Sony’s 2 hour SCEJA press conference in one short read
Today during SCEJA pre TGS 2013 press event Sony unveiled the rumored PS Vita redesign. Officially dubbed PCH 2000, the new Vita is twenty percent thinner and weighs fifteen percent less than its predecessor. Not only did Sony manage to make the package smaller they also put in a whopping 1GB of internal memory and a battery which last up to one hour longer . The newest version of the handheld has a LCD display instead of the much praised OLED screen the current Vita has, which could account for the extended play-time. Sony also showcased five new colors variations for PS Vita and mentioned that for transferring data to and from the internal memory as well as charging the battery Micro USB type B will be used. The new iteration will go on sale starting October 10th at a price of 19,929 Yen, next to the newly announced 64GB Vita memory card.
This year Sony named games where players cooperatively fight enemies next to each other (like Soul Sacrifce, Dragon’s Crown) Collaboration Battle Games. Today they showed a sizzle reel made up of new titles such as Gundam Breaker (31-10-2013), God Eater2 (14-11-2013), Soul Sacrifice Delta (March 2014).
Famous creator Keiji Inafune took to the stage to announce that within a year of the newly announced Soul Sacrifice Delta another Soul Sacrifice will be released. And further explained how SSD is to be seen as a fully evolved xperience when compared to SS.
Sega producer Sakai talked about Phantasy Star Online 2 and briefly addressed the troubled update the game had on PC, then announced PSO Nova which features an offline component with a deeper story for players to explore during single player and a stronger opponent in the form of Gigantus.
School Idol Paradise, Terraria’, DoganRonpa another episode. Many of the titles shown also showed special edition packages with exclusive Vita skins titles like Sweet School Life, Amnesia World, Diabolik Lovers.
SCEJA has incentives in place which add value to consumers who decide to hop on the Vita train. A 90 day PS Plus subscription comes with the purchase of the new Vita and with the help of publishers they added five games to the Instant Game collection.
Gran Turismo 6 was adressed social components accessible with smartphone, tablet and pc devices. Project “Vision Gran Turismo” was announced, asking the community to celebrate, think and submit their vision about the fifteen years of Gran Turismo.
PS4 releases in Japan 22nd February 2014, and the main reason given for the delayed release in Playstations’s home territory is the availability of Japan relevant and western titles. As a bonus Japanese consumers can purchase “Playstation 4 First Limited Pack” consisting of a PS4, a download code of the PS4 game Knack and one year of extended warranty with no extra charge.
Shuhei Yoshida expressed the importance of Knack and brought a new promotional video of the game with him. Additionally exclusive to the Japanese Market everyone who buys a PS4 will get Knack for free.
Assassin’s Creed Black Flag, Killzone Shadow Fall, Doki Doki Universe, Drive Club, Knack, Need For Speed Rivals, Battlefield 4, Fifa 14, Hohokum, Resogun, Infamous Second Son, Wolfenstein The New Order, Psycho Break, Thief, Strider, Dying Light, FF a Realm Reborn, The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt, Watch Dogs, Kingdom Hearts 3, The Crew, The Order: 1886, FFXIV, Phantom Overdrive, MGS The Phantom Pain.
All above titles were given a spotlight in a montage about games to be released on PS4.
The MMO Final Fantasy a Realm Reborn will be available as a free of charge PS4 beta game at the start of the console’s launch.
Dynasty Warriors (22-2-2014), Yakuza Ishin (Restoration) were shown in great capacity and both respective spokespersons explained how PS4 allowed for richer experiences. Additionally Yakuza Ishin will be cross play for PS Vita.
A trailer for Lily Bergamo a new title premiered but very little context was given leaving the game shrouded in mystery. Described only as an action game Hung Ho and Grasshopper collaborate to create this new title. Explained that they are very interested in companion app possibilities for the title. The duo joked that maybe if the won’t get sick they might announce more at TGS.
Natural Doctrine (kadokawa Games), Guilty Gear Xrd Sign, Wonder Flick (level-5), Earth Defence Forces, Dream Club: Host Girls on Stage, Mobile Suit Gundam, Idol Masters (Namco Bandai). Where shown in a sizzle reel.
Capcom showed a new trailer for the highly anticipated Deep Down as well as a live Gameplay demonstration. Game maps show procedurally generated dungeons, equipment and monsters connected by a hub world. Set in the year 2048, New York, you play as a “gifted” person who can see the memories of objects enabling your character to interact with these memories. Footage of the online multiplayer part showed three people battling a Dragon.
Indies Galak-z, Pavilion, Octodad, Blacklight Retribution, Contrast , Don’t Starve where highlighted to underline Sony’s intent of supporting indie titles in Japan
Japanese Boyband Uverworld shared a Video Message promoting Music Unlimited with their single “Music Unlimited 3 Days”, Video Unlimited will bring game related films and anime and popular service Karaoke Joysound Dive 2 will all launch with PS4.
This year will see the launch of PS Vita TV
A device which offers a wide array of video and network services in a small device (6cm by 10 cm) next to the ability to play 1300 Playstation games (at launch) on your television. Find more about PSV TV here.