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Sony 2010 E3 Keynote Highlights

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:

3D GAMING
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.

PSMove
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.

FUN MOMENT
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.

YAY!
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

Nintendo 2010 E3 Keynote Highlights

So I was super proud of myself for remembering to tune in and watch the Nintendo E3 keynote earlier today. I have a tendency to lose track of time and miss stuff. :-/ But I tuned in right around the time they were showing off Mario Sports Mix. Due out in 2011 on the Wii, Mario and some of his Nintendo buddies battle it out all sportsmanlike in volleyball, hockey, dodgeball and basketball. I’d missed the announcement about Legend of Zelda: The Skyward Sword but you can get the details from 1Up.

And then I remembered I had a lunch appointment. So I kept the live stream going and paused it hoping it’d be TiVo style and I could come back and see what I missed after I got back. Sadly, that was not the case. So now I have to be like everyone else who missed it and dig around for what I missed out on. Bummer.

The big, pee-your-pants-a-little announcement was for the new 3DS. It looks pretty much like the regular DS except for the analog stick on the left hand side as shown in this picture I stole from CNET.

And because I stole it, I’ll be nice and tell you to check out their report here for all the nitty gritty details and more pictures. But the coolest feature is that you can see things in 3D without having to wear those retarded 3D glasses. HOORAY!

When I went to Nintendo.com about 20 minutes ago, there was a video posted with developers talking about how cool they thought the technology was, but it looks like it’s down for the moment. They’ll probably repost shortly, so keep checking back. I was most excited about the 3D Resident Evil and Metal Gear Solid. But there were a bunch more.

Other game announcements:

  • Kirby’s Epic Yarn
  • Epic Mickey
  • Metroid: Other M
  • Donkey Kong Country Returns
  • Kid Icarus Uprising

Microsoft 2010 E3 Keynote Highlights

Microsoft kicked off E3 this morning with their press conference at the Wiltern Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Here are some of the highlights:

KINECT

Gone are the days spent worrying how to pronounce Natal correctly. Now it’s called Kinect. And from what I’ve seen from various articles and the Kinect section of the Xbox site, it looks like we’ve got ourselves a fancified Wii Sports. I’m really hoping that game developers will take advantage of the new technology and come out with some intensely creepy horror games. I want to see more than simple sports games and cute animal games for kiddos.

NEW GAMES TO COME

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops
  • Metal Gear Solid: Rising
  • Gears of War III
  • Fable III (shipping in October)
  • Codename: Kingdom
  • Halo: Reach

360 SLIM

The Xbox 360 Slim features a 250 GB hard drive, built-in wifi (802.11N), and, like all other Xbox 360 models, support for Microsoft’s upcoming motion-sensing, controller-free device Kinect. The price is the same as the Elite at $299.

More details and pics on PCMag.com»

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