E3 2012 pretty much went as expected. There were games galore on show, although not many surprise announcements, just more detail on games we all already knew about. And no new hardware.
Nintendo showed off the Wii U a little more but focused more on the games than the actual console itself and the tablet controller that differentiates it from the rest. And as for Sony and Microsoft? Nothing whatsoever in that department.
That isn’t to say new hardware wasn’t on the agenda at least a little. Geoff Keighley of GTTV (via VG24/7) asked the boss of SCEA (Sony Computer Entertainment America) about the company’s plans for the next generation. He said:
“We’ve never been first. We’ve never been cheapest. It’s about being the best. If you can build a better machine and it’s going to come out a little bit later, that’s better than rushing something to market that’s going to run out of gas for the long term. In a perfect world you want the best machine that ships first that’s cheapest. But the number one goal is to be the best machine and that’s what we’re always focused on.”
Best comes first, everything else is less important. That’s not a bad way of looking at it. This may also be a veiled barb aimed at Nintendo, which many believe have rushed into the Wii U in order to take advantage of the incredible success of the original Wii.