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E3 2009 Coverage – Sony

psp Phew, I just got done watching the entire conference from Sony…WOW! They really came out to this show to leave everyone talking and they pulled it off successfully. From the start it was a little slow, they opened up with the recently leaked PSP Go!

The newly designed PSP which drops the UMD slot, picks up a 16GB Flash Based Hard Drive, Sliding Screen, New Memory Stick Support, and repositioned buttons. The screen did lose a half to a full inch in size but it picks up tremendous picture quality in the process.

The system obvisously cannot play your old PSP games but what it can do is download games Via the Playstation Store or uploaded from a PS3 with a USB cable. Given the fact that there is a 16GB hard drive, space is not an issue. However, this is forcing people to buy games again that they already own or is pushing them away from buying the UMD versions later on.

Kaz Harai, President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, announced that the PSP Go! will not replace the current PSP 3000 model or any of the models at all. It will simply compliment todays more digital consumer with Full Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Support. You will no longer need to use a wired headset if you want to play online, with Bluetooth now equipped into this device, wires are not an issue.

The system is also NOT compatible with the current memory sticks being used in the current PSP models. It instead utilizes the new M2 Format Micro Stick which is a much more higher density, more secure memory stick. But with a USB cable and the Free PSP Software for your PC, you can transfer saves over.

The Stage Is Set: http://tinypic.com/m/4ha4g4/1

Meet PSP Go!: http://i41.tinypic.com/2rqyedh.jpg

Go Features: http://i41.tinypic.com/14mwax5.jpg

The PSP Go! will also be sold in two colors, just like the DSi is being currently sold. The PSP Go! will be available in North America on October 1st, 2009 for an MSRP of $249.99. This is pricey since NO USB or Memory Stick is included. I know its marketed to the Wireless & Digital lifestyle, but come on Sony give us something else in box other then documentation. They did announce the expansion of PSone classics for the PSP.

50 New Titles will be added onto the Playstation Store with titles such as Medal Of Honor, Resident Evil: Director’s Cut and at long last….Final Fantasy VII. ALL Three games are available now! The first two hit on Monday and Final Fantasy VII went live on the Playstation Store when it was announced at the press conference. It retails for $9.99, much different from when i bought it almost 12 years ago. This was a hotly anticipated PSone classic and the most demanded game to be released in the Americas for the PSP. The game has been available in Japan for quiet some time now and now its available to all of us. You can buy it on the PSP or the PS3 and play it amongst the two consoles.

While on the subject of PSP, Kaz Harai introduced Hideo Kojima to announce Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. A direct sequel to Snake Eater, this game is the missing link between Snake Eater and Metal Gear. Its an entirely new game developed for PSP and only on PSP. Unlike Rising, it will not be a spin off. You continue as Big Boss, A.K.A Naked Snake, and continue his mission to build Outer Heaven. The game takes place in the 1970’s in the middle of the US and Soviet Union conflicts and the Cuban Missile Crisis. The trailer shown the year 1974 and centers around Costa Rica which is without an army and in need of one without government ties.

Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker will his store shelves for the PSP in 2010. Gran Turismo, the original launch title for the PSP which was never released, was finally given a street date and was shown off in a new trailer. It will ship alongside the PSP Go! on October 1st. The game will feature 60 frames per second graphics as well as car trading and sharing via Ad Hoc. No word on if this game will have online play. My best guess is that Sony and Polyphony have yet to figure out how to get it to work. Sony then announced Resident Evil Portable for the PSP. It will ship in 2010 and it will be a brand new game for the PSP and not a remake.

Start Your Engines…For Real This Time: http://i41.tinypic.com/300719x.jpg

GT In Game: http://i44.tinypic.com/33cm6b5.jpg

Resident PSP: http://i42.tinypic.com/2d0yib5.jpg

Give Peace….err….Snake A Chance: http://tinypic.com/m/4ha54w/1

Sony also announced SOCOM Fireteam Bravo 3, LittleBigPlanet PSP, Motor Storm: Arctic Edge, and Monster Hunter Freedom Unite. All these games will be available for the PSP this holiday season. The PSP certainly got a lot of love from Sony this year at E3 and it was in need of it. Sony has been lagging way behind Nintendo and this may be the shot it needs to give it those sales it deserves. Jak & Daxter PSP was shown in trailer form, but not mentioned.

PSP owners, your voices have been heard, great games and features are coming. Soul Calibur was also shown off in trailer form as well as Fat Princess: Fistful Of Cake, EchoChrono, Hot Shots Tennis & Golf, Harry Potter, Hannah Montana, Guitar Hero, Rock Band, as well as the entire 2010 EA Sports Line. PSP is really turning it up a huge notch, and its about time. Sony really wants people to have no more excuses when it comes to PSP, now there are not anymore.

