Sony held its annual press conference today at the E3 Media & Business Summit in Los Angeles, Calif., announcing
new products including the PlayStation Move motion controller, PlayStation Move games, and blockbuster games such as inFAMOUS 2, Twisted Metal, Gran Turismo 5, LittleBigPlanet 2, and Killzone 3.
PlayStation Move motion controller
Sony announced that on September 19, 2010 it will release in the U.S. a PlayStation Move bundle comprised of a PlayStation Move motion controller, PlayStation Eye camera, Sports Champions Bluray disc game and PlayStation Move demo disc for $99.99 (RRP). Additionally, a PlayStation 3 Sports Champion Move Bundle, which includes a PS3 system, PlayStation Move motion controller, PlayStation Eye camera, Sports Champions Blu-ray game and PlayStation Move game demo disc, will be available for $399.99 (RRP). Stand alone PlayStation Move motion controller for the PS3 system will also be sold at $49.99 (MSRP).
The new PlayStation Move navigation controller, which can be used alongside the motion controller for intuitive navigation of in-game characters and objects, will also become available on the same day at $29.99 (MSRP). Standalone first party games for the PlayStation Move will be priced at $39.99 (MSRP).
Sony's PlayStation Move motion controller will be also available on September 15, 2010 in Europe/PAL territories and in Asian countries/regions at a recommended retail price (RRP) of €39.99. It will also become available in Japan on October 21 at a RRP of 3,980 yen (including tax). PlayStation Move navigation controller, one-handed controller to be used along with the motion controller for intuitive navigation of in-game characters and objects, will also become available on the same day in each region at a RRP of €29.99, US$29.99 and 2,980 yen (including tax), respectively.
For the Japanese market, Sony Computer Entertainment Japan, will release a "PlayStation Move Starter Pack" comprising a motion controller, PlayStation Eye camera and PlayStation Move software title, Sing and Draw (tentative name), for a limited offer at an RRP of 5,980 yen (including tax). Additionally, stand-alone PlayStation Eye camera will also become available at a RRP of 2,980 yen (including tax) concurrently with the launch of the PlayStation Move controllers.
Furthermore, Sony also announced today the release of two PlayStation Move controller peripherals, "PlayStation Move Charging Station" and "PlayStation Move shooting attachment."
By utilizing the "charging station," users will be able to charge up to two PlayStation Move controllers, motion controller or the navigation controller, at once without having to connect them to the PS3 system. The "charging station" will become available concurrently with the motion controller launch in each region at a RRP of €29.99, US$29.99 and 2,480 yen (including tax), respectively.
The "shooting attachment," designed to place the PlayStation Move motion controller horizontally, will allow players to hold the motion controller as if they are holding a gun and to easily aim at an in-game target. The trigger on the attachment is interlocked with the motion controller T button and will enable users to intuitively play the game, not only limited to shooting games but also on games that may require precise button input and control. The "shooting attachment" will become available starting this fall in each region at a RRP of €14.99, US$19.99 and 1,480 yen (including tax), respectively.
More than 15 dedicated titles for use with the PlayStation Move motion controller will be available on the day of launch and 40 more slated to hit throughout the holiday season, Sony said.
Sony also announced on stage that some of the company?s biggest titles will be available to consumers this year in stereoscopic 3D, including MLB 10 The Show, MotorStorm: Apocalypse, Killzone 3, The Sly Collection, and Gran Turismo5. Beloved franchises from Sony's publishing
community will also make their way into consumer homes in stereoscopic 3D on the PlayStation 3 system, such as Crysis 2 from Electronic Arts, Mortal Kombat from Warner Brothers,
Ubisoft?s Shaun White Skateboarding and TOM CLANCY?S GHOST RECON: FUTURE SOLDIER, as well as Disney Tron Evolution the Video Game, and 2K Sports? NBA 2K11. All 35.7 million PS3 units globally are capable of playing stereoscopic 3D games via a firmware update in April 2010. Four PS3 titles offering stereoscopic gaming experiences are currently available for download from the PlayStationNetwork (PSN) including PAIN, MotorStorm Pacific Rift, Super Stardust HD and WipEout HD. The PS3 system will make 3D Bluray
Disc movie support available later this year.
