose their focus.
To close out the show, Sony went right back to the games and hit us with some big ones – Grand Theft Auto V’s new-gen announcement, Batman Arkham Knight’s Batmobile, and one of the biggest reveals of the night, our first look at Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, coming in 2015.

Overall, I think Sony did a wonderful job at presenting the show. There were a good number of exclusives announced for the PS4 and some updates on the hardware and features. In addition, we got a look at new hardware, games, and even some other forms of media that PlayStation owners can expect in the near future.

Although the PS4 had a pretty good presence at the conference, again the PlayStation Vita did not have a strong presence – although it was mentioned. PlayStation says they are committed to the device and with the release of the PlayStation TV (even though “Vita” has been dropped from the name), this is evident. Hopefully we’ll see more in the future.

While the PlayStation conference didn’t exactly blow me away and wasn’t quite on the level of last year’s performance, it was still a great show that shows the bright future for the PlayStation brand.

If you didn’t get a chance to go to the show or watch it online or at one of Sony’s theater events, you can check out some of the photos that I took while there below:

 

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