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Pre-Order a PS4 with COD: Advanced Warfare Day Zero Edition, The Last of Us, Destiny & a year of PS+ for £399.99 at GAME!

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PS4

Pre-Order a PS4 with COD: Advanced Warfare Day Zero Edition, The Last of Us, Destiny & a year of PS+ for £399.99 at GAME!

Sony are reacting to Microsoft's killer Xbox One bundles with some hot deals of their own, and this one is an absolute belter. GAME will sell you a PS4 with Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Destiny Vanguard Edition, The Last Of Us Remastered and a year of PlayStation Plus for £399.99, which is a seriously impressive haul considering that the solus console still costs £349.99 at suggested retail price. Many thanks to Kidmonkey @ HUKD!

FOR SCIENCE! Matt and Carl investigate PS4's Share Play

Author:
Matt Gardner
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Features
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PS4, Share Play, Videos

FOR SCIENCE! Matt and Carl investigate PS4's Share Play

The PS4's update 2.0 was so powerful that it knocked out the PSN yesterday. Considering how long Sony have been doing this, you'd have thought that maybe, just maybe, they'd have learned to sort out their network stability a little better over the past handful of years... but no.

Anyway, Update 2.0 is out, things appear to be working properly, and one of the most lauded features of the new firmware package has arrived in the form of Share Play. In a nutshell, Share Play allows for a remote version of local game sharing -- be that passing a master controller to a friend, or allowing them to play a game that they don't currently own themselves. Sessions are limited to an hour at a time, PlayStation Plus is a requirement for controller sharing, and you can only use the multiplayer aspects of the service for games with local multiplayer components.

FOR SCIENCE! Matt and Carl investigate PS4's Share Play

It all seems to work very nicely indeed, though. To test out the service in the name of science, Carl and I fired up our machines and jumped into a game of FIFA 15, whereupon Carl and I were able to enjoy a match together despite Carl not owning the game in question. Side-by-side, the videos reveal that there's an ever-so-slight delay, but playing the game felt pretty seamless. There's a resolution drop, of course -- you can only play Share Play games in 720p -- but the game still looked pretty good at both end, and it should be noted that visual fidelity is an option that can be changed (we'd set ours to "high").

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COMMENT | Forget resolutions - the console hard drive situation is out of control

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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PS4, Xbox One

COMMENT | Forget resolutions - the console hard drive situation is out of control

I filled up my Xbox One's hard drive last month.

Sure, I arguably receive more games than the average console owner in my line of work, but less than a year after launch I'm being forced to delete entire games from my hard drive just to play and review new ones, requiring me to then re-install them down the line if I ever fancy a quick impulse play. Forza 5 swerved off the track, Ryse fell on its sword and I'm still struggling to keep on top of things.

And soon Halo: The Master Chief Collection wants to guzzle up another 60GB or so... followed by a 20GB patch. I'm sorry, but this situation has gotten entirely out of control and we're only a year into the current generation. Put the important debate about frame rates and resolutions on hold for a moment, because we might have bigger problems on the console front.

COMMENT | Forget resolutions - the console hard drive situation is out of control

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DualShock 4 PS4 Controller just £35 at Amazon

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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DualShock 4, PS4

DualShock 4 PS4 Controller just £35 at Amazon

DualShock 4 Controller | Amazon | £35.00
Review

The DualShock 4 is the biggest leap forward in PlayStation controllers since the D.A.C. Improving on the hilariously awful DualShock 3 in every way imaginable, it's now the premier console controller on the market in terms of functionality, value and comfort, despite its big glowing whale mouth.

Amazon are back in stock and their £35 price is seriously good, especially if you come up trumps with Flubit. Thanks to akathespike @ HUKD!

We Need To Talk About #PS4NoParity and Assassin's Creed Unity

Author:
Matt Gardner
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Features
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#PS4NoParity, Assassin's Creed: Unity, Framerate, Graphics, Podcast, PS4, Resolution, Ubisoft, Xbox One

We Need To Talk About #PS4NoParity and Assassin's Creed Unity

Another week, another Ubisoft story that has caused uproar and division, aided once again by statements from the publisher that only make things worse. This week, Sony fans are up in arms because Assassin's Creed: Unity will be released across Xbox One and PS4 running at 900p and 30fps.

