Thursday, June 17, 2010

For Hardcore Gamers.

LOS ANGELES, Calif., June 15, 2010 –Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC (SCEA) held its annual press conference today at the E3 Media & Business Summit in Los Angeles, Calif., announcing groundbreaking new products and services that further establish PlayStation’s leadership and cutting edge position in home entertainment. Since last Fall, the PlayStation® business has experienced unprecedented growth, fueling huge momentum into the new year. The company is poised once again to deliver consumers unrivaled entertainment options this year with the latest in 3D technology, introduction of PlayStation®Move games, and blockbuster games such as inFAMOUS 2, Twisted Metal®, Gran Turismo® 5, LittleBigPlanet™ 2, and Killzone® 3.

“We are transforming the way consumers interact and consume content in the living room and we’ve been redefining this entertainment experience now for 15 years,” said Jack Tretton, CEO and President of SCEA. “Sony is the undisputed leader in stereoscopic 3D technology and we are the only company to provide consumers with an end to end solution today. PlayStation is expanding what’s possible with Blu-ray technology by enhancing it with cutting edge stereoscopic 3D games and movies. In addition, we are providing entirely new motion gaming experiences with PlayStation Move.”

Stereoscopic 3D

SCEA announced on stage that some of the company’s biggest titles will be available to consumers this year in stereoscopic 3D, including MLB® 10 The Show, MotorStorm®: Apocalypse, Killzone® 3, The Sly Collection, and Gran Turismo®5. Beloved franchises from our publishing community will also make their way into consumer homes in stereoscopic 3D on the PlayStation®3 (PS3™) system, such as Crysis 2 from Electronic Arts, Mortal Kombat™ from Warner Brothers, Ubisoft’s Shaun White Skateboarding and TOM CLANCY™’S GHOST RECON: FUTURE SOLDIER™, as well as Disney Tron Evolution the Video Game, and 2K Sports’ NBA® 2K11. Unlike any other console on the market today, all 35.7 million PS3 units globally are capable of playing stereoscopic 3D games via a firmware update in April 2010. Four PS3 titles offering stereoscopic gaming experiences are currently available for download from the PlayStation®Network (PSN) including PAIN, MotorStorm® Pacific Rift, Super Stardust™ HD and WipEout® HD. The PS3 system will make 3D Blu-ray Disc movie support available later this year.

PlayStation® Move motion controller

SCEA also announced that on September 19, 2010 it will release a PlayStation Move bundle comprised of a PlayStation Move motion controller, PlayStation®Eye camera, Sports Champions™ Blu-ray disc game and PlayStation Move demo disc for $99.99 (RRP). Additionally, a PlayStation 3 Sports Champion Move Bundle, which includes a PS3 system, PlayStation Move motion controller, PlayStation Eye camera, Sports Champions Blu-ray game and PlayStation Move game demo disc, will be available for $399.99 (RRP). Stand alone PlayStation Move motion controller for the PS3 system will also be sold at $49.99 (MSRP). The new PlayStation Move navigation controller, which can be used alongside the motion controller for intuitive navigation of in-game characters and objects, will also become available on the same day at $29.99 (MSRP). Standalone first party games for the PlayStation Move will be priced at $39.99 (MSRP). With more than 15 dedicated titles for use with the PlayStation Move motion controller available on the day of launch and 40 more slated to hit throughout the holiday season, both casual gamers and hardcore gamers will have plenty of reasons to clear their coffee tables and immerse themselves in the most precise and ultra sensory gaming experience ever made possible. PlayStation Move titles showcased at E3 include:

First Party Titles
Sports Champions™, September 2010
Eye Pet™, September 2010
Kung Fu Rider™, September 2010
Start the Party! ™, September 2010
echochrome™ 2 (PSN), September 2010
Tumble (PSN), September 2010
Hustle Kings, October 2010
PAIN (PSN), October 2010
TV Superstars™, October 2010
The Fight: Lights Out™, October 2010
The Shoot™, October 2010
High Velocity Bowling (PSN) October 2010
Heavy Rain®, October 2010
Sly Collection, November 2010
SingStar® Dance, November 2010
LittleBigPlanet™ 2, November 2010
Beat Sketcher (PSN), Fall 2010
SOCOM 4, Fall 2010
Sorcery™, 2011
Heroes on the Move, 2011
Killzone® 3, 2011

Yet another futuristic gaming device has been revealed at the annual E3 Conference this week. Nintendo has finally stepped up to the plate, unveiling the first-ever mobile 3D console: the "Nintendo 3DS." The design is similar to the popular Nintendo DSI handheld, still boasting the dual screens, but it packs in a ton of new features.

A small analog stick has been introduced on the left side as well as a motion sensor and three video cameras (one in front, two in back) so you can take 3D photographs. The most fascinating aspect of the 3DS is that those tacky Steve Urkel glasses you have to wear when viewing 3D movies or TV shows are not required. By simply staring straight into the main 3.5-inch screen, images, videos and games will appear three dimensionally. You also have the option of turning the 3D off and playing games in their regular format, which actually brightens the screen and increases resolution.

Third-party game developers have already signed off on the 3DS and plenty of Nintendo favorites will be released alongside the device. Keep a look out for "Metal Gear Solid," "Resident Evil," "Starfox," and even classics such as "Super Mario Bros." — all of which will be available in 3D.

On more of an awkward note, rumors have circulated that the new 3DS will seek out WiFi hotspots and other 3DS users that are close by without your permission. We still can't figure out if that's shady business or a blessing in disguise, but it's definitely interesting. No price or release date has been officially announced, but the console will come in three colors: black, red, or blue

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