To start off, I just want to mention why we here at MAG believe Sony already has the head start this year against Microsoft regarding games. Sony already has a good amount of successful, ‘triple AAA’ PlayStation Exclusive Franchises behind them that players have come to love over the years. These Exclusives include the; Uncharted series, Little Big Planet, God of War, Gran Turismo, Infamous, Killzone, Ratchet & Clank, Resistance and games like Heavy Rain & Journey. Then you have new, upcoming games like Beyond: Two souls, The Last Of Us, Knack, Drive Club and Diablo 3 that are releasing later this year and early next year and could possibly turn into series with sequels. Sony have already announced new games to their Killzone (Killzone: Shadow Fall) and Infamous (Infamous: Second Son) franchises for the PlayStation 4 but we think Sony still has many more up their sleeve that their still yet to announce.
We already know minor details of a few of these ‘next-gen’ projects & if you’d like to check our our complete list of what Next-Gen Games Developers are currently working on, head over to our article here.
Sony’s Big Event:
On February 20th, 2013 Sony officially unveiled it’s next-generation console during a media event in New York. During the event Sony talked about the consoles internal specifications, showed off some pretty impressing next-gen games & talked about the great amount of potential developers now have with the PlayStation 4. The biggest surprise from the event was that Sony did not reveal what the new console actually looks like, at first this angered many fans that they weren’t given even the slightest glimpse of the PS4′s design but I myself along with a few others believe this was some very smart marketing by Sony.
“We need something to show off later,”
- Shuhei Yoshida, President of Worldwide Studios at Sony Computer Entertainment
Why show off everything about the PS4 all at once, then have nothing left to show later in the year causing gamers to get bored or forget about the console. Why not take everything the console has to offer & show it all off over a period of time keeping consumers engaged and interested in the console. At this point I believe it’s safe to say we’ll see the official reveal of the consoles design at this years E3 in June. Of course there were the rumours claiming that at the time of the PlayStation event Sony hadn’t even completed the consoles final design, this is quite possibly true seeing as one boss at Sony claimed that he only saw the final design of the new DualShock 4 controller a day before the event. Either way (weather Sony had completed the consoles final design or not) I don’t think they would of had any intention of showing it off just yet.
Another very smart move was pulled off by Sony when the CEO, Kazuo Hirai stated in a interview with ‘The Times’ Magazine that…
“Why go first, when your competitors can look at your specifications and come up with something better?”
- Kazuo Hirai, President and CEO of Sony Corporation
After the article was posted online I’m sure pretty much everyone took that statement to be Sony’s plan – let Microsoft reveal their console first then Sony would make something even better and reveal it to the public. Surprisingly this was not the case, only two weeks after that statement being made Sony sent out invitations to major media publications for them to attend a “PlayStation” event in New York. Sony didn’t release any details on the topics they planned on disucssing at the event, though pretty much everyone knew (or hoped) it would be the reveal of the PlayStation 4.
A source inside Sony stated that the PS4 announcement…
“ruffled some feathers” and “caught Microsoft off-guard.”
So that was Sony’s plan? Trick Microsoft into thinking that they had the power of time seeing that Sony would only announce their new console once Microsoft had announced theirs. So I’m sure when Microsoft found out Sony was sending out invitations to a PlayStation event they were in fact ”caught off-guard”.
Overall I feel that apart from Sony not revealing the design of the console, most gamers were impressed with the presentation and were excited for the future. Sony revealed some pretty impressive specs for the console (that compare’s the console to a mid-high range PC) & they showed off a few new games that looked pretty dam impressive.
[UPDATE] Rumour has it that Sony is considering hosting an event late in April or early May targeted at revealing its future gaming console, instead of waiting for the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in June. According to PC Mag, the move is aimed at grabbing media attention as well as the mind share of users against Microsoft’s Xbox720 which is expected to be revealed sometime in the coming months. Holding this event before E3 will enable Sony to focus primarily on games during their E3 presentation.
Remembering The Players:
Only a couple of weeks after the PlayStation 4 event Sony began sending out $10 PSN Store credits to “active users”, the credit could be used to buy anything on the PS store although it did have an expiration date. It’s still not exactly known how users were chosen, but it would mark the second time Sony has done this in just a year with users back in early February receiving messages they have received a $10 store credit for being “loyal customers” as seen below.
