The Playstation E3 Conference is today! Hopefully you have this marked on your calendar June 10, 2013 6 pm ET/PT and 2 am GMT. This is the highlight of most gamers’ year.
In the past, the E3 has usually centered on new games and new platforms on which to play then. 3D featured heavily last year as well as Xbox’s tweaks on the Kinect.
But the focus this year will be the PS4 and a, hopefully, full reveal. With the Xbox One creating a cyclone of negativity after their consoles reveal, PS4 has been teasingly giving out little bits of information and no doubt rubbing their hands together in anticipation over the new Xbox “fanboys and fangirls” who will be making to switch to the Sony system.
After the outrage that has been expressed from former loyal fans of the Microsoft gaming system, the world is looking to today’s E3 to see Sony’s version of the “next generation” in gaming. Sony were a bit cagey in their initial reveal of the PS4 and didn’t give too much away. But just like in poker, there comes a time when you’ve got to show that hole card. E3 is the opportunity to do just that.
So far, Sony isn’t without their share of controversy. The company’s insistence that they want to get rid of physical copies of games has met with criticism. Game collectors across the world let out a wail of anguish at the news that “streaming” would be the proposed face of gaming for the new console.
But the Playstation E3 conference later today will finally clear up all the haze and the tantalising reveals that Sony have slowly been releasing. Tidbits that pique the curiosity and, so far, this tactic has been working well for Sony. Despite some of the released information getting a pretty negative reaction.
Other tidbits have been received more positively, the news that if you saved your game “mid-go” because you had a doctor’s appointment or needed to see the dentist, the game was automatically saved on your connected Vita and you could pick the game up and take it with you has been very well received.
But there are still a lot of questions that remain to be answered. A lot of people are hoping to see the actual console; design matters to a lot of folks. I’ve never really been sure why that is. As GAMEZONE so aptly pointed out, “it’s going to be a box that plays games.” So true, but most gamers want a box that looks cool while they play their games on it.
There is still the very controversial issue of secondhand gaming being given the boot by both companies. Sony hasn’t gone the “ugly” and downright gamer unfriendly route that Microsoft has taken, but, the company has also put out the, “It’s the publishers who control this,” Bulls*** statement that the Xbox creators fell back on in their justification of the move to ban used games.
Sony has opted, at least it sounds like they have, for a “stream” only gaming experience. That might work great if you live in a country that has kick-ass internet, like say, Korea or Japan. But the rest of the world, even the US (and especially the UK) have a pathetic band width for streaming games, or films for that matter. Sure they are getting better, but are they good enough? Not likely, mate.
People are also hoping that the new PS4 price will be revealed as well, but historically, E3 isn’t about how much these fantastic new, consoles, games, et al cost; but how exciting they are and what they do.
Prior to today’s E3 Sony showed off concepts for sharing gameplay footage with friends and interaction with same. They are replacing the old PSN IDs and Gamertags with a “real name” system. But they have yet to mention that streaming online bugbear mentioned above and they still haven’t talked about the new PS4 having the capability to mimic Xbox’s Live Parties. Although, the Vita already has a party system so it makes sense that the new PS4 will as well.
Of course, the E3 is about much more than the new Sony PS4 console. It is about the games that the companies can hype. The new features old favourites have in their newer versions, or kick-ass crowd pleasers like Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us. But new features are crowd pleasers. When Xbox used the Kinect to enable voice commands in the Mass Effect Verse last year, the audience went wild.
But the main focus of today’s Sony E3 conference, to gamers the world over, will be the new PS4. With Microsoft pretty much killing it’s own targeted fan base with all the negative press so far, PS4 looks like the gaming system that will be everyones favourite for the next generation of consoles.
By Michael Smith