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Live: Sony Gamescom Conference

Live: Sony Gamescom Conference

PS4 release plans and new games. Watch it back and read our live coverage.

Live ReportbyTom Bramwell, ContributorUpdated on 21 August 2013

Here we go then! Sony is the only platform holder putting on a big Gamescom press conference this year and with any luck we are going to learn the PlayStation 4 release date. Plus, it wouldn't be Sony at Gamescom without a bunch of weird new games to salivate over.

You can join us live from6pm BST / 7pm CESTto watch the live stream, read through our babbling commentary and post your own reactions. Should be good.

Our live coverage of this event has finished.

Coverage

16:26

We're just over 90 minutes away from the Sony conference start time. If you missed it, why not check out the EA Gamescom conference live blog? The announcements weren't amazing, but Ellie did a joke about the Crystal Maze.

By Tom Bramwell

17:28

Around half an hour to go. We have a pool going in the office on the PS4 release date. Loser has to buy the other biscuits. Anyone got a theory? My money is on second week of November...

By Tom Bramwell

17:32

dogmanstaruksays:

Anyone from EG in germany?

Wes, Martin, Digital Foundry and Ian from our YouTube channel are in Germany. They'll be filing stuff from the conferences and around the show all week.

By Tom Bramwell

17:32

Hey everyone! Glad you liked the Crystal Maze joke. It went so well that for this one I'm thinking of doing a thing about Fort Boyard.

By Ellie Gibson

17:56

We're edging closer to start time. Lots of exciting clicks and whirrs on the live feed suggesting that people are doing last-minute set-up. Or that I've got an ad window open somewhere on my computer and haven't noticed.

By Tom Bramwell

18:02

Ain't no conference like a Sony PlayStation conference! Except for all other video games conferences ever.

By Ellie Gibson

18:02

Looks like it's going to be a fair few minutes 'til we kick off - have just taken my seat and people are still filing in.

By Martin Robinson

18:04

I tweeted the Sony PR dude earlier to ask what time the conference is finishing. He did not reply. Am now extremely concerned about missing the start of Great British Bake-Off.

By Ellie Gibson

18:05

I've been told to expect a 75-90 minute conference.

By Martin Robinson

18:06

And also to expect to hear all the information we want to know.

By Martin Robinson

18:06

I wish Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry were drafted in to evaluate new video games hardware. "There's a lovely sheen to the outer casing, but look underneath those USB ports. You've let yourself down with that soggy bottom, Sony."

By Ellie Gibson

18:06

I would very much like it if that included a new launch title - compared to the Xbox One's line-up, the PS4's day one slate is looking a little thin on truly exciting games right now.

By Martin Robinson

18:07

andijamessays:

David Guetta's piano confirmed to work with PS4

By Ellie Gibson

18:08

I also spotted Andrew House being all Andrew Housey outside. That was exciting.

By Martin Robinson

18:09

Last year we got Rain, Puppeteer and Tearaway. Would love some similar surprises tonight.

By Martin Robinson

18:09

The lights are down!

By Martin Robinson

18:11

Looks like we're starting! No dubstep - stillness. A chair looking up at the screen. Person sitting in it is operating a PS4, flicking through the interface.

By Tom Bramwell

18:11

The new user interface looks like an evolution of the old PS3 XMB with a few more nested options.

By Tom Bramwell

18:13

And now he or she is watching a video recorded earlier, accessed through the game recorder.

By Tom Bramwell

18:13

Is that Kaz in that armchair? Fiver says that when he turns round he'll be stroking a white cat.

By Ellie Gibson

18:13

Ah, looks like it's Shuhei Yoshida into the chair, Blofeld style. Hopefully he's stroking a cat while he watches this video clip, which looks like Killzone.

By Tom Bramwell

18:13

Ellie and my jokes align.

By Tom Bramwell

18:14

All this mucking about with an actual console (presumably), simulating a user's experience, makes a nice change from a montage of dubstep and guns. Although, you know, he's still watching a video of some shooting.

By Tom Bramwell

18:14

HIVE MIND.

By Ellie Gibson

18:15

This is awkward...

By Martin Robinson

18:15

I did wonder what ever happened to Jean-Michel Jarre.

