What are you expecting from the “Future of PlayStation?” 
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Geoffrey Tim
February 20, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Future

Later on tonight (or rather, really early tomorrow morning), Sony will be hosting an event to showcase the “Future of the PlayStation.” It’s widely expected that the company will reveal s few details on its as yet unannounced PlayStation 4, using the event as an excellent platform to get in before the competition; but what else can we expect?

I’m on the side of the fence that really believes we’ll be seeing the PlayStation 4 revealed; if Sony blew this opportunity to show off something like the “PlayStation Vita Go,” the entire internet would explode from the resulting disappointment and rage – but I do think there’ll be some Vita love by way of a price cut on the current models, to help usher in a new 4G model. they’ll also show off and announce a number of Vita games that they believe might help the system pick up momentum.

I also think that before Sony even gets to PlayStation4, they’ll quote all sorts of fantastic things about the current PlayStation – including sales, number of PSN users and even showcase a few unreleased PS3 games like The Last of Us, God of War: Ascension and Beyond: Two Souls. I also think we’ll see a global price cut on PlayStation 3 hardware announced – bringing it close to mass market pricing.

As far as the PlayStation 4 goes, I think Sony’s presentation will be light on specs, but proffer up hyperbole about the system’s forward-thinking potential. They’ll show off the new controller and its touch capabilities (without making it look like they thieved too much from the Wii U), and how the controller and the new twin PlayStation Eye interface for accurate motion control without the waggle.

Sony, I suspect, will also finally show off what it’s been doing with the Gaikai cloud-streaming service since that it acquired last year – with a number of “PlayStation Cloud” features that could include backwards compatibility via streaming.

As for price and release date, I think we’ll be getting just the one of those. I believe Sony might hold its cards close with regards to pricing, and rather wait to see what Microsoft has planned before committing to a figure. Release date? I think we’ll get a vague “In time for the holidays.”

Lastly, I think Sony’s learned from Nintendo’s mistakes and will actually show a number of games for the PlayStation 4, largely sequels to established and beloved franchises. We may see Gran Turismo 6, Killzone 4 and maybe even a new game in the Uncharted series – and then something new, possibly from Media Molecule and Quantic Dreams – including a presentation from David Cage who’ll go on (and on!)about how the new machine will help bring real emotion in to video games. We may even get a glimpse at some third party titles, with EA’s Battlefield 4 and Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs as potential showstoppers.

Of course, this is all speculation that I’ve handily sucked from my thumb (I’M MICHAEL PACHTER!), so only time will tell how much of it comes true.

You’ll be able to watch Sony’s Future of PlayStation event right here later one – if you’re still awake. The event kicks off at 1am tomorrow morning for locals, 11pm on tonight for those in the UK and at 3pm PT / 6pm ET for those in the States.

I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    Yeah, I will read about it tomorrow instead. No ways I am going to be up at 1am for this….

  • Admiral Chief Erwin

    I’m expecting Darryn not to sleep and to watch at 1AM.

  • Banana Jim

    I’m expecting quality posts about the event tomorrow. If not, you will feel the brunt of my anger… The Banana has spoken :P

  • FoxOneZA

    I’m expecting a Chinese guy and a mic :P

    • Deon Steyn

      The Chinese bought Sony?

      • FoxOneZA

        I’m expecting the unexpected here. Make.Believe

      • FoxOneZA

        I’m expecting the unexpected here. Make.Believe

      • FoxOneZA

        I’m expecting the unexpected here. Make.Believe

      • FoxOneZA

        I’m expecting the unexpected here. Make.Believe

      • FoxOneZA

        I’m expecting the unexpected here. Make.Believe

      • Eric Viljoen

        I’m expecting South Korea to use the webcast in their next propoganda video

        • mornelithe

          You mean….North Korea, perhaps?

