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Gamescom 2011- Sony conference sees PS3 drop to £199

Tuesday, 16th August 2011 17:35 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

During Sony’s gamescom press conference a newer model PSP was announced for $99, along with PS3 being cut globally to $249/€249. Check out highlights from our liveblog below.

Sony presser highlights


PS3 price-cut goes into effect immediately for $249/£199/€249.

PS3 installed base in Europe sits at nearly 22 million units.

A new PSP model is coming out and will run you $99.

Essentials will now be priced at $9.99£9.99/€9.99.

InFamous 2: Festival of Blood hitting PSN in October.

Resistance on Vita is now known as Resistance: Burning Skies. Does not star Grayson or Hale.

Skype and Foursquare were confirmed for Vita.

Assassin’s Creed, Rayman Origins, Lumines, Asphalt, MJ: The Experience and Dungeon Hunter,Call of Duty, Dust 514 all coming to Vita.

Escape Plan and Reality Fighters announced.

Amazon broke the news of a PS3 price-cut earlier today before Sony could announce it. However, the listing was pulled, so we had to wait on the official announcement from the firm to confirm it. The cut is effective immediately, so if you have been holding out on one, hop to it.

Ubisoft also announced its Vita line-up before Sony had the chance. The firm said Assassin’s Creed for the handheld would be released in 2012, and to expect Rayman Origins, Lumines, Asphalt, Michael Jackson: The Experience and Dungeon Hunter for it as well.

The European market

Sony Europe’s Andrew House took the stage, to chat about how important the European market is to Sony, and talk about how during the presser the firm would take a look at what is “now, new, and next,” and discuss how it plans to continue to challenge the industry with “new innovation, new technology.”

He also mentioned how Sony is focusing on connected devices and who it is exploring this with PSN as “connected devices will be key to our future.” He also talked about how the firm’s network is a point of access to a variety of services like Vidzone, MUBI, video delviery service, Qoricity and more.

“The consumer is in control like never before,” he said.

House then went on to introduce Jim Ryan, his upcoming replacement as president of SCEE, as House is now SCEI president in Tokyo from September 1. Kaz Hirai will become chairman.

Ryan took the opportunity to touch upon Vita and its SIXAXIS motion technology, front and rear cameras, and its two models: wi-fi and 3G. He also discussed Near, Party, and Live Area which is the social aspect for the handheld. FourSquare, Facebook and Twitter are all optimised for Vita, as well as a trophy application for Vita and PS3.

The group messaging app will allow messaging between PSN pals, and all Vita games will be available on the PS Store, as well as currently available PSP titles.

“Vita will enjoy an always-connected experience,” he said before introducing a video showing how all these social options for Vita work which displayed the phrases: “Challenge everywhere. Compete Everywhere. Never Lose Touch with your Friends. Join Forces, whoever you are.”

WipeOut was briefly shown the video.

Resistance: Burning Skies for Vita

“The consumer is in control like never before.Vita will enjoy an always-connected experience.”

Sony WWS came on stage to demo Resistance: Burning Skies for Vita, which is a “brand new experience we’ve made with Insomniac.” The demo shown took place on Ellis Island and with fireman Tom, not Grayson or Hale, who uses his fireaxe via the touch-screen to chop up Chimera.

The game takes place when the Chimera started its invasion of the US seen in Resistance 2. There’s a new cover system in the game which is automated and it doesn’t lock to the player. While you’re in cover, you can throw grenades using the touch screen.

A brand new weapon called the Chimera chain-gun was demoed, along with the Chimera trying to burrow into a US lab. It’s part of a playable demo on floor at gamescom.

Vita’s touch screen

Michael Denny, vice president of Sony Worldwide Studios Europe, came on stage to introduce the touch section of Vita, which showed LittelBigPlanet, and how parts of the real world can be used in the game using Vita’s cameras.

Dani Naurben and John McLaughlin from WWS came on stage to show a new Vita title called Reality Fighters, which is an AR game.

Andy House and Jim Ryan came on stage to demo it, with their in-game avatars fighting each other – each one shaped like both. House gave Ryan a hammer blow, and they both continued fighting until Ryan lost.

Escape Plan

Michael Denny came back out to introduce another new title for Vita called Escape Plan, where you must help the characters Lil and Laarg escape by any means. They look like little balloon people of sorts.

The main goal of the game is not to die, and they can die in silly ways such as tripping over or getting bunted into the air and smashed by a safe. It looked rather interesting.

Third-parties and PSP for $99

Ryan came back onto the stage to announce FIFA for Vita, as well as Ubisoft’s six titles Assassin’s Creed, Rayman Origins, Lumines, Asphalt, MJ: The Experience and Dungeon Hunter. Others include Call of Duty, Dust 514 and Assassin’s Creed was dated for 2012.

He also announced a a new PSP model which will run you $99/£99/€99/AUD $140. Essentials priced at $9.99£9.99/€9.99 as well.