By Ellie Gibson

18:16

Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Jim Ryan.

By Tom Bramwell

18:16

Not my words - the words of, er, someone.

By Tom Bramwell

18:16

Right, Ryan says that was the global unveil of the PS4 user interface. You got to see "the connected experience that lies at the heart of PlayStation 4".

By Tom Bramwell

18:17

Let's start with PS3! Oh.

By Tom Bramwell

18:17

To be fair, it has got lots of exciting games this year, including... Gran Turismo 6!

By Tom Bramwell

18:17

No bilingual intro for Jim Ryan. Remember when David Reeves used to reel off entire anecdotes in German? Then quote a Bob Dylan lyric before announcing Singstar: Turkish Edition?

By Ellie Gibson

18:18

Here's a brand new trailer and an Oscar Wilde quote from Ryan. Something famous the old chap said about how exclusive concept cars are great.

By Tom Bramwell

18:18

I really really hope there's a video of how you can change the colour of the car. I haven't seen enough of those in my 10 years of watching games conferences.

By Ellie Gibson

18:19

Polyphony Digital has been collaborating with lots of major car brands, Ryan said. I see Zagato, VW, Peugeot and some other famous logos swept along the side of sleek concepts.

By Tom Bramwell

18:19

Zagato! Bertone!This excites me and maybe me alone.

By Martin Robinson

18:19

Loving the opera. Games need more opera. Imagine caning your way through Spelunky to Turandot.

By Ellie Gibson

18:19

Martin Robinson's hyperventilating at this point.

By Tom Bramwell

18:20

BRANDS HATCH! I just fainted.

By Martin Robinson

18:20

Martin Robinson has done a white weewee.

By Ellie Gibson

18:20

But seriously, BRANDS HATCH!

By Martin Robinson

18:20

Audi Etron! My god this is just too much.

By Martin Robinson

18:21

December 6th 2013.

By Tom Bramwell

18:21

Kazunori Yamauchi's in the audience so Ryan pays tribute to him - and the other car manufacturers in the auditorium.

By Tom Bramwell

18:21

Dec 6th is a global launch date for GT6.

By Tom Bramwell

18:22

Kazunori Yamauchi and Sony Pictures are currently developing a full-length feature film based on GT. Producers Michael de Luca and Donna Brunetti.

By Tom Bramwell

18:23

Ryan's reeling off some of the amazing year-eight PS3 games out this year. The Last of Us, for example, or Beyond, which is due out in October.

By Tom Bramwell

18:23

"PlayStation continues to demonstrate its lasting commitment to the PS3 gamer."

By Tom Bramwell

18:23

LukehMusesays:

Jim Ryan looks like Curly Watts' dad

By Ellie Gibson

18:23

Remember LittleBigPlanet? Ryan is announcing LittleBigPlanet Hub, a new free-to-play service for PS3 due to launch later this year.

By Tom Bramwell

18:24

And here's Stephen Fry's voice over the top of a trailer. Imagine lots of LBP stuff, he says, for free, and then other stuff to buy. Yep, that's how F2P works Jeeves.

By Tom Bramwell

18:24

Bless you Sackboy, you funny little knitted hippy.

By Ellie Gibson

18:25

Sounds like you'll still be able to play, create and share tons of stuff in addition to however the F2P/microtransaction stuff works.

By Tom Bramwell

18:25

"And finally, 2013 sees the return of Grand Theft Auto to the PlayStation 3." Indeed.

By Tom Bramwell

18:25

From launch, there's going to be a GTA5 PS3 bundle and a custom-designed headset.

By Tom Bramwell

18:26

From next week, anyone who pre-orders GTA5 from the PlayStation Store gets 75% off any Rockstar game.

By Tom Bramwell

18:26

Onto PlayStation Vita now.

By Tom Bramwell

18:26

Sony's announcing three new PS Vita Mega Packs for the Europe market. They're available as standalone software with an 8GB memory card or as part of a hardware bundle.

By Tom Bramwell

18:27

Now Ryan is drawing attention to Vita titles like Arkham Origins Blackgate, Football Manager Classic 2014 and... Borderlands 2.

By Tom Bramwell

18:27

Yep, Borderlands 2 is heading to Vita. That's cool.