For comparison's sake, Unity's predecessor -- Black Flag -- enjoyed a fairly equal release itself, but it wasn't long before the game was patched on PS4 to take advantage of that system's potential, and upgraded to 1080p/30fps with an additional free patch, with the Xbox One version stuck at the launch 900p/30fps.

There was disparity for Watch Dogs as well, running at 900p on PlayStation 4 and 792p on Xbox One.

Here, however, Ubisoft have opted for parity, apparently in order to "avoid all the debates and stuff," senior producer Vincent Pontbriand told VideoGamer in an interview. "Technically we're CPU-bound. The GPUs are really powerful, obviously the graphics look pretty good, but it's the CPU [that] has to process the AI, the number of NPCs we have on screen, all these systems running in parallel."

We Need To Talk About #PS4NoParity and Assassin's Creed Unity

Except it's done the complete opposite. A hashtag has emerged (all movements have hashtags these days) -- #PS4NoParity -- from fans accusing Ubisoft of dumbing the game down on Sony's platform to achieve console parity (Ubisoft have since refuted that notion). The ire from PS4 owners is somewhat understandable, consoles are an investment after all, and if you can only afford one, you want to try and make sure it's the best one, with the expectation that games will be optimised for the £300-400 machine you just bought. Of course, it's entirely possible that Ubisoft felt that this might be the correct move for the game -- trying to locate a graphical sweet spot that would please everybody while ensuring that all of Unity's systems could run smoothly and without compromise.

But we're not in the business of making excuses for publishing leviathans with triple-A titles coming out of their pores.

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PS4 Console now available for £295.95

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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console deals, hardware deals, PS4, PS4 games

PS4 Console now available for £295.95

PS4 Console | SimplyGames | £295.95 (inc. delivery)

Best not think about this one too hard, this is the cheapest price I've seen for a PS4 and should be snapped up immediately if you're on the hunt for a new console. I can't see it going much cheaper before Xmas, so this may be a good time to buy if it's on someone's list.

Thanks to eggbarker at HotUkDeals.

Get a PS4 with FIFA 15, Minecraft, Wolfenstein & inFamous: First Light for £369.85 at ShopTo

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PS4

Get a PS4 with FIFA 15, Minecraft, Wolfenstein & inFamous: First Light for £369.85 at ShopTo

The console price wars are really hotting up now that Microsoft have undercut the PS4 with the Xbox One. Sony and retailers are not pulling any punches, as we can see in ShopTo's new PS4 bundle that contains the console, Minecraft, FIFA 15, Wolfenstein and inFamous: First Light for only £20 more than the solus console's retail price.

Thanks to missgem @ HUKD!

DualShock 4 PS4 Controller just £35 at Amazon

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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DualShock 4, PS4

DualShock 4 PS4 Controller just £35 at Amazon

DualShock 4 Controller | Amazon | £35.00
Review

The DualShock 4 is the biggest leap forward in PlayStation controllers since the D.A.C. Improving on the hilariously awful DualShock 3 in every way imaginable, it's now the premier console controller on the market in terms of functionality, value and comfort, despite its big glowing whale mouth.

£35 is a good price for one too, unless you're willing to make yet another new Tesco account. Be aware that there's a 3-5 week wait, though. Thanks to striker33 @ HUKD!

Get a PS4 with FIFA 15, The Last Of Us Remastered, CoD: Ghosts and a year of PlayStation Plus for £399.99 at GAME

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PS4, Sony

Get a PS4 with FIFA 15, The Last Of Us Remastered, CoD: Ghosts and a year of PlayStation Plus for £399.99 at GAME

Christmas is fast approaching and the bundles are getting fatter. GAME are currently charging £399.99 for a great big one, which includes the PS4 console, FIFA 15, The Last Of Us Remastered, Call of Duty Ghosts (shame) and a year of PlayStation Plus.

