There could be a whole host of huge announcements at this year's E3…or, there could be almost none at all, and this falls under the ever-widening category of "bad hype business." So, what should you be on the lookout for? What are the hottest rumors as we head into the show? Well, we're bound to drag up a few more over the next few weeks, but here's the current batch; it's impressive:

PlayStation 3 Price Drop

This probably tops the list, simply because fans have been clamoring for a PS3 price drop for many months now. We've seen and heard countless examples of a so-called price drop "right around the corner," but each and every time, Sony has denied the claims. So far, they've been right: there is currently no official word on a price cut for the PS3 hardware. However, E3 would be the perfect venue to make such a big announcement, and if they do, it may tie into the following…

A "Redesigned" PS3

This rumor just popped up this week, and the only reason it's plausible is because it could mean anything. It could be something as simple as new colors (like a Matte Silver and Ceramic White PS3 to match the new Dual Shock 3 controllers), or something as drastic as a brand new model (ooh, let's make the 160GB PS3 the default now!). Then again, maybe it's not a mechanical change but a structural one; there has been talk about slimming down the sexy behemoth that is Sony's next-gen machine, and we figure that's somewhat possible. But yeah, with a new model of some kind may come a price alteration…who knows?

The PSP Go!

Some sources want to say it's as good as confirmed, but until we see that press release in our inbox, it's no such thing. However, there's more evidence to back this thing than there has been for any other PSP2 rumor in the past, and that includes the long-running speculation that the new PSP would be a phone. We're almost certain you're going to see some sort of freshly redesigned PSP at E3, even if it's only another update in the form of the PSP-4000. Whatever it is, we figure it'll be made ready to launch for the holidays, which would be a good move by Sony. No doubt about it.

Team ICO's mystery PS3 project

We've been waiting on this for a loooong time. Or maybe it just feels like a loooong time. The last information we heard came from an inside source who said it would be closer to ICO than Shadow of the Colossus , but that's all we know. With all these huge technically superior blockbusters everywhere, we kinda miss the artsy approach to gaming, and you can bet Team ICO will deliver in this area. Along with Quantic Dream's Heavy Rain , this sits atop our list of unique titles we absolutely can't wait to see. We want the unveiling at E3! No more waiting!

Gran Turismo 5 in 2009

This game was mysteriously missing from Sony's confirmed list of games that would see the light of day at the show, and that makes us think… They may wish to make some sort of surprise announcement at their press conference, and we keep recalling what series creator Kazunori Yamauchi said late last year. In an interview, when asked if GT5 would be released in 2010, Yamauchi actually laughed and said it might "be coming sooner than you think." Since then, we really haven't seen any evidence that it'll launch this year…but no evidence to really say it'll be later, either. This could be very unexpected and very massive…

Other Games: Kingdom Hearts 3, Twisted Metal

For the first, we refuse to believe that Square-Enix would abandon one of their most critically acclaimed and profitable franchises. They've focused on the handhelds long enough; now's the time to step up and announce Kingdom Hearts 3 . The only thing standing in the way? The final stretch run to complete Final Fantasy XIII , which the company has already said is taking up most all of their energy and focus. If that one doesn't pop up, maybe Eat Sleep Play and David Jaffe will finally lift the lid on their project, which most believe to be a new Twisted Metal . There's plenty of evidence to support the idea, but again, nothing "officially official."

Okay, so there you have it. Who wants to add more to the horde?

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SnipeySnake
SnipeySnake
12 years ago

No Kingdom hearts 3 = No ps3 for me.
Yeah i know I'm missing out but there isn't really much i like on the next gen systems. I'm ps2 all the way till kh3 comes out and if it doesn't then I'll probably get one when ps4 comes out or when the price at least drops down to 200$.


Last edited by SnipeySnake on 5/13/2009 10:51:23 PM

GuernicaReborn
GuernicaReborn
12 years ago

I know everyone has their own tastes, but you are gonna miss out on some seriously killer games if you pass on a PS3.

