Sony definitely gets the award for number of trailers and gameplay shown in their press conference at this year’s Gamescom. Rumoured to have had more games to announce then they could fit into one briefing, the company decided to make the most of the time by packing in even more trailers, including new footage for inFamous: First Light, The Order 1886, Little Big Planet 3 and first gameplay footage for new IP Bloodborne. For those of you who didn’t catch the livestream, here’s the biggest news from the PlayStation Conference.
PlayStation 4 sales reach 10 million
Kicking off the briefing Jim Ryan, CEO and president of SCE Europe, proudly announced that the PlayStation 4 has sold over 10 million units worldwide. Just to clarify Ryan stated that meant “10 million PS4’s sold through to consumers” and not just shipped to retailers, sitting on shelves.
With the total number of Xbox One units sold still unclear as Microsoft have yet to release any recent sales figures, it is estimated that the Xbox One has sold approximately 5 million units through to customers. It is an impressive goal for Sony to reach, essentially out selling Microsoft by 2 to 1, within nine months of the next-gen consoles release.
Destiny details revealed
To mark 4 weeks until the release of Destiny, Bungie and 343 industries displayed the world premier multiplayer trailer for the game, showcasing all of the different competitive game modes, including Skirmish, Salvage, Clash, Control, The Iron Banner featured in the beta, and Combined Arms, an all-out team deathmatch mode with vehicles.
Bungie also revealed that there are currently two expansions in the works for Destiny, the first of which will launch in December. Both Sony and Bungie were keen to reiterate their flourishing partnership, providing exclusive and timed content for PlayStation 3 and PS4 players.
DayZ Standalone coming to PlayStation 4
Dean ‘Rocket’ Hall, creator of the original DayZ mod, now head of development on the DayZ Standalone at Bohemia Interactive, took to the stage to announce that the PC survival hit will soon be coming to the PlayStation 4.
“Now it’s time for PS4 to get its own DayZ moments,” announced Dean Hall. “When we were considering console versions we were acutely aware of how important the PC version is to us. We didn’t want to just port DayZ but to develop the game, to each platform’s strengths.”
“Commitment to the PS4 version has given us cause to expand the parameters of the overall project, providing benefit to the existing PC early access, this has already resulted in the provision of 64-bit servers and we’re now committed to developing an entirely new cross-platform renderer to bring amazing new visuals to the game. Through an adaptable approach and development environment, this addition will allow not only PlayStation 4 owners to get into DayZ but it will improve all DayZ player experiences.”
With the PS4 version only having just been announced for development the final product is still a while off, but stay tuned for more details.
The PlayStation 4 is to get a new software system update
In the biggest update for the PlayStation 4, since the console was released almost a year ago, players will gain the ability to take over from other players midgame and play the game remotely from anywhere in the world.
Going into further detail on this feature titled ‘Share Play’ Jim Ryan said, “Share Play will allow any PS+ customer member to do the following: first you can invite any friend anywhere, to take turns playing any of your games with you, effectively passing the controller to your friends virtually, no matter where there are.”
“Second, you can invite another PS+ member to play together with you in the same session, either cooperatively or competitively, in essence sitting on the coach together but again no matter where your friend is.”
Ryan finished off by adding, “What’s special about Share Play is that your friends do not need to own or download the game.”
The 2.0 update will also include an intuitive friend finder, allowing players to search for friends via online ID and see recommendations for friends you already know, and the ability to upload recorded videos to YouTube through a dedicated app on the console.
Michel Ancel announces Wild
Rayman and beyond Good & Evil creator Michel Ancel, has announced a new PS4 exclusive IP called Wild, the debuting effort of his new independent game studio, Wild Sheep. Wild, an open world hunt and survival simulator will feature a vast explorable world potentially as large as Europe, with changing dynamic weather and seasons. The player will also have the choice to not only play as the humans but as any creature found within the game.
“The best feature came from our prototyping phase when we started playing as wolves, horses, sheep and even trout. So we decided that in Wild every creature should be playable, even the giant and dangerous ones!”
PlayStation Now coming to the UK
Sony has revealed that European PlayStation fans will be invited to the beta for the PlayStation Now service in 2015. Unfortunately a specific release date has not yet been revealed. UK residents will be the first participants invited to the beta Jim Ryan added, before the beta is rolled out to the rest of Europe.