Sony’s 2021 hasn’t been entirely momentous like Xbox and Nintendo’s…but it wasn’t bad either. The PlayStation 5 continued to sell well despite limited console availability; and big exclusives like Returnal and Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart helped it keep a strong foothold in the gaming market.
So what comes next? Well, 2022 already has some big games on the horizon, but more needs to be done in order for Sony to completely win over the market. Here’s a few novel ideas of what the company can do to succeed.
Keep Pumping Out the Exclusives
So far, Sony has a number of big hits on the horizon for this year, including, ironically enough, a new Horizon game (Forbidden West), as well as God of War: Ragnarok and Gran Turismo 7.
But it’s what could follow alongside these games that will likely get even more attention. We’re talking the Uncharted Legacy that drops in just a few weeks, as well as a potential PS5 upgrade for The Last of Us Part II.
And Sony has a number of classic franchises it can bring back into the fold as well. We’ve been hearing about a revival of Twisted Metal for some time; and even Sly Cooper would be welcome back into this fold. And who knows, Infamous could come around yet again now that Sucker Punch is done with Ghost of Tsushima.
We’ll see what Sony has in store, but, so far, so good in terms of exciting titles to come.
Third Party Support Aplenty
Another thing Sony can continue to do is partner up with third parties to assure the strongest library of games on the PlayStation 5, as well as the PlayStation 4 for those that haven’t upgraded just yet. This means potentially offering exclusive content in certain games, as well as touting “best versions” of titles like, say, Grand Theft Auto V. That might be a bit trickier nowadays given Microsoft’s growing power with the Xbox Series X, but Sony can probably find a way.
For that matter, there’s always PS5 exclusives to consider. Street Fighter 6 could easily be announced for the holiday season, amidst rumors; and who knows, all it takes is a big money deal to land the company a title like Deathloop for next year.
Third party support is crucial for the PS5, especially now, so expect more of that to come in the months ahead.
Unlock the True Potential of PlayStation VR on PS5
PlayStation VR seems to have cooled down a little bit since Sony introduced it for the PlayStation 4 years ago. However, it still reminds players that it’s relevant, especially with a few freebie giveaways that took place a few months ago (and is still going strong).
With 2022, Sony should consider ramping up its PlayStation VR game for a new era. While that doesn’t necessarily mean a new headset, it shouldn’t rule it out either. But a modified VR experience could be a better way to go for the system, along with improved performance and, of course, a handful of incredible games to show off its potential. Imagine playing Gran Turismo 7 with it in all its glory. We sure can.
Bring Back PlayStation Experience!
This could be a longshot given the nature of COVID-19 and the Omicron variant. But, if we do manage to return to live events at some point next year, it might be the best opportunity to bring back Sony’s PlayStation Experience event.
Over the past few years, it’s been mostly digital stuff. But before that, the Experience was the ultimate fan event, one that hosted tournaments, reveals, gameplay opportunities, collecting items to take home and so much more. There was literally nothing like it, but then it vanished without a trace.
In the face of PS5’s popularity, Sony may want to consider bringing the show back to some extent. Or, at the very least, maybe even hosting a traveling tour showing off PlayStation at its best. Again, that’s if we can stay safe following COVID-19 protocols, but where there’s a will, there’s a way.
Make That Xbox Game Pass Competitor
Finally, we’ve been hearing rumors that Sony is ramping up a competitor to the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate service for the PlayStation 5, one that would bring back classic games for streaming while also offering a number of online features. The company hasn’t confirmed anything just yet, but if there was ever a time that it needs to be introduced, it’s totally now.
By 2022, Sony could have a program in place that combines PlayStation Plus with PlayStation Now, while adding some other freebies and cool stuff with a yearly subscription. While seeing if it can match up or even surpass Xbox Game Pass has yet to be seen, there’s potential there…if Sony does it the right way. Now we just wait. And wait. But hopefully not too long.
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