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PlayStation Press Conference Liveblog @ E3 2008

Jeff Rubenstein's Avatar + Posted by Jeff Rubenstein on Jul 15, 2008 // Sr. Social Media Manager

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1.04 – “If this is year 2 of the PS3 life cycle, imagine what year 10 will bring.” Jack signs off. What did you think?

1.02 – MAG trailer shown. It bears repeating – 256 players! Land and air battles going on (with paratroopers), really, it’s pretty huge. Big applause.

12.59 – A brand new game revealed for the first time – MAG. Andy Beaudoin from Zipper Interactive details this Massive Action Game (get it?). MAG will support up to 256 players (!) MAG is squad-based, with teams broken down into 8 players, with fine-tuned soldier types, ongoing campaigns and character growth.

12.58 – InFamous – it’s up to you to save or destroy an entire city. Trailer shown with in-game footage. Looks awesome, though I invite you to judge for yourself when you see the video. Out Spring 09.

12.57 – Now a look of what’s to come: God of War III trailer shown! “In the end, there will be only chaos.”

12.55 – Now to show the games, in montage: LittleBigPlanet, MotorStorm Pacific Rift, 007 Quantum of Solace, SOCOM Confrontation, Ghostbusters, Soul Calibur IV (Vader!!), Resistance 2, The Agency, Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm, Mirror’s Edge, Resident Evil 5, Singstar, Guitar Hero World Tour, NBA 09 The Inside, Buzz! Quiz TV, Killzone 2, Fallout 3, Valkyria Chronicles, and more.

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12.51 – Developers from Treyarch, EA Tiburon, Ubisoft, Bethesda, 2K Marin, and Lucas Arts are shown on video talking about how much more they’ve learned about programming for the PS3, and how that’s going to pay off in games like Far Cry 2, The Force Unleashed, Prince of Persia, Call of Duty World at War, Madden NFL 09, and Fallout 3. “We’re just beginning to scratch the surface of what PS3 is capable of.”

12.48 – New Hardware package: the 80 GB Core Pack coming this fall $399 – 40 more GB at that price, plus DualShock 3.

12.46 – Lee: “You can stop imagining now.” Video shown featuring lots of DC Legends like Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, the Joker, and more.

12.43 – Mr. Lee is a HUGE MMO fan, been playing since Everquest began… so this is a dream project for him. “Imagine being able to create your own superhero… and help Batman take on the Joker… that’s a cool image.”

12.41 – SOE – Sony Online Entertainment – bringing titles to PlayStation 3. Jim Lee (of comic book fame) on stage now to preview DC Universe online. He’s doing 1-armed push-ups. Don’t hurt your inking hand!

12.39 – “Let’s return to PLAYSTATION 3″ – Life with PlayStation will provide live news, weather, and more and it’ll be available by the end of the month.

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12.35 With an install base of over 35 million worldwide, many more PSP games are on the way. Montage shown, featuring Patapon 2, The Force Unleashed, Super Stardust Portable, Madden 09, LocoRoco 2, NBA 09 The Inside, Lego Batman, and Buzz Master Quiz.

12.33 – For the first time ever revealed – Resistance for PSP… Resistance Retribution! Out Spring 2009.

12.31 – On to the PSP – announcing a new PSP Entertainment Pack – in October we’ll launch the Ratchet & Clank Size Matters pack, which includes the PSP-2000, National Treasure 2, a 1GB memory card, and echochrome.

12.30 – Eric demonstrates how to copy movies to the PSP. You can do this either through a PS3, or through the PC Store. BTW, this video download service will be available TONIGHT (applause). We’ll be adding new titles each week.

12.29 – “How long will it take to download an SD movie?” The answer is about an hour for a 2 hour movie. However, with progressive downloading, you can begin watching your video almost instantaneously.

12.25 – Eric Lempel takes the stage (you remember him, right), to show a live demo of the video download service – it’s part of the existing PLAYSTATION Store – there’s a new video tab. Each studio has a page. Eric shows how to buy, rent, or preview a movie.

12.23 – Jack talks about the new video download service. On Day 1 – Sony Pictures, Fox, MGM, Lions Gate, Warner Brothers, Disney, and more will have content available. A huge differentiator – you can take movies and tv on the go via PSP.

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12.19 – Jack Tretton PlayStation Home: “Your patience will be more than rewarded.” We’ve got great publisher support on game-specific spaces. A new video is debuted showing more of what Home’s experience will be all about.

12.17 – Gran Turismo TV introduced – racing video content coming to Gran Turismo 5 Prologue, shows like Top Gear and other original content in Hi Def. Gearheads will definitely be all over this. Lots of international content. Launches August 1st.

