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Submitted by JoelT 1445d ago | opinion piece

What Should Be Next For PlayStation in 2012

Joel Taveras writes, " ['What Should Be Next' is a weekly column where I examine and discuss certain trends, franchises, genres and ideas in the gaming industry, and where they should be headed.]

If you would have told me in 2004 that in the next generation of consoles the Gamecube’s successor would be the new king, that Microsoft would take a 10 million unit head start, and that Sony’s PS3 would be playing catch up — I would have called you an idiot. And I would have been totally wrong because that’s exactly how it all went down. But now, six years into the current gen, Nintendo is at a standstill and the margin that once separated Microsoft and Sony is now less than 2 million units. Sony is in position to reclaim the crown, but there’s still some unfinished business that needs to be done before that happens. " (Industry, PS Vita, PS3, Sony)

TheBlackMask  +   1445d ago
I would like to see...

A Orange Box styled collection from Valve announced if Half life 3 is shown at E3 with L4D, L4D2, Counter Strike: GO and maybe a updated TF2 which will all be updated through Steamworks. Could be the best thing ever....

NaughtyDog buys the right back off Activision for Crash Bandicoot and also Spryo aswell....hell if Insomniac don't want it ND may aswell buy it.

One last big update for the PSN, get all the PS1 Classics out...especialy for Europe aswell our PS1 classics suck.

If they could...and had the chance, get Resident Evil 6 to be an exclusive. I would of said GTAV but thats not going to happen with how much money it makes....nice thought but still.

At the VGAs next year have ND announce a new one off game as the last game for the PS3. No point in making Uncharted 4, they should keep that for the PS4. I mean theres some good marketing here if they can get some titles announced alongside the PS4 (if it's announced in 2012), some which would be launch games. Jak 4, Uncharted 4, God of War 4, Resistance 4, Killzone 4, basicaly of the big "4" games
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JoelT  +   1445d ago
That's one hell of a wish list you got there.
Biggest  +   1445d ago
All I want is more games that can't be found anywhere else. A nice mix of multiplatform, PSN, and full retail exclusives is what I think should be next. Also. . . I am fully aware that this is already the case.
pc_masterrace  +   1445d ago
The PS4. I just picked up Resistance 3 today and it feels like I'm playing a PS2 game! The textures are really bad and the jaggies are all over the ****ing place. Wow PC gaming has really spoiled me.
Iroquois_Pliskin  +   1444d ago
pc_masterrace, you can't let graphics completely cloud your judgement man
Game3s  +   1445d ago
2012 will be a slow year, the big 3 will be focusing on next gen.
JoelT  +   1445d ago
There's not really a rush to next gen, especially if all it will bring is more visual polish. Sony's primary focus will be selling Vitas.
Game3s  +   1445d ago
Up to now the vita has not shown me any innovation or a reason to buy it, is just a more powerful psp nothing else nothing new.

So Sony has a lot of work to do if they want to sell the Vita and they better focus on next gen if they don't want nintendo and microsoft to get the lead.
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DigitalRaptor  +   1445d ago
@ "a slow year"

Nope, there's plenty of content (as usual) to keep fans happy year round. Talking exclusively of course.

@ "vita has not shown me any innovation or a reason to buy it"

you clearly haven't been looking close enough! plenty of innovation in both tech, and game ideas.
Game3s  +   1445d ago
Wonder what those many exclusives, it will be a slow year their will be exclusives but far less than this year , as for the Vita it has no innovation what so ever if you talking its multimedia purposes i can already do those on the smartphone it is just a psp with a better specs, so tell me what did the vita do that is innovative? come on tell me what new experience did it bring to handheld gaming?
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DigitalRaptor  +   1445d ago
What exclusives? Like I said you're not looking hard enough. There are almost, if not just as many exclusives next year for PS3. I'll lift a list from one of my previous posts:

Starhawk, Twisted Metal, Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, The Last Guardian, Final Fantasy Versus XIII, Jak & Daxter HD Collection, DUST 514, Yakuza: Dead Souls, Journey, possibly Quantic Dream's next game, Santa Monica's next game, The Last of Us, Sony Smash Bros (aka Title Fight)... and more. That is a slow year to you?

About innovation - yes, you're right about it having the same features of a smartphone, and yes, it's a more poweful PSP, but I'm not talking multimedia. I'm talking games.

Two features alone that I think should be considered innovative:
- Rear Touch (
- Intui-Aim (

Look at Reality Fighters, look at Escape Plan, Little Deviants, Gravity Rush. These are innovative games with innovative gameplay and features.

There's also NEAR functionality for games, which is pretty cool and I've not seen that before. These are features that have been shown before the console is out and there will be plenty more to come. If you can't notice the implications of games using these features, you're pretty lost!

@ forevercloud3000

Very true, and I forgot to add in TRANSFARRING from Kojima. Another great step in gaming, whether it's considered innovative or not. Vita has the core aspects nailed down (network, dual analogue, controls, build quality, processing power) with some added functionality that adds just enough innovation to stay relevant and please fans of portable gaming.
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forevercloud3000  +   1445d ago
What are you expecting them to do? Add a motion attachment to handhelds or something? Somethings don't need to steer far from previous entries because to do so detracts from the over all experience. Vita is a very capable handheld and boasts an impressive roster of functionality.

