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E3 is over - Sony wins, probably, and everyone's still hating the Xbox One


So it's come and gone. Every year, this giant news source drops a boatload of content onto fans' shoulders, and leaves us to sort through the mess. In the coming weeks, we're going to take a look at some of the things that might have been overshadowed by the major console news.

For now, here's a quick recap of the biggest stuff with Microsoft and Sony, in case you missed it!


E3 2013 Press Conferences

The day of E3 press conferences ended with a bang thanks to Sony's strong showing. We saw the console, got the price ($399, lower than Xbox's $499), nice announcements (Kingdom Hearts 3, Final Fantasy XV (formerly Versus XIII)), and support for indie developers!

Tomorrow, the adventure continues with Nintendo's video presentation.

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by Joshua Whitman on Jun 10, 2013


Sony announces the PS4 for Holiday 2013

Yesterday, Sony officially unveiled its PS4. The console will feature 8 GB of memory, an x86-64 AMD "Jaguar" 8 core processor, an AMD Radeon-based "next-gen" GPU, a "large" built-in hard drive, Bluray, and all that jazz. Sony-owned Gaikai is present in a major way with remote-play, instant streaming of your game play, and instant access to game demos from the store, among other things. A new Killzone and inFamous were announced, along with a new IP called Knack. Third party contributions include a new IP from Capcom Deep Down, a Diablo 3 port from Blizzard, Jonathan Blow's The Witness and Bungie's new persistent world FPS RPG Destiny.

Discuss this and other Sony news in the Bosskey forums! Stay tuned for more articles about the PS4 and the next generation of consoles in the near future.


by Joshua Whitman on Feb 21, 2013


Sony's Vita might be Back on Track

At Gamescom in Cologne today, Sony started its presentation by doting on its new and still unsuccessful portable, the Playstation Vita. We saw many of the same games at E3 earlier in the year, but a couple new and promising IPs were thrown into the mix.

Tearaway, Media Molecule's newest creation, is a brand new action adventure title which has a crisp "paper" theme that takes advantage of the Vita's touch screen and back touch pad for new gameplay elements. It looks like a unique, fun take on the platforming genre reminiscent of early 3D classics like Banjo-Kazooie or Mario 64.

A new Killzone is in the works for the handheld, too, for more "hardcore" fans. There's also still the handheld Assassin's Creed Liberation, featuring a female lead character for the first time in that series. LittleBigPlanet Vita is still shooting for Holiday release, alongside the new AC game.

Sony also announced a new feature called "Cross-buy" which will allow users to buy PS3 games and receive the same game free on the PS Vita if the game is available on both platforms. This is known to apply first to the Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale, followed by Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time and Ratchet & Clank: Q-Force.

Meanwhile, PSOne classics are expected to become available on the Vita August 28.

With this kind of support for Vita, it looks like Sony may be capable of pulling ahead with their new handheld. A price drop would help a great deal, but these upcoming additions to the library need to prove themselves first.

On the PS3 side Sony showed off its upcoming holiday release titles, and announced 3 new games that will appear down the line (most likely next year): Rain, Until Dawn, and Puppeteer. Rain is about a boy who is invisible unless he walks through the rain, and it looks like a solid action game. Until Dawn is meant to mimic teenage horror movies and is playable with Playstation Move. Puppeteer is a quirky platformer that shows some promise with gameplay that might remind some of Kirby.


E3 - Two weeks later, what was memorable?

E3 was underwhelming this year. There were few real surprises, besides Ubisoft's Watch_Dogs, and maybe The Last of Us and Pikmin 3. Now, two weeks later, there’s very little of the typical post-E3 energy left.

By or at next year's convention, Sony's Orbis, and Microsoft's Durango will be unveiled. New consoles mean new dev kits, new engines, new assets, and new opportunities for old franchises to shine once more, plus a chance for new IP to establish itself. As such, this year was laid back, with developers and publishers afraid to get too ahead of themselves. They focused on the retailer, stockholder, and investor angle of the show. As a core gamer, I feel like I’ve nothing to be excited about.

I've provided some light commentary from the perspective of a gamer who wants real games — not pandering, not investment advice. Let us hear about the games that struck you most.


Sony E3 2012 Press Conference

The last conference today is Sony's, at 6 pm PST, 9 pm EST. Nintendo's is tomorrow! You can watch Sony on Youtube or their site.

After a strong showing by Ubisoft, I'm not so sure Sony will be today's "winner." There's going to be a lot of known games, such as Last of Us, which should impress with its unique cinematic game play. Last Guardian most likely won't be there, but we can still dream. I have a feeling Sony won't disappoint on the corniness, though.


E3 2012 expectations, predictions, and japery

Held this year June 5 to 7 in LA, E3 2012 is probably the last E3 we'll have that focuses primarily on the current generation of consoles. It's a momentous event that always changes the landscape of game discussion, even if it tends to accomplish little on its own.

The potential for self-parody present on every public stage is one of E3's most entertaining aspects. Executives, hired talent, and developers appeal to fans with varying levels of charisma. Such antics have contributed to the fame of Nintendo's teddy bear monster executive Reggie Fils-Aime, among others.

This year's convention has a lot of potential for exciting news. Nintendo will be detailing their new console, for one. New handhelds 3DS and Vita will have to prove their longevity with interesting release lineups. The other companies will be sharing their closing lineups for what might be this console generation's last big holiday cycle.