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MLB 14 The Show Coming to PS4, PS3, PS Vita Spring 2014

Tyler Vaught's Avatar + Posted by Tyler Vaught on Nov 04, 2013 // Sports Brand Manager, MLB The Show

The 2013 baseball season may have just ended, but we’re not ready to stop talking baseball here at PlayStation. We’re proud to announce the award-winning MLB The Show series will be coming to the PS4 system next spring with MLB 14 The Show. The beloved franchise will also launch on the PS3 and PS Vita systems, making PlayStation your home for baseball.

MLB 14 The Show on PS4, PS3 and PS Vita

With a new generation of consoles comes a new face for MLB The Show. Last year, you — the fan — voted on which superstar should be on the cover, and chose superstar Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates. With this year’s iteration of The Show, we did something that’s never been done in video game history — we let the ball players vote.

Our cover athlete was chosen by his fellow players, by the opponents who compete against him day in and day out. Every player in the big leagues had the opportunity to nominate one player for this year’s cover, and earlier tonight at the 2013 Player’s Choice Awards on the MLB Network, the winner was revealed. We’re proud to announce that eight-time All-Star, 2012 American League Most Valuable Player, 2012 American League Triple-Crown Award winner, two-time Sporting News Player of the Year (2012, 2013), and the two-time Hank Aaron Award winner (2012, 2013), Detroit Tigers third baseman, Miguel Cabrera, will grace the cover of MLB 14 The Show.

MLB 14 The Show on PS4, PS3 and PS Vita

Cabrera’s on-the-field accolades, and off-the-field work ethic, make him the perfect cover athlete to lead our franchise into the next generation of baseball on PS4.

Speaking of PS4, the crew over at San Diego Studios is hard at work creating our best baseball product ever. Here’s a sneak peek at their plans.

Without revealing too much, we did want to give you a taste of some of the many advancements we’re making to the product for 2014. Here are just a few:

  • We know how much time and effort our fans put into their Seasons, Franchises, and Road To The Show players. So beginning with MLB 14 The Show, you can now carry over your saves to future versions of MLB The Show. MLB 14 The Show lays the foundation for year-to-year saves, meaning you never have to worry about starting your Franchise or Road to the Show seasons over!
  • Thanks to the power of PS4, MLB 14 The Show is going to be the most beautiful baseball product we’ve ever created.
  • For some of you, full 9-inning baseball games may be too long for your liking, so we’ve created an all-new Quick Counts option, which utilizes generated pitch counts allowing gamers to play through full games faster than ever. Realistic statistics in this shortened gameplay experience have not been compromised. Users will now be able to play a full 9 inning game in less than 30 minutes, essentially cutting traditional game times in half.
  • We think Road To The Show is the deepest, most realistic single-player experience in sports video games, and we’re making it even better. A few of the new features include a new advancement system, new intuitive player creation process, and all new pre-draft prospect showcase.
  • And finally, what makes baseball great are those “big moments.” The power of PS4 will allow gamers to share those moments using the new “share feature” by capturing and publishing their most thrilling baseball moments, from hitting a game-winning grand slam, to picking off a runner at first for a crucial win in a World Series game.

We also wanted to give you a quick glimpse of some of the graphical leaps we’ll be able to make via the power of the PS4 hardware. Below are some comparison screens of a “work in progress” version of Fenway’s Green Monster for PS4, and a current version of the same famous wall in the PS3.

Hover your cursor over this image to see the PS3 version

In the PS4 picture of the Fenway Park “Out of Town Scoreboard,” you’ll notice how different types of materials such as metal, wood, and steel properly reflect the sun. The shinier materials such as metal will give you more of a direct or tighter reflection. This is immediately noticeable on the team name plates. In contrast, the more matte surfaces such as the wall above the scoreboard won’t reflect as much direct light as seen in the photo. Contrast this with the PS3 version, where you see a consistent lighting reflection profile across the entire scoreboard.

Hover your cursor over this image to see the PS3 version

Our lighting engine in PS3, while powerful, was limited in the way in which the lighting interacted with our models. Moving to PS4, which boasts 8 GB of GDDR5 RAM, we are able to properly represent the true nature of the surfaces. In the PS4 screenshot, you’ll notice the game scoreboard has actual geometry to it and not just a flat plane, compared to the contrasting PS3 screenshot. With the added horsepower of PS4, we can create more detailed representation of elements within the stadium. With the added memory, we can increase the texture size, and use higher resolution normal maps to push the illusion of reality.

