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Sony Details Games and Services for PS4 Launch

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Sony's E3 press conference was heavy on content and services.

Microsoft spent a lot of its May 21 Xbox event talking about entertainment services, so yesterday Sony was playing catch up. The company spent a  portion of its E3 keynote talking about the PS4's entertainment capabilities outside of gaming.

Most notably, during its keynote, Sony mentioned that it would be producing exclusive original programming for PSN and PS4. Unfortunately, the company didn't go into detail on the content of this original programming, but Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton promised more information soon. Original content aside, PSN will also play host to Verizon's Redbox Instant, social movie site Flixter, as well as Netflix (already a popular service for PlayStation users), Amazon Instant and Music Unlimited, Sony's own music streaming service.

The company also confirmed plans for a cloud gaming service in 2014, though revealed little about its plans for the service. Sony did say that it would allow gamers on the PS4 and PS3 systems, followed by gamers on the PS Vita system, immediate access to a catalog of critically acclaimed PS3 titles. These games will be streamed using Gaikai’s network technology. For those who don't remember, Gaikai was acquired by Sony last summer for $380 million. PSN membership will carry over from PS3, though you'll require a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online, which kind of blows.

Of course, Sony also talked about games, detailing that it has more than 30 exclusive PS4 titles in development, 20 of which will launch in the PS4's first year of availability (for comparison's sake, Microsoft has previously stated that it will launch 15 Xbox One-exclusive titles in the first year of its availability). The PS4 catalog of games features 12 completely new IPs, including The Order: 1886 from Ready at Dawn. Sony's Shuhei Yoshida revealed that #DRIVECLUB, Killzone: Shadow Fall, and Knack will all be available at launch, while inFAMOUS Second Son will be available in the first quarter of 2014. Then there's Kingdom of Hearts III, Final Fantasy XV, Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag, Watch Dogs, NBA 2K14, The Elder Scrolls Online, Mad Max, and Destiny.

Speaking during yesterday's keynote, VP of Developer and Publisher Relations Adam Boyes highlighted the work Sony has been doing with indie devs. As a result of this work, numerous new titles will be making their debut on the PS4 when it finally launches including Transistor by Super Giant, Don’t Starve by Klei Entertainment, Mercenary Kings by Tribute Games, Octodad: Deadliest Catch by Young Horses, Secret Ponchos by SwitchBlade Monkeys, Outlast by Red Barrels, Oddworld: New N Tasty by Oddworld Inhabitants and Galak-Z by 17-bit.

The PlayStation 4 is priced at $399, is due out in time for the holiday shopping season, and will come with one DualShock 4 controller. Additional DualShock 4 controller units can be purchased for $59, and the PlayStation 4 Eye will also be priced at $59 and sold separately.

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    gladiator_mohaa , June 11, 2013 3:04 PM
    Someone's comment on the youtubes, "XBOX IS DONE CALL AN AMBULANCE......WII U WII WII U WII U WII U WII U"
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    itchyisvegeta , June 11, 2013 4:44 PM
    No restrictions that the Xbox One has, and $100 cheaper? Sony really punched Microsoft in the mouth, then kicked them good in the balls.
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  • 24 Hide
    gladiator_mohaa , June 11, 2013 3:04 PM
    Someone's comment on the youtubes, "XBOX IS DONE CALL AN AMBULANCE......WII U WII WII U WII U WII U WII U"
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    DRosencraft , June 11, 2013 4:03 PM
    Lower price, better specs, hardly if any of the DRM of the XBOne, with a wider, larger selection of 1st party games in the first year - Sony may not have killed Microsoft, but Microsoft definitely has a PR hole to dig itself out of. MSFT has a headwind to overcome right now. I don't know that there is enough attraction for the odds and ends stuff they threw in to the One.
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    Larry Bob , June 11, 2013 4:28 PM
    Paid online sucks, but still it's way better priced than the One.
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    slomo4sho , June 11, 2013 4:42 PM
    I hope multiplayer doesn't require a unique PS+ membership for every player on a single system.
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    itchyisvegeta , June 11, 2013 4:44 PM
    No restrictions that the Xbox One has, and $100 cheaper? Sony really punched Microsoft in the mouth, then kicked them good in the balls.
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    Seriously Casual , June 11, 2013 5:33 PM
    www.xboxdone.com
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    EzioAs , June 11, 2013 7:28 PM
    Watch dogs...I hope that game is as good as it's hype.
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    frank the tank , June 11, 2013 8:05 PM
    gladiator_mohaa "Someone's comment on the youtubes, "XBOX IS DONE CALL AN AMBULANCE......WII U WII WII U WII U WII U WII U" that comment just won the internet LOL I don't think the patient is going to make it! we need to send him to the OR ASAP. we need to remove his always online DRM, and the used game fee, and the HAL9000 Kinect! Microsoft I hope you learn from this. you are ging full EA. Never go full EA
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    frank the tank , June 11, 2013 8:06 PM
    gladiator_mohaa "Someone's comment on the youtubes, "XBOX IS DONE CALL AN AMBULANCE......WII U WII WII U WII U WII U WII U" that comment just won the internet LOL I don't think the patient is going to make it! we need to send him to the OR ASAP. we need to remove his always online DRM, and the used game fee, and the HAL9000 Kinect! Microsoft I hope you learn from this. you are going full EA. Never go full EA
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    frank the tank , June 11, 2013 8:15 PM
    "Someone's comment on the youtubes, "XBOX IS DONE CALL AN AMBULANCE......WII U WII WII U WII U WII U WII U" gladiator_mohaa you and whoever made that comment just won the internet. Oh Noes! we need to take the patient to the OR immediately! he has some bad growths which are very likely fatal! we need to remove his always online DRM, Used games fee, and HAL9000 kinect! I don't think he is going to make it! Microsoft I hope you learn from this and if your console goes down the toilet, it was your fault for applying such draconian measures. You just went Full EA... Never go Full EA
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    frank the tank , June 11, 2013 8:16 PM
    Darn it Toms Hardware Fix your Commenting system!
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    theLiminator , June 11, 2013 9:11 PM
    If they removed paid membership for online play it would be a huge winner. I seriously don't see why they put that there...
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    kartu , June 11, 2013 11:14 PM
    Sony also seems to be smaller than Xbone:

