Sony’s E3 conference: the hidden messages and what they mean for the future of PlayStation
CEO and President of SCEA Jack Tretton oversaw a quietly determined and purposeful Sony show at this year’s E3. One which showed Cross-Play can easily match up to Wii U’s tablet, why PSN will be the place for great PS3 games over the next year and how Sony’s focus remains very much on core gamers. Read on to discover the rest of the forward-looking clues we deciphered from this year’s conference.
There might not have been any PS4 megatons or Metal Gear Solid 5′s at this year’s Sony’s E3 conference but there was a quiet and unstated focus on the future. There was also a lot that Sony didn’t say out loud. Read between the lines, though, and there were plenty of messages that spoke volumes about the future of PlayStation.
PS3 can still innovate six years into its lifecycle
It might have garnered about as much noise as a fart in an F5 hurricane during the conference, but the reveal Vita will act as a control pad for LittleBigPlanet 2 – thanks to upcoming Cross-Controller DLC – was all kinds of huge. With Microsoft displaying its SmartGlass technology and the Wii U’s iPad-esque tablet controller, there’s a clear move by The Big Three towards synchronised gaming experiences across multiple devices. But where Nintendo is betting the ranch, pickup truck and smoking hot farmer’s daughter on its tablet, Vita Cross-Play is merely an additional arrow for PS3’s mighty, quivering bow. Essentially, Sony has matched its rivals’ cutting-edge innovation simply by utilising the strengths of its existing handheld’s smart network features.
PS3’s future will be more focused on core games than you’d think
BOOM! Have some of David Cage’s Beyond and its sexily telepathic Ellen Page action all up in your grill. SMACK! An hour later and those grills are dripping a deep-fried, incredi looking The Last Of Us demo. Ignore the imaginative, endearing Wonderbook for now: this conference was all about the ‘core. Bookmarking its conference with two new, resolutely hardcore IPs demonstrated Sony’s seriousness towards putting proper PS3 players first. With nary a peep made about 3D and only brief Move pandering, Sony’s sharply focused statement of intent was clear. It might be pushing PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale right now, but the focus for PS3 is still very much on core games.
PS3 is widening it’s audience
Though PS3 might be a veteran console Sony has no plans to retire it just yet. The interactive Wonderbook may or may not be your cup of tea but it’s full of the playful inventiveness that captured the imagination with EyeToy and propelled PS2 to ‘one in every house’ levels of popularity. It opens up a completely fresh direction for PS3 and with the megaton signing of J.K. Rowling – surely the biggest transfer coup since West Ham gobbled up gargoyle-faced Tevez – and it’s clear Uncharted Babyz Kart Racer is a long way from being pushed out of Sony’s last-ditch stable.
PS4’s release date will be 2014 at the earliest
PS3 is in the sort of rude health usually reserved for guys who own Fortune 500 companies and bathe in jacuzzis full of foie gras. Sony unveiling stonkingly impressive footage for Beyond: Two Souls, God Of War: Ascension and The Last Of Us pounded that point home like a mountain gorilla swinging a sledgehammer. It means there’s little chance of seeing PlayStation 4 anytime soon, especially considering the astronomical costs it would take to launch a next-gen machine so soon after Vita. We predict PS4 won’t arrive until spring 2014 at the very earliest.