E3 2014 Sony Preview: Expected PS4 Announcements, Games, Services And More

Find out what we’re looking forward to from Sony this year.

Posted By | On 17th, May. 2014 Under Article, Feature


Even though the idea of any particular company “winning” E3 is dumb – especially since the actual E3 awards come down to individual games more often than not – Sony was largely considered to have won E3 2013. It wasn’t simply its game announcements or indie policies but the ultimate reveal of the PlayStation 4’s design and price, along with it sticking to a conventional used game policy that propelled Sony into the lead. Now that the next-gen console release hype has died down somewhat, what will Sony be offering PlayStation 4 users this year (and beyond) in terms of games and services?

Expected Game Announcements

the witness ps4

Make no mistake, it seems that the next Uncharted will finally be unveiled at E3 2014. There isn’t much we know about it other than analyst Thuway classifying it as simply unbelievable to behold, but when it comes to Naughty Dog and Uncharted, the team rarely disappoints. From Software’s Project Beast will also be unveiled and will serve as an exclusive to the PS4. The Dark Souls developer first started out on its action RPG nightmare romp with Demon’s Souls on the PS3 – will it be able to replicate the same magic and simultaneously forge a new path forwards?

Other developers that are expected to reveal various new AAA titles include Sony Bend, Guerilla Games, Media Molecule and Quantic Dream. Media Molecule is especially intriguing because we haven’t seen much from the LittleBigPlanet studio since their weird puppet show with Move controllers in February 2013. Maybe LBP will make a triumphant return and honestly, we wouldn’t mind one bit. Quantic Dream is rumoured to be revealing Singularity, its next adventure title based on the “Kara” tech demo and using the same engine showcased at E3 2013 during The Dark Sorcerer trailer. The studio’s last project Beyond: Two Souls wasn’t quite the step up many of us expected, especially after the middling Heavy Rain but we’ll wait and see Singularity before casting judgement.

Other games expected to make appearances include several previously announced titles like The Order: 1886, The Last of Us: Remastered and DriveClub. Expect some cameos from PS4-bound indie titles like Hotline Miami 2 and Everybody Goes to the Rapture, along with some new footage of Jonathan Blow’s The Witness on top of that.

But the one game that’s still up in the air is The Last Guardian. It’s been rumoured to make an appearance at E3 for several years but we’ve seen neither hide nor hair of the same. Recent rumours indicate that it might appear at E3 2014 but who can really tell? Again, take it with a grain of salt, sit back and initiate a polite golf clap if it indeed is unveiled.

PS4 VR Headset

Thief ps4

This should be interesting, especially because we’re unsure what Oculus Rift’s E3 presence will be like (since when has Facebook been to E3 anyway?). There are several titles expected to be showcased with Sony’s VR headset, including Couch Knight and The Deep.

We expect Sony will showcase the device further and maybe announce a prospective release window – perhaps late 2015 – but we’d be surprised if a price point was given. Stranger things have happened admittedly – the question is, what price will Sony eventually settle on?

It will be interesting if Sony showcased how the headset will work with the PS Vita since it reportedly supports the handheld. PS4 and Move usage will probably be showcased and games like Thief are likely to be on the show floor for players to try so we’ll see find out how the performance, lag and frame rate has been improved from the initial reveal.

PlayStation Now

PlayStation Now

PlayStation Now is arguably one of Sony’s biggest risks yet. It will allow for game streaming through the Cloud (via Gaikai) and allow consumers to play PS3 games on the PS4. You’ll also be able to stream games to your Vita, thus not only enabling backwards compatibility on the PS4 but allowing you to take your games on the go. This will eventually pave the way for streaming PlayStation games to various smart devices like tablets, smartphones, smart TVs and more. Will PS4 games also be on the cards? That remains to be seen.

PS Now will ultimately be a premium service that must be paid for to access. Will you be able to individually buy the PS3 games or subscribe to a package deal for several different choices? Will you receive discounts for games you already own? What kind of prices will be on offer? E3 2014 is a great place to explain all this and reveal the supposed “hundreds of games” that the service will offer at launch.

This will all take an inordinate amount of investment on Sony’s part and the company is already losing a ton of money despite strong console and software sales. The success of game streaming services like OnLive also makes us wonder whether PlayStation Now will really pan out in the long run. Remember when Sony wanted to make 3D gaming a thing? Here’s hoping that PS Now (and to a larger extent, the VR Headset) doesn’t end up in the same way.