Playstation 3 was really where all the heavy hitters were announced. Playstation Home is expanding more and more each day, and now users can go into the Home service and download more content available as well as watch the entire E3 Press Conference in person with actual players and interact to each announcement and analyze each and every detail. Its a great feature to have since it really lets the users interact with each other.

Sony announced that Disney has now partnered with Playstation Home to bring more content to the Playstation Home service as well as bringing new content for LittleBigPlanet such as clothes for your Sack Person from Pirates Of The Caribbean as well as the many popular Disney/Pixar universe. New Home game spaces for Resident Evil, The Godfather 2, Street Fighter 4, as well as all the content for those games available on Home have sold very well and the Home service has grown tremendously in its 6 months of availability to the public. Sony went on to announce that 2009 will be the biggest year for PS3 with huge titles.

Ratchet Go!: http://i41.tinypic.com/se5eo4.jpg

To show off what they meant, a live demo of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves was shown. The demo showed off the games immense single player campaign. You reprise the role of Nathan Drake, a treasure hunter who has a knack for getting into serious trouble…but manage to maintain a sense of humor about it. The massive scope of this game is astounding, the graphics are once again amazing but even better this time around with a much more refined graphics system.

The demo showed Drake escaping the onslaught of a fighter chopper all the while trying to escape a building that you are hiding in is taking huge damage is crumbling underneath you. As the building falls into another, you dive into the window of another building and as u survive, Drake jokingly says “We were almost in that”. The humor is there and it is once again refreshing. Uncharted 2 will ship this Fall for PS3. The game also has online multiplayer and online co-op play.

Ubisoft took the stage and demoed Assassin’s Creed 2. During the demo, it was announced that Assassin’s Creed will be coming to the PSP and it will feature PSP – PS3 connectivity. Both games will be available this Holiday season. Sony also went onto announce that Rockstar Games is currently working on a new title only for the Playstation 3 called “Agent”. The game only had its logo shown and some snippets of detail were given. You are an agent in the darkest hours of the 1970’s. Nothing more then that. 2010 i assume is a target for when this game will be released.

Sony then continues with more bombshells then an Iraqi storage facility with the announcement of Final Fantasy XIV!! Thats right, XIV. Final Fantasy XIV is a completely NEW Online MMO Only For PS3…for now anyway. Its a direct sequel to Final Fantasy XI from the PS2, PC, and Xbox 360 and it will be available Next Year shortly after the release of Final Fantasy XIII. That one was a megaton, but it doest stop there.

Final Fantasy XIV?? Oh, Its True: http://i41.tinypic.com/2585lb9.jpg

In Game: http://i44.tinypic.com/i1cj84.jpg

You Are The Agent: http://i42.tinypic.com/25i2g3m.jpg

The biggest news from Sony this year was the introduction of there Motion Sensor technology. Sixaxis was just a small sample of what they intend on doing. Rather then making a controller that makes a 3D character move or using a camera that animates you into the game, there working with the Playstation Eye Camera and with a newly developed controller to make your whole person live in a completely 3D world.

The live demo shown was absolutely amazing, i have never seen technology like this used in such a scope. The demo was very primitive in nature since all of the technology and software is still very beta and not even close to release. The controller like device was shown in a very early prototype form and it was astounding to see the level of interaction a prototype can have. It was insane to see the movements, actions, and reactions the games have while you are being placed into them.

Using a crossbow, sword, gun, paint brush, pen, spray paint, and driving a tank or other car never looked so easy to do in a 3D perspective. They even showed the amount of detail given to the motion controls by using spray paint to write on a wall. The response of the player ad software was stellar, it was exactly all in real time. No delays here, it was ridiculous to see how well Sony has pulled this off. This has been in development for a few years now, i knew of something in prototype form, but i never suspected this is what Sony was working on.

There is no name for this product other then “PS3 Motion Controller”. The controller even changes color indicting your throwing a fireball, wielding a sword, shooting a gun, or simply using a paint brush. The level of detail that went into this device is astounding. There is also force feedback integrated into the device as well so when your sword makes contact or weapon fires, you will get an actual feeling of that back to you instantly.

The feedback will be determined by the force of the opposing object or the amount of force you put into it. So if you underhand a ball or fire a cannon, you will have the correct amount of feedback. A crossbow demo was shown off, you can even reach behind you and pull out the arrows from your satchel. Since the device uses the Eye camera, it knows you body’s movements. In the end, when its finally released, Sony will capture the motion control gaming department almost completely from Nintendo. This technology absolutely dwarfs what Natal is doing in leaps and bounds.