Move takes the stage

“PlayStation 3 is as relevant now as it is now, and one such experience only possible on PS3 is Move,” said Denny.

There’ll be full Move functionality in FIFA 12, as well as the new game Move Fitness coming later this year.

“We have great visual titles coming out his year,” he added.

DanceStar Party was shown, and even Diversity came on stage to dance.

PS3, InFamous 2: Festival of Blood, Uncharted 3

“PlayStation 3 is as relevant now as it is now, and one such experience only possible on PS3 is Move,” said Denny.

PS3 installed base in Europe sits at nearly 22 million units, said Denny.

A Resistance 3 video was shown with a girl talking about Grayson’s trip to New York in order to stop the Chimera threat. It was rather nice trailer, and of course the game is out September 6 in the US and September 7 in Europe.

InFamous 2: Festival of Blood was announced, and its slated for release in October on PSN. It’s a brand new experience, and it sees vampires rampaging across New Marais. Cole has been attacked, and he only has one night to find a cure.

Jim Ryan also welcomed Naughty Dog’s Arne Myer who showed an Uncharted 3 demo featuring Drake and Elena in an airfield. It was part of the demo shown to the press at E3 this year.

Drake asked Elena to take the jeep and get out of danger, the enemy spotted him, she took him to a plane, he got on it through the wheels, and he and an enemy fought it out. Drake was almost pushed out of the plane. The demo ending with him hanging on for dear life as cargo from the plane’s bay was falling towards him.

Ryan took the stage once more to announce that the 3D TV announced at E3 is coming to Europe so folks can enjoy many things including UC3 with the tech and costs €499 Euros and comes with two pair of 3D glasses.

Andrew House then came back on to announce today’s global PS3 price-cut of $249/€249.

Pat since confirmed that PS3 will cost £199 in the UK effect immediately.

Australians will have to wait until August 22 to benefit from the cut, with SCE Australia confirming an AUD $350 price tag for the 160GB, and AUD $450 for the 320 GB – an AUD $150 drop on both.

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46 Comments

  1. NoxNoctisUmbra

    new SLIM? cheaper PS3? I wonder if they show a new game! Maybe updated PSN? wohooo

    #1 3 years ago
  2. NoxNoctisUmbra

    WOOT!

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Sini

    Show me sony why i should not buy a 3ds instead during the holidays

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Gekidami

    Watching the live video. Pat, do something so we can see you!

    #4 3 years ago
  5. CaptKillsteal

    A release date for Vita will be nice, but I doubt I’ll buy one until they announce MHF3 is being released in the US.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. El_MUERkO

    http://blog.us.playstation.com/2011/08/16/watch-the-gamescom-press-conference-live/

    #6 3 years ago
  7. pha1r

    Anyone else hope they announce jak and daxter for ps3?

    #7 3 years ago
  8. distraet

    The official Swedish PS site did date PS Vita for February/March 2012 earlier today, but maybe we’ll get the exact date during the presser.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Gekidami

    Johnny should have expected a delay, they’re always late…

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Erthazus

    I’m not sure that something can surprise me or win me after “That” Battlefield 3 trailer. (Not even NC soft new game, unless i don’t know.. figs can fly)

    But VITA date and possibly new Quantic Dream game could be a good start.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Sini

    shit audio quality, holy fuck one boring ass suit then they bring another :(

    #11 3 years ago
  12. El_MUERkO

    LOL @ Jim’s shirt!

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Gekidami

    He forgot to turn his mic off there.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. El_MUERkO

    And his mic is still on backstage, he ‘struggles with’ something, probably his horrendous sense of fashion…. BOOOSH!

    #14 3 years ago
  15. Len

    Lol, exactly my first thought about his shirt.

    His wife is gonna kill him!

    #15 3 years ago
  16. el duderino

    Dude escape plan actually looks good

    #16 3 years ago
  17. El_MUERkO

    Full move interaction in FIFA 13 [pause for applause] … …. … … *silence*

    #17 3 years ago
  18. Erthazus

    Escape Plan – want!

    I like adventure games. Really appreciate Sony for making risk in these games.

    Sony you are gre…..

    Move fitness.

    OH COME ON………………. ??????

    #18 3 years ago
  19. Stephany Nunneley

    @6 is the link not in there? I see it on this end.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. revolting

    @ Stephany It is there, yes.

    So far the Sony conference has not at all excited me, although I did like the look of Escape Plan.

    Slightly nonplussed at the revelation of yet another PSP model.

    Edited to add… first Move Fitness and now Diversity? Really, Sony? Trying extra hard to alienate core gamers this year?

    #20 3 years ago
  21. El_MUERkO

    I didn’t spot it at first.

    #21 3 years ago
  22. revolting

    Heh. Complete lack of reaction to Diversity says it all.

    #22 3 years ago
  23. Fin

    @20

    “Alienate core gamers this year?”

