Recharged Shields features the opinions of Casually Addicted’s very own Craig Shields. Each week a different topic will be in his sights as he attempts to bring some interesting discussion to the world of gaming.
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We are less than a week away from the world’s eyes being squarely on The Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. Whether it’s Jack Tretton, Shuhei Yoshida or even Kaz Hirai himself anything less that the reveal of the next PlayStation could bring about the downfall of the internet.
PlayStation 4 is coming but the manner in which Sony deliver on the night and tease in the future could shape it’s initial months after launch. Giving too much next week would be great but then having nothing in reserve for the months to come would give too much of an advantage to Microsoft and Nintendo.
Sony’s reveal needs to be precise and it needs to be perfect, just like chasing that girl you’ve always longed for Sony need to play the game and tease just enough to keep us interested but having enough mystery to make us think about her when she’s not there.
But this love triangle also involves Microsoft, Sony need to keep the home of Xbox on it’s toes, they need to immediately put the big M on the back foot and there is no better way to do it than by being the first to tease.
One of the criminal mistakes Nintendo made when letting the world see the Wii U was not highlighting the actual console. It was a monumental error of judgement that to this day probably still hampers them in the sales column. Myself and the Casually Addicted team watched in awe and wondered whether we had seen a new console or new controller.
I can vividly remember console launches all the way back to the Mega Drive/Genesis and SNES era and never had I been so confused before. It seems obvious to say it but in light of Nintendo’s blunder back in 2011 Sony need to treat us as animals and say this is the console and this is the controller. This is a piece of hardware that has the potential to be sitting under my TV for a decade, I need to see it from every angle and get a feel for what it looks like. I may also have to make some space under the TV so why not prepare for that eventuality now?
As badly as I want to see the PlayStation 4’s form factor the controller is as just if not more important. While it may still retain the rugged Dual Shock looks we need to see what’s changed. New triggers? Great. Touch-Pad? Ok that’s interesting, now Sony I want you to show me why I need this and what alternative options it will give me when playing games. [EDIT: Is this picture the new PlayStation controller?]
Let’s be clear here, this PlayStation Meeting is nothing but a giant advertisement. If Sony are bringing something new to the dance they need to sell it and tell the world why you should invest in PlayStation going forward. If the rumours that the new controller will feature a touch-pad are true then Sony need to give me a good reason to not dismiss it within seconds as a gimmick like the six-axis.
If Vita is going to be integral to the next PlayStation then we need to see it. There are a lot of disgruntled Vita owners (and potential Vita owners) out there right now. Seeing a strong bond between the Vita and PS4 would not only make it truly seem like Sony have a long-term plan for the fledging system but it would also give it a second lease of life. Cross-Buy and Cross-Save with the PS3 is great but what if the PS4 offers something more? Something we haven’t seen before? Whisper it but this one conference could turn the Vita into an extremely desirable product going forward.
As the Vita, 3DS and Wii U can attest to you need games to sell your system, not just any games though but good ones. Showing me Mass Effect 3: Game of the Year edition running on a PS4 just won’t cut it. I can allow a side-by-side of a PS3 and PS4 game for comparison sakes but remember Sony, you need to sell this system with games.
Almost the entirety of Sony first-party teams are working on unannounced projects. It’s safe to say that Killzone 4, Media Molecule and Sucker Punch’s new titles will be on show but what about the black sheep of the PlayStation family? The Last Guardian.
Creator of the troubled title Fumito Ueda cryptically teased this statement:
“I should also mention that details regarding The Last Guardian’s release is solely decided by Sony Computer Entertainment, not myself. Please keep an eye out for their official announcement.”
Which brings me onto my final thought for the upcoming PlayStation Meeting. We need one big surprise to see us all leave the auditorium foaming at the mouths. Seeing The Last Guardian transition to PS4 could be that announcement.
The worst thing Sony could do is to show all their hands next Wednesday, the reveal of the console and a few games to keep us ticking over is enough for an initial reveal. They can say that Quantic Dream and Naughty Dog are working on PS4 ‘projects’ but don’t say what they are or when we’ll see more. Keep us at arm’s length, let us peek into the future of PlayStation, but don’t jump into bed on the first date or else the passion might expire and before you know it, it’s lights out.
Sony’s PlayStation Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday February 20th 2013. We’ll be covering the event live here on Casually Addicted, stay tuned for the future of PlayStation right here.