Five Big Reasons Why Sony’s Paris Games Week Event Was Important For The Future of PS4

Sony looks to the future.

Posted By | On 27th, Oct. 2015 Under Article, Editorials | Follow This Author @Pramath1605

Tonight, Sony had their Paris Games Week press conference. To the legions of PlayStation fans, who had been propping this up as a counter to Microsoft’s excellent showing at Gamescom earlier this year, this press briefing almost certainly did not disappoint. Although it was not as good as Sony’s own Tokyo Games Show conference from last month, it was still fast paced, with loads of games shown off, across every spectrum imaginable.

More than that, however, the Paris Games Week conference tonight was also a glimpse at what Sony believes will be the future of the PlayStation 4. As Sony’s console enters its toughest holiday season yet, followed by its third year on the market, they have a challenge ahead of them- and if the show tonight was any indication, it is a challenge they are well equipped to meet.


PlayStation has always had tremendous brand cachet with customers, and with third party publishers and developers. Going all the way back to the launch of the original PlayStation, PlayStation consoles have always been the third parties’ system of choice when it comes to development. This has to do with a lot of reasons, which include the console’s diverse demographics, Sony’s friendly policies, and just inertia which tends to end up favoring PlayStation.

Paris Games Week showed us tonight that this is not likely to change. Even as we move into the multiplatform games era, PlayStation will continue to be favored- in addition to games like Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 or Star Wars Battlefront, which will both have exclusive content for PlayStation players, or games like Street Fighter V, which are simply releasing on PlayStation, tonight’s show also showed us that future third party projects will also support PlayStation heavily- whether it be Tekken 7, which will have PlayStation 4 exclusive content, or an indie game like Vector, which will be coming only to PS4 to begin with.

gran turismo sport


Sony has always been criticized for never building or sustaining its franchises, but never was it more evident that that is to its benefit than it was tonight- while Sony did give us new entries in beloved, fan favorite franchises such as Uncharted, Ratchet and Clank, and Gran Turismo, the stars of the show were the games that were brand new. Whether that be Horizon: Zero Dawn, which seriously is my most anticipated upcoming game at the moment, or Dreams, which looks like the ultimate realization of Media Molecule’s vision, or Detroit: Become Human, which looks like the ultimate realization of Quantic Dream’s vision, the message was loud and clear- whether you love your classic game franchises, or want brand new IPs, PlayStation is the best place to go to. This mix of nostalgia and a pioneering spirit is sure to endear the PS4 to even more players.


We talked about this before, but it still holds true- PlayStation is a unique confluence of all game makers, no matter what kind, which makes it uniquely positioned in the console market, and makes its future even more secure. Whether it be AAA games, or indie titles, Japanese games or western ones, first party games, or third party projects, the PS4 is the place to be- as tonight’s showing, with games as widely varied as Gran Turismo Sport, Boundless, Vector, Star Wars Battlefront, Gravity Rush 2, and Robinson: The Journey amply demonstrated.


Let’s be honest, Sony hasn’t exactly put its best foot forward over the last few years. The PS3’s first party support has died, the Vita’s first party support has been publicly discontinued, and the PS4 has been left out to dry with little to no major first party projects. That all changes now- 2016 is seriously looking like an amazing year, gamewise, for the PS4, and seems to point at just how much first party backing Sony is planning on giving the PS4. Just look at this list-

  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
  • Horizon: Zero Dawn
  • Ratchet and Clank
  • Dreams
  • Gravity Rush 2
  • The Last Guardian
  • Until Dawn: Rush of Blood
  • Gran Turismo Sport
  • RIGS
  • Detroit
  • WiLD
  • Robinson: The Journey

That’s twelve games, all announced for the PS4, all first party, all for 2016. That’s a hell of a lineup, right there- games from older, established franchises, new IPs, Japanese games, western games, horror games, adventure games, shooters, platformers, action adventure games, racing games, RPGs, you name it, Sony has you covered. This is their first party lineup- just for 2016.

The narrative that Sony is not trying has got to end now. Tonight made it very clear just how much they will back the PS4 from a first party perspective.

Detroit Become Human


Is VR the future of gaming? I don’t know, but Sony seems to be betting bank on it. And if it takes off, then they alone of all console manufacturers will be positioned to leverage it. Sony had a major segment on PlayStation VR tonight, and we got to see just how much they are planning to push it. From announcing major first party projects for it (a new Until Dawn game, a Rocket League like game for it from Guerrilla Cambridge, a new game that Sony is working on with Crytek exclusively for the PlayStation VR, PlayStation VR support for Gran Turismo Sport) to announcing major third party support for it (games such as Tekken 7 confirmed to support it, and as of right now, over 200 developers are working on it), it is clear that Sony is pushing VR heavily- and if the format were to take off, Sony would be positioned right at the top, the kings of a future that they alone were willing to invest in.