By Tom Bramwell

18:28

Ryan's talking about Sony's commitment to the indie sector now. He's pleased to announce that Starbound from Chucklefish, Fez from Phil Fish and Velocity X from Futurlab will be coming to PS3 and Vita this year.

By Tom Bramwell

18:28

Fez for Vita! Gimme.

By Tom Bramwell

18:28

Ooh, PS Vita price drop. From tomorrow, 199 Euro, 199 US dollars.

By Tom Bramwell

18:29

And there will also be "significant reductions" in the price of Vita memory cards in these regions.

By Tom Bramwell

18:29

Michael Denny's on stage now, reminding us that he announced five new IPs at Gamescom last year and that Sony is committed to doing that stuff.

By Tom Bramwell

18:29

Here's seven more new and exclusive PlayStation Vita titles, he says.

By Tom Bramwell

18:30

I think he's recapping here - mentioning Killzone: Mercenary and Tearaway.

By Tom Bramwell

18:30

You can tick "Push the boundaries" off your live text bingo card. You can also tick "You can tick "xxx" off your live textbingo card" off your live text bingo card.

By Ellie Gibson

18:31

Here's a new game - Murasaki Baby from a new Italian studio. You take a child by the hand, navigating the perils of a nightmare fantasy world.

By Tom Bramwell

18:31

It takes advantage of Vita's touch controls. In the video on screen the player is using touch to clear obstacles and help walk a little kid with a pink balloon through shadowy, pencil-sketched 2D environments.

By Tom Bramwell

18:32

Looks 2D but with different planes of depth, I think - it looked like the player just span windmills in the background to help blow the balloon along.

By Tom Bramwell

18:32

dogmanstaruksays:

i do like how Sony champion weird games

By Tom Bramwell

18:32

"And now for something completely different," says Denny.

By Tom Bramwell

18:32

I'd describe this as "Tim Burtonesque" if I didn't detest everyone who's ever used the phrase "Tim Burtonesque".

By Ellie Gibson

18:32

Taking inspiration from music festivals, he's announcing a new F2P game called Big Fest. You create and manage a music festival.

By Tom Bramwell

18:33

They've partnered with some music portal with a stupid name to bring in unknown bands, who you get to manage as part of the festival you're putting on.

By Tom Bramwell

18:33

Looks a bit like a Tycoon game - setting up stalls, micro-managing acts, then seeing people enjoy them and tending to their needs.

By Tom Bramwell

18:34

Co-operate or compete, apparently.

By Tom Bramwell

18:34

Big Fest and Murasaki Baby demonstrate how Sony will encourage devs to bring wild ideas to life, says Denny.

By Tom Bramwell

18:35

The indie community has also embraced Vita, says Denny, who has in no way signed loads of cheques to encourage that embrace.

By Tom Bramwell

18:36

We're seeing a "conversations with creators" video where developers talk about why they're excited about Vita. One guy says that he likes not having to make concessions to other mobile platforms' limitations.

By Tom Bramwell

18:36

Mike Bithell on screen saying he likes having a dedicated device, rather than a device that also plays games, with cool network stuff.

By Tom Bramwell

18:36

Derek Yu is talking about how he likes it too. OMG SPELUNKY ON THE VITA IS OUT NEXT WEEK MY LIFE IS COMPLETE.

By Tom Bramwell

18:37

I might buy another Vita and Spelunky so I can play co-op with myself.

By Tom Bramwell

18:38

These testimonials are nice, but the games being played in the background by each of the creators would also speak for themselves. Lots of lovely stuff.

By Tom Bramwell

18:38

Zoned out for a minute. Is this still the Vita thing or are they talking about Barnardos?

By Ellie Gibson

18:38

Denny says he's going to talk about some Worldwide Studios PS4 games later.

By Tom Bramwell

18:39

In the meantime, here comes lead system architect Mark Cerny.

By Tom Bramwell

18:39

I would like to meet the lead system architect on Mark Cerny's hair.

By Ellie Gibson

18:39

Cerny is recapping the goals that Sony had in mind with the PS4. 10x the performance of any previous consoles, for example.

