Through the years, Sony’s E3 conferences have been both exciting and others have been leaving us wanting more. I think this one was a combination of both as there were announcements that we have been waiting for along with announcements that were never made. Here’s a quick run down of what went down during their conference.
Sony first addressed the giant elephant in the room regarding the Playstation Outage that crippled the company’s network. Jack Tretton addressed the media with the expected apologies. Paraphrasing, “”To our 3rd party publishers, we know the outage was costly to you….we wouldn’t be anywhere without you and we thank you very much.” Paraphrasing again Jack stated, “Consumers you are the live blood of the company without you there is no Playstation. I want to apologize to you personally…it is you that causes us to be humbled and amazed to the support you give the Playstation Brand…”
Uncharted 3 was shown off first with a live demo next and showed off the Playstation’s fantastic graphics. Nathan Drake is at it again and during the demo it appeared he was searching for something on a ship but it’s unclear on what exactly he was looking for. The ship then falls apart and water rushes in as Drake is engaged with a firefight. The game looks amazing and is sure to be a top seller when it comes out November 1st, and the beta available on June 20th.
Next, Resistance 3 was shown with a live demo. The demo was pretty impressive but the game itself looked like mindless shooting with no clear objectives shown. But overall it looked great.
Jack then went into 3D and Playstation Move coverage with some announcements:
- God of War Origins Collection (Chains of Olympus & Ghost of Sparta) in 3D
- Ico/Shadow of the Colossus bundle in 3D
Jack announced an option for 3D that gamers could check out for a more affordable option. A Playstation branded 24″ 3D TV with technology to display images for each player in 2 player games so both players are able to see both screens. A bundle with the TV includes 3D glasses with a HDMI cable and Uncharted 3 all for just $499.
Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers came on the stage to show off NBA 2K12. The game looked very polished at this stage. Kobe demonstrated the PS Move controls on the game which seemed like they might need a little bit of work but still worked really well. 2k Sports looks to improve on a game that was one of the best basketball simulations ever created last year.
Jack Tretton showed trailers for some new upcoming games next including Medieval Moves, Deadmund’s Quest which will be released in the fall of 2011. Other games announced were Starhawk which will release in early 2012, Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, Dust 514, Bioshock Infinite, Saints Row III, Star Trek, SSX, Need For Speed: The Run which has 7 exclusive cars only available on the PS3, Battlefield 3 which will be bundled with Battlefield 1943, and inFamous 2 which will support PS Move. It was also announced that Little Big Planet 2 will have support for the PS Move too.
Next Kaz Hirai came on the stage and officially announced the formal name for the NGP – The Playstation Vita. Vita will use dual analog sticks, a touchscreen, dual cameras, and dual touch pads. It will utilize 3G on AT&T network (welcomed with a VERY mixed reaction) and WiFi as well. Vita will also have cross-game chat available for all your friends on your list (finally!).
Games announced for the Vita included Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Ruin which will utilize cloud saves, Modnation Racers, Little Big Planet which will share content with Little Big Planet 2. Street Fighter x Tekken which will include Cole from the inFamous franchise. The Playstation Vita will launch this holiday season and the WiFi will set you back $250 with the 3G model setting you back $300.
Overall, the conference was pretty solid. I personally was hoping for some more new franchises and maybe a Playstation 3 price cut but overall, Sony did a great job presenting the Vita to North America for the first time, and other exciting news as well. Sony has promised to make good on their mistakes with the hack they endured and it appears that they are full steam ahead. For more news and coverage on Sony, stay tuned to our E3 coverage right here on That Gamer Hub!