Sony E3 2010 Press Conference Summary
As the last of the big three, Sony intended to wow us with some 3D gaming of their own. This, in combination with the new Move controller, leads to some promising gaming in the very near future. For the press conference, Sony made their Move in full, revealing almost every last detail about the new controller, including its release date and pricing bundles.
Move It Groove It
Sony will be making sure that their new Move controller will have something for both casual and hardcore gamers. There are several parts that make up Move. First is the motion controller itself, which looks like a wand with a glowing ball on the end. It has motion sensors and the second part of the system, the PlayStation Eye, picks up the movement of the glowing ball, which changes colours depending on what is around it. The third item after the motion controller and PlayStation Eye is a nunchuk-like controller with a directional control and buttons. This is called the Navigation Controller.
Some games will require you to have two Move controllers, one in each hand, such as when you use a sword and shield. Other games will have you use a motion controller and a Navigation controller, in a more traditional set up. Individual motion controllers cost $49.99 and Navigation controllers will cost $29.99. You can buy a bundle containing one Move controller, one Navigation controller, the PlayStation Eye, and the game Sports Champions for $99.99. Games on their own will be $39.99. There is also a full bundle including the PlayStation 3 itself for $399.99. Move will be coming to Europe on September 15th and arriving in North America on September 19th.
Games that will Move You
Aside from the Sports Champions game mentioned above, which was shown in part last year, Sony also showed off a bunch of other games that can be played using the Move controller. Tiger Woods PGA Golf will have true 1:1 motion between the Move controller and golf club. Arcade favourite, Time Crisis, will also have some Move functions.
Two brand new games for the Move were shown, including Sorcery, a game where you play as a young sorcerer and can control the power and direction of your spells using the Move controller. Jax, Sly Cooper and Ratchet will be joining forces in the other new game, called Heroes on the Move, which will use the Move controller in various ways. Many games will also give players the choice between using Move or the regular controller, such as Killzone 3.
Just as TVs and home movies are moving towards 3D display, PlayStation 3 will soon have games that can be enjoyed in more than two dimensions. So far, the games confirmed to have 3D support include Killzone 3, which will be coming out on February 2011, Gran Turismo 5, Motorstorm Apocalypse, Sly Collection, Crysis 2, Mortal Kombat, Shaun White Skateboarding, Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, Tron Evolution, and NBA 2K11.
Just like how XBox Live Gold Membership is a paid subscription, Sony will be introducing PlayStation Plus, a subscription package for the PlayStation Network. Paying users will get to use exclusive suite features including early demos, full PSN games, themes and minis, discounts on the PlayStation store, and automated downloads. The cost of subscription is $49.99 a year, or $17.99 for three months.
PlayStation Plus will be coming out this month and everyone will get the first three months free. First up is a free downloaded copy of Wipeout HD, a demo for InFamous, Field Runners, Age of Zombies, and Rally Cross from the original PlayStation. You can keep it all while you have the subscription.
Lots of Games
You can be expecting lots of games this year and next year. For the PSP alone, there will be more than 70 new games coming out by December. This includes Valkyria Chronicles 2, the 3rd Birthday, Patapon 3, and EyePet. Also mentioned were God of War: Ghost of Sparta and Invizimals, a game that gets you to use the camera to find creatures in your own home and other places.
For the PlayStation, Little Big Planet 2 will be coming out this fall and will have a lot more tools and features that can allow you and others to make things like 3D shooters or Real-Time Strategy games. Also revealed was a brand new Twisted Metal game, which will be coming out next year.
More to Come...
The show isn't over yet! Be sure to check in again tomorrow, when we'll be covering what everyone else outside of the Big Three has been showing this week.