What to Expect From Sony’s PS4 Event
With only a few hours until Sony’s ‘See the Future’ event, gamers are within reach of the next console generation. Taking place at 6pm EST/3pm PST, the event is believed to be ground zero — the moment that Sony finally unveils the PS4. However, an event like this can take place in many parts, with so much to cover in so little time. And, with E3 2013 not that far off, there are bound to be some announcements held until that major gaming event.
Nonetheless, Sony is going to announce something BIG, and hopefully talk a little bit about the console. With that said, here are some of the announcements we predict/expect Sony to make at their event on today.
It might only be a brief mention – a kind of “hey, don’t forget these games are still on the way” – but Sony would be remiss if they didn’t at least mention God of War: Ascension, The Last of Us, and Beyond: Two Souls.
Early Monday morning, Sony addressed the Japanese fan base to reveal a few forthcoming games, and also announced a price cut for the device. Might make for a perfect one-two-punch if Sony announced some new Vita games geared towards a Western market and then knocked off $50-$100 from the price.
We know that the publisher is moving away from the Cell chip and adopting more familiar (read: developer friendly) architecture, but how powerful the PS4 will be is unclear. PC purists will claim that the PS4 will still be leagues behind high-end rigs, but console gamers are bound to see major improvements in processing and graphical capabilities. And as a result, the industry as a whole will improve, knowing that multiplatform titles won’t be hampered by inferior tech.
Among the prime candidates for a PS4 release include a new game from Guerilla Games (Killzone 4?), the next title from Sucker Punch (inFAMOUS 3), maybe a new title from Quantic Dream, and the next entry in the Uncharted franchise. However, it’d be a real shame to only see current franchises make an appearance, without so much as a mention regarding at least one or two new IPs.
We hope that, at the very least, Sony makes some mention of a price point for the PS4, whether it’s simply a comparative statement (i.e. on par with past systems at launch) or an outright reveal. A rumor that broke yesterday suggested the PS4 might come in at a price lower than the original 60GB PS3, somewhere around $450. That’s still mighty expensive, but if gamers can find that out now, they can save their money for later.
Granted, that is a unique use of Gaikai’s service, but is that a reasonable compromise? What about games like Tomb Raider, Grand Theft Auto 5, and BioShock Infinite? Will there be some sort of trade-in/verification process that transitions a hard copy to a streaming version, or will gamers be forced to buy two copies? Or are gamers expected to keep the PS3 and the PS4 in their entertainment centers until the next-gen transition is complete? It’s a question we really would like an answer to, but Wednesday might not be the ideal place.
How exactly will the controller’s touch screen work? Will it function in a similar fashion to the Vita’s rear touch? Like the Wii U’s gamepad, fans can expect this new controller to be additive to the experience, but not all inclusive. Thankfully, it’s not a complete redesign.
November 2013 seems like the best candidate, but that’s wishful thinking. Realistically, Sony could be targeting any time between Fall of 2013 all the way until the end of 2014 for the PS4. Although the Fall 2013 appears to be the most likely scenario. Release dates are typically one of the last things announced with consoles, though, but Sony could announce a launch window.