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Electronic Entertainment Expo 2009 Analysis: Sony's Still Got It

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286w ago - SCEA President Jack Tretton joked as he took the stage, "Thank god you guys showed up."

His self-deprecating, nervous laughter was directed at all of the company's leaks - even Sony boss Kaz Hirai admitted the PSP Go! was "the worst-kept secret of E3.

But Sony's audience was there to applaud every stat: 364 games are coming to PlayStation 3 in the next year; the platform generated 30 percent of total retail sales for the industry in 2008.

To quote: "It's just the beginning of what we expect in 2009," Tretton said.

"I suspect the reason some of you have bags under your eyes is because you've been playing Infamous since it came out last week." Applause, cheers - and audible gasps - for the frankly breathtaking Uncharted 2 footage presented by Naughty Dog's Evan Wells, who said it "sets the new gold standard in limit-pushing."

Whoops, cheers, howls, for Modern Warfare 2, Rock Band: Beatles, Ratchet & Clank Future 2 and Heavy Rain; for Metal Gear Solid Peacewalker (stressed numerous times as the franchise's "true" sequel), Gran Turismo 5 and God of War III, for new exclusive Rockstar IP Agent and shock reveal Final Fantasy XIV, and for the unrelenting barrage of PS3 exclusives shown on a day when nobody was expecting very many.

The audience only...
 

E3 2009: Sony Finally Unveils PS3 Motion-sensing Controller

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286w ago - Sony has finally shown off its potential Wii remote beater. They have demo'd a stick-like pad that has a 'magic ball' on the end, which is then picked up by the PlayStation Eye.

Jack Tretton claims it is the closest thing to real life on the market.

They are aiming for spring 2010 launch, and the prototype of the new controller showed a glowing sphere on the end of the stick. PS Eye tracks it.

The demonstration showed 1-to-1 motion control. On the screen, the controller became a racket in the guy's hand, changing into various other bits and bobs, such as swords and guns.





It has true 3D pointing too, and if you change angles to the camera it'll notice. In FPS mode, you can move and shoot but, will sometimes need buttons.

The ability to use two controllers is there as well, and with one in each hand you can play with building blocks, paint, use a sword and shield and fire virtual arrows.

When you move the camera follows you, should you drop down on one knee, for example.

To quote: The prototype of the unnamed device was demo'd live on-stage by its creators. The stick-like pad - which has a 'magic ball' on the end - is held in the gamer's hand, and then picked...
 

PlayStation Now: Sony Prepares Army of PlayStation Evangelists

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286w ago - Earlier this year Sony began quietly readying an army of evangelists to take to the front lines of the escalating console wars.

The Experience PlayStation Now program had a "beta test" of sorts earlier this month, with Sony employees well-versed in the ins and outs of the PlayStation Portable and PlayStation 3 setting up temporary shop in a select number of Best Buys across the country.

The idea for the program is fairly simple: Get the PlayStation 3, the PlayStation Portable, into peoples' hands, explain all of the things they can do, and people will buy them.

"This allows real, live passionate people to reach out to consumers," said Kim Nguyen, marketing manager for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 2. "They will answer some basic questions and tell people things about the PlayStation 3 they may not know."

The merchandising representatives will tell people about the PS3's games, but also answer questions about the built-in Blu-ray player, about the hard drive, about going online with the console.

"This is the sort of dialog we want to have with our consumers," Nguyen said. "The root of this program is education. We know people see the PlayStation 3 as a very expensive machine. In order for them to appreciate the value of the PlayStation 3 they need to see all...
 

Sony Ericsson's Satio & Aino Get Remote Play PS3 Feature

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286w ago - The upcoming Sony Ericsson model Aino, previously named Idou, and the Satio are said to include support for Sony Remote Play (not Open Remote Play) for playback of media stored on the PS3 console.

It also introduces Media Home, which automatically pulls media from Media Go on your pc over wifi when it is placed in its stand and will be available in three different colors.

To quote: Folks are already starting to get a look at production versions of the Sony Ericsson Satio and its baby sister, the Aino.

The Satio looks identical to its Idou doppelganger -albeit now in three colors instead of two- but the real news here is inside, where we're finally getting a look at Sony Ericsson's interpretation of Symbian^1 with a unique UI.

Overall, it's looking "chunky" (and we mean that in a good way) with an entirely finger-friendly presentation- a sharp, healthy departure from the UIQ platform that it just threw in the dumpster a few months back.

Though the Satio's higher end, it's actually the Aino that intrigues us more; in a way, this is the closest thing to a PSP phone...
 

Sony PlayStation Store Update for May 28, 2009

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286w ago - Better late than never, here is PlayStation Store Senior Manager Grace Chen with this week's PSN Update:

It's time for the weekly PlayStation Store Update.

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Resident Evil Director's Cut ($9.99)
The game that created an entire genre, survial horror, is back but not exactly the same. Revisit the original Resident Evil with altered scenes and more gameplay options.
ESRB Rated M
File size: 299 MB

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Crash Commando Demo
Crash Commando is a fast-paced, over-the-top action game that combines the thrill of multiplayer shooters with classic side-scrolling platform gameplay. Blast your way through expansive, multi-tiered stages on foot or behind the wheel of a tank, or use the all-important jetpack to rain down destruction from the skies. With a host of online and offline gameplay modes, it's always time for action with Crash Commando!
ESRB Rated T
File size: 780 MB

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LittleBigPlanet 2000AD Costume Pack ($5.99)
Bring the post-apocalyptic world of Judge Dredd to LittleBigPlanet as well as other comic book characters with these new costumes based on the 2000AD comic books. Download this Costume Pack and dress up as Judge Dredd, Rogue Trooper,...
 
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