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PS4 reveal: Video stream, live blog from PS Meeting 2013

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PlayStation 4 is set to be announced this evening (February 20) from Sony's PlayStation Meeting 2013 event.

While Sony has yet to officially say that it is announcing a new console, a slew of industry rumours and video teasers suggest new hardware is set to be revealed.




But what is due to be announced exactly? Earlier today we gave our thoughts on what you should expect for the PS4's debut reveal.

You can watch the event live through the above stream, and keep up to date with the blog updates below when the conference begins at 11pm UK time / 6pm EST / 1pm PST.

> Read our on-going coverage of PlayStation 4


01:06That's all for the PlayStation Meeting tonight, thanks for reading and watching along with us.


01:05PS4 will release during the 2013 holiday season, but no price yet.


01:05Sony never actually showed the console, just the controller and a new PlayStation Eye-like accessory that uses two cameras.


PS4 reveal: New PlayStation 4 console camera

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PS4: First look at new PlayStation camera accessory



01:04Ending the conference with a montage of the games and tech demos that have been shown today.


01:03Activision is calling Destiny a "shared world shooter". Both PS3 and PS4 versions will be available when Destiny launches, and with exclusive content for Sony consoles.




00:59Activision is talking about Bungie's Destiny, which you might have heard about recently.


00:57One more partner Andrew House wants to introduce for the night, Activision.


00:55Full-screen four-player co-operative mode in the console version of Diablo 3.


00:55Oh, Diablo 3 will be on both PS3 and PS4. So that's a nice surprise.


'Diablo 3' screenshot

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Diablo 3 will come to both PS3 and PS4



00:54Blizzard is bringing Diablo 3 to PlayStation 4.


00:53"Blizzard and Sony have entered into a strategic partnership through which we will take over the world."


00:52Blizzard Entertainment is next on deck. Their first time on a console, according to Andrew House. What about the cancelled Starcraft: Ghost?


00:51He catches the criminal, but the police arrive and try to arrest him. He hacks the environment to launch a barricade in the middle of the street so he can escape by climbing a building. Hacking a train forces it to stop, allowing him to get on and start the train up again. The demo ends as a security camera tracks him.


00:49The player can look around the environment and see little smartphone icons over some people's heads. Locking onto one of them gives you information about the character. This is used to follow a character who is meeting with a criminal. The meeting goes sour and the player has to chase the criminal through the city.




00:48Now showing a live demonstration of Watch Dogs gameplay.


00:45Watch Dogs is the focus of Ubisoft's presentation today, but the company usually makes a lot of games for console launches.


00:44Yves Guillemot is talking about Watch Dogs, so that's now confirmed for next-gen consoles.


00:43That megaton will have to wait until June, but now it's Ubisoft's turn to introduce its games.


00:42"We are preparing for development of a Final Fantasy title. Please be excited for E3 this year."


00:41One other announcement from Square Enix!


00:41Nope, it's still just a tech demo showing the level of graphics we can expect from Square Enix's PS4 games, but it's not an actual game.


00:40One mage escapes and transforms a hyena into some sort of monster, then takes a soda bottle and changes the liquid inside into a healing potion. The trailer ends with her getting onto a dragon and flying away.


00:38Square Enix is showing their next-gen engine demo, which has been shown multiple times before. Some new footage too with machine gun-totting soldiers attacking a group of mages. Maybe they'll announce that it's actually part of a game this time?


00:35Another third-party partner is Square Enix. Could we finally see Final Fantasy Versus XIII? (probably not)


00:33Now showing a new IP running on PS4 using the Panta Rhei engine. Deep Down is the game's working title. The game looks a lot like Dragon's Dogma, with knights in a dungeon fighting against a giant dragon, but obviously a whole lot prettier.




00:31For PlayStation 4 Capcom is revealing a new engine codenamed Panta Rhei.


00:30He's talking about Capcom's support for past PlayStation consoles, with Resident Evil on PS1 and Onimusha and Devil May Cry on PS2. The PSP offered a portable experience that led to Monster Hunter while the PS3 allowed them to give new life to Street Fighter.


00:28Andrew House now introduces Yoshinori Ono from Capcom to start talking about third-party support for PlayStation 4.


00:27A logo saying 'PlayStation 4: the Creative Console'. It's unclear if that was just a tech demo or an actual game.


00:26It's a lot like puppetry, though it didn't look like the players had much control over the actions.


00:26Showing one dream that was created now. Two characters swaying and dancing, with the players swaying the Moving controllers to move them. One of them picks up a guitar, and now other players are getting involved with keyboards and drums to create a band.


00:24People can then use the sculpted objects to create their own "dreams".


00:23It started with a sculpting tool using the Move controller, letting players doodle in 3D. It's really impressive actually.


00:22The key is the Move controller!


00:21For the creativity aspect of games, Media Molecule is now on stage. They'll "let you record your dreams."


00:19So David Cage didn't announce a new game, but is very excited about the technology.


00:18He's talking about the beginnings of film, and how silent movies used different techniques to convey emotion, but as film progressed less exaggerated expressions were needed. This relates to PS4 because the technological advances will allow for a greater quality of emotion.


00:15David Cage from Quantic Dream (Heavy Rain) is next up talking about emotional games.




00:12PlayStation 4 will be the only console to have The Witness during the game's release window. Sounds like it'll be on other consoles later, but PS4 gets it first.


