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June 7, 2016

PlayStation E3 2016 Press Conference: How to watch it and what to expect for the PS4

by John_A

E3 2016 is around the corner, with the main show starting on Tuesday 14 June.

However, the press conferences run over the couple of days beforehand and many eyes on what the big two, Sony and Microsoft, have to say before the conference starts proper.

That’s why you should make sure the Sony PlayStation E3 press event is in your calendar. If you’re up and about, you might even want to catch a livestream.

We’ve received an official invite, so will report from the briefing, so here’s what we’ll be looking out for and some of things to expect.

READ: E3 2016: All the launches, games and consoles to expect

Sony

When is the Sony PlayStation E3 press conference?

Sony will host its annual E3 press conference on Monday 13 June in a new location to usual, the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall that was used by Electronic Arts in former years.

Registration for the event starts at 4.30pm, but the press conference itself doesn’t start until 6pm (PT). That’s 2am in the UK, sorry.

It traditionally runs for two hours.

Is there a Sony PlayStation E3 2016 Briefing livestream?

There will be several places where you will be able to watch the PlayStation E3 conference live. We’ll be hosting it here on Pocket-lint, with a video embed appearing closer to the launch.

It will also be streamed on live.playstation.com.

For the first time, Sony will also be screening the event live in over 80 movie theatres in the US and Canada. You can get your tickets from playstation.com/e3experience, but we’re not sure how many will still be available in your area.

What hardware will be launched at the Sony PlayStation E3 2016 press conference?

PlayStation Neo

This is the biggy. It has been widely rumoured that the biggest reveal at this year’s Sony event will be an all-new version of the PlayStation 4 – currently dubbed by the media, the PS4.5 or PlayStation Neo.

It is said to have an improved graphics processor, that is capable of 4K video, along with at least one HDMI 2.0 output and HDCP 2.2 DRM decoding. That means it will at the very least be a capable 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player, although talk suggests it will be so much more.

According to the rumours, there will also be more RAM on-board and an octa-core CPU, with some suggesting that this would allow for some games to offer more to those who have the beefier machines.

That’ll definitely be of interest to gamers who are willing to pay for a better experience, but surely alienates the 40 million plus owners of existing PS4s? We shall see during the event.

READ: Sony PlayStation 4K: What is PS4.5, when is it coming and how will it affect VR?

PlayStation VR

Considering it’s coming out in October, there will no doubt be a big focus on PS VR this year too – at the event and on the E3 show floor.

The hardware is already established so there might be more news on alternative controllers or the like.

READ: PlayStation VR preview: Affordable virtual reality for the gamers

What games will be announced at the Sony PlayStation E3 2016 press conference?

Like the Xbox Media Briefing earlier in the day, the Sony conference will have plenty of third-party publishers showing their games on stage exclusively.

There will also be a number of key PS4 exclusives and first-party titles.

Here is a list of the games we expect (and hope) to see elaborated upon, demonstrated or announced during the PlayStation presser. We’ll also update when we hear about others.

  • Battlefield 1
  • Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  • DayZ
  • Detroit
  • Gran Turismo Sport
  • Horizon Zero Dawn
  • No Man’s Sky
  • Skylanders Imaginators
  • The Last Guardian
  • The Last of Us 2
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