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Sony is holding its press briefing at the 2013 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) starting at 6 p.m. PST today.

The whole world will be watching what happens at E3, the big gaming trade show that should draw 45,000 to 50,000 game-industry professionals this week in Los Angeles.

We’re expecting to hear more details about Sony’s upcoming PlayStation 4 console, coming this fall. GamesBeat staff will liveblog the event in real time on this page, so please be sure to come back later for commentary on the event.

Sony first announced the PlayStation 4 in February and showed off a bunch of new titles, from a new Killzone game to Knack from renowned developer Mark Cerny.

Hopefully, the company will show a real box this time. We’re expecting to hear more about a launch date or launch window today as well, but we might not see a price on the machine until later. Please add your own comments as you watch the event.

Here’s the livestream:

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Shoe June 10, 20138:07 pm

OK, that wraps up this press conference. Thanks for tuning in. Please stay tuned to http://gamesbeat.com/e3-2013 for a ton more coverage tonight and all week long. Thak you!

Dean Takahashi June 10, 20138:04 pm

Well, the scales have tipped. Your move, Microsoft.

Shoe June 10, 20138:04 pm

Sony took a lot of very direct shots at Microsoft tonight — and it won most of them.

Jason Wilson June 10, 20138:03 pm

Shoe June 10, 20138:02 pm

$100 cheaper than Xbox One!

Shoe June 10, 20138:02 pm

$399 for PlayStation 4.

Shoe June 10, 20138:00 pm

PlayStation’s cloud-gaming service: starting in 2014.

Shoe June 10, 20138:00 pm

PS4 will have some “long-term” exclusive relationship with Activision and Bungie for Destiny. What exactly is unclear, but the game will “evolve” in a more exclusive fashion on PS4 somehow.

Jason Wilson June 10, 20137:59 pm

Shoe June 10, 20137:58 pm

Now more than five. More people keep joining the session!

Jason Wilson June 10, 20137:57 pm

Shoe June 10, 20137:57 pm

Now the players joined a “public event” — five people are now playing together.

Jason Wilson June 10, 20137:55 pm

Jason Wilson June 10, 20137:55 pm

Shoe June 10, 20137:54 pm

Upgradeable guns in Destiny.

Shoe June 10, 20137:54 pm

If you look for Halo comparisons, you can find them. A little lit-up companion flying around, no look-down-iron-sights shooting. More open-form combat (vs. very scripted Call of Duty style). But these guys have *powers*.

Jason Wilson June 10, 20137:53 pm

Jason Wilson June 10, 20137:52 pm

Shoe June 10, 20137:52 pm

Watching a co-op session for Destiny. They’re inside a giant dam-like wall. One player releases a “ghost” companion that helps light the way.

Jason Wilson June 10, 20137:51 pm

Jason Wilson June 10, 20137:50 pm

Jason Wilson June 10, 20137:49 pm

Jason Wilson June 10, 20137:49 pm

Shoe June 10, 20137:49 pm

We have lots of Destiny coverage coming up on GamesBeat.

Shoe June 10, 20137:47 pm

Now showing Bungie’s Destiny.

Shoe June 10, 20137:45 pm

Drive Club: PS Plus Edition free to PS Plus members.

Shoe June 10, 20137:44 pm

PlayStation Plus membership will carry over to PS4.

Shoe June 10, 20137:44 pm

PlayStation Plus will continue on PS4.

Jason Wilson June 10, 20137:44 pm

Shoe June 10, 20137:42 pm

PS4 disc-based games don’t need to be connected online. Single player offline is perfectly OK.

Shoe June 10, 20137:42 pm

Can trade in games at retail, sell it to another person, lend it to a friend, or keep it forever (disc-based games).

Jason Wilson June 10, 20137:42 pm

Shoe June 10, 20137:41 pm

PS4 supports used games. Huge cheer from the crowd.

Jason Wilson June 10, 20137:41 pm

Jason Wilson June 10, 20137:40 pm

Shoe June 10, 20137:40 pm

Update: It *is* Mad Max, and Max *does* put the guy out of his misery. Not by using his last shotgun shell but by running over him.