By Tom Bramwell

18:40

Gamers would also want the very best games, says Cerny, so they went out and asked developers what they would want in a console and a controller to get them on board.

By Tom Bramwell

18:40

Zoned out again. Is this still the Sony conference or a Wes Anderson film?

By Ellie Gibson

18:41

He's talking about the launch line-up a little now, talking about its depth and breadth, although there's no big list yet or anything.

By Tom Bramwell

18:41

Name-checks blockbuster games like Destiny and Watch Dogs and passionately constructed small indie titles brought in by Sony's dev relations team.

By Tom Bramwell

18:42

He wants to elevate these indie games, he says, supporting Unity and offering full self-publishing across all platforms, loaning dev kits and offering financial support with the Pub Fund.

By Tom Bramwell

18:42

"We believe that a renaissance of gaming is coming on PlayStation 4." Creative freedom and broad content.

By Tom Bramwell

18:42

Here's Shahid Ahmad to tell us about some of the titles coming our way on PS4.

By Tom Bramwell

18:43

Seriously though does anyone know what time GBBO is on? I don't want to miss the start. I heard a rumour it's macaroons week.

By Ellie Gibson

18:43

Ahmad says that an indie dev revolution is happening. He says he's been asking indies what it means to be an indie and their response is that freedom is super important.

By Tom Bramwell

18:43

Wants Sony's platform to be "the place indies want to be".

By Tom Bramwell

18:44

Rogue Legacy is coming to PS4 and Vita next year - a console exclusive. (It's already out on PC.)

By Tom Bramwell

18:44

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth on PS4 and PS Vita next spring. PS Plus subs will get it at no extra cost.

By Tom Bramwell

18:44

Good grief, Sony, if you like indies that much why don't you just marry the Inspiral Carpets.

By Ellie Gibson

18:45

N++ will feature new multiplayer modes, thousands of hand-crafted levels and lots of creating and sharing. Debuting exclusively on PS4 this winter.

By Tom Bramwell

18:45

Mike Bithell's new game Volume, where you can create, remix and share worlds. PS4 and Vita will be where it debuts world-exclusively next year.

By Tom Bramwell

18:46

Pilot airships through a steampunk universe in Guns of Icarus Online, which will enjoy a console-exclusive debut on PS4.

By Tom Bramwell

18:46

Vlambeer!

By Tom Bramwell

18:47

Live: Sony Gamescom Conference

Wasteland Kings - "a roguelike-like" - is going to be making its console-exclusive debut on PS4 and PS Vita next year.

By Tom Bramwell

18:47

And finally, Dennaton's Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number will make a console-exclusive debut on PS4 and PS Vita next year.

By Tom Bramwell

18:47

That is quite a lot of indie games.

By Tom Bramwell

18:48

Ahmad says that's just some of the indie games coming first to Sony platforms in the next year.

By Tom Bramwell

18:48

Here comes Michael Denny to talk about the Worldwide Studios games on PS4.

By Tom Bramwell

18:49

All 14 of Worldwide Studios', er, studios are now working on PS4, including Santa Monica, Media Molecule and Naughty Dog.

By Tom Bramwell

18:49

The wide geographical and cultural spread of content is really important, as well as quantity, says Denny, highlighting Sony's connections all over Europe, for instance.

By Tom Bramwell

18:50

Now Denny introduces a trailer for The Chinese Room's latest game, Everybody's Gone to the Rapture.

By Tom Bramwell

18:51

The trailer starts with some ticker text on a computer screen talking about how it's five days since "the event".

By Tom Bramwell

18:52

Keep the doors shut, don't go out, says the voiceover, as we look at sepia shots of forests and gentle music plays.

By Tom Bramwell

18:52

I've always thought they should do a video game adaptation of Threads.

By Ellie Gibson

18:52

The Chinese Room's Dear Esther was amazing, and this should be "just as emotional and intense", says Denny.

By Tom Bramwell

18:52

Spanish studio Tequila Works' new title next. Here's some footage.

By Tom Bramwell

18:53

I've always thought they should do a video game adaptation of Broadchurch.

By Ellie Gibson

18:53

Aerial shots of a coastline. Zooming in, we see a kid in a skirt and shawl running over white sands, through trees in-land, doing some platforming in an Ico-style world of bright almost cel-shaded environments.