Hover your cursor over this image to see the PS3 version

In the final comparison, you get the complete composition of all the new technology we can use in the stadiums. Here we have an excellent example of the increased polygon count which is immediately noticeable in the depth and shadow projection in the small elements. In this angle you can see the specular highlight from the advanced PS4 materials interacting correctly with the new lighting engine.

These are just a handful of the improvements you’ll see in MLB The Show as we continue to develop and harness the power of PS4. We can’t wait to share more information about the game’s visuals and new modes in the coming months.

Lastly, to our loyal Canadian fans, you’ll have a hand in deciding who will grace the cover of MLB 14 The Show in Canada. And also, EB Games will have the same pre-order exclusive as GameStop. Stay tuned for more info on both.

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37 Comments

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+ clash_76 on November 4th, 2013 at 6:12 pm said:

Looks fantastic, aside from the standings. The Sox should be in first.


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+ Elvick_ on November 4th, 2013 at 6:13 pm said:

Don’t forget the PS Vita version exists when you market this one… I mean, at least shove the box at the end. Still baffles my mind you didn’t do that the last time.


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+ gerneric123 on November 4th, 2013 at 6:13 pm said:

Will the Vita version still lack a lot of the presentation found in the console versions?


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+ Eric Monacelli on November 4th, 2013 at 6:15 pm said:

Awesome, awesome, awesome. Is it spring yet?!? :)


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+ snakeeyes211 on November 4th, 2013 at 6:17 pm said:

What you doing with NexGen baseball is just amazing


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+ bcruise on November 4th, 2013 at 6:18 pm said:

Those Green Monster pics….is this real life? :D


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+ Train1999 on November 4th, 2013 at 6:19 pm said:

I saw the trailer. It looks like a Playstation 4 game to us. The screen shots look like “Night and Day”. Looks more real and much better. I hope the gameplay will be solid too. Looking forward to my PS4 and playing some Playstation games real soon.


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+ CurseShooter on November 4th, 2013 at 6:26 pm said:

Looks amazing! I though for sure Big Papi was going to be on the cover but oh well… Certainly buying this as my first sports game for PS4.


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+ CJ_vzla on November 4th, 2013 at 6:29 pm said:

proud to have a venezuelan on the cover!


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+ dlee_75 on November 4th, 2013 at 6:33 pm said:

“We know how much time and effort our fans put into their Seasons, Franchises, and Road To The Show players. So beginning with MLB 14 The Show, you can now carry over your saves to future versions of MLB The Show. MLB 14 The Show lays the foundation for year-to-year saves, meaning you never have to worry about starting your Franchise or Road to the Show seasons over!”

….. I will be pre ordering tomorrow


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+ DemoniOtaku on November 4th, 2013 at 6:36 pm said:

AT LAST JUSTICE! The BEST player on MLB nowaday have the Cover of the BEST MLB game! VIVA VENEZUELA!

PD: I’ll insist AGAIN as ever, you should make a spin-off game/DLC/Expansion with Caribean leagues/series… Caribbean Leagues The Show should sound great!


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+ RE_Player on November 4th, 2013 at 6:37 pm said:

Very impressed. Looks like Sony will continue to be the king of baseball games :)


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+ tusunami on November 4th, 2013 at 6:41 pm said:

I’m glad to see the PS Vita gets a sports game on the platform. Besides this & Fifa 14 why don’t the other developers for sports games make the other sports available on the PS Vita interesting.


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+ Apeman24 on November 4th, 2013 at 7:09 pm said:

This is a small sample size, but it looks fantastic.


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+ xeno3d on November 4th, 2013 at 7:11 pm said:

Is Cabrera really going to be on the cover?? Now that the Red Sox are World Champions it should be one of them.


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+ Whitefire78 on November 4th, 2013 at 7:26 pm said:

@15
The MLB players picked the cover athletes.


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+ fivexl on November 4th, 2013 at 7:32 pm said:

my favorite part of the game is RttS and adding my customized batter walk-up music. as dumb as it sounds, i dont know if i can pick this up knowing the PS4 won’t support MP3s and such. hopefully Sony fixes this.