It was a great conference overall. It may not have been as explosive as their E3 presser, or as well paced as their TGS showing, but what we got here was the clearest indication of where Sony and the PS4 are headed. The answer? They are headed to a very good place, indeed.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of, and should not be attributed to, GamingBolt as an organization.

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  • XbotMK1

    “Lets be honest, Sony hasn’t exactly put their best foot forward over the last few years. The PS3’s first party support has died. The Vita’s first party support has been publicaly discontinued. The PS4 has been left to dry with little to no major first party projects”

    First party titles Sony released in 2013…

    God of War Ascension (PS3)
    The Last of Us (PS3)
    Beyond Two Souls (PS3)
    Gran Turismo 6 (PS3)
    Killzone Shadowfall (PS4)
    Knack (PS4)
    Resogun (PS4)
    MLB 13 The Show (PS3)
    Soul Sacrifice (Vita)
    Ratchet and Clank Into The Nexus (PS3)
    Puppeteer (PS3)
    Sly Cooper Thieves in Time (PS3)

    First party titles Sony released in 2014…

    Infamous Second Son (PS4)
    Diveclub (PS4)
    Tear Away (Vita)
    Little Big Planet 3 (PS4)
    MLB 14 The Show (PS3/PS4)
    Infamous First Light (DLC/Stand alone game PS4)
    Killzone Shadowfall Intercept (DLC)
    Entwined (PS4)
    Hohokum (PS4)
    The Last of Us Remastered (PS4)

    First Party titles Sony released in 2015…

    The Order 1886 (PS4)
    Bloodborne (PS4)
    Tear Away Unfolded (PS4)
    MLB 15 The Show (PS3/PS4)
    Helldivers (PS3/PS4/Vita)
    Until Dawn (PS4)
    Bloodborne The Old Hunters (DLC PS4)
    Driveclub Bikes (Expansion/Stand alone game PS4)
    Uncharted The Nathan Drake Collection (PS4)
    God of War 3 Remastered (PS4)

    Upcoming first party titles from Sony in 2016…

    Ratchet and Clank (PS4)
    Uncharted 4 (PS4)
    MLB 16 The Show (PS4)
    Gravity Rush 2 (PS4)
    Gran Turismo Sport (PS4)
    The Last Guardian (PS4)
    Horizon Zero Dawn (PS4)

    I think over the past few years they’ve done a decent job considering many of their studios are still recharging because Sony supported the PS3 all the way to the end unlike the Xbox 360 which Microsoft abandoned or supported with false money hatted 3rd party exclusives that went to PC. And yet you’ve done nothing but praise Microsoft’s nearly nonexistent first party line up the past few years. Did you know that good games take a long time to make Pramath? It definitely looks like you’ve been applying double standards or you have double standards where you think Sony should release twice the games of anyone else for them to meet your requirements. You’re still a joke Pramath.

    • Hermione Granger

      ps4 sucks buttloads and you know it. the ps3 had 1080p at 60fps in 2010 with only 256mb of ram and 3ghz… and the ps4 can barley run any games at 1080p at 60fps, lol… the ps4 is a joke..

    • FlossyDog

      0/10 – must troll harder.

    • Hermione Granger

      go suck a pencildick and die!

    • Hermione Granger

      truth hurts eh?… here is latest… uncharted4 is 900p, LOL.. and you psfanboys have hated on the xbone and called it less powerful and the 900p box.. now it have just backfired!!… 900p for the players, LOL!!!!!1 SUCK ON THAT!

    • Taero

      Uncharted 4 MP that is, SP is 1080p 30fps. I know you’re just going to flame because you’re a troll, but whatever. If you crank up the effects, resolution and FPS drop, if you lower the effects then they go up.

      I don’t understand how people can not get this. Do you want more effects or do you want res/fps? If you got 1080/60 and added more effects then it would drop. You can never have full res/full fps/full effects. It’s technically impossible until we can recreate reality.

    • Hermione Granger

      dont stop believing the lies of sony ps4 fanboy… its ‘for the players’ or should we say ‘for the gullible’ because that fits more… just dont forget ps3 had in 2010 gt5 in 1080p at 60fps with only 256mb of ram and 3ghz. and ps4 with all its powers cant do 1080p at 60fps without serious struggling, a console that have triple the powers of the ps3, lol… no my friend the ps4 is a joke!.. also sony are in the talks now on releasing the ps4.5 that actually will live up to what was promised. it must suck to be a first day buyer and fall for all the hype… but idiots like you fall for it everytime. while smart ones like me sit on the fence and only put down the money when sony actually deliver what they promised..


      Is that what wets your pants? that is just the multiplayer, did halo 5 achieved 1080/60????? Of course it didnt! it reaches res as low as 810 so suck on that!

      What about MGSV, Battlefront, AC syndicate? all those will have lower resolution on the xbone. LOL

      If you can not comprehend it, here you willhave the simle truth hurting you claim to love:

    • Hermione Granger

      sure sure go suck on sonys pencil, loser!


      Lol when they have no facts left and all they can do is throw insults you know that that fanboy has lost.

