Preview: MLB 14: The Show

It's almost time for baseball to be back in our lives, and with that comes the next baseball game from Sony. What's even more exciting about this years game is that it will not only come out for PS3 and Vita but also the PS4. At the recent Sony Media Event in San Diego I got to sit in on a brief demo of both the Playstation 3 and Playstation 4 games for 2014.

To start with the biggest news I think to come from the presentation was that the PS4 will have feature parity with the PS3 version. What this means are the modes from the PS3 version we've come to know and love over the years will make there way over to the PS4 version. Along with that comes a slew of new enhancements including the very exciting quick counts. For anyone thats played a baseball video game before you know that playing all nine innings can take a long time. This year the guys/gals at Sony San Diego are offering up quick counts which simulates pitches and has you come to bat in the middle of a count. The developers hope this balances out the experience giving more chances for walks while also cutting the time per game in half. The hope is a game will take under a half hour. The other big new feature is that you can choose player lock in any game mode which allows you to lock on a player like in Road to the Show. So if you want to play a franchise mode with just one player you can now do that.

During the demo we did see both the PS3 and PS4 version of the game running. The PS3 game looks almost identical to previous versions, which is too say amazing. The PS4 version we didn't get to see much of it running, but at least a standstill it is quite a graphical improvement. The stat that impressed me the most was the fact that the crowd models in the PS4 version have the same polygon count as the players do on the PS3 version. That polygon count does translate into much more believable crowds.

The very brief demo we got of the PS4 game in action seemed like it was still early and had some smoothing out to do before release. However even with some hiccups aside this is going to be a gorgeous game of baseball. I can confirm as well that MLB 14 The Show will run at 1080p 60 FPS something the developers were very proud of.

In terms of new additions to the premiere modes of the game, details are scarce, but from the brief demo it does appear like this is shaping up to be a solid year for the franchise. MLB 14: The Show will be releasing for PS3/Vita on April 1st and sometime in May for the PS4.

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