Sony E3 2014 Press Conference Review

Movies, TV, media, apps, multiplats, timed exclusives. Now who does that remind me of?

Posted By | On 10th, Jun. 2014 Under Article, Feature | Follow This Author @Pramath1605


Let’s get this out of the way, right here and right now- this was Sony’s worst E3 showing in years. Not only was the presentation style itself awful, the length boring, and the presenters cringe inducing, but a lot of the actual stuff that Sony presented was extremely unimpressive. Even so, Sony would have been able to salvage this conference if they had at least paced it better and remained focused- they had enough games that they covered. In fact, they probably covered more games than any of the other three E3 presentations so far.

No, the issue was Sony’s insistence to talk about things no one cared about. The issue was their propensity to discuss peripherals such as the PlayStation Camera, to discuss PS4’s movie and media capabilities, to discuss exclusive TV and movie content coming to PS4, to focus on timed exclusivity instead of true exclusives, to talk about sales figures and online play stats… and no one really cared.

But what about the games? How were the games that they focused on?

Admittedly, the games that Sony talked about were good- they started out with Destiny (which looks pretty underwhelming, but it’s a major game, and Sony frontending their conference with that was a ballsy move), moved on to some standalone (and excellent looking) inFamous: Second Son DLC called inFamous: First Light, announced LittleBigPlanet 3, and then proceeded to demo it for a bit, confirmed the existence of Project Souls, and announced it as Bloodborne, showed us a bit more of The Order 1866, debuted a new Suda 51 game called Let It Die coming only to the PS4, showed us Dead Island 2, a whole lot of indie games that looked simply charming, including Entwined, No Man’s Sky (which was possibly the best game shown off all conference), Devolver, and Hotline Miami 2; showed off some excellent looking Far Cry 4 gameplay, confirmed the existence of a GTA 5 port to next generation consoles and PC, showed us some of The Last of Us Remastered, revealed a partnership with Paradox, with a new Magicka game being the first product of that partnership, showed off Mortal Kombat X, Batman: Arkham Knight, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, and Battlefield: Hardline, and ended with Uncharted: A Thief’s End.

That’s a mighty impressive list of games by any yardstick, and if Sony had only chosen to focus on these games, their conference would have been that much better for it. Instead, they chose to structure their conference very weirdly, spacing everything out so that the impact of each announcement was lessened and dulled by the general boredom, and completely undermined by the middle section of the conference, where all that Sony talked about was sales figures, stats for online play on the PlayStation 4 since launch, and some extremely needless potshots at the competition that just came off as forced this time around.

Let’s actually talk about that. Let’s try and understand that in context of Sony’s E3 ‘victory’ last year, which was sealed when Sony took some pretty explicit and not so subtle jabs at Microsoft, and their then planned vision for the Xbox One. At that point, it was well called for, and deserved on both sides- Microsoft needed to be called out on their shit, and Sony deserved credit for going the pro-consumer route. But Sony’s attempt to replicate that tonight came off as hollow and forced, particularly in light of Microsoft’s recent policy reversals in response to consumer complaints and concerns. It also came off as ungracious and unsporting, especially in light of how well Microsoft has been regarding the competition lately. It seemed that Sony, like a lot of its forum fans, was too concerned with trying to put down the competition to actually try to sell itself on its own merits.

Unfortunately, that wasn’t even the only problem with their presentation style- the speakers that they had were absolutely boring, and their attempts at humor were as bad as Ubisoft’s now legendary Mr. Caffeine or ‘girl wood.’ Unlike Mark Cerny or Kaz Hirai (or former Sony champ Jack Tretton), they had a tendency to drone and ramble, and to lose audience attention. More than anything else, that, coupled with the fact that they were talking about stuff no one cared about, in turn coupled with the fact that they talked about said stuff for far too long, is what undermined this conference.

Other notable announcements from Sony during this period were the announcement that the PS Vita TV is coming to the west this Fall as the PlayStation TV and final details on PS Now, both of which probably endeared themselves to fans and existing consumers of the PlayStation ecosystem.

