What's next for PS3 in 2010

This year the game is just the start, as Sony’s recent ad campaign is so keen to tell us. That means hardware advances, and big changes in the way we interact with Sony’s consoles. So what can we expect to see over the next year?

Above: The future is now

First off, we’re likely to see the first, full, triple-A blockbuster game distributed solely online via the PlayStation Network. Xbox 360 already has full games on demand, but so far PS3 has been lagging behind. However, whereas full games on PSN will undoubtedly be a good thing for us gamers, the development community is wary of the way Sony is running PSN for independent devs working on smaller titles, like Minis.

One leading dev, who wishes to remain anonymous, recently told us, “The key issue here is that, like the App store and Xbox Live, this is a closed system – developers will be competing against Sony’s own products that will be developed, marketed and streamed through the whole system without outside intervention, which is bad for competition.” He goes on to say, “A more open system would be better, as would something like Microsoft’s community games program, so it’ll be interesting to see if Sony blocks access to Internet flash-games or merely fails to keep the PS3’s Flash software up-to-date, which would have the same effect.”

PS3 will also embrace motion-control gaming this year, and developers are already impressed with the tech. Speaking in a recent interview, director at TT Games, Jon Burton commented that he thought Microsoft’s motion control rival, Natal, would suffer from lag. He went on to say “I was actually more impressed with Sony’s motion capture solution than Microsoft’s Natal”. Promising stuff.

Above: A thing of the past

There’s also a bunch of new ancillary tech that should really give PlayStation gaming a kick in 2010. Epic will release their Unreal Engine 4, Crytek will unleash their first Cry-Engine developed games on PS3, and it’s virtually certain Rockstar’s Agent will showcase a fresh version of their impressive RAGE engine. Finally, all the major tech manufacturers unveiled their latest 3D capable TVs at CES in Las Vegas. Although Avatar was a less than impressive start for 3D gaming, the tech was impressive, so we can expect to see more devs taking advantage of better, cheaper 3D-enabled TVs throughout the coming year.

What the future holds for PS3, according to some of the industry’s leading tech-experts

“I’m dreading the arrival of Sony’s motion controller in 2010. The last thing gaming needs is another console full of novelty willy-waving games you can’t play properly and have to stand up for. At least you know where you are with a D-pad and the X button.” - Gary Cutlack aka Commander Zorg of UK: Resistance

Above: Gary Cutlack

“If 2009 was all about the games, 2010 looks set to be about how we play them. Few would have realised when playing WishyWashy on their EyeToy that they were actually participating in essentially a tech-demo for 2010’s motion controller, whatever it proves to be called. Whilst the DualShocks will be around for a few more years to come, it’ll be interesting to see the steps taken towards proper gesture control. Hopefully it’ll be fully ironed out in time for Hot Coffee 2.” - Simon Byron, One Life Left

Above: Simon Byron

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  • Oddeh7 - January 22, 2010 3:30 p.m.

    Uhhhhhhhhhh... UFGWRST? SRSLY? Here's one for you: yoUR GAmerscore is mY gamerscore reCaptcha: programs one
  • Howetzer - January 21, 2010 4:23 p.m.

    @ Cernunnos By washing it properly do you mean citing several places where microsoft representatives have given that 30% failure rate stat? Or do you simply mean dumbing it down enough for you to understand what I said properly? Well here ya go: Xbox NO Workie. Also on a side note I jumped the gun a little in my above post because as long as people have a current Xbox they should be able to run the 3D type stuff as well, so there ya go Xbox guys, can't say I'm not fair and that I won't say that I was wrong. The people with the earlier Xboxs without an HDMI port are out of luck but everyone else should be fine.
  • wrapdump - January 20, 2010 6:11 p.m.

    It sucks that Gran Turismo is going to sell bucketloads because of the rapid hype building up over the last century. Is it ANYWHERE near as good as the hype would have us believe? According to the 370Z, not really. As far as I'd heard both the new Unreal and id tech were coming to 360 as well. Guess I didn't get that memo.
  • FreekinIdiot - January 20, 2010 5:54 p.m.

    Steve Boxer's face disturbs me slightly... As a 360 owner it seems PS3 is really set to pull no punches in 2010. I'm very jealous of GOW and The Last Guardian. Is GR doing a article to cover microsoft's year ahead?
  • Xeacons - January 20, 2010 5:13 p.m.

    How bout another price drop! I'm trying to trick my wife into picking up the "family" a "blu-ray player." Just a little more cash...
  • Dolan88fan - January 20, 2010 3:59 p.m.

    @cernunnos your right why pull that number out of his ass considering its microsofts fake ass number they told everybody. my personnal experience with xbox 360 is a 90% failure rate through various friends and family about 23 xboxes i myself have had 2 gone to sh*t i love games all games but i wont be buying another xbox
  • Dolan88fan - January 20, 2010 3:55 p.m.

    i think its time playstation becomes the master system again thats why i bought one in 06 knowing i was getting more bang for my buck hell the extra cash i spent already payed for the 4 years of live not to mention the other things i got blu ray web browser yes i use the hell out of it, wifi free psn i new what i was doing when i shelled out the cash
  • Cernunnos - January 20, 2010 1:47 p.m.

    howetzer: 360 has 30% failure rate, really? next time you pull "knowledge" from your ass, make you sure wash it properly first, no? if what Sony has said about the wands becoming de facto, i can really see my ps3 getting less use.
  • Howetzer - January 20, 2010 12:45 p.m.

