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E3 Day 2 Round-up

Wow, what a day! Everyone has been talking about the Sony press conference hosted by Jack Tretton, President and CEO of SCEA, and with so many announcements, I’ll stop using up space with this introductory paragraph and dive straight in.

The PSPgo was officially unveiled on-stage by Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc. CEO, Kaz Hirai. It’s 50% smaller and 40% lighter than the PSP-1000 and with 16 GB internal flash memory, it’s designed for those who like their digital media “to go”, as they say over here. It will be released on October 1, 2009.
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Complementing this new evolution of PSP is a host of fantastic games coming to both UMD and PlayStation Store. Kazanouri Yamauchi, the mastermind behind Gran Turismo, arrived to show GT PSP, which will feature 800 cars, 35 tracks and will run at 60 FPS. He was followed by another legendary Japanese developer, Hideo Kojima, for the reveal of Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, a brand new mission for Solid Snake, only on PSP, which takes place during the 1970s.

Completing the portable line-up were a brand new Resident Evil title; Buzz! Quiz World, which will also be on PLAYSTATION 3; and the news that Assassin’s Creed: Bloodlines features interoperability with Assassin’s Creed 2 on PS3. And to make sure we see plenty more stellar titles for PSP in the future, Jack Tretton announced that the price of PSP development tools will be cut by 80%, expanding the opportunity for developers to create content for PSP.

Moving onto the PS3, Richard Marks of SCE research and development showed us a new motion sensing controller that works with PlayStation Eye to enable 1:1 movement response. The crowd was impressed by tech demos that allowed him to play sports, wield a giant sword and shield, aim guns and even write with astonishing precision. He spoke of “sub-millimetre accuracy,” which I like to think of as a metric shout-out to us Europeans.

There were absolutely loads of PS3 games on show, including a live demo of the opening scenes to God of War III; a gorgeous video of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves gameplay that climaxed with Drake taking on a helicopter; the trailer for Team ICO’s latest creation, The Last Guardian; a look at ModNation, which applies LittleBigPlanet’s mantra of play, create, share to the kart racing genre, allowing players to build playable tracks in a matter of seconds; Agent, a new exclusive title from Rockstar North; the surprise announcement that Final Fantasy XIV is coming next year, exclusively to PS3; and the first trailer for Gran Turismo 5.

The strength of this E3 line-up was best summed up when Tretton proudly announced that 364 games are coming out on PlayStation platforms in the next year. That and the number of semi-colons in the above paragraph.

So there you have it, which bit was best for you? I’m off to see what the rest of the SCEE guys are up to, although the words lying and down were being used quite a bit earlier.

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The PSP Go looks nice, any idea on how much it will cost in England?

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Nice summary.

Vid store not expanding very disapointing.

Remarkable keynote by Sony, but to my eyes it was not certainly not as spectacular as it had been promised it would be. This is the way i would summarize the keynote: Great for PSP, not so great for PS3. I personally was most looking forward to a some information Final Fantasy versus XIII. Furthermore, I was looking forward to announcements regarding the future of the PS3 platform with eventually the future firmware updates and the evolution of the PSN experience. While Microsoft is soon receiving Facebook, Twitter, and unlimited movies/tv shows/music/radio on the XboxLive, we in Europe still await PSN Cards and the video store. The motion sensor demonstration was impressive but my Wii has been doing the very same for over 2 years now. The one and only thing that has surprised me most tonight was the announcement of Final Fantasy XIV (online), although it is not exclusive to PS3.

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That motion controller compeletely blew me away. After MS’ conference the day before, I was contemplating whether Sony had anything to match there Natal thing, but my gosh! After seeing the LIVE demo of the controller, I was blown away. Even more so after finding out a lot of MS’ stuff was pre-recorded.

The line-up was simply incredible. God of War 3, Uncharted 2, Gran Turismo 5, Modnation Racers, MGS: Peace Walker and the awesomesauce Hannah Montana as well as loads more. It was simply fantastic.