All the Rest Starring PS Vita, Move, the Indies and More

Powers

Sony made a tremendous push for indie developers when the PS4 was being hyped up and while we have no doubt that indie titles will be showcased at the media briefing, it feels like they’ve only been filling the spaces between the AAA announcements. E3 2014 will be all about the big names and hopefully, the indies won’t be overshadowed.

What won’t be overshadowed is the PS Vita. What is it at this point? A vehicle for indie games? Sony’s handheld console? A device for Remote Playing PS4 games? An outlet to access titles from PS Now via the Cloud? Original titles for the Vita have become less and less of a big deal over the years outside of Japan. Expect this trend to continue, for better or worse.

PlayStation Move used to be a big deal. Even as Kinect is decoupled from the Xbox One, it’s still a significantly bigger motion controller compared to Move. Like the Vita, it’s seemingly just floating about in the industry.

Finally, expect some announcement regarding PlayStation Originals, Sony’s TV programming content. Powers is intriguing obviously but it will be great if a few details are provided regarding further programming along with its expected arrival. We can only hope it doesn’t become a big center-piece at Sony’s E3 media briefing.

Sony’s E3 2014 conference will be taking place on June 9th at 6 PM PST. What are you looking forward to seeing? Let us know in the comments.


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  • Sokol

    Outside of the Project Beast, which appears to be very similar to Demon’s Souls successor I would love to see some new IP besides already known The Order 1886.

    The rest looks good, firm dates on some of the mentioned games and more information on PS Now would also be welcomed.

    It looks like a great E3.

    • ps4lol

      PS4 has the superior version of all console AAA multiplats, The Order, Driveclub, MLB 14: The Show, Deep Down, Uncharted 4, TLOU Remake, more dev support including indies, free to play games and MMOs like FFXIV and Warframe, and unannounced 1st party games (Gran Turismo, God of War, Media Molecule, Quantic Dream, etc.) Titanfall 2 and future 3rd party games will almost certainly be on PS4.

      Recently Sony has filed trademarks or had leaks for no less than 6 games. Entwined, Kill Strain, Blood Borne, Dark Chronicles, Project Beast and Guns Up. Expect a big E3 reveal of new games.

  • ME3X12

    Nothing really it will be mostly indies and remakes and The order Delay Club And Uncharted. MS is crushing Sony in first party this gen and will be even worse at E3 with what MS announces

    • Georges

      remakes of Halo? lol
      seriously E3 should be a celebration for all gamers whatever their tastes and preferences

    • Dan

      Lol MS is crushing nothing clearly since they sold a measly 115k Xbox Ones last month….infamous is the only actual next gen game out so not too sure what you mean….ryse is terrible just like knack is terrible and killzone and DR3 are both well liked so…..as for titanfall its on last gen systems so not even valid….PS4 has sold 7 million well Xbox One has sold 4.5 million and that’s just fact

    • ME3X12

      Your denial is strong Sony is mostly indies this gen and they have some remakes and very few first party big budget games it’s because they are BROKE and can’t fund big budget first party games nearly as much as MS can and will this gen. This is why MS already has more first party games out and more slated for the future. Sony is BROKE so they are mainly becoming an indie box so they don’t have to fund as many first party games. This is the truth and you can stay in denial all you want but this is the TRUTH!!!

    • bigshynepo

      I guess poor broke Sony will just have to rely on it’s 2:1 lead on next gen sales to drive developer interest….

      *EDIT* oh wait, you have 38 DISQUS comments and they are all trolly? Sorry, I’ll let you get back to that bridge you’re guarding and go warn the 3 billy goats…

    • ME3X12

      Another Sony Pony who has no clue about business. DUH the PS4 was selling at $100 cheaper then X1 this was the same scenario but in reverse for 360 and PS3. Now that X1 has a price cut to match PS4 it’s going to start selling much more and catch up. There is you’re business lesson for today are you glad you learned something?

    • bigshynepo

      The PS3 started drastically behind but still outsold the Xbox 360 at a higher price the entire generation.

      The PS4 is starting dramatically ahead (when developers are picking lead consoles, signing exclusivity deals,etc.) at a currently lower price point so it goes to reason they will be able to reduce price faster than Microsoft.

