Sony – All the info here.
· PS4 priced at $399 in the US, available for the holiday. Comes with 500GB HD, 1 DualShock 4 controller, 1 earbud headset, power cable, USB cable and an HDMI cable.
· PlayStation Eye Camera sold as an add-on for $59. Additional controllers are the same price ($59).
· Online multiplayer gaming on PS4 will require a PSN account, and PlayStation Plus subscription.
· Used games are supported with no restrictions. "When a gamer buys a PS4 disc, they have the rights to use that disc, resell it, lend it to a friend or keep it forever,"- SCEA CEO Jack Tretton.
· Games are region free.
· Sony Pictures is bringing original programming exclusively to the PlayStation Network and PS 4.
· Gaikai streaming tech coming in 2014, letting PS4 users instantly try games without a full download, deliver demos, etc.
· PlayStation Plus will be on PS4, still $49.99 per year.
· Grand Theft Auto 5 PlayStation 3 bundle on Sept. 17 for $299. Includes 500Gb PS3, 30-days PS Plus trial, and Pulse headset.
· Redbox Instant is bringing their 7k movie catalog to PS3, Vita and PS4. Netflix, Amazon Instant as well.
· Flixster is coming to PS4.
· Over 140 games in development for the PS4.
· PS4 Launch titles include:
· Software discussed: The Order 1886, Mercenary Kings, Octodad: Dadliest Catch, Rays the Dead, Galak-Z The Dimensional, Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn, Final Fantasy 15, Secret Ponchos, Kingdom Hearts 3, Red Barrels, Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee New N’ Tasty, Diablo 3, The Elder Scrolls Online, Elder Scrolls Online, and Mad Max.
Microsoft – All the info here.
· Xbox One priced at $499 in the US, available in November.
· Updated Xbox 360 console available with a new look. Same price as current model.
· Smartglass (for Xbox One) will let you track leaderboards, and a timeline of your friends achievements. SmartMatch will let you queue up for multiplayer matches while playing a game.
· MS Points are out, real money is in on both the 360 and Xbox One.
· Twitch game streaming is coming to all Xbox One games, exclusively for Xbox Live Gold subscribers.
· Free games coming to Xbox Live Gold members. Look for 2 per month, starting with Assassin’s Creed 2 and Halo 3 on July 1.
· Software discussed: Kinect Sports Rivals, medal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, RYSE: Son of Rome, Sunset Overdrive, Killer Instinct, Minecraft, Forza Motorsport 5, D4, Quantum Break, Project Spark, Dead Rising 3, Crimson Dragon, Below, Battlefield 4, and a new Halo in 2014.
· Excited about Killer Instinct? Wait for it… It’s is a day-one digital-only release that comes with one playable character (Jago). Other characters will all cost you.
EA – All the info here.
· Gen 4 software discussed: Plants vs. Zombies; Garden Warfare, Peggle 2, Star Wars Battlefront, need For Speed Rivals, Dragon Age Inquisition, Madden NFL 25 is an launch title for Xbox One and PS4, UFC coming, NBA Live 14, new Mirror’s Edge, FIFA 14 and Battlefield 4.
Ubisoft – All the info here.
· Gen 4 software discussed: Rocksmith 2014 Edition, Just Dance 2014, and Trial Fusion.
· Other software discussed: The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot, South Park: The Stick of Truth, Trial Frontier (mobile), Tom Clancy’s The Division (MMRPG), and Ryman legends.
Nintendo – All the info here.
· Software discussed: Super Mario 3D World, Mario Kart 8, Wii Party U, Wii Fit U, Art Academy, The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Bayonetta 2 (2014), Super Smash Bros. (2014), Pikmin 3, and The Wonderful 101.