By Tom Bramwell

18:53

Then night falls and the kid waves a torch around near a fire. Then the torch is gone and something threatening appears through the mist.

By Tom Bramwell

18:53

Game's called Rime.

By Tom Bramwell

18:54

Cross-play is great, says Denny. Here's Arrow Divers, a new game from the team behind Magicka. Co-op squad-based multiplayer shooter for PS3, PS4 and Vita.

By Tom Bramwell

18:54

SPACE.

By Tom Bramwell

18:55

Helldivers, sorry.

By Tom Bramwell

18:55

Top-down, multiple people firing guns at things. Possibly insectoid things. Rocky things. Looks a bit like Halo Spartan Assault Starship Troopers.

By Tom Bramwell

18:56

PS4 will also have great arcade shoot-'em-ups, says Denny. Housemarque did Super Stardust HD for the PS3 launch, for example, and the studio's new game, Resogun, will carry on in a similar vein.

By Tom Bramwell

18:56

Looks like a shooter where you move around the outer edge of cylindrical level designs.

By Tom Bramwell

18:57

Lots of lovely electric tendrils, massive explosions, thumping electronica. Sort of like a post-apocalyptic Lumines on the inside of a kaleidoscope.

By Tom Bramwell

18:57

Or outside even.

By Tom Bramwell

18:57

Here's a next-gen vision of an iconic Amiga game. Shadow of the Beast, reimagined for PS4.

By Tom Bramwell

18:58

This is where I show my (young) age by not recognising any of this. Sorry! A beastly looking man is slashing people up. Only on PS4 apparently.

By Tom Bramwell

18:58

He's got sexy claws that make him look like he's doing a GWARR gesture and yellow eyes. Now a big orc thing has leapt out of the desert and got up in his grill, so he's summoned some shadowy... shadows! Of the beast!

By Tom Bramwell

18:58

There, hopefully that was seamless.

By Tom Bramwell

18:58

Amazing! Let's hope this sets a precedent for loads of other Amiga remakes. What would you like to see, readers? I vote Thundercats and Buggy Boy.

By Ellie Gibson

18:58

Now let's take a brief look at WWS titles we've heard about, says Denny.

By Tom Bramwell

18:59

The Playroom will be preinstalled on every PS4 from launch.

By Tom Bramwell

18:59

The Playroom? Sounds a bit Guildford swingers' party.

By Ellie Gibson

19:00

You can muck around and create... stuff. Using camera and controllers to muck about with funky graphics... stuff.

By Tom Bramwell

19:00

Looks fun. Like a sort of EyeToy Noby Noby Boy.

By Tom Bramwell

19:01

Ah, inFamous: Second Son. Here's a new trailer showing the progress the game is making.

By Tom Bramwell

19:01

Brakessays:

They really should just rename this "Sceptical auntie impresser 2014"

By Ellie Gibson

19:02

Time to punch the ground and send people flying. Some destructible scenery, too, by the look of it. Lots of jumping around on rooftops.

By Tom Bramwell

19:02

There we are, sucking energy out of cars. Classic.

By Tom Bramwell

19:03

Denny says he's "super excited" about stuff like Knack, The Order: 1886 and DriveClub, too.

By Tom Bramwell

19:03

And of course Killzone: Shadow Fall, "which promises to be a huge launch title for PlayStation 4".

By Tom Bramwell

19:03

Here's some new multiplayer footage.

By Tom Bramwell

19:04

That was what Yoshida was watching during the conference opening, apparently.

By Tom Bramwell

19:04

Looks like you can custom-define all sorts of play modes. One just now was Stealth vs. Defence, so nimble players vs. tanky ones.

By Tom Bramwell

19:05

"Play by your own rules" is the tagline.

By Tom Bramwell

19:05

15 new PS4 games announced today, says Jim Ryan, returning to the stage, all of which are console-exclusive to the PS4 at launch.

By Tom Bramwell

19:06

Ryan is moving on to the multimedia stuff. Sony won't place this kind of stuff behind a subscription gate, he says. For example, Twitch.TV will be available for spectating, and there are over 20 video services and applications coming to PS4 in Europe.

