JAPANESE ENTERTAINMENT GIANT Sony has unveiled the design of its highly anticipated Playstation 4 (PS4) games console at E3, which will cost a modest £349.
Sony unveiled its latest black box of gaming goodness at its E3 keynote in Los Angeles. Although the PS4 looks a little too much like a less boxy Xbox One, Sony has also taken a page out of Microsoft's book by designing a host of new non-gaming entertainment features for the console.
These include the likes of Netflix, Amazon Movie and its Music and Movie Unlimited services seen on the PS3, as well as newly added Redbox Instant (US only) Live Events Viewer and Flixster app. Live Events is a custom service for avid sports fans that grants them one time access to important events, like heavyweight boxing and elephant polo matches.
Looking to sweeten the pot, CEO of Sony entertainment and chairman of Sony Pictures Michael Lynton also revealed that the company's film division is working to create and release several exclusive movies and series designed to appeal to gamers exclusively on the PS4.
"As we look to the PS4 becoming available I'm happy to announce Sony Pictures is hard work at a brand new original programming plan, for content exclusively available on PlayStation network and PS4. [...] We look forward to sharing more details in the near future," said the Sony executive.
Luckily for those wanting to play games on their console, not just use it as a glorified Netflix player, Sony's also said that the PS4 will let players play pre-owned games and willl launch with a sea of original game titles.
Chief among these is Readyatdawn's newly unveiled The Order. Details of the game remain scarce past that it'll be a PS4 exclusive fantasy shooter, chronicling an elite group of warriors' fighting against an unknown "old foe" in an alternative reality Victorian London.
Other highlights include characterful side scroller Transistor from Bastion creator Supergiant and Final Fantasy 15 and Kingdom of Hearts 3 RPGs from Square Enix. For fans still lugging it on the PS3, Sony has also pledged to release a host of new games including Rain, Puppeteer, Beyond: Two Souls and Gran Turismo 6.
Check back with The INQUIRER later for further details on all the new titles. µ
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