Sony to have at least 22 PS4 games for U.S. launch; updates FAQ on hardware and features

Sony is less than three weeks away from launching the PlayStation 4 in the U.S. on November 15th. Today, the official PlayStation blog offered up an updated FAQ on the U.S/Canada PS4 launch, which includes a new list of the games that will be released by the time the console goes on sale.

The FAQ page currently shows at least 22 games that should be ready on November 15th, although Sony states the list is not final and could be updated before the console goes on sale:

  • Angry Birds Star Wars-Activision
  • Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag-Ubisoft
  • Battlefield 4- Electronic Arts
  • Call of Duty Ghosts-Activison
  • DC Universe Online - Sony Online Entertainment
  • FIFA 14-EA Sports
  • Flower-Sony Computer Entertainment
  • Just Dance 2014-Ubisoft
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition-Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
  • Killzone Shadow Fall-Sony Computer Entertainment
  • Knack-Sony Computer Entertainment
  • Lego Marvel Super Heroes-Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
  • Madden NFL 25-EA Sports
  • NBA 2K14-2K Sports
  • Resogun-Sony Computer Entertainment
  • Skylanders SWAP Force-Activision
  • Sound Shapes-Sony Computer Entertainment

Indie Titles

  • Contrast-Compulsion Games
  • Pinball Arcade-FarSight Studios
  • Super Motherload-XGen Studios
  • Tiny Brains-Spearhead Games
  • Warframe-Digital Extremes

The FAQ page also offers up some additional information on the hardware and features that the PS4 will have on launch day. We have already reported that Sony will have a 300 MB day one download for the console that will take the software version number to 1,50 and enable a number of the PS4's features. That patch will include adding the ability to play DVD and Blu-ray movie discs on the console with a one time Internet activation. In the new FAQ page, Sony says that people who don't want to use the Internet to activate the DVD/Blu-ray option can call the company and Sony will then send them a Blu-ray activation disc via email. Owners can also download the 1.50 day one update on their PC and load it on a PS4 via a USB drive.

For those of you who want to play your compact discs on the console, forget it; CDs are not supported at all. MP3 playback is also not possible on the console and the PS4 won't offer an music visualizer. PS3 owners who enjoy purchasing and downloading dynamic themes for that console may be disappointed to learn that those themes won't be available for the PS4.

While owners will still be able to swap out the PS4's 500GB hard drive for a larger one if they wish, the FAQ page states the console won't support any external storage drives. It also offers information on sharing gameplay video, including word that some games may put in restrictions on recording certain sections. It states, "Developers can select the area of restriction, and what will be restricted will depend on game titles. In these cases, recording will be temporarily suspended during the scene." Presumably this is being offered so that developers can prevent certain plot spoilers from being quickly posted online on a video clip.

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I stream movies from my QNAP NAS to the PS3 right now. Well that sucks. I may pass over the PS4 if it can't DLNA.

I can't see the FAQ link at work... do they mention about video playback? I quite often download torrents, chuck them on a USB stick and watch them on my PS3, I'd be gutted if that was taken away from me with the PS4.

Just get a raspberry pi and load xbmc. All codecs supported, plus you can install plugins for sites like IGN and others to get their video content. Best part is it's so low power it can always be on. I've never been happier with any other device for media playback on a TV. Add a wireless USB adapter and you can skip the whole USB stick and just stream from your PC.

Geezy said,
Just get a raspberry pi and load xbmc. All codecs supported, plus you can install plugins for sites like IGN and others to get their video content. Best part is it's so low power it can always be on. I've never been happier with any other device for media playback on a TV. Add a wireless USB adapter and you can skip the whole USB stick and just stream from your PC.

How far along has xbmc come on the raspberry pi? Smooth interface? Handles large files well? 10bit?

I'm about ready to jump in.

You'd be upset you can't play your pirated content...and the very reason they removed that feature it was because of people playing pirated content. The irony.