12.14 – Jack Tretton: “We’re not interested in filling up our store with games that nobody wants to play, just so we can say ‘we have the most games.’” He follows this up with a trailer showing a number of upcoming PSN games like PixelJunk Eden, Fat Princess, Crash Commando, PAIN Amusement Park, Flower, Ragdoll Kung-Fu and Siren: Blood Curse.

12.11 – 180 million pieces of downloaded content since launch. New stuff coming to the PLAYSTATION Store – Ratchet and Clank Future: Quest for Booty. “Like a summer blockbuster – high quality, less expensive.” Q4B will answer the questions to Clank’s disappearance at the end of RCF: Tools of Destruction. Price will be $14.99.

12.09 – PLAYSTATION Network – we’re instituting a single sign on this fall – online on a PC, a PSP, PS3. Check your friends list on a PC (I think a few of you have asked for that).

12.07 – New PS2 bundle coming this fall – a new Lego Batman Bundle, along with a Justice League movie, for $149.

12.03 – Let’s talk about PS2: More than 130 new titles coming to PS2. Not bad for a 9 year old system.

12.01 – Among the announcements – we’re turning our attentions to Latin America… and a announcement of PS3 Greatest Hits. Huge applause for sackboy, Alex, and LBP!

11.58 – Alex Evans of Media Molecule is out on the stage to help Jack work through the business side of things… more on this later…

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11.56 – Ted has left the stage, Jack Tretton is back out to talk about user generated content. “We’ve seen a glimpse of that future – it’s called LittleBigPlanet.”

11.54 – More, even huger enemies/ships shown in an R2 video. An Idaho location has been mentioned as well. Add that to Chicago, San Francisco, and the California redwood forests.

11.53 – PS video from the Press Conference will be available on PSN, you’ll wanna make sure to see this.

11.51 – Did I mention this thing is huge? Cheers from the audience as the live demo ends.

11.50 – Ted is taking on a 300 foot leviathan (you may have read about this in GamePro) with a rocket launcher. On paper it’s one thing – in full motion, it’s something else entirely…

11.48 – Here’s a look at Resistance 2, Ted Price from Insomniac Games takes the stage.

11.46 – Jack Tretton: “If PlayStation in 2007 was all about hardware, PlayStation in 2008 is all about software.”

11.45 – Jack Tretton: “The PLAYSTATION 3 is the most complete and future-proof Blu-ray player available.”

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11.41 – OK back in my seat, as CEO Jack Tretton reacquaints us with the history of PlayStation and Sony Computer Entertainment. “We take a longer look ahead.”

The press conference is just about to get started and I’m up on stage playing Metal Gear Solid 4. You might be able to see me as soon as G4 starts their live video stream (look to the left side of the stage).

I’ll keep updating this post with news from the event, so check back often or keep your eyes on our twitter feed for the latest.

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+ hex on July 15th, 2008 at 1:04 pm said:

Oh look, another stupid shooter…
Sony…you just do not get what made PS2 so strong


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+ se7enthsign-psn on July 15th, 2008 at 1:05 pm said:

256 player online battles? Amazing.


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+ WilliaM on July 15th, 2008 at 1:06 pm said:

No white knight? No FF? No RPG’s? :s


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+ saunderswan on July 15th, 2008 at 1:06 pm said:

M.A.G looks amazing


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+ TristanMike on July 15th, 2008 at 1:07 pm said:

So NOW can I complain ? :P


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+ mikehc69 on July 15th, 2008 at 1:07 pm said:

LOL

Where is Wipeout HD?

What about RPG games?

The same games we’ve known about and seen vague trailers for.


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+ Genki-Rocket on July 15th, 2008 at 1:08 pm said:

This is just sad

I am stunned.

UTTERLY STUNNED.


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+ Enforcer_X on July 15th, 2008 at 1:08 pm said:

Will the new 80GB Core have Backward Compatability? That wasn’t made clear.


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+ stennex on July 15th, 2008 at 1:08 pm said:

Sony should have showed some gameplay. Tooooo many trailers. Decent show.


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+ se7enthsign-psn on July 15th, 2008 at 1:08 pm said:

MAG looks good, but I’m a little disappointed that Zipper isn’t doing Socom instead.


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+ Shael on July 15th, 2008 at 1:08 pm said:

Wow…Movies and TV shows as the biggest guns on the PS3? Who cares?! I want movies or tv shows I can rent them anywhere!

Where are the damn EXCLUSIVE (yet still kick [DELETED]) NEW (by new I mean prior to this unrevealed) games that validates the money I spent on my PS3. I couldn’t care less for Super Stardust or Resistance on the PS3, what makes Sony thinks I’d give a hoot for them on the PSP?

DCUO is a nice step…but then again, it’s a matter of preference for games here. I’m a Marvel fan and I’d rather take the Avengers over the Justice League and Iron Man over Batman any day of the week. Still, I’m gonna get itfor no other reason to show MS how stupid they were for letting the Marvel MMO die. Then again…it being handled by SOE fills me with much dread.Much much dread.