      Microsoft has never shown they can come from behind, why are you so certain it will happen now?

      Have an actual basis for your argument before you try to make it next time. That is your sociology lesson for today, are you glad you learned something?

    • ME3X12

      PS3 did not out sell the 360 the entire time in fact many months 360 crushed PS3 in sales especially around the holidays so lets get these facts strait.

    • YroBalboa

      PS3 has sold over a million more than the x360, and without the rrod guys, who bought more than a second x360 because they couldnt wait, its over 10 million ps3 more

    • ps4lol

      The Xbox brand has lost Microsoft billions of dollars, Xbox One will lose them further billions. Why do you think Microsoft investors keep calling for it to be sold off? Xbox, Bing, Surface, and Windows Phones are all in the same general area of failure and net loss. MS’s consumer products besides Windows have almost all been failures.

      Xbox does not have access to all of MS’s money, they’re given a budget by shareholders and expected to turn a profit. MS isn’t going to throw endless billions into Xbox to make fanboys happy.

      Don’t worry I’m sure MS shareholders are happy to keep Bing, Surface, Xbox, and other consumer products bleeding billions for decades with little or no sign of net profit.

      You seem upset at PS4’s stronger hardware, ~3 million sales lead, large number of 1st party studios, and larger developer support. It must suck that most or all of your claims and predictions turn out wrong. You must love eating crow and being constantly wrong over and over again.

      It’s good to know you’re completely wrong and raging against facts and reality, and nothing you say will happen. I’m constantly right, you’re constantly dumb and wrong. You’re going to be eating mountains of crow when Sony is still around years from now, not bankrupt.

      You don’t understand business, sales, or hardware specs, all you can do is fling feces and scream “XBOX WON!!1” like a rabid animal. Microsoft fanboy shills don’t love their console they just hate the success of others.

      PS4 will have the graphics advantage the entire gen. PS4 hardware and software will outsell Xbox globally the entire gen. PS4 will have more dev support and more 1st party games the entire gen. Sony still has a large number of 1st party studios and they’re all working on PS4 games. PS4 will make a net profit, and Sony won’t go bankrupt.

    • tomdville

      lol really all those games was suppose to be on Xbox360 but micrsuck took them off and put them on Xbox one just to get a one up on sony and it still didn’t work. You claimed Xbox have more exclusive ok then, lets put that to the test ryse suck, forza was a half game with a million micro transaction
      no one i know play killer instinct, so that leave titan fall witch is a cod games with mechs. where are the good games that’s crushing Sony i cant see them.
      To the guy who claimed Sony is doing only remake remake Microsoft is remaking halo2 and 3 gears of war is going to be another shoot em up bore

    • ME3X12

      Xbox One

      DR3

      Kinect Sports

      Killer Instinct

      Forza 5 AAA

      Forza Horizon 2

      Sunset Overdrive

      Quantum Break

      Gears Of War

      Fable Legends

      Halo 5

      Plants vs Zombies

      Project Spark

      Peggle 2

      Max The Course of Brotherhood.

      Titanfall

      PS4

      Delay Club

      TLOU Remake

      Killzone

      The Order

      Infamous

      Uncharted

      Resgun

      And a bunch more Indies

    • Georges

      btw they just started Gears of War a few months ago so I hope you r patient. Seriously chill out man, not sure why you feel like you need to be on a mission for M$. Just enjoy the few games you have.

    • ps4lol

      PS4 has the superior version of all console AAA multiplats, The Order, Driveclub, MLB 14: The Show, Deep Down, Uncharted 4, TLOU Remake, more dev support including indies, free to play games and MMOs like FFXIV and Warframe, and unannounced 1st party games (Gran Turismo, God of War, Media Molecule, Quantic Dream, etc.) Titanfall 2 and future 3rd party games will almost certainly be on PS4. Sony has a large number of 1st party studios and they’re all working on PS4 games, many of which are yet to be announced.

      Recently Sony has filed trademarks or had leaks for no less than 6 games. Entwined, Kill Strain, Blood Borne, Dark Chronicles, Project Beast and Guns Up. Expect a big E3 reveal of new games.

      Both PS4 and Xbox will have good exclusive games.

    • Agent_Blade

      There are many many more exclusives coming out from Sony that are not indies and this list literally just proved that you know almost absolutely nothing about Sony’s first party line up.

