Hopes and Dreams for Sony’s PS4 Conference
Ben Sheene / Feb 20th, 2013 No Comments
The “Future of PlayStation” event is only hours away and hopefully along with it is news about the PS4. Ever since Sony teased today’s event, the industry has been flooded with speculation, rumors and general chaos. Whether it is rumored system specs, leaked pictures of controllers or even a vague price point, there is one consensus: the PlayStation 4 will be announced and gamers will finally be able to see what Sony has in store for the next generation. Before anything is made official, though, let’s take one last opportunity to muse on some of the best outcomes for tomorrow’s event.
[adsense250itp]Just as important as system specs is how the PS4 will allow players to control their games. Hopefully, the PS4 controller strikes a balance between traditional and motion controls. Sixaxis controls should be replaced with the more accurate technology found in the PlayStation Move. If a touch screen is incorporated into the design, it doesn’t need to be gimmicky. The biggest surprise would be if Sony did manage to incorporate system specific functions into the controller. What if players could not only link a PS4 controller to their PSN account but use it to play their games on devices connected to the internet? Let’s just hope the DualShock design remains intact.
Without a doubt, Sony needs to show that their purchase of Gakai was worthwhile. Is the world fully ready for dedicated cloud gaming? With internet speeds the way they are, no way. That doesn’t mean that cloud gaming is impossible or other features of the cloud can’t be used. Since they are being used with PS+, cloud saves are here to stay; but how about firmware updates be automatically downloaded there as well?
Sony would be crazy to announce the PS4 and not announce any games as well. Just because games are announced, though, doesn’t mean we will see gameplay. It would be great to see Jak 4 or The Last Guardian or just about anything else. Great games will build hype but a live gameplay demo will blow audiences away. Don’t announce and tease games and then punctuate that statement with “playable at E3”. It might be wishful thinking, but Sony seems invested enough in this event that they will pull out all the stops.
The Price and Release
It goes without saying that these things need to be revealed. Sony knows how much they want to charge and when they want to release the PS4. Why avoid talking about two of the most important factors when console release time rolls around?
The PS Vita and The PS3
The PS Vita has struggled a bit and it does not need to be ignored in the presentation. A few days ago a price cut was announced for the handheld in Japan. It’s time for the price to drop on the Vita in America; along with a price drop on the expensive memory cards. And games. Announce lots of games. As for the PS3? That ten year life cycle isn’t over yet! Is The Last of Us going to be the final major first-party game for the system? Sony doesn’t need to pull a Nintendo and abandon their old system when a new one is released.
No matter what, eager gamers will soon find out all the tricks that Sony has up their sleeves. The company has created a massive hype train that will only crash and burn if the “future of PlayStation” turns out to be a ho-hum meeting. What do you hope Sony announces today? Sound off in the comments.
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