Happy Wednesday, folks! The Electronic Entertainment Expo is only a week away! The Gamnesia writing staff has been beefed up for the occasion, and our very own Colin McIsaac will be attending the show! Colin will be offering exclusive previews and impressions. You can see in depth look at our E3 plans right here.. Go on, take a look! But yhave to come back!
Done? Good. Let’s move on to our third roundtable!
In today’s discussion we will be compiling our opinions and predictions of Sony’s E3 prospects. Is the PlayStation 4 really that great? What the hell is Gaikai? Does anyone own a PS Vita?
Without further ado, let’s begin!
What does the company need to do to win E3?
Elijah Holt (Senior Editor): Show up and reassure fans that they won’t be doing the stupid shit that Microsoft is doing.
Dylan James (Contributor): At this rate, almost nothing – at least when taking stage presentations into account. Nintendo, through the use of its widespread Best Buy demo program and focused Nintendo Directs, may actually have a shot at breaking through the E3 barrier and coming away the best of the big three, but Sony should have this in the bag when talking strictly about the competing new system presentations. They have all the momentum from the well-received PlayStation 4 announcement, the gaming populace’s current active dislike of the Xbox One, and the fact that the PS3 just overtook the 360 in units sold globally to their advantage. All they need to do is stick the landing to come away looking as shiny as always.
Nathanial Rumphol-Janc (Editor in Chief): If they come out and confirm they are doing absolutely nothing that Microsoft is… that’s a big plus for the gamer’s mind. We also need them to at least show how the console functions. It’s great that we saw a bunch of games for the PlayStation 4, but if the functionality of the console isn’t up to snuff… I am worried. It’s nice we got a lot of promises, but we need to see execution. Obviously, more games too.
Matthew Swadinsgy (Contributor): Announce support for used games and provide a reasonable price for PlayStation 4. They’ve pretty much got everything set for them, already having the most powerful console for the next generation and the least amount of consumer backlash.
Jackson Murphy (Senior Editor): Sony almost has this one in the bag. Nintendo isn’t holding a conference, so the Big N’s competition will likely be in a different realm compared to Sony’s. This E3 is about PS4 versus Xbox One. With the majority of players actively and vocally hating the new Xbox, all Sony has to do is not fuck up. Show off some games we already know about and throw in a surprise or two. Voila, you win. The only thing that could possibly screw the pooch is five-hundred and ninety-nine US dollars.
Barry Herbers (Associate Editor): With Nintendo not having a major press conference, Microsoft possibly being boring as hell, Ubisoft likely elaborating on stuff we have already seen and no one caring about EA, I’d say Sony already has this E3 in the bag. But still, a little footage of The Last Guardian would not hurt.
What three unannounced games will be revealed for PlayStation during the show?
Harold Teekman (Associate Editor): Spaghetti Apocalypse, The Chair Revolt, and A Mouse in the House, a game where
you are a mouse and need to scare women and beat up their boyfriends.
Matthew Swadinsgy: If I had to guess, Resistance 4, something along the lines of Uncharted, and a new movie game from Quantic Dream.
Dylan James: Three might be going a bit too far, especially when considering the focus is most likely going to be on launch or near-launch titles and we’ve already seen quite a few of those. One of them will certainly be the new major Final Fantasy game that was already teased (I’m still betting Versus XIII has been reworked into XV). The problem is that the guys behind Uncharted are just getting The Last of Us out of the gate now, and Santa Monica just wrapped up God of War: Ascension – so that’s two major IPs that are incredibly unlikely to surface. I expect at least one major new IP announcement.
Elijah Holt: Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale 2, LittleBigPlanet 3, Crash Bandicoot
Nathanial Rumphol-Janc: Crash Bandicoot, Little Big Planet 3, Uncharted 4
Jackson Murphy: I fully expect Little Big Planet 3 to show up at the conference. It’s a great flagship title for PlayStation 4. The
development will be handled by Sumo Digital, as rumored in previous months.
Naughty Dog is currently busy with The Last of Us, but that doesn’t mean Nathan Drake can’t show up. Uncharted Trilogy will be announced at the conference with bonus content not included in the original games. New mechanics introduced in later entries of the series will be included in the older ones, and graphics will be updated to fit the new hardware. Multiplayer from the trilogy will be streamlined into one mode, and there will be an overarching story mode of all three games. It will also ship with a copy of Uncharted: Golden Abyss for Vita.
My last guess is Gran Turismo 6 on PlayStation 4. The game is set to make PlayStation 3 go out with a bang, but the game will be updated for next-generation hardware for the PS4’s launch.
Predict the price and release date of the PlayStation 4. Will this be revealed at the conference?
Dylan James: The price will come in around $350.00, and the release date will be in November. If this is the price, it will probably get announced simply because it’s reasonable – and the release window will probably be announced.
