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The PlayStation 4 was officially announced by SONY in New York on 20th February 2013, and we finally saw the console itself at E3. We also know:
Well, we’re about ready to go and play some PlayStation 4!
Good luck if you’re queueing, and don’t forget to tell us on the GAME Twitter what you’re playing first once you’re home and warm with your PS4!
Anyone who is yet to order, we still have some PlayStation 4 Console Bundles in stock on site so don’t miss out!
And also don’t forget to come back to GAME.co.uk for some amazing Black Friday deals tomorrow!
The GAME VIP crowd is being entertained not only by the amazing PlayStation 4; but now Tinie Tempah is performing too on one of the most close intimate stages I have ever seen. It’s packed in here!
Where were we? Oh yeah… guns! Killzone Shadowfall, one of the crown jewels of the PS4 launch has a cool 18+ booth to demo the game. It looks INCREDIBLE.
It’s certainly not all guns, football and fast cars (although all of those are great).
The PlayStation 4 has a great line up of family friendly games, starring the unlikely hero Knack, and the very famous Marvel Superheroes, in LEGO form!
A sweet sports games booth, with FIFA 14 and NBA 2K14 providing the GAME VIPs with an arena for competition (and some heated games!)
In case you missed the start of the live PS4 Lounge Live stream, here’s a cracking photo which we took just before it began…
Well, as we edge closer and closer to the live stream at 10pm, we’ve got some screens of the inside of the PS4 Lounge to whet your appetite…
And don’t forget, you can watch the live stream of the PS4 Launch at the PS4 Lounge right here, at game.co.uk – from 10pm onwards…
Well, for those of us who forgot their watch today (or aren’t using a tablet to write blog posts), there’s one sure way to tell the time this evening – and it’s on the giant timer above the doors, counting down to midnight! Very helpful, and a great way of reminding us that it’s close now – agonisingly close!
You wanted another pic of that DriveClub car, didn’t you? Well, here it is – fresh off of giving another ride to another lucky queue-dweller! Stylish and smooth…
The Red Bull and Pizza has arrived (and not a moment too soon for some!). With all the excitement of invading Helghast, displays of superb Soccer skills and even rides round the block from the DriveClub car, it’s all happening now!
Only two hours until the live stream! And you don’t have to be out in the cold with us – you can view it right here, at game.co.uk. Don’t miss out!
Not too long to go now, folks! And for those of you with Football fever (FIFA 14 anyone?), you’ll appreciate the displays of skill from the superb showmen pictured below. Shorts in this cold weather? Absolutely Fearless!
Now the Helghast have settled (no doubt matching up against the ISA somewhere), the suspense continues to build outside as the bright, shining lights of the house of PlayStation illuminate the streets and capture the gazes of all whom eagerly await beneath… and there’s still more to come! Stay tuned!
The Helghast army have descended upon the queues! Onlookers were treated to a fearsome display of might as the Helghast stormed into the house of PlayStation, no doubt wanting a few minutes of play time on the epic Killzone: Shadow Fall
Don’t forget – the live stream of the PlayStation 4 launch in Covent Garden will be available for viewing at game.co.uk from 10pm. In the meantime, stay tuned and we’ll keep you up to date with all the latest happenings as the suspense continues to build…
As we draw closer, it’s getting colder out here… but these folks in the queue are keeping safe, thanks to some lovely, soft blankets. Wave goodbye to the cold and say hello to PlayStation-themed warmth!
Look who turned up… it’s Ryu and Octodad! We’ve got to admit, Ryu is pretty sharp at parking, and the big man looks like he means business tonight if Octodad misbehaves!
Excitement is building at the PS4 Lounge On Bedford Street, Covent Garden.
DriveClub may not have made the launch games line-up, but that doesn’t mean DriveClub is missing the launch party!
We’re happy to announce that a limited supply of great bundles including the Killzone Mega Pack will be available at more than 300 GAME stores from midnight tonight on a first-come first-served basis.
We’re expecting these bundles and all accessories to fly off the shelves and so if you want to get your hands on a PlayStation 4 at launch, secure your place in the midnight launch queue!
Our Twitter team have already arrived at SONY’s party central in Covent Garden, and, as their Vine Clip shows, they can barely contain their excitement! The Away Team will be joining them later, with pics and posts to help you feel like you’re there with us!
