Ever since the PlayStation 4 launched in 2013, Sony has enjoyed an enviable lead in the ongoing console war. According to the most trustworthy reports, Sony has sold twice as many PlayStation 4 consoles as Microsoft has sold Xbox Ones. And compared to the Wii U? Forget about it. So far, this generation has belonged to Sony and no one else.
That means Sony is entering 2016 in a strong position. But the company isn’t resting on its laurels. It has some big ideas set to debut this year, ideas that could point the way to the future of what PlayStation is. Here’s what you can expect from Sony in 2016.
Finally, some big exclusive games
The funny thing about the PlayStation 4’s lead is that it’s not based on having a more enticing lineup of exclusives than Xbox One or Wii U. To date, the quality of the big games you can only buy on PlayStation 4 isn’t that high. Three of the top eight PS4 games are remastered versions of older games. Two more are smaller arcade-style games. No, it’s third-party games that have been calling out to gamers.
That’s going to start changing in 2016. The PlayStation 4 is set to receive some of the biggest exclusive games of the year, thanks to titles like Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, No Man’s Sky, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Persona 5, Ratchet & Clank, The Last Guardian, and many more. If Sony has soared to the top on third-party games so far, 2016 will give gamers more reasons than ever to choose PlayStation 4 over the competition.
There’s so much money going into virtual reality technology ($686 million in 2015 alone, according to Venture Beat) that VR is bound to be a force to be reckoned with starting in 2016. Sony isn’t going to let companies like Oculus and HTC have all the fun, either. Sony is set to launch a VR headset of its own called PlayStation VR in the first half of 2016.
The PlayStation VR will use the PS4 to power previously unseen gaming capabilities. Even though it won’t be available for several months, it already has a solid lineup of games in progress, including Gran Turismo Sport, Until Dawn: Rush of Blood, and Tekken 7. It’s also possible that all first-party games going forward will have some kind of VR capabilities, even if it’s just using the headset as a screen.
PlayStation 4 will be bigger than ever
It seemed like 2015 was the year when the video game industry finally let go of the previous-gen consoles. As such, the PlayStation 4 really came into its own, with a lineup of fantastic games that were released throughout the year.
In 2016, you can expect that trend to continue. Not only does Sony have a great lineup of exclusive games, but a string of highly anticipated third-party games will launch on the console as well, including Tom Clancy’s The Division, Dark Souls III, Mass Effect: Andromeda, Dishonored 2, a new Call of Duty made by Infinity Ward, the makers of the Modern Warfare series, and a whole lot more.
In other words, as more big-name games come out, don’t expect PlayStation 4 sales to slow down one bit. In fact, I expect 2016 to be the console’s biggest year yet.