Tuesday, June 7, 2011

E3 2011: sony computer entertainment keynote

The Sony Keynote was held live at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena and around the world via G4 and the Playstation blog. Pre-keynote questions were being pondered even as the curtain was raised. Sony is still recovering from the biggest cyber attack in history that crippled the Playstation Network for more than 2 weeks, how will they address this? More importantly how will the crowd react? Upon entrance Sony handed out 3D glasses to the entire room as they eagerly awaited the keynote to begin.

How you feel about the Sony event will depend mainly on how you feel about handhelds in general. Gamedae is pro handheld so we eagerly awaited this keynote and any new info on the NGP, Next Generation Portable. Hit the jump for the play by play:

Photo: PS Twitter
Behold a shiny opening montage featuring the NGP, the PS Move, Uncharted 3, Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One, Captain America, God of War, Green Lantern, Resident Evil, MLB and dozens more.

Jack Tretton, CEO of Sony, addresses "the elephant in the room." Starts by saying "your welcome" to the press for all the stories around the black out. PS3 sales have exceeded last years numbers. Most importantly he apologizes to consumers for anxiety they have experienced as a result of the outage. Network usage is at 90% since before the black out. A new service is coming to PSN called Cinema Now.

Evin Wells & Christophe @ Naughty Dog for Uncharted 3. Looks like Drake is taking a boat ride which ends up looking like the Poseidon Adventure. The Uncharted 3 Multiplayer beta will begin on June 28th. Game will support 3D. Full game releases 11.1.11.

Insomniac creative director, Marcus Smith, shows off Resistance 3. The story of Resistance 3 picks up right after Resistance 2 and things look bleak for mankind. The demo shown takes place in a simulated St Louis. This is truly some next level War of the Worlds, first person shooter, stuff.

PS Sharpshooter bundle includes the PS Move + PS Sharpshooter + Resistance 3 for $150 bucks.

Remaster versions of the God of War PSP games hits PS3 in HD/3D, as well as, The Ico & Shadow of the Colossus collection. PS boasts more than 100 3D games for consumers.

Playstation announces a 24" 3D Display, new two screens-in-one technology with multiplayer games in mind. Using the 3D glasses, each player sees their perspective in full screen - multiplayer without split screen!  A bundle with glasses + HDMI cable and Resistance 3 for $499, additional glasses will be $69.99. Geared to be a affordable entry into 3D as they pave the way for wide spread 3D adoption.

Chris Snyder and Erick Boenisch from 2K Sports demonstrate NBA2K12. NBA2K12 features PS Move integration. Target players with the Move to control them. Kobe Bryant from the LA Lakers comes out to demo the game. He's better on the real hardwood.

Medieval Moves Dead Man's Quest another PS Move game is announced. Bow and Arrow/Sword and Shield moves with literal movement associated with it.  No weapon select screen, weapons selected depend on motion used . Cute graphics with a Don Bluth animation look to them. Puzzle solving in game looks fun but may be skewed to a younger demographic.

InFamous 2 from Sucker Punch will also have PS Move integration. InFamous 2 is available now. They will be adding update where you can build your own levels.

More updates will follow; in September LBP2 will have PS Move support. Build and play unique PS Move levels.

Releasing in 2012: Star Hawk. This is from LightBox Interactive and is some kinda of space combat game.

Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time announced. Amazing graphics on par with the best animated films. Looks exciting. Another release date of 2012.

Eve Online creators come out for a new 3rd party exclusive to PS3. Dust 514 takes place in the same universe as Eve Online. Connects the two platforms, console and PC, "One universe one war". Closed beta end of 2011 release in 2012. Also the first mention of PS Home with an associated Dust 514 space.

Bioshock Infinite has a "trailer made from entirely in-game footage". Ken Levine explains he was wrong about the PS Move, in a previous interview, and that it could work well without sacrificing any of the game. Bonus: Bioshock NGP game coming soon.

THQ presents Saints Row (also with PS Move support) and mentions the JJ Abrams Star Trek film(s) will have a PS Move supported game. Release date for Star Trek is 2012.

EA has three games with exclusive PS3 content: SSX has an exclusive level of Mt. Fuji, Need for Speed: The Run will have 7 additional cars, and BattleField 3 includes a copy of the PSN title 1943.

Kazuo Hirai, another president of Sony, comes out to announce the NGP, says "Mobile devises are ready, after six years, for the Playstation experience". PS Suite will have new PS content for Android smart phones and tablets. NGP is named PS Vita (vita means life). Sports dual analog sticks, touch screen and touch pad on the back. PS Vita will also take advantage of new technologies like augmented reality by using the two built in cameras. AT&T is exclusive partner (boos from audience). Party and Near are built in apps for social media.

Scott Rhode product developer for Sony Bend Talks about Uncharted for PS Vita. "The bar for Uncharted production values are very high". They wouldn't have made the game without the possibilities of dynamic lighting effects and the ability to create a unique game. Makes use of the PS Vita functions such as the touch screen for melee combat.

Ruin is an action based, "impact-ful combat" RPG. Travis Williams Sony SF. Events happen in real time play against rivals. Play on both the PS3 and PS Vita. Seamless continuing between hardware with via Cloud game saves.

An entirely new ModNation Racers for PS Vita! Drawing with your finger to make custom tracks. Completely overhauled track editor for the PS Vita game that really uses the new features. Press on the back touch pad to create mountains - press the front touch screen to decrease the landscape. Current PS3 community tracks will be available to PS Vita players.

Little Big Planet for PS Vita! Features new multiplayer modes taking advantage of the touch screen (think air hockey). New creation controls using the cameras. Able to share LBP costumes with LBP2 version.

A brand new game in the works from Capcom: Street Fighter vs Tekken. Yoshinori Ono from Capcom, Mr Street Fighter, with the latest info. Cole from inFamous will be joining the game as a playable character. Game is for PS3 and PS Vita. This game is a must buy.

All in all: Over 80 titles in development for PS Vita. PS Vita is $249 for Wifi only version and $299 for the 3G/Wifi version.

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