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Sony E3 2011 Press Conference; 3D continues and the NGP has a new name and a price

Sony show highlights:

  • A handful of new exclusive games were highlighted, including Uncharted 3: Drake’s Fortune, inFamous 2 and Resistance 3.

  • The Move is still going strong, and several new titles will feature Move compatibility. Among those are NBA2K12, inFamous 2, Saints Row 3, Star Trek, and BioShock Infinite.

  • A few new games were officially announced, including: God of War Origins—an HD and 3D remastered version of the PSP God of War games, the Ico/Shadow of the Colossus HD remastered collection which will also be in 3D, Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time and Dust 514 from the makers of Eve Online.

  • 3D isn’t going anywhere, and Sony will offer a new TV bundle that includes a 24” 3D TV specifically made with the PS3 in mind. It will include two sets of active glasses, it is designed to have split-screen 3D and comes with Resistance 3, all for $499.

  • The NGP is now officially named the Vita, and will come in two flavors: Wi-fi for $249 or 3G for $299. Both will be released in time for the holidays.

The show began simply enough, just a few thousand press and video game industry people together to look at the stage that almost certainly cost tens of thousands of dollars. No big deal, happens all the time in the lives of jet-setting gaming press. Or so we hear.

Once the shock and awe of the massive set wore off, the Sony press event then began with an act of contrition of sorts. SCEA President Jack Tretton began the show by addressing what he described as the elephant in the room—the recent PSN outage. You may have heard about it. Tretton was somewhat humbled and delivered a carefully worded apology to the third party developers that suffered a loss of revenue from the outage, before he went on to apologize to the gamers for “taking you away from doing what you love to do”. He did not address the glaring security holes that allowed the outage, nor did he mention the loss of credit card information, but it was a necessary and welcome way to clear the air and get the show going. Tretton claimed that the PSN was back to 90-percent of what it was, and that sales for the PS3 continued to look good. He also claimed a surprising fact—the PS3 is responsible for 30-percent of Netflix’s streaming traffic, making it responsible for the highest single percent of Netflix’s traffic. He went over these numbers quickly before he quickly moved on to the games.

Coming Soon to a PS3 near you

After a clip showing off several upcoming games, the focus fell on Uncharted 3: Drake’s Fortune. It began with a gameply demo that had Nathan Drake on a freighter at sea. As the waves rocked the ship, Drake’s balance became an issue as he worked his way silently through a guard filled hallway, taking out enemies quietly one by one, on his way to the hold. Things went wrong, as they tend to do for Nathan Drake, and an explosion began to sink the ship. The freighter flips on its side and water floods in. After a series of daring escapes, Drake is left running for his life, one step ahead of a wall of water when the trailer ends.

uncharted-3

The gameplay demo was followed by an actual trailer in 3D, which discussed the plot and showed a few glimpses of the settings. It was also announced that the multiplayer beta will begin on June 28. But intriguingly, it was announced that in October, Subway will be running some unnamed promotion to grant people access to the complete multiplayer before the game is released. Expect to hear more about that in the coming months.

Next up was Resistance 3, which takes place four years after the events of Resistance 2. A gameplay demo was shown, and St. Louis was the chosen battleground. A handful of new weapons were displayed, and the Move compatibility was emphasized.

A trailer for Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time debuted, and two remastered collections were also announced. God of War: Origins, collecting the two PSP God of War games will be remastered in HD for the PS3 and made 3D compatible, as will the long awaited Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Collection.

Ico-and-Shadow-of-the-Colossus-Collection

Sucker Punch’s inFamous 2 was also shown off with a new trailer, and Move compatibility was confirmed. A new trailer for Starhaw,k from the makers of Warhawk was also shown.

One of the more interesting new titles announced was Dust 514, from the makers of Eve Online. The trailer was brief, and it appears to keep the sci-fi setting, but as an FPS. The thing that caught everyone’s attention was that the game would have cross platform compatibility between both PC and PS3. A closed beta is due later this summer, and the game is due out in Spring.

Sony hearts 3D

Sony has so much invested in 3D, that if they hadn’t pushed it at E3, something would have been terribly wrong. That was never an issue though, and besides the several games due out in 3D, Sony announced a new 3DTV bundle, made specifically with PS3 players in mind.

Sony 3DTV Bundle

The bundle will include a 24” 3DTV, which can display splitscreen TV for gaming, two pair of active 3D glasses, and a copy of Resistance 3, all for $499.

Also announced was a price cut for additional pairs of active glasses, which will now cost $69.99.

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