Back in February Sony gave the world an early glimpse at its forth video game home console, PlayStation 4, and with E3 just weeks gamers worldwide are eagerly waiting for Sony to show them more.
Traditionally E3 has been the place for hardware companies like Sony and Nintendo to showcase their next-generation consoles, though Sony bucked this trend by hosting its own “Future of PlayStation” event. And while a lot of ground was covering during the two or so hours, there’s still a lot we don’t know.
With Nintendo beating its Wii U and 3Ds drum loud and proud, and Microsoft gearing up to no doubt show off its next-generation system either at, if not before, E3, Sony has its work cut out to ensure gamers and media alike find reasons to care about what they have to say.
So, here are our top recommendations for Sony’s should be showing us at its E3 2013 press conference.
Show us the box
One of more potent sour tasting exclusions from Sony’s PlayStation 4 reveal event was not showing us what the console looked like. We saw nifty things like the new controller, possible launch titles and even glimpses of its user interface, but not the console itself.
Perhaps it’s my affinity for having a physical box for to stare at underneath my TV set, or perhaps it’s the deeply rooted generational desire to see, hold and touch a brand new console in my hands, but this is I feel something Sony needs to rectify at E3.
After all, without an actual console to use in marketing material, or for potential buyers to look at, the PlayStation 4 is nothing more than a controller and some fancy looking games that don’t look overly that special. Sound familiar?
What does the PlayStation 4’s controller actually do?
It’s no secret Sony’s DualShock controllers have their critics, though for every one who dismisses its design there’s at least two who believe it to be the best ever – otherwise why would the company retain the same overall design for well over a decade?
And while the PlayStation 4’s controller looks to follow the design of past controllers, aside from some subtle design changes the most glaring addition is the ‘stick out like a sore thumb’ touchpad on the front.
By all accounts this is NOT a touch-screen, so that ‘second screen’ dynamic Sony’s been talking about will be exclusive to the PlayStation 4’s relationship with Vita, so exactly what we’ll be using the touchpad for is anyone’s guess.
If Sony want more developers to make use of it, thus utilising the full potential of this unique controller, then we better start seeing gameplay demos that actually use it. If anything, this will allow a huge pool of developers to see and how they could possibly use it in future PlayStation 4 games.
Announce more exciting first party titles
Surely I’m not the only person on the planet who was underwhelmed by what Sony had to show us in the way of possible launch, and beyond, games. A new Killzone, another InFAMOUS and some indie titles that most people will get excited for, but will forget as soon as it releases.
The only title that has piqued interest is Knack, a fresh new IP that appears to take inspiration from the likes of Katamari.
When the boys from Sony take the stage at E3 this year I hope they have something more to show us. Nintendo might take flack for re-using the heck out of their franchises, though with each new iteration there’s a new innovation that keeps it fresh. Sony has an impressive roster of first party IP’s, so lets see the development teams behind them take these franchises in bold new directions.
Commit to a smooth, worldwide release
It’s fair to say Sony’s launch of the PlayStation 3’s launch was anything but a successful one. A number of production delays, followed by a slow worldwide roll out and a overly inflated price tag resulted in a rather sluggish start to the console’s market life.
Despite seeing how it essentially would be to launch the PlayStation 4 worldwide, the common consensus is we’d see it release in North America, possible Japan, by the end of 2013 and the rest of the world sometime in 2014. And given Sony’s track record with largely ignoring the Euro/PAL region this may indeed be the case.
Its easy to argue one of Nintendo’s biggest mistakes at last years E3 was not discussing its launch plans for the Wii U, though when you consider the company chose to instead further educate us about the console it sort of makes sense.
Sony doesn’t need to ‘teach’ us anything, other than show us a) the console itself b) what the unique functions of the controller do and c) some interesting games, and so spending ten minutes telling us when and where we should expect the console to hit stores is incredibly doable.
All PlayStation Vita in one place
The PlayStation Vita is one impressive handheld console, and while the ‘Dreamcast’ of the portable arena is doing marginally better than what it was six months ago, Sony still need to cover a lot of ground to get it in the hands of gamers worldwide.
Looking ahead into the Vita’s release schedule there’s a fair amount of quality titles that will help sell units, but only if Sony take the opportunity E3 presents them to showcase them all in one place.
For anyone to say Sony could trump Nintendo in the handheld space they’d risk sounding quite like the fool in my opinion, but in regards to the companies rivalry with Microsoft the Vita give them a very solid ace up the sleeve, one that could prove to see Sony stomp all over any and all NextXbox announcements.
Now it’s your turn!
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