      Lol you didn’t even know what to answer. (Shows who is the real loser) (and obsessed with sucking pencils lol)


      You can troll al you want but you will always remember that when you were confronted you lost miserably.


    • Hermione Granger

      if there is anyone trolling here it is you, lol… you fool no one.


      You keep pretending. You couldn’t counter anything nor could provide any fact.

      You failed so hard that you are a loser even for a troll.

      Any imbecile can barf insults (you are a clear example) but it takes intelligence to provide facts. (Of course that when you are stuck with a lesser console that gets a lot harder).

      Lol a loser troll. The very bottom of the posts.

    • Hermione Granger

      i countered you early on, and then i floored you… now your only here dragging out your bs and live in denial. you are pathetic little troll that fail again and again.


      You countered what? You only spilled meaningless insults.

      Do you forget people can check the comment and see how much you are lying?

      That shows how loser and LIAR you are.

      Keep on trolling. But you know you have nothing but insults and lies. zero facts because your cause is lost.


    • Hermione Granger

      yes they can check your post and see who the loser is, and that is clearly you and not me. yet again have you been countered and floored, you imbecile troll.


      you keep barfing meaningless insults, no one cares! those affect no one.

      you want to feel you vounter something…counter this:

      find me one xbone exclusive above 88 on metacritic.

      If you can’t you lose. And we already know you can’t so keep liying to yourself and troll away. (but you have ben exposed).

    • Hermione Granger

      since you have gone totally off topic troll, i will just have to remind you what the discussion you are having with me is about…

      the ps3 had 1080p at 60fps in 2010 with only 256mb of ram and 3ghz… and the ps4 can barley run any games at 1080p at 60fps, lol… the ps4 is a joke..

      once again you have been countered and floored… now go back to your bridge troll.


      wow! finally an answer! even if its a bad one.

      First of all, you are liying (what else is new?) the ps3 didn’t ran all its games at 1080/60. The last of us was at 720p. The 3 unchated games were also 720. you want to compare them?

      Boom there goes your retarded argument awaaay….

    • Bryan King

      Whats wrong, cant afford one? Get a job hippie and no reading Harry potter doesnt count. Salty vulvic belch.

    • Hermione Granger

      of course you must assume i cant afford one when i am not interested in a half arsed product. you know some of us have enough brain cell, to decide that they will wait until sony deliver on their promise. sony is now talking about releasing a ps4.5. that will be more powerful than the ps4 that is out now, and actually can deliver the promise of 1080p at 60fps… i will gladly buy that one when it arrive..

    • Bryan King

      *brain cells
      Then shut up and wait!

    • Hermione Granger


    • Gamez Rule

      Well stated. Can anyone really say you was incorrect…..Nope

  • GHz


    I was impressed. Sony came out swinging and showed us plenty new IP’s. Traded my PS4 in too soon. Now I want it back. The sooner Sony announces release dates for the rich games they showed, the sooner I’ll get back into getting another PS4. Great show. No true gamer would say otherwise.

    • Mark

      Yeah good showing for Sony.

  • Mark

    Good stuff by Sony. Nobody can say they ain’t got nothin heavy next year. Big guns; UC4, Horizon, SF V, Detroit: Human. I’m def feelin em.

  • Riggerto

    This is why I prefer PS to Xb. What a list of interesting and varied games not just the same old fps super soldier stuff.
    PS just has a different vibe to it.

  • Starman

    this is a joke …. a bunch of nothing they showed … they can shell out any crap and dummies will bite…”save the playstation’ campaign’ seems to be the norm from all fan-sites
    they’re always looking to the future .. 80% of the announcements never see the light of day ,and if it does always under performs ..

    • Belazur .

      Xtards gonna Xtard.

    • Starman

      stfu …. and keep waiting for greatness.. when it’s right in front of your face …and it’s called ‘xb1’ and pc.

    • Taero

      Greatness on Xbox? I’ll take antonym for 1000 Alex.

    • Bryan King

      Still salty after Halo got 85 on metacritic?
      First it was the cloud, then Titanfall, then games games games, then DX12, then Azure again, then MCC, then Halo 5…..
      It is so sad, that you are so upset with your xbox purchase that you have to come here and try and bring down happy people that bought the right console.


      Bravo! well said! but he won’t listen! he lacks that ability. He prefer to say anything stupid about the PS4 in every news he reads than playing his precious console (without any exclusive scoring above 88).


      Ah the troll arrives!

      How are those XBONE exclusives above 88??? NO? not a single one???? in two years???

      You better go an celebrate that yesterday you finally got a reason to turn on your console this year.

  • Devon Day

    That is quite the list. Glad to see new games like Detroit do some new things!

  • HisDivineOrder

    I wouldn’t talk about “Until Dawn: Rush of Blood” as a game. It’s a VR demo. An on-the-rails shooter that I don’t think people who are fans of Until Dawn will be likely to appreciate.

  • Kfal Balli

    The platform is definitely no better than any other. Still behind the times in many regards. But I digress


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