Previewing E3 2012: Is Sony Unveiling its Next-Gen Console?

In the second of three part of GameTrailer’s Bonus Round write-up, we talk Sony.

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Microsoft is focusing on media at E3 2012, but what’s Sony focusing on at the event?

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Last week we covered what was expected of Microsoft at E3 2012, courtesy of GameTrailer’s Bonus Round. The general consensus seemed to be that Microsoft will focus more on non-gaming media, which analyst Michael Pachter said had been told to him during a meeting with Microsoft, and this time the focus is on Sony and what they’re going to do at E3.

The interesting thing about Sony is that they’ve recovered impressively from the disastrous launch they had at the start of this generation, six years ago. They launched late, with a high price – $599 – and used Cell architecture that developers couldn’t work well with. The result is that games like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 had server issues for two weeks. As GameTrailer’s Editor-in-Chief Shane Satterfield said, it’s a hard sell for people to not play on the Xbox 360 where DLC arrives first and performance if flawless.

First-party bundle?

Despite that, Sony has released strong exclusives such as Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception and cut the price of the console. As we’ve discussed before, Microsoft’s first-party titles are lacking. Pachter also predicted Sony will cut the price of the console again, perhaps to $199, to market the PS3 as the cheapest console on the market. Adam Sessler, formerly of G4TV and X-Play, said Sony should offer a bundle of its first-party games. That’s a fantastic idea.

So what games will they unveil at E3 2012? Naughty Dog is developing the zombie title The Last of Us, while The Last Guardian has disappeared into the void despite the strong critical reception. They’ve also invested in Sly 4, the long-running franchise that other companies may not have invested in. We’re also expecting GTA V … at some point.

The company has announced the All Stars: Battle Royal crossover fighting game, whereas Nintendo and Microsoft have remained quiet on games to be revealed at E3. The reason for this is because Sony is past the core audience, and there’s a mass market audience. Michael Pachter said a big title for the Vita will be coming soon, which is a needed big tease.

Published: Tuesday, May 15th, 2012 Last Modified: May 15, 2012

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