If you missed Sony’s press conference, we have a minute-by-minute summary for you below. Some great announcement were made including several new exclusive games including Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, ModNation Racers, Final Fantasy XIV and more. Sony also showed-off their own version of the Wiimote, only it’s way better and is expected in 2010. Sony has some great things planned for the PlayStation 3 and PSP this year and through out next. See what they have in store below.
Waiting for the conference to start. People are still trying to find seats.
Female voice tells people to turn of mobile phones. Should start soon (hopefully).
Conference is moments away according to female voice.
It’s starting. PlayStation intro video playing on screen.
Trailer finally over. Jack Tretton steps on stage. He makes a joke about the leaked PSP Go! info over the weekend.
Only the PS3 has the resolution to show graphics on the 40’x80′ behind Tretton, he says. Tretton promises that 2009 will be the best year yet.
PlayStation games accounted for 30% of all retail sales in 2008, says Tretton.
Tretton starts of talking about PS2. Sony has no plans on ending the PS2 after 10 years.
PS2 will be getting over 100 new titles this year.
22 million PS3s sold so far. Sales grew by 40% this year.
24 million PSN accounts registered so far.
Evan Wells from Naughty Dog takes the stage now. Uncharted 2 beta starts today at midnight.
Single-player Uncharted 2 footage shown on big screen. Looks impressive.
Drake trying to dodge fire from a helicopter, rifle in hand.
Wells steps of stage and hands back to Tretton.
Live MAG gameplay about to be shown. First showing of live gameplay footage. Eight Zipper staff take the stage – to take on 248 other real players elsewhere.
Squad leader starts assault on bunker, who can issue voice commands.
Cluster bomb called to clear out area. 256-player MAG demo will be playable on the show floor.
Tretton back on stage. Now its PSP time!
“Over time, it became slimmer and lighter, and our content and services have improved with it,” says Tretton.
Over 400 PSP titles released in the US alone to date. More coming this year. 15 million PSPs sold last year, pushing global installed base to over 50 million.
Assassin’s Creed: Bloodlines coming to PSP November 10 – that’s one week before Assassin’s Creed 2.
Kaz Hirai takes the stage to talk more about the PSP.
Hirai shows off white PSP Go! “We have several names for this device: The worst-kept secret of E3, and the PSP Go,” he jokes. PSP Go! will not replace PSP-3000 or UMD (but we already knew this).
16GB of internal memory, build in Wi-Fi and BlueTooth. PSP Go! will have a M2 Memory Stick slot (not Memory Stick Duo).
Media Go will replace the PSP Media Manager. Another new service, Sense Me, will analyze consumer’s listening habits of music, and will suggest playlists based on it.
PSP dev kits, which will be 80% cheaper this year.
PSP Go! will retail for $249.99 / €249.99. PSP-3000 will be availabel for $169.99. Available from October 1st 2009 in US and Europe.
PlayStation video store will be available natively on the PSP. New content partners, including Showtime.
Over 1,900 TV Shows and 1,400 movies released on the service as of last year. Not for Europe though!
Gran Turismo for PSP announced by Polyphony Digital founder Kazunouri Yamauch. He has it running on a PSP Go right on stage.
Despite the small hardware, the game is a “full sized Gran Turismo” and runs at 60 frames per second.
800 cars, 35 tracks, and 60 layouts of those tracks. Wow! Single-player modes contain time trials and a mode to improve driving skills.
Game will use ad hoc to offer up to four-person races on the go wirelessly. It will also allow the sharing and trading of cars between friends.
The game is designed to foster sharing and co-operation with friends to boost car collections. Gran Turismo PSP will be on the show floor though it’s unclear if it will be playable. Trailer of Gran Turismo on PSP shown.
Game looks flawlessly smooth, indeed running at 60 fps. Can’t wait!
Gran Turismo will be a launch title for PSP Go! Coming October 1st 2009.
Hideo Kojima takes the stage. Metal Gear comes to PSP and Solid Snake is back. Called Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker.
Game is set in the 1970s, 10 years after Metal Gear Solid 3. “It’s a true sequel to the MGS franchise,” says Kojima.
Trailer of Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker being shown. Looks great but it’s on the PSP.
Trailer ends with two Solid Snakes’ getting under a cardboard box. Coming 2010.
Tretton back on stage after short statement from Kaz. Talks about LittleBigPlanet, Monster Hunter Freedom, Resident Evil and other new games for PSP.
Trailers of new PSP titles showing on screen.
Little Big Planet, Jak & Daxter, MotorStorm: Arctic Edge playing on a white PSP Go.
Sizzel reel ends and Tretton start talking about the PlayStation Network.
24 million registered users in 55 countries. 475 million pieces of content downloaded globally to date. More than 90 exclusive titles.