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+ NevilleTheGame on November 4th, 2013 at 7:49 pm said:

1. It seems the PS4 version is just a graphical upgrade. So pretty much the same game since the PS2 reboot?

2. Interesting a Vita version. I wonder who will buy the Vita version assuming remote play will work.


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+ gerneric123 on November 4th, 2013 at 8:09 pm said:

@18 People who don’t have a great internet connection, and want to play the game while they’re outside of a WiFi range?


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+ gerneric123 on November 4th, 2013 at 8:10 pm said:

And you know, people that don’t own a PS4


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+ TraponeJR on November 4th, 2013 at 8:10 pm said:

Please add live in game stats on stadium scoreboards when playing in any game mode (Road To The Show, Franchise). Also in Road To The Show please add more player animations where if you are relief pitcher or closer, you start out in the bullpen and get a call from the manager and you start warming up in the bullpen then get called into the game.Also please improve the commentary in the game.Also please make online a better experience where lag isn’t a issue when playing online.


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+ Shin-Ra on November 4th, 2013 at 8:26 pm said:

Looks nice apart from the blocky shadows and angular geometry below the neck on the players.


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+ YungShep on November 4th, 2013 at 8:34 pm said:

big papi or napoli should grace this cover…

#redsoxnation

cant wait for mlb 14!


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+ Arkeen on November 4th, 2013 at 8:35 pm said:

Can’t wait for this


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+ NevilleTheGame on November 4th, 2013 at 8:39 pm said:

@gerneric123

True. But 2 games in, nobody’s buying it.


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+ Ftwrthtx on November 4th, 2013 at 10:49 pm said:

Can’t wait to see more as we get closer to 2014. The graphical upgrades are great, but as a die hard fan of the franchise, the year-to-year game saves sharing is what we have been asking for for years.


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+ toneloc240sx on November 5th, 2013 at 1:34 am said:

I love being able to carry over your road to the show character from game to game. Next I think you guys should really consider incorporating the World Baseball Classic as a mode into the game as well! Just a thought but I think that would be awesome.


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+ Stranger_Eddie on November 5th, 2013 at 3:40 am said:

I´m waiting a NHL (hockey) game, so good as NHL 07 for PSP!


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+ Misterproof on November 5th, 2013 at 4:07 am said:

This is awesome news. It’s the PS4 game I am most excited about yet.
Please please make it Cross Buy with PS Vita.
Having to buy the game twice makes no sense.


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+ m2_rancourt on November 5th, 2013 at 4:55 am said:

looks so real too bad i only have a ps vita


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+ TheScott75 on November 5th, 2013 at 5:59 am said:

I wonder if the PS4 version will still allow us to customize batter walkup music…considering the lack of mp3 support and all.


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+ mastorofpuppetz on November 5th, 2013 at 8:23 am said:

@18, you are clearly full of it..The game has changed dramatically since then.


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+ ngreatshark on November 5th, 2013 at 9:26 am said:

I never thought I would get blown away by looking at a screen shot of a score board


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+ Michzadood on November 5th, 2013 at 10:34 am said:

omg i cant wait to see this!!!


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+ Damonster_GNC on November 5th, 2013 at 2:39 pm said:

Its really cool but the logo is just ugly


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+ Glee1971 on November 11th, 2013 at 8:53 am said:

I agree w/ 28 on NHL game for Vita after coming out for PSP for 07, esp. if the game/graphics is similar to NHL 11 or 12 on PS 3. Speaking of the Vita, MLB 14 The Show needs to include Sounds of the Show like for PS 3 & possibly 4 will include by uploading music from the Music Folder after the songs are downloaded from the PC. Graphics on the next gen looks fantastic. Please add Airbourne Firepower/Live It Up or Icona Pop Hold On as the music for the full game trailer when it’s released.


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+ T-DUBBCRAY3 on November 16th, 2013 at 1:41 pm said:

I just feel since you guys are adding rookie baseball games in RTTS before teams pick people. That’s a great idea. It makes it better if you are trying to get picked early. But will there be post interviews or press interviews just like 2k? Also an idea that I know everybody has been waiting for is…. When are you guys going to add all the brands to the game that all the players wear like Nike , Under Armor , Reebok , etc. You guys should add that to the games cause it would make the teams look better and not only that we all tired of the non brand cleats and gloves. Where are the nike gloves , rawlings, wilson , Etc. add it. The game would be better and look better


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