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First Person Views – Sony E3 Conference

Posted on June 10, 2013 at 10:58 pm by Stephen Janes

‘First Person Views’ is an opinion piece about the latest hot button topics in the world of video games. With so much happening on a daily basis, this featured piece will take a moment and reflect on some of the bigger happenings of the week.

Sony E3 Conference

When Sony first announced the PlayStation 4 a few months ago, most of the focus was on the hardware specifications of the console and a slew of upcoming titles. Sony did a good job teasing the new hardware without showing their entire hand to the gaming community. Many questions and concerns have risen since that time and after watching their E3 press conference, I think Sony answered every question we had and then some. This was not only one of their best showings of any E3 I’ve seen, but it might have been the best showing up to this point (excluding Nintendo, who has not had their conference at the time of this being published).

Let’s start with the console itself. We finally were given a look at what would be powering our media center for years to come. The actual console design looked nearly identical to the many fan mock-ups that were circling the Internet. I wasn’t a huge fan of the design, but I really dig the blue Tron-esque lights that cover the nooks of the console. The different materials and somewhat staggered look is definitely different and does look more sleek than the original fat PlayStation 3 design. I’m not entirely sure why the PS4 and the Xbox One were designed to look like last week’s laser disc players but it’s hard to judge the looks based on photos and video only.

Sony’s last twenty minutes will perhaps be talked about for years to come. The Xbox One made big news with some confusing announcements, mainly the always on Internet and the used game situation. President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment of America Jack Tretton spoke in plain and simple english for everybody to understand. The PS4 will accept used games and will not require a consistent Internet connection for any reason. End of discussion. When Tretton announced these features (or lack of), the attending crowd nearly broke into a standing ovation. Sony was clearly listening to the outcry of Microsoft fans and decided, “yeah, maybe we don’t need to be just like them.” However, Sony took a few steps back by announcing after the conference that a PlayStation Plus subscription will be required to play multiplayer games. I do think the additional perks awarded with a plus account are well worth the payment, however.

Some of the other features Sony talked about were the cloud gaming capabilities and how the PlayStation Network would carry over from the PS3 to the PS4. Subscribers to PlayStation Plus can still enjoy the same features on the next console and will be able to stretch their service across three consoles now (PlayStation Vita, PS3 and PS4). The GaiKai cloud service is still a little confusing, but it does sound like games will be streamed to the PS3, PS4 and PS Vita. I believe PS3 games will be archived and available for streaming on all PS4 consoles, supplying a work-around to backward compatibility.

Finally, we had the games. Obviously, no console is worth its wattage if it can’t play fantastic games. Not only did we see exclusive footage of games we’ve already known about like Destiny, Infamous Second Son, Beyond Two Souls and more, we were also given a look at some games that made me jump out of my chair with excitement. The second I saw a Keyblade and the Kingdom Hearts III logo I let out a victorious roar. I’m not a huge fan of first person shooter games, but Destiny looked absolutely amazing. Geek Legacy will be riddled with reviews and insight on all the games announced, so keep checking back for more details. There was also a huge segment on indie game development which was amazing to see.

Sony practically did nothing wrong this conference. They did spend the first twenty minutes talking about the PS Vita and PS3 which started the show with a slow pace, but the onslaught of game footage, announcements and the big console reveal made up for it. The gravy on the cake was the announcement of the launch price for the PS4 at $399 and only a single SKU would be available, as opposed to having multiple models on the market. Many news sites have posted a fan poll on who is winning E3 between Microsoft and Sony, and many sites have Sony with a huge lead and it’s not difficult to see why. I love my PS3, but I am super excited when I will be able to bring home a brand new PS4 into my living room and unbox the amazing features that await.

Geek Legacy will be producing great content all week long to go with E3. Keep checking back for detailed insights on games, features, controversies and more.

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