Sony recently announced that they’re holding a press conference on the 20th of February, and boy, has it gotten the rumor mill going. With the tagline “The future of Playstation”, the fact that they’ve put up videos detailing the history of their previous stationary consoles and that the Vita is already rumored to have it’s price dropped as well as a new bundle made pretty much cements that it’s Playstation 4 info-time. The industry is expecting for the new consoles to hit late this year or early next year, meaning that announcements has to hit soon, although most expected it to wait until E3 before we heard anything.
Since there’s already been plenty of rumors, ideas and suggestions on what’ll be in this meeting, I might as well take a stab at it. Therefore, I present to you…
The Sony Press Conference, presented by my bearded self!
“Let’s start it off with a big bang! Anything else we say other than this is just going to be glazed over, so…BOOM! Playstation 4, here is the preliminary form factor, controller and technical specifications. It can still spin those blu-rays, it’s closer designed to a computer so it’s easier for developers to develop for and the controller has the rumored touch-pad, headphone jack, speaker and rumble. Oh, and we finally delivered on that promise of making it into a grill.”
“Now, price. We realize gamers wants the most bang for buck. As such, we’re happy to offer the default bundle at 349 USD with TWO controllers (‘cuz it’s the future baby!) and 399 USD with a game bundle. Think it might still be a bit steep? Subsidized options will be available! Sign up to Playstation Plus for 1, 2 or 3 years and get a game bundle for 289 USD! The service is something that we’re planning on beefing up even more as well, but we’ll get to that in a bit. After all, a console is only as good as it’s games, right?”
“Remember The Last Guardian? The game that’s taken ages, that people was really looking forward to, that we’ve teased time and time again? BOOM! Launch title baby! Alongside that, Uncharted 4, inFamous 3 and a new Killzone. Watch Dogs and The Phantom Pa…sorry, Metal Gear Solid 5 is in launch window.”
2. Streaming (Insert clever water-based pun here)
“A while back we bought a cloud-based service called Gaikai. Time to put that to good use! We know people like backwards compatibility, so it’ll be used for streaming Playstation 3 games. And that nifty thing with the Wii U where you can choose to play some games on the gamepad alone, meaning you can take that anywhere in the house? Yeah, you can do that on your Vita now as well. Furthermore, cloud-based save games that pushes itself automatically to the cloud, and these will be shared and accessible from any system that can play those games, meaning you can play at home, save and pick up instantly where you left on your Vita. Put that in your pipe and smoke it! And now, a basket of puppies.”
3. Making the handheld PS Vital
“So those things sounded pretty great, right? That’s not all though. We want 2013 to be the banner-year for the Playstation handhelds, particularly the Vita, so we want to cut the pri- …oh wait, we already did! A console is only as good as it’s games though, so we’ll be working together with third-party developers in order to bring over those games that you truly want for your handheld both to the US and Europe, as well as offer you cool, new titles. Plus, don’t forget that it’s a great platform for PsOne/Two Classics, which leads us into…
4. PSN – The digital service to rule them all
“We’re determined to keep online multiplayer free, while offering even more great incentives for Playstation Plus and pushing all games (where plausible) to be digitally available Day 1. Furthermore, there’ll be more PsOne/Two Classics that you’ve all clamored for, and in Europe too! Suikoden 2, Xenogears and more says hello.”
5. Closing statements and tasty treats
“That’s all we have to present for today, I hope you enjoyed the conference! We expect to have more news and trailers come E3. And now, for everyone that’s been watching, here’s some cake and bacon. Oh, but all the people watching the stream at home now might feel sad as they’re missing the good stuff. That’s okay, we invented virtual bacon. You’re welcome.”
Hope you enjoyed the read! I realize some of this might be particularly skewered (I like my JRPG’s mkai?), but hey, maybe some of it will come true. Oh and Sony, mail me. I’ll gladly take a position in your PR department.
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