Naturally it's possible to save more by buying a cheap solus console and cherry-picking a game or two, but for those who want to hit the ground running or win at Christmas presents, this one's rather impressive. Thanks to cbr6fx @ HUKD!

Pigeon Paramours, Console Confusion, and Carl's Big Choice - Game Buzz #88

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Matt Gardner
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News
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3DS, Batman: Arkham Knight, Bayonetta 2, Game Buzz, Hatoful Boyfriend, New 3DS, Nintendo, Podcast, PS4, PWNCAST, Xbox One

Pigeon Paramours, Console Confusion, and Carl's Big Choice - Game Buzz #88

This week's Game Buzz sees us take a gander at Nintendo's new new 3DS and attempt to understand its confusing branding and odd design choices, Jon explains in fowl detail how to chat up birds, I forget how to use words in describing Bayonetta 2's bonkers magnificence, we choose our favourite Batman film (and talk about Arkham Knight), and Carl might finally be about to buy a new-gen console.

Game Buzz | Episode 88 - Pigeon Paramours, Console Confusion, and Carl's Big Choice. Recorded 22nd August, 2014.

Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be some instances of strong language.

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The Grass Is Always Greener... I have a PS4, so why do I really want an Xbox One?

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Brendan Griffiths
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Features
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Opinion piece, PS4, PS4 games, Xbox One, Xbox One Games

The Grass Is Always Greener... I have a PS4, so why do I really want an Xbox One?

The grass is always greener on the other side. Early on in a new generation of consoles, you usually have to pick between two big rivals. It’s been like that throughout all of my formative gaming years. Sega vs. Nintendo. Nintendo Vs Sony. Sony Vs Microsoft. Whatever side you choose though, chances are your console is going to have a slow start during the first 18 months, especially with development time of the big Triple A titles getting longer and longer.

As a PS4 gamer I’ve had plenty of games to enjoy since launch from exclusives like Infamous and Killzone to the compelling third-party efforts like Assassin’s Creed IV, Wolfenstein the Lego games and more recently Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition. After E3 and Gamescom though, I have to admit I’ve been getting itchy feet and the feeling that I’m missing out by not having an Xbox One, like I said, the grass is always greener and all that.

Sony has kept many of their exclusives under tight wraps, with nothing solid to show yet for Uncharted and The Last Guardian. The constant delays and changing messages of DriveClub haven’t been encouraging and The Order: 1886 is still lacking that special something. And don’t even get me started on the complete silence on the future of the God of War series.

The Grass Is Always Greener... I have a PS4, so why do I really want an Xbox One?

Yet I look over at the Xbox One lineup and I see my beloved Insomniac bringing all the fun to the table with Sunset Overdrive (which I’ve managed to convince myself will be boring after half an hour) when gaming is crying out for a new-gen platformer in the ilk of Ratchet & Clank.

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Blue PS4 Controller back in stock for £39.97

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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DualShock 4, hardware deals, PS4

Blue PS4 Controller back in stock for £39.97

Blue DualShock 4 | GameStop | £39.97

The red and blue DualShock 4 PS4 controllers have become very rare since launch and you're lucky to see them drop below £50. GameStop have proved to be one of the few sites to get them in on a semi-regular basis though and for the best price too. Today's deal is a fiver cheaper than the next best price at ShopTo. I have one of these controllers myself and can attest to its gorgeous looks that make it a firm favourite over the regular black model. The issue with degrading rubber on the analogue sticks has apparently been fixed with newer batches of all DualShock 4 pads too.

Thanks to ettienem1001 at HotUkDeals.

Black PS4 Destiny bundle only £319.99 at ShopTo (eBay outlet)

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PS4, Sony

Black PS4 Destiny bundle only £319.99 at ShopTo (eBay outlet)

Destiny is so close we can taste the moon-wizards, but what platform to play it on? If you're in the market for a PS4, ShopTo might be about to make you an offer you can't refuse, seeing as they'll sell you a black Destiny bundle for £319.99 -- £30 less than a solus console at RRP!

Hot. HOT. Thanks to vimaltailor1 @ HUKD!

