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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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I never quite understood...
By dxf2891 on 6/16/2010 11:07:20 AM , Rating: 2
why these debates or arguments end up in the forums. Consumers are going to buy what they want regardless of what we post. Me, I'm a techno-geek. I purchase new tech because I want to understand it. I owned the original Xbox 360 20 gig, it was stolen and I got the 360 Elite. I purchased the original PS3 60 gig and the original Wii. The 360 dominates my time for a few reasons: 1) The majority of my friends on Xboxes, 2) Xbox Live offers a better, albeit more expensive, experience, 3)IMO the library of games are better. I'll play the PS3 if there is an exclusive game (i.e. iNfamous, God of War III, etc.) I want to play, and the Wii if I have guests over and we engage in social gaming. My 11 year old son primarily plays the Wii and the PS3 is my blu ray device. The 360 is my gaming system. This is not an indictment of any one system, but just the facts. Like the PS2 before, the 360 got a years jump on the other two systems. The PS3 and the Wii were therefore compared to the 360 for good, bad or indifference. And with a years worth of games (some heavy hitters like Halo and Gears of War) under its belt, it became the standard and the other two systems outside of novelty hasn't offered anything to beat it.

RE: I never quite understood...
By Quadrillity on 6/16/2010 11:35:59 AM , Rating: 1
Next time, use paragraphs please.

Using "Halo" and "Gears of War" as examples for why 360 is better is laughable at best. Anyone with a keen eye for quality gaming does not list those two as an top quality/best in show.

Don't misunderstand me, the original Halo and the first GOW were very enjoyable, but it got old quick; and was in no way, shape, form, or fashion the best games out there. Just because millions of 9 year olds play it 24/7 does not make it the best.

If you want to talk about a quality game, then lets talk about MGS Guns of the Patriots...

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