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Sony hopes to cast a spell on gamers' wallets witha $430 PS3 "Move" pack. The motion control is available separately for $70 (plus $35 for the Eye camera).  (Source: Giant Bomb)

Sony will also be offering premium content to gamers for $49.99 a year via its new Playstation Plus service.  (Source: Giant Bomb)

Valve's Portal 2 also made a star appearance.  (Source: Giant Bomb)
Will gamers chomp on Sony's high prices?

Microsoft is offering Kinect for the Xbox 360 in November.  It is expected to be priced under $150, which means that with an Xbox 360 Arcade Edition (which dropped in price to $150) you will be likely to get a holiday motion bundle for under $300.  The Nintendo Wii is, of course, currently available for $199, with Wiimote and Wii Motion Plus.  

Sony is making a dangerous bet with its own motion gaming system that gamers are willing to pay more than Microsoft or Nintendo's prices to get what it feels is a superior experience.  At its E3 2010 keynote today, the company upset some in the audience by announcing that its Playstation 3 Motion Bundle would retail for $400.  Except, that's not all -- the bundle only includes the PS3 Eye Camera ($34.99, currently available) and Move Controller ($49.99) (it also comes with a sports game).  It does 
not include the PS3 Navigation controller, a necessary part of the "Move" experience.  Gamers will have to pick that up separately for $29.99.

Reaction to the high price point was instant.  Some in the crowd began booing and at least one person screamed "Too much!!" at the presenter.

Still Sony seems confident that customers will bite on the high-end offer.  Among the exclusive titles it showed off was Tiger Woods PGA Tour, which featured ultra-realistic golf motions.  If you're eager to become Tiger Woods and attempt some slick moves, Sony reminds us that it's all in the "flick of your wrists" and that power is very important as well.

Other "Move" titles include Time Crisis, Echochrome 2, Heavy Rain updates, Resident Evil 5, and Tron: Evolution.  Another key title is "Heros on the Move" which features familiar Sony-exclusive characters, including Ratchet, Jak, Bently, Clank, Sly Cooper.

Coke is teaming up with Sony to promote Move.

Besides Move, the other key announcement by Sony was a firmware update that allows 3D gaming with compatible TVs like its Bravia 3D TV lineup.  The update will be rolled to individual PS3's and from there it will be up to game vendors to update their titles to feature 3D.

Crysis 2, Mortal Kombat, Shaun White Skateboarding, Ghost Recon, Tron:Evolution, and NBA 2k11 all will get 3D-ified, as will Motorstorm, Wipeout HD.  Leading the charge will be Killzone 3, which will release in February 2011 and bring with it oodles of extra-dimension gore and carnage.

Sony says that by March 2011, twenty 3D-enable titles will be available for the 35 million PlayStation 3 consoles world.

Other huge titles announced include Twisted Metal, Portal 2, Final Fantasy XIV, Call of Duty:BO, DC Universe, SOCOM4: US Navy Team, Mafiaa II, The Fight: Lights Out, and Dead Space 2.

Also announced were LittleBigPlanet 2 and an upgraded Playstation Network service called Playstation "Plus" which delivers exclusive content.  Sony will be offering 3 months for free and then will charge $17.99 for 3 months, or $49.99 for a year.  Content through the service will not be downloadable, so if you quit, you'll lose access to it.

At the keynote, Sony also announced a number of PSP titles, many of them family friendly.  Announced titles included Tetris, Fat Princess, EyePetTron, Kingdom Hearts, Ace Combat, Toy Story, Ghosts of Sparta, Invzibles, 3rd birthday, P3P, Ys: The Oath, Valkyria II, and Piyotama.  Eyepet and Invzibles both make use of the PSP's camera.  It definitely seems that Sony is targeting more young gamers with the PSP.



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RE: Just Too Expensive For Now
By StevoLincolnite on 6/15/2010 11:56:29 PM , Rating: 2
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The PS3 is less expensive to own than the 360 and always has been. 4 years of Live costs $200 by itself. Want a blu-ray player for movies? Chuck in another $200. Want a blu-ray player for quieter gaming? Go screw yourself.


The difference between the Xbox and PS3 here is that Microsoft has GIVEN the consumer CHOICE on what they would like, essentially if you don't want any of that gear, you are getting the cheapest console that looks just as good in a game as a PS3 and is just as fun to play.


RE: Just Too Expensive For Now
By BZDTemp on 6/16/2010 5:55:52 AM , Rating: 4
Honestly - who get by with the Arcade 360?

I bought both the PS3 and the 360 when they came out and really there is a bunch of crap I had to pay extra with the 360 which came with the PS3.

- Kits so I can recharge the controllers.
- Headset because I can not just use any bluetooth headset.
- Wireless kit.

And then there is the missing HDMI port on the 360. Luckily I can get by with the component but when I upgrade the TV that could become an issue.

If the 360 had a browser and I wanted to use it for that I would have had to buy special 360 input devices. The PS3 lets me use standard PC USB devices or bluetooth ones.

The Arcade 360 may be cheaper but you certainly do not get more than you pay.


RE: Just Too Expensive For Now
By afkrotch on 6/16/2010 7:33:07 PM , Rating: 2
Ya, you have the choice to not have online play, buying AA batteries over and over again, or play buggy games, as absolutely no room to update games.


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