E3 2007: Sony Press Conference Recap

Every gamer’s major complaint about the PS3 up to now (other than its price) has been its lack of top-flight game releases, so coming into today’s E3 media briefing Sony had a lot to prove on the software front. Now that the conference has ended, it’s safe to say Sony delivered big time, showing off new footage on a ton of upcoming games, announcing a few brand new titles, and providing a great outlook on where the PS3, and PlayStation brand in general, is heading this holiday season on into next year.

The two stars of the show were indisputably the all-new Metal Gear Solid 4 trailer, presented by Hideo Kojima himself, and the official unveiling of the Killzone 2 trailer along with a real-time gameplay demonstration. Kojima announced that MGS4 will be the last game in the MGS series and his last Metal Gear game overall, and that the first actual gameplay demo will be showcased at an event next week in Tokyo. The end of the trailer also confirmed that the game won’t be coming out until early next year, and as of now it is still coming exclusively to PS3. As hard as it is to believe, the new Killzone 2 footage managed to top MGS4 considering actual gameplay action was shown.

Plenty more was shown for the PS3 as well, including continuous demonstration of the upcoming Home service throughout and new trailers for anticipated games like Heavenly Sword, Folklore, Lair, LittleBigPlanet, Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction, Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, Warhawk, SOCOM: Confrontation, Call of Duty 4, Kane & Lynch, Resident Evil 5 and more. Sony also unveiled for the first time Gran Turismo 5 Prologue, Infamous — the latest project from the talented folks at Sucker Punch — and echochrome, an amazing PSP and PSN downloadable puzzle title that appears to have some of the same ideas as Sega’s PSP game Crush, and announced timed-exclusive deals that will see Unreal Tournament 3 and Haze only on the PS3 this holiday season. Interestingly, a deal between Sony and NCsoft to bring exclusive new games to the PS3 was also announced.

Sony also released some big news regarding the PSP, starting off with confirmation of a redesigned PSP system. The new PSP design doesn’t look that much different really, but it’ll be 33% lighter, 19% slimmer, boast stronger battery life, reduced loading times, and be capable of outputting high resolution content (video, photos, games, etc.) to a larger display. It’ll be available in two different entertainment packs both priced at $199, including an “Ice Silver” entertainment pack that will contain the system, a copy of Daxter, the Family Guy – The Freakin’ Sweet Collection UMD, and a 1GB Memory Stick PRO Duo, and a collector’s edition Star Wars Battlefront PSP Entertainment Pack that will come with a “Ceramic White” PSP system with an image of Darth Vader on it, and a copy of Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron. The Daxter PSP pack will be available September 10th and the Star Wars pack will be on store shelves October 9th.

Ultimately, I’d say Sony accomplished what it needed to this year, showing off a ton of games to get excited about on the PS2, PSP and PS3 for this year and beyond, and likewise probably had the best press conference of the “big three”, for those of you who like to determine who “won E3”. If you own a PS3 be sure to hop onto the PlayStation Store and begin downloading all the new E3 trailers that have now been posted, including MGS4 and Killzone 2 of course, and watch for streams of all the latest E3 trailers here at VGB as the show continues.

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