By Tom Bramwell

19:06

This conference could do with a bit more IN YOUR FACE MICRO SOFT. Come on, Jim, announced that Sony will actually be giving its consoles away for free, in boxes stuffed with fifty pound notes.

By Ellie Gibson

19:06

Sony's Music Unlimited service has been enhanced for PS4 with a new simpler and faster interface.

By Tom Bramwell

19:07

New features include the ability to listen to music in the background while playing games and an option to access a quick control bar by pressing the PS button.

By Tom Bramwell

19:08

Recognising the importance of smooth online gaming, Ryan says Sony is entering into strategic partnerships with the likes of Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Virgin Media and Ono to offer special broadband packages to gamers with reserved parts of the pipe for gaming and things like that. More to be announced in the coming months.

By Tom Bramwell

19:09

Now for PlayStation Plus. Ryan says the price of just over €4 a month is great value. There'll be a 14-day free trial for all PS4 owners, including Instant Game Collection access. You'll be able to use the DriveClub PS Plus Edition and Resogun.

By Tom Bramwell

19:09

Assassin's Creed 3 is heading to PS Plus on PS3, too.

By Tom Bramwell

19:09

If you're thinking of signing up to PS Plus ahead of PS4, says Ryan, starting tomorrow and lasting a month, if you sign up by PSN for a year you'll get an extra 90 days free.

By Tom Bramwell

19:10

Ubisoft is coming on stage now to show "how these games work best on PlayStation".

By Tom Bramwell

19:10

These games being the likes of Assassin's Creed 4. We will get a Remote Play demo on Vita, too.

By Tom Bramwell

19:10

If you turn the sound down and put some Prodigy on it's like Jim Ryan has taken a LOT of disco biscuits.

By Ellie Gibson

19:11

Ryan sketches a scenario where one gamer plays Black Flag on PS4 in the lounge, then gets turfed out of the lounge and continues playing it on a Vita in the bedroom instead.

By Tom Bramwell

19:11

Right, Assassin's Creed 4 stage demo.

By Tom Bramwell

19:12

This is the Gamescom demo, apparently. Starts off with two pirates having a nice chat on the deck of a ship.

By Tom Bramwell

19:12

The deck of the Jackdaw, no less, and that was Edward Kenway and his first mate. Now we're seeing Kenway steering the Jackdaw into battle, firing on a coastal fort.

By Tom Bramwell

19:14

It does seem a bit like the guy in charge of videoing this conference has been at the disco biscuits.

By Ellie Gibson

19:14

Oops, here come some ships to cause trouble. The Jackdaw levels a broadside at one of them as the seas undulate beneath them, skewing cannon balls slightly off-course.

By Tom Bramwell

19:14

Basically some boats are having a punch-up.

By Tom Bramwell

19:15

And now we're onto Remote Play on Vita, where Kenway has left the Jackdaw and is climbing up the fort he's just bombarded from off the coast.

By Tom Bramwell

19:15

It's not a Vita version - it's the PS4 version running through Remote Play. Looks very slick and responsive.

By Tom Bramwell

19:15

Laythe_ADsays:

Suddenly glad to own a Vita

By Tom Bramwell

19:16

The demo ends with Kenway confronting some naughty Templar.

By Tom Bramwell

19:17

That's the end of the Assassin's Creed 4 demo. Jim Ryan returns and says that "almost all" PS4 games will work on PS Vita Remote Play via wi-fi.

By Tom Bramwell

19:17

Here comes a video of an Assassin's Creed 4 level that is exclusive to PS3 and PS4 at launch.

By Tom Bramwell

19:18

Short but sweet - a bit of Aveline talking to herself and then stabbing someone.

By Tom Bramwell

19:19

Ubisoft boss Yves Guillemot is on stage with Ryan now, saying how amazing Gamescom is compared to Leipzig. OoooOOOOoohh! Buuurrrnnn Leipzig!

By Tom Bramwell

19:19

Yves did so well on The Apprentice. I guess he's gone back to Monaco now.

By Ellie Gibson

19:20

Guillemot says he thinks Watch Dogs will be the best game of Gamescom and he has some news to share.

