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  • Sony E3 2011 Press Conference Roundup: PlayStation Vita release date and pricing announced. God of War Origins Collection, Sly Cooper 4, Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Wipeout 2048, Dust 514, Medieval Moves shown

    7 June 2011
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    A cool view of the Sony Pre-E3 2011 Press Conference stage and blue lighting
    At Sony’s Pre-E3 2011 Press Conference, the PS Vita was officially revealed as the new name for what was known as the NGP or Next Generation Portable. While Sony’s conference did not offer a slew of all-new releases, they did give a vast number of new details for highly anticipated games like Uncharted 3: Drake’s deception, Resistance 3, Bioshock Infinite, InFamous 2, Starhawk, Dust 514, Star Trek and more.

    New game announcements were also revealed such as NBA 2K12 (demoed onstage by Kobe Bryant of the Lakers, live and in-person!), God of War Origins Collection for PS3, Sly Cooper 4: Thieves in Time and an all-new 3D TV that features an insanely unique ability to give split-screen gamers their own fullscreen using one display through a special 3D mode. This TV will be priced affordably along with new 3D glasses and bundled with PlayStation products including the PlayStation Move and a new gun-accessory.

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  • But the main focus and the talk of the town regarding Sony was the full reveal of their PSP2, the successor to the PlayStation Portable, now known officially as PlayStation Vita. This was the focus of the entire second half of Sony’s E3 2011 Press Conference and they announced an number of top-tier games coming to the device including Uncharted: Golden Abyss, LittleBigPlanet, ModNation Racers, a new action RPG that uses social networking and unique online play called “Ruin”, and Capcom’s Street Fighter X Tekken.

    A full breakdown of the event and what was shown along with videos for each title can be seen below. Simply click the name of the game you want to see and read about in the Table of Contents.

    Don’t forget to check out our E3 2011 Schedule and Showtimes/E3 history page to see all of the E3 2011 publisher-held conferences and when they are scheduled, and to read our Electronic Entertainment Expo coverage going back to 2006!

    Table of Contents

    The conference starts with a video roll of games for all of Sony’s devices including the Vita, PS3 and PlayStation Move-supported titles.

    Sony doesn’t miss a bit once the conference starts, addressing the PSN outtage head on. They thank retail partners for giving them shelf space when there “was no PlayStation brand” and developers for their patience and understanding.

    “Consumers are the lifeblood of the company, without you there is no PlayStation” says Sony Computer Entertainment America CEO Jack Tretton . He also personally apologizes. He then states that PlayStation Network activity is now at over 90% usage after outage following the hack attack, the highest ever. Says they are committed now more than ever to making the PSN more secure and entertaining. To them the outtage proved the value and dedication fans have towards the PlayStation Network and their online and device connectivity.

    New partnership with CinemaNow to bring TV shows and movies to PSN

    Says the PS3 is the most connected device today, powered by PSN. One reason is due to free access to Hulu, Vudu, MLB TV, NHL Gamecenter Live, Music Unlimited (8 million songs) and Netflix. PS3 is the leading device for watching Netflix. Announces a new media partner later this year with CinemaNow, a leading provider of instant access to TV show and movies that will further broaden the features and entertainment and value that the PlayStation Network offers.

    Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

    Naughty Dog comes on the stage to demonstrate and discuss Uncharted 3. June 20th multiplayer beta, unique exprience of single-player brought to multiplayer they claim! Not shown at press conference. They announce a partnership with Subway, where you can pick up the complete multiplayer experience during October. NOT the beta, but a unique opportunity to gain access to the ENTIRE multiplayer before it hits stores. Uncharted 3 in stereoscopic 3D is then shown with a new trailer. November 1, 2011 release date.

    Here is the E3 2011 Sony Press Conference trailer and first gameplay footage and stage demo for Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception.

    Here’s the E3 2011 Uncharted 3 trailer in high quality.

    Last but not least, here is some multiplayer gampelay of Uncharted 3 not shown at the Sony keynote.

    Resistance 3

    Insomniac, creators of Ratchet & Clank and Spyro is up next. Marcus Smith comes on stage to demo Resistance 3, where the chimera have won the war and the last Sentinel has left his family in Oklahoma to go to New York to fight them. The demo shown takes place in St. Luis, where the main character meets young rebels called Remnants. They join together to ambush the Chimera. Gameplay is then demoed. A new PS3 “Sharpshooter” accessory is unveiled along with a new bundle that will include the Sharpshooter, Move, Navigation Controller and a PS Eye camera for $150. Resistance will also support the stereoscopic 3D and the PlayStation Move. The Resistance 3 release date is September 6, 2011.

