The keynote Sony gave today was pretty amazing. I watched online and was trying to take notes as feverishly as possible, but they were announcing so many things, it was hard to keep up. These were a few of my favorite thiiiiiings:
To me, the most exciting announcement was about their 3D gaming capabilities. Nintendo announced the 3DS, which is cool, but Sony is really at the forefront of 3D technology. I wish I’d been able to go to E3 and experience some of their 3D titles first-hand to see if they’re as cool as the keynote made them look. But they did say they PS3 will get a firmware update and there will be 20 titles available by 2011. And the glasses aren’t lame. They look like sassy sunglasses. (You can see them in the collage above.)
Sony announced that Gran Tourismo 5 will be out in November 2010 and will come with both the 3D and 2D gameplay modes available on one disc. No price point was announced, though. I’m wondering if the 3D games will be more pricey.
Sony gave us a look at the PSMove with a demo of Sorcery. It really did seem to mimic the player’s movements like a champ. The controller not only knows where you’re holding it, but also how hard you’re swinging it and at what angle. I was pretty impressed when the dude grabbed a potion by motioning toward it with the wand, shook it up to prepare it and drank it by tipping the wand toward his mouth. There didn’t seem to be any kind of lag between the player’s movements on stage and the character’s movements on screen. We also got a look at some Tiger Woods PGA Tour gameplay that put Wii Golf to shame.
They said there will be 15-20 titles available on day one for PSMove and more are coming this holiday.
Other games on the horizon include Crysis 2, Mortal Kombat, Shawn White Skateboarding, Ghost Recon, Tron: Evolution and NBA 2K11.
NOTABLE PRICE POINTS AND DATES
PSMove: Sept 15 – UK, Sept 19 – North America, Oct 21 – Japan
For PS3 owners, the main Move controller & PSEye will sell for $49.99 and the navigation controller will be $29.99.
For those who don’t already have a PS3, you’ll be able to get the bundle (PS3, PSeye, controllers) for $399.99.
PlayStation Plus is the equivalent of an Xbox LIVE Gold membership and will be $49.99 a year or $17.99 for three months. Your first three months will be free and you’ll get exclusive features like early demos, full PSN games, themes and PS Store discounts. You can keep the content as long as your subscription is active.
Kevin Butler came out on stage following an announcement about a partnership with Coca-Cola. Apparently, you’ll be able to buy Coca-Cola products for a chance to win the PSMove, a PS3, PSN points and various games. He gave this totally epic speech about loving gaming and I transcribed part of it:
I love gaming, ok?
I love walk-off homers and headshots.
I love drifting the turn at 100 miles an hour and boss battles with a six hundred foot tall Greek God who may or may not be your father.
Gaming is having a ridiculously huge TV in a tiny one-room apartment.
Staying up ‘til 3am to win a trophy that isn’t real … but IS.
And it’s girls who know that a way to a man’s heart is through a melee attack.
I love gaming.
And I know you love it too. It’s why you’re here. And why millions of people are pretending to work while they watch this at their desk.
Deep down inside, we all serve one God. One king. And his name is gaming. Forever may he reign!!!
Whoever wrote that speech, my hat is off to you, my friend. That was good stuff. The melee attack line may be my favorite quote ever. You can watch the whole speech yourself here. It starts at about 45:00.
Another major announcement: PORTAL 2, ya’ll. WOOT! It’s about damn time. It’s due out in October. Which still feels so very far away. But at least we know it’s coming. This will be the first console game to support Steam Cloud.
We can also look forward to Little Big Planet 2 with tons of new mini games.
And if that weren’t enough to get you hot and bothered, Sony showed off a PS3 exclusive: a brand new Twisted Metal. The game supports 16 players online and 2-4 player split screen.
That’s the skinny. Out of all three 2010 keynotes, I really feel like PlayStation took the cake (the one that wasn’t a lie.) The 3D gaming technologies combined with PlayStation Move is like a hybrid of Kinect from Microsoft and the 3DS from Nintendo. And I’m looking forward to playing with them all.
If you want to watch the press conference for yourself and berate me for all the things I should’ve talked about but didn’t, you can check it out here on GameSpot