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E3: PlayStation - All The News

Motion controllers, Team Ico's game, Final Fantasy XIV... it's all here

Kicking off almost straight after the Nintendo conference - barely giving you time to absorb all the hardcore goodness from that show - was Sony's E3 effort.

Sony did manage not to leak everything - it had new motion controllers, Resident Evil on PSP and a fourteenth (!) Final Fantasy game up its sleeves, along with a nice look at some big titles like Uncharted 2, MGS: Peace Walker, Gran Turismo PSP and more. Here's everything that went down in one place:

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Live Minutes

  • Sony's intro video rolls. Jack Tretton, SCE CEO takes the stage. Jokes about the leaks. 364 games coming to PlayStation platforms this year.
  • "2009 will be our best year ever." Starts off talking PS2. Committed to PS2 for as long as consumers see value in it - won't kill it after 10 years. PS2 to get 100 new titles this year.
  • Talks PS3 sales, huge expansion in Latin America. PSN's doing well. It's all about games, says Tretton. inFamous one of 35 exclusive titles in 2009.
  • Even Wells, president of Naughty Dog enters to show off Uncharted 2. Games sets new levels of limit-pushing for PS3. Uncharted 2 multiplayer beta starts midnight tonight. Rolls gameplay demo.
  • Drake climbing through a rather spectacular-looking urban environment with female friend. Helicopters appear and shoot at them both as they scramble over rooftops. Wind blows trees, impressive damage to scenery, looks incredible. Falls into building, explosion busts hole in wall, Drake takes cover for gunfight with enemies as helicopter continues its assault. Pretty mental.
  • Gunfight moves to office room. Shoots more guards. Hole blows in wall. Whole building starts to collapse with you in it. Again, looks amazing. Demo ends. Says it'll be playable in the Sony booth.
  • Tretton's back. Exclusive on PlayStation means "only possible" on PlayStation. Talks about MAG - that 256-player shooter.
  • Producer enters to show off a live 256-player battle. Says everything about to happen is being done with real players around US. Enormous level - different squads with varying objectives.
  • Actually looks like a pretty slow-paced and strategical affair. Helicopters move in as players on the ground take out anti-air guns. Helis drop bombs to clear area and ground troops move in. MAG out this Fall.
  • Tretton's returns. Talking PSP - because smaller and lighter, and has added functionality over the years.
  • Sony to continue with new bundles: Hanna Montana bundle with Purple PSP. Pair with PSP is in a class of it's own, says Tretton. Introduces Kaz Hirai.
  • Hirai excited to be back on stage after sitting out last year, apparently. Sony asked gamers how to make PSP better - so he's about to pull out PSP Go, right? Yup, a white one, from his inside pocket. Seen it all before, Hirai. Soz. Hirai says he calls it "the worst-kept secret of E3", aka PSP Go.
  • Won't replace the PSP 3000. Is 50 percent smaller and 450 percent lighter. 16GB internal memory, download games and films, memory stick port - but you knew all that already, right?
  • Sony launching 'Media Go' PC app today, used to access PS Store direct from PC, transfer media to PSP more easily.
  • New app 'Sense Me' launching on PSP this autumn detects your musical tastes based on your music collection and suggests new songs to you.
  • Knows some people like to buy physical, discs and says all options will be available to gamers no matter their hardware choice. Doesn't explain how Go owners will play UMDs.
  • PSP Go to be $249 (249 Euros), releasing October 1 in US and Europe.
  • Video Store coming to PSP.
  • Kazunouri Yamauchi (Mr Gran Turismo) takes the stage. Announces Gran Turismo PSP. Holds up a PSP Go which is running the game. Says it's a "full scale" GT. 60 frames-per-second.
  • 800 cars 35 tracks, 68 layout variations. Single player, time trials, mission challenge mode (like training). Re-assures it's not a shrunken down subset of the series. Added features for PSP - Ad-hoc mode for multiplayer. Trading of cars between players.
  • So many cars, difficult to get them all yourself, but car sharing makes that easier. Says it's an important part of GT PSP. Playable on the show floor. Runs a video. No in-game footage by the looks of it. Some real-time cutscene-like video. Looks decent.
  • GT PSP out on October 1 alongside PSP Go.
  • Hideo Kojima enters. Says after the revealing of PSP Go, PSP is "getting hotter". Annouces Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker - set in the 1970s. Is the "true sequel" of the MGS franchise. Main MGS4 team will help development - not a spin off or side story.
  • Will be a true MGS sequel with PSP elements. Rolls CGI trailer. In-game footage too - actually it looks very nice indeed. Snake tipsoes around mix of beach, jungle, dusty settings. Attaches chute to downed soldier, shoot up into the sky. Mutliple Snake's on screen - co-op gameplay? Comedy outro shows one Snake hide under box, joined by a second Snake, before both run off.
  • Tretton is back again. Starts talking about Resident Evil. Series has done 40 million sales on PlayStation since 1996 debut.
  • Resident Evil coming to PSP next year, designed specifically for the portable. No other details.
