PlayStation Press Conference Liveblog @ E3 2008

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1.04 – “If this is year 2 of the PS3 life cycle, imagine what year 10 will bring.” Jack signs off. What did you think?

1.02 – MAG trailer shown. It bears repeating – 256 players! Land and air battles going on (with paratroopers), really, it’s pretty huge. Big applause.

12.59 – A brand new game revealed for the first time – MAG. Andy Beaudoin from Zipper Interactive details this Massive Action Game (get it?). MAG will support up to 256 players (!) MAG is squad-based, with teams broken down into 8 players, with fine-tuned soldier types, ongoing campaigns and character growth.

12.58 – InFamous – it’s up to you to save or destroy an entire city. Trailer shown with in-game footage. Looks awesome, though I invite you to judge for yourself when you see the video. Out Spring 09.

12.57 – Now a look of what’s to come: God of War III trailer shown! “In the end, there will be only chaos.”

12.55 – Now to show the games, in montage: LittleBigPlanet, MotorStorm Pacific Rift, 007 Quantum of Solace, SOCOM Confrontation, Ghostbusters, Soul Calibur IV (Vader!!), Resistance 2, The Agency, Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm, Mirror’s Edge, Resident Evil 5, Singstar, Guitar Hero World Tour, NBA 09 The Inside, Buzz! Quiz TV, Killzone 2, Fallout 3, Valkyria Chronicles, and more.


12.51 – Developers from Treyarch, EA Tiburon, Ubisoft, Bethesda, 2K Marin, and Lucas Arts are shown on video talking about how much more they’ve learned about programming for the PS3, and how that’s going to pay off in games like Far Cry 2, The Force Unleashed, Prince of Persia, Call of Duty World at War, Madden NFL 09, and Fallout 3. “We’re just beginning to scratch the surface of what PS3 is capable of.”

12.48 – New Hardware package: the 80 GB Core Pack coming this fall $399 – 40 more GB at that price, plus DualShock 3.

12.46 – Lee: “You can stop imagining now.” Video shown featuring lots of DC Legends like Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, the Joker, and more.

12.43 – Mr. Lee is a HUGE MMO fan, been playing since Everquest began… so this is a dream project for him. “Imagine being able to create your own superhero… and help Batman take on the Joker… that’s a cool image.”

12.41 – SOE – Sony Online Entertainment – bringing titles to PlayStation 3. Jim Lee (of comic book fame) on stage now to preview DC Universe online. He’s doing 1-armed push-ups. Don’t hurt your inking hand!

12.39 – “Let’s return to PLAYSTATION 3” – Life with PlayStation will provide live news, weather, and more and it’ll be available by the end of the month.


12.35 With an install base of over 35 million worldwide, many more PSP games are on the way. Montage shown, featuring Patapon 2, The Force Unleashed, Super Stardust Portable, Madden 09, LocoRoco 2, NBA 09 The Inside, Lego Batman, and Buzz Master Quiz.

12.33 – For the first time ever revealed – Resistance for PSP… Resistance Retribution! Out Spring 2009.

12.31 – On to the PSP – announcing a new PSP Entertainment Pack – in October we’ll launch the Ratchet & Clank Size Matters pack, which includes the PSP-2000, National Treasure 2, a 1GB memory card, and echochrome.

12.30 – Eric demonstrates how to copy movies to the PSP. You can do this either through a PS3, or through the PC Store. BTW, this video download service will be available TONIGHT (applause). We’ll be adding new titles each week.

12.29 – “How long will it take to download an SD movie?” The answer is about an hour for a 2 hour movie. However, with progressive downloading, you can begin watching your video almost instantaneously.

12.25 – Eric Lempel takes the stage (you remember him, right), to show a live demo of the video download service – it’s part of the existing PLAYSTATION Store – there’s a new video tab. Each studio has a page. Eric shows how to buy, rent, or preview a movie.

12.23 – Jack talks about the new video download service. On Day 1 – Sony Pictures, Fox, MGM, Lions Gate, Warner Brothers, Disney, and more will have content available. A huge differentiator – you can take movies and tv on the go via PSP.


12.19 – Jack Tretton PlayStation Home: “Your patience will be more than rewarded.” We’ve got great publisher support on game-specific spaces. A new video is debuted showing more of what Home’s experience will be all about.

12.17 – Gran Turismo TV introduced – racing video content coming to Gran Turismo 5 Prologue, shows like Top Gear and other original content in Hi Def. Gearheads will definitely be all over this. Lots of international content. Launches August 1st.

12.14 – Jack Tretton: “We’re not interested in filling up our store with games that nobody wants to play, just so we can say ‘we have the most games.'” He follows this up with a trailer showing a number of upcoming PSN games like PixelJunk Eden, Fat Princess, Crash Commando, PAIN Amusement Park, Flower, Ragdoll Kung-Fu and Siren: Blood Curse.

