Gamescom 2013: PlayStation Reminds You That It’s About the Games

playstation-4-gamescom-2013-bannerAs has been their modus operandi for 2013, where Microsoft has some good news, Sony is not far behind to say “anything you can do, I can do better.” That includes during Gamescom with Sony’s keynote address in which they found a way to trump Microsoft’s earlier presser in nearly every possible way. It wasn’t quite the massacre that E3 was but Sony still came out guns a-blazing.

Given all of the Vita integration with the PlayStation 4, it’s not much of a surprise that PlayStation was trying to sell you on the PS Vita. This included the announcement of a price drop for the Vita and memory cards. The Vita will now cost $199 in North America and €199 in Europe. In Canada, that’s a 25% price drop from $249.99 to $199.99. Sony also reiterated that most games can use the Vita as a controller

In addition to the price cut, Sony getting scads of games onto their portable console in order to bring sales up. Batman Arkham Origins, Lego Marvel, Football Manager Classic 2014 and Borderlands 2 are all going to get releases on the Vita. From the indie scene, the likes of Fez, Minecraft, Starbound and Velocity 2X will get a chance to shine on the Vita.

A bunch of indie games will get some more of that PlayStation indie game love as they will be on both the PlayStation 4 and PS Vita. These games showing up on both consoles include Rogue Legacy, Hotline Miami 2, The Binding of Isaac, Wasteland Kings and Volume will make it to both PlayStation platforms.

Sony also kind of confirmed what we expected without actually saying what we expect. They told us that Naughty Dog, Media Molecule and Santa Monica Studio were all working on unannounced PS4 games. Clearly this doesn’t mean that they’re working on new editions in the Uncharted, LittleBigPlanet and God of War franchises, respectively.

We didn’t get any new big triple-A PS4 exclusive games announced. We did see more of Killzone: Shadowfall and Assassin’s Creed 4. Sony also took the opportunity to talk about media available through the PS4. Streaming of games will be available through Twitch which is better than that earlier announced Ustream agreement if you want to get to the gamer audience. Sony’s Music Unlimited won’t be hidden behind a paywall and can even play music while play games.

If you’re still interested in PS3 games, the next Gran Turismo game will be out this year. A release date for Gran Turismo 6 was announced as December 6. Seeing as that’s a Friday, I’d expect the North American release would be on the Tuesday which would be December 3rd. There will also be a PS3 console bundle that will come with a copy of Grand Theft Auto V.

But the big announcement from Sony’s big Gamescom presser was the release date of the PlayStation 4. It will be available on November 15th in the US (and presumably in Canada too) and two weeks later on November 29th in Europe. Sony says that over one million pre-orders have been made for the new console and it will launch in 32 countries which is slightly higher than the 13 launch countries for the Xbox One.

So this wasn’t as cut and dry a victory for Sony and PlayStation this time as it was at E3. However, I still think that Sony was able to perform better than Microsoft. The Xbox brigade has done some great PR work between E3 and now. Just based on this show, Sony had more on offer from the PS4 and Vita.

Still, we’re shaping up for a solid battle between the consoles come this fall.


About Steve Murray

Steve is the founder and editor of The Lowdown Blog and et geekera. On The Lowdown Blog, he often writes about motorsports, hockey, politics and pop culture. Over on et geekera, Steve writes about geek interests and lifestyle. Steve is on Twitter at @TheSteveMurray.

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