By Tom Bramwell

19:20

Ubisoft is partnering with Sony to create a blockbuster Watch Dogs movie.

By Tom Bramwell

19:21

How about a Watch Dogs trailer, then? Here you go. SURVEILLANCE. NETWORKS. CAMERAS.

By Tom Bramwell

19:22

This isn't the most exciting trailer I've ever seen. Straying into EA conference territory really. Blah blah police cars, blah blah sinister voiceover.

By Tom Bramwell

19:22

And is that dubstep?

By Tom Bramwell

19:22

"Now is the time to wake up." Yeah Neo.

By Tom Bramwell

19:23

Master_Smurfsays:

Tom - to create a movie - we the people will decide if it becomes a blockbuster or not

Just quoting the guy on stage. I'm sure the movie will be a big pile of floppy pants.

By Tom Bramwell

19:23

The level we just saw is exclusive to PS4 at launch, says Jim Ryan. We just saw a level?

By Tom Bramwell

19:23

Minecraft exclusive to PS4 at launch.

By Tom Bramwell

19:23

Another PS4 console-exclusive is War Thunder, a next-gen F2P war game thing.

By Tom Bramwell

19:24

Here's a trailer. Yep, definitely looks warry. Lots of historical aircraft, tanks and whatnot. 100,000km2 battle area. Optimised for DualShock 4.

By Tom Bramwell

19:24

MrFlumpsays:

War Thunder is the response to World of Tanks on 360 I guess and Minecraft exclusivity is just to annoy Microsoft

By Tom Bramwell

19:25

"Next-gen MMO on PS4", the trailer concludes.

By Tom Bramwell

19:25

"There are simply too many PS4 titles available before Christmas for me to be able to talk about each one," says Ryan, but the line-up is super strong, he adds.

By Tom Bramwell

19:25

Aha, here comes Andrew House.

By Tom Bramwell

19:25

Release date here we come?

By Tom Bramwell

19:25

House is president and group CEO of SCE.

By Tom Bramwell

19:25

BRING IT HOME ANDY

By Ellie Gibson

19:26

Real pleasure to be back at Gamescom, yadda yadda. TELL US THE DATE.

By Tom Bramwell

19:26

"PS3 continues to grow in strength." WHAT IS THIS

By Tom Bramwell

19:26

Within the SCE region, the RRP of 12GB PS3 is reduced to €199 and $199.

By Tom Bramwell

19:27

For COD: Ghosts, Watch Dogs and Battlefield 4, gamers who have already bought the PS3 version will be able to buy the PS4 versions for a "significantly discounted price", says House.

By Tom Bramwell

19:28

This is to help "reward PS3 gamers for their loyalty" and to make the transition to next-gen easier.

By Tom Bramwell

19:28

Oh do get on with it Paul Hollywood's probably putting those azure contacts in as we speak

By Ellie Gibson

19:28

He just recapped the PS Vita price cut and talked about how it will complement the PS4.

By Tom Bramwell

19:28

Right, PS4 launch date, come on.

By Tom Bramwell

19:29

"We set out to build the most powerful gaming platform with a deeply held, consistent focus on you, the gamer." Pause.

By Tom Bramwell

19:29

And it's great for developers too, he says.

By Tom Bramwell

19:29

And it embraces the always-connected world...

By Tom Bramwell

19:29

"And while others have shifted their message and changed their story..." Laughter in the room.

By Tom Bramwell

19:30

Sony was consistent, says House.

By Tom Bramwell

19:30

A reminder from House that the price is £349, $399 and €399, in case you'd forgotten. There are more than one million pre-orders already worldwide.

By Tom Bramwell

19:30

COME ON

By Ellie Gibson

19:31

PlayStation 4 will launch in 32 countries in total during this holiday season, and will become available in North America on 15th November and in Europe on 29th November.

By Tom Bramwell

19:31

House says thanks and the show's over.

By Tom Bramwell

19:32

Merry Christmas!

By Ellie Gibson

19:32

Well, that was exciting! In parts! See you next time!

By Ellie Gibson

19:33

Phew, thanks very much for staying with us, guys. Hope you all enjoyed it. Look out for more on many of those games throughout Gamescom on Eurogamer.

By Tom Bramwell

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