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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 Belard on 6/16/2010 4:23:10 PM , Rating: 0
Sorry Mr. Dribble... you are having trouble counting.

You said "$430 for ONE controller"... do you work for BP?

$430 is for the whole unit with a single controller. Get over it. The 360 and Wii also include ONE CONTROLLER.

- Not ALL 360 Games work with Kinect, as of today - 0 Games... You still need to buy $35~65 PER controller. ($60 = MS wireless)

- Typical Console users are SINGLE, with the rest being two.

- $430, again is a whole SYSTEM with controllers.

For each set after that, its $80... oh wow, the Wii Wireless set is $60 per gamer! How many people are complaining about that? Hint...

N O N E ! ! !

So for two people on a new PS3, that'll be $510. The 360-slim with Kinect is $450, wanna talk games - toss in a Blu-Ray player, oops - you can't.

In the real world, no-one has see kinect doing much of anything. 4 people doing basic stuff... but 4 people doing a FPS could be different. An thing to remember, people using kinect look like drunk idiots vs. the ADs and demos.

I'm not saying kinect sucks, it should do well. But expecting it to replace joypads for gaming is not going to happen.... You'll still need the $60 wireless MS controllers per gamer, for NON Kinect games.

RE: Just Too Expensive For Now
By indignation on 6/17/2010 1:33:19 AM , Rating: 2
> The 360 and Wii also include ONE CONTROLLER.
Kinect will support 4 players just on its own, unlike PS3 Move. This by itself warrants it a price around twice or thrice that of the PS3 move, and yet it doesn't cost nearly that much

> Not ALL 360 Games work with Kinect, as of today - 0
Likewise to PS3 Move

> Games... You still need to buy $35~65 PER controller. ($60 = MS wireless)
Again, it applies to your favourite console as well

RE: Just Too Expensive For Now
By Belard on 6/17/10, Rating: 0
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