E3 2014: Five things we learned at PlayStation event

LOS ANGELES -- Sony continues to maintain its momentum since the announcement of the PlayStation 4 last year, with several interesting reveals during its Electronic Entertainment Expo briefing on Monday.

Here's a look at the five things we learned about PlayStation:

1. New details on PlayStation Now. Mark July 31 on your calendars in the U.S. and Canada. That's when an open beta for the company's intriguing online service arrives. More than 100 titles will be available, with prices for rentals ranging from $2.99 to $19.99. But it's not clear how long rental windows last at those prices. Subscription options will be available in the future.

2. PlayStation TV highlights hardware. The $99 box allows players to extend their PS4 experience to a second TV. Players can use it for Remote Play, giving access to their PS4 library, and will soon work with PlayStation Now. Sony is also release a bundle featuring action game Destiny that includes a white PS4.

3. The indie love deepens. While Sony did not hesitate to roll out heavy hitters like Uncharted, The Order: 1886 and LittleBigPlanet 3, the company seems very willing to share that spotlight with smaller studios. Highlights included Entwined, a story about a bird and fish that are in love but can't be together. It looks a like powerful, colorful adventure. Then there's No Man's Sky, a massive sci-fi experience where players explore endless planets and galaxies.

4. Uncharted's incredible debut. Yes, Nathan Drake's cameo was brief, but really incredible. Visuals were running, from the dense forests to every expression on Drake's face. Naughty Dog is clearly one of the PlayStation's biggest assets.

5. Grim Fandango is back. As if Sony didn't do enough to please its fanbase, they bring back a classic: Tim Schafer's Grim Fandango, an adventure game originally released in the late-90s.


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