Sony e3 09 conference analysis
E3 2009: Sony Press Conference Analysis
IGN's thoughts on PSPgo, Gran Turismo 5, God of War III and Team ICO's stunner.
by IGN PlayStation Team
June 2, 2009 - With some of the wind taken out of its sails by the pre-show leak of the PSPgo, Sony had to impress with its E3 2009 Press Conference. And with Uncharted 2, God of War 3 and a new motion-sensitive controller, the company certainly pleased some fans. But was it enough to people pumped about the upcoming PlayStation products? Were there announcements that were expected but didn't materialize? What were the high and low points? And where the hell was the Crash Bandicoot announcement?
IGN PlayStation editors Chris Roper, Greg Miller and Ryan Clements sat down during their sliver of free time today to reflect on the Sony conference.
Check out some new footage of Uncharted 2.
Chris Roper: For me, Sony put on a very strong if not entirely surprising show. There were some great, if expected, announcements, like Gran Turismo 5 and the official unveiling of The Last Guardian (Team ICO's next title). I'm sure Final Fantasy XIV surprised some people, though it'll be interesting to see the reaction based on what people thought of FFXI.
Uncharted 2 was a fantastic way to open the show and was at least as good as, if not better, than I'd hoped it would be. Likewise, God of War III was a sweet way to finish it off, though having a major announcement at the end would have been cool.
The new motion stuff looked really slick from a technical standpoint, though I'm personally not all that interested in using motion controls as a main input scheme for most games. Still, I'm curious to see what they'll do with it.
Of course, there was also the PSP Go, though it was already entirely leaked and it's damn expensive given that it uses hardware that's, what, four years old now?
Did the conference do enough to excite non-PS3 owners? I think so. Just having God of War III finally shown in good form, and likewise for Uncharted 2, should push a lot of fence-sitters over the edge. Gran Turismo 5 is also a big win, and everything else is just icing.
But what happened to a price drop? That's the killer for me. Excitement has certainly been built, but if people thought the system was too expensive before, nothing has changed.
Greg Miller: I enjoyed all two hours of the Sony press conference, but I don't know if I walked away with a great taste in my mouth. Uncharted gave me goosebumps and God or War III looks great, but coming into the show, I worried that Sony had given too much away, and being in the Shrine Auditorium, I felt that they had.
Pretty much everything that was announced was known already, and I find it incredibly disappointing that the PSPgo is going to cost $250 (Seriously? As much as the PSP cost when it first came out?!) and that the PlayStation 3 didn't get a price drop. The show had a bunch of great content, but I don't think it had the reach to grab nonbelievers.
If you had the showing Sony just had and then dropped the price to something the average person could afford, Sony would've been declared the winner of the press conference wars.
God of War III was a huge hit at the show.
Ryan Clements: I've always supported Sony, even when it makes a big mistake. So going into the Sony press conference, I knew that there would be some awesome moments and some not-so-awesome moments -- that was okay with me. Seeing the killer Uncharted 2 footage was, as the other gents have noted, fantastic. I was also extremely pleased to see another Final Fantasy announced (an exclusive, no less). In fact, exclusives seemed to be a pretty important element to the conference: an exclusive portable Metal Gear Solid, an exclusive new game from Rockstar (the Agent), Uncharted 2, God of War III, Gran Turismo -- when you stand back and consider how many awesome games are only landing on the PS3, it's quite impressive.
But then, of course, there are the let-downs. Like no PS3 price drop, which Chris Roper officially claimed was "suicide." And as Greg called out, the price of the PSPgo is steep.
As for the motion controller... I'm impressed, but I think Project Natal is even more impressive. Why use wands when you can just use your entire body?
Then again, seeing the next Team ICO project officially shown was, for lack of a better word, magical. I can't wait for that game.
Re: Sony e3 09 conference analysis
I didn't expect Sony to announce a price cut nor a Slim PS3. Given the price point of the PSP-Go, I believe PS3's price will be reduced after the release of the Go. They need something to compensate for the losses made per PS3, and the Go just might be it.
But even that won't get them far. The Go already costs as much as an arcade 360 and Wii, so given that, the Go will also need a price cut pretty soon after its release. Whatever the case, Sony is in an extremely tough position. Taking on two billion-dollar firms in two different markets at the same time. (handheld and home console markets)
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