  • Rolls PSP software video. LittleBigPlanet, Jak and Daxter, MotorStorm, Final Fantasy, Soul Calibur, Fat Princess, Star Wars, NFL, Rock Band and others.
  • Tretton says PSN comes to E3 with momentum. 24 million registered users worldwide. 475 million downloads. 90 exclusive titles available. 50 PS1 classics coming this year. Final Fantasy VII today!
  • Home "growing by leaps and bounds". inFamous, Buzz and Socom content for Home, plus publishers EA, Activision, Eidos and others working on content. Rolls video. Nothing new in there.
  • Tretton says "2009 is all about content on PS3." Runs a PS3 software video. Uncharted 2, inFamous, NFL, Final Fantasy XIII, MAG, Batman (Joker gameplay), Colin McRae, Ghostbusters, Ninja Gaiden, SAW, Tekken, Tiger Woods, Rock Band, Heavy Rain, PixelJunk Shooter, Katamari, Fat Princess, Burn Zombie Burn, Fuel, LittleBigPlanet, BioShock 2, Jak and Daxter, Fight Night, God of War III and others.
  • Lost Planet 2 PS3 confirmed for early 2010. New property from Rockstar North - 'Agent'. Will take a player around the globe in espionage quest, set in 1970s. PS3 exclusive. Same must-have value as GTA, says Tretton.
  • Ubisoft enters to present Assassin's Creed 2. Focus on "diversity". More options, more ways to approach the game. Player wandering around firework party seen in already-released trailer. Climbs building to roof. Throws guy off roof as he hangs by his hands. Uses "flying machine" to glide through the air. Swoops down to kick enemies who try shooting at him. Looks amazing.
  • Only way to reach target is by flight. More assassination techniques. New AI type - the seeker. 30 new weapons, connectivity with PSP game, Bloodlines. Uses a new smoke bomb to evade enemies - jumps into water. "The game is massive in scope". Will be out this holiday alongside AC Bloodlines on PSP.
  • Hello again Tretton - shows new FFXIII video. More pretty movie sequences followed by in-game battles. Do want!
  • Final Fantasy XIV (14!) announced, out in 2010, PS3 exclusive. Eh? Movie sequences. Ah, it's called Final Fantasy XIV Online.
  • "So there's one that didn't leak out, huh?" jests Tretton. Starts talking about motion control. Sony "working to create an experiences closer to real life than ever before", says Tretton.
  • Sony engineers take the stage to show new PS3 motion tech. Prototype of new controller - buttons and internal motion sensors. Looks like stick with glowing sphere in top, which PS Eye can track. Shows tech demo, empty room with controller floating around with 1-to-1 tracking.
  • Video of player shown on screen, virtual bats placed into hands of the player on screen. Tracks fast movements pretty much instantaneously. Flashlight in player hands, a gun.
  • Great for casual gamers, but also good for core games - shows FPS style gameplay. Player moves around the room shooting objects on the floor. Uses two remotes at the same time to manipulate on screen blocks, demoing depth perception. Trigger on the controller is analogue. Uses it to spray paint on a wall.
  • Next demo shows demo of two controller gameplay controlling the sword and shield of an on-screen fighter, attacking a skeleton dummy. Throws ninja stars at approaching enemies. Nice archery mechanic - reach one remote behind back to get an arrow, then stretch back in archer stances to ready and shoot arrow. More "in the near future", says Sony man. Launch in Spring 2010.
  • Play, Create, Share not just a catchphrase for LBP - is a new genre only on PS3. New PS3 game from United Front Games: ModNation Racers. "Modern take on classic kart racing". Racers are blank canvases which you create yourself. Cars also user-created. Real time physics on everything. Weapons - rockets shown. Jumps throw karts up huge cliffs. Game made with a tool called Track Studio - shows how you can use the tool to create the same track in five minutes.
  • Create tool uses driving controls to map a track, completing a loop makes it playable. Pulls mountains out of the ground, changes road surface and makes lakes easily.
  • Tretton returns to reveal another new game from Team Ico - 'The Last Guardian' announced. Trailer rolls. Looks like the same trailer leaked a few weeks back - looks a bit more detailed. The giant beast is different, now has chicken-like legs, in case you're interested. Lighting and animation is incredible.
  • Finishes, before Tretton runs Gran Turismo 5 video. Official WRC (World Rally Championship) and Nascar logos appear. Pretty reply-style footage - can't tell if it's in-game or FMV.
  • God of War III devs enter to show off Kratos' latest. Demo shows of "energy and spirit" of his brutal nature. Title screen blends nicely straight into cutscene, then gameplay. Kratos commences enemy battering. Uses flame bow to roast foes, enters cave. Hooks onto flying creature and stabs it to death as it flies him to higher platform.
  • Back outside, giant lava boss appears. Kratos fights enemies as lava man shoots fireballs his way (you've seen this bit in screens). Enemies pile on top of him, Kratos busts free. Fights monkey-rat thingy, QTE-style finisher sees plenty of chest and face stabbing. Kratos rips off his horns, and stabs it through his head. March 2010 release.
  • Tretton: "Sony is extremely proud of its line-up this year". Show's over folks.

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