E3: Did Sony’s Press Conference Bring It After Its Hectic Outage?

Sony’s press conference at E3 2011 had tons of new information that spanned not only just current and upcoming hardware, but also software and the all mighty PlayStation Network. Much of the press conference would go back and forth using 3D, which is something Sony has been pushing for some time, but for a good reason.

It was a toss-up if Sony would use E3 to address the horror that was nearly 3 weeks of no PSN, which included any online multiplayer, but they did apologize and expected to go forward, reminding about the much talked about Welcome Back Program for dedicated PS3 owners.

Uncharted 3, Resistance 3, and Infamous 2 were Sony Exclusive games that visually impressed in their press conference, and of course the push on the PS3 Move supported games, which didn’t really impress me. I preferred playing the U.S. PS3 exclusive No More Heroes: Heroes’ Paradise at the Konami booth (it makes great use of the Move), which would have been about 100 times better to display because of the wild beam saber charging.

One announcement that pleased tons of fans was the release of the Ico/Shadow of the Colossus for the PS3 in one bundle; Japanese fans do get it sooner but are paying separately for each title. There was no new news on Team Ico’s newest title, The Last Guardian, so that was a bit disappointing after last year’s video.

Lastly the focus shifted on to the NGP, as it was officially revealed as the PSVITA. Honestly the name is quite lame. I would still prefer the NGP name above all else, but while the name isn’t all that great the system looks amazing, and the technology behind it can really create an awesome game experience with six axis gyro control, touch screen and everything else the PSP has. The Uncharted demo really helped me get behind the system. When Ono came out and showed off Street Fighter X Tekken with Cole, I just laughed and thought it was cool that he demoed the game himself.

Last was the pricing for the handheld which did catch people by surprise, two versions of the handheld will be released; 1st off is a wi-fi only version of the system for $249.99, and a 3G version for $299.99. The problem with this is the 3G version runs off of the AT&T network, which will cost extra, as of now.

The VITA does offer connectivity between itself and the PS3 especially for games, so we can only imagine what else Sony can do with the system so we can only wait and see.

I had talked about how Sony did put a big emphasis on 3D this year, with it a new 3D TV was announced being 24” inches with the ability to project 2 different 3D images to each player. It will come in form of a bundle that will include the 24” inch tv, a pair of 3D glasses (which retail for $60 dollars each) and a copy of Resistance 3 for $499.99.

Overall Sony did great with its exclusive titles, but did let down with its PS Move titles, the VITA itself was the best announcement of the whole press conference, which got me to wait in line for an hour and a half just to play.

Check out this Japanese trailer for the VITA:

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Growing up Chris watched a lot of the original Saturday morning cartoons and developed a love for arts and animation. Growing up he tried his hand at animation and eventually script writing, but even more his love of video games, anime and technology grew.

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