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At tonight's PlayStation meeting, Sony revealed Drive Club, a game that has existed as a concept for over ten years. Drive Club is your traditional racing game, focused on the best cars in the best locations, but Drive Club also puts an emphasis on team-based play. The exact details of this focus are not yet clear, but they surely will be soon enough.

Drive Club will feature access from other devices such as smartphones, so you can access your account and clubhouse from anywhere in the world. They make a big deal about the extreme detail of the graphics, which unfortunately will go largely unnoticed for their extreme development cost. They then talk up the experience, such as "breathing." Sounds like a lot of hyperbole for what seems to be a pretty generic game, but I'm willing to bet Drive Club will pleasantly surprise us all.

Off-TV play has been gracing Wii U owners for quite some time now, and Sony has decided that it's a wonderful feature. That's no attack on them, it really is a wonderful feature. Gamers who own a PS Vita and a PlayStation 4 will be able to connect the two devices and play console games on a portable screen, very much like the Wii U and its GamePad offer. Unfortunately, gamers who want this option are going to have to cough up the money for two consoles instead of the one they need for Wii U. Will you get a Vita just for "remote play," or is this feature not worth the extra cash to you?

Sony has set out to create a well-connected PlayStation Network for the upcoming PlayStation 4. The new PlayStation Network is integrated with Facebook and Ustream so that everything you do is connected to all of your friends. I love PlayStation Network, but seeing "X Friend earned a trophy in [game]!" on Facebook has never made me feel better about my friends nor Sony, so seeing them actively work to integrate the services even further is not particularly exciting. In fact, I'm a little bit disappointed that Sony thinks this is the way to achieve market dominance. What do you think?

At the PlayStation meeting, Mark Cerny, who previously worked on titles such as Sonic the Hedgehog and Crash Bandicoot, has unveiled a new IP called Knack. The trailer doesn't do much to boast the new console's "advanced" graphics, but it looks like an exciting game nonetheless. Knack is some sort of robot used by humans in an intergalactic war who starts off as a cute little guy, but can grow to great size and strength. The trailers shows off monsters, archers, tanks, and spaceships, so it's going to be exciting how the game turns out.

The rumors were true! At tonight's PlayStation meeting, project manager Mark Cerny officially revealed the PlayStation 4's controller, the DualShock 4. We can see the touchpad and new analog sticks in many leaked photos, but we know now that this controller is what Sony will be using in the final release of PlayStation 4. Previously unannounced, the DualShock 4 has one light bar to differentiate between players, but it's currently unclear what further possibilities this opens up. I wonder when it will be released?

At the big Sony conference tonight, we got the PS4 announcement we expected; we were also informed that the system architect was none other than Mark Cerny, a developer who had a hit game by age 20 with Marble Madness, and worked on such titles as Sonic the Hedgehog, Crash Bandicoot, and Jak and Daxter. This is definitely a man who knows fun gaming, so here's hoping he knows how to make a great console too.

At tonight's PlayStation meeting, the PlayStation 4 was officially announced. Shedding its codename "Orbis," PlayStation 4's announcement followed loads of corporate jargon that essentially says "gaming is fun." The focus of much of the speech is "new ways to play," so it will be interesting to see what they mean as the night goes on. As more news is made clear, you'll be able to find it here on Gamnesia.

With Sony's big PlayStation event happening tonight, there are sure to be leaks all around the web. Times Magazine recently came across a few leaked documents that suggest that the PlayStation 4, codenamed Orbis, will launch at a flat price point of $399.99. This word goes against previous reports of $429.99 with a higher model priced at $529.99. If this is to be believed, the PlayStation 4 will cost 30% less than the launch price of the PlayStation 3, which suffered from slow sales at when it first was first made available in 2006.

At only $400, the PlayStation 4 could see a lot of units pushed right out the door, and if it's powerful enough, the price alone could be the deciding factor in who wins this generation's console war. Now we just need to wait and see what Microsoft has up their sleeves.


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UPDATE: The PlayStation meeting has officially concluded. If you missed it or wish to see it again, a repeat of the stream is currently underway. Otherwise, check out the next few pages on Gamnesia's index. Today had a ton of news outside of the meeting, and an event this big on top of all that means there's a lot of stuff in store for you. So sit back, grab a bowl of popcorn, and check out all of today's news!

Excited about tonight's PlayStation event? So are we. At 5:00 PM CST, Sony will be holding a press event to display the future of the PlayStation brand. Many assume this means that Sony will be revealing the PlayStation 4 for the first time to the world, but we very well may see news concerning PlayStation 3 and even Vita, as well. You can catch a live stream of this momentous event right here at Gamnesia and written updates rolling out on our site as more information comes in.

Upset that Destiny hasn't been announced for the Wii U or PC yet? Don't be, it could be coming to both platforms and more! The official website for Bungie's upcoming game Destiny has data that can be found in its coding from the pre-order page that directly refers to both the Wii U, PC, PS4, Xbox 720, and PS Vita as platforms for the upcoming title. There is no mention of Nintendo's handheld 3DS platform however.

Of course, this could just be there in case Activision asks them to bring it over to those platforms and so it may mean nothing at all. Or perhaps Bungie is anticipating a release on these platforms. Whatever it means, we here just hope that it means every home console owner will be able to experience Bungie's next big title when it launches in the future.

With Sony and Microsoft's new consoles rumored to be coming out this year, game publishers Activision, Take Two, and Ubisoft have been contemplating the development costs of video games, and, by extension, a possible increase in the price of games from the current $59.99. Take Two and Ubisoft CEOs Strauss Zelnick and Yves Guillemot believe that development costs won't increase dramatically, at least during the beginning of the next generation.

"We don’t have any reason to believe our development budgets will change significantly. If anything we have become – group-wide – much tighter in terms of how we spend our money." — Strauss Zelnick

"What we've said is that, for the first two years of those machines, the costs will not increase because we can use a lot of the engines that we've already created." — Yves Guillemot

Activision CEO Bobby Kotick, on the other hand, expects prices to go up.

"This is my 22nd year doing this, and in every single console transition, we've seen an increase in development costs. Over long periods of time, it gets smoothed out, but I would say this is not a transition where that's going to be an exception. We're going to have to figure out how to take advantage of the unique capabilities of new hardware, and that requires new skills and investment in tools and technology and engines and so yes, that's likely." — Bobby Kotick

The fact that these people are even considering an increase in price shows that, at the very least, the technology of video games will become noticeably more powerful and complex. What are your thoughts on this?

Let me start out this giant story by simply stating that much of this is rumor, while some of it is confirmed as fact. This is a culmination of a slew of news stories that have been rapidly spreading across the net all gathered into one spot. If something is a rumor in this piece it will simply be stated as such to avoid confusion. Here is what we know is for certain: Sony is holding a conference on February 20th to discuss the "Future of PlayStation." Essentially, as many have been reporting and confirming (though still a rumor), the PlayStation 4 is getting it's reveal that day.

Everything else from this point on has not been confirmed and as such should be treated as a rumor, but it still comes from reliable sources. Hit the jump to see what's possibly in-store!