    Here is the Resistance 3 E3 2011 Sony Press Conference gameplay demo.

    And here is the Resistance 3 E3 2011 trailer.

    God of War Origins Collection and ICO Shadow of the Colossus Collection (PS3)

    Sony says they are committed to 3D. And makes new announcements: First up is the God of War Origins Collection, remastered PS3-editions of the PSP titles God of War: Chains of Olympus and Ghost of Sparta. Next is the ICO and Shadow of the Colussus Collection. Both are coming in September and fully support stereoscopic 3D.

    Here is the E3 2011 trailer for the God of War Origins Collection.

    PlayStation 3D TV

    Sony claims more than 100 3D supported games are now on PS3. PS3 is the platform for your 3D fix, also supports 3D movies (don’t forget). Sony has big plans for 3D, and plans to break the mold of the price entry barrier that has kept people away. To that end, they announce two new 3D hardware products. The first is a PlayStation-branded 3D display that is a 24-inch HD 3D TV. But it has an amazing new feature! It allows 2 people to see unique fullscreen images on the same display while playing splitscreen! The 2nd peripheral is an affordable pair of active 3D glasses that work with a variety of TVs and displays. Both will be released this fall. Paired with the new 3D glasses, a 6 foot HDMI cable and Resistance 3, the new TV bundle is priced at an affordable $499. $70 for the 3D glasses alone. Sony is focused on broadening 3D with these new devices. They are additionally very focused on the PlayStation Move which enhances the stereoscopic 3D experience. PSMove has sold over 8.8 million units worldwide and over 200 games will support Move by the end of the year.

    Here is the announcement for the new Sony 3D TV and Glasses.

    NBA 2K12 demoed by Kobe Bryant

    NBA 2K11 sold 5 million copies and won over 20 Sports Game of the Year Awards. NBA 2012 is then demonstrated with the first gameplay footage of the game with a live demo. They key new feature is called “NBA on the Move” which features intutive controls using the PlayStation Move. To make the event even more exciting, the NBA Most Valuable Player for 2011 and All-Star, the Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant, comes onstage to demo the game live and in person!

    Here is the video of NBA 2K12 and Kobe Bryant playing the game.

    Medieval Moves: Deadmund’s Quest

    Medieval Moves: Dead Man’s Quest is announced as an all-new fantasy action adventure game where you seamlessly switch gameplay types by using the PlayStation Move. The game features no Equipment menu or inventory, instead you naturally switch between different types of weapons (Sword and Shield, Throwing Star, Bow and Arrow) and equipment to fight with from an over-the-shoulder style, while simply making the motions to use the weapons.

    Here is the E3 2011 Medieval Moves: Deadmund’s Quest stage demo from Sony’s keynote.

    InFamous 2

    They showed an all-new trailer for InFamous 2. Announces that you will be able to create and share your own missions with a new mode in InFamous 2 and then those missions are seamlessly integrated into the single-player of other people playing the game who are connected online (this was already known however). And that it will support the PlayStation Move.

    LittleBigPlanet 2 Move update

    Sony announced that LittleBigPlanet 2 will be getting a huge Move update that will expand the game even further.

    Starhawk

    Sony then shows an impressive new CG trailer for Starhawk.

    Sly Cooper 4: Thieves of Time

    An all new Sly Cooper game is announced with a debut CG trailer. Sly Cooper: Thieves of Time, in the trailer it shows what we think is Sly running through the city until at the end he pulls a mask off, revealing it was really Demetri. Coming 2012.

    Here is the E3 2011 debut trailer for Sly Cooper: Thieves of Time.

    And here is some debut gameplay of Sly 4 that wasn’t shown at the Conference.

    Dust 514 (PS3/Vita)

    CCP CEO Hilmar Veigar Pétursson comes on stage for Dust 514, announces it is exclusely for PS3. Taking console shooter and connecting it directly to a PC MMO. Dust will connect to the Eve MMO to create one massive and unique universe. Supports Move, will have a dedicated PlayStation Home space, and will extend to the Viva. Shows new extremely impressive gameplay trailer. Graphics are insane. Closed beta for end of year, full release in 2012.

    Here is the E3 2011 Sony Press Conference trailer for Dust 514.

    Here is the CCP President talking about the game at the show.