BTNwarrior
BTNwarrior
12 years ago

Yeah I know that all the good RPG's are coming out on the ps2 now, but still there is some hot content on the ps3 that more than makes up for buying one. Starting with MGS4

Godslim
Godslim
12 years ago

yeh dude ps3 still has some kick ass games out and a great line up for this year aswell

www
www
12 years ago

Dude,you're late, catch up!
Uncharted,MGS4 are available,its not all about KH……Ur gonna have to wait till 2100 for ps4
It's 2009 and u don't got no next-gen game?????

JoshuaAdam360
JoshuaAdam360
12 years ago

I loved the first 2 games. Lets hope they make a third one.

MarvelZombies
MarvelZombies
12 years ago

I'm telling you right now SnipeySnake…you will NEVER EVER see a $200 ps3…some things you should keep in your fantasy land…

wasim
wasim
12 years ago

@snipey
are u an XBot in PSXEXTREME. go buy that crasp dvd player aka x360 for 200$ rather .
PS3 is the best gaming system and it has the best gaming library.
I am quite sure this could be one the xbots in disguise

Hexen
Hexen
12 years ago

@wasim
I don't think he is a xbot he's just a proud PS2 owner which is okay.He'll upgrade when he can but $200 for the PS3! that's a good 10 years away at least.

N a S a H
N a S a H
12 years ago

Oh jeez when did Josh come back :S

JoshuaAdam360
JoshuaAdam360
12 years ago

Number one fan huh Nas?;)

SubjectiveTruth
SubjectiveTruth
12 years ago

I can barely play ps2 anymore. Unless its a total classic.

chicko1983
chicko1983
12 years ago

Trico and GT5 before end of year would be good.
What about that unannounced PS3 Exclusive you seen Ben?
Or have you mentioned it *cough* Twisted Metal *cough*

MirrorSoul
MirrorSoul
12 years ago

Dude if you saw last weeks episode of BonusRound on gametrailers they were trying to trick Jaffey into confirming it lol, Jaffey kept saying "WTF man, you know I can't say…I have been working on….I like working on games with Sony *laughs*"

wasim
wasim
12 years ago

you will be seeing a lot of awesome games at e3

personally Uncharted 2 alone kills the entire lineup of x360

ps3 already had 3 AAAs this year –MLB, KZ2 and INFAMOUS

I think Heavy rain will just floor people at e3
so good to be a PS3 owner

MadKatBebop
MadKatBebop
12 years ago

I hope the ps3 price drops, and Id love to get some more info on the PSP Go or 4000!

KOSMOS111
KOSMOS111
12 years ago

I would like to see a release date for three games.

White knight chronicles
tales of vespiria
Demon souls if it comes to NA


Last edited by KOSMOS111 on 5/13/2009 11:21:53 PM

Hexen
Hexen
12 years ago

Hope the PSP Go is true.I really want to use the psp as a mp3 player but can't do it with the current one it's just too inconvenient.I hope all of those you listed are true and maybe even more.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
12 years ago

I just can't wait for more of that great Square Enix comedy routine!

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
12 years ago

Sqeeeneeix:

Day1: FFXIII might determine Japan's future economy

Day2: FFXIII might be the key to recovering America's bad economy

Day3: It has the best graphic out of any game to date

www
www
12 years ago

Maybe Square isn't the only ones with jokes.
Heard Kojima might be announcing MGS4 & some exclusive for Xbox 360,how funny is that?

wasim
wasim
12 years ago

I think MGS4 will remain PS3 exclusive
I am expecting a KOJIMA PS3 game at e3

SONY just has an awesome AAA library on its own. It doesnt need any third party support. However i think a PS3 EXCLUSIVE KOJIPRO game is on the way

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
12 years ago

Legend of Dragoon 2 would make me shed some tears

iGraves1
iGraves1
12 years ago

Same here…im surprised it hasn't happened yet


Last edited by iGraves1 on 5/14/2009 12:40:59 AM

GuernicaReborn
GuernicaReborn
12 years ago

I never played the first one, but I really wanted to. I remember when I first heard of it I thought it had something to do with Chrono Cross.

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
12 years ago

Not related to Chrono Chross at all hehe. but yeah, one of the best rpgs I've ever played. Such a gripping story.

And yes I don't know what the hell SCEJ is thinking? They should get that team together again and go for a sequel. They have the rights to the game, make a sequel for it dammit!

