Sony’s press conference at Gamescom focused mainly on games and varied little into other announcements. Take a look at what they showed.
Jim Ryan takes the stage after a few trailers and the first big news was that PS4 has sold over 10 million units worldwide. Not bad for less than a year, but what about the games?
Q Games, the makers of the Pixel Junk games, was the first developer on stage and showed a trailer for The Tomorrow Children, a PS4 exclusive.
A spooky game called The Vanishing of Ethan Carter was the next trailer to grace the screen.
Thomas Was Alone creator Mike Bithell showed a trailer for his new game Volume, a futuristic stealth-based telling of the legend of Robin Hood.
An arcade inspired tactical shooter called Hollowpoint is displayed with mention of a new game, Runemaster, from Paradox Interactive.
Next was the announcement that DayZ is coming to PS4, with little detail of exclusivity or release date.
Ninja Theory’s Hellblade makes mysticism and death look gorgeous.
Then Rime shows off in a Journey-esque trailer. This is a PS4 exclusive.
Then a montage of eight Indie games: Snow, Dreamfall Chapters, Nom Nom Galaxy, Pix the Cat, Papers, Please, In Space We Brawl, Ether One, and Q.U.B.E. 2. All these Indie titles and those previously mentioned will be first to console on PS4 unless otherwise noted.
Destiny takes the stage to talk about PlayStation’s position as the best experience for the game. Much of the talk was about the PlayStation exclusive but there was also discussion of the game’s multiplayer action. The first expansion pack, The Dark Below, was also announced to becoming in December.
The setting of Kyrat gets shows by one of the FarCry 4 developers next. They also reminded us about The Keys to Kyrat that allow you to have a friend join you in the game as a free trial only on PlayStation. Each owner will be able to distribute 10 keys to 10 different friends, allowing them to join you during the open-world portions of the game for up to an hour.
Middle Earth: Shadows of Mordor follows with a trailer.
Fans of cardboard boxes got to see more of the upgrades in Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain.
P.T. displayed reactions to an interactive teaser exclusively available on PS4. The game would turn out to be a new Silent Hill game.
The PS4 console takes the stage back briefly. Updates coming in the System Software 2.0 include: improved friend finder, Youtube uploads, and the long touted Share Play which allows a friend to remotely play a game on your console and vise versa. Sadly, no release date was given. Project Morpheus makes an appearance but no real news was given. PlayStation Now will be coming to Europe in 2015. PlayStation TV will launch November 14th across Europe and include three digital games.
Back on the game-wagon, the horror title Until Dawn takes the screen.
Race fans get more of the upcoming DRIVECLUB. This game is making its social functions as important as its racing features.
Tearaway maker, Media Molecule, makes the only mention of the Vita as it shows how it will use the Dualshock 4 to enhance the game on PS4.
A brand new PlayStation exclusive was revealed with arcade shooter Alienation from Housemarque (Resogun, Super Stardust).
Wild Sheep Studios, lead by Rayman & Beyond Good and Evil creator Michel Ancel, debuted footage from their new game Wild.
Jim Ryan closes the show with some rah rah we are the best talk.
Show’s over! Getting back to the games made PlayStation look strong. But where was the Vita?
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As a PS4 owner who’s console has been collecting a bit of dust lately (haven’t played much since inFAMOUS back in March), I was so glad to see Sony focusing not just on games, but exclusives and indie releases. I’m also a little shocked that they really put zero focus on the Vita.
I didn’t expect much about the Vita but to not even acknowledge it? That worries me.
Pretty much, yeah. Even at E3 the Vita was barely mentioned.