Shoe June 10, 20137:39 pm

Another PS4 premiere. Opening of a guy driving up, finding another guy in the desert. Very Mad Max-ish. He only has one bullet, so he won’t put the other guy on the ground out of his misery.

Jeff Grubb June 10, 20137:38 pm

He wants to eat your soul.

Jason Wilson June 10, 20137:38 pm

Jason Wilson June 10, 20137:38 pm

Shoe June 10, 20137:37 pm

The Elder Scrolls Online .. comes to PS4 Spring 2014. Beta is exclusively first on PS4.

Shoe June 10, 20137:35 pm

The Elder Scrolls Online. We saw this last E3. Now on PS4?

Jason Wilson June 10, 20137:35 pm

Shoe June 10, 20137:34 pm

We’re seeing a next-gen Lebron James in NBA 2K14. Showing his in-game model talking next to the real thing.

Jeff Grubb June 10, 20137:34 pm

Lebron’s in-game neck beard is so lifelike!

Shoe June 10, 20137:33 pm

PlayStation 4 gets an hour of extra, exclusive gameplay in Watch_Dogs.

Shoe June 10, 20137:32 pm

Sony blacked out the arena’s lights at the same time the Watch_Dogs guy caused a blackout in the game. Nice touch.

Shoe June 10, 20137:30 pm

We’ll have a lot more on this game soon.

Shoe June 10, 20137:27 pm

Watch_Dogs live gameplay. It looks really good.

Shoe June 10, 20137:25 pm

Assassin’s Creed 4 kept stuttering and finally crashed. Too bad. Feel bad for the guy doing the demo.

Shoe June 10, 20137:24 pm

A lot of technical problems for that demo. At least we know it’s live, not video.

Shoe June 10, 20137:23 pm

Next-generation fire sure looks purty.

Jason Wilson June 10, 20137:21 pm

Shoe June 10, 20137:21 pm

It looks good on PS4 — jungle scene with very natural foliage that you realistically move through.

Jason Wilson June 10, 20137:21 pm

Dean Takahashi June 10, 20137:20 pm

Uh oh. AC IV Black Flag is running jerky on the big screen.

Shoe June 10, 20137:20 pm

Live Assassin’s Creed demo right now, after a brief technical hiccup.

Jason Wilson June 10, 20137:19 pm

Dean Takahashi June 10, 20137:19 pm

Final Fantasy XV or Versus XIII looked good. So did Kingdom Hearts III. So did the ….

Jason Wilson June 10, 20137:18 pm

Jason Wilson June 10, 20137:18 pm

Shoe June 10, 20137:18 pm

Oh, Final Fantasy XIV (14) is coming to PS3 and PS4. Good luck keeping track of all of those.

Shoe June 10, 20137:17 pm

“Now in development” — so that may be a ways away yet.

Shoe June 10, 20137:17 pm

Kingdom Hearts III.

Shoe June 10, 20137:16 pm

They’re teasing a quick video of a new Kingdom Hearts right now. Audience is quite excited.

Jason Wilson June 10, 20137:16 pm

Shoe June 10, 20137:16 pm

New Kingdom Hearts coming!

Shoe June 10, 20137:16 pm

The Final Fantasy Versus XIII logo changed at the end to Final Fantasy XV. That’s “15” for you non-Romans.

Jason Wilson June 10, 20137:15 pm

Jason Wilson June 10, 20137:15 pm

Shoe June 10, 20137:15 pm

A little Shadow of the Colosssus moment there.

Jason Wilson June 10, 20137:15 pm

Shoe June 10, 20137:14 pm

Final Fantasy XIII Versus.

Jason Wilson June 10, 20137:14 pm

Shoe June 10, 20137:14 pm

Shocking: All the male characters in this video have ridiculous hair.

Shoe June 10, 20137:13 pm

Some series called Final Fantasy or something?

Shoe June 10, 20137:12 pm

Square Enix now showing off a PS4 game.

Jason Wilson June 10, 20137:12 pm

Jason Wilson June 10, 20137:11 pm

Shoe June 10, 20137:11 pm

Diablo III coming to PS4 (and PS3). Yawn.

