PSP go, motion control, Rockstar exclusive and tonnes of games.
Big news next, with Rockstar bringing Agent exclusively to PS3. No details as such, but surely one of the biggest announcements of E3 and one that earned quite a cheer from the crowd. An Assassin's Creed 2 demo followed, giving the gathered crowd the first public glimpse of to what to expect from the game due out this November. The demo showcased the flying machine created by Leonardo Da Vinci, with the hero able to glide around the city. There will be 30 weapons in the game, plus six more if you connect Assassin's Creed Bloodlines on the PSP to the PS3 version of Assassin's Creed 2.
We already knew Final Fantasy XIII was coming to the PS3 in the spring of 2010, but Jack teased us a little more with a new video put together by Square Enix. We were treated to some dazzling cutscenes and stunning in-game footage. There was more Square news too, with Jack announcing that Final Fantasy XIV will be playable only on PS3 in 2010 - although the the twist is that it's the second MMO in the Final Fantasy universe.
Jack then introduced Dr Richard Marks to demonstrate the PlayStation 3 motion controller. - another poorly kept E3 secret. The wand features numerous motion sensors and a glowing ball on its end, which the PlayStation Eye is capable of picking up. Some impressive tech demos showcased the new prototype device, including a first-person shooter demo. A second demo showcased the precision of the device, while a third featured a combat scenario featuring a sword and shield - again, the precision was very good. Tretton announced that it'll launch in spring 2010.
A smaller but no less significant announcement came next, with news that Disney is coming to LittleBigPlanet. Jack revealed that a number of costume packs, including Pirates of the Caribbean, will be coming to the PS3 platformer.
More game demos followed, with a brand-new IP next: ModNation Racers. The game is in development at United Front and is a kart racer for the PS3. In it you'll be able to create, mod and share characters and karts. Track Studio will allow users to create their own tracks - by driving around you'll be able to instantly create a track, modifying elevation on the fly. By choosing objects from the library you can simply paint them into the environment. It's another game due for release in 2010 and looked very impressive indeed.
The big one next, with Team Ico's Trico revealed as The Last Guardian. It'll be exclusive to the PS3. You've no doubt already seen the leaked video and what was shown at the conference appeared to be the same with a few new sections showcasing the young boy's encounters with enemies. No release date was given.
The big guns just kept on coming, with a teaser for Gran Turismo 5 up next. The trailer showed a number of racing disciplines and revealed that It'll feature the WRC and NASCAR licenses. Again, while we know it's coming there wasn't even a hint of a release date.
Finally it was the turn of Sony Santa Monica, who took to the stage to demonstrate God of War 3, the final chapter in the trilogy that started on PS2. After a spectacular live demo the game was given a March 2010 release date.
All in all a very impressive showing from Sony, with plenty of games coming to PSP and PS3 this year and beyond. News of Agent from Rockstar being a PS3 exclusive raised a few eyebrows and the PS3 motion controller looked to be a big step up over what we've seen on the Wii - although perhaps not as advanced as Microsoft's full body motion technology. The key was some great looking games, with the likes of Uncharted 2, MAG, The Last Guardian and God of War 3 all likely to please the hardcore. Thankfully the PSP seems to be getting some great titles too, with Sony showing that the handheld is definitely a big focus.