This year’s E3 is gearing up to be one of the biggest in years. Sony is expected to unveil tons of details about the upcoming PlayStation 4 console, both during their pre-E3 event and on the show floor during the event.
Since Microsoft will be unveiling the Xbox 720 at E3, and Nintendo expects to reveal no less than 10 first party Wii U games, Sony knows that it needs to deliver some big news.
The PlayStation 4 has enjoyed a few months of exclusive spotlight, and hopefully Sony will reveal enough at E3 to carry the spotlight until launch this Fall. Here’s our rundown of the things we expect from Sony and the PlayStation 4 at E3 2013.
PlayStation 4 console design reveal
Sony should reveal the final design of the PlayStation 4 console. And we’re not expecting anything radical — the PS2 and PS3 were both black boxes about the same size. And the PlayStation 4 will likely follow that trend. It’s also likely that Sony will keep things simple with the PlayStation 4.
The first version of the PS3 was a fancy design with complicated touch buttons, while the latter “slim” versions simplified things. We expect the PlayStation 4 to be simple from the get go.
PlayStation 4 games
Sony showcased a total of 10 PlayStation 4 games during the unveiling in February. We saw a few key first party titles (Killzone and DriveClub) and a few third party surprises (Diablo 3, Destiny). At E3 2013, we expect Sony to reveal a whole slew of games from its first party developers. We already know that Heavy Rain developer has been working on a PlayStation 4 game since last year.
And since the PS4 NDAs are expected to expire at E3, we anticipate that third party publishers will reveal their PlayStation 4 offerings. Finally, we think Sony will offer playable game demos on the show floor for attendees to get some hands-on experience with the new games console.
No PlayStation 4 price and launch date
Many expect Sony to reveal the final PlayStation 4 price and launch date at E3, but we think Sony will hold out. Sony will use E3 to create even more hype and anticipation for the new console by revealing the final design, new features, and new games. By withholding the price and launch date, gamers will have something to look forward to, the “big unknown”.
This is the same reason Sony didn’t reveal the design of the console in February. Even Sony’s own Kaz Hirai said that the tactic was to take advantage of the media hype as much as possible, as it “keeps people guessing”, as he put it.
Brand new game reveals
Sony revealed just enough games during the February event to get a broad spectrum of gamers excited. There was Killzone for hardcore gamers, DriveClub for racing fans, and Knack for the casual gamers. AT E3 2013, we expect the company to reveal more PlayStation 4 games, both first party exclusives and third party titles. Who knows, we might even get a few new PlayStation 4 IPs.
More details on PlayStation Plus and PS4 online features
When the console was unveiled a few months ago, Sony only outlined some of the new social and online features on the PlayStation 4. We saw that developers had access to a wide range of new social features, where gamers could play together, help each other, even watch each other play.
We expect more elaboration on these features at E3, and more importantly, the new PlayStation Plus service. Its new features, its price, the PS2 and PS3 cloud streaming service and more, should be revealed at E3.
E3 2013 takes place in Los Angeles on June 11-13.