    • ME3X12

      Nope but it’s obvious this is what all Sony Ponies are doing.

    • ps4lol

      The Xbox brand has lost Microsoft billions of dollars, Xbox One will lose them further billions. Why do you think Microsoft investors keep calling for it to be sold off? Xbox, Bing, Surface, and Windows Phones are all in the same general area of failure and net loss. MS’s consumer products besides Windows have almost all been failures.

      Xbox does not have access to all of MS’s money, they’re given a budget by shareholders and expected to turn a profit. MS isn’t going to throw endless billions into Xbox to make fanboys happy.

      Don’t worry I’m sure MS shareholders are happy to keep Bing, Surface, Xbox, and other consumer products bleeding billions for decades with little or no sign of net profit.

      You seem upset at PS4’s stronger hardware, ~3 million sales lead, large number of 1st party studios, and larger developer support. It must suck that most or all of your claims and predictions turn out wrong. You must love eating crow and being constantly wrong over and over again.

      It’s good to know you’re completely wrong and raging against facts and reality, and nothing you say will happen. I’m constantly right, you’re constantly dumb and wrong. You’re going to be eating mountains of crow when Sony is still around years from now, not bankrupt.

      You don’t understand business, sales, or hardware specs, all you can do is fling feces and scream “XBOX WON!!1” like a rabid animal. Microsoft fanboy shills don’t love their console they just hate the success of others.

      PS4 will have the graphics advantage the entire gen. PS4 hardware and software will outsell Xbox globally the entire gen. PS4 will have more dev support and more 1st party games the entire gen. Sony still has a large number of 1st party studios and they’re all working on PS4 games. PS4 will make a net profit, and Sony won’t go bankrupt.,

    • ME3X12

      This is you

    • ImonadrugcalledCharlieSheen

      blah blah blah blah blah more nonsense for a delusional xbone fan tard, all your little repetitive comments and all the memes in the world dont change the fact xbone is done kid time to move along now.

    • neko working

      LOL what’s TRUTH ? it’s just your one-sided story. wow talk about lameeeeee~

    • YroBalboa

      I know you feel like this :

      http://a.pomf.se/ofkgan.gif

    • ps4lol

      The Xbox brand has lost Microsoft billions of dollars, Xbox One will lose them further billions. Why do you think Microsoft investors keep calling for it to be sold off? Xbox, Bing, Surface, and Windows Phones are all in the same general area of failure and net loss. MS’s consumer products besides Windows have almost all been failures.

      Xbox does not have access to all of MS’s money, they’re given a budget by shareholders and expected to turn a profit. MS isn’t going to throw endless billions into Xbox to make fanboys happy.

      Don’t worry I’m sure MS shareholders are happy to keep Bing, Surface, Xbox, and other consumer products bleeding billions for decades with little or no sign of net profit.

      You seem upset at PS4’s stronger hardware, ~3 million sales lead, large number of 1st party studios, and larger developer support. It must suck that most or all of your claims and predictions turn out wrong. You must love eating crow and being constantly wrong over and over again.

      It’s good to know you’re completely wrong and raging against facts and reality, and nothing you say will happen. I’m constantly right, you’re constantly dumb and wrong. You’re going to be eating mountains of crow when Sony is still around years from now, not bankrupt.

      You don’t understand business, sales, or hardware specs, all you can do is fling feces and scream “XBOX WON!!1” like a rabid animal. Microsoft fanboy shills don’t love their console they just hate the success of others.

      PS4 will have the graphics advantage the entire gen. PS4 hardware and software will outsell Xbox globally the entire gen. PS4 will have more dev support and more 1st party games the entire gen. Sony still has a large number of 1st party studios and they’re all working on PS4 games. PS4 will make a net profit, and Sony won’t go bankrupt.

    • truthtellerdealwithit

      Stupid child, lol

    • CervantesPR

      another xbox unicorn

    • ImonadrugcalledCharlieSheen

      Thanks for your comment all it does is confirm how scared you are ha ha ha. Now go deal with your buyers remorse.

    • neko working

      LOLOLOLOLOL wow seriously butthurt xbot.

    • ps4lol

      The Xbox brand has lost Microsoft billions of dollars, Xbox One will lose them further billions. Why do you think Microsoft investors keep calling for it to be sold off? Xbox, Bing, Surface, and Windows Phones are all in the same general area of failure and net loss. MS’s consumer products besides Windows have almost all been failures.

