At the big E3 gaming expo (taking place in Los Angeles this week), Sony unveiled a few new competitors to the world of video games. Even though PlayStation 4 is the leader in console sales, Sony is still feeling the pressure to deliver new and innovative technology. Here's a quick run-through of all the new video game titles they previewed, along with a couple of other new toys.
First up was Destiny, a multi-platform sci-fi shooter. The beta will start on PS4 on July 17th. Next, they brought us a shiny, white PlayStation 4. (For those who like their console to match their decor: rejoice.)
One of the more impressive games of the day was The Order 1886. It has a steampunk vibe. It's a third-person shooter that "introduces players to a unique vision of Victorian-Era London where Man uses advanced technology to battle a powerful and ancient foe."
Sony also had a short display of Entwined, then they revealed LittleBigPlanet 3. It doesn't come out until November, but it brings some great updates to the popular franchise, like news characters and levels (you can upload levels created by other players.)
Much of the presentation was game play, the next game was 'Project Beast', officially named Bloodborne from developers Dark Souls. Ubisoft also teamed with Sony for a demo of Far Cry 4. Ubisoft has had quite a month between Watch Dogs, Assassin's Creed rumors and now Far Cry 4. Sony added a special experience for their users: you can now invite a friend to play the game with you, even if they don't own Far Cry. Sharing economy at its finest.
Then it was finally what we had all been waiting for: Project Morpheus, Sony's virtual reality headset and competitor to Oculus Rift. One of the coolest features was the incorporation of social media into the gaming experience, users will be able to upload their gameplay right to YouTube from the headset. So, even when you have a giant thing on your head blockout the world, you can still connect with your pals.
Sony is also bringing PlayStation TV to the United States and Europe, as it did very well on the Japanese market. Along with this, Sony announced their first exclusive television show, an adaption of the graphic novel Powers. This is one of the most innovative pushes for a console TV system, in my opinion.
All the heavy hitters were also discussed: The Last of Us will be coming to PS4, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain was previewed, the next generation of Grand Theft Auto is coming, and a trailer of Batman: Arkham Knight was shown. Sony also teased Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, the highly anticipated next chapter in that adventure series.
For me, the winners were Let It Die, YouTube sharing incorporated in Project Morpheus, and the original television show.
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