    XB1: 34.3 x 26.3 x 8 => 7,200 cm3
    PS4: 30.5 x 27.5 x 5.3 => 4,400 cm3

    So PS4 is 63% smaller than Xbone.
    AND its power supply is intenral, while Microsoft opted for external brick.

    But how come eh? Probably because Sony is (still, sigh) a hardware company and not a monopolist with oversized marketing department...

    Now expect shit storms of FUD by Micro$oft "to compensate".
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    kartu , June 11, 2013 11:16 PM
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    If they removed paid membership for online play it would be a huge winner. I seriously don't see why they put that there...


    Because nobody seemed to care about this difference when buying consoles, yet having customers pay for it is quite a stream of money.
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    alidan , June 11, 2013 11:38 PM
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    Sony also seems to be smaller than Xbone:

    XB1: 34.3 x 26.3 x 8 => 7,200 cm3
    PS4: 30.5 x 27.5 x 5.3 => 4,400 cm3

    So PS4 is 63% smaller than Xbone.
    AND its power supply is intenral, while Microsoft opted for external brick.

    But how come eh? Probably because Sony is (still, sigh) a hardware company and not a monopolist with oversized marketing department...

    Now expect shit storms of FUD by Micro$oft "to compensate".


    personally i like the external psu. i can re purpose them if i ever have the need to, also, it makes heat in the console lower.
    this may be a concern with the ps4... god knows it was an issue with the 360
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    farensabri , June 12, 2013 2:15 AM
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    Paid online sucks, but still it's way better priced than the One.


    Quote:
    If they removed paid membership for online play it would be a huge winner. I seriously don't see why they put that there...



    Online gaming on PSN is still free. The one that needs subscription is the premium stuffs like cloud gaming.

    The usual online multiplayer like we have on PS3 is still free.
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    metalmechanic , June 12, 2013 3:50 AM
    Quote:
    Quote:
    Paid online sucks, but still it's way better priced than the One.


    Quote:
    If they removed paid membership for online play it would be a huge winner. I seriously don't see why they put that there...



    Online gaming on PSN is still free. The one that needs subscription is the premium stuffs like cloud gaming.

    The usual online multiplayer like we have on PS3 is still free.


    No, you must have PS plus now to play online. It even says so in the article.

    Last sentence, paragraph 3. " PSN membership will carry over from PS3, though you'll require a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online, which kind of blows."

    but seriously, it's fifty dollars a year, and you get 20+ free games for having plus. If that's a deal breaker for people, then w have a word for them, PC gamers.
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    sna , June 12, 2013 4:54 AM
    Quote:
    Sony also seems to be smaller than Xbone:

    XB1: 34.3 x 26.3 x 8 => 7,200 cm3
    PS4: 30.5 x 27.5 x 5.3 => 4,400 cm3

    So PS4 is 63% smaller than Xbone.
    AND its power supply is intenral, while Microsoft opted for external brick.

    But how come eh? Probably because Sony is (still, sigh) a hardware company and not a monopolist with oversized marketing department...

    Now expect shit storms of FUD by Micro$oft "to compensate".


    smaller does not mean better.

    I prefer bigger consoles. and I prefer external power supply.



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    sna , June 12, 2013 5:05 AM
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    No restrictions that the Xbox One has, and $100 cheaper? Sony really punched Microsoft in the mouth, then kicked them good in the balls.


    No the PS4 is not cheaper , you still need to buy the Eyecamera which is 60$ and a separate move motion controller for each player for 30$ each , so for 1 player you need 90$ , for 4 players you will need 180$

    while the xboxone you need nothing is already there for 4 players virtual gaming.
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