God of War III? I’ll get it when it hits, but seriously now, where are the surprise heavy hitting announcements about new kick [DELETED] games?

Don’t get me wrong…MAG sounds AWESOME and I’m 100000000% gonna get it on Day One but that’s it?

Where’s word of a Home release date or Public Beta? Where’s something…ANYTHING, that could rival the epic scale of the announcement that FFXIII is coming to the 360?!

Ok, I admit the Google info thingie is neat (I’m a PSWii60 owner) but it’s already been done on the Wii. I do admit I’m going to be using the PS3 version a lot more though…my Wii’s been gathering dust since Brawl. I seriously regret buying a Wii.

Wasn’t as bad as I was expecting, with MAG and DCUO and GoWIII but compared to MS’s, I think it’s a big lacking in impact. Still, compared to the lame ass event that was Nintendo’s conference, it’s still better than nothing. Looks like my 360′s still going to be my main platform :(


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+ tsaksyapune on July 15th, 2008 at 1:08 pm said:

crash commando? fat princess? meh not a bad e3 but not overwhelming either. still better than the 1st 2.


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+ Sephiroth on July 15th, 2008 at 1:08 pm said:

Where in the blue hell are the J-RPG’s????


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+ darkiewonder on July 15th, 2008 at 1:08 pm said:

Not ONE talk about JRPGs? thanks a lot sony for pushing the system now as a blu-ray shooter system for $399


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+ effeff on July 15th, 2008 at 1:08 pm said:

Its over now… I think it was lame…

take care ^^

I missed the ultimate surprise…. M$ and even Nintendo did it better and more sympathic!


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+ 4n4rchy on July 15th, 2008 at 1:09 pm said:

Sony won. Microsoft got 2nd. Nintendo was a joke. The video downloads are useful, and PS3 HOME is sure to be a success. But at the end.. 256 players is just amazing


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+ jqtaxpayer on July 15th, 2008 at 1:09 pm said:

THAT was your answer to MS stealing all of the exclusives that made PS2 worth buying?

I can’t help but wonder if it’s time to renew my Xbox Live subscription, because I’m really doubting Sony’s commitment to outpacing their competition.


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+ misteroy on July 15th, 2008 at 1:10 pm said:

Thanks sony, NOT A SINGLE BLOODY RPG! of course no date for HOME, no date for PS CARDS…well another useless show. Cool for the movies though, but i buy a console to play games, not to watch movies.


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+ davivman on July 15th, 2008 at 1:10 pm said:

Is it just me or does it seem like Sony is developing a lot more first party games than either MS or Nintendo?


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+ Genki-Rocket on July 15th, 2008 at 1:10 pm said:

it’s over….

how embarrassing.

That’s it?

What… on…. earth…

You have been POWNED BY MS

I give up with you


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+ D1rk-Knight on July 15th, 2008 at 1:10 pm said:

I was expecting more than this, I guess I’ll just play some online games to forget the frustration for today.


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+ LokeSTL on July 15th, 2008 at 1:10 pm said:

Yeah! No friggin’ RPG’s?!!! More of the same crap?!!! Can’t believe Microsoft just punched Sony in the mouth, and Sony just took it like a lil!!!


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+ nmc75 on July 15th, 2008 at 1:10 pm said:

Was that in-game graphics or CGI for MAG?


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+ Fersis on July 15th, 2008 at 1:10 pm said:

So i see a lot of angrey people comming here , time to bail out.


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+ Onna76_NL on July 15th, 2008 at 1:11 pm said:

Okay Sony, you are the best when it comes to putting a conference together and you have my fully support only 1 thing…WHERE THE HELL ARE THE RPG’S??!! I only saw a very small glimpse of Eternal Sonata and Valkyria Chronicles for on the PSP (huh), further its shooting, shooting and more shooting.

Still guys you’re the best, but think about us RPG fans for once!

Those PSN games sure made the biggest impression on me and the movie channel.


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+ Genki-Rocket on July 15th, 2008 at 1:11 pm said:

I have never felt more let down in my life.

…… Sony… You’ve learned nothing…..


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+ Voozi on July 15th, 2008 at 1:11 pm said:

No JRPGs? That was the major cry out Sony for this year, JRPGs *sigh*

You guys won last year’s E3, but this year I have to give it to Microsoft >_<


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+ PikkonX on July 15th, 2008 at 1:11 pm said:

Very lackluster conference. Hardly anything that we didn’t already know about, except for M.A.G.


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+ Nymo on July 15th, 2008 at 1:11 pm said:

overall, I liked the press event!