Vita improved upon PSP core elements and added a few new ones. Apps, Graphics, General funtionality are great improvements. Innovation is truely a trick of marketing. Motion tech and touch functionality are both OLD ideas that just didn't become popular till now. Transfarring at least can be seen as a great innovation for the Vita. Also games(which are Vita's main focus) don't have to reinvent the wheel just to be good. Sony's roster of games in unparalleled at the moment. So many great games to choose from for Vita that vary in genre and playstyle...
-SuperStardust Delta: Arcade shooter
-Uncharted GA:Action Adventure/3P Shooter done right on handheld.
-Resistance BS:1st Person Shooter
-Persona 4 Golden: JRPG
-Ruin:Dungeon Crawler WRPG with inventive online
-Gravity Rush:Action game/RPG elements
-Escape Plan: Puzzler
Little Deviants: Minigames
-Whole assortment of other games as well.

Uncharted series doesn't do much other games haven't before but that doesn't stop it from being some of the best games this gen. I find games that utilize what we already know gamers like and perfect on it instead of adding useless innovation.
tarbis  +   1445d ago
Do smartphones have dual analog sticks? a back touch pad?
Tell me you already saw these on smartphones so I can also buy one. If not, please lay off the weed.
miyamoto  +   1444d ago
slow? I don't know about that with the way Sony behaved this year releasing exclusive after exclusive one after the other like they want to make the deadline before the end of the world....nope.

The Last of Us, Sorcery, Twisted Metal, The Last Guardian, Uncharted Golden Abyss, Gravity Daze, Dragon's Crown, Nino Kuni, & all those multi-plats etc etc I don't think things are slowing down a bit.

Troll harder next time with sense and logic.
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GirlyGamer  +   1444d ago
@Games3s Wow you're really pessimistic. So sad :(
HeavenlySnipes  +   1445d ago
Starhawk (the beta is awesome)
and Twisted Metal will make for an awesome year.

Hopefully we get another KZ announcement at E3 (better go back to your KZ2 roots GG)

D: How could I forget about the Last of US? I also still need to get UC3 and Skyrim (and Arkham City, and BF3 >.<)
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Getowned  +   1445d ago
nice I'm looking forward to Twisted Metal,StarHawk,GTA5,that new Naughty dog game "last of us",new rainbow6 game hmm can't think of anymore at the moment.

I'm actually hopeing they hold off on KZ for a while and try a new game.I want new stuff :P
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forevercloud3000  +   1445d ago
KZ series needs a new writer because the one the currently have sux balls. KZ1 had a great script and overall plot from beginning to end.

KZ2 was hit or miss but the excellent performance of the Villains(Radec and Vasari) saved the game's story for me. KZ3's story was just ok but ultimately forgetable.
loobtube  +   1445d ago
Que sera,sera what ever will be will be............. .que sera,sera
C_Menz  +   1445d ago

The Last of Us
New Guerilla Games game(E3 reveal) 2012 release
New Quantic Dreams game(E3 reveal) 2012 release
The Last Guardian
New Media Molecule game(2012 reveal) Q1 2013 release
Santa Monica game(God of War or new IP)
Twisted Metal

All of those are either confirmed or plausible.
Kratos_GodOfWar  +   1445d ago
2013 god of war 4 or 2012 gta 3, vice city and san andreas in hd for ps3 ;=)
GraveLord  +   1445d ago
I would like to see 3rd parties rally behind Sony and the Playstation 3. It is an amazing system and multiplatform development is holding it back. I remember we had Resident Evil exclusive to the PS1 for some time and Devil May Cry to the PS2 and even Grand Theft Auto. Where is the support? THERE WOULD BE NO GRAND THEFT AUTO WITHOUT PLAYSTATION. Rockstar owes their success to Sony. Its time they stop sleeping with Microsoft and have an come back to their ex.(Sony)
CRASHBASHUK  +   1445d ago
i think the ps3 will take over the 360 in 2012 there isant much of a gap now and from ps3 cuting there prices this year i think they going to have a good xmas tbh
alexaray  +   1445d ago
Honestly, the Vita is going to blow everything else out of the water. And shit on it all you like now, but I was skeptical once upon a time, and once I had it in my hands it was nothing but magic.

The Vita will open up the doors Sony needs opened -- and then the "ecosystem" building will nothing but smooth sailing from there.
tigertron  +   1445d ago
2012 will keep me happy.

Mass Effect 3
The Last Of Us
Halo 4
Alan Wake's American Nightmare
edercampuzano  +   1445d ago
I want to see more games with Move support. The technology's there, it just needs a bit of a boost from third parties.

As for the XMB interface, I actually like the minimalist approach Sony's taken with it. The design looks especially good with my Final Fantasy XIII background. But I'll admit navigating the System Settings Menu is not fun.

I'm really excited to see what kind of functionality Sony will deliver between Vita and PS3.
CRASHBASHUK  +   1445d ago
hmm could R4 be 2012? you have to renamber that R3 was ment to be out in 2010
JohnColaw  +   1445d ago
2012 might be the year I finally get a PS3...not for any particular reason, but I'll finally be able to afford one.
NotSoSilentBob  +   1445d ago
I don't get why everyone in the media hates on the XMB. It is basic and Easy to use. It has show how versatile an OS needs to be in this day and age. It can be changed to look differently(Sony even has a program to make your own theme with sounds), to make anyone happy. I would rather have "Cold and Sterile" over ad filled and clunky(Dashboard).
KILLERAPP  +   1444d ago
Uncharted 4 will be a PS4 launch title....
Gamerita  +   1444d ago
Ps3 can take a break in 2012 (i know it wont),because Vita is going to entertain the crowd.

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