12.11 – 180 million pieces of downloaded content since launch. New stuff coming to the PLAYSTATION Store – Ratchet and Clank Future: Quest for Booty. “Like a summer blockbuster – high quality, less expensive.” Q4B will answer the questions to Clank’s disappearance at the end of RCF: Tools of Destruction. Price will be $14.99.

12.09 – PLAYSTATION Network – we’re instituting a single sign on this fall – online on a PC, a PSP, PS3. Check your friends list on a PC (I think a few of you have asked for that).

12.07 – New PS2 bundle coming this fall – a new Lego Batman Bundle, along with a Justice League movie, for $149.

12.03 – Let’s talk about PS2: More than 130 new titles coming to PS2. Not bad for a 9 year old system.

12.01 – Among the announcements – we’re turning our attentions to Latin America… and a announcement of PS3 Greatest Hits. Huge applause for sackboy, Alex, and LBP!

11.58 – Alex Evans of Media Molecule is out on the stage to help Jack work through the business side of things… more on this later…


11.56 – Ted has left the stage, Jack Tretton is back out to talk about user generated content. “We’ve seen a glimpse of that future – it’s called LittleBigPlanet.”

11.54 – More, even huger enemies/ships shown in an R2 video. An Idaho location has been mentioned as well. Add that to Chicago, San Francisco, and the California redwood forests.

11.53 – PS video from the Press Conference will be available on PSN, you’ll wanna make sure to see this.

11.51 – Did I mention this thing is huge? Cheers from the audience as the live demo ends.

11.50 – Ted is taking on a 300 foot leviathan (you may have read about this in GamePro) with a rocket launcher. On paper it’s one thing – in full motion, it’s something else entirely…

11.48 – Here’s a look at Resistance 2, Ted Price from Insomniac Games takes the stage.

11.46 – Jack Tretton: “If PlayStation in 2007 was all about hardware, PlayStation in 2008 is all about software.”

11.45 – Jack Tretton: “The PLAYSTATION 3 is the most complete and future-proof Blu-ray player available.”

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11.41 – OK back in my seat, as CEO Jack Tretton reacquaints us with the history of PlayStation and Sony Computer Entertainment. “We take a longer look ahead.”

The press conference is just about to get started and I’m up on stage playing Metal Gear Solid 4. You might be able to see me as soon as G4 starts their live video stream (look to the left side of the stage).

I’ll keep updating this post with news from the event, so check back often or keep your eyes on our twitter feed for the latest.

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  • Ratchet and Clank Quest for Booty looks really good. I just hope it has multiplayer offline and online.

    Crash Commando is another title I’m interested in.

  • 12.01 – Among the announcements – we’re turning our attentions to Latin America…

    Does this mean that at last PSN in Mexico?

    That we can finally buy stuff with our local Credit Cards?

  • What about Final Fantasy XIII? I hope they comment on that massive mistake.

  • What a boring conference…tell us about something worthy, something to at least come close if not counter FFXIII’s lost exclusivity..i don’t know, PS cards in europe dates, PS3 price drop…come on! how many times will you show us the same thing over and over again: resistance, killzone, littlebigplanet? Enough already.

  • RPG’s?? Hellooooo???

  • nice, no more leeroy jenkins if we use the game room to talk about strategy.

  • Or well, maybe a playstation home date..

  • I’m sure that myself, along with everyone else wants to see God of War 3.

    But, until then, Resistance 2, LittleBigPlanet and Killzone FTW.

  • Ratchet and Clank: Quest for boot, Fat Princess, Crash Commando, Eden, Siren, Pain add on, Flower, RagDoll KungFu all will probaly be day one buys for me from PSN! I love how you have creative and different titles!

  • European Playstation store never got any e3 content…. Its stuff like that that swayed the final fantasy move. SCEA seem to do a good job but scee are just giving sony a bad name. Fire them already.

  • Sony has to be trying to fail.
    They have to be, it has to be intentional.
    There has to be some kind of tax write off thing that they are counting on because I do not think that you could even find a lemming who is working harder at dying.

  • That’s Jeff! Hello Jeff.

  • HOLY!!! video store available tonight?!?!?!

  • Nice work Eric! Loved your segment.

  • Videos can be bought from 10-15$, something Live! doesn’t give u.

  • Seriously.
    It doesn’t have to be a megaton, god of war 3, anything. You’re spending 90% of time on NON entertainment to gamers.

  • transferable to the PSP.. that will BREAK my pockets..


  • Once again, thanks for the post !

