The super Sony GamesCom press conference summary

Well, maybe not that super. I just wanted to make it sound cool. Anyhow, Sony’s press conference over at GamesCom has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean we can’t give a digest version for those who missed it! We’ve already covered a few of their major announcements, but it doesn’t hurt to have some reminders in with the other news not mentioned yet:

First off, we have Sony’s confirmation/reveal that there is a PS3 Slim (not a myth), and there is a price cut coming for the PS3. Good news for those still money-minded (like me) about purchasing one.

Sony also announced a 3.00 firmware update for the PS3 that’s due in September, which changes a few things for the PS3 interface, along with adding a network video delivery service for both PS3 and PSP in the European regions and Australia.

A digital reader service for the PSP will begin in December, with Digital Comics at the forefront. Marvel is among the mix of major, indie, and local publishers to support the upcoming feature. Hope using this digital reader will be easy to use.

A new payment system option for consumers. For Europe, these will be PlayStation Network Voucher Cards in €20 and €50 denominations. Should be handy for those who aren’t able to use credit/debit cards to purchase content on the networks.

New PSP-3000 colors, including Turquoise Green and Blossom Pink, to launch in November. The Turquoise Green PSP will also be available as a bundle with LittleBigPlanet PSP.

The introduction of PSP ‘minis’, “bite-sized” games for the PSN. This will launch in October, with the aim to have 50 games available by the end of the year. This appears to be Sony’s answer to Nintendo’s DSiWare.

Sony looks to be going on the offensive for this and the upcoming year. It’ll be interesting to see how well they’ll do.

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