SONY have released a video on YouTube that shows off the precision of motion capture being used for PlayStation 4 title inFAMOUS: Second Son.
One of the hottest topics regarding next-generation consoles is the question of an “always-on” internet connection, meaning even the simplest single-player games would require being online to play. According to SONY’s Mark Cerny, the PlayStation 4 won’t require such a connection”.
DC Universe Online Executive Producer Larry Liberty has spoken about the possibilities for MMO games on PlayStation 4. Talking to Nowgamer about the success of DCUO on PlayStation 3, Liberty was quizzed on the potential for MMORPGs on SONY’s new console.
“The most important thing we need to make sure we do at least initially is that we all agree and understand that the PS4 is a great videogame console that appeals to video gamers,”
Eurogamer have reported that all PlayStation 4 games must include remote play on PlayStation Vita, as mandated by SONY.
An advert in the Metro this morning has given us the first hint of when we can expect the PlayStation 4 to release over here.
As reported by CVG, the full-page ad says “Coming 2013″. Granted, that still leaves six months to choose from, but at least we can be sure we can be playing it by the end of the year.
Preorder your PS4 at GAME now!
We may not know what the box looks like, but we do know quite a bit now about what’s going to be inside the new PlayStation 4 when it hits our stores and living rooms this winter.
The most important, and recurring theme in the presentation was that this system has been built in collaboration with the developer community. What does that mean? Happy developers, which will likely manifest to you and I in the form of lots of great games and creativity. The internal architecture of the console is built around familiar PC hardware, but on steroids… giving developers an environment they feel comfortable working in but with heaps of power to burn.
The new PlayStation will be more connected to the rest of your life. The playstation app lets you transform your smartphone into an additional screen for things like checking maps, communicating with friends etc… and PlayStation Vita owners will be in for a real treat as all PS4 games will be playable on the Vita remotely as they can be streamed from the PlayStation 4… meaning you get the PS4 graphic power and performance but via the convient portable that is the PS Vita.
With Gaikai technology built in, the PS4 allows you to stream sections of any game so that you can try before you buy for free from the PlayStation store. Oh and thanks to a dedicated chip, you will be able to download and update games in the background whilst playing… and even start downloading a game and play THAT game whilst it continues to download!
PlayStation 4 players will be able to immediately jump in and out of their games without saving loading and waiting, due to the new ‘suspend mode’. Just press the power button and you will be back where you were straight away.
Preorder your PlayStation 4 now to make sure you don’t miss out on what is sure to be in very high demand come this Winter 2013
Bungee fans! Just when you thought you had had enough exciting announce news from them recently BOOM there you go… Destiny will drop on PlayStation 4!
How are all the HALO fans feeling? Looking forward to getting your hands on this? It’s kind of funny that all the features and concepts for Destiny that they talked about at the announce last week match up so well with the core focus and features that have been discussed as part of the new PlayStation 4 system and OS. I guess Sony weren’t lying when they said they have been canvassing developers for details of what they want to see in a system and what would help them make the games they dream of making!?
What are your thoughts on Destiny? We think it looks like quite a bold new direction for Bungee and Activision.
Preorder your PS4 at GAME now!
Dablo III for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4!? I thought this was a hardcore PC only title? Wow seems like a bit of a coup by Sony and PlayStation then.
I’ve never played this game personally, I just know that if I had a quid for everytime someone I know who is a PC gamer has told me it’s really good I would be rich… or at least have several more pounds! Haha.
Get in touch on #GAMESonyNews on twitter and tell me what to expect / hope for from Dablo III on PlayStation 4. Why do you love it?
Ooohh sneaky! Not too much info but a new Final Fantasy game for PlayStation 4 very quickly name dropped there. We will all have to wait for more info though it appears but I imagine the devs will be able to do some pretty special things with the new technology the PlayStation 4 gives them!
Watchdogs looks seriously amazing… especially if you like big open world games (I do).
This game lets you control everything around you in a very convincing and busy looking city environment. One of the opening scenes has a train / tube / monorail going round at the start in view and it looked really real (and fast). Nice city environment. You watch as the main character fleeces an ‘ATM’ with some magical hackery.so hacking peoples phones, cash machines and even traffic bollards is very much on the menu (see screenshot of Police car getting wrecked by bollards.)
