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Talking Point: What Are Your Hopes and Fears for the PS4, PS3, and Vita at E3 2013?

Posted by Sammy Barker

Nervous expectations

We’re on the home straight. The world’s gaming media is descending on Los Angeles as we type, a city that’s slowly being transformed into a haven for interactive entertainment. Posters are being erected, laptops are being charged, and publishers are transporting secretive packages containing builds of unannounced games. Somewhere, hidden inside a wooden crate, is the chassis of the PlayStation 4 that will be revealed live during Sony’s press conference on Monday night. In short, the stage is set for an exciting week – and that makes it ripe for speculation. As such, we’ve pulled together the Push Square team to talk about our hopes, fears, and expectations for the Japanese giant’s impending E3 2013 showcase.

Sammy Barker, Associate Editor

As someone that’s covered the PlayStation brand through some of the lowest lows, the fan boy buried deep inside of me is screaming for the company to smash this year’s press conference for six. For a while, it felt like the platform holder would never escape from the arrogance that soured the early years of the PlayStation 3, but it’s riding on a high of goodwill among both consumers and developers at the moment, and I’m really eager for it to capitalise on that. Show some incredible games, confirm that the PS4’s launching globally this year, and get the DRM issue right.

Of course, I’m anxious that it won’t. Sony’s been on the right path for a while now, but it’s always been a case of two steps forward and three steps back. Remember how great the PlayStation Vita sounded at first? That soon evaporated the more that it communicated about the machine. And I feel like the PS4’s in the same spot right now. Everything that we’ve heard about the system is awesome, but it could all collapse in a matter of minutes if it follows in Microsoft’s footsteps. Don’t do it.

I’m also a little worried that the platform holder’s going to spend too long on the games from February’s PlayStation Meeting. One advantage that Microsoft has coming into this year’s event is that it’s barely said anything about software, so virtually everything that it reveals will be fresh. Sony on the other hand will definitely want to trot out Killzone: Shadow Fall, Knack, DriveClub, and inFAMOUS: Second Son again – and while I’m really excited to see the new title from Sucker Punch, I can’t help but feel that that’s going to kill the pace of its press conference.

Of course, it can easily counter that by trotting out some big new announcements as well – and this is what I’m most excited about. I really want to know what the remainder of its first-party studios are up to. The likes of Sony Santa Monica, Naughty Dog, San Diego, Studio London, Guerrilla Games, and more are all working on unannounced content, so let’s see it. I’m also hopeful that The Last Guardian will put in an appearance, and while I’ve never been a big JRPG fan, I’m fascinated to see if the rumoured Final Fantasy XV pops up.

Mike Mason, Assistant Editor

Okay Sony, show us what the PS4 can do. The first presentation of the upcoming home console was an exciting tease – though no particular game stood out for me back then, Media Molecule's bizarre puppet show excepted, there was clear ambition to push gaming first and foremost. As such, I'm hoping for a basket full of delicious new titles, from franchises familiar and completely fresh. Especially the fresh.

I don't want to be shown first-person shooter after first-person shooter. I want fun new things; I want some big exclusives; I want to be convinced to throw my money down near launch. I really feel that now is the time that the PlayStation Vita needs to be reignited, too – Sony has a tough job ahead of it, launching a brand new console at the same time as proving that its existing handheld can still be viable. The worst thing that could happen, for me, is to see the Vita go ignored yet again.

And come on, it's got to be about time we get to see The Last Guardian by now, right? Right?

Greg Giddens, Reviews Editor

Now that a new Legacy of Kain appears to have been outed, the announcement that I'm dying to see is a new Mass Effect title. I’d love to experience a story about the First Contact War with the Turians – you can have that idea for free, BioWare. I just want to immerse myself in that magnificent universe once again.

My only real fear is what Sony will do regarding pre-owned games for the PS4. The speculation is that it'll be something similar to what Microsoft are doing with the Xbox One. For me, the worst part about this is the not knowing, so I'm eager (and a little bit frightened) to learn what Sony's policies will be.

Katy Ellis, Events Correspondent

Don't worry Sony, it really won't take too much to impress me at E3. While the February PS4 'sans box' reveal may have seemed disappointing at the time, the PlayStation maker is now in the amazing position of being the only company with a console reveal still up its sleeve. That alone is exciting, isn’t it?

If the Japanese giant has learned anything from Microsoft's underwhelming Xbox One unveiling, then it’s that it really needs to pull out all of the stops with brand new games (of the action adventure genre, please), and focus on as little TV functionality and sports as possible. If Sony really wants to secure my personal PS4 pre-order (which I’m sure it does), then a re-reveal of Team ICO’s mythical The Last Guardian would go a long way, as well as a new gaming collaboration with Level-5 and Studio Ghibli.

Lastly, it would be really nice if the PS4 didn’t copy the Xbox One’s aggravating online and pre-owned policies. I live in an area with a very unstable connection, so having to connect to the Internet every 24 hours simply to play an offline single player game really wouldn’t sit well with me. I’m also a huge advocate of pre-owned gaming, so I’m counting on Sony to do the right thing.