PeterTHX said,
You'd be upset you can't play your pirated content...and the very reason they removed that feature it was because of people playing pirated content. The irony.

Illegal schegal... the last time I did such a thing was when I legally recorded Orphan Black to my PlayTV from BBC. But then PlayTV crashed and I lost 2.5 weeks worth of stuff... it had already gone from iPlayer, so what was I to do? Miss the final 3 episodes of the series?

Nah I already had these legally so if they wanted to sue me, I'd forward them on to Sony for making such a **** device that crashes and loses things all the time.

perhaps someone can explain this to me...

1. eventually fill up the 500GB hard drive
2. decide to replace it w/ a bigger hard drive
3. PS4 doesnt support external hard drives
4. ?
5. install new hard drive and have to manually reinstall everything from the previous 500GB hd?

Jdawg683 said,
perhaps someone can explain this to me...

1. eventually fill up the 500GB hard drive
2. decide to replace it w/ a bigger hard drive
3. PS4 doesnt support external hard drives
4. ?
5. install new hard drive and have to manually reinstall everything from the previous 500GB hd?

Yes you got it, re-install the whole darn thing, that blows!!!!

No, you can back up the internal hard drive to any USB device. You just can't install to an external device and run games from there. Must be a piracy concern?

Geezy said,
No, you can back up the internal hard drive to any USB device. You just can't install to an external device and run games from there. Must be a piracy concern?

you may be right, but them saying that the PS4 doesnt support external hds means exactly that. if you plug one in, it simply wont work at all.

Super Motherload from Xgen studios, genius...
I've spend hours and hours on the flash version of it years ago can't wait to dig myself into hell once more.

Flower? They should have ported Journey before they worried about Flower. I played the demo of Flower and it seemed terribly dull. Journey, on the other hand, was awesome.

From these titles I'll probably get Killzone and Knack. Knack looks like one of those usual console launch titles that's kind of so-so and you never hear any more of it again.

And yes, I do plan to play Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag. But I think I'll get the PC version since I expect it will look the best. I liked the Assassin's Creed games, but they seriously screwed up the story with the last one and I'm not sure if they can recover it. Actually, the story has been gradually going downhill since the ending of Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood.

for a game on your phone maybe, what he is saying is that it offers almost negative value as been a primary point for their 'launch' titles. Really scraping the bottom of the barrel.

But what really grinds my gears is that the share button, posts only to facebook! (no youtube, no twitch) you can't even get the video as a file.

The good, bad and ugly news.
All Retail Games Will Need To Be Installed
No Audio CD Playback or MP3 Playback
No DLNA Support for PC Media Servers
No External Drive Support
No 4K Output Support
Sony Offering Blu-ray / DVD "One-Time Activation" Disc By Mail
Day One Software Update Can Be Installed via USB
Upgrade PS3 Games (CoD: Ghosts, BF4, Assassin's Creed 4) To PS4 for $9.99
I can't wait to see the Xbox Bone FAQ

Edited by SHS, Oct 31 2013, 1:40am :

Does PS4 support external HDMI-based game capture devices?.
PS4 will allow the use of external HDMI-based capture devices following an upcoming system software update, Which means it come with HDCP ON in tell they patch it that really bad news.

SHS said,
The good, bad and ugly news.
All Retail Games Will Need To Be Installed
No Audio CD Playback or MP3 Playback
No DLNA Support for PC Media Servers
No External Drive Support
No 4K Output Support
Sony Offering Blu-ray / DVD "One-Time Activation" Disc By Mail
Day One Software Update Can Be Installed via USB
Upgrade PS3 Games (CoD: Ghosts, BF4, Assassin's Creed 4) To PS4 for $9.99
I can't wait to see the Xbox Bone FAQ

Installing games was kind of expected as HDD access times are much quicker than the BD drive. We have been doing this on PC for decades so I am not too bothered about it.

No audio CD playback. Weird decision but I can't say I have ever played a CD on my PS3 or 360 so no real issue.