    I know its a text wall guys, but give this a shot because I think I got some decent points in here. I agree with alot of you on here. I think most people won't care about the motion controls, but like someone said, if you don't like them, don't buy them, Sony isn't shoving the product down your throats guys, it's just simple Business that if a competitor offers a product to the consumer that Sony is going to have to follow suit. I think it's actually a good thing when you really think about it guys, that Sony's answer to motion control to me at least really looks like Sony is saying "ok we don't really care about this motion control stuff, but we've got to throw something out there for the people otherwise people will say Microsoft offers something we don't." While on the other hand you've got Microsoft throwing out ALL the damn stops for this Natal crap, I'm sorry but to me it looks like one company is making a smart business decision (sony) while the other is focusing way too many resources on crap no one really cares about (microsoft), so that instead of microsoft using those resources to bring the people who bought their product great games, they are saying to them "nope, you guys want motion controllz!" Well F-you Microsoft because outside of the 8-10 year old market I think you're dead wrong. About the 3D gaming/movies, this is something that actually is really cool guys, and it's also something (which wasn't really pointed out in the article..way to go once again GR) that Sonys competitors cannot duplicate. The CrapBox360 cant run these types of games/movies guys, so yeah maybe everyone will not be able to enjoy them because of all the "new" HD TV's we just bought, but some lucky people will, and it may just blow them away. The point here being is that it's something Sony can once again offer that Microsoft cannot, which to me is the more important part of it. It once again re-affirms my decision to buy the PS3 because of all it can do, and WILL be able to do in the years to come. My personal hope however, is that they continue to really focus in on the games they put out, which so far looks like they will continue to do so. IMO they completely outclassed microsoft in this department the last few years (like it wasn't even close)and I really just hope they keep it up and reward their consumers for buying the better product. Now if we can only get all the people who bought 360's (+cough RRoD, 30% failure rates, paying for online services PSN gives you for free, need I go on? +cough) to realize that as well.... End Knowledge transmisson for now... Later.
  • mentalityljs - January 20, 2010 4:23 a.m.

    I agree with axis56. I don't think most people give a shit about motion control. It'll be cool, but will it really be THAT much newer of an experience than that of which we've already had with the Wii? Sure, it may be more accurate and responsive, but the majority of gamers have been holding a controller their whole lives. It's like taking the bottle out of a baby's hand and telling it to go drink from the faucet. And 3D TV's? Sounds awesome. But seriously, who the hell is gonna have that kind of money, considering how many ppl have just recently invested in HD LCD / Plasmas for their new systems? Save it for the next gen, I've already settled on the current.
  • Pocotron - January 20, 2010 1:52 a.m.

    @WrathLord Sorry typo on my part. I meant innapropriate capitals. Not something like the "God". Thats right. It just says "first", just a joke I've wanted to try. And YES AXIS, I FUCKING READ THAT and THE ARTICLE! ...After I typed that first comment...
  • Ninja-KiLLR - January 20, 2010 1:32 a.m.

    i really cant believe how much people hate 3d. you all act like you are requiered to go out and buy a 3d tv and stuff right away the same goes with the motion controller u dont have to do it so stop constantly complaining about it. geez
  • Axcleblade - January 20, 2010 12:50 a.m.

    Wrathlord,don't include the U,G,or W. The G and W in God of War are capitalized because of the title of the game, and the U starts off the sentence.
  • Cyberninja - January 20, 2010 12:47 a.m.

    well i hope the ape escape game they talked about a while ago makes it worth geting the wand
  • Samael - January 20, 2010 12:25 a.m.

    Say what you want about Sony's dildo wand, atm I trust them to find more mature/interesting ways to use motion control than MS is with Natal. I'd rather shoot an arrow than kick or whack a non-existant soccer ball. But then we come to, what is imo, the problem with current-gen motion control. If there's no physical feedback, it becomes the EyeToy again. Fun for a day or two and then never used again.
  • - January 20, 2010 12:04 a.m.

    3D gaming will flop IMO.... its just a gimmick to attract moms and grannys and i really dont want to wave an even gayer looking wand around my room in front of a camera, let alone two
  • WrathLord03 - January 20, 2010 12:02 a.m.

    We're all dreaming of virtual reality (it'll be cool, right?)but I don't think it'll be a step in the right direction for games. I don't think someone would be willing to roll around their house didging fake enemies. It seems much more suited to movies. So that's a no for motion control, please PS3. @Pocotron: No offense, but why would you go to all that trouble of putting a secret message into ur sentence? I would assume you'd be allowed to say it on its own, as all i got was 'ufigwrst'. As you may be able to tell, my brain can't comprehend that.
  • CreeplyTuna - January 19, 2010 11:53 p.m.

    also, with 3D gaming, i dont know about everyone else, but i dnot wanna wear a pair of freaking plastic glasses to play my video games, and who wants to go buy a new TV just so they can watch everything in 3D. i admit i thought avatar was sweet but do i want to rewatch it EVERY SINGLE DAY?! i dont think so
  • CreeplyTuna - January 19, 2010 11:46 p.m.

    i hate damn motion takes the hardcore out of gaming. think about it....some wii games are for hardcore gamers, but i want to sit down, relax and play some cod or something without the need to throw my arms around to be able to knife. i know im supposed to be "active" but when was the last time some one got active playing wii. and i mean someone who actually STUCK to wii fit and didnt give up in a month
  • OmNomRomRearghNergh - January 19, 2010 11:39 p.m.

    Don't worry Pocotron i saw it :P very clever. And the 3D gaming aspect is probably less important but is going to be so much better for core gamers, waggle doesn't need to be on every console.