I love, love, love E3 and I can’t help but spout some predictions.
I’m most interested in the three major players and their press conferences. Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft. Each planning some big announcements and future plans. Here’s what I think each major player will have to say.
My biggest interest for E3 2012 is Nintendo’s Wii U console? Wii sales are essentially dead, 3DS not doing so well… Can Wii U breath life back or will it show us something we didn’t know we wanted? Can it show something beyond the Nintendo typical cutsie? I expect that in typical Nintendo fashion, the Wii U will not focus on tech and be underpowered. Also, the 3DS needs some life but I’m really meh about it so I don’t care much other that to see what they say about hardware.
I don’t follow Sony very much, but I think Sony is in a tight spot and needs to react and show what they have to offer. They have a lot of games to talk about and I expect a lot of Vita Vita Vita talk. Sony could announce a price drop on the console, in reaction to the $99 Xbox console deal (rip off tactic). I’ve heard some news about a cloud service, which could be streaming games like OnLive, but I doubt it.
I’m curious what Sony will say about the Move. Remember the Move? Will they give it more promotion or is it a dead peripherial?
Although unlikely, its possible Sony might hint at the PS4 in vague ways to let us know they are thinking of the future. I’ve been really adamant that Nintendo’s Wii U would steal the show and the other players would want to evaluate what Nintendo’s up to and how they fair, but Sony could see it as an opportunity.
There will be no new console announcement from Microsoft in my opinion. They won’t want to take attention from the Kinect, and I suspect they will be very interested in how the Wii U goes. Expect more dashboard/software announcements, Live crap, Windowz Phone blah, Windows App Store, meh. I expect Microsoft to suck it this year as they try to further embrace casual. I think they are going to approach this from a different angle, laying the groundwork for a Windows Phone, Windows 8, and Xbox 720 future.
I am very interested to see if their presentation makes them appear as if they are getting out of the games business. On the other hand, Microsoft could have some awesome sh!t happening if they can really integrate the next console with Windows 8 and Windows Phone in a non-sucky/typical Microsoft way. And maybe Zune has a future!
All in all, what they present should be telling for what could be their path for the next console. Oh, and probably something about Halo.
I think Nintendo and the Wii U will steal the show and give us lots to talk about. I think Sony will be on the offensive and will really pump some fun at us, showcasing the fun gaming “experience”, as well as promote the Vita in a way to make us want to get it. I think Microsoft is going to be a flop, focusing on other casual crap we won’t really care about while missing the gamer audience.
I don’t know if I’m biased or what, but I still think Microsoft did a bang up job with their press conference this year. It seemed that in response to Project Natal, Sony announced their own form of motion control, though it uses the Eye Toy and some wand controllers.
I do think some games could be great with this concept, but Natal shows so much more promise IMO.
Nintendo also announced something like a dozen new Mario games, so not big deal there. Their new Metroid game though shows promise, regardless of its awful name.
My wife and baby are sick with strep. My other two sons have ear infections. I’m not sure what’s up with me, but I’m so tired. So tired that while wife and baby are resting this morning, I manage to get the older one playing some PS2 (Ratchet and Clank, one of his favorites) and the middle one playing sticker book, vehicles edition (he’s got some intense tractor fetish).
Anyway, I’m sleeping away and things are piling up on me (literally, my second born is showering me with art projects) when my oldest son, Aidan, comes up really excited. It appears he’s found an ice planet in game that has a mission we haven’t completed yet. He requests my urgent attention, to which I reply that I will observe it later, Daddy’s napping.
Aidan then takes it upon himself to grab his camera (actually my old Sony Mavica I bought back in 98, one of the original digital cameras, it uses disketts) and take a picture of the screen. He then brings the camera back to me to show me. Talk about easy.