E3: Sony’s Press Conference

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Hey, so sorry for the delay. Anyway, due to network problems we didn’t actually get to the some parts of it, so we have relied on GameSpot to cover some details…

Introductions start, with Jack Trenton in an avatar in Home. He brings up that MotorStorm sold more than 1 million units. Also says that the PS3 was a success in America, with $26 million of being made up of sales of games, accessories and hardware in the US alone.

Now we see a game montage of what’s coming for the PSP… SOCOM US Navy Seals, Tactical Strike, Wipeout Pulse, Syphon Filter: Logan’s Shadow, NBA 08, God of War: Chains of Olympus, Silent Hill: Origins, Patapon, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08, Sonic Rivals 2, Sims 2: Castaway, SWAT: Target Liberty, Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions and Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles.

Now Kaz Hirai takes over with an announcement of a new version of the Sony PSP. It will be 30% brighter and 17% thinner and with video output. They showed this by plugging it in an Sony HDTV. The front design, however, hasn’t changed.

Now for the Playstation Network update. Only 950,000 users are from the US, with 20 million downloads worldwide. Another montage appears with more games.

Now this is the part we at tech.geek caught up with…

The Playstation Home was then previewed, and it is on track to be released on the Fall. Also, it will be expanded to the mobile phone. Also, the Home Lounge will be replaced with a city like Home Square. Many of the places are still “under construction” and can be purchased by users. Also in Home, people can take a ‘picture’ of their avatar in the Home world and place it on their Social Networking website.

Jack Trenton is back up. The PS3 80GB version will cost $599. As well, The 60GB will have a price cut, and was joking about the leak. He also said that the Blu Ray addition to the PS3 actually contributed to the sales of the Blu Ray. Also 15 exclusive titles are in development, and NCSoft will be “joining the Playstation Camp”. A Trailer was then shown of an exclusive game from Ubisoft, Haze. As well, Unreal Tournament will be an exclusive. Then another video shows what games are coming for the PS3.

Then comes Hideo Kojima, the creator of the Metal Gear Solid franchise. He previewed the next title, Metal Gear Solid 4. It was also announced that it would be the last game for the franchise, and promises to fill in the plotlines. Another trailer is shown using real game footage. It will be released on the PS3 in Early 2008. However, due to time constraints, they were not able to produce a demo for MGS4.

After that, they showed off their first party developments; with games such as Infamous, a game that allows you to choose a path to become a hero or an anti-hero.

Concluding the conference, Trenton appears again summarizing the conference. More than 500 games will be released for the PSP, PS3 and the Online Network and a New PSP.

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