PlayStation was hotter than the midday Los Angeles sun at E3 – here are nine reasons why.
Developers are just as excited about PlayStation 4 as we are
Waiting for PS4 to arrive in our homes is exciting for us, and it's just as big a deal for those working on it. When the system was fully unveiled during E3, it was the first time many developers had seen the hardware. Even PS4 system architect Mark Cerny deliberately held off getting a sneak peek: "The team had been offering to show me what PS4 looks like, even from early prototypes. I decided I wanted to wait and see it along with the rest of the world!"
"The new #ps4 is beautiful, can't wait to get my hands on it! pic.twitter.com/GuPYS8MC5d" – BeckCuthbertX
PS4 wants to put your experiences first
From its SHARE button to its support for used games, PS4 is already pleasing crowds before its Christmas 2013 launch. News of the competitive price turned the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena into an explosion of applause.
"You kept your word and stuck by your gamers, thank you and I will be buying at launch :)" – ohagan84
Indie developers are a big part of PlayStation
To say that independent games will be important to the future of PlayStation is no idle claim. Our press conference saw indie PS4 games such as Don't Starve by Klei and Transistor by Supergiant Games rubbing shoulders with titles such as Destiny and Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag.
On the show floor, games such as Counterspy, Hotline Miami and Hohokum also left showgoers happy, proving the PlayStation portfolio is not just for the Hollywood style blockbusters – grass roots gaming is sowing the seeds of great entertainment, too.
"I'm getting a PS4 just for the new Octodad game." – TinyBurninator
Everybody loves The PlayRoom
If there ever was a contender for sleeper hit at E3 2013, The PlayRoom could well be it. Unveiled during the show and using the PlayStation Camera, The PlayRoom is set to be pre-installed on every PS4 so you can play it straight out of the box. A runaway hit at the Sony Computer Entertainment booths, The PlayRoom had queues of people wanting to play peek-a-boo with cute little robots, create 3D toys for them to play with and indulge in a spot of Air Hockey. Innovative augmented reality for everyone, all via the power of PS4.
"The PlayRoom for PS4 looks amazing." – darianmarshal
PlayStation 3 is still going strong
While the torch for cutting-edge High Definition entertainment is being passed to PS4, there's still plenty of great gaming experiences to come on PS3. Booths hosting BEYOND: Two Souls and The Last of Us were constantly busy, and the innovation of games such as Puppeteer and Rain kept players coming back. With other show stealers including Batman: Arkham Origins and Diablo III on the way, PS3 is going to keep you glued to your DUALSHOCK 3 wireless controller for a long time to come.
"Very much looking forward to Puppeteer. Looks so different to anything else out there!" – xRiceyx
Snake still has the ability to stop people in their tracks
The Konami stand featured a massive cinema screen which showed off a variety of games from the developer's large catalogue, although one PS3 and PS4 title in particular brought any passers-by to an immediate standstill. A colossal nine-minute long trailer to Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain gathered huge crowds similar to when Metal Gear Solid and Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty were revealed at previous E3 shows.
"Pretty geeked for the new Metal Gear now." – TheProphetLen
PlayStation Vita is going from strength to strength
PlayStation Vita wasn't lost in all the PS4 excitement either, as games such as Killzone: Mercenary and Tearaway walked away with the critics' acclaim. Coming down the portable pipeline are Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate, The Walking Dead and Dragon's Crown among many other titles which excelled at E3 2013. It's going to be a great year for PS Vita.
"I got to play Tearaway today, and I am so damn charmed by it. It's adorable." – mariannemiller
PS4 convincingly blurs the line between cut-scenes and in-game visuals
When The Order: 1866 and The Dark Sorcerer tech demo were revealed, many were amazed that PS4 could create in-game graphics that resembled glossy cut-scenes. To prove it wasn't just smoke and mirrors, Quantic Dream held a live demonstration of The Dark Sorcerer on the show floor, manipulating the scenes from the comedic clip in real time and leaving witnesses slack jawed.
"The Dark Sorcerer was not only visually STUNNING but absolutely hysterical! Well done!!" – heatherwind
PlayStation is the home of quality exclusives
If games such as The Last of Us on PS3 and Killzone: Mercenary on PS Vita weren't indication enough, PS4 will feature nearly 40 exclusive experiences to enjoy. From the likes of inFAMOUS Second Son and #DRIVECLUB to an exclusive beta trial for The Elder Scrolls Online and Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag bonus missions, PS4 is the place to be for unique content – and we're just getting started...
"You have made the next generation. PS4 is amazing. You own me." – HRHQueeney
Be sure to visit eu.playstation.com/e3 and PlayStation.Blog at blog.eu.playstation.com to catch up on anything you missed from E3 2013 – and to stay up to date on all the latest and greatest PlayStation news.
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