    Ur, you do know Killzone released in Q1 and Resistance and Uncharted will both be released by the end of this year?

    #23 3 years ago
  24. Erthazus

    infamous 2… vampires? ?

    #24 3 years ago
  25. revolting

    @23 I meant with that portion of this year’s presentation, obviously. You have to admit it was a fairly offputting jump to an excessively long jazzercise game followed by a dance routine.

    Thankfully, it was followed by a neat Resistance video and a bizarre inFamous 2 video… I love inFamous 2, and vampires are fun, but the two don’t belong together. Very weird.

    #25 3 years ago
  26. El_MUERkO

    Now that was fucking cool!

    #26 3 years ago
  27. onlineatron

    inFamous: Bloody Twilight best be akin to the Red Dead Zambie expansion. I want it to be completely redonk.

    #27 3 years ago
  28. funkstar

    that GO UP AND BOW stuff on the livestream as diversity finished and nobody clapped was pretty funny

    #28 3 years ago
  29. Erthazus

    Presentation was ok, but good to see the details on Vita. Everything else is meh at best…

    Uncharted 3 demo was nice. Much better then E3 demo.

    #29 3 years ago
  30. onlineatron

    Despite how awful the conference was, it’s pretty much sealed my desire to get a PSV. Escape Plan looks cool, Rayman Origins (and Lumines!), Resistance, LBP. All cool games that I’d like to own.

    Uncharted 3 looked amazing, natch, and the price-cut finally makes me able to buy a PS3 for Uni!

    #30 3 years ago
  31. El_MUERkO

    Resistance on the PSV was the first footage of a PSV game I have not been impressed by, hopefully it’s an early build.

    #31 3 years ago
  32. SplatteredHouse

    I liked the Resistance trailer, inspired by the artist. I didn’t like Sony showing how they get stuck playing catch-up when a third-party can’t/won’t throw them a bone, too.

    Almost everything else I wasn’t interested in, although Nathan Drake channeling his inner Bond (wasn’t that cargo ramp sequence torn wholesale from a JB film. I KNOW I’ve seen it before somewhere anyway), well it’s Uncharted. No complaints from me as I like the IP.

    Escape Plan did look fun, but I wanted to see more Gravity Daze. Not as much as a mention. :(
    If I had to grade this conference overall, it’d be a negative mark with a few very dispersed redeeming qualities. diversitylol.

    #32 3 years ago
  33. Razor

    That was awful, one of the worst conferences I’ve ever seen.

    I feel bad for Johnny and Pat who couldn’t mute it or switch off :)

    #33 3 years ago
  34. revolting

    @32 yes, The Living Daylights, and I thought the same throughout the entire fight sequence.

    #34 3 years ago
  35. KAP

    @32

    Thats a bit harsh dude. The Uncharted 3 demo was fuckin epic.. I’d like to know how many scenes like that youve seen in a videogame, to that quality? not many.. be honest.

    Overall, the conference wasnt bad, wasnt great but wasnt bad though…

    #35 3 years ago
  36. SplatteredHouse

    I also had to laugh at the daft uses of “Only/Exclusive On” labels. I think at one point there was “Only on Move”, when the game had the Move name as part of the title. /o\

    #36 3 years ago
  37. Sini

    Vita main memory 512MB + 128MB. ’nuff said, they’ve learned from ps3 at least. Yes, more than either ps3 or 360. For a nice little handheld that’s some beast specs.

    #37 3 years ago
  38. onlineatron

    Am I the only one who thought Resistance 3′s entire art design should’ve been handled by Olly Moss? I hope he gets the bug and opts to do the art for another game.

    #38 3 years ago
  39. Yoshi

    Ohhh Sony so damn close, but then you had to show us that horrible DanceStar Party trailer XD

    #39 3 years ago
  40. daytripper

    thought it was a bad conference apart from the excellent uncharted 3 showing

    #40 3 years ago
  41. Christopher Jack

    The conference itself was average at the best of times, but Sony definitely brought it when you go back & look at the features of their conferrable.
    * PS3 price drop
    * affordable PSP revision (anyone else puzzled by the lack of WiFi?)
    * new game announcements
    Being the big highlights.

    #41 3 years ago
  42. Gekidami

    ^ I guess the wifi module must be pretty expensive. Thats why they cut it.

    #42 3 years ago
  43. Erthazus

    Wi-Fi module is not very expensive.
    I think they just want to milk PSP.

    I think it’s a bad idea considering they have PS3 and Vita for 249.

    #43 3 years ago
  44. Christopher Jack

    I think the new PSP would be perfect for kids but even better suited for developing countries in Asia, Africa & South America but will alienate current & previous users who owned digital content as did the PSP Go did to those who owned physical software.

    #44 3 years ago
  45. Blerk

    It’s the 160gb PS3 at £199, right? Not the 320gb one?

    #45 3 years ago
  46. Luminator

    Wait a minute… Since when does one dollar equal one euro ?

    #46 3 years ago

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