Lots of nice tidbits, and a lot more laughs compared to the others…

The biggest gasp from me was Resistance on the PSP, and I can’t wait until that comes next year.

other than that, The little things, like Fat Princess, looks very interesting to me (seriously!), and of course some of the bigger announcements as well.

Hope to hear more later today and into the week!


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+ skynidas on July 15th, 2008 at 1:11 pm said:

Awesome work guys!!!!


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+ tsaksyapune on July 15th, 2008 at 1:12 pm said:

RPGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! where art thou?


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+ SILV3R_ on July 15th, 2008 at 1:12 pm said:

Nice.. to know what Zipper is working on.. MAG


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+ Genki-Rocket on July 15th, 2008 at 1:12 pm said:

God of war….. pre rendered trailer of nothing.

No big surprises. MAG was leaked on gaf yesterday.

I am seriously deoubting that sony can compete any more.


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+ Jenovah on July 15th, 2008 at 1:12 pm said:

Needed a Megaton at the end. Not bad, just not that great.


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+ Ghostm on July 15th, 2008 at 1:13 pm said:

1. No real talk about PS3′s Trophy system.
2. No RPG news. (not a single word on White Knight)
3. Shooters galore. =\
4. Video service. (Great news)
5. God of War III (we all knew they were gonna tease that. no shocker there.)
6. Nice shirt Eric

Sony’s E3 was good/okay. Not incredible though.
I feel like we are always catch up to other platforms.


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+ zerogravity on July 15th, 2008 at 1:13 pm said:

Yeah fallout doesnt count as a good rpg. I called it bs. MAG is k but not rpg. Life seems boring. Nothing special, not video ingame.[DELETED]


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+ rdmorris1234 on July 15th, 2008 at 1:13 pm said:

Why no gameplay? I was looking for insane God of War III, INfamous, and DC Universe moments?


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+ Subzero_11 on July 15th, 2008 at 1:13 pm said:

M$ Killed u on that one. Thanks for losing FFXIII.


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+ zakir8 on July 15th, 2008 at 1:13 pm said:

I am dissapointed Sony. No release date for HOME, PSP Camera or PSP GPS?


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+ Genki-Rocket on July 15th, 2008 at 1:14 pm said:

This is shameful…

You take 2 years to give us messaging and MS give 360 owners a dashboard with constant 8 player chat…

I’m outta here.


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+ Violater on July 15th, 2008 at 1:14 pm said:

Worst E3 ever, I’m speechless
God of war CG
Mag CG
infamous we have been seeing for over a year now.
complete disappointment.


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+ marconi88 on July 15th, 2008 at 1:14 pm said:

The first half was more like a Insomniac press conference.


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+ flipah on July 15th, 2008 at 1:14 pm said:

Where is the Extra Core Pack for Real High Def-ers, packed with a memory card reader for MSDuo, Compact Flash and SD?

The new 80GB was dissapointing.


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+ JBruno on July 15th, 2008 at 1:14 pm said:

Sorry Sony, but MS owned the E3 with de FFXIII steal. This is the simple true.


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+ Gunwing on July 15th, 2008 at 1:14 pm said:

Reisistance finaly on the PSP! YEAH!

New 007 game! YEAH!

New MMOA FPS game OH HELL YEAH!

New Ratchet and Clank PSN game yeah!

New PSP/PS3 video store live toonight! HELL YEAH!

OMG THIS ROCKS!


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+ sunstrike on July 15th, 2008 at 1:14 pm said:

atlease we got mag and the movie chanel that will work toniht


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+ Ghostm on July 15th, 2008 at 1:14 pm said:

MAG was the only game that I didn’t know about. Plus it’s another shooter. Thanks but no thanks.

We’ve got some serious work to do Sony.


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+ aaquib2 on July 15th, 2008 at 1:15 pm said:

Embarrassing.

No home beta release dates? Only 1 new PS3 game?!?!?? What is wrong with you Sony?!??! THIS IS E3. Microsoft just stole your biggest game of the generation and all you can do is announce Quest for Booty?? Honestly, you stole the show last year, but just made yourselves a disgrace this year. Microsoft is plainly killing E3 so far.

WAKE UP TOOLS!!


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+ Voozi on July 15th, 2008 at 1:15 pm said:

God of War III ~ nice but cgi

Resistance 2 ~ nice but shooter

LBP ~ Liked what you did during that part but we’ve seen this game so many times

Home ~ I care less about home at this point, majority of us aren’t even in the beta and wont have access to it until late 2008 and it’ll prob get delayed yet again D:

JRPGs ~ Where are they?


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+ XcoM on July 15th, 2008 at 1:15 pm said:

Wow. 256 players online? Lag-fest anyone…
Unfortunately it’s another shooter and if we needed anything right now it was NOT another shooter.

At least we’ve still got Little Big Planet… right? RIGHT?


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