E3 2014: 5 takeaways from the PlayStation event

As day zero of E3 2014 drew to a close, it was Sony's turn to show what was in store for its PlayStation brand. While many video games and streaming media entertainment options were shown, the press conference will be know for what wasn't shown just as much for what was.

All-in-all, the five following points stood out:

New hardware is on the way. PlayStation TV is a $99 box releasing later this year in the U.S. and Canada that allows users to extend their PS4 experience beyond the console and onto their televisions. Not only will users be able to stream media for their enjoyment, they can also (with the use of a Dualshock 4 controller) play PlayStation 4 games through the box via Remote Play.

Gaming on PS4 faces a "grim" future. Believe it or not, that's a good thing. Grim Fandango, a computer game from the 1990s with quite the cult following, is being remastered for PlayStation 4. Created by Tim Schaffer, the adventure game is considered by many as one of the finest of such titles of its era.

Say it with me: "Sequels, sequels, sequels." Sequels aren't necessarily a bad thing, but they can breed a lack of imagination and limit risk. While it's completely up in the air as to what Uncharted 4: A Thief's End will entail, the newly-demoed LittleBigPlanet 3 looks to have some innovative new gameplay for players to enjoy thanks in part to an expanded cast of Sackboy-like characters..

Indies are still a focus. While big-time titles such as The Order: 1886 and the multi-platform game Destiny from Bungie might be stealing the bulk of the headlines, indie video games are a focal point for PlayStation. Two games in specific (Entwined and No Man's Sky) got a good amount of air time during the press conference and both look intriguing in their own way.

The Last Guardian might be a lost cause. Five years after its formal announcement at E3 2009, many (myself included) believed this would be the year that developer Team Ico's prospective masterpiece The Last Guardian would finally make some headway. As it turns out, we were wrong. While development on the title hasn't officially been cancelled, it's getting to the point to where it would be of little surprise were that to become the case.

Barry White can be found on Twitter by following @Sactogamer


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