The 2014 Gamescom Awards - Game Buzz #87

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Beards, Bedlam, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Dead Island 2, Game Buzz, Gamescom 2014, Hideo Kojima, Podcast, PS4, PWNCAST, Rise Of The Tomb Raider, Silent Hills, Wii U, Xbox One

The 2014 Gamescom Awards - Game Buzz #87

It's time for the Gamescom post-mortem, prepare yourselves for awards, arguments, and accolades as we get stuck into the best and the worst of this year's show.

And a discussion about beards.

Game Buzz | Episode 87 - The 2014 Gamescom Awards. Recorded 22nd August, 2014.

Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be some instances of strong language.

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"It's just beyond our imagination" - A few reasons why the PS4 is doing so well

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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PS4, PS4 games, Shuhei Yoshida, Sony

"It's just beyond our imagination" - A few reasons why the PS4 is doing so well

"It's just beyond our imagination," said Sony Worldwide Studios boss, Shuhei Yoshida, speaking about the PS4's success. Over 10 million sales thus far, and counting.

"We are so happy. But I for one am a bit nervous because we do not completely understand what's happening. You need to understand why your products are selling well so you can plan for the future, right?"

It's a humble statement at first glance, but looking back at what's gone on over the past year or so, it's no surprise really that Sony have managed to extend a strong lead at the start of this new generation. Sony's message has remained so resolute, their communication never wavering for a second. Every step of the way they've delivered when it counts, not necessarily with perfect execution but, crucially, with more poise and appeal than their competition.

"It's just beyond our imagination" - A few reasons why the PS4 is doing so well

There was parity at the start of this generation -- unlike last-gen, neither Sony nor Microsoft had much of a jump on the other in terms of timing -- but being prepared counts for much, and having a solid strategy is invaluable.

So I don't believe you, Mr Yoshida, when you suggest that your company doesn't quite understand the recent success. To me, at least, it looks like a plan well executed. Here's why...

Staying on message

This has defined everything. #4thePlayers -- a motto much more than a social media hashtag, it underpins the entire philosophy behind the PS4. This isn't an all-in-one media centre, it's not one box to rule them all, it's a games console. Yoshida told Eurogamer that there was some trepidation over really focussing on games. "It defied the conventional thinking. Lots of people thought the dedicated game hardware might not be needed going forward, but still lots of people are very excited."

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Black PS4 Destiny bundle only £329.99 at ASDA

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Bungie, PS4, Sony

Black PS4 Destiny bundle only £329.99 at ASDA

Yesterday we ran a deal for the white PS4 Destiny bundle, which was a good price, but had one major problem. The console is utterly hideous. So if you're blessed with a sense of taste and an AV cabinet full of black devices, why not save an extra tenner and grab a black version of the bundle from ASDA instead?

Unless you want your PS4 to blend in with your kitchen appliances rather than your living room kit, that is. Remember to use voucher code CONSOLE at checkout!

Thanks to hatcher @ HUKD!

White PS4 Destiny bundle just £339.97 at GameStop

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Bungie, PS4, Sony

White PS4 Destiny bundle just £339.97 at GameStop

White PS4 + Destiny pre-order | GameStop | £339.97
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It may be garish if not bordering on the hideous, but the special edition white PS4 certainly turns heads. Especially since it also comes bundled with a physical copy of Destiny for £339.97 at Gamestop. This is a fantastic price and one that I'm not sure I can personally resist, to be perfectly honest.

Remember to join the Dealspwn Destiny Clan whatever platform you choose. My Little Dealspwny needs YOU! Thanks to roshambo @ HUKD!

Virtual sharing is a great idea, but PS4's SharePlay is looking like a mixed bag

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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PlayStation Now, PS4, PS4 games, SharePlay, Sony, Streaming, Virtual sharing

Virtual sharing is a great idea, but PS4's SharePlay is looking like a mixed bag

When PS Plus was made mandatory for online play on PS4, we wondered aloud whether or not Sony would rest on their laurels now that there would be a lessened need to attract subscribers with essential content. Instead, PS Plus has remained an absolute must-have on PS3 and Vita thanks to an Instant Game Collection that's seemingly getting better each month, and it's become a way in to many an indie title (and digital discounts) on PS4.

