E3 2010: Our wildly humble predictions

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Sony locks down a firm GT5 release date

4 out of 5

February 22, 2005. That’s the last time a proper Gran Turismo game was released in the form of Gran Turismo 4. We can safely say that it’s high time for the PS3’s most important game to get an actual, mark-your-calendars release date. Will we believe it when Sony finally decides to bestow us with such a gift? Absolutely not. We’ve been led down that road before. We’re going to tremble with each and every passing day until that magical Blu-Ray disc finally finds its way into our disc drives, and who could blame us?

Kazunori Yamauchi says the game is about 90% done at this point, so hopefully that means it will launch sometime before Forza 5. Not that we’re starting to grow bitter or anything.

Premium PSN service is outlined

1.5 out of 5

Tricky waters to tread, to say the least. Sony sent out quite an interesting survey last December, reinforcing rumors that they’re considering offering some sort of premium service. Thankfully, however, they’ve been quick to point out that online multiplayer would remain free for one and all.

That survey offered some pretty amazing possibilities that could make a premium service worthwhile. One such feature would be cloud storage for your trophies and game saves, making all your data accessible from any PS3 or PSP, anywhere in the world. With my launch model PS3 konking out before I could back up the data on it, it’s easy to see why this would be a welcome feature. Other highlights include a loyalty reward program, PSN store discounts, and Hulu integration.

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All signs pointing to some sort of service being offered in the not-too-distant future, but Sony will probably play it safe by keeping it under wraps until they’re absolutely sure that it’s a worthwhile endeavor.

PSP 2 announced

3 out of 5

As far as the handheld market is concerned, all eyes are on Nintendo. It’s not difficult to see why, as they’ve confirmed that they’ll be showcasing the successor to their impossibly popular DS at E3. Dubbed the 3DS, it will utilize 3D technology that doesn’t require special glasses, which quite honestly sounds super-impressive.

What can Sony announce to counter this? Short of something that allows you to shrink your PS3 and plug it into your brain for instant use on the go, not much. It’s no secret that the PSP, despite not being a sales flop by any measure, has been a distant number two for much of its life cycle. However, this is definitely an ideal time to announce plans for their next step in the portable circuit.

Whether a PSP 2 ends up being more evolution or revolution is anyone’s guess. While a radical change in what people think a handheld could be worked for Nintendo, people were reluctant to get behind the DS at first. It certainly panned out, but it’s hard to imagine what kind of innovative technological leap would replicate that kind of success. Yet if Sony decides to sit on their hands and simply create more powerful hardware and an updated form factor, they could find themselves at a disadvantage right from launch. Quite the pickle, that one.

Enough babbling from us, though. What kind of announcements are you anticipating from E3? Let us know, as usual, below.

Readers Comments (17)

  1. 30NIGHTCRAWLER30 May 7, 2010 @ 10:51

    Killzone 3, Resistance 3 , Call Of Duty: Black Ops timed exclusive PS3 map pack, Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition PlayStation Move gameplay.

  2. Kevin BUtler delivering the Key note speech, or atleast making an appearance. 2. All the videos displayed should be in 3D. 3. Move proper pricing. 4. Final Fantasy 13 versus. Infamous 2, KZ3. R3, GT5 and Last Gaurdian release date. PSP2 with dual analog……. this is what i want to hear from E3 this year. any other surprises besides these will be sweet

  3. I can’t wait for E3. I know for a fact that shit will go down.

  4. Doominator99 May 7, 2010 @ 14:09

    I want them to announce resistance 3, killzone 3, little big planet 2, Another game like heavy rain, gta5, uncharted 3, ifamous 2 and The elder scrolls 5 pwity pwees 😛

  5. Sly Cooper 4

  6. I’m hoping for some more info on FF 13 versus it’s time we know more. GT5 release date please, Kevin Butler must be there. More Last Guardian info and release date etc, etc ,etc, I think E3 will be awesome and let’s hope Sony will have some announcements that haven’t been leaked prior to E3

  7. I’m definitely hoping for some final fantasy versus 13 info

  8. my predictions:
    Resistance 3, Motorstorm 3, Killzone 3, some gt5 news, an exclusive new ip for the ps3 and ofcourese a shitload of 3D stuf

  9. In all honesty, we know about Sony’s secret-keeping, so if there’s anything announced that we haven’t already heard about in rumour, then I’d be very surprised.

    They’re going to be plugging move in every genre, as well as their 3D capability. Their eventual heightened sales and other obvious things. Anything to do with their exclusives would be brilliant, though. Emphasis on Final Fantasy XIII, please.

  10. Kevin Bulter is only a 0.5?? wtf?

    but yes…ill be totally stocked to see the PSP2 unveiled!! 😀

  11. Actual gameplay from Versus XIII and MGS RISING.

    A release date for Resistance 3, along with gameplay and playable builds. There is a huge chance R3 is move compatible as well xD

    The psp2, which will be compatible with all psp games through PSN. . . . . . . and it has 2 joysticks! lol.

    Mmmmh, we’ll probably see a new ps3 redesign and the grounds for a move + ps3 package along with a possible price.


    I’m a sucker for FF and MGS so any gameplay I see would make my E3 =)

  12. ^ahh yes, i forgot about the non-sony things lol

    yes, i hope for something for Versus and Rising indeed…..as for R3 and (perhaps KZ3), i never really cared about those games lol

  13. Tretton killed last years keynote. Everyone likes him and his jokes were excellent, as the leaked news prior to the show gave him the perfect setup.

  14. NEW IP(s) PLEAAAASE!!! T_T
    but yea it’ll be great XP

  15. i ‘m only intrested in portal 2 and id software news and ofcourse Half life3.. ..
    And i will probably enjoy Sony’s, Microsoft’s and nintendo’s keynote like usual.. ..
    Kinda wondering if sony has any games beside socom that work with the move just have to wait one more month.
    And i wanne see if ghost recon actualy works with the voice thingy natal has.
    None – the – less ..It will be a blast !

  16. i agree kevin butler SHOULD have his own segment at sony’s press conference. but id like to see a new syphon filter, killzone 3, resistance 3, infamous 2, new twisted metal, sly cooper 4. also more socom 4, the last guardian, & littlebigplanet 2 gameplay. also more info & gameplay footage of agent. and splinter cell conviction & mass effect coming to PS3 announcement but thats highly unlikely. AND A GRAN TURISMO 5 RELEASE DATE PLEASE SONY! lol

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