PS3 Games, new PSP packs
Sony also showcased a lineup of PS3 games at E3, including
the Twisted Metal, inFAMOUS2, Killzone 3, Gran Turismo 5
SOCOM 4: US Navy SEALS, LittleBigPlanet 2,
Final Fantasy XIV (Square Enix, Inc.), MAFIA II (2K Games),
Assassin?s Creed: Brotherhood (Ubisoft), Metal Gear Solid: Rising (Konami), Mortal Kombat (Warner Brothers), Disney Tron Evolution the Video Game (Disney Interactive Studios), Shaun White Skateboarding (Ubisoft), Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision). The price of the classic PS3 game console is not expected to change, Sony said.
The company also revealed two new PSP entertainment packs, the Invizmals PSP Entertainment Pack and the God of War: Ghost of Sparta PSP Entertainment Pack. Coming this October and priced at $199 (MSRP), the Invizimals PSP Entertainment Pack comes with a blue PSP-3000 system, Invizimals UMD game, PSP camera and 1GB Memory Stick PRO Duo. Coming this Fall, the God of War: Ghost of Sparta PSP Entertainment Pack will come packed with a red and black two tone
PSP-3000, God of War: Ghost of Sparta UMD game, PlayStation Network downloadable voucher for God of War: Chains of Olympus and a 2GB Memory Stick PRO Duo, also priced at $199 (MSRP).
Sony added that the PlayStation Network has more than 50 million registered accounts worldwide. It offers newly added content and services such as MLB.TV, Netflix and HBO content. Today, the company also unveiled PlayStationPlus, a new subscription service offering users even more options in how they consume content on PlayStation Network.
PlayStation Plus will be available in the U.S. starting June 29 at a yearly fee of $49.99 and is designed to offer PlayStation Network?s power users added value, access and convenience,such as special features that include discounts on the PlayStation Store content, free and exclusive access
to select games, full game trials, and much more.PlayStation Plus will be also available in
different subscription options of 30 days (Japan: 500 yen, Asia: HK$38), 90 days (North America: $17.99, Europe: €14.99) and 365 days (Japan: 5,000 yen, Asia: HK$233, North America: $49.99, Europe: €49.99).
Sony has also partnered this year with Coca-Cola to get families off the couch and into the middle of the action. Users will see the PlayStation Move motion controller and PS3 system, as well as games like Sports Champions, NBA 2K11, Tron: Evolution The Video Game, and EA SPORTS
Active prominently displayed across 130 million packages of Coke, Diet Coke, Coke Zero and Sprite
starting this November.
Surround Sound System for PS3
Sony also announced that it will release a subwoofer built-in, all-in-one Surround Sound System for the PlayStation 3 system in fall 2010 in Japan, North America, Europe/PAL territories, and Asian countries/regions at a recommended retail price of 19,800 yen (including tax), US$199, and €199 respectively.
The system will offer users an immersive audio on the PlayStation3, including upcoming games supporting PlayStation Move motion controllers, Blu-ray movies, as well as stereoscopic 3D content by simply placing the speaker in front of the television and connecting it to the PS3 system with the optical digital cable.
The Surround Sound System utilizes new technologies, including Sony?s S-Force PRO Front Surround Sound that generates realistic surround sound over one front speaker.
The Surround Sound System comes with two audio inputs − an optical audio input for connecting high-end entertainment systems including PS3, and an analog audio input for connecting portable devices like the PSP . The form factor of the system features a sleek and casual design that
matches with the PS3 system, and delivers dynamic sound without the physical space required by a traditional home theater system.