Quick recap of the Sony conference at Gamescom

Finally!  A release date!  Over at Gamescom in Germany, Sony finally announced the PS4 release date, among other things.  That magical date is November 15th, which is a Friday, a full two weeks before Black Friday here in the States.  What does this mean for the Xbox One release date?  It will be interesting to see whether they opt to try to release in that two week window or just go for an October release.

Other notable information from the conference was a price drop for the PS Vita, effective immediately.  The original price was $249.99 and now has been dropped to $199.99, putting it on the same level as a new Nintendo 3DS XL.  That should incite some competition, especially with the PS Vita being able to stream most PS4 games.  No further information was given on how the mobile device will effectively do this or the technical aspects of the streaming.

Two other confirmations were also made at Gamescom from Sony.  First is Twitch support for viewing and streaming will be in tow and the 12GB flash memory PlayStation 3 will be at the $199.99 price point.  The latter has been on sale since August 18th.

Now for some games!  Several games were announced, some old news and some new. Here is the list:

  • Rogue Legacy, Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number, N++, The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, Volume, Fez and Wasteland Kings will be coming out on both the PlayStation 4 and PS Vita
  • Developer The Chinese Room will be releasing Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
  • Shadow of the Beast is being “reimagined” by an unnamed developer
  • Arrowhead Game Studios is developing a sci-fi shooter called Helldivers
  • Borderlands 2 is coming to PS Vita
  • On December 6th, Gran Turismo 6 is launching for the PS3
  • Minecraft will make an appearance on the Sony platforms