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Everything You Need To Know About The PlayStation 4

Sony today brought the world’s best developers together to show off its latest console: the much-vaunted, long-awaited PlayStation 4. We live blogged the event and in here you’ll find all the other coverage you need to know to be an instant expert.

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Live Blog:

Scroll from bottom to top to follow the whole event as it happened, or click one of our pictures to see the full gallery.

12:06pm
Thanks for joining our live blog coverage! Are you excited for the PS4?

12:05pm
Nope. No look at what the PS4 actually looks like, but it is coming Holiday 2013, so that November timeframe looks about right.

12:01pm
Sony is now wrapping up…BUT WE HAVEN’T SEEN THE CONSOLE YET?! Hopefully we get a look at it after this wrap video.

11:59am
Co-founder of Bungie is giving us some more in-engine peeks at Destiny right now. The PS4 will get exclusive content for Destiny when it launches.

11:58am
Activision is partnering with Bungie to put games on the PS4. Looks like Destiny is coming to PS4!

11:57am
CEO of Activision is up for the last partner to show off new games. Can we see the console yet?

11:54am
Blizzard is bringing Diablo 3 to the PS4! Demos and answers coming at PAX East.

11:51am
SVP Chris Metzen from Blizzard is up now to talk about some sweet games, presumably. “Many of you are wondering why an old-school PC studio is here crashing the Sony party…we have announced a new partnership [Blizzard and Sony] with which we will take over the world.”

11:46am
Live demo of Watch Dogs? YES PLEASE. God, who do I throw money at to get this game now?



11:43am
Here comes co-founder of Ubisoft Yves Guillemot. Time for some Watch Dogs amazement. I can’t wait for this game.

11:42am
Square Enix just announced a new Final Fantasy set to debut at this year’s E3.

11:41am
Oooh. Square Enix has a surprise for us. Sounds like new Final Fantasy!

11:39am
Square Enix’s new game has actually been shown before, at last year’s E3. Now we know it’s next-gen!


11:35am
About to see some sweet new gear from Final Fantasy studio, Square Enix.

11:32am
Deep Down is the working title for Capcom’s new IP running on the Panta Rhei engine. Some of these look pre-rendered to us. I think half of it is gameplay though. Screenshots up shortly.

11:30am


A new engine has been developed to make Capcom’s new PS4 games look awesome. It’s code-named Panta Rhei.

11:28am
Yoshinori Ono from Capcom is up now. Street Fighter time! Ono says he wanted to tweet about it so bad!

11:26am
Media Molecule just made the Move relevant with an awesome sculpture dance demo.

11:22am
Media Molecule has had troubles getting beyond the polygon when it made games. What it’s using to create sculpted games now is the PlayStation Move controller. He says it’s like cloud-watching where you can reach up and sculpt the clouds.

11:21am
Media Molecule is up, talking about recording their dreams. WHAT.

11:18am

Sorry guys, having issues with the problematic live feed again. We’re back online now, looking at some of the best shading and graphics ever seen in a game.

11:12am
We’re now watching a trailer for The Witness, a PS4 exclusive. Pretty music!

11:09am
We’re now talking indie games! Creator of Braid, Jonathon Blow is up first! He has been working on a puzzle game called The Witness. Apparently it’s going to be a mind-bender.

11:01am
Check out more PS4 titles over at the Kotaku live blog.

10:57am
Evolution Studios is up to talk about Driveclub.

10:56am
Here’s a first look at that awesome Killzone title.



10:49am
The first game we’re seeing? It’s called Killzone: Shadowfall and my God, is it beautiful.

10:48am
We’re now getting a look at launch titles. First up, Guerilla Games with a future-war game. Pics coming soon.

10:47am

I’m hearing the word “synergy” a few too many times…

10:45am
So the PS4 isn’t compatible with native PS3 games after all. Sorry, old discs…Cloud all the things!

10:40am
Now we’re about to hear about cloud game streaming from a few developers.

10:38am
CEO of Gakai confirms that the PS4 will stream PlayStation 3 games, but is it back compatible?

10:36am

I’m starting to get the feeling that Sony has released the PlayStation 4 to sell more PlayStation Vitas. Do you have one? Excited about it finally being relevant?

10:36am
Of course PlayStation has a second screen experience. Unlike Xbox Smartglass, however, PlayStation is tapping into its own handheld — the PS Vita — to let you stream games from your console to continue playing. GAME OVER, WII U.

10:35am
If you’re stuck, you can hit the Share button and give a friend access to your controller to stream your game to them, letting them take over and finish a particular section for you. New hacking and farming opportunities right there, folks. Excited so far?

10:34am
The Share button on the new PlayStation 4 controller will let you live stream your games to all of your friends to improve the spectator experience. Friends will also be able to “look over your shoulder virtually”. Creepy.

10:33am
There’s a lot of talk here about what PlayStation and PlayStation Network will do for social. Gaikai CEO says that Facebook doesn’t know a damn thing about your preferences. He says they want to create the world’s first gaming social network.

10:32am
The PlayStation 4 will let you know when your friend buys a game so you can buy it too and join in with them. The store is also ging to let you stream game demos from the sounds of things.

10:31am
CEO of Gaikai is up. Expect some more social news for a few minutes.

10:30am
And onto the next section! The awful UStream feed is reportedly blocking out new streamers, so if you close your connection to the live stream, you might have a few problems getting back in. We’ll bring you the news as best we can with this stream.

10:28am
Sony will feature a new recommendation engine for the next game you play. “If we can predict the next game you’ll play, we can have that game pre-loaded and ready to go.

10:25am
The social aspects will let you upload gameplay sessions and will let you reach out to a friend when they get into trouble in a game to “take over the controller and help them out”. Heads up, noob friends. PlayStation got your back.

10:24am
Social things are in there too. Does anyone really do social on their console?

10:23am
Sony is promising a resume experience on the PlayStation 4that means that when you put the power off, you can still resume your titles within seconds. You’ll also be able to play games as they’re downloaded.

10:17am

And here’s the new controller! It has rumble! Also has a share button, a light bar to see who each player is and a touch pad. You’ve also got a camera on there so you can see what’s up.

10:16am

The new PlayStation has a better GPU, CPU and 8GB of RAM.

10:10am

It’s official! We’re going to meet the PlayStation 4 over the next few hours.

10:08am
All we’re getting right now is the world’s record attempt for buzzword bingo. Meanwhile, the stream is having a few issues.

10:06am
Sounds like PlayStation Vita is about to be expanded to the living room.

10:03am
Andrew House, president of Sony Computer Entertainment is now on-stage, promising a “bold step forward”.

10:01am
And we’re underway! We start with a retrospective of all of PlayStation’s most popular games and ads. Sony says that imagination is the key to fighting reality. The last 20 years of PlayStation sure have been fun.

9:57am
We’re three minutes away and the number of people on the feed right now is close to two million. This is nuts!

9:45am
15 minutes! Get pumped! So what do you want to see from the new PlayStation? If it is even a new PlayStation, of course.

9:37am
We’re just under 30 minutes away from this huge PlayStation announcement, and I’m getting excited. People are taking their seats right now at the Manhatten Centre in New York City and the room looks to be quite something already. Remember, you can also live stream the event over here, and you can tune in to the news and thoughts of Kotaku‘s Mark Serrels over here.