E3 2016 is turning out to be fantastic! So many great games and hardware coming to us in the very near future. Earlier, we got a glimpse of what Xbox was bringing to the table. A lot to compete with, but the Playstation presentation brought their A game as well. Below is a recap of some of the highlights from Playstation’s panel.
Unfortunately, the Playstation Neo was not brought to E3 this year. We already knew that, but we were kind of hoping it was a ruse. Sony Interactive Entertainment World Wide Studios’ CEO, Shawn Layden did, however, showcase Playstation VR (Virtual Reality). Layden confirmed that Playstation VR (PSVR) will be available October 13, 2016 at a price point of $399. 50 titles will be available to play in VR from release to the end of the year. Layden made sure to point out that the PS4 was already capable of running VR games.
Playstation’s presentation started incredibly strong. Following a live orchestra performance, the lights dim. On the screen you see a boy playing with toys in the dirt. He goes inside his hut where he exchanges words with his father, who is hiding in the shadows. The conversation about hunting continues and out of the shadows, the boy’s father Kratos emerges. That’s right THAT Kratos.
The fun doesn’t stop there. Following Layden’s announcement of PSVR, a compilation reel started showcasing a few games that will be VR compatible. A quick reel of Star Wars: Battlefront X-Wing VR (which was revealed by EA during their EA Play event) was shown.
One game that got the crowd going, but did not show any actual game footage, was Batman: Arkham VR. The game is due out by October of this year, but nothing further was mentioned.
Other games that will be VR compatible are Farpoint, a space themed first person shooter and Final Fantasy XV VR Experience, which you will be able to play as the character Prompto.
The most epic of the VR reveals was that of a new Resident Evil. Check out the trailer below:
Moving on from the list of VR games, it was announced that Crash Bandicoot is returning for the new generation. Remasters of Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2, and Crash Badicoot Warped are coming. Crash will also make an appearance in the new Skylanders: Imaginators game as well.
The very long awaited, The Last Guardian, was given a new trailer and release date. Did you read that correctly? An OFFICIAL RELEASE DATE! October 25, 2016.
Playstation’s presentation ended very strangely. I say that because the most pulse pounding and crowd pleasing moment of their entire panel was not their curtain caller. Gameplay of Playstation exclusives Spider-man and Days Gone, seemed underwhelming compared to the standing ovation that was received when Hideo Kojima took the stage. Kojima introduced his new game, Death Stranding, under his new banner Kojima Productions.
Playstation did not disappoint at this year’s E3. You can check out the entire presentation here. How do you think they held up to Xbox’s presentation? Let us know what your favorite part of the Playstation panel was in the comments below. Be sure to keep tuning in to DHTG for more E3 coverage.