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Sony E3 2013 Keynote Recap: A Killer Price with No DRM in Sight

Sony might have been the last to show off their hardware design out of all three major console manufacturers, but it certainly rang in E3 2013 with a bang. The PlayStation 4 event was a combination of AAA games, new IPs, and some major reassurances regarding single-player experiences and DRM on their next-gen machine.

There were some amazing games on display, from Bungie’s newest franchise Destiny to an array of really cool looking indie titles, all coming to the PS4. We couldn’t cover them all in this recap video (after all, we’re trying to save you time, and rehashing every game would end up being as long as the show itself), but we’re happy to report on a handful of games that caught our eye.

As for Sony, they’re promising what Microsoft can’t: a DRM-free experience that encourages used game sales, and a console that doesn’t need to check in with a mothership every 24 hours if you want your games to keep working. People went ballistic when those announcements were made; then, Sony brought the entire house down by announcing the PS4 would be available this Fall for the low, low price of $399. That’s quite a savings compared to the Xbox One, and it will be interesting to see if Microsoft adjusts their DRM/game licensing policy in light of Sony’s keynote.

All we’re saying is,if there had been a mic in Jack Tretton’s hand, we wouldn’t have blamed him for dropping it at the end of this event. Stay tuned for all of our hands on coverage when the show floor officially opens at noon PST, Tuesday June 11.

Ashley Esqueda

Ashley Esqueda is a sixth-generation Southern Californian, and thinks that's pretty cool. Ever since her mom bought her an NES for her third birthday...