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E3 2014: Sony Shows Off New Video Game Titles, New Hardware

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At the E3 video game convention in Los Angeles, it was Sony's turn to fire the latest shot in the next-gen console wars with Microsoft, and while Microsoft was all about the games, Sony surprised with a few hardware announcements. NY1's Adam Balkin filed the following report.

LOS ANGELES - "Little Big Planet 3." "Uncharted 4." Just as Microsoft did in its E3 press conference, Sony also showed off several titles you can only play on the PlayStation 4. It even highlighted a feature in the upcoming Grand Theft Auto game that seems specifically designed to help convince Xbox users to defect.

"The current community of PS3 players and Xbox 360 players will have the ability to transfer their GTA online progress and characters to the PlayStation 4," said Andrew House, president of Sony Computer Entertainment.

Unlike Microsoft, however, Sony did not focus exclusively on video game titles. It also highlighted, among other things, video game video, unveiling a TV series that will stream to PS4s and the ability to upload in-game video highlights directly to YouTube.

Sony also came with a few pieces of hardware news, but not really the typical types of hardware news you've probably come to expect from E3. For starters, people with certain types of Sony TVs will be able to play, even without a PlayStation, a whole host of PlayStation games via a feature that will allow the TV on its own to access Sony’s game streaming service Playstation Now.

Along those lines, Sony also spoke about PlayStation TV.

"This little gem will be able to pair with your PlayStation 4, allowing you to play your PS4 game via remote play on a second television in your home," said Shawn Layden, CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America. "It will give you access to video and music streaming services, will give you the ability to play hundreds of PS3 titles. And of course, PlayStation TV will also play most Vita titles, as well as PS1 and PSP classics."

Sony also, for just a few seconds, reiterated plans to work on a virtual reality headset called Project Morpheus.

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