No MP3 playback. Hmm that is a bit annoying as I do have music on my PS3 which I sometimes play in the background with the pretty visualisations of the earth.

No DLNA support. Err what?! Why the hell not? I use DLNA quite a lot on my PS3.

No external drives?! So I can't just plug in my USB HDD like I do on my PS3 and playback movies???

No 4K output. I doubt I will own a 4K screen for a long time so this means nothing to me at the moment. With the power they have it is capable of 4K output so I am sure it will be added at some point.

Day one update vis USB. Finally!

PS3 to PS4 game upgrades for £10. Nice deal I guess but not something I will be taking advantage off.

Gotta say I am a little disappointed about some of this

Am I the only one to wonder about, "Sony says that people who don't want to use the Internet to activate the DVD/Blu-ray option can call the company and Sony will then send them a Blu-ray activation disc via email. "

What's to wonder about? The Blu-Ray player program wasn't ready in time for the OS to be finalized and shipped with the units, hence download. You'll just have to burn it to a disc and put it in the PS4. Or maybe just put it on a flash drive. I believe the PS3 could do updates from flash drive.

Lord Method Man said,
Its a typo, it should be "via mail."

You can't send someone a physical object over email.

No but I presumed (like others it would seem) it was gonna be some file to burn... although not many have blu-ray burners I would have thought.

I have been a fan of and played the PlayStation since the first one, but hearing about the PS4 has really grinded my gears. Ever since the first PlayStation came out, the PlayStation could play music CDs. Its quite pathetic that the PS4 cant play audio CDs, which is the fundamental multimedia feature in almost every device. So if I get this right, a Windows 95 computer could play a audio CD but your 2013 PlayStation 4 can't? Why doesn't Sony put the 300MB so called patch that enables Blu-ray in the PlayStation 4s before shipping, to save consumers the hassle? Angry Birds Star Wars is one of the 22 launch titles, seriously and Gran Turismo 6 is not a PS4 launch title?

mrp04 said,
No one uses CDs anymore

We were so close to not requiring disks at all, yet is was the Playstation fanboys that cried foul talking about how important the media was to them.. oh well

spudtrooper said,

We were so close to not requiring disks at all, yet is was the Playstation fanboys that cried foul talking about how important the media was to them.. oh well

If you're saying that Sony fanboys changed Microsoft's course, then you're giving them more credit than they deserve.

but what about those who still own hi fidelity music and hook their consoles up to a good surround and stereo system.

only amateurs use their tv speakers

mrp04 said,
No one uses CDs anymore

i do. my car doesnt have an aux port so i use the in-dash 6 disc changer. is that so hard to believe?

sure, i dont need to play CDs in the PS4 (or any console) but why cant they simply allow it to play MP3s? why is that such a hassle?

Lone Wanderer Chicken said,
I have been a fan of and played the PlayStation since the first one, but hearing about the PS4 has really grinded my gears. Ever since the first PlayStation came out, the PlayStation could play music CDs. Its quite pathetic that the PS4 cant play audio CDs, which is the fundamental multimedia feature in almost every device. So if I get this right, a Windows 95 computer could play a audio CD but your 2013 PlayStation 4 can't? Why doesn't Sony put the 300MB so called patch that enables Blu-ray in the PlayStation 4s before shipping, to save consumers the hassle? Angry Birds Star Wars is one of the 22 launch titles, seriously and Gran Turismo 6 is not a PS4 launch title?

Your Windows 95 PC could also handle floppy discs, whereas your PS4 cannot...

I don't really care about it personally, but I see how people could be upset. Not having MP3 playback or a visualizer sucks though, the 'space' one on the PS3 is great.

Killzone is the only game on that list to me worth it and that is not already out on a current generation system. This looks like it's going to be a weak launch software wise for both consoles.

macrosslover said,
Killzone is the only game on that list to me worth it and that is not already out on a current generation system. This looks like it's going to be a weak launch software wise for both consoles.

I see a couple I want.. though I agree 18/22 games do nothing for me.