Sony held a two-hour long press event last night to fully debut its new PlayStation 4. We finally got to see what the PS4 looks like and got many more details and a look at many of the games that will be coming to PS4. To say that the crowd was enthusiastic is an extreme understatement. And I never saw such a happy positive group of people as those that were commenting about the PS4 press conference on Twitter! And that really says something.
Here are the highlights of what you should know about the PS4:
- The PS4 will go on sale this holiday season for $399 ($100 less than the new XBox One)
- The PS4 will support used games (big applause)
- PS4 won’t require you to check in online
- Transition to a real world friends network
- PS4 will require PlayStation Plus membership for multiplayer play, however PS Plus has become even better than before
- Current PS Plus membership, which has been available to PS3 and PS Vita, will now also apply to PS4
- PS Plus will give you discounted games, cloud saves, automatic game updates, early access to beta programs, instant game collection and immersive multiplayers online on PS4, all of less than $5 per month.
- Video Unlimited will be available on Day one
- Redbox Instant will be available to watch on the PS4
- New cloud streaming
- More than 85 PS Vita titles will launch by the end of this year and some favorites will be remastered. The PS Vita will play a more critical role in the PlayStation ecosystem. The PS4 is designed to work with the PS Vita.
- Sony Pictures will be making original programming which will be available on the PS4 and will be tailored towards the gaming community.
There are also some great looking new games coming to the PlayStation Network. Many, of course, are sequels, but sequels of beloved video games. Here are many of the games you will soon be seeing on a PlayStation gaming device:
- Final Fantasy XV – The trailer shown by Square Enix was amazing. I’m sorry I didn’t get a picture from this. This title will be exclusive to PlayStation!
- Assassins Creed 4: Black Flag
- Kingdom Hearts 3
- The Last of Us – The audience went wild for this long awaited title
- BEYOND Two Souls – Starring Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe – this really looks like a movie
- Tearaway for the PS Vita
- Batman – and a skin available for the 1960s Batman
- Infamous: Second Son
- The Dark Sorcerer
- Diablo III
- Watch Dogs
From the looks of things, Sony’s PlayStation 4 could be the video game system to beat this holiday season. Between the price and the features, the PS4 looks to be a win/win. I know that my family is dying to get one.
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Full Disclosure: I am part of the PlayStation family which does not pay me, I get occasional free items to review. I was not asked to cover this conference, I did it on my own and all views are my own.