Really, the issue with Sony’s conference was more about pacing and structure than anything else. Sony started out pretty well, and then completely lost steam for most of the conference, only pulling together in the last 20 minutes to talk about Batman, GTA 5, Metal Gear Solid 5, The Last of Us Remastered, and Uncharted 4. A lot of the issues with this showing could have been resolved if Sony had just trimmed the fat- if instead of going for a bloated 2 hour showing, they’d gone for a leaner hour or hour and a half one instead.

But they didn’t and the end result is, in spite of a lot of great stuff shown, Sony left a bad impression. And as Microsoft has been consistently demonstrating with the Xbox One, a bad impression, even if it is just perceived, tends to stick. Thankfully for Sony, their problems are limited to just their conference alone- the actual content of the conference demonstrated that the PS4 as a console is set for the next couple of years.

The Good: A lot of games were shown off, including Uncharted, Metal Gear Solid, Grand Theft Auto, and Far Cry 4; the announcements of PlayStation TV and PS Now answered some long standing questions about both of those; No Man’s Sky looked amazing

The Bad: Most of the announced games are for 2015; too much padding; poor presentation style riddled with forced humor and unnecessary potshots at the competition; an inordinate focus on movies, TV, media, and apps; the complete cold shouldering of the PS Vita

The Verdict: A lot of the issues with this showing could have been resolved if Sony had just trimmed the fat- if instead of going for a bloated 2 hour showing, they’d gone for a leaner hour or hour and a half one instead. But they didn’t and the end result is, in spite of a lot of great stuff shown, Sony left a bad impression.

FINAL SCORE: 8/10

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  • DLConspiracy//

    I really went into this show hoping to see some great stuff from Sony. I feel it was bland awkward and did take a few unnecessary jabs at the competition. Which the jabs I felt maybe I was reading into it too much but I guess I wasn’t alone. Definitely did not work in their favor IMO. Aside from that all the beta access is a nice treat to the fans which pleased me. I feel I saw a bit more trailers than gameplay on the Sony side. The bottom of their conference fell out when they went into the unexpected route of media, apps and TV. Which was cringe worthy and felt way too forced. Almost a reanactment of Xboxs conference last year. There were some good nuggets in the conference though.

    • Michael Norris

      Unnecssary jabs? yea you are reading too far into it.The Sony conference ended well though,also i really want to play No mans sky,the new Rachet and Clank,UC4,DC,Bloodbourn…Sony has some nice games coming out and this is just E3.Gamescom has a huge presence now so I expect Sony to drop a few bombs then.

    • DLConspiracy//

      Clearly I am not alone in seeing the jabs from sony department. I have read it in four other articles now. While I like PS4 I felt their approach last night felt salesy and sort of contrived. Add a few jabs in their pitch and that feels disgenuine to me to the gamers. They shouldn’t have to take jabs at the competition. If this is truly for the gamers then they should be supportive of the competition. As some of their fans enjoy many platforms. Honestly I don’t like hearing the slight jabs because they are doing just fine without having to. It only tarnishes their opinion. Just my personal thoughts on the matter. Stick to the games and let the games do the talking.

    • Guest

      8 minutes of it was tv/movie/app talk, the rest was actually games related (PS Now, Morpheus, and Free to Play). The rest was wall to wall games trailers and reveals.

      Talking about tv and movies for 8 minutes of a 110 min press conference is nothing like Xbox’s reveal conference where they spent 90% of time talking about tv, movies, and apps. That is why PS4 is 8+ million in sales and Xbox is ~4.5 million at best.

    • DLConspiracy//

      Taking it rather poorly aren’t you? We are talking about this conference not last year and in no way shape or form did I bring up sales. What on earth does sales have to do with the E3 conference? You are seriously taking it way out of context.

      Just like last year that Xbox was horrible. PS took the almost exact page from Xboxs conference last year. It was IMO a horrible move on Sony’s part. I can’t imagine why they thought that this was a good idea in the least. This isn’t some fanboy opinion this is what a lot of people felt about the PS conference. If you didn’t like MS approach last year then surely you wouldn’t enjoy the screeching wreck in the middle of Sony’s last night.