      Xbox does not have access to all of MS’s money, they’re given a budget by shareholders and expected to turn a profit. MS isn’t going to throw endless billions into Xbox to make fanboys happy.

      Don’t worry I’m sure MS shareholders are happy to keep Bing, Surface, Xbox, and other consumer products bleeding billions for decades with little or no sign of net profit.

      You seem upset at PS4’s stronger hardware, ~3 million sales lead, large number of 1st party studios, and larger developer support. It must suck that most or all of your claims and predictions turn out wrong. You must love eating crow and being constantly wrong over and over again.

      It’s good to know you’re completely wrong and raging against facts and reality, and nothing you say will happen. I’m constantly right, you’re constantly dumb and wrong. You’re going to be eating mountains of crow when Sony is still around years from now, not bankrupt.

      You don’t understand business, sales, or hardware specs, all you can do is fling feces and scream “XBOX WON!!1” like a rabid animal. Microsoft fanboy shills don’t love their console they just hate the success of others.

      PS4 will have the graphics advantage the entire gen. PS4 hardware and software will outsell Xbox globally the entire gen. PS4 will have more dev support and more 1st party games the entire gen. Sony still has a large number of 1st party studios and they’re all working on PS4 games. PS4 will make a net profit, and Sony won’t go bankrupt.

    • Ted

      He’s just upset because A) M$ went in a totally different direction last year which alienated many xbot fans who in turn cried and pointed their anger toward Playstation (just shows how deluded they are), and B) he paid $499.99 for a console with a now useless camera, when this year it’s going to be sold for $399.99 minus said useless camera. When I heard about that news, I was thinking of the song “The Crying Game”. LOL!

    • Paddy

      This was taken from a news source, “Their major concern though is search engine Bing, which as you can see in the graph below (borrowed from NeoGAF)
      is currently making a loss. The Entertainment and Devices division was
      as well up until 2008, and it’s thought that the Xbox business is the
      primary reason it’s in profit now – although Microsoft offers no
      detailed breakdown of what is and isn’t making money for the division.” Microsoft has been in fact making money off of the xbox division. Investors are calling for the sale because Microsoft has always been, until recently, a software company. They are wanting Microsoft to dump the hardware division and focus more efforts on software rather than risk thinning themselves out too much.

      Sony has definitely been doing better in the console space than Microsoft this past year, but we shall see over the long term. Sony has been selling off a lot of its business as well in order to focus more on gaming, so it shouldn’t surprise they have been going all in.

    • Agent_Blade

      Here ya go boy. Good dog

    • Ted

      This made me chuckle. Have a cookie, and pretend you only paid $399 for a Kinectless Xbone…. can’t, can you? LMFAO!!!

  • Georges

    You forgot to mention Santa Monica

  • eugene

    I how X box fans get scared and have to troll Sony stories. Shows how worthless some people are in this world wanting a company to fail and see all of those people lose there jobs. Just sad. Don’t forget guerilla games is making a new ip as well are a majority of Sony’s first party studios. I hate when Microsoft makes sequels Iit’s awesome but when Sony does its bad. I remember when the 360 first came out they had more exclusive. They eventually died pretty quick and Sony killed them with a equals ha ha.

  • ImonadrugcalledCharlieSheen

    Sony will OWN E3 once again! If Microsoft is smart they’ll just call in sick that day.

  • ME3X12
    • ps4lol

      Mentally ill, deranged fanboy meltdown..

  • YroBalboa
    • Agent_Blade

      Best pre e3 gif I have ever seen.

  • ME3X12

    Sony Ponies

    • ps4lol

      Mentally ill, deranged fanboy meltdown.

  • Ted

    Wow, still so many butthurt xbots come crawling out of the wood work when it comes to an article that’s just taking a guess at what E3 2014 will bring out. LOL

  • You_Are_Flat_Out_Peasant

    Whats really expected by non SonytologistsMultiplatforms that will look better on PC
    Morpheus and it’s magic vomit comet interlacing chip
    The Last Guardian as bad as Duke Nukem Forever
    Talking about sales but ignoring they lost money on the PS4

    Consoles. LOL. PC master race wins E3.

  • benjamin

    can’t wait to watch the show..gonna be good


 

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