Ben Potter, Staff Writer

After the white-knuckle ride that was the PlayStation Meeting, this E3 is shaping up to be the most important of the last few years, and with Nintendo doing its own thing, the spotlight falls upon the industry's biggest rivals.

This E3 may be all about social integration, games, release dates, prices, and the physical look of the PS4, but I’m far more interested in the future of PlayStation Plus. I, along with countless others, have made my money back from Plus ten times over, and it’s got me thinking: how can Sony possibly continue that with the PS4? Maybe it won't introduce it initially, the concern being that, with a limited catalogue of games, people simply won't be interested in purchasing anything – as seems to be the case with the Vita. Or perhaps it will do something else entirely.

Sony has never charged for any element of online play this generation, but the quality and reliability of its servers have suffered as a result. As such, I’m pondering whether Plus may be upgraded, given a new name, and transformed into something akin to the Xbox Live Gold subscription, whereby extra features and streaming opportunities are granted to subscribers, but basic online facets like online play will remain free.

Ben Tarrant, Staff Writer

It’s the Vita that’s got me most excited for E3. I’m personally hoping for some more grizzly details on Killzone: Mercenary and some innovative new indie titles. I’m also eager to learn what the PS4 will actually look like, and I’ve got my fingers and toes crossed for some more information on The Last Guardian. I absolutely loved Shadow of the Colossus, so it’s about time that we got something new from Team ICO.

To be honest, it’s the inevitable waves of press surrounding games like Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and Call of Duty: Ghosts that I’m not really looking forward to. After numerous annual iterations of these franchises, I’m really bored to tears with them. Maybe I’m too cynical for my own good, but I can’t help but roll my eyes when the words “new” and “exciting” are attached to these brands.

Robert Ramsey, Staff Writer

I’m hoping for Sony to solidify the PS4 more than anything. Of course show us the games, of course show us the machine – but don’t forget about the finer details. It’s important that the firm demonstrates the UI, giving us a taste of what to expect – how the friends list works, how navigation works, those kinds of things. We also need clear messaging when it comes to the company’s stance on controversial topics like DRM, if only to settle the speculation once and for all. The sooner we get over these hurdles, the sooner we can get excited for the next generation without having to ask questions.

What I don’t want to see is Sony wasting time. They have a lot to get through, and bogging down the conference with sales spiel and casual title demonstrations will only damage the pace of what should be one of the most content-heavy pressers of recent times. On a more personal note, I’m really hoping that Square Enix’s rumoured appearance isn’t a bad one. After the mess that was and still is Final Fantasy XIII, the company really needs to give fans a reason to believe in the franchise again – and one pretentious CG teaser trailer just won’t be enough. I’m remaining sceptical, but a good reveal from the Japanese publisher would certainly help to restore some faith in the firm.

Simon Thornton, Staff Writer

So, what games am I hoping to be announced at E3? Dark Souls II would be a welcome addition to the next generation lineup; we've already seen that it’s expected to be released during March 2014, and the new consoles will already be out at that point. I honestly can't think of a game that would take advantage of the PS4’s social features more successfully than Dark Souls – being able to guide someone as you watch them play, or even having the ability to take control of their soldier to help them with a section that they're struggling with. Other than that, a new SOCOM game (or other tactical online shooter) would be nice to see, but after the failure of SOCOM 4, it doesn't look likely.

As with any new Sony product, my main concern is that it doesn’t price itself out of the market. I’m also worried that it’s going to waste too much of its conference on the hardware. The company needs to come out swinging, or it could easily lose ground to Microsoft. We don’t need a demonstration on the DualShock 4’s touchpad, for example – let’s not have another Wonderbook fiasco. I think that it needs to get the right balance between new software and previously revealed titles, too. If it focuses on the titles from the PlayStation Meeting, I’m anxious that it will be sending the wrong message.


What are your hopes and fears for PlayStation at E3 2013? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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User Comments (24)

criticalmass

#1

criticalmass said:

my fears are they do what MS has done with DRM and online check-ins. my hopes are they dominate all aspects of E3.

BornOfEvil

#2

BornOfEvil said:

I want to see more of freedom wars, and I also want to know what The Order: 1888 is all about. More big titles for the Vita would be more than welcome, as well as more PS4 exclusive titles.

ObviouslyAdachi

#4

ObviouslyAdachi said:

Just give me more Vita games. I just got a PS3 so I won't be buying a new console any time soon and I already know what I want for my PS3. I own and have completed every one of the Vita's best games and then some. And I'm bored with my Vita.

Aj_Dono

#6

Aj_Dono said:

just hope ps4 doesn't follow the negative steps of x1. cos i got 99 problems and they're all x1.

rjejr

#7

rjejr said:

What Simon Thorton said - "let’s not have another Wonderbook fiasco."