Remembering The PS Vita:
On top of all the PlayStation 4 games that were announced at Sony’s reveal event, weeks later at GDC (Game Developers Conference) Sony went ahead and announced two new games for the PS4, but what was more interesting was the tonne of new games they announced for the PS Vita. Sony showed us that just because they have a next-gen console coming out they haven’t forgotten about the PS Vita and how at the moment it desperately needs some attention if it wants to succeed further.
New Games Announced At GDC:
- Blacklight: Retribution – PS4
- Primal Carnage: Genesis – PS4
- Rain – PS3
- Divekick – PS3 and PS Vita
- Spelunky – PS3 and PS Vita
- Velocity Ultra – PS Vita
- Limbo – PS Vita
- Metrico – PS Vita
- Sportsfriends – PS3
- Ibb & Obb – PS3
- Guacamelee! – PS3 and PS Vita
- Hotline Miami – PS3 and PS Vita
- Dragon Fantasy Book II – PS3 and PS Vita
- Thomas Was Alone – PS3 and PS Vita
- Luftrausers – PS3 and PS Vita
- Friend Network App – PS Vita
- Zombie Tycoon II – PS3 and PS Vita
- A Virus Named Tom – PlayStation Mobile
- Treachery in Beatdown City – PlayStation Mobile
- Crumble – PlayStation Mobile
- Crystallon – PlayStation Mobile
- Don’t Wake the Bear – PlayStation Mobile
- Hermit Crab in Space! – PlayStation Mobile
- Oh, Deer! – PlayStation Mobile
- Rymndkapsel – PlayStation Mobile
- Ten By Eight – PlayStation Mobile
Microsoft Off To A Bad Start:
Microsoft who at this point haven’t revealed any details about their next-gen console are already having to deal with bad publicity. Numerous times in the past couple of weeks rumours have surfaced that the next Xbox will require an “always on” internet connection, meaning you won’t be able to play even the singleplayer portion of games if you don’t have an internet connection. This will would be like dubbing Microsoft’s next-gen console like SimCity & Diablo III and we all know what happened to those games when they launched.
Apart from this rumour, what made Xbox fans angrier were the words of Adam Orth a ‘Microsoft Spokesman’. Adam seemed to be feed up with people complaining about the “always on” Xbox rumour so he decided to take to twitter and tell fans to “deal with it”.
[UPDATE] News from Polygon has confirmed that Adam Orth has since departed Microsoft, though it’s currently unconfirmed “whether this was a voluntary or forced resignation.”
When Will We See Microsoft’s Big Reveal?
So when will Microsoft hold their own event to reveal their next-gen console? At this point no one knows for sure, some rumours claim that Microsoft is planning on holding an event late April others say that Microsoft might just wait till E3 in June, which is actually slowly creeping up so if Microsoft don’t announce an event sometime soon they might just have to wait until E3. Another rumour suggests some form of event will be held before E3 so Microsofts E3 conference will be dedicated to developers presenting and showing off their new games for the console.
Though it is known that in early March Microsoft held an internal event since were most think that the next Xbox console was discussed. The photo below is believed to have been leaked from the event showing the new logo for Microsoft’s next-gen console.
In my opinion I believe that Sony is doing everything right this year so far, with all the commotion of the PS4 Sony have showed us they haven’t forgotten about the PS Vita and most importantly the PlayStation fans/users. With the amount of PlayStation Exclusives coming out later this year and next why wouldn’t you want to own a PS4 or even a PS3. If I had an Xbox360 & saw games like The Last Of Us & Beyond: Two Souls coming out I’d be pretty upset.
Although Microsoft is still yet to reveal their new console I do believe the real battle of the two consoles will come down to two factors the;
- Price: The price of the next-gen consoles will be a major factor, we can most likely expect both consoles to have fairly competitive prices.
- Release Date: We know the PS4 will launch in at least one territory in time for ‘Holiday 2013′ and Microsoft will surely want to make sure it doesn’t give away to much of a head start. Most would say that the console that launches first will have the advantage over the other, but would the console which launches first still have the advantage even if the next console is set to launch merely only a couple of weeks later? The sale performance of these consoles will be affected by how each company handles the launch, what sort of promotion they have leading up to it & weather there will be any stock left after the first day?
With Microsoft now under the pressure to deliver something amazing to their fans, you can bet they’ll have something pretty big to show off at their console reveal, whenever it is.
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