Really want to know more about Rockstars “Agent” though. Really interested in what it actually is. Either way, Sony really proved it has gaming as it’s sole focus and not just filling the console with online widgets. :D

Oh, and I really want to know what was your, and everyone on here’s favourite quote from E3 so far? Mines got to be…

“I’m sorry. Do you have a plan to go with that grenade?” – Uncharted 2 trailer

God! I love being a gamer! ^_^

Bear

It was a great E3! Looking forward to the PSP Go, obviously Uncharted 2. The motion thing looked awesome. Really looking forward to hear more about Agent. And ModNations Racers or what it is called sounded really cool.

James Gallagher 03 June, 2009 @ 17:08
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I’m checking out ModNation later today, so if you have anything you’d like me to ask, feel free to comment.

BlackCanary 03 June, 2009 @ 13:36
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Why didn’t Sony say anything about the European Video Store? i want to by films from the Playstation Store when is it coming out? why is it so hard for SCEE to do this but yet they can make the Vidzone that is just stupidity in its most.

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I was really blown away by Sony’s conference yesterday. There were so many games, and that new motion controller was amazing!

I hope you’re enjoying your time over there James, looks like great fun. :)

P.S. Had a chance to play many games yet? Which one are you most looking forward to?

James Gallagher 03 June, 2009 @ 14:32
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Yeah I’m having a blast.

Hmm… good question. I was loving God of War III yesterday (btw, I just heard Kratos is going to be in Soul Caliber PSP which is an inspired move).

I was also very impressed by EyePet. The way your pet responds to your actions is really cool and it will be great to have a game I can play with my little sister – she’s still a bit too young for bloody rampages of revenge.

As for the PSP Go, I initially planned on reserving judgment until I would actually get my hands on a unit, but i could not resist to comment. In all honesty, at first sight i thought it was a GPS reveicer. It looks horrendously ugly and extremely uncomfortable to use. Not only does it give me cramps just looking at it, but it looks ugly to the point i think it is fake. I might be alone and mentally stunted but I prefer my PSP1000 much more than this awful revision. I was really hoping Sony would step it up with this product and take the lead in Handheld technology. Digital Distribution is the feature i was most looking forward to, and i applaud the inclusion of Bluetooth, but this redesign is just not my cup of tea. In my opinion, a non-slider UMD-less version would have been slicker looking. In short, Sony did not create the best product they could, they crippled it instead. The PSP Go is essentially the exact same system, for the fourth time. The one and only true difference is t...

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As for the PSP Go, I initially planned on reserving judgment until I would actually get my hands on a unit, but i could not resist to comment. In all honesty, at first sight i thought it was a GPS reveicer. It looks horrendously ugly and extremely uncomfortable to use. Not only does it give me cramps just looking at it, but it looks ugly to the point i think it is fake. I might be alone and mentally stunted but I prefer my PSP1000 much more than this awful revision. I was really hoping Sony would step it up with this product and take the lead in Handheld technology. Digital Distribution is the feature i was most looking forward to, and i applaud the inclusion of Bluetooth, but this redesign is just not my cup of tea. In my opinion, a non-slider UMD-less version would have been slicker looking. In short, Sony did not create the best product they could, they crippled it instead. The PSP Go is essentially the exact same system, for the fourth time. The one and only true difference is that you cannot trade, rent or sell games anymore. Bring on the PSP2 with dual analog, touch-screen, built-in camera and tilt-sensor.

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A great line up guys. One of the best e3 shows i have seen from Sony in a long time. Lots of games, gameplay a few surpries.

It was refreshing to see you talk and show stuff that is real not just show target videos and referring to things that are years away.

Cant wait for the year ahead, its got lots of good gaming ahead.

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@ #4 Bear. I seem to remember you saying that you will eat your hat if Sony doesn’t announce a PS3 Slim. There are two days to go.

Getting nervous? :)

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Vidzone will be available on 11.06.09 thats nice :D

But when the video on demand will be available?

It was released at last year’s E3 for US and in Europe we are still waiting…

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I swear I spied Ape Escape in the sizzle trailer at the start, yet it wasn’t mentioned at all. Could it FINALLY be hitting the PS3? Long overdue.

