Full writeup pending Most important stuff. 399 US Dollars price point (no word on different SKUs) 399 Euros 349 GB pounds “Holiday season” It seems to be the case the online multiplayer requires the paid PSN. --- Time for the second and, as Nintendo is not doing an E3 stage show, final E3 2013 stage show though the Nintendo Direct tomorrow is reckoned to be a big one. It will be nearing 4am by the time all this is said and done so please excuse typos and disjointed writing styles. Sony then.... the PS4 is set to come out around the same time as the Xbone after first being announced several months ago and this E3 is the one where games get shown and people get a proper chance to compare things. Sony started off very badly with the PS3 (doubly so considering the PS1 and PS2 were industry leaders at the time) and slowly improved things to where it was largely neck and neck with the 360. Now Microsoft appears to have gone off the deep end or at least spent too much time speaking to publisher sponsored cretins and the Wii U is not a technical competitor many are looking to Sony to fill the console void. Now Sony are no strangers to a bit of anti consumer controversy but given Microsoft's efforts and the somewhat lacklustre offerings from the other two it seems Sony will have to try really hard to screw this up. Microsoft, E.A. and Ubisoft presentations if you wanted a quick refresher. Sony have largely kept the singers, sports peoples and such like away from their presentations but they typically make up for it with embarrassing motion control demos so predictions as to what goes there are welcome. The final round of Buzzword bingo also starts with this. GBAtemp's ever fun IRC network are where all the cool kids will be hanging out during this presentation. Sony Gametrailers streamGamespot streamBy the time you read this the pre shows for those sites will have started The PS4 conference was a thing that happened back in February and not a great deal has happened since. We now see it to have fairly similar architectures to the Xbone (which is to say somewhat tweaked PC architecture) which is interesting as the Sony online offerings are slowly catching up to Microsoft's, indeed in some ways with their paid offerings it eclipses what Microsoft have done, and this last go around with the consoles led to the PS360 being a thing; there were still a handful of exclusives but take off things that got sequels (spiritual or otherwise), equivalent franchises or eventual ports/remakes and the respective libraries were very similar, extremely so compared to previous consoles. To this end many reckon Sony could "win" by default if they just turn up, say "we have some games", show they are not Microsoft and go home. The shape of the PS4 console is set to be unveiled but if the colour or shape of the console is something you get excited about, assuming it functions as it needs to and does not have wired controller ports at the back or something, then you might be setting about this game playing thing wrongly. The PS Vita is floundering a bit as well but an injection of a few games, something which the last few months do show as quite likely to happen, would probably see that do well. The other companies (Nintendo) Nintendo Nintendo are not having a big presentation like years past and instead have "Nintendo directs" timed to match up with this and the fairly interesting move of games being playable in various shops during E3. This is seen as a somewhat interesting move by many as the Wii U and 3ds are not doing as well as their predecessors (both Ubisoft and EA have potentially done some disservices in recent months though Ubisoft have said they are committed). In the case of the Wii U not many first and second party games, what many see as the reason to get such a console and the business types observe as the reason Nintendo are still around, have been released or announced and many are anticipating good things here.