Gamescom 2013: Sony’s PlayStation 4

Gamescom is currently underway in Germany, and Sony made a big splash at the convention with their press conference to promote products for the PS3, Vita and, more importantly, the PS4.

The big news was the announcement of the system’s release date – North America on November 15th and Europe on November 29th.

Sony spoke up their relationships with indie developers strongly and how this “indie development revolution” will be a big part of PS4’s future.

As a result, the most disappointing thing about the presentation was the lack of AAA title announcements (even though they are known to be in the works). Naughty Dog, Santa Monica and Media Molecule are all confirmed to be working on such projects but they did NOT announce any of them (ie. no “Uncharted 4” announcement).

New game announcements include “Shadow of the Beast,” the post-apoocalyptic game “Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture,” Tequila Works’ quite beautiful looking “Rime”, Arrowhead’s cross-platform shooter “Helldivers,” combat game “War Thunder,” and “Minecraft”.

There was also new trailers for the already announced “Infamous: Second Son” and “Killzone Shadowfall”. Also the interactive game “The Playroom” will come pre-installed on every PS4.

Sony is also partnering with various European companies (Orange, Virgin, Deutsche Telekom) to offer broadband bundles with dedicated bandwidth for gaming. They are also partnering with Twitch.

PS Vita
New exclusive games announced for both PS4 & Vita include: “Murasaki Baby,” “Guns of Icarus Online,” “Rogue Legacy,” “N++,” “Wasteland Kings,” “Binding of Isaac,” “Big Fest,” “Volume” (from the creator of “Thomas Was Alone”), and “Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number”.

Also coming to the Vita – “Borderlands 2,” “Batman Arkham Origins Blackgate,” “Lego MARVEL,” “Fez,” “Football Manager,” “Starbound,” and “Velocity 2x”.

A price drop to $199 in the U.S., and 199 Euros in Europe along with “significant reductions” in the price of memory cards.

A “Grand Theft Auto V” bundle was announced, along with a 75% off other Rockstar games deal. Also, the 12Gb PS3 model is seeing a price reduction to $199 in the U.S. and 199 Euros in Europe.

Finally there’s “LittleBigPlanet Hub” which is basically a massive online gaming version of their popular franchise.