  • Tretton said, “We’re not interested in filling up our store with games that nobody wants to play, just so we can say ‘we have the most games.’”

    How about putting games on there people do want, you troglodyte homunculus. The sick irony is all the PSOne games they have on there I don’t want, but they refuse to put the ones on there I do want. What a deluded joke…

  • …… and in europe?

  • You are running out of time to wow me Sony.
    When this conference is over if something does not hit I am going to Best Buy and buying a 360 elite and the PS3 becomes just a blu ray and movie player.

  • pretty cool stuff, SCE homies

  • Resistance on PSP, I wonder how it will work.

  • Resistance for PSP is a nice add as well.

  • Where are the games.. i’m tired of hearing out everything but games..

  • hey guys, its 3:30 where im at, and im just wondering how much of the show i missed. im just tuning in

  • @ hex- if u r such a bigshot, do it. Sony is not forcing you to just play PS3.

  • Super Stardust Portable


  • You are right the_icon, and obviously they are not forcing anyone else to want to either.

  • Will the video store be available in Europe as well?
    Prices (for Europe)?
    Videos in HD or SD only? What resolution(s)?
    What bitrate/filesizes?
    DTS or Dolby Digital?
    Subtitles supported? Burned in or can they be turned off and on?

  • hmm…..he’s talking about PS3 again.. maybe he’ll talk about some new games???

  • Is the movie Store for Europe too tonight?

  • WIPEOUT HD???? TODAY????!!!!!!

  • ? about hte video
    so do we need bigger mem for our psp?
    i saw how some where up to 1-2 GB, does it shrink the size of the movie when you get it on your PSP from PS3?

  • Jim f’ing Lee to save the day (I hope..)

  • yea, Wipeout HD?

  • 80GB same as the current 40GB..does that mean no PS2 support?

  • If the new 80gb does not have at least some backward compatibility it is a moot point

  • Wow….80 GB PS3 for same price as the 40….$399….yes !

  • @73 ryuzx

    castlevania SOTN and crash bandicoot were huge, FFVII is the only thing the store is really missing, I’d bet they’d consider porting ffvii and whatever when ffxiii is released, “I” would want to wait to see if people were still interested in playing it after 13+ installments/variants… It’s extremely smart for them to research things before allocating the extra funds to something that won’t bring any profit. the movie service is a good change that will keep a majority of the ps3 fanbase occupied at least until the current game updates are released, and once everything is released in the end the ps3 will be what you envisioned in your dreams, so relax man, patience is a virtue… so go ahead people sell your ps3s because sony is following their own schedules, you’ll buy another one in the end – and that’s just more money for sony

  • Eh not too impressed with Sony this year, I have net flix so the whole video thing for me is out the door. The one thing I was interested in was the PSp and what’s going on with that some of the titles mentioned where “eh”. Hopefully there’s more in store than they mentioned. Can’t wait until R2!!!!! I was drooling watching the demo.

  • Resistance for PSP, video store tonight? really cool really, give some love to the psp in NA that europe and Japan have all the love in the PSP, we still haven’t the GPS.

    I’m with some guys here, enough with the talk of the same, resistance, LBP, killzone… needs more you know and more what the competitor did to you yesterday.. they spit you in the face and then laugh…

    Another thing, you say you will give some love to latin america… thennn… I hope you adds subs to the movies in spanish please or in english. That will a all movies buy for me lol… that’s why I don’t buy movies en the 360, makes the difference.

  • Not a single RPG yet. Hmmmm…

  • Like what I’ve seen so far and I think when Home is full blown, we’re gonna see some great stuff.

    I’m sticking with my PS3, anyone wanting the 360, go for it…..I still love my PS3.

  • @ 93 Thetruefiziks

    My apologies to SotN, it is a great game (I already had it on the 360 is why it didn’t cross my mind… I do own Wildarms from the PSN and that’s it). Their approach to PSOne on PSN, being to pretend it isn’t there, while delivering nothing so often for so long, is a poor decision. Tretton’s boast is empty and absurd. Customer demand is there for PSOne games, so it is ridiculous to ignore it.

    As for selling PS3s just to buy them back later, that isn’t money in Sony’s pocket, since last I heard they lose money on PS3s sold (costs more to make than for what they sell it). They can make money through software, ie PSOne DLs, which can please those of us with PS3s and dust-gathering PSPs.

    Instead, they absurdly talk trash about competitors who are getting far more of my money a month than Sony gets from me in a year or more.

  • god of war 3 sony rocks

  • On a positive note, Little Big Planet and inFAMOUS look to be must owns for me. Plus a mention to Soulcalibur IV with its Darth Vader and Ghostbusters, since I read somewhere its primary platform is the PS3.

  • MAG Sounds insane

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