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@10 – BacketOut_ Ummm…uhoh! I forgot I said that. XD

Don’t let me down Sony! I’ve shown nothing but devotion and support for you and your multiple platforms. Don’t leave me here to eat a hat! :D

*prepares side meal*

Hmmm…

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PSP Go is very nice but maybe a bit to expensive. But okay the conference was great, to more I think about it the better it gets. A LOT OF games for all systems ps2, psp(go), ps3. (what MS totaly forgot to do was telling something about pc gaming, big FAIL).

Let to good stuff come to us PS BLOG :) I want info about everything :P or wait can you give me a ticket to LA :D

James Gallagher 03 June, 2009 @ 14:35
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I’ve been typing and snapping away like a madman and you can expect an avalanche of posts later today, including my impressions of FIFA 10, EyePet and a chat with the lead game designers of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves.

I’m very excited about the Sony line up for this year and next. Truly amazing! The presentation was spot on and I think everyone done an amazing job conveying a feeling of freshness.

Oh and a tip for the guys in LA, pick up an American Kit Kat, I heard they taste different. Or try melting 4 Kit Kat Chunkies together to create one massive bar, just don’t expect your stomach to be happy about it.

i heard a rumour somewhere that the new slim ps3 wont be on sale until the better lookin phat ps3 are nearly all sold out, the rumour also said that the new ps3 wont be announced at E3.

it was on the english PS forums a month or so ago but most of what was said in it has come true.

still only a rumour though lol

The Last Guardian.

That was all you needed to show.

Any idea when FF7 will grace our store?

As for E3 i thought Jack did a great job and i loved the giant screen!! HUUUGE! :) My highlights were:

1) Assassins Creed 2 demo
2) GT PSP
3) Audience utter shock as FF14 was announced
4) God of War 3 demo
5) Motion contol tech demo

blackprophesy 03 June, 2009 @ 14:02
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Pity about the price of the PSP Go. And no date for GT5 was dissapointing. Apart from that it was an impressive showing.

Also when is FF7 coming to the UK store?

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Care to comment on the Europe video store? When will we be getting it? :(

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Will sony ever announce the video store for Europe? I am waiting!!! And when will there be more whays to pay in the PStore in Europe? Because not everyone has a credit card. Maby you could add Ideal or PayPal. I mean, we all know that pre-paid cards wont work, but PayPal and Ideal would be great!!

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Hello James. A pretty good show but I would have liked to have seen Sony announce a full downloadable game service comparable to that announced by Microsoft. Sony made a start with Burnout Paradise, Warhawk, GT5P but never really capitalised on it. Microsoft will. Can you ask Sony management if there are plans in the works please?

Also hope Sony can help Tecmo with their Quantum Theory exclusive. It looks dreadful.

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First up, I have to say WOW! Sony trult had a fantastic press conference this year, never a dull moment.

I am definitely picking the new PSPgo when it releases. And that leads to my questions.
1) Will the PSPgo release October 1st in UK (EU) alongside america?
2) How much will it cost in GBP [£]? Hopefully no more than £149.99 :)
3) Something which I find hard to believe hasn’nt been mentioned anywhere, but how long is the battery life, for a single charge?

– Matt – :)

GuttermouthSIN 03 June, 2009 @ 14:09
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Uncharted 2, God of War 3 and The Last Guardian absolutely blew me away. I just wish there was a date for GT5 :(

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Does anybody know if/when Final Fantasy VII will be available on the euopean/dutch PSS? I heard it’s already available in the US, but I can’t seem to find it anywhere on the european/dutch store.

ringedingdong 03 June, 2009 @ 14:22
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I watchted the hole conference yesterday and must say there was some really cool stuff. BUT I miss any mention of the developement of voice chat which isn’t limited to a game and I live in Germany and would also like to use the PSN video service.

I mean motion controller is a fun feature, but give the community the tools it requests would be more fun!

I’m also very happy about the near release date for GT Mobile, but I clearly see the product images of the PSP back at launch, where nearly every foto had GT4 Mobile Pics on it.
Like with the voice chat, why doesn’t Sony say “We know you want it, we are on it”? It’s perfectly clear that some things take their time, but a reaction on our requests would be much cooler.

