Sony E3 press conference re-cap: The Move, PSN+, and no PSP2

15 06 2010

The Sony press conference at E3 Tuesday afternoon did not yield any grand system unveilings as Nintendo or Microsoft’s did prior, but it did address rumors and showed off its latest controller.

A demonstrator utilizes the Move controller on the Move-enabled game: Sorcery.

Jack Tretton, President and CEO of Sony, lined up several demonstrations to show gamers the full extent and power of their take on the motion controller, the Move.

Designed similar to a Wii remote with a multicolored light ball on one end, the controller works in tandem with the Eyetoy to produce a motion-tracking gaming experience.

Kevin Butler showing off the Move in his own way.

The Move will be available to consumers in Fall 2010 in several forms: the single Move remote for $49.99, the single secondary navigation remote for $30 (the two remotes are needed to play a game), a Move bundle that includes the Eyetoy, the Move remote and navigation remote for $99.99, or a PS3 bundle that includes all of the accessories, a PS3 system, and one Move-oriented game for $399.99.

Tretton commented at the conference that more Move enabled titles would be available within the coming year including Socom 4, The Fight: Lights Out, Echochrome II, Sorcery, Sports Champions, and NBA 2K11. There will also be updates to enable Move usage in existing games such as Tiger Woods: PGA Tour 11, Heavy Rain and Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition.

Games such as The Fight: Lights Out (left) and Sorcery (right) are specifically made for play with the Move and will be released in a year.

Also addressed at the conference was the issue of Playstation Network becoming a pay-to-play service like its’ competitor Xbox Live. Tretton told gamers that the service would remain free, while the newly introduced pay service PSN Plus would exist as a sort of exclusive counterpart.

Jack Tretton discussed the benefits and differences of Playstation Plus as opposed to the free PSN service.

The service will enable Playstation users early access to demos and betas, get select free PSN games, enable discounts for games in the PSN Store, and access to new Qore episodes. The PSN Plus service will cost $49.99 for a year or $17.99 for three months and will be available to consumers by the end of June.

Finally the conference showed off a strong showcase of games with few Playstation exclusivities. Little Big Planet 2 (2010), Gran Turismo 5 (November 2, 2010), Infamous 2 (to be released in 2011), the 3D enabled Killzone 3 (2011), and the latest Twisted Metal title (2011) will all be for the PS3 only.

Multiplatform titles such as Medal of Honor, Mafia II, Dead Space 2, and Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood will all feature PS3 exclusive content to some degree.

The upcoming Medal of Honor game is one of many multiplatform games that have exclusive content lined up for the PS3 only.

Finishing off everything was a cadre of Playstation Portable games such as God of War: Ghosts of Sparta, The 3rd Birthday, Piyotama, Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep, Valkyria II, and much more. As was previously rumored in months before E3, no sequel system to the PSP was unveiled at the Sony conference.

To watch the Sony conference in its entirety, visit the E3 youtube channel. All pictures featured in the above post are courtesy of this livestream.

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