00:12The Witness takes place in an open world, but the game has been designed without filler. It won't be an expansive open world, but everything in it will be purposefully placed.


00:10Blow's next adventure game The Witness has been in development for three years, and it sounds like it's going to release on PlayStation 4.


00:09PS4 will continue to offer indie developers self-publishing. To talk about it, Braid creator Jon Blow is now on stage.


00:08Infamous: Second Son is the game. No other information, but the trailer looked great. There's a new character with a wider range of abilities.


00:05It's Sucker Punch's next game, something in the Infamous series.


00:05Nope, now they're talking about superhuman abilities. It's not Watch Dogs.


00:04The demonstration ends and moving immediately on to a new game. Talking about security cameras and freedom, and it sounds like it is probably going to be Watch Dogs from E3.


00:02Showing a demonstration of the game. It really is a first-person game, letting players walk around the car and look at the engine as a first-person character.


00:00DriveClub will use a first-person perspective with fully modelled car interiors to feel like you're driving the car. "We've gone borderline insane with detail." Talking about modelling individual fiber threads in seat fabrics.




23:59Play both asynchronously and together with groups of players online. The game is being compared to team-based shooters.


23:57Now introducing a new game called Driveclub, developed by Evolution Studios. The game is about team racing.


23:56After fighting through a building the player jumps off of the roof to grab onto a rope hanging from a flying transport. He hangs from it while it flies through the city, then plants C4 on the transport before jumping onto another roof.


23:52A bomb goes off in a nearby building, throwing the military base into panic. Helghast soldiers are invading, now it looks more like a Killzone game.


23:49Of course, the trailer opens with a ship flying through a city, just like the PS3's Killzone 2 trailer. But this area doesn't look like it's in the middle of a war like other Killzone games.


23:48Killzone Shadowfall is the title, now showing a trailer.


23:47First up is Guerrilla Games to introduce their next game.


23:46Michael Denny taking the stage to talk about games for the PS4.


23:42Okay, time for a montage of developers talking about how "simple" and "elegant" the PS4 design is.


PS4 launch: Mark Cerny, lead system architect for the Sony Playstation 4 speaks during an event to announce the new video game console

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Mark Cerny speaks at the PlayStation Meeting launching PS4



23:40Now he's teasing that they could put PS1, PS2, PS3, and PS Mobile games on any system, including PS4 using the streaming technology. Not confirming that it's happening, just saying it could happen.


23:38Gaikai technology has been used to try and eliminate controller lag when playing games on Vita using remote play.


23:37Now talking about remote play through Vita, letting users play their PS4 games on Vita. It seems similar to how the Wii U gamepad works. Games can be moved from the PS4 to Vita at will.


23:35With the Ustream integration, players can schedule streaming times for their games.


23:35You can also hand the controls over to a spectator, letting them play if you get stuck in a game.


23:34PS4 will offer spectating of games. The share button lets you also live stream your game. Friends can even post comments and feedback while you play.


23:33PlayStation Network will integrate with Facebook and Ustream.


23:32Gaikai cloud streaming will let users try games instantly from the PlayStation Store before buying them.


23:31PlayStation Network and PS4 will be integrated with Gaikai. "What we're making is the fastest, most powerful network for gaming."


23:30Gaikai CEO David Perry is now taking the stage. Time to talk about streaming games.


23:27Smartphone integration for browsing content no matter where you are.


PS4 launch: Andrew House speaks at an event to announce the Sony Playstation 4 Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, in New York.

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Andrew House on stage at the PS4 launch event



23:26PS4 will keep the existing usernames and avatars, but will also integrate with other social networks for using your real name on the system.


23:26As to the controller's share button, players can instantly upload videos, scrolling through the last few minutes of gameplay. The video will upload in the background while you play.


23:25PS4 digital games can be played while they are being downloaded? The system will download a section of the game to get it started then download the rest in the background while you play.


23:24PS4 offers a suspend feature by pressing the power button to put the console to sleep. Almost exactly like Vita.


23:22Showing a new game. Stars a creature called "Knack" that can grow and change forms. Humans created him to fight against goblin armies. It looks like Dreamworks film quality. Officially called Knack.


23:18Controller has a touch pad, share button, and light bar that acts like a PlayStation Move. There is a new Light Bar accessory that tracks the controller.


23:17Showing the DualShock 4 controller. It looks familiar, but it is slighly modified from the leaked images.


PS4 reveal: New PlayStation 4 console controller

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PS4: First official look at the updated DualShock controller



23:17"Supercharged" PC architecture with 8GB of RAM. Developers are going to be happy about that RAM.


23:15PS4 is a system by game creators, for game creators.


23:15Key PS4 concepts were not letting anything get between players and the game, simpler architecture and make developers happy.


23:13Traditionally game consoles were a single purpose device for playing games. When the PS3 launched things were starting to change, but the console wasn't designed for it.


23:12Lead System Architect Mark Cerny taking the stage. Gotta love the nod to him creating Marble Madness.


23:10New business models like free-to-play to be featured on PS4.


23:09PlayStation 4 confirmed as the console's name, PS4 logo displayed.


23:07Andrew House saying that Sony is "re-conceptualizing how the gamer wants to play."


23:03Sony is showing a montage of footage from PS1, PS2 and PS3 games and commercials to kick things off. Very nostalgic.


23:00The PlayStation Meeting is now starting, get ready!

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