What is now clear, is that Sony hope to supplement that with integrated services. Services such as SharePlay, which was announced at Gamescom last week. Here's how it works:

"How it works is, for example, say, a friend has a game that I don't. I ask them to let me play it, and if they send me an invitation, I can access their PS4 and play while watching the video that is streamed," said Sony Worldwide Studio boss, Shuhei Yoshida, in an interview with Weekly Famitsu (via Kotaku). "You could call it a mini PlayStation Now."

Virtual sharing is a great idea, but PS4's SharePlay is looking like a mixed bag

Compatible with any game that uses the DualShock 4, SharePlay is actually fairly reminiscent of some of the digital sharing stuff Microsoft were blundering through in their garbled PR for the Xbox One ahead of the cavalcade of U-turns. It's an extension of try-before-you-buy -- a P2P streaming demo initiative that trades heavily on word of mouth. Sony have always been a bit better than Microsoft at cultivating a sense of community, and this is yet another initiative that reinforces that. SharePlay is Sony handing power over to their consumer communities and empowering gaming circles to facilitate engagement.

I can borrow a friend's game without owning it or getting off of the couch? Where the hell do I sign?!

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Postcards from Gamescom '14 | Day 0 - Microsoft, Sony, & Disney Infinity

Author:
Carl Phillips
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Features
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Disney, Gamescom 2014, Microsoft, PS4, Sony, Videos, Xbox One

Dealspwn are once again in Cologne for this year's Gamescom, having sent Carl & Jon to check out the upcoming titles that have been brought along to the three-day-long event... but before we get to that, our dynamic duo give their thoughts on how Sony & Microsoft did with their press conferences. We also get to hear their impressions on the upcoming build of Disney Infinity.

Stay tuned for their first proper day of highlights in our postcard tomorrow!

A Steady Smorgasbord of Creativity - Sony Gamescom 2014 Press Conference Impressions

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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Gamescom 2014, PlayStation TV, PS4, PS4 games, Rime, Share Play, Until Dawn, Wild

A Steady Smorgasbord of Creativity - Sony Gamescom 2014 Press Conference Impressions

No huge surprises that immediately knocked us for six for Sony at this year's Gamescom presser, but plenty of new trailers, lots of rumoured titles confirmed, and some interesting new features coming in the pending firmware update that we couldn't help but smile at.

Matt

You'd never guess that Sony spent millions making a super-powerful, really awesome handheld console. Such has the Vita fallen from favour that initiatives that won't see the light of day in Europe until next year get pride of place above it. Even PlayStation TV got a look in.

Sony didn't have the same sort of surprising bombshell that Microsoft managed to keep under wraps until deployment time, but that doesn't mean their showing at Gamescom this year was worse. Far from it, in fact. What we got over 70 brisk minutes was a smorgasbord of game after game, showing off the full range of creative games on offer on PS4 over the coming months.

DayZ coming to PS4 is a Big Deal, although with H1Z1 also coming from SOE, one wonders if Sony can have too much of a good thing going on there. As it is, they'll certainly be monopolising the console market when it comes to zombie survival games. In many ways, it's easy to look at the cavalcade of indie titles shown off in the first half hour as an extended trailer for PlayStation Plus over the coming year or so. Sony have used their subscription service to help introduce early adopters to games they might not normally buy, with indies featuring heavily on the service.

But these games delivered great showings in their own right too. Ninja Theory are perhaps one of the most underrated studios around, but I can't wait for Hellblade. I've been playing a lot of Wind Waker HD recently, and the trailer for Rime instantly struck a chord. It's good to see a return for that game after it was announced a year ago, and I for one will be watching it with a beady eye -- the word "sumptuous" comes to mind. Then, there was a lovely surprise at the end with Michel Ancel bounding onstage to announce that Wild -- his new IP from his new studio -- will be coming exclusively to PS4. It looks colourful and ambitions and charming, much like most of Ancel's work.

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