Final Fantasy VII coming to PSN today, the first of 50 classic PlayStation games coming to the network. Crowd cheers!
Over 6.5 million PlayStation Home users worldwide, and growing. Over 100 new items available each month.
PlayStation Home montage starts playing on screen, showing off the many game spaces and things to do.
Shots of EA Kart Racing, Guitar Hero stage, Godfather II casino, Red Bull Air Racing.
Now it’s time for a PS3 montage, showing its latest and greatest, including Uncharted 2, Final Fantasy XIII, and MAG.
Batman Arkham Asylum, Brutal Legend, White Knight Chronicles, Dirt 2, Ghostbusters, Ninja Gaiden Sigma, Mafia II.
Tekken 6, Red Faction Guerrilla, Dark Void, Planet 51, Heavy Rain, Battlefield 1943, Gravity Crash.
Katamari Forever, Fat Princess, EyePet, Singstar: Queen, DC Universe Online, Fuel.
Tretton announces new exclusive PlayStation 3 IP: Agent. Agent will take players all around the globe in the shadowy world of late 1970s espionage.
Assassins Creed 2 footage shown. Game continues from first title but set in a different period. Looks great! Ezio is the main character, who isn’t actually an assassin (yet).
Apparently, Ezio is friends with Leonardo Da Vinci, who will craft inventions, like a small glider. Ezio uses the glider to soar above the crowds below. “Winged demon!” cries one eye witness.
Apparently the PSP version of Assassin’s Creed will have some sort of interoperability with the PS3 version.
The demo ends with a reminder that the game is due this holiday. Tretton back on stage.
Final Fantasy XIII trailer shown on big screen (in English). Awesome!
Final Fantasy XIV (online) announced – exclusive to PlayStation 3. Tretton shows of the first footage ever, with English subtitles. Coming in 2010. Big applause from audience.
“There’s one that didnt leak out, eh?” jokes Tretton.
Tretton is now talking about motion control – looks like Sony has an answer to Project Natal.
Dr. Richard Marx, creator of the EyeToy, takes the stage to show off new motion controller. It’s been in the works for several years. Looks like a crappy Wiimote (but its only a engineering prototype).
Amusing display of motion detection using the remote. Plays tennis with a stop sign and swings a large sword around. Works much better than a Wiimote.
Uses a gun to replaicate first-person shooter game. Remote also detects motion, allowing you to mode virtually in a world as you mode in real life.
Now the demoer holds two controllers, one with a blue light at the end, the other with a red light. Move over, rave glowsticks.
Shows off precision using pencil on a board. He then does some graffiti with a virtual spray can. The angle effects the paint, and the pressure on the controller’s trigger regulates its flow. This is truly amazing. Totally kicks Wiimotes ass!
One controller’s light turns purple as he uses it to direct an RTS battle. He then clicks on a tank for a first-person turret view.
Shifting to a third-person view, he controls a virtual warrior battering a punching-bag like skeleton who sways with the blows.
Finally, an archery mechanic demo shows the demoer pull an arrow from a virtual quill, pull back the drawstring, and start slinging arrows into foes.
Tech demo over and Tretton. More news about motion remote in the near future. Expected to launch in Spring 2010.
Little Big Planet is now the subject, with 500,000 levels made. Disney Sackboy costumes coming, including an adorable Captain Jack Sparrow outfit.
Another exclusive PlayStation 3 title announced: ModNation Racers. Follows LBP’s theme of “Play, Create, Share”. A kart racing game where you can create the player and cars.
Live demo of game is shown on screen. Large selection of pre-made cars, which are all totally customizable and sharable. Tracks are also customizable.
The game will come with a very easy track-maker with a tool called track studio.
Using a tiny bulldozer as a cursor, the demoer creates a track in seconds, using driving controls to lay a pay and using side buttons to raise and lower elevation.
That creates a basic track, which the demoers quickly customize with mountains, forests, and river hazards. Positions the sun to a evening scene and starts playing the track.
The demo ends and Tretton is back on stage. The game is in the works at United Front Studios in Vancouver, and is due out in 2010.
Now it’s another PS3 exclusive, The Last Guardian, from Fumito Ueda and Team Ico. Trailer starts to play.
A young boy runs out towards a cliff, nearly falls off it, but is saved by a giant griffon-like creature
Trailer ends but no release date given for game. Tretton back on and it’s time for Gran Turismo.
Gran Turismo 5 video shown. Looks like the opening sequence to the game.
God of War 3 time. Live demo of game is about to be shown.
It’s the final chapter in the “God of War trilogy,” showing Kratos’ final revenge on Zeus and the rest of the gods. Demo will be available on the show floor.
That was a long but awesome demo. Tretton back on stage and closes up the conference.