At its annual E3 press conference, Sony Interactive Entertainment came out swinging for the fence with a barrage of impressive new software. Almost as if Sony had no time to discuss anything else other than reveal one new game announcement after another. Sony’s briefing quickly shed light on the North American launch date of October for PlayStation VR (PS VR).
Along with the launch date announcement, Sony unveiled a breadth of unique PS VR experiences, including Farpoint, Star Wars Battlefront: X-Wing VR Mission and Batman: Arkham VR.
When PS VR launches on October 13, 2016 in North America, it brings with it the opportunity for virtual reality to reach the mainstream, as all 40+ million PS4’s in gamers’ homes are PS VR-capable. At launch PS VR will retail for $399 with 50 available games to begin your VR console experience. Additional showcased VR games on tap were Resident Evil 7 biohazard VR, as well as FInal Fantasy XV VR.
Opening up the show, Sony Santa Monica Studio revealed their new vision of God of War to seemingly everyone’s delight. From there a line-up of premier content for was on display for PS4 including Days Gone (exclusive), Spider-Man (exclusive), LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Death Stranding (exclusive), Final Fantasy XV, Resident Evil 7 biohazard and many more.
As part of the reveal, renowned musical artist Bear McCreary, composer for God of War, shared his score for the game while conducting an incredible live orchestra for various new title on showcase.
Other featured titles from Sony included highly-anticipated titles Horizon Zero Dawn (exclusive), Detroit : Become Human (exclusive), and The Last Guardian (exclusive), which was finally given an official launch date of October 25, 2016. Also, in partnership with Sony Interactive Entertainment, celebrated game creator Hideo Kojima took to the stage to announce his new PS4 exclusive title, Death Stranding. Death Stranding, will be produced, written, directed and designed by Hideo Kojima himself, and will star actor Norman Reedus.
Sony Interactive Entertainment announced it has worked with Activision to bring back one of PlayStation’s fan favorite characters, Crash Bandicoot. Coming to PS4 first this October, Crash appears in Skylanders Imaginators. Additionally, in 2017, fans can play Crash 1, Crash 2, and Crash Warped, fully remastered for PS4 by Activision and Vicarious Visions. Sony also continues its partnership with Activision on Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, ensuring once again that PlayStation is home to the popular franchise. Once again, PS4 gamers will be the first to play all downloadable map packs from Infinite Warfare, and those who pre-purchase select editions of the game for PS4 will be the first to play Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered’s campaign 30 days prior to launch on November 4.
PS4 owners will be the first to play the demo for LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and the demo for Resident Evil 7 biohazard will be made available first to PlayStation Plus members. Additionally, it was announced that Resident Evil 7 biohazard will be fully compatible with PS VR.
PlayStation VR titles will range from $9.99 to $59.99. Additionally, PlayStation Move controllers will be available as a two-pack bundle for $99.99.
PS4 Upcoming Games on Showcase
Sony premiered a wide range of games we’ve list below, launching in 2016 and beyond for PS4 and PS VR.
God of War (PS4 Exclusive)
Days Gone (PS4 Exclusive)
Last Guardian (PS4 Exclusive)
Horizon: Zero Dawn (PS4 Excusive)
Detroit: Become Human (PS4 Exclusive)
Resident Evil 7 biohazard VR
Farpoint (PS4 Exclusive VR)
Battlefront X-Wing VR
Batman Arkham VR
Final Fantasy XV VR
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered
Crash Bandicoot – Crash 1, Crash 2 and Crash Warped (PS4 Exclusive)
Death Stranding (PS4 Exclusive)
LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Spiderman (PS4 Exclusive)
Sony’s E3 briefing at one point seemed to be quite the onslaught of triple ‘A’ games announced one after the next. All beginning with Kratos as the Father of an unknown boy as the start to an epic new adventure, Days Gone, which oozed with World War Z and The Last of Us nostalgia and much more, without the help of a list of promising new indie titles or a PlayStation Neo update sprinkled in for good measure. Sony shed light on the VR launch date and price and quickly returned to revealing mores games amidst an impressive live orchestra, and from there never took their foot off the gas. I guess when you have the sort of market-share advantage like Sony does with the PS4, there really is no need to talk about anything else other than wowing the crowd with great full length reveals, and that is exactly how Sony Interactive Entertainment flexed their might to kick off E3 2016.