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Baseball is Better: MLB 14 The Show PS4 Screens, Release Details

Ramone Russell's Avatar + Posted by Ramone Russell on Feb 13, 2014 // Community Manager, SCEA San Diego Studios

We know anticipation is high, especially given we’re making our next-gen debut this season, and this week we were able to share a glimpse of what we’ve been working on for the past 10 months. Here’s a look at some of the things we’ve got planned for MLB 14 The Show.

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I’ve been asked what our goals are this year, and the answer is simple. Everyone on our team takes great pride in chasing our goal of producing the perfect sports game. It’s what has made The Show the highest rated sports franchise over the last 8 years.

We’ve already covered some of what’s new this year in our previous post here on the PlayStation.Blog. To recap: there are more than 50 new features and improvements that will enhance, deepen, streamline, and better your overall experience. Quick Counts will cut game completion times in half. A new UI, built from the ground up for PS4 (but carried over across all versions) has been optimized for maximum efficiency and responsiveness.

MLB 14 The Show

Here’s Mike Napoli on PS4 (top) vs. PS3 (bottom). Note the revamped lighting engine,
meticulously rendered facial hair, and rich stadium detail.

Year-to-year saves will solve one of sports gaming’s biggest dilemmas, making it easy for hours of time invested in MLB 14 to be carried over into next year’s game and beyond. This is further complemented by the return of cross-platform saves across all three SKUs.

Road to the Show will continue its evolution, something we’ll speak to in greater detail a bit later.

Community Challenges put the power of creation in the hands of gamers. Baseball scenarios — be they moments from history, situations snatched from the present, or something altogether new — can be easily generated, customized, and shared online.

An expanded, smarter Universal Profile now tracks player tendency. Train your Profile and sub it into Diamond Dynasty games to give your human opponent a better matchup than just the CPU.

Online Franchise expands upon Online Leagues of seasons past, introducing multi-season play with Scouting, the Amateur Draft, Free Agency, and CPU Trades.

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We’re simplifying add-on purchases from seasons past, rolling everything into a Universal Currency we’re calling Stubs. We want to be very clear with this, however, since it’s a frequent question and concern among the community: not one cent needs to be spent on Stubs for users to enjoy a full experience in any of our modes.

What’s more, Stubs are earned through general gameplay (just like XP) and tied to your Universal Profile. Most importantly, the rate at which Stubs are earned is intentionally generous. We are not designing the system to pressure players into spending money. It will be the same system it’s been in years prior, just all rolled together with a new name.

Last but certainly not least, this year brings the debut of MLB 14 The Show on PS4. The PS4 is the most powerful gaming console ever made. There’s so much horsepower for us to take advantage of to make the most realistic, best-playing, most authentic baseball video game ever.

The above is FAR from all of the improvements in this year’s game. Look for us to release a comprehensive list later this month detailing all the new features and enhancements in MLB 14 The Show.

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This past week we showed a handful of journalists how this year’s game looks in motion, both the new content that’s available across platforms and also the highly anticipated visuals on PS4. We’re going to be sharing more and more in the weeks to come — particularly on PS4.

Whether it’s the suspense of a full count, or the thrill of a home run. From the meticulously crafted stadiums and players, to details as fine as a single blade of grass. There are new ways to play and new ways to interact and share with the greater community — we have so much to show you. And not just in terms of how we’ve expanded and improved the game, but also the ways in which we’re leveraging new technologies.

But we can’t show you everything at once, and there are some things we won’t show ’till they’re just right. To kick things off, here’s a first look at our PS3 version of MLB 14 The Show:

MLB 14 The Show will be launching on April 1st for PS3 and PS Vita, and shortly thereafter in May for PS4. More to come!

For our Canadian fans, you’ll be glad to know Toronto Blue Jays third baseman and Canada’s own Brett Lawrie will be on the Canadian cover for MLB 14. Go check out the PlayStation Canada Facebook page for more details.

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+ cepwin on February 13th, 2014 at 3:45 pm said:

I understand the PS4 delay…getting a new codebase to work, but what about an upgrade path. I’ll gladly buy the PS3 version if I can upgrade to the PS4 version without playing a lot more (or having to just get trade-in value for the PS3 version.) If there is a $10 upgrade path I’ll be putting in my preorder very shortly. The additions to gameplay that cut the time from 1hr to 15-30 minutes is *huge* .


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+ TriangleOffense on February 13th, 2014 at 3:56 pm said:

I could not be more disappointed that the ps4 version is not coming out until may. I feel like a sucker for even getting one at this point. There were next to no games at launch, only 1 coming this and next month and now no baseball in time for the season. I really wish I hadn’t allowed myself to fall prey to the hype machine ( despite the terrible lack of games ) the ps4 had. I’d be a much happier any fan if I hadn’t.