    • Lacerz

      Destiny, The Order (E), Entwined (E), inFAMOUS DLC (E), Little Big Planet 3 (E), Bloodborne (E), Far Cry 4, Killzone DLC (E), Dead Island 2, Diablo III, Battlefield: Hardline, Magicka 2 (E), Grim Fandango (E), five Devolver Digital titles (E), Let it Die (E), Abzu (E), No Man’s Sky (timed E), seven or eight F2Ps, PS Now, PS TV, Mortal Kombat X, Ratchet and Clank reboot (E), The Last of Us (E), Metal Gear Solid 5, Grand Theft Auto V, Batman Arkham Knight, and Uncharted 4 (E) were all at the Sony presser.

      Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Forza Horizon 2 (E), Evolve, Assassin’s Creed Unity, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Sunset Overdrive (E), Dead Rising 3 DLC (E), Fantasia (E), Dance Central (E), Fable Legends (E), Project Spark (E), Ori and the Blind Forest (E), Halo Master Chief Collection (E), Halo 5 beta (E), Inside (timed E), Rise of the Tomb Raider, The Witcher 3, Phantom Dust (E), The Division, Scalebound (E), and Crackdown (E) were at Microsoft’s.

      Both were good, but Sony had more games, more exclusives, and better content all in all. Plus, they offered more in services and hardware. Microsoft offered nothing in that sense. Microsoft did get a lot of timed DLC exclusives, but so did Sony, with Sony getting Destiny and No Man’s Sky… two of the most anticipated games coming out. Reviews are already coming out, and Sony has been names the winner once again.

    • DLConspiracy//

      I don’t understand the reasoning here. I am talking about the sales pitch in the middle of the e3 conference. The only game that sets apart the Xbox conference from the Sony is the exclusives. So No Mans Sky looks awesome, but so does Sunset Overdrive. That’s gotten a lot of interest too. . Not putting Sony down, but honestly. It felt super forced and Sony says it’s all about the gamers while pushing TV stuff on us. The same thing that people tore MS apart for last year. Mixed with the jabs at the competition and that god awful sales pitch and padded words I was a bit turned off. Some may not have been, but I certainly was.

      In either case I am excited for games on both as I own both consoles. I just feel that MS kept it simple and classy. No jabs, no boring sales pitches, light on the padded words to assure us, game games games. This is what it felt like at the conference to me for Xbox Conference.

      For the Sony Conference. It sounded like a huge Sales pitch when people were already confident in their services and games. Even Greg, Colin and Damon from IGN cringed. Angry Joe and many others were bored for about 20-30 minutes. Then the jabs, which is unnecessary too. If it’s all about the gamers then respect gamers who also game on the competitions platform.

      https://twitter.com/jasonschreier/statuses/476169912143335426

      All the alphas/betas were great and some of the showings were great. The titles were strong and of course Batman footage. People keep saying there was too much CGI footage in the Xbox conference, but we saw a lot of live gameplay. Which was intentional. I just felt a bit more rushed and excited for the Xbox conference. Had Sony not pushed the salesy talk I would have said it was almost equal.

  • David

    I’m definitely pro-xbox, but I felt microsoft had the better conference. I thought the games were better however no mans sky looks fantastic I can’t wait for that to arrive on Xbox and the order looks incredible. Other than those two from sony I wasn’t really impressed

    • Michael Norris

      MS showed off a bunch of 3rd party titles that just so happen to come out on Ps4.Also, we have gamescom later in the year and TGS which i expect Sony to announce more titles.Sony could have done things better but overall it was a good conference.

    • David

      Microsoft had a nice amount of exclusives though. I just expected better games from sony. That’s just me though.