Legend of Dragoon 2 could be the FFXIII killer hehe. I always saw LOD as being FF's new rival….Sadly Sony hasn't giving it a true sequel

laxpro2001
laxpro2001
12 years ago

I just had the same feeling of surprise that it didn't happen yet randomly yesterday.

Also Square NEEDS to announce KH3!

b3mike
b3mike
12 years ago

God I regret selling my copy of Legend of Dragoon!

sunspider13
sunspider13
12 years ago

Yes, yes, god yes.

GuernicaReborn
GuernicaReborn
12 years ago

What about the Wii like controls? I'm gonna go out on a limb and say you left that out on purpose.

Qubex
Qubex
12 years ago

An exciting time for all of us 🙂

Q!

"i am home"

Xbox_Killer
Xbox_Killer
12 years ago

I know for a fact, it's not going to be a ps3 price cut.

Xbox_Killer
Xbox_Killer
12 years ago

By that I mean Sony doesn't need one.

www
www
12 years ago

That's what i also think!
Maybe Sony will be like;
"Hey credit crunchers,you people aren't the only ones in a recession,we just made $1 billi loss,we aren't gonna cut no price for nothing.If our great games coming still don't convince you to get a ps3, then go F yourselves,Kaz has had enough!"


Last edited by www on 5/14/2009 7:09:50 AM

Xbox_Killer
Xbox_Killer
12 years ago

Exactly. I was starting to think I was the only one who thought like that.

I still think Sony should raise the price.
Maybe that's their big announcement, a ps3 price raise. Here's hoping.

Douchebaguette
Douchebaguette
12 years ago

Expectation leads to disappointment.

OriginalSin
OriginalSin
12 years ago

Even if just 2 of those rumors turn out to be true it will be great news for us. My biggest bet will be on the Team ICO project and GT5 coming this Holiday season.

MarvelZombies
MarvelZombies
12 years ago

maybe team ico…but not GT5, it wont…

DGo8
DGo8
12 years ago

Found this on somes ite tha "redesigned" ps3…. http://nextgamer.nl/index.php?pagina=nieuws/lezen&id=2290 i think itsa fake what about you lot?

sticklife
sticklife
12 years ago

looks shoped to me. look at the second pic down, under the duel shock you see only two logos. if you have a box from any other playstation you'll see tons of logs.

OPHIDIAN
OPHIDIAN
12 years ago

What about the motion controller?

www
www
12 years ago

There might be new colors to match the controllers but i don't think a slimline would be announced,it's just too EARLY!

Those slimlines usually come out at the end of the console's life.

psxmax
psxmax
12 years ago

Price drop on the PSP-3000 to $129? More stuff on Heavy Rain, Assassin’s Creed 2 and a new SSX game?

Ben are you going to E3?


Last edited by psxmax on 5/14/2009 8:29:39 AM

JoshuaAdam360
JoshuaAdam360
12 years ago

Gran Turismo is coming! Count me in if that's true.

Also I think its a bit early for a redesign don't you guys? I mean I think in another 2 years yeah..


Last edited by JoshuaAdam360 on 5/14/2009 9:03:01 AM

opsdaddy
opsdaddy
12 years ago

Hey Ben, you left out one more rumor for the E3 wishing well: Rockstar may announce the PS3-exclusive all-new franchise title they're supposedly working on. Here's hoping, no?

MarvelZombies
MarvelZombies
12 years ago

I want L.A. Noire or GTAIV expansion…it probably won't happen for at least another year but here's hoping for a surprise…besides when has everything E3 had to offer been announced or leaked prior to the show…there will most likely be a few great surprises…

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
12 years ago

Yeah, that's a good one. It just doesn't seem to be getting much press lately, for some reason.

www
www
12 years ago

Heard it might be no more an exclusive.

chuygr35
chuygr35
12 years ago

Off topic, there is a BIOSHOCK 2, nine minute demo on IGN, it is awesome. enjoy

Mamills
Mamills
12 years ago

hey i have no idea if this is real, proberly fake, but the 1st pics of the slim line PS3

http://gamecolumn.blog17.fc2.com/blog-entry-3136.html

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