|What does Sony have up its sleeve?|
With so much to cover, let us get started.
A new PS Vita model (PCH-2000) was shown in six different colors and will be released in October for Japan. It will keep all of the same functionalities of the current system and it will be twenty percent thinner and fifteen percent lighter. Battery life has been expanded by one hour and has a much rounder design.
Collaboration Battle was showcased as a new game series for Vita. Gundam Breaker will have some really sweet looking mech action and will be released Oct. 31 in Japan along with a bundle with a white Vita with etchings of the characters on the back of the unit.
God Eater 2 will be released with a "Fenrir Edition" Vita bundle .
Soul Sacrifice Delta is set to release in March of 2014 as an update to Soul Sacrifice. Keiji Inafune came up on stage to talk about the game.
"After the release in one year, a new Soul Sacrifice [game] will be released," said Inafune.
Sega has announced a game set in the same world of Phantasy Star Online 2; called Phantasy Star Nova, the game is being developed by Tri-Ace and will be made available for the Vita in 2014.
|Phantasy Star Nova|
Final Fantasy X and X-2 HD re-releases are set to come out for the Vita with a special bundle.
|A special edition Vita to coincide with the upcoming release of Final Fantasy X and X-2 HD|
The most surprising news to come from the event is the announcement of the PlayStation Vita TV. The system plays Vita games on your television (obviously), has slots for Vita games and memory cards, will support PS3 controllers as well as access to 1,300 games from the Vita and PSP library and all available downloadable games and will support PS4 Remote Play later through a future firmware update. The Vita TV will be released for 9.954 yen ($100) and there will also be a special bundle with a PS3 controller and an eight gig memory card for 14,994 yen (#150).
|Ladies and gentlemen, the Vita TV|
According to our friends at Joystiq, "It connects to the TV via HDMI, supports Wi-Fi, and has an internal memory card of 1GB. Also, Vita TV can connect to two DualShocks at once, this functionality applied with PSOne games in mind."
Next up, PS3.
Rain, Grand Theft Auto V, Tales of Symphonia, BlaxBlue, Rocksmith, Monster Hunter Frontier G and Ace Combat: Infinity are just a few of the games coming out before the end of the year.
A representative from Polyphony Digital came on stage to talk about Gran Turismo 6. The game was shown and the main focus being a new simulation engine. This mostly makes the cars looks super sweet and more responsive. Gran Turismo Online was announced and can be accessed on smartphones. A video was shown which shows off the cars which will be accessible in-game. The game will release in Japan on Dec. 6 and a special 15th anniversary collector's edition to be released along with the standard version.
Now, it is PS4 time.
The system is set to release on Feb. 22, 2014. The reason for this date in Japan is because of availability to unique content and titles exclusive to Japanese consumers.
A new trailer for Knack was shown and I can tell this will be a very popular title upon release. Those who purchase a PS4 at launch, Knack will be available for download for free.
Here's a brief lineup of PS4 games to be released at launch: Killzone: Shadow Fall, Assassin's Creed, Driveclub, Need for Speed Rivals, Battlefield 4, FIFA 14, Hohokum, Infamous: Second Son, Wolfenstein, Psycho Break, Thief, a new Strider game, Witcher 3, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, The Crew, Kingdom Hearts 3, The Order: 1886, Final Fantasy XV and Medal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain are some of the games to be released for the PS4.
New trailers for Watch Dogs and Psycho Break were shown and I, personally, am excited to play these games when they are released.
A live gameplay demonstration of the new Dynasty Warriors game was shown and it looks mighty impressive with hundreds of bodies being thrown everywhere.
This looks to be a really exciting time for fans of the PlayStation brand. With some awesome games and systems coming out soon, it looks like Sony could have one heck of a show in store.