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+ PooPface560 on February 13th, 2014 at 4:52 pm said:

Terrible lack of games? I hope you know that’s just your opinion. I hope they take their time with this game and make it awesome. I swear a ton of you guys on here are either bias or completely ignorant.(except cepwin lol)

It’s not like they’re making a little mobile game or a rush out port of PS3’s MLB the show.

Make it great fellas, as you guys always make the BEST baseball game on market. Day one buy!


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+ SavoyPrime on February 13th, 2014 at 8:18 pm said:

Hopefully we can still have CPU vs. CPU matchups in franchise mode and hopefully there is still a create-a-player? Don’t want you guys pulling a next-gen NBA 2K14 on us lol


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+ feldman9000 on February 13th, 2014 at 9:30 pm said:

So beards make baseball look more realistic? b/c it’s the only difference i see. Hopefully actual gameplay will show off the difference, but from what i’ve seen so far, i’m not impressed.


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+ Spectre1993 on February 13th, 2014 at 10:28 pm said:

Is crossbuy supported between all 3 platforms.


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+ A_KiLLa-PLaTaN0 on February 14th, 2014 at 8:38 am said:

upgrade deal between the PS3 & PS4 versions cuz May is to far away at least do that for us COME ON SONY!!!!!


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+ Elvick_ on February 14th, 2014 at 2:23 pm said:

Funny. I guess you should go the EA and DICE route and shove out a broken mess like Battlefield 4. It’s what the people want!


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+ TRIX_BOL on February 15th, 2014 at 12:32 pm said:

The May release was a big let down but one have to understand it’s the amount of time developers need to give us the best game. That been said, I am hoping the PS4 version releases with the up-to-date rosters than the ones coming in PS3/Vita versions.
However, these are good news for those of us who have yet to get a PlayStation 4 system in time for The Show. lol

Baseball is Better! Let’s go Yankees!!


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+ BloodSnowflake on February 15th, 2014 at 10:02 pm said:

Will this be able to play online with people and vs people? just wanted to know never bought The show before


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+ benr0s on February 17th, 2014 at 9:43 pm said:

its not coming out a month after on playstation 4. Its coming out 2 months later. PS3 is April 1, PS4 is May 31. thats ridiculous sony. we should be able to upgrade through Playstation Network for free.


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+ benr0s on February 17th, 2014 at 9:43 pm said:

we’re gonna get this game damn near during all star break


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+ decode_09 on February 18th, 2014 at 5:49 am said:

Will the Vita version have custom soundtrack w/ Sounds of the Show or just PS 3 exclusive? Stunning images for both PS 3 & 4 on the game. Great to continue on The Show right where we left off from MLB 14 to 15 and so on in Franchise mode as it’s a great way not starting over unless been playing Road to the Show only or new to the game. Here are few soundtrack suggestions that should be available including Sounds of the Show.
Airbourne – Firepower
AC/DC – Back In Black
American Author – Hit It
Capitol Cities – Safe and Sound (perfect game trailer music)
Eminem – Survival
Katy Perry – Roar
Nine Inch Nails – Came Back Haunted
The Chevin – Champion
The Naked and Famous – Rolling Waves or To Move With Purpose


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+ jakask on February 22nd, 2014 at 1:25 pm said:

i can’t believe that this will be delayed 2 months into the baseball season. Makes me wonder what is going on with sony and think that that they should have a ps3-ps4 upgrade so i can at least play this on ps3 otherwise i will probably just forego this title sooooooo disappointed.


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+ FriarGirl on February 22nd, 2014 at 5:15 pm said:

Ramone — A few years ago EA Sports had a presence in Playstation Home and were able to sell NFL jerseys for roughly a year. I think its cool to be able to show off my Chargers jersey while in Home… So with that in mind, what about marketing all 30 MLB team jerseys in Home for both genders.. Would love to represent my Padres proudly in the same way! I understand it’s a licensing thing however Sony has a licensing agreement in place with MLB so I don’t see there to be a problem in providing jerseys for the Playstation Home Community.


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+ DeathJohnson on March 4th, 2014 at 3:52 pm said:

“For our Canadian fans, you’ll be glad to know Toronto Blue Jays third baseman and Canada’s own Brett Lawrie will be on the Canadian cover for MLB 14. Go check out the PlayStation Canada Facebook page for more details.”

No. I’m not glad to hear that. Rather than getting a top-player in the league on the cover, we get stuck with some other guy just because he’s Canadian? And we’re supposed to like it? That’s horrendous logic right there.


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+ Mr_Awesome025 on March 11th, 2014 at 9:09 pm said:

so exicted


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