At the Con: E3 2009 Wrap up – Sony Keynote

Jack Tretton, President & CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America, opened the keynote showing a bit of humor by making light of press leaks in the gaming industry – even within his own company. He reminded us of Sony’s ability to provide a quality entertainment experience for everyone and their proven strength over the past year.

PS3 (currently priced at $399.99 for 80GB system, or $499.99 for 160GB bundled) Looking toward the future, Tretton has high hopes for Sony’s continued growth and kicked off the presentation by announcing the upcoming release of the following games:
1.) Modern Warfare 2 (to be released 11/10/09) from Infinity Ward

2.) Final Fantasy XIII (to be released in 2010) from Square Enix.

3.) Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time (to be released in Fall 2009) fromInsomniac Games

4.) Batman: Arkham Asylum (to be released 08/25/09) from Eidos Interactive.

5.) Heavy Rain: The Origami Killer (to be released 11/09/09) from Quantic Dream.

6.) The Beatles Rock Band (to be released 09/09/09) from Harmonix Music Systems.

7.) Lost Planet 2 (to be released in 2010) from Capcom.

8.) Assassin’s Creed 2 (to be released for the Holiday season 2009) fromUbisoft.

Sony revealed there will be 35 Exclusive Titles, including:
1.) InFAMOUS (released 05/26/09) developed by Sucker Punch.

2.) Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (to be released in Fall 2009) from Naughty Dog.

3.) MAG (no release date announced) presented by Zipper Interactive.

4.) Agent (to be released 11/17/09) from Rock Star Games.

5.) Final Fantasy XIV (to be released in 2010) from Square Enix.

6.) ModNation Racers (to be released 2010) from United Front Games.

7.) The Last Guardian (no release date announced).

8.) Gran Turismo 5 (no release date announced) from Polyphony Digital.

9.) God of War III (to be released in March 2010).

Jack Tretton began by offering sales figures to tout the console’s continued success in its ninth year, in keeping with Sony’s philosophy of a 10-year product life cycle. He went on to promise the PS2 will have a future, commenting, “We’re committed to this system as long as consumers see value in it.”

Sony announced they are adding nearly 100 new titles, hoping the continued support and development will hook new users and create even more loyal consumers “. . . today’s PS2 owners are ultimately tomorrow’s PS3 consumers,” Tretton pointed out.

1.) Sony announced new entertainment bundles for the PSP, including: Rock Band Unplugged (to be released 06/09/09), Dissidia: Final Fantasy VII (to be released 08/25/09) from Square Enix and Assassin’s Creed: Bloodlines (to be released 11/10/09) from Ubisoft.

2.) Sony further announced a partnership with Disney to provide bundles specifically targeted to the younger audiences. Leading the charge will be a Hanna Montana that will be bundled with a lilac colored PSP (to be released in July 2009). Other bundles include Pets, Locoroco 2, and Rock Band.

PSP go (click here to view the preview trailer on the Playstation website)
Kazuo (Kaz) Hirai, President of Networked Products & Services Group and President & CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, gave us the first official look at the PSP Go, again poking fun at Sony’s press leaks, calling the device “. . . the worst kept secret of E3.” Hirai stressed the PSP Go will not replace the PSP 3000 or UMD. Instead the PSP 3000 and the PSP Go will be available 10/01/09 for $249.99, the same price as original PSP when it launched.

1.) Built with digital users in mind, PSP go features 16GB internal memory, the ability to download games and movies over wi-fi via the free Playstation Network. Product specifications show the PSP go to be more than 50% smaller and 40% lighter than PSP 1000, boasting slide-out body to hide controls, integrated bluetooth and a memory stick micro media port.

2.) To help enhance the total experience for digital users on the go, Sony is re-vamping the Playstation store available on the PC. Renamed Media Go, the application replaces Media Manager featuring a more intuitive interface.

3.) SenseMe was also announced. Hoping to improve users’ music experience, the application will analyze the user’s library to create customized playlists based on the mood the user selects.

4.) In an effort to promote developers to create even more content, Kazuo Kirai announced an 80% price reduction on PSP Toolkits.

5.) Going forward, all PSP titles will be available at Playstation Network Store and retail stores.

6.) Video Delivery Service will be available natively on the PSP.

7.) New content will be available from the Playstation Store. Content partnerships will include Showtime, G4, E!, HDNet, Starz, TNA, Magnolia Films, as well as anime and sports programming.

8.) Kazunouri Yamauchi, founder of Polyphony Digital, took the stage to reveal Gran Turismo for PSP (to be released 10/01/09). Running at 60 frames per second, this is a full-size game offering 800 cars, 35 tracks and 60 layout variations of the tracks. The game will offer single-player and mission-challenge modes, as well as an ad-hoc mode that will allow players to race with up to 4 players and trade or share cars.

9.) Hideo Kojimo of Kojimo Productions appeared to announce Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (to be released in 2010). Kojimo assured us he will be an integral part of the games production, both script writing and producing. Further, Peace Walker will be a full-size game, true to the franchise, yet still capitalizing on the PSP format.

10.) Some additional titles scheduled for release on the PSP include: Resident Evil, Little Big Planet, SoCom: Fire Team Bravo 3, Monster Hunter: Freedom Unite, Motor Storm Arctic Edge and Harry Potter.

PlayStation Network
1.) Nearly 50 PS1 classic titles will become available on the PlayStation Network, beginning with Final Fantasy XIII.

2.) The EA Sports Complex launched in PlayStation Home in April 2009. Sony is working to expand offering to include content for franchises likeInFAMOUS, Buzz, SoCom and Little Big Planet, as well as titles from publishers EAUbisoftActivisionCapcomNamco and Eidos.

Sony introduced their new controller (still in development) which features a sphere at the top of the controller. The system camera is able to track the sphere’s movement 1:1. Tracking precise movement, targeting and character mapping, the new controller reacts to different angles no matter where the player is.