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.”

PlayStation Press Conference

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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  • Thank you.

    Thats the only thing I can say right now. Thank you… You guys seemed a little slow at first, but I’m a die-hard fan of Sony, and had a PS1 DAY one, and I’m full of pride about what you guys showed at E3.

    Again, than you.

  • You guys are a bunch of whiny idiots. You got so many new PSN titles, we got killzone 2, resistance 2, motorstorm 2, lbp, infamous etc coming till spring 2009, those are all first party developed, sony is busting his balls to make those games instead of just buying it from the next hoebag in town, and you’re a bunch of ungrateful idiots.

    Video Store came as promised, God of War 3 looks awesome, MAG- the concept- looks fantastic, and there are so many new games on PSN I won’t even have money to buy half of them.

    Seriously you just whine and whine and whine about anything and everything.

  • MaG looks good. better be dedicated servers and not peer to peer lol. cant wait for GoW3. and infAMOUS. and both the resistance games look good. leviathan was crazy

  • Did you guys honestly think that compared to MS….? HONESTLY?



    Did you guys even watch the MS conference?

  • Ok shoot me, but people….we’re on day 2 of a week of E3…let’s see what comes up the rest of this week.

  • Where was WipEout HD, Sony?

    WIPEOUT HD. Where was it?!

  • so yea sony ye did a good job showing us games we already know about. not 1 surprise not 1 trophy patch nothing really

  • Sony drop the shooters they get old!
    We want/need RPGs! Get on it! PLEASE!!

  • wow just wow what a disregard for us rpg fans! they didnt showed a single rpg!. well, i will respond in kind with my wallet and i will move on to the 360.what a dissapointment! :(

  • I have a DVR and a video service that I’m paying for to get movies on demand. I bought my PS3 to play games that I can’t get on other systems. You know JRPG’s! Why didn’t you have any info on this? I can’t believe MS has videos of FFXIII that they can download on their service but we have been having it announced for years and we still can’t get trailers for this game in HD.

    Thanks for wasting our time with info that we didn’t want.

  • anyone know who is working on GOW3?

  • Wat’s up with Jack, he sound tired…

    anyway better sell my stock now… it’s going to start falling…

    Till TGS then…


    NO RPGS?! not even wada? SONY you are seriously kidding me right?

    It’s all sony’s stuff today and even then, where is white knight story and KONAMI?

    Any games for us from there? NONE!!

    And why do you people just producing shooters? isit because it can be done the same way? MORE GENRE PLEASE!!!

    IMPORTANT Tactical Strategy, Flight Action Sims, and of cos the all important JRPGs and RPG…

  • So is MAG going to have a paying subscription or will it be free to play once you buy the game?


  • Wow 256 is a lot of people!!

    No Team ICO is a letdown, and no JRPG’s is bad too.

    Nevermind, Thanks for God of War III and MAG. Sounds very good.

  • seriously I bought a PS3 for JRPG’s not for shooters. please bring the JRPG’s back guys I am really getting pissed no good JRPG’s out I did notice Eternal Sonata in the event but thats just not enough.

    Man I’m really getting depressed

  • HOLY MOTHER OF KRATOS!, GOD OF WAR III, MAG (So this is what Zipper had been doing), Video service. thanks alot

  • Sony. There was I thinking the PS3 was on the up. Is that all you could produce? Where are the killer titles?

  • Pace was good, but whats coming this year? Nice job Jack. Had to hard to be the only one. Glad to see Eric didn’t need a box to shake Jack’s hand. What can you do when you computation has nothing to steal.

  • Sony seems focused on working with new IP’s this generation and not on sequels too much. I’m not too sad that FF13 is going ALSO to Xbox360. After FF7, I didn’t play 8, 9, 11 or 12. And I’ve played FF since the NES days. What gets me excited these days are the new games like LBP.

  • Amer_Amer_Alliance_Creative_Entertainment_Productions_UMICH_Alumni





  • MAG!!!!


    OH YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • what a load of crap ms have won wheres the news on the next updates cross game invites and cross game chat and wheres that dam headset were waiting 4 u fail us again sony

  • That’s just sad and disappointing Sony :(. Where was Home’s release date? Where were all the real-time RPGs? Where was Killzone 2? Where was more firmware features. Sure inFamous and the Video Store are nice but I want in-game voice chat, cross-game invites, and in-game music in all games before the latter.

    That was very disappointing Sony :(.

  • P.S. MAG was pretty cool too though.

  • What is wrong with you people? the world ended just beacause FF went multiplatform? you throw your hands in the air and say how it’s over and that MS won??? get over yourselves! if you believe that it’s all over sell your ps3, and stop whining like little girls on this blog..good god, i love the ps3 enjoyed the conference, and look forward to all the awseome games coming out regardless whether they are MP or not.

  • Sony You’ve officially lost the console race, congrats. I have a PSone, PS2, PS3, and a PSP. Time to add an Xbox360 to my collection.

  • @darkos87
    What is the benefit from the PSN store is Sony not bother them self to release the PSN CARDS for us?!

  • some exciting things, but I wanted to hear a Netflix announcement like white box got :(

  • Yup we got a glorified movie player way to go sony you guys just lost whatever loyal fans u had we want games if i want a movie i can go anywere to get it.

  • Wow. 256 players online? Lag-fest anyone…
    Unfortunately it’s another shooter and if we needed anything right now it was NOT another shooter. But the technology is astounding if it doesn’t lag like hell.

    That’s not to say the conference was bad. I don’t know what everyone was expecting! They reaffirmed their position, introduced a few new games and over all the PS3 is headed in a good direction.

    Quit crying over some game (I realise it’s a great, highly anticipated game to some) that your still going to get to play! Why does everyone hate sharing?

  • overall very pleased with the video store live TONIGHT and the replays to youtube by months end…WOOHOO

  • Lame conference , that’s for sure.

  • Just finished watching the live e3 conference on g4tv. I wasnt impressed but i also wasnt dissapointed. My predictions were almost spot on. It was a very typical very straight forward presentation. Nothing of WOW factor. Notice MS’s presentation how many times the PS3 was mentioned. “were gonna do this and do that and beat PS3 this generation.” