Eyes on E3: Sony Comes Out Swinging

So E3 has come and gone. Microsoft had Cirque du Soleil present the Kinect. Nintendo announced pretty much everything that anyone could possibly ask of them. Sony had Kevin Butler: VP of Life, The Universe, and Everything. In his rallying cry, Kevin Butler rocked the show with a message of peace and love, calling upon gamers to cut out all the nonsense and just play games.

Sony’s focus this year was split between two big areas that they’re pushing hard: 3D gaming and the Move Motion Controller. While both involve additional hardware purchases, 3D is proving the harder sell because the user needs to buy a new 3DTV and glasses as opposed to a $50 wand. For those who do go for it, there are currently three games available to play in 3D: Super Stardust HD, Pain, and WipeOut. Additional titles coming down the line that will support 3D include Gran Turismo 5, Mortal Kombat, Motorstorm Apocalypse, Killzone 3, and Tron Evolution. This is really the obvious next step forward in AV tech, but it strikes me as jumping the gun a bit on Sony’s part. The cheapest 3D Bravia they sell is a 40-inch set for $2099.99. Other retailers and manufacturers may have smaller, cheaper televisions, but the fact of the matter is that the cost of entry right now is too high for the average consumer.

The Move, however, finds itself reasonably priced at $49.99 per wand. There will be a bundle available which include the necessary Playstation Eye as well as a move and Move Sports Champions for $99.99, undercutting the cost of Microsoft’s Kinect by $50. There will be an optional “Navigation Controller” available for $29.99, but players have the option of using a regular Dual Shock controller in its place if they don’t want to throw down the extra money. A number of games shown required the user to use two Move wands, but it remains to be seen whether or not that is the case when it is released in the Fall of 2010.

Software support for the Move is plentiful, from both first and third party developers. Socom 4, Killzone 3, Little Big Planet 2, and Tetsuya Mizuguchi’s Child of Eden were among the games confirmed to support motion control. In a partnership with EA, the highly anticipated Dead Space 2 will have a PS3-exclusive limited edition that includes a version of former Wii-exclusive Dead Space Extraction compatible with the Move. One of my recent arcade addictions, Razing Storm will be released for the PS3 as part of the Time Crisis series, alongside a $20 “Shooting Attachment” that the Move connects to.

So what do you think, folks? Is this enough to sell you a new 3DTV or another set of phallic wands for your living room?

Posted on June 19, 2010 at 23:50 by Rajiv Miller · Permalink
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