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Sony Press Conference @ E3 Highlights

Following Microsoft’s press conference was Sony and boy did they have to get the audience attention after what Microsoft did. The main attraction with MS conference was all about motion controlling and it was no different here with Sony. Sony kicked things off by showing the Move whereby it is similar to the Wii but with HD graphics (that’s how I describe it). The device is actually very impressive and I was taken aback by what it could do. They did show off a game that heavily implemented the device called Sorcery . So people witnessed it in action and I must say it will deliver. It has precise one to one movement whereby what you do in your living room with the device will translate on screen with the game. In the game you have a wand with different magical abilities and you can combine those abilities to unleash devastating maneuvers with a flick of the wrist. If this is what the device will be like then the Wii and 360 will have major competition.

Another highlight from the conference would have to be Sony’s spokesperson ad campaign with Kevin Butler. He made his E3 appearance and did his usual stuff like he normally does with Sony ads. And now he has a partner to help him out. Sony is introducing someone else to the mix and his name is Marcus Rivers portrayed by Bobb’e J. Thompson. He is a 13 year old actor/comedian whom you may remember from the film Role Models. Anyways he’s quite funny and those two have good chemistry on screen.

That was pretty much the first 40min of the conference. The next hour and a bit was a bit boring. They kept showing montage after montage. And you know what THEY WERE THE SAME. It also looks like the Playstation Network will receive some changes. You can have a greater experience on the PSN whereby you can get early demos, discounts on items, exclusive features and other goodies all for the low price of 49.99 a year! At least you can still play video games online for free with Sony unlike Microsoft.

The only other aspect of the show that caught my attention was Twisted Metal. Yes they are coming back with a new one! I loved playing this when I was younger and I am excited to see it coming back out…hopefully my friend grabs a copy so that I may spend several hours at his place destroying other vehicles in fiery explosive carnage. Anywho there is also some more montages and talks of exclusive titles like Infamous 2 and Gran Turismo (its about damn time they show this game)!

Funny things is though there is not much mention of the Go and only a little bit of info with the PSP. Personally I believe Nintendo owns that area and it will be hard to dethrone the king of the handheld platform!

Before I forget, there is a huge hype over 3D since the Avatar film and other films are beginning to adopt it. The PS3 is 3D capable but the only way to play games in 3D is if you have a 3D TV display. Now this technology is still early in development but it looks as though Sony is really trying to push this into the market. I for one think it will be a very long time before 3D TVs as well as 3D gaming become the new thing (if it makes it) on the market. People purchase HDTVs right now and all of a sudden these companies expect you to get a 3D TV? If they continue to push it like this then it will fail. I for one personally think 3D is weird within the home, I love it in theatres but having to sit down in front of my TV with 3D glasses is awkward not to mention those glasses are quite expensive! Sony has shown off some exclusive titles in 3D such as Killzone and Gran Turismo which I’m sure looks amazing however it will be a very long time before anyone actually views those games in 3D within their home.

Check back again for Nintendo Highlights as well as my afterthoughts as to who reigned supreme at E3!

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