Your The Main Character Now: http://i42.tinypic.com/fkw1us.jpg

Your New Pet: http://i41.tinypic.com/29l1de1.jpg

God Of War 3 had a huge presence with a live demo shown off for the game on stage for all to see. The demo shows the traditional hack and slash gameplay with the amazing 60 frames per second graphics. The game is set in the time of epic wars being waged on by all the gods. The gameplay remains intact with all new features and abilities. The demo ended with a caption: MARCH 2010.

Once again the game gets delayed. Eyepet was once again shown in trailer form only to have an announced date of Fall 2009. Seems to me that the PSP Go! leak was a good thing, it showed to the media that Sony can pull off some mega announcements as well, here’s another. Project “Trico” has been in development for over a year, the game is now know as “The Last Guardian”. It will be developed by the same team that created Ico for the PS2. 2010 is the street date for this one.

Gran Turismo 5 was also shown off for the PS3. The announcements just kept on rolling in, one after another. GT 5 will feature the same detail and massive car library, but it has acquired something much more…NASCAR!! GT revs up in 2010. Sony also announced there definitive Mario Kart killer, Modnation Racers. This PS3 exclusive will ship next year and it features a huge variety of features. This game is being dubbed LittleBigRacer since its team designed it after being inspired by LBP, everything in this game is designed by the players. The drivers, cars, courses, environments….everything.

They showed off the power of the course editor by creating an actual course in real time in 5 minutes complete with weapons, mountains, and sheep. You build the courses, cars, and characters and upload them to the Playstation Network. Create, Share, Race is the tag line. This is a game i am strongly looking forward too and can see a spin off on PSP. This Kart racer may be the single best kart racer ever, and that is saying a lot.

MARCH 2010: http://i42.tinypic.com/2wrfc6d.jpg

Modnation Logo: http://i44.tinypic.com/2vv51c5.jpg

Course Creation: http://i44.tinypic.com/1037gnb.jpg

Driving: http://i41.tinypic.com/154bu5w.jpg

MAG, Massive Action Game, was also shown for the first time in real time. On stage a demo was shown with 16 players on stage playing against 240 others online all in realtime. Its a first person SOCOM!! This game will be available this Fall. The detail in this game is astounding, you literally are in control of this war and the depth of gameplay seems endless.

In the end, Sony absolutely killed at this years E3 showing off a ton of upcoming and in the future software and hardware. This is a great time to be in the playstation family, join it if your not convinced…watching there press conference most assuredly will. Fantastic Showing!!

Hits:

-BEST. E3. PRESENTATION. EVER.

-Motion Controller Looks Unbeatable

-Megaton After Megaton Announcements

-Final Fantasy XIV!!

-Huge User Created Content Based Games Announced

-Modnation Racers

-PSP Go! Looks Awesome

-Final Fantasy VII Returns!!

-PSP Finally Gets The Library And Showing It So Desperately Needs

-Great Balance For All Playstation Platforms and Network

-Strong Third Party Support

-New Rockstar Game Exclusive: Agent

-Gran Turismo 5 & PSP Are Coming

-Huge Library Of Classic Games Gets Even Better

-Sony Is Now Serious About Playstation 3 & PSP

Misses:

-God Of War 3 Delayed Again

-PSP Go! Way Over Priced

-Too Many Stale Hannah Montana Jokes

-Hannah Montana PSP Bundle Set

-Too Much Metal Gear (Normally Not A Problem, But 4 New Games At Once?)

-2010 Is A Wide Window For A Release Date

-PSP Go! May Keep Spurn Current PSP Owners Away With Lack Of UMD Support

-No Price Drop Or Hard Drive Increase For PS3

-Spring 2010 Is Not Happening For The Motion Controller

-No News On Jak & Daxter

-Leaks Killed The Excitement Level For PSP Go

-What Took Them This Long To Be Serious About PS3 & PSP?

-The Conference Ended
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Official Score:

Sony’s E3 2009 Press Conference: A+

Best Of Show

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To Find Out More Information About EVERY Game Shown, Click Here: http://www.us.playstation.com/e3/default.html?navid=0

To Watch The Sony E3 2009 Press Conference, Click Here: http://e3.gamespot.com/press-conference/sony-e3/

I would like to thank Engadget, Joysitq, Kotaku, Gamespot, Microsoft. Nintendo, and Sony for hosting these events on there respected sites and for sharing these images with the gaming community. All the shots shown here are from each of these sites.

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