    • Lacerz

      Destiny (with PS4 alpha and beta access), The Order (E), Entwined (E), inFAMOUS DLC (E), Little Big Planet 3 (E), Bloodborne (E), Far Cry 4, Killzone DLC (E), Dead Island 2, Diablo III, Battlefield: Hardline, Magicka 2 (E), Grim Fandango (E), five Devolver Digital titles (E), Let it Die (E), Abzu (E), No Man’s Sky (timed E), seven or eight F2Ps, PS Now, PS TV, Mortal Kombat X, Ratchet and Clank reboot (E), The Last of Us (E), Metal Gear Solid 5, Grand Theft Auto V, Batman Arkham Knight, and Uncharted 4 (E) were all at the Sony presser.

      Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Forza Horizon 2 (E), Evolve, Assassin’s Creed Unity, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Sunset Overdrive (E), Dead Rising 3 DLC (E), Fantasia (E), Dance Central (E), Fable Legends (E), Project Spark (E), Ori and the Blind Forest (E), Halo Master Chief Collection (E), Halo 5 beta (E), Inside (timed E), Rise of the Tomb Raider, The Witcher 3, Phantom Dust (E), The Division, Scalebound (E), and Crackdown (E) were at Microsoft’s.

      Both were good, but Sony had more games, more exclusives, and better content all in all. Plus, they offered more in services and hardware. Microsoft offered nothing in that sense. Microsoft did get a lot of timed DLC exclusives, but so did Sony, with Sony getting Destiny and No Man’s Sky… two of the most anticipated games coming out.

    • David

      No mans sky is coming to xbox and PC too. Slot of the games sony showed were multiplats too. The only exclusive that interested me was the order. Everything else I wasn’t impressed with. That’s just me though

  • PS Vita Roundup

    Yup, everytime I looked up there was a boring dude in a suit yakking on about something, and most of the trailers were so dark and dingy they failed to inspire much delight. At least Ubisoft had lots of swearing, explosions and quirkiness to encourage me to feel interested.

    • Guest

      Sony’s conference was nearly wall to wall games trailers and reveals.

  • Brian Evans

    Sony is all about tv and Indies…..and now you can but Ps tv instead of a ps4…sony seemed very desperate to get ppls money…..it showed on yesterday’s lackluster presentation how broke Sony really is

    • Michael Norris

      That is horse shit,PS tv plays Ps2/3 titles not Ps4 games.That’s like saying I have a Vita no need for me to buy a Ps4…you are a moron plain and simple.

    • Brian Evans

      lol….you will defend that piece of plastic with your life…..enjoy that cable box that has no games….TV,TV,TV…POWERS, POWERS, ART WORK, ART WORK….TV,TV,TV….wheres the games?

    • Guest

      8 minutes of it was tv/movie/app talk, the rest was actually games related (PS Now, Morpheus, and Free to Play). The rest was wall to wall games trailers and reveals. You are a malicious, hateful, lying, and exaggerating microsoft shill.

      The gaming division and first party studios are well funded, are in a net profit, and working on PS4 games. Stop spreading lies and hate.

      PS4 games not on Xbox One revealed at E3 2014: LittleBigPlanet 3, Entwined, Bloodborne, The Talos Principle, Let It Die, Rachet & Clank, Infamous sidestory, Kingdom Under Fire 2 and tons of indie games. No Man’s Land, Grim Fandango, and ABZU timed exclusive.

      For the rest of 2014 PS4 has TLOU Remake, Driveclub, LittleBigPlanet 3, Infamous sidestory, and other indie games.

    • Brian Evans

      bwahahahaha!!!…..copy and paste much?…..at least 35 min was talking about Ps tv being 99.00 and you don’t need a ps4 to play games you can just stream with psTV….lol…tv,tv,tv…powers,powers…INDIES,INDIES…..no games!!!….THE INDIESTATION POOR!!…you can definitely see how broke Sony is with that lackluster piss poor presentation, ppl are calling it…DECEPTICONS RETREAT!!!

    • Guest

      8 minutes of it was tv/movie/app talk, the rest was actually games related. The PS TV is just a Playstation Vita in a small form factor, it can play Vita games. You are lying and clearly evil human waste.

      The gaming division and first party studios are well funded, are in a net profit, and working on PS4 games. Stop spreading lies and hate.