KatanaStrikes 03 June, 2009 @ 14:24
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Do we have a definite price for the UK? I remember Kaz said it would launch at the same price the original PSP came in at which was £179.99. Which is £50 more than the 3000 and the same hike in price as the DSi.

And is it launching in White as well?

You know, I would’ve gone for the PSP Go initially with the strong line up that’s coming this year, but the price is ridiculous. I’ll be picking up a PSP 3000 and get nice tangible physical copies instead. Will be saving a lot more money that way.

Great show from Sony, looking forward to all the games coming. Any new info on Buzz quiz world? also what about Eyepet? the trailer looks good but no release date yet?

Hell, they’re charging the same amount of money for PSP Go that I paid for my PS3 NEW, that’s just doesn’t cut it.

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@ KatanaStrikes…

*http://uk.playstation.com/games-media/news/articles/detail/item158348/PSPgo/

Quote: Your colour. Your PSP
PSPgo will be available in two eye-catching colours when it arrives in 2009. Be it slick Piano Black or shiny Pearl White, you pick the PSPgo design that suits you and your whole world. Remember, it’s your colour. Your PSP.

Sony have put on an impressive show at E3 this year – it’s been a lot better than last year. The motion controller thingy was the highlight for me (despite the fact that Microsoft’s announcement the day before, kind of took the edge off the excitement of it).

xKillerMonkeyx 03 June, 2009 @ 14:40
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Great conference, next year i wish i was there, is E3 open to public or just press?

Some more info on Gran Turismo 5 would be great. The trailer was fantastic!

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“Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, a brand new mission for Solid Snake, only on PSP”

Isn’t it a new mission for Naked Snake?

Psicojacorral 03 June, 2009 @ 14:47
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Cool but when are we getting FFVII???
The conference was fantastic. I’m from Spain!

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SONY EU BLOG

PLEASE TELL ME WHAT SONG THAT IS IN THE FIRST VIDEO, PLEASE!
DO IT NOW

I LOVE YOU SONY

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Oh yeah….

Any news about Ad-hoc Party spreading out from Japan?

TimoTheThug 03 June, 2009 @ 14:58
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Nice update but start to wonder, is Sony going 2 release the PSN Pre-paid cards in the mean time or at launch or even after launch for the PSP go or else it’s pretty much useless here in europe.

A team up with ideal would also be sweet. Anyhow I really would like that question 2 be answered.

Sometimes I get the felling that Sony avoids hard questions and only answers easy questions….

Time 2 step up and proof me wrong :P

@36: The TrackID service on my Sony phone tells me it’s Fist Of God (Original Mix) by MSTRKRFT. Does that sound right?

I’m going for PSP Go, the price ok with me. Better portability, on-board memory and absolutely amazing desing seals the deal for me. Oh, and I do own PSP-3K, I just like smaller things ;).

Now the real question is, will PSP Go launch in europe with more than one color? White PSP Go would be so lovely, as shown in the Sony Conference last night.

Make it happen SCEE, White PSP GO at launch, and I might just buy two ;).

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@39 … good job…

Sample here song 6:

http://www.amazon.com/Fist-of-God/dp/B001V8N5AC

swcoruscant 03 June, 2009 @ 15:15
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I love the new motion controller, it’s much better than the Wii or 360’s Natal.

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250 euro’s for the psp go is just TOO much. Jeez i can buy a wii for that amount of money.

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*cough* European video store please *cough*

@43: And you can slip the Wii in your pocket and use it for handheld gaming whenever you…

…oh, no. It appears that you can’t.

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@43…Which would collect alot more dust than a PSPgo. If you want a PSP and don’t like the go’s price get a PSP3000. Done!

FF7 in the EU store when ???

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I thought one of the major announcements of the entire E3 event was, as you mentioned in the article James, cutting the costs of PSP dev kits by 80%.

That’s a massive incentive for indie/smaller devs to take a punt and start developing new IP and would hopefully lead to much more quantity & quality being released on the handheld.

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@48

And if you don’t have PSN cards in Canada/EU alot of that indie talent will go unsold. Just sayin’

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