Capcom present a game called Deep Down. Incredible graphics, the faces of the characters were so detailed it was just staggering… and the fire looked like real fire rather than video game fire… notoriously hard to achieve!
This one seems to be an RPG that takes a big lead from Dark Souls. I think everyone’s jaws just dropped at the graphics though, really difficult to put into words so will have to just give you some screen shots.
‘Witness’ is from the maker of Braid, which was a really good indie. This looks totally different, but really interesting. It has a kind of pixar cute and shiny feel to the graphics, and the video shows a lot of puzzles that look a bit like little light mazes.
Before the trailer the talk preceeding this one was of how Sony are really trying to make sure they do right by indie developers, which us as it means we get a much wider choice! I’ve probably had as much fun playing Retro City Rampage as with any other game this year!
Infamous Second Son – More comic book mash up action with great graphics by the looks of it.
If being a mutant who controls energy and going round smashing up feeble humans and their feeble towns is your bag, there’s little chance of you not liking what you see here.
Put your hands up if you thought you were about to hear ‘Gran Turismo’? *Puts hand up*
Nope, this little beauty is called Drive Club.
The graphics were incredible it looked like film. I know the counter argument is usually that it’s easier to make driving games look good because there are less moving parts, but Drive Club smashed it out of the park in terms of graphics in that video. That wasn’t even video realistic, it was film realistic!
As a PlayStation fan though, it has to be said I am missing Wipeout and Gran Turismo announcements so far… Although this does look like it’s going to be up there with the very best driving games.
WOW. Everyone in the office knew something was about to blow up / go wrong but that was HUGE.
So then, Killzone Shadow Fall… How sweet was the intro too? That city looked like Cloud City in Star Wars, except without Lando’s shady welcome party. I hope you can explore that city.
Fans of Killzone, Killzone 2 and Killzone 3 are bound to be excited about this!
As Mark Cerny, PS4 Lead System Architect, is talking about how improved the graphic power in PS4 is he then mentions he been making a game himself…
Knack seems to really be showing off the new PlayStation 4 graphic cabailities. Lots of floating elements make up the main character in Knack, who seems to be able to control matter (think Magneto in XMen but not just metal).
All very cute styling, very family friendly. We have a big Crash Bandicoot fan in the room and he seems very happy!
Introducing the new Dual Shock 4 Control Pad – So the recent leaks were correct! I’m still so excited from them showing the PlayStation 4 logo I’m struggling to take it all in!
So we have basically absorbed some of the move functionality into the original Dual Shock 3 controller… and added a touch screen (which I guess is logical as it will allow gestures etc).
But the biggest thing about it seems to be the share button. For those not watching the stream or struggling with it dying out… the new PlayStation 4 Dual Shock 4 Control Pad has a share button that allows you to easily share live realtime video of your gaming through PSN using built in Ustream technology, and allowing you to show off or get help or even get a mate to help you with a tricky level! Pretty good stuff.
Sony say they want the sharing of video to be as common as the sharing of screenshots is today… well this new functionality between the PS4 operating system and the Dual Shock 4 is certainly going to make it super easy! (As long as Ustream works better than it did tonight!)
Personally, as a PlayStation gamer, I’m really glad they didn’t change the pad too much. They seem to have added some really good functionality but without messing with the design too much. The controller has always been one of the reasons PlayStation has been the superior console for me since its original launch.
Those of you who were hoping / expecting a PS4 announce won’t be disappointed… Apparently this event is going to be going for 2 hrs so we have a lot to get through!
One of our people on the scene just sent us a picture from outside the venue… Anyone been to New York and know the area?
Less than 5 hours to go now until kick off at 11pm our time. More and more appearing in the press about what to expect… share any interesting stuff with us on twitter using #GAMESonyNews
So what are you expecting? Get in touch via the hashtag #GAMESonyNews with us on twitter.
What do you want the announcement to be? Any features / software etc you are hoping Sony are going to talk about?
We’re buzzing. Can’t wait to find out what it’s going to be.
The clock is well and truly ticking and the metaphorical curtain will be lifted on SONY’s big ‘Future of PlayStation’ reveal.
Rumours have been bouncing around all week, but tonight they’ll all be laid to rest. Whatever the future holds for the PlayStation brand, we’ll find out tonight!
We’ll be updating this blog throughout the night (and the early hours), sharing our thoughts and excitement as the evening plays out. Forget bleary eyes – this is too big to miss!