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Sony premieres new games for PS4 at expo pse

June 14, 2014

LOS ANGELES: Sony is bringing new instalments of the video games Uncharted and LittleBigPlanet to PlayStation 4 as it celebrates the game console's triumph after six months.

The company also premiered Abzu, an undersea odyssey from the creators of Journey, and Entwined, a psychedelic 3D flying game.

And it showed highlights from the steampunk thriller The Order: 1886, during its annual presentation at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles this week.

On the hardware side, the company said it would bring PlayStation TV, its video- and game-streaming device, to North America and Europe later this year. The $99 (R1 064) device lets users stream-video older PlayStation titles and games for Sony's hand-held Vita system to any TV.

The "micro-console", which debuted in November in Japan as PSVita TV, also lets PlayStation 4 players send the action to a second TV.

On July 31, Sony will launch the open beta of its cloud-based PlayStation Now service, which will allow players to stream classic games from Sony's older consoles on to newer devices such as the PS4, the hand-held Vita, Xperia cellphones and Bravia TVs. Sony is also demonstrating Project Morpheus, its virtual reality headset, which won't be available to consumers for at least another year.

Sony has sold 7 million PlayStation 4 consoles to Microsoft's 5 million Xbox One units since both companies launched their consoles in November. However, both companies have outpaced the sales of their predecessor consoles - the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 - during the same amount of time. And, Sony's lead is far from insurmountable.

That makes exclusive titles like Uncharted 4: A Thief's End and LittleBigPlanet 3 more important. But one much-hyped PS4 exclusive, the racing game DriveClub, was conspicuously absent at this year's E3 presentation. Many of the games Sony showcased will also be available on the Xbox One.- Sapa-AP

Weekend Argus

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Source: Weekend Argus (South Africa)

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