Sony’s E3 conference – everything that happened

With Microsoft’s and Nintendo’s E3 press conferences now behind us, there’s just one more of the big three to go – Sony’s. Do they have some kind of an announcement up their sleeve, one that would rival that of Microsoft’s Avatars/Dashboard re-imagining and the Final Fantasy XIII megaton, will we get a solid release date for the public beta of Home‘s , will we see the rumored break-away controller? Let’s find out!

  • Event begins very nicely, 7 bigger screens (and many many little ones under each of them) on stage showing all kinds of games from both the PS3 and PSP: BioShock, LBP, RE5, Socom, Madden, Killzone 2, Force Unleashed etc etc.
  • Jack Trenton takes the stage, says they’ve spent months on this conference, had a 12-hour practice last night, says they have the “biggest exclusives in the industry,” goes over the history of the PlayStation brand.
  • “Genre-defining kick ass games,” “kickass software.”
  • Resistance 2 gameplay showed, Ted Price of Insomniac appears on-stage to talk about the game, story, 8-player co-op, and community features. Trailer showed.
  • Trenton on-stage again, it’s LittleBigPlanet’s turn. LBP level used to illustrate a few points like graphs (very nicely done btw).
  • “Greatest Hits” announced (Resistance, Motorstorm, Warhawk, Assassin’s Creed, Oblivion etc for $29.99).
  • PS2’s turn – “biggest games, most popular titles.” 130 new titles coming in 2008, reel runs showing upcoming PS2 games like Force Uneleashed, Tiger Woods, Singstar Pop vol 2, Yakoza 2, Mercenaries 2.
  • Buzz for PS3 in September.
  • PS2 LEGO Batman bundle announced for $149.
  • Time to see what PLAYSTATION Network has in store for us. Unified account coming.
  • 180 million downloads from PS Store.
  • Ratchet & Clank Future Quest for Booty coming to PSN this summer for $14.99.
  • Another reel runs, showing off PSN exclusives.
  • Trenton talks about GT TV, reel runs.
  • Trenton talks Trophies, ‘calling bs on friends bragging’
  • Time for PS Home, reel runs showing off different spaces themed after different games (Uncharted, Warhawk, Resistance).
  • Trenton talks Video Store, buying and renting TV shows, movies (SD/HD, previews available). Video Store demoed, looks just like PS Store with a different color scheme. Video Store will be available tonight. New titles to be added each week.
  • PSP time. Trenton talks of PSP slim launch, different PSP/game bundles.
  • New PSP bundle coming in October: Ratchet & Clank Size Matters for $199.
  • PSP’s Resistance Retribution trailer showed.
  • PSP reel runs, showing upcoming 2008/2009 titles.
  • PSP “not just a nice handheld device,” “hybrid device”
  • Back to PS3! “..set to deliver an entirely new experience”, “Life with PlayStation.” Uploads to YouTube, news, webcam, weather..
  • Jim Lee takes the stage, does a few one handed push-ups and talks about SOE’s upcoming DC Universe Online. Reel runs, showing different DC legends in action.
  • 80GB now a primary focus, to have same functionality as the 40GB, for $399.99.
  • Reel runs of developers talking about how cool the PS3 is (Ubisoft, LucasArts, Treyarch etc) ” a lot of unused potential,” “just starting to scratch the surface”
  • “23 exclusives for PS3,” reel runs showing LBP, MotorStorm Pacific Rift, MGS4, Socom, Ghostbusters, Quantum of Solace, Soul Calibur IV Resistance 2, Mirror’s Edge, Resident Evil 5, Singstar, Killzone 2 etc etc.
  • God of War III for PS3 officially, and casually, announced. Trailer shown (no gameplay).
  • Trenton remind us about inFAMOUS, trailer showed (partly in-game). Will come in Spring 2009.
  • Trenton wants to talk about one final title, a brand new title from Zipper Interactive — Massive Action Game (MAG). Up to 256 player battles (wtf?) — broken down to 8-player squads, on-going faction-based campaigns, “character growth.” Trailer shown, looks pre-rendered but cool.
  • Trenton ends the show.
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