Guess what guys? It’s December! As well as god awful Christmas ‘jingles’, everyone being merry for the hell of it, and lots and lots of traffic to shopping centres when, really, you only want to go for a cheeky Nando’s, it does also mean that the second Playstation Experience event is soon to be upon us. Opening on the 5th of December for two days only, we’ll be greeted with new reveals, trailers, competitions and the such, this is the Playstation event of the year. When looking at last year’s weekend, where the 20th Edition PS4 was first shown off, as well as Uncharted 4, Street Fighter V and a Final Fantasy VII remake (not the E3 one, but a PC port) to name a few, Sony are aiming to top it all off in what will be the end to a hugely successful year. But, what is it were going to see? Here are our top predictions…
1. PS4 Firmware Update
“What? Why does this make number one on your list?” I hear you bemoan. Well, with the recent survey that Sony conducted, asking what features they would like their dearly beloved PS4’s to receive, it all hints that the vast majority are strongly considered but, based on consumer feedback, what ones will be prioritised. Although an immediately release of the update is unlikely, the announcement that they will be coming would be welcome indeed. Being able to organise your home screen is a much requested feature, more so if you live on Internet forums like myself. I’m more excited about the possibility of external HDD support as I’ve already upgraded my internal HDD to a terabyte’s worth of SSD, and that’s quickly running out.
2. Playstation VR for No Man’s Sky
No Man’s Sky has been shown at the vast majority of Playstation events for what seems like forever now but, as the release date is rapidly approaching (July 2016), now seems as good a time as ever to announce that the Playstation VR headset will be supported within Hello Games’ massive open world. Beauty, dinosaurs, and spaceships all included. Whilst VR didn’t quite make Mike’s list of why we’ll never see him again, it sure will be a game changer when it comes to experiencing the genius that is being laid before us. Or, around us, as the case may soon be.
3. PS2 Emulation Explanation
It’s been widely known that PS2 emulation was snuck in to the operating system when consumers that purchased the special edition Star Wars: Battlefront PS4 console were also gifted three PS2 games to enjoy. Sony made no fanfare about this much requested addition to the PS4’s already impressive range of technical capabilities, but I’m positive we’ll hear more about this, including how it works and, more importantly, what games we can expect to revisit us, sooner or later. My money is on both Drakengard 1 and 2, being the seriously undervalued, unappreciated games that are just begging for a revival. And no, Drakengard 3 didn’t count. Time Splitters wouldn’t go unnoticed though.
4. Dissidia: Final Fantasy Official Announcement
The true gem of the PSP’s gaming catalogue is both Dissidia: Final Fantasy and it’s sequel, Dissidia Duodecim, which featured a few more characters, costumes, levels, and some backstory to tie it all together. Now, we’ve known for around a year now that a new Dissidia is coming out, albeit a Japanese arcade title, but it’s been hinted over and over again that it may make it on to the home consoles, more so after it was announced that the arcade architecture was essentially Son’y greatest. With the recent launch in Japan, we can expect the official announcement with a beautifully rendered trailer, hopefully including a larger cast of characters that are currently available in the East.
5. New God of War title
Last year’s event left a lot of people wondering what the critically acclaimed Santa Monica studio had truly been up to for all this time. After all, many of the other first party studios had shown their wares, which has only continued throughout this year, such as Guerrilla Games showing off Horizon and Media Molecule showing off the bizarre work of art that is Dreams. They hinted (or leaked) that they were indeed working on a new title and, as the latter half of this year has lacked on the exclusives front, any reason to show Kratos’ pecks in glorious current-gen shimmer will wet anyone’s appetite. Well, mostly anyone. Poor Zeus.If you’re interested in seeing the full list of exhibitors, click here.
Or, failing that, let us know what you’d like to see at this year’s event!