    • Lacerz

      Destiny, The Order (E), Entwined (E), inFAMOUS DLC (E), Little Big Planet 3 (E), Bloodborne (E), Far Cry 4, Killzone DLC (E), Dead Island 2, Diablo III, Battlefield: Hardline, Magicka 2 (E), Grim Fandango (E), five Devolver Digital titles (E), Let it Die (E), Abzu (E), No Man’s Sky (timed E), seven or eight F2Ps, PS Now, PS TV, Mortal Kombat X, Ratchet and Clank reboot (E), The Last of Us (E), Metal Gear Solid 5, Grand Theft Auto V, Batman Arkham Knight, and Uncharted 4 (E) were all at the Sony presser.

      Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Forza Horizon 2 (E), Evolve, Assassin’s Creed Unity, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Sunset Overdrive (E), Dead Rising 3 DLC (E), Fantasia (E), Dance Central (E), Fable Legends (E), Project Spark (E), Ori and the Blind Forest (E), Halo Master Chief Collection (E), Halo 5 beta (E), Inside (timed E), Rise of the Tomb Raider, The Witcher 3, Phantom Dust (E), The Division, Scalebound (E), and Crackdown (E) were at Microsoft’s.

      Sony had more games. They had better games. Xbox still sucks.

    • Brian Evans

      all your opinion….indiestation poor sucks

    • Lacerz

      The PS TV can sync up with your PS4, much like the Vita can, and stream your gameplay from the PS4 onto a TV that your PS TV is attached to. I’m all for this. My PS4 is in my gameroom. For $99, I can attach a PS TV to my bedroom TV and play my PS4 games, plus have access to Now and movie streaming services.

      That’s pimp.

    • Brian Evans

      thought Ps tv could only stream is 1-3 games?

    • Lacerz

      From the PlayStation Blog:

      The main features of the PS TV system are as follows:

      PlayStation 4 remote play: As with PS Vita, PS TV supports PS4 remote play and Wireless Controller (DUALSHOCK 3 or DUALSHOCK 4). This will allow PS4 owners in the living room to continue playing a game on a PS TV system in their bedroom. You can also enjoy most of your PS4 games on PS TV as if you were playing it on your PS4 system*.

      PlayStation Now: Once PlayStation Now is rolled out across the PAL region, PS TV users will be able to comfortably enjoy PlayStation 3 games via streaming.

      A vast line-up of software titles: PS TV offers a huge library of PS Vita*, PSP and classic PS One titles. You’ll be able to enjoy all of these titles using a DUALSHOCK 3 or DUALSHOCK 4 controller.

    • Guest

      8 minutes of it was tv/movie/app talk, the rest was actually games related (PS Now, Morpheus, and Free to Play). The rest was wall to wall games trailers and reveals. You are a malicious, hateful, lying, and exaggerating microsoft shill.

      The gaming division and first party studios are well funded, are in a net profit, and working on PS4 games. Stop spreading lies and hate.

      PS4 games not on Xbox One revealed at E3 2014: LittleBigPlanet 3, Entwined, Bloodborne, The Talos Principle, Let It Die, Rachet & Clank, Infamous sidestory, Kingdom Under Fire 2 and tons of indie games. No Man’s Land, Grim Fandango, and ABZU timed exclusive.

      For the rest of 2014 PS4 has TLOU Remake, Driveclub, LittleBigPlanet 3, Infamous sidestory, and other indie games.

  • Michael Norris

    I don’t get the score,the whole write up was so negative yet you guys give it an 8/10…which means it was a good conference.MS did no better because of how fast they moved along,nearly every first party game they showed was a CG trailer…

  • truthx7

    come on people,you want the best online experience…go get an xbox one.ps4 exclusives are expensive,they only last 8 hours and then you throw it away.that’s what happens when your online infastructure sucks

  • Guest

    Well I’m personally stoked for all those F2P games with micro-transactions, how forward thinking!

    • Lacerz

      Warframe, War Thunder and DC Universe are all fun, and I haven’t dropped a dime into them. Oh, but I’m a gamer.

    • DLConspiracy//

      “Free 2 Play MEANS Free 2 PLAY” So that guy tells me.


 

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