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Sony had a lot riding on its E3 Media briefing this year. Not only did it follow an impressive show from Microsoft and two big announcements from Nintendo, but on the whole the PS3 needed a strong E3 to change public opinion in the wake of lagging sales. Did it deliver with a strong of new announcements, gameplay demos and hardware revisions? Mainly yes, with just one or two disappointments.

After a flashy video showcasing a number of upcoming titles for Sony platforms, first and third-party, Jack Tretton, president and CEO of SCEA took to the stage. Showing some must needed humour, he acknowledged the press leaks that have occurred over the last few days and said he was relieved that anyone turned up at all - then went downhill slightly by making a claim about the PS3's video output being higher than the competitors, which harked back to the Sony of old. According to Tretton 364 games are coming out on PlayStation platforms this year and 2009 will be the best year ever for Sony.

To hammer home the point that all the best games will be on the PS3 Tretton mentioned that Modern Warfare 2, FF XIII, Ratchet and Clank, Arkham Asylum, Heavy Rain and Rock Band Beatles will all be coming to the console this year. "In 2009 if you want to have the ultimate gaming experience, you need PlayStation."

Talk moved to the PS2 after that, with a few numbers to make some of Sony's rivals jealous. According to Tretton the PS2 outsold next-gen systems in April, in its ninth year on the market. Sony stated that it's committed to the system as long as consumers see value in it. More than 2000 titles are available for the console and it remains the perfect family console - it is set to receive more than 100 new titles this year.

Some more stats followed. 22 million PS3s have been sold to date. PSN had a monster year in 2008 with 24 million accounts registered worldwide. More than 35 exclusive titles will be released on PlayStation platforms in 2009.

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The first big demo of the show came from Naughty Dog, with Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. Naughty Dog's Evan Wells feels Uncharted 2 is the studio's most ambitious game to date. The multiplayer beta will start from midnight tonight. The gameplay demo that followed proved to be one of the most spectacular of the entire show and something to show what the PS3 is really capable of.

Another game we knew about already came next, with Zipper Interactive taking to the stage to demonstrate MAG, the 256-player first-person shooter. The live demo featured 256 real players. As well as showing the game in action in public for the first time, we got a look at the impressive 3D map system that will assist you while on the battlefield. MAG will debut on PS3 this autumn.

The focus then switched to the PSP, with Jack talking through the handheld's evolution since it was first released. 15 million PSPs were sold last year, taking the global install base to more than 50 million units. As well as continuing to offer great bundles for core gamers, Sony will target girl gamers with a Hannah Montana bundle and a Lilac PSP later this year.

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startover4's Avatar


hm i still wish ps3 could compete with natal
Posted 03:08 on 08 July 2009
dudester's Avatar


update is next week I presume as I believe new firmware will probably be needed for vidzone.
Posted 17:58 on 03 June 2009
Mr_Ninjutsu's Avatar

Mr_Ninjutsu@ rbevanx

i use it for both, does anyone think that there will be an update on thursday? the big v3.00? a lot of rumor around that where people swear that its going to be as good as 360?
Posted 17:47 on 03 June 2009
rbevanx's Avatar


Well I was expecting a price drop from Sony (Or throw in God of War 3 and Killzone 2). I still think Microsoft have the best selection of games and value for money.
But people wanting a games console will get a 360 rather than the PS3.
Most people who will get a PS3 will use it as a media center/blu-ray player rather than a games console and Sony will still lose money.
Posted 17:34 on 03 June 2009
Karlius's Avatar


Lets not forget how shocking the last open world MMORPG FF was. Final Fantasy XI. I hope this one is better. It looks it or have i totally missed the mark and this is a totally new FF as is 7 to 13.
Posted 13:35 on 03 June 2009
guyderman's Avatar


Tonnes of games is probably the best announcement for Sony - at the end of the day this is what counts on a games console, and this year/next year Sony have got some great titles coming out!

FF14 - people were probably gasping as it's a bit strange to announce 14 when 3/4 of the world hasn't got 13 yet.
Posted 12:59 on 03 June 2009
Wido's Avatar


There was new and there wasn't new ;)

The good thing I can look at SONY's E3 conference and say. Yup, they had an excellent E3 than the past 3 years.

Another Ratchet & Clank game coming out which looks good and the PSPGo surprised me quite a lot which will be getting a purchase from me. The motion control worked very well and I'm liking that.

To be honest Nintendo didn't have a good E3. Keep bringing out the older games with new sequels. A new IP would be great for the Wii, no mention of Zelda for the Wii only for the DS. A new Mario game can be easily guessed. Resi-Evil already people knew and again Red Steel 2 was known. So no, Nintendo didn't have anything to get excited about.

The best 'impact' and 'big reveal' was Natal from Microsoft. They also like the Sony and Nintendo conference coming back with sequels and good sequels they are. Still nothing too 'excited' to be about. Sony did have a 'big reveal' Lee. FF14 exclusive or 'timed' exclusive but still a big reveal as if you heard the E3 audience they gasped with that announcement.

Overall good E3 and very much expected stuff with just a few shockers like "Wow, that worked quite well".
Posted 10:55 on 03 June 2009
CheekyLee's Avatar


Most of what SONY announced was not new, though. Whilst it was all good stuff, there was actually little that came from nowhere. The Rockstar game, ModNation, and MGS for PSP are pretty much it for the 'big reveals.' In terms of numbers, sure it was impressive. But in terms of impact, it was nothing to the MS conference. What we saw was a whole lot of stuff we already knew was coming. Even Nintendo had more to get excited about, which is saying something because the first hour or so of their show was pretty dire!
Posted 07:20 on 03 June 2009
Bloodstorm's Avatar

Bloodstorm@ jakeistheman

Does it feck, total fanboy response.
Posted 03:37 on 03 June 2009
FantasyMeister's Avatar

FantasyMeister@ El-Dev

Originally Posted by El-Dev
...if you're a gamer then Sony walked this E3 without much competition games wise

I'd agree with that, Sony seem to have done very well out of IPs that started on the PS3, whereas Microsoft are still relying a lot on IPs that started last generation. Personally I don't mind one or two sequels but when we get to five or six it starts to get a bit 'been there done that'.

On the other hand, if you're new to gaming then I'd say there ain't much in it, glad I'm not buying my first console today because I'd probably be tearing my hair out over which one to get.
Posted 01:02 on 03 June 2009
El-Dev's Avatar


Not one mention of the Joker being an exclusive character to PS3, they just had too much game related information.

Who won I suppose is up to your own tastes but if you're a gamer then Sony walked this E3 without much competition games wise.
Posted 00:24 on 03 June 2009
Ghost_Dog's Avatar


No big surprises, apart from the new Final Fantasy.

Sony have strengthened their line-up for 09/10. Gran Turismo 5, God of War 3, The Last Guardian, MAG, Uncharted 2, Agent and Final Fantasy XIV all make for a promising future.

EDIT: How could I forget Heavy Rain!
Posted 23:17 on 02 June 2009
jakeistheman's Avatar


sony won E3 the PS3 uprising begins woot.
Posted 22:53 on 02 June 2009


It was awesome! i loved it. and sony are my winners of E3 :D
Posted 22:00 on 02 June 2009

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