Shoe June 10, 20137:10 pm

Galak-Z: The Dimensional. All these games just mentioned console debut on PS4.

Shoe June 10, 20137:10 pm

Secret Ponchos. Ray’s The Dead. Outlast.
New ‘n’ Tasty — Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee, a remake is coming!

Jason Wilson June 10, 20137:09 pm

Jason Wilson June 10, 20137:09 pm

Shoe June 10, 20137:08 pm

Mercenary Kings from the Scott Pilgrim vs. The World devs.
Octodad: Dadliest Catch.

Jason Wilson June 10, 20137:07 pm

Shoe June 10, 20137:07 pm

Another indie game: Don’t Starve, from the Shank people.

Jason Wilson June 10, 20137:07 pm

Shoe June 10, 20137:06 pm

Sony wants to let indie devs self-publish their own content.

Jason Wilson June 10, 20137:05 pm

Shoe June 10, 20137:05 pm

Same overhead perspective as Bastion, in a futuristic city.

Shoe June 10, 20137:05 pm

Their game, Transistor, hits PS4 early next year.

Jason Wilson June 10, 20137:04 pm

Jason Wilson June 10, 20137:04 pm

Shoe June 10, 20137:04 pm

Supergiant Games (Bastion) onstage now.

Shoe June 10, 20137:04 pm

We’re probably going to see some indie stuff now.

Shoe June 10, 20137:03 pm

Adam Boyes, VP of Third Party Relations, SCEA now onstage.

Jason Wilson June 10, 20137:03 pm

Shoe June 10, 20137:03 pm

Tomorrow, the full demo of that will be live at 1 p.m. in the Sony booth or on PlayStation.com. It’s actually a little funny. We’re not sure what’s going on here, but some broken fourth-wall stuff here.

Jason Wilson June 10, 20137:02 pm

Shoe June 10, 20137:02 pm

He looks REALLY real.

Shoe June 10, 20137:01 pm

The Sorcerer — old guy is the same old guy from previous “realistic face” demos.

Shoe June 10, 20137:01 pm

That’s a good time for us to remind you: A good-looking “in-game engine” demo doesn’t necessarily look the same as what you’ll play when the controller is in your hands. You can always make a scripted movie look better.

Jason Wilson June 10, 20137:01 pm

Someone went to the Emperor Palpatine school of evil speeches.

Shoe June 10, 20137:00 pm

The Dark Sorcerer by Quantic Dream — we’re looking at a movie now, but Sony reminds us it’s all in-game real-time graphics.

Shoe June 10, 20136:58 pm

Killzone, Drive Club, Knack are launch titles. Infamous next year.

Shoe June 10, 20136:58 pm

Knack: This was a new game they introduced at the PS4 reveal.

Jason Wilson June 10, 20136:58 pm

Jeff Grubb June 10, 20136:57 pm

Great use of music by InFamous.

Shoe June 10, 20136:57 pm

It still has a super-powered protagonist, but it has a decidedly different vibe from past games. Much more detailed worlds, more futuristic setting, more story-driven, probably more character development. Seems like story will be a bigger deal here.

Jason Wilson June 10, 20136:57 pm

Jason Wilson June 10, 20136:57 pm

Dean Takahashi June 10, 20136:57 pm

Sucker Punch: inFamous Second Son. It’s electric.

Jason Wilson June 10, 20136:56 pm

Shoe June 10, 20136:56 pm

Infamous: Second Son video.

Shoe June 10, 20136:55 pm

Drive Club. Another one from the PS4 reveal a few months back.

Shoe June 10, 20136:55 pm

New footage. The visuals are a little Crysis 3-ish.

Shoe June 10, 20136:54 pm

Killzone: Shadow Fall. We saw this during the PS4 reveal.

Jason Wilson June 10, 20136:54 pm

Shoe June 10, 20136:53 pm

The Order: 1886 … a new PS4 game coming.

Dean Takahashi June 10, 20136:53 pm

The Order 1886.

Jason Wilson June 10, 20136:53 pm

Dean Takahashi June 10, 20136:52 pm

New IP has come: Cinematic, created in engine. It’s scary. Shooting creatures in the fog.

