E3: Sony gets into the motion

Sony’s E3 conference started by confirming that the PlayStation 2 isn’t dead yet, promising 100 new games out this year. All well and good, but where’s the new stuff that people actually care about?

How about this little lot: a motion detecting wand for PlayStation 3, Resident Evil Portable for PSP, the PlayStation 3-exclusive Agent from Rockstar, Final Fantasy XIV: Online, ModNation Racers and The Last Guardian. Not a bad line up at all.

Sony’s motion controller – which works in conjunction with the PS Eye camera – apparently “far surpasses any technology on the market now”. The early prototype comprises of a stick with a colour changing ball on the end that the PS Eye picks up on as you move it around. A demo showed a FPS where the wand was used as a gun and then later a sword. Sony hopes to have it out next year.

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The UMD-less PSP Go (aka E3’s worst kept secret) got an official airing. It will launch in the US and Europe on October 1st for $249.99 / 249.99 Euros. That’s the same price as the original PSP. PSP development kits have been slashed by 80% in effort to get more third-party companies producing games. Two big name titles were shown – Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker and the all-new Resident Evil Portable. Peace Walker stars Snake and is set 10 years after Metal Gear Solid 3. Rumour as it that there will be four player co-op. Gran Turismo PSP is due for release in October. It runs at 60fps and has 800 cars and 35 tracks. And how’s this for a nice surprise…Final Fantasy VII will be available to download onto PSP this week. Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Bloodlines also has a date: 10th November. It’ll link up with Assassin’s Creed 2 on PlayStaton 3.

Microsoft may have bagged new GTA IV episodes but Sony have managed to snaffle Agent from Rockstar North. According to Sony it “will take a player across the globe amid the shallowy world of espionage and assassins in the darkest hours of the 1970s”. Shouldn’t that be shadowy?

TheLastGuardian

United Front Games came on stage to show off ModNation Racers. Think LittleBigPlanet but with cars. There’s a cartoon feel to it, with power-ups and crazy looking characters that you can create. The Last Guardian on the other hand couldn’t be any more different – it’s from the Ico / Shadow of Colossus team and looks like a combination of the two, featuring plenty of moss covered environments.

God of War 3, Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time, MAG, Uncharted 2 and Gran Turismo 5 were also shown. God of War 3 isn’t out until March 2010 but it looks like it’ll be worth the wait.

Matt Gander

Matt is Games Asylum's most prolific writer, having produced a non-stop stream of articles since 2001. A retro collector and bargain hunter, his knowledge has been found in the pages of tree-based publication Retro Gamer.

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3 Comments

  • Gran Turismo 5 looked stunning. Someone jizzed on the graphics polish. It even has the official WRC and Nascar licenses — if they manage to make the rally sections anything as good as WRC on the PS2, it will be amazing.

    That motion sensor wand looks better than any of the competition’s too, but you could feel their embarressment at doing something so similar to Microsoft and Nintendo at the conference. Still, at least the tech is better.

  • I still don’t feel the need to buy a PS3. The Xbox 360 has all the action games I need. GT5 may look near photorealstic but I’ve always gone for “fantasy” racing games like Wipeout and Mario Kart.

    Not really interested in the PSP GO either. Well done to Sony for getting the support for it though. If I was going to buy a new handheld, i’d probably go for a Netbook for the internet access and proper keyboard.

    Sony’s motion detector looks good – in the demo the chap held two, one was used for a shield and the other a sword in some sort of hack and slash game. Could be very cool and nice to see it using some old tech (the PS Eye) too. They could have easily used a new camera and bumped the price up a bit when it does finally come out.

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