    Bioshock Infinite (PS3/Vita)

    An impressive Bioshock Infinite trailer is shown. Graphics look like an animated CG feature film! Ken Levine comes on stage. He talks about how he disparaged the PlayStation Move motion controller in an interview, and later got a call from Sony. He expected it to be awkward with lots of gnashing of teeth, and remarks how they don’t do the whole *makes golf and tennis swinging gestures* thing and…. *does a little dance* No they don’t do that, they do “core” games played with a controller. Instead of saying what he thought they would though, Sony called and told him they wanted to make him into a believe. And that it wasn’t about gestures, it was about removing the barrier of entry for those who don’t use controllers and enhancing the experience with the Move. So after seeing it he came around and naturally, the game will support Move. Ken promises a lot of cool ideas using it. In addition, the PS3 version wiill include the original Bioshock on the same Bluray disc as an exclusive bonus.

    Then Ken reveals that Irrational Games is working on a Bioshock-related Vita project, but doesn’t reveal what it is or show anything on it.

    Here is the Bioshock Infinite E3 2011 Sony Press Conference trailer.

    Saints Row: The Third

    Saints Row: The Third will include an exclusive game mode and content for the PS3 version. Releases November 15, 2011.

    Star Trek 2012 videogame

    The new self-titled Star Trek game tied with next year’s film will be a co-op action adventure and will be fully compatible with Move. The PS3 version will include a unique Phaser peripheral that will be released alongside the game! Additionally, a Star Trek PSN digital only prequel will also be released on PSN and will be both Move enabled and playable in stereoscopic 3D. A pre-Alpha trailer was shown of in-game footage. The game is so far called simply “Star Trek”.

    Here is the E3 2011 Sony Press Conference trailer.

    SSX 2011, Battlefield 3, Need for Speed: The Run

    Three new EA games are coming with exclusive PS3 support. SSX 2011 for PS3 will feature Mt. Fuji as an exclusive level. It features 10 unique drop points and was realistically recreated using Nasa satellite data. Next up, Need for Speed: The Run features 8 of the hottest supercars and the PS3 version will feature a special bonus disc that includes 7 exclusive supercars. Finally, this Fall EA will release Battlefield 3. The PS3 version will use the extra Blu-ray space to add a full copy of the Battlefield 1943 videogame on the disc as an exclusive free extra. Sony says EA is also making NGP games.

    PlayStation Suite and PlayStation Vita

    Sony then talked of their 10 year vision that they had planned for the PS3 and PSP. Mobile entertainment was delivered with the original PSP in 2004, which beat out the mobile devices currently on the market but offering home console-style experiences you couldn’t find anywhere else. But now mobile technology from the likes of Apple and Android has caught up to being able to offer similar experiences to home consoles. How do they deliver a PS level experience to a wider audience? By using PlayStation Suite, starting with bringing PlayStation to non-PlayStation devices. They’ll bring it to Android and various tablets. He believes it will bring in new people to the core Sony devices of the PS3 and PSP2/NGP/Vita.

    And now the big reveal. The PSP2 is officially named PlayStation Vita. Vita mean life and the new system blurs the line between entertainment and your real life like never before. Vita includes two sticks for dual-shock like control, a stunning multitouch screen, front and rear touchpads, Sixaxis motion sensing and front and rear cameras allowing for Augmented Reality experiences. It has wi-fi and 3G wi-fi models. Allows for social networking and location-based gaming. AT&T will be the exclusive carrier for Vita in the U.S. People who already have an AT&T Service plan will gain free access at more than 24,000 AT&T wi-fi hotspots across the nation. He then discusses the new Party and Near services. Party and Near will power the social networking experience of Vita. Sony promises Vita will revolutionize the portable experience by marrying the new features with the PSN. Vita titles will have many types of cross-functionality. Cloud-saves, online competition between PS3 and Vita and content-sharing are different ways to go between platforms and are now possible with Vita.

    The Vita Wifi only costs $250 with 3G costing $300.

    Here is the debut of PlayStation Vita from Sony’s E3 2011 Press Conference.

    Uncharted: Golden Abyss (Vita)

    Sony Bend who worked on Syphon Filter and Resistance for PSP, are developing Uncharted: Golden Abyss. The developers show a gameplay demo of the new game. Instead of using Square button for melee combat you can attack the enemy at various points by using the touch screen. you can use sixaxis to tilt in the direction you want Drake to jump when climbing for example. And while you choose to use buttons, you can also use the touchscreen to drag to where you want Drake to leap and climb along a wall by drawing a line to grabable objects, likewise you can simply tap to have him climb to a certain point. You can use “Painting Ledges” to draw the route you want him to climb while on a wall. You can even tap an enemy who’s above you to throw him over the ledge. You can also tap to use blindfire and perform other shooting mechanics. The graphics are mighty impressive, looks like a PS3 game. To reload you can tap the weapon icon on the screen or tap a weapon on the floor to pick up a new gun. Rear touch also incorporated but wasn’t shown.

