Sony promises to unveil the next evolution of the PlayStation brand tomorrow, 2/20. It could be something unsubstantial, but come on. We all know it’s going to be the PS4. But announcing the PS4 isn’t going to be enough. Sony has fallen on dark times especially given the fact that they have practically abandoned the PS Vita. A lot will be riding on the show tomorrow and all eyes will be watching.
And up until now, Sony hasn’t announced how long this thing is going to be. For one, if it was only a half hour, analysts could predict Sony would get straight to the point, revealing little else but the system’s existence. If it were over an hour, then we could surmise they have a lot more to show us. That, or they just have a lot of hot air to pass. Let me break it down for what I think will happen.
First, there’ll be a big PlayStation montage followed by Jack Tretton walking on stage and being like “wow Sony is so awesome” followed by some garbage about next-gen this and that. At best, 10 minutes. Finally he passes the torch to Kazuo Hirai who will also spout some nonsense, followed by presenting a video clip real. After the real, showing specs and no games, he will reveal the PS4 as such: PS4. Not this Orbis garbage.
I think the features are something they want to save for E3, but I imagine they’ll tease stuff like how it’s going to be an integral part of the living room. Hopefully, they’ll be like “but today is all about games” and then they’ll show off three things: Sucker Punch’s next game, Killzone 4, and Watch Dogs. They may tease more games, or highlight some partnered studios, but I don’t believe we’ll see much else.
As for the finale, well, I know how they could put the final awesome nail in the coffin. Conclude with the price at $400 then either show Fantasy Versus 13, Kingdom Hearts 3, or The Last Guardian and boom: internet explodes. They need something big like this before E3 to keep the buzz on them, because we know the Xbox 720’s reveal is within a month after this. In the end, good or bad, the media, including myself, will be all over it. Sony’s live presentation will air at 5PM, central time. Don’t miss it.