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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: Move
By sviola on 6/16/2010 11:13:55 AM , Rating: -1
Well, I don't own a console nowadays (my last console was a Dreamcast - which was a great console and ahead of its time - and nowadays I prefer gaming on my PC) and really don't care much about either console.

But on a non-biaed view, it seems to me that to get the COMPLETE gaming experience on the PS3 is more expensive. Here is a quick comparison

xbox Slim + Motion Control + 5-year LIVE subscription = $700

ps3 slim + motion system + bravia 3DTV (46") + 3d glasses = $4000

Almost 6 times as expensive and this is without including more controllers (for both plataforms) or motion sensors (so up to 4 can play together). Of course this comparison only applies for those who want to have the complete experience on each plataform.

RE: Move
By Quadrillity on 6/16/2010 11:28:23 AM , Rating: 1
This is one of the most moronic posts that I have ever had the displeasure of viewing on this website. Good job sir, you are a complete retard.

RE: Move
By sviola on 6/16/2010 2:14:07 PM , Rating: 2
I am sorry if I have offended your fanboyism in any fashion.

But for my post, there are nothing wrong with it, you can freely google the items and you'll see the amount of cash you'll need to expend to get the COMPLETE PS3 experience (which includes 3D, Move, PSN and Blu-Ray).

RE: Move
By Quadrillity on 6/16/2010 3:45:59 PM , Rating: 1
I'm not a fanboy, sorry to let you down.

Your post compared apples to oranges, and I pointed out that It was idiotic to do so. Here is an example of what you are trying to do: The PS3 can also run the "fold at home" application, which uses significant cpu/gpu resources while running. If you run it 24/7 for a year you spend X ammount of dollars in electricity. Therefore, the PS3 costs $300 + the X ammount in electricity to achieve the COMPLETE experience. See how stupid that sounds?

Having an optional feature does not add to the base cost of the machine. Saying that you need to go out and buy a 3Dtv for the PS3 is fuc**** stupid, and I pointed that out.

RE: Move
By sviola on 6/16/2010 5:34:38 PM , Rating: 2
Now,'re very nervous, you should calm down and put the kool-aid aside as if you want to start offending someone you should be prepared to be offended as well.

First, you need to learn how to read. I said:

it seems to me that to get the COMPLETE gaming experience

See the word complete? It means the following:
1. having all parts or elements; lacking nothing ; whole; entire; full

So, to simplify for you, when I said that I was refering to the complete gaming experience the PS3 can offer, I included Motion sense gaming and 3D gaming and to be able to enjoy these you will have to acquire the Move controller (for Motion sense) and a 3DTV and glasses (for 3D gaming). Altough, to play games in PS3 you need none of them, but then, you won't be getting all the console has to offer.

All I said is for someone to enjoy a COMPLETE (a.k.a. FULL , LACKING NOTHING ) PS3 GAMING EXPERIENCE (which includes the Move and 3D), you'll need to buy:

PS3 console + Move Controller + 3D Glasses + 3DTV

Which is more expensive than an XBOX COMPLETE GAMING EXPERIENCE, which only requires one to buy (as it lacks 3D gaming at this time and the near future):

XBox console + Kinetic Accessory + XBox Live Subscription

And I even added a 5 year subscription of Live, as I believe that would be a fair amount of time someone buying the system would be using (on a yearly basis, of course).

Is it that hard to comprehend?

Second, your Folding at Home example has nothing to do with what I wrote.

RE: Move
By Phoque on 6/17/2010 6:01:01 PM , Rating: 2
Testosterone intoxication side-effect.

RE: Move
By jmbender on 6/18/2010 9:32:26 AM , Rating: 2
sounds to me like the "complete" XBOX gaming experience has less to offer than the "complete" PS3 gaming experience.

RE: Move
By Quadrillity on 6/18/2010 10:01:26 AM , Rating: 2
Yep. And he's too stupid to understand how you can't add a 3Dtv to the expense of a gaming system... I don't care about his "complete experience" argument because it's retarded.

RE: Move
By Quadrillity on 6/18/2010 10:06:34 AM , Rating: 1
High blood pressure will lead to serious health problems. You should consult your doctor about that. Also, you are still stupid; Unfortunately, no amount of medical science can fix that though...

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