    Here is the debut gameplay of Uncharted: Golden Abyss for the PS3 from Sony’s E3 2011 Press Conference.

    Ruin (Vita)

    “Ruin”. is a new “Social Action RPG” played from a isometric perspective. It is an Action-based RPG. Features a dynamic battlefield and multiple classes. Warrior class combat is based around action and reflex gameplay that requires you to pess the buttons to attack (i.e. not stat-based). In Ruin other players connected online are your in-game rival, a stranger you’ve never even met can become your Rival. And the choices you make can help, hinder or even harm them. Everything you do is posted through the PSN and social networks like Twitter, Facebook and the Ruin community site. Rivals will have lairs that they build that are like dungeons that you will play through, and the choices your Rival makes will change the level that you will be traversing. As your Rival grows in power, his dungeon will become more complex and difficult. Events happen in realtime and you’ll get more loot as you defend your lair from attacks. You’ll always be connected with your Rival. Ruin will also have a PS3 version that will work directly with the Vita version. Game data is saved on the cloud and transferable to either version, so you can pick up where you left off on PS3 from Vita and vice-versa. You can take it whereve you go including your living room. Cloud based saves for instant action on PS3 only available on PlayStation.

    Here is the debut gameplay from Ruin for Vita from Sony’s E3 2011 Press Conference.

    ModNation Racers

    ModNation Racers has been revealed for Vita. the game is an entire new experience, not a port of the PS3 or PSP version but built specifically to use the feature set of Vita. You can create a track instantly by just drawing the track using the touchscreen and your finger. Building tracks is very fun and intuitive and easy. You can use multiple touchpoints at the back to build mountains or use the touchscreen to depress the ground. Tricks are done with the right stick. Owners of the Vita version will have access to 2 million mods, tracks, etc. from day one from the PS3 version.

    Here is the stage demo from Sony’s E3 2011 keynote of ModNation Racers playing on Vita.

    Here is additionally gameplay of ModNation Racers Vita.

    Wipeout 2048 (PS3/Vita)

    Wipeout 2048 is announced. The new Vita/PS3 game features 8 player play using either Vita or PS3 and features “crossplay” allowing you to pick up and play the game on either system and across the two. The game features 10 new tracks, 20 new ships, and takes place 30 years from now. The game also features motion sensing to tilt the Vita to move your craft and touch-based weapon shooting. You can also play online and view your opponents via video thanks to the built-in Vita cameras. You can also use the social networking features of Vita to brag about your best times, share replays, and more.

    LittleBigPlanet Vita

    LittleBigPlanet, the original game for PS3, started the Play.Create.Share concept. And LBP Vita version will expand the franchise with Vita-based features and functionality. It will offer all-new ways to play using the touchscreen, tilt, rear-touch and new multiplayer modes. Pass’n’Play, Multi-Touch, and online as well. New trailer shown. New ways to create by simply touching and drawing and using the camera feature to bring in objects as well as all the tools from the PS3 version and sharing between titles! Called ‘LittleBigPlanet” but with a “touch” thumbprint in the logo. LBP “Touch”? LBP Vita is what they called it.

    Here is the debut trailer for LittleBigPlanet Vita from Sony’s E3 2011 Press Conference.

    Street Fighter X Tekken (Vita/PS3)

    To wrap up the show, Capcom comes onstage to show off Street Fighter x Tekken for Vita. Impressive but short new trailer is shown featuring handdrawn style graphics. Cole from InFamous will be playable character! Exclusive to the Vita version. Producer Yoshinori Ono pulls Vita out of his pocket and demos the game with the latest version running in realtime. Unique electrical moves and flying attacks that Cole brings fit nicely with the other game characters he says. The Vita also features simple commands that can be used via the touchscreen.

    Here is the debut trailer and gameplay of Street Fighter X Tekken for Vita.

    To close, more than 80 titles are in development from EA, Ubisoft, Capcom, THQ, Activision and virtually every publisher for Vita. A brief video roll showcases a ton of Vita games. The Vita will be available this holiday in the two models, wifi and 3G.

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