Jason Wilson June 10, 20136:52 pm

Shoe June 10, 20136:49 pm

40 PS4 titles in development.

Jason Wilson June 10, 20136:49 pm

Jeff Grubb June 10, 20136:49 pm

Yeah, that whole non-gaming section sure was written as if it was *just* for gamers. Really reactionary after the Microsoft Xbox One reveal.

Dean Takahashi June 10, 20136:48 pm

Shu Yoshida: 14 game studios at Sony: the largest first party in the world.

Shoe June 10, 20136:47 pm

Flixster is coming to PS4 as well. “Further commitment that we’re providing gamers … entertainment.” See? There they go again. All this extra multimedia stuff they’re making an effort of making it “for gamers.”

Jeff Grubb June 10, 20136:47 pm

This is the part of the show where Andrew House tells us about Sony’s corporate partners.

Shoe June 10, 20136:46 pm

Music Unlimited available from day one. PS3 is #1 Netflix platform. Redbox Instant is coming.

Jason Wilson June 10, 20136:46 pm

Shoe June 10, 20136:44 pm

Sony keeps reiterating TV/movie content ‘for gamers’ as if they’re afraid of a Microsoft-like reaction. They clearly don’t want to scare gamers off, but that’s a weird way to frame this. Pretty sure gamers like all sorts of media content.

Dean Takahashi June 10, 20136:44 pm

Sony Pictures is doing brand new original programming plan for content exclusively on PS 4. Just like with the “Amazing PlayStation 2.”

Jason Wilson June 10, 20136:44 pm

Shoe June 10, 20136:43 pm

Exclusive TV content for PlayStation Network and PS4 from Sony Pictures, tailored for gamers.

Shoe June 10, 20136:43 pm

Showing off that Sony made Community, Spider-Man, Breaking Bad…

Shoe June 10, 20136:42 pm

TV/movie/music content “curated for gamers” — what does that mean? Daft Punk, Jack White… so that’s what you guys like? No classical music?

Dean Takahashi June 10, 20136:42 pm

The PS 4 is visible

Jason Wilson June 10, 20136:41 pm

Jason Wilson June 10, 20136:41 pm

Shoe June 10, 20136:41 pm

Uh-oh — big screens showing a lot of movie/TV posters! Microsoft didn’t get such a hot reaction when they went this multimedia route. Let’s see how Sony tackles this.

Jason Wilson June 10, 20136:41 pm

Jason Wilson June 10, 20136:40 pm

Shoe June 10, 20136:40 pm

We’ll have a picture uploaded here in a sec.

Jason Wilson June 10, 20136:40 pm

Jason Wilson June 10, 20136:40 pm

Shoe June 10, 20136:40 pm

GamesBeat guys saying it looks like a PS2.

Jeff Grubb June 10, 20136:39 pm

PlayStation 4 looks like two pizza boxes thrown haphazardly on top of one another.

Shoe June 10, 20136:39 pm

Here is our first official glimpse of the actual PS4 hardware.

Jason Wilson June 10, 20136:38 pm

Shoe June 10, 20136:38 pm

Andrew House, president of SCEA, onstage to talk PS4.

Shoe June 10, 20136:37 pm

OK, it’s PlayStation 4 time! Yeah, who cares about Batman, GTA, GT, etc.

Jason Wilson June 10, 20136:37 pm

Jason Wilson June 10, 20136:37 pm

Shoe June 10, 20136:37 pm

$299 exclusive Grand Theft Auto V PlayStation 3 bundle (500 GB) coming Sept 17.

Jason Wilson June 10, 20136:36 pm

Jason Wilson June 10, 20136:36 pm

Shoe June 10, 20136:36 pm

Nightfall and 1960s versions of Batman exclusive to PS3.

Shoe June 10, 20136:35 pm

Crowd cheering for the Joker more loudly than Batman himself. Arkham Origins comes out 10/25.

Dean Takahashi June 10, 20136:35 pm

Batman wasn’t very nice to drop that guy.

Jeff Grubb June 10, 20136:34 pm

Yeah, OK — I’m ready for another Batman game.