Elijah Holt: $399, with a release in mid-October or November and coinciding with Microsoft’s release. It likely won’t be shown at the conference.
Jackson Murphy: No announcement. Five-hundred and ninety-nine US dollars.
Matthew Swadinsgy: Around $300, possibly more. Sony has learned from the PlayStation 3, so the launch price of the PlayStation 4 definitely won’t be as absurd as the former’s. It will be released before Black Friday.
Harold Teekman: I assume Sony will reveal this, but I’ve been wrong before. The price will be between $450 and $500 and might be released on November 10th.
Barry Herbers: Same as Xbox One, $300 – $400, release sometime in November and I expect both things to be announced at the conference.
Will Sony forgo the path Microsoft has concerning used games and essential online?
Nathanial Rumphol-Janc: No, not if they want maximum third party support. The used game stuff is debatable because Microsoft themselves may change that policy,
but the online activating and check-ins through the internet are being pushed by publishers, not the console makers. It is doubtful one platform would have it and the other would not.
Barry Herbers: Yes. I don’t see a reason they would, and it seems like Sony wants to be all about “use our console however you please” with PlayStation 4.
Harold Teekman: I think Sony has learned from everyone’s reaction that it’s probably not a good idea to include Microsoft’s choices. You don’t want to piss off a large portion of your fanbase.
Elijah Holt: If they’re smart.
Matthew Swadinsgy: They’ve been dodging the subject for some time, so I can’t say for sure. If they have been paying attention to the consumer backlash towards the Xbox One reveal, they’ll do the exact opposite of them.
Dylan James: Well, we’re still not sure as to what Microsoft’s path even is regarding used games, but assuming we’re talking about the broader concept of discouraging the playing of them – no. If there were plans originally in store along these lines, this Xbox One backlash should have proven to them that gamers are not at all willing to comply with that sort of rudeness to the consumer. They would have to be asinine to go through with such plans…although their silence on this topic is definitely not helping to raise confidence.
What will be the most surprising Vita news at the conference?
Matthew Swadinsgy: There will be games released for the Vita.
Jackson Murphy: A price cut of $79. It’s not really surprising, but it’s news. Vita news is always surprising, considering there never is any.
Dylan James: That’s a really rough question. I really hope we see Sony investing in core first party content for the Vita, because that’s the only way they’re going to break the “deadly cycle” the system is currently in. People aren’t buying the Vita because there are no games for it, and developers are not making games for it because no one has bought it. The only possible way this situation can end is if Sony does the same thing Nintendo did with the 3DS when it was dead in the water – launch some big first party games which will get people buying, and therefore third parties developing. It’s the best investment they can possibly make regarding the Vita, and I hope we see some kind of sterling title announced for it.
Harold Teekman: That it still exists.
Barry Herbers: Vita? That’s already news to me.
Nathanial Rumphol-Janc: There will be a PlayStation 4 bundle that includes a Vita for a higher price point.
How will Sony handle online for the next generation?
Barry Herbers: I’m going to assume it’ll be comparable to their current setup. A free service which allows you to buy games and play your games online, alongside a subscription with a lot of extra features which charges a monthly fee.
Harold Teekman: Probably the same like they did this generation. Push trophies some more. Keep it free, unlike Microsoft.
Jackson Murphy: They will keep it free, but Sony will also push PlayStation Plus as a viable service, creating both a free online system and one that costs money for more time-invested players.
Nathanial Rumphol-Janc: Same way as last generation with an expansion on the offers in PlayStation Plus. They haven’t really shown anything that differs from what they already do outside of streamed gaming potential, which they say will happen one day but we really don’t know when.
Matthew Swadinsgy: They pretty much went over this in the PlayStation 4 reveal, but for a quick recap: they’re going to track your purchase history and games interests in order to predict what you’ll buy next and install it ahead of time; there will be a whole bunch of social networking guff that’s completely optional; and you’ll be able to take over your friend’s game remotely in order to show them how to beat a challenging section in a game.
Elijah Holt: I think that it’s inevitable that it will be a subscription service, possibly with a free version that has limited features.
Finally, the most important question of all: what shape will the PS4 console be?
Harold Teekman: It will be the shape of a penguin. Just because they can-can-can!
Barry Herbers: Subjective.
Nathanial Rumphol-Janc: A square box that is bigger than we expect. People tend to forget – top notch hardware requires bigger boxes and more cooling. The difference? You can stand it on it’s side.
Elijah Holt: Spherical.
Jackson Murphy: An Xbox One.
Dylan James: In keeping with the “4” theme, the PlayStation 4 will transcend to the fourth dimension and appear as a tesseract.
Well, that concludes this roundtable. E3, and the final answers to these all important questions, is just five days away!
Will Sony impress? Will our wallets survive the coming onslaught of the PlayStation 4? What will happen when the tesseract comes to us in console form? (…waaaait… Reverse that one) Feel free to answer these questions and more for yourself in the comments below!