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.
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.