All of the big video game corporations have made their presentations at E3 2010, and Sony certainly didn’t hold back.
The main focus of the makers of PlayStation 3 this year was of course, the PlayStation Move. This is the new motion sensor system that Sony has developed to compete with Microsoft’s Kinect (Project Natal) and of course, the Nintendo Wii.
At this time last year, it looked like both Sony and Microsoft had decent motion gaming systems on the way, but the memorable “Milo” demonstration using Natal had me personally thinking that Xbox would be standing the tallest soon. With everyone now having showed off their wares this year, those thoughts may have changed.
Swing your wand this way and that to transport yourself on over to the other side for much more from the Sony press conference.
Now, don’t get me wrong: both of these new motion-based gaming additions can (and likely will, eventually) be great, but after this year’s demos, the PlayStation Move may have taken over in expectations. Microsoft doesn’t seem to have anything resembling how cool “Milo” was, and their stuff looks about Wii-level, which is not what people want with the graphics power these consoles possess. Sony, on the other hand did show off some exiting games that will be Move-compatible.
Some of these games included a Tiger Woods PGA Tour game, which they do have on Wii, but not up to par on the graphics want, something family-orientated (and a bit horrifying) called EyePet, and a new game called Sorcery, which actually caught my eye the most. But perhaps the biggest game they’re showing off is Killzone 3. This is an incredibly popular title already, but now this new chapter in the series will work with Move motion control AND it will be available as one of Sony’s stable of 3D games.
Sony went on to share the release date and pricing for the PlayStation Move. The additions will be released on September 19, and pricing depends on your needs. If you already own the Sony Eye — the camera that Move will work with — you can buy the controlled itself for $49.99 (navigation controller is $29.99 — these two not coming together is one negative). If you have a PS3 and just need the Eye and Move, you can get them together in a bundle along with one game for $99.99. If you don’t own anything at all, you can pick up the bundle with the game and a PS3 system for $399.99.
Just like we’re seeing with movies now, the future of gaming is 3D, and Sony definitely touches on that. Unlike movies, which are annoying many people due to every single new flick being given the extra dimension, whether it works well or not, 3D games are actually an exciting prospect. I think once the fusion of the two things is perfected, it’s going to be unbelievable. If you ask me, that’s where the future of gaming should be aiming, not this “no more controllers” vision that Microsoft and Kinect want to present. I personally love having a controller in my hands — we just need to evolve from that, not delete it completely.
Another memorable moment from the Sony event was the appearance of Kevin Butler. Butler is Sony’s own pitchman and VP of whatever seems to fit the current situation. Butler is played by actor Jerry Lambert, and has developed something of a cult following with his many hilarious PlayStation 3 commercials you’ve likely all seen. Butler just comes out and makes a little speech, but it’s a very funny speech so check it out!
On top of the games mentioned above, there was also a couple of surprises that popped up. These can be found in the full video below, or you can stay tuned to Geeks of Doom, where smaller pieces focusing just on these surprises will be posted soon!