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E3 2011 – Sony Press Conference
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At about 10:15am AEST today Sony’s press conference began with an action-packed montage of upcoming games on PlayStation systems, PlayStation Move and the NGP which has now been officially confirmed as the PSVita. They showcased plenty of exclusives, new Move titles and the impressive features of the PSVita, not to mention a price point for the USA, Europe and Japan for the new unit. After the jump you will find a full run down of what the conference had to show.

After the initial montage clip Jack Tretton (President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America) came out on stage and started off the proceedings predictably by addressing the PSN outage, and thanking consumers for their patience. He then introduced Evan Wells and Christophe Balesta from Naughty Dog to show off some gameplay of Uncharted 3 followed by a trailer.

Resistance 3 was the next topic with Marcus Smith from Insomniac Games whipping out his pink PS3 controller to take the audience through a bit of the gameplay from that. Jack Tretton then announced that a Resistance 3 bundle including a Move controller, Nav controller, and Sharpshooter for US$150.

Next was an announcement of upcoming HD remakes “God of War: Origins Collection” which will be the PSP games Chains of Olympus and Ghost Of Sparta remastered for PS3 including 3D support; and the Ico and Shadow of the Colossus collection with 3D support. Both are slated for release in September 2011.

Jack Tretton then announced a new PlayStation branded 24-inch 3D TV which will allow co-op play with two players seeing completely separate images from the screen, removing the need for split screen. A bundle will be released including Resistance 3, an HDMI cable, the TV and glasses for US$499. Hopefully this comes to Australia for a reasonable price.

Chris Snyder and Erick Boenisch from 2K Sports came on stage to announce Move capabilities to be included with NBA2k12. It uses a point and click system for selecting players and a simplified shooting system for ease of use. Kobe Bryant from the Lakers came out to play for a little while and let everyone know how awesome the game is.

Zindagi Games (creators of Sports Champions) then presented a short bit of gameplay from their new game for the Move – Medieval Moves: Deadmund’s Quest. It is a first person action RPG using Move to swap between weapons like sword, bow and arrow and throwing stars depending on the actions you make. It looks very intuitive and fun, and seems like it will be very natural to control for anyone who has played Sports Champions. It is due for release sometime around September-November this year.

Infamous 2 was the next exclusive title on display with a cinematic trailer and the announcement that a patch later in the year will integrate Move into the User Generated Content mission creation system. Little Big Planet 2 will also receive a patch later this year to add the same controls to it’s own UGC system, allowing players to create as well as play levels using Move. They followed this with a trailer for Starhawk which is due for release early 2012, and a cinematic trailer for Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, also coming in 2012.

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Lucas
The Podfather/Convo Controller
Super salesman by day, Batdad and Gamersutra by night. As a self-confessed technology pacifist, he prefers to sit on the console-war fence and play games on his PC.
Matt
PlayStation Fanboy/Motormouth
Electrician by trade and yet also highly skilled at finding time to game around work and family commitments. A PlayStation fanboy with a platinum count and obvious podcast bias to prove it. Thinks DC is clearly superior to Marvel. Has been known to rant.
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