          • Deon Steyn

            Eric is expecting the unexpected. Make.Believe

          • mornelithe

            That would assume that South Korea had already used game footage in a propaganda video (he said their ‘next propaganda video’), which hasn’t happened. The only instance of this happening in recent memory, is from North Korea. :)

          • Eric Viljoen

            Ugh… and that after I edited from just “Korea”. Sorry guys. Long day

          • mornelithe

            Hehe, s’ok man. South Korean’s are generally decent folks, and quite honestly I’m sure North Koreans are also….much like American’s….it’s the Government you have to be concerned with.

  • Deon Steyn

    Expecting a lot, mostly hoping it’s not too expensive

  • http://twitter.com/mathuthe Mathias

    I’m expecting nothing, to be honest… I’m at that point when I don’t give a shit about consoles and how social they get, or how many apps they have, or how great multimedia service they provide anymore, I just want games, games and more games.

    I’ll be watching to check out some PS3 titles release dates, nothing more.

    • Sean Carbutt

      Maybe they will let us know that Skyrim actually works on the PS3.

  • DarthofZA

    I’m expecting to be completely “wowed”. If we go by Sony’s history, they’re going to show some amazing videos of what games on the PS4 will look like. They will be far superior to anything we’ve ever seen and they will claim it is all running in real time. As with the first PS3 conference, I expect what we see will be better than anything that will actually come out. Some of the stuff that Sony showed on the PS3 “running in real time” was far, far superior to what their games actually looked like when they did finally come out. Sony has a history of lieing to us at these conferences and showing us the world and not delivering. But at least their lies look oh so pretty. So my prediction, to be “wowed”… presuming the PS4 is what the big hitter for the conference.
    Disclaimer: I’m not bashing on Sony before some Sony fanboy start ranting at me here. Just pointing out their history and expecting that again.

    • FoxOneZA

      Dude, Ducks Demo 3.0 is totally gonna rock!

    • FoxOneZA

      Dude, Ducks Demo 3.0 is totally gonna rock!

    • FoxOneZA

      Dude, Ducks Demo 3.0 is totally gonna rock!

    • FoxOneZA

      Dude, Ducks Demo 3.0 is totally gonna rock!

    • Deon Steyn

      Fanboy Mode Deactivate………..

      Grammar Nazi Mode Activate………..

      *lying

    • Deon Steyn

      Fanboy Mode Deactivate………..

      Grammar Nazi Mode Activate………..

      *lying

    • Deon Steyn

      Fanboy Mode Deactivate………..

      Grammar Nazi Mode Activate………..

      *lying

    • Deon Steyn

      Fanboy Mode Deactivate………..

      Grammar Nazi Mode Activate………..

      *lying

  • fred

    Ridge Racer

  • ALKi1234

    I don’t know anymore. My brain is fried over thinking every single possible outcome.I’m DONE!

  • Anon A Mouse

    This is going to be a sort of a shareholders meeting. Sony is going to delve into their financial crisis as it is at the moment and then bore everyone back to sleep with management talk of the way forward and how an upgraded move system plus PSN as well as a PS3 software upgrade will start the turnaround strategy and that we can expect a whole lot of whoo haaa in the third quater of 2014.

    And Geoff thought he can be cynical…..

    • Eric Viljoen

      Stop hacking Superbru

  • Tarisma

    disappointment. they wont announce the ps $ sorry i mean 4

  • ElNicko

    Will laugh my ass off when Sony unveil NOTHING about the PS4, just some pricecuts for vita/ps3 ……. we shall see

  • Purple_Dragon

    I’m expecting them to announce something other than the PS4.

    • Eric Viljoen

      Final Fantasy 7′s remake. Muhahahaha

      • Purple_Dragon

        Haha!

        I just had a possible idea of what they might be showing. I reckon maybe their cloud gaming/streaming whatever its called, will be shown tonight. It might already be available on the PS3.

      • mornelithe

        Boy, wouldn’t that set the internet on fire? FFVII remake as a launch title…