Sony opened with Destiny and Sony capped the sequence by teasing both PS4-exclusive game content and a new ivory PS4 bundled with Destiny that will be available when the game ships on September 9, 2014 and confirmed that Destiny will be on PS4 first.
Sony’s president and group CEO Andrew House took more than one shot at the Xbox One, claiming that, among other things, gaming on the PS4 gives the highest visual quality and that games flat-out look better on the PS4.
Sony also announced PlayStation TV, previously available only in Japan, is coming to North America and Europe this fall for $99 (or bundled with a DualShock 3 controller for $129).
PlayStation TV is a micro console that will let you play Vita games, original PlayStation classics, let you stream games from your PS4 to a second TV and offer access to PlayStation Now.
PlayStation Now is Sony’s game streaming service that will go into open beta on the PS4 in U.S. and Canada beginning July 31.
Over 100 games from third-party publishers will be available to stream, and the publishers will be experimenting with a variety of rental durations and prices for their games.
Now on to what (most) of you have been waiting for, the games Sony announced at E3.
The games are:
The Order: 1886
Standalone DLC set in the Infamous: Second Son universe
Far Cry 4 – you can invite your PS4 friends to play cooperatively with you – even if they don’t own the game
Dead Island 2
Diablo 3 – on PlayStation, Diablo 3 will include a dungeon themed after The Last of Us
Metal Gear Solid V – The Phantom Pain
Batman: Arkham Knight – will have exclusive PlayStation levels
Grim Fandango – being remastered exclusively for PS4 and PS Vita
Abzû – Giant Squid’s new project, an underwater exploration game from Matt Nava (Journey‘s art director)
No Man’s Sky
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Let It Die
Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes – will have a special edition only on PlayStation platforms and a 30-day exclusive on the Incredible Hulk character
Sony had a lot more to cover than Microsoft did this year, mainly taking pot-shots at the Xbox One, a new ivory colored PS4 to be bundled with Destiny, the PlayStation TV console and the new game streaming service called PlayStation Now.
Sony is still ahead of the curve this year, but Microsoft has made up a LOT of lost ground, and is pushing back into the “games come first” marketing strategy. The race isn’t over yet, and I’m sure both companies still have a lot of tricks up their sleeves that their saving until the final stretch.