Shoe June 10, 20136:33 pm

Now previewing third-party PS3 games. Now getting a look at the new Batman.

Jason Wilson June 10, 20136:33 pm

Jason Wilson June 10, 20136:33 pm

Dean Takahashi June 10, 20136:33 pm

Tretton: Not too shabby for a platform in its seventh year.

Shoe June 10, 20136:32 pm

GT6 kinda makes you wonder if we really need next-gen, though. Cars look great. I don’t know if I can tell you the visual differences between these rides and their Xbox One/PS4 brethren.

Shoe June 10, 20136:31 pm

Gran Turismo 6: Smattering of applause. Yes, it’s GT. But it’s a little … underwhelming now after seeing The Crew and Need for Speed earlier today from Ubisoft and EA, respectively.

Jason Wilson June 10, 20136:31 pm

Jason Wilson June 10, 20136:31 pm

Shoe June 10, 20136:30 pm

Beyond: VERY different vibe from older previews/videos.

Shoe June 10, 20136:30 pm

Beyond: Two Souls — showing the more tough side of our 13-year-old protagonist. Dean felt it was a little strange and almost out of place. Yes, she’s possessed — but the game is very tough-guy now.

Dean Takahashi June 10, 20136:30 pm

Jodie Holmes is the new Rambo.

Jason Wilson June 10, 20136:29 pm

Jason Wilson June 10, 20136:29 pm

Shoe June 10, 20136:29 pm

Video for Rain now, which was a little Journey-like in our eyes: http://venturebeat.com/2013/03/25/playstation-3s-rain-may-be-the-next-journey/

Dean Takahashi June 10, 20136:28 pm

As Shoe says, Rain is going to be the next Journey.

Jason Wilson June 10, 20136:28 pm

Dean Takahashi June 10, 20136:28 pm

I really want to go home and finish The Last of Us.

Shoe June 10, 20136:28 pm

Puppeteer is up: Very quirky, “dark fairy tale” platformer.

Jason Wilson June 10, 20136:27 pm

Here is our review of The Last of Us: http://venturebeat.com/2013/06/05/the-last-of-us-review/ We really like it.

Shoe June 10, 20136:27 pm

This is a great video, if you can see it on the live steam above. I wish I could play it now.

Shoe June 10, 20136:26 pm

Now talking The Last of Us. Yeah, the game’s not out yet, but this is old news! See our review: http://venturebeat.com/2013/06/05/the-last-of-us-review/

Shoe June 10, 20136:25 pm

That was quick! Now we’re onto the PlayStation 3.

Shoe June 10, 20136:25 pm

Vita owners will play PS4 games over remote play.

Shoe June 10, 20136:24 pm

Final Fantasy X, X-2, Dead Nation, Flower, Walking Dead, and more coming.

Dean Takahashi June 10, 20136:24 pm

Final Fantasy X and X-2. Flower, Dead Nation all coming soon.

Jeff Grubb June 10, 20136:24 pm

It’s a problem when your biggest applause is Killzone.

Dean Takahashi June 10, 20136:23 pm

Sony has an awesome screen.

Shoe June 10, 20136:23 pm

85 titles for PS Vita by the end of the year.

Jason Wilson June 10, 20136:23 pm

Dean Takahashi June 10, 20136:22 pm

He says Vita is just beginning its life cycle. Add up all of the games, and you get 650 titles available. On average, in U.S. , Vita customers buy an average of 10 games.

Jason Wilson June 10, 20136:22 pm

I’m game for more Vita talk. I’ve played it every day for two months now.

Shoe June 10, 20136:22 pm

Jack Tretton onstage, saving PS4 for later. First, Sony wants to talk PS3 and Vita.

Jason Wilson June 10, 20136:21 pm

Dean Takahashi June 10, 20136:20 pm

Jack Trentton is on stage.

Shoe June 10, 20136:19 pm

Sony’s loud, loud, LOUD montage of game-video clips playing now to set the mood. A nearly deaf mood.

Dean Takahashi June 10, 20136:19 pm

Shoe June 10, 20136:17 pm

Testing! Sony presser is starting now.

Dean Takahashi June 10, 20136:17 pm

We are inside with electricity.


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