PlayStation 4 Announcement Summary - Article

By Craig Snow, February 20, 2013
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Below you'll find a live stream (which is a repeat now) and a key summary of the main announcements coming out of Sony today for those of you who want a quick catch up.

 

Live Stream:

Sony's Event Website

 

Summary of Events:

 And we're go!

- Things kick off with a typical E3-style PlayStation trailer.

- Andrew House takes to the stage, delivers lots of PR speak (House loves buzzwords!). Plugging Vita, PSN and the PlayStation brand in general.

- And now PlayStation 4 gets its first mention! Phew! House says presentation will take up two hours.

- PS4 will 'allow developers to explore' more flexible business models.  Lots of focus on being developer-friendly.



- Lead system architect introduced - Mark Cerny - he's been working on this process for about five years. His focus here seems to be on interactivity and inter-connectivity.

- Specs: Supercharged PC architecture, X86 CPU, Enhanced PC GPU, 8GB Unified Memory, Local HDD.

- DualShock 4 shown off. Looks similar to (but better than) those leaks we've been seeing. There is indeed a touchscreen.



- Epic's Unreal Engine 4 shown off in real-time. Havok physics engine also demonstrated.

- Cerny introduces a trailer for the title he's been working on. It's called Knack.



- Background real-time downloading, simple gameplay video uploads, real time spectating of others' games, new friends network. In general much more integrated and personalised experience.

 

- Next speaker is up - David Perry, CEO of Gaikai. Naturally this means Gaikai cloud tech will be on PS4.

- You'll be able to play games straight away when browsing the PlayStation Store - instant access and experience.

- Facebook and USTREAM integrated.

- The 'Share' button on the PS4 controller will allow you to livestream your gameplay. Gamers will be given casting abilities.

- Remote play built into the PS4 (i.e. BUY A PS VITA!)

- Lots of PSN services touted - Netflix, Hulu, MLB, Crackle, Amazon, PS+ (naturally), and more.

- Gaikai backwards compatibility (streaming) confirmed. PS4 itself will not be BC however.

-  These cloud services will be rolled out gradually.

 

- Now there's a montage trailer. Developers praising the ideas behind the PS4.

- Next speaker - Michael Denny. He in turn introduces Geurrilla Games (Killzone).

- Killzone Shadow Fall trailer. Lots of gif material here; very pretty and detailed (also - yey, colours!). Lots of gameplay footage.



- Next game trailer. It's a racer from Evolution Studios (of MotorStorm fame) - Drive Club. 'The game we've always wanted to make'. Team-based racing. Painstakingly detailed recreation of car models. And now we see some gameplay.

 - Now a political broadcast on behalf of the Sony Freedom Party.

- It's actually a guy (Nate Fox?) talking about Sucker Punch's latest exclusive - Second Son - which is for the PS4. Seems to be about people who have superhuman abilities who are fighting for their freedom from oppressive government, or something along those lines (very next-gen inFAMOUS-y).

- Scratch that, it is inFAMOUS.

- Indie gaming now. Jonathan Blow (of Braid fame) is introduced. He's working on a new game - it's actually The Witness - for the PS4 (the word exclusive was used, though from the words used it suggests just timed).




- Moving on from actual game demonstrations now. David Cage is introduced. Delivers his usual shtick about storytelling and emotion in gaming.

- Cage demonstrates the character model capabilities of the PS4 with a tech demo.

- Media Molecule up next. Talking about the creative process and sculpturing and how the PS4 and Move fits into that. They demonstrated... something. It was weird.


- Third party support now. All major third parties behind the PS4, etc. etc.

- Yoshinori Ono of Capcom on stage now. I'm getting flashbacks to Konami's infamous E3 presentation right now. They've developed a new engine for PS4 (codename Panta Rhei). Trailer now, showing off a new IP -  Deep Down (working title) - running on the engine.

- Square Enix next. They show off their E3 Agni tech demo. Final Fantasy title is planned.



- Ubisoft's turn. Yves Guillemot is on stage. Watch Dogs being talked about. New, live demo shown. Coming to PS4 (duh!).

- Blizzard's turn (...to disappoint their old fans - nope, you're still not forgiven for Diablo III Blizz!). Oh wow, it actually is Diablo III - The epic fail that is Diablo III is coming to PS3 and PS4.

- Last publisher tonight. Activision. 'Multiple launch window' titles. The one they're showcasing today is Bungie's Destiny. They're going to show gameplay. They also announce exclusive content for PS3 and PS4.

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 It's coming Holiday 2013.

 

And that's all folks. Let us know what you thought about the presentation in the comments!

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