The final press conference for E3 came from Sony who had quite a few impressive titles to talk about and a new handheld system to unveil.
Sony also finally showed footage of MAG their online deathmatch game that supports up to 256 players at once.
They spoke of the success of the PSP and how it currently has an install base of over 50 million units. This lead to the announcement of the PSP GO – the newest version of the PSP. The Go is 50% smaller and 40% lighter than the original PSP and doesn’t use UMD discs. It has 16GB of internal memory, WiFi, Bluetooth and a proprietary Micro Memory Stick slot for memory expansion.
The PSP GO will retail in the US for $249.95 and will be released on October 1st 2009. They also showed off PC software called Media GO which is necessary for transferring media to the new device. There is also an application called Sense Me that will let you create music playlists based on your mood.
Gran Tourismo is also coming to the PSP. With over 800 cars, 35 tracks and the ability to trade cars it will be an impressive must-have title for the handheld racing enthusiast.
Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker is a sequel to MGS3 set 10 years later and features Solid Snake. It is being developed by the same team that made MGS4 and the graphics look impressive for the PSP.
Resident Evil is also coming to PSP. Not much detail was given about it though other than it will be an entirely original title and will be coming out next year.
There will also be another SOCOM title, Jack and Daxter and Motorstorm as well as many other games.
Sony also announced that 50 PSOne titles will be made available to download in the coming year, the first of which will be the hugely popular and much-loved Final Fantasy VII.
For the Playstation 3, Rockstar North will be developing an exclusive title called Agent. Set in the 1970s it will be based around the world of spies.
A demo was shown for Assassin’s Creed II which looked amazing and has new moves, a new main character and is set in a different time period. It looks a little more brutal than the original and a little more polished.
On the Final Fantasy front, FFXIII was shown off in a visually spectacular trailer. Also FFXiV Online was shown as well and was announced as a PS3 exclusive for 2010.
Last Guardian was shown as well as Gran Tourismo 5 both set to be exclusives in 2010.
The final game shown was the one everyone was waiting for. God of War III. The last game in the trilogy it looked incredible and will undoubtedly get fans of the series salivating.
As far as hardware announcements go, Sony announced that they are making PS3 development kits 80% cheaper in an effort to promote third party developers making games for the system. They also showed off a prototype motion tracking system which was able to do 1:1 tracking using a standard EyeToy camera. It was still in early stages though and wasn’t anywhere near as impressive as Microsofts Natal demo yesterday.
It’s no secret Sony hasn’t had a great year. Both their gaming business and electronics divisions have lagged behind their competitors leaving them to look for new ways to attract customers. The exclusive titles announced today will definitely sell well, especially games like Agent and the staples like Gran Tourismo and God of War and Final Fantasy. However, they whether any of these will be a game big enough to make people want to spend the large sum of money needed to get a PS3 remains to be seen.