Sony's Annual Pre-E3 Press Conference Opens the Door to the 8th Generation of ..

Sony's Annual Pre-E3 Press Conference Opens the Door to the 8th Generation of Game Systems

  • By: CM Boots-Faubert
  • Posted 9th Jun 2011


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The day before the opening of the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is traditionally when the major game studios and console manufacturers share their biggest news with the games journalists in attendance as well as the rest of the world via the Internet and traditional media outlets, and the big news this year was the new portable console, the PlayStation Vita (Latin for "Life") -- but that was not the only news to be announced, so before we get to that, let's take a look at all of the other goodies unveiled and announced at the presser!

Opening the Show

L.A. Lakers star shooting guard Kobe Bryant stole the show when he took the main stage and demonstrated the upcoming sports title NBA2K12 from 2K Sports and Visual Concepts -- the exclusive development studio purchased from SEGA by parent company Take Two Interactive in 2005.

The annual NBA 2K series was originally developed by Visual Concepts exclusively for the Sega Dreamcast games console beginning in 1999, when the first game that established the series was released, and has been released annually since then for multiple platforms, including the PSP, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and the Wii.

The big news for this year's basketball offering from 2K Sports is the solid support built into NBA 2K12 for full-motion-control with the PlayStation Move controller, which replaces the typical analog controller with so smooth an interface that Lakers great Kobe Bryant was able to pick up and learn the game on-the-fly, and so will you! Stepping on to the stage at the presser, Bryant wowed the assembled journo's by putting the familiar game through its paces, making it look easy to play and easy to master.

The cancellation of its Basketball game by Electronic Arts earlier this year sets the stage for 2K Sports to dominate the genre, and while the celebrity support at the presser cannot hurt, it is the expanded online interaction, content, and statistics that truly has gamers abuzz.

God of War: Origins Collection

The announcement of fully-remastered PS3-editions of the PSP titles God of War: Chains of Olympus and God of War: Ghost of Sparta provided series fans with much to be excited about. The games support stereoscopic 3D, which adds a dimension to play that has long been requested by its fan base.

Chains of Olympus presents the first chapter of the God of War saga, with a focus upon Kratos, a servant of the Olympian Gods, who actively opposes the goddess Persephone (who allies with the god Morpheus and Titan Atlas) and her attempts to destroy the world, and eventually Mount Olympus as well.

Loosely based on Greek mythology and focused on protagonist Kratos, Ghosts of Sparta presents the third chapter in the saga, and features vengeance as its central theme. Fully-remastered for the PS3, console gamers will have the opportunity to explore the origins of Kratos -- one of the Gods of War -- for the first time when both of the new game versions release in September.

Sly Cooper 4: Thieves in Time

Slated for release some time in 2012, this all new Sly Cooper game was announced with the debut of its CG trailer that shows what appears to be Sly running through the city until, at the end of the path, he pulls off his mask revealing that it was really . . . Someone else!

Watch the trailer -- embedded above -- for the full surprise effect!

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

Fans of the series will find the embedded demo video to be just enough to make them want more -- but they will have to wait until June 20th for a taste of the fully multi-player beta and even longer to get their hands on the full release, which is slated to hit stores in November 1st of this year.

More Games, More Fun

In addition to the games showcased above the presser included news on Battlefield 3, BioShock Infinite, Dust 514, InFamous 2, the LittleBigPlanet2 Move Update, LittleBigPlanet Vita, Medieval Moves: Dead Man's Quest, ModNation Racers for Vita, Need for Speed: The Run, Resistance 3, Ruin, Saint's Row the Third, Starhawk, Star Trek 2012, SSX 2011, Uncharted: Golden Abyss, and Wipeout 2048, but to get the Gaming Update coverage of those titles and more you will want to soak up the game previews that we will feature following E3 and heading into the Summer!

The Rest of the Uber Presser News

An all-new 3D TV that features an insanely unique ability to give split-screen gamers their own full-screen view on one display is made possible by leveraging the technology of a special 3D mode -- keep an eye on Gaming Update for details about this new gaming and viewing capability, and for the details of the upcoming partnership between Sony and CinemaNow, and their plans to bring expanded AAA rated movies and pay-per-view events to PS3's everywhere!

Drum Role Please... And then there is Vita!

After almost ten full years of development and several false starts, Sony has finally arrived at its dream of providing gamers with a truly portable console that matches the entertainment potential of its traditional consoles, with connectivity, power, and the ability to deliver full game content in the smallest of packages. We are talking about the new next-generation Sony PlayStation Vita of course, the very device that we have heard about under the working titles of PSP2 and Sony NGP for the past two years!

Built for augmented reality gaming and equipped with the full set of controls found on traditional gaming consoles, the Vita finally allows Sony to provide portable gaming fans the same experience and capabilities that the traditional consoles have enjoyed all along. Add to that its two models -- the Basic with Wi-Fi connectivity, and the Advanced, with both 3G cellular and Wi-Fi connectivity, and what you have is a very powerful gaming platform you can take with you almost anywhere!

The Basic Vita will cost just $250 while the Advanced 3G version should come in at just under $300, and fully support your networked life. The reveal video embedded above emphasizes the social networking and location-based gaming capabilities as well as the agreement that Sony has made with AT&T, making the transition to the new platform a painless one for gamers who are already hooked in to AT&T, which good news since you will need that access to take advantage of the new 'Party' and 'Near' services revealed in the video.

Stay tuned to Gaming Update for more details and an extensive examination of the Vita in the weeks to come!