I'm ok w/ the glass half full as long as Sony doesn't knock it over. Nintendo took their glass and went home and MS shattered their glass into a million unrentable pieces. It's Sony's week to lose.

Only 50 1/2 hours now, give or take.

rjejr

#9

rjejr said:

Don't do what? The countdown clock or Sony's week to lose? I didn't use some offensive British slang did I?

OK, that's just weird. Now I'm imagining things.

get2sammybAdmin

#10

get2sammyb said:

@rjejr Haha, sorry, I was just being silly about the countdown. You definitely didn't use any British slang! (That I know of, anyway.)

mibtar

#12

mibtar said:

I hope they keep PlayStation plus the way it is. Actually I hope they extend it to PS4 because it's awesome. I still can't believe I'm playing blazblue on the vita for free. Well not really free, but 50 bucks for a year of freebies? Xbox fans are really missing out.

Jaz007

#13

Jaz007 said:

Hopes: I want a new Uncharted title of course and a new T rated IP from Sony like they have done with inFamous and Uncharted.

Fears: How used games will work. I'm deathly afraid of what is going to happen here. I'm going to be devastaed if they pull a Mircrosoft here.

FullbringIchigo

#14

FullbringIchigo said:

Hopes: FFVsXIII (or FFXV whatever it's called now) still PS exclusive and given a release date, announcement of Uncharted 4, more PSVita games (perhaps even upgraded re-releases of some PSP game would be good too), More info on GT6

Fears: the Sony will follow what MS are doing with the Xbox One with all the DRM, blocking used games and regular online checks, that PSN will be a charged service on the PS4 ala XBLGold, that the PlayStation Eye will be madotory and function in the same way MS said the Kinect 2.0 will on XB1 and a lack of launch titles for PS4

shingi_70

#15

shingi_70 said:

Hopes: A vita price cut and Sony showing off all of the indie/F2P support they've gathered while showing off major support from they're Japanese partners.

MaxaMod

#16

MaxaMod said:

the only fear i hve is for MGS5 to demonstrated on MS stage .. and Mirror-e 2 becoming exclusive on x1

i've faith in sony the guys are so calm and they didn't talk that much since FEB they let the games talk instated and seeing title such as planetside 2 being revel before e3 tall us that sony is making room for much bigger announcement

Jaz007

#18

Jaz007 said:

At the end of the Sony E3 conference. Heilghast soldiers will come and hold steps up that decend from the ceiling and all the girls from Sony IPs will come up on each side of the staircase from the top to the bottom with giant feather fans and will then start fanning the middle of the staircase. Then the spotlight will shift to the ceiling and King Kaz Hirai will descend slowly down the stairs in his magnificent suit with his playstation move scepter and dualshock crown upon his head and the spotlight will follow him down the stairs. He will start his speech and will proclaim that PS4 will have no used game restrictions and that Sony will fight for what is good and right. He then asks the crowd to join in his fight against the evils of Mircosoft. The crowd roars in its approval and rushes Microsoft's E3 section and demands that those who believe in good join them. Half of the Microsoft crowd joins the fight for good and those who fight for Microsoft are beaten down and the leaders of Microsoft are taken prisoner and so Sony wins a glorious victory for that which is good.

jgrangervikings

#19

jgrangervikings said:

I want to learn when I can get an adapter (or make it work thru my PS3/PS4) to output my Vita game onto my tv screen. I also want Sony to show off their plan of how they're going to market their Vita to the populace and get potential customers to understand and buy into the idea that Vita's games are available for purchase online thru PSN Store...and don't let the fact that retail stores only have a handful of games dissuade people from getting the Vita. And, sell the idea to devs that there's a great upside and sales potential in creating Vita software.

jgrangervikings

#20

jgrangervikings said:

My prediction...announcement of a new Gravity Rush game coming...and don't be surprised if there's one for Vita AND PS4 since the PS4 controller has touchscreen controls on the front of it.

Gamer83

#21

Gamer83 said:

The 'fears' I'd have are obvious so not worth mentioning.

What I hope we see. Gravity Rush 2, but with Japan Studio busy on other stuff at the moment I think we're still at least 6 months away from an official announcement for that game. Anyway, I'd like to see some big announcements for Vita. RE, MGS, Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy, Monster Hunter, God of War, Syphon Filter... Something from a few of these franchises made exclusively for Vita so it's tailored to what the system can do. I also still hold out very slight hope for GTA: San Andreas Stories...

On the PS4 side of things just show us more games, give us release dates, prices and clear up all the damn policies. I know that 97% of what will be said is stuff I don't want to hear, but it is what it is.

PS3, I'm kind of indifferent to what they have to announce. It's been an awesome system and still has some excellent games set for it, since this is the last E3 where it will be the lead Sony platform, it should get a nice little send off.

Kayoss

#22

Kayoss said:

Biggest fear is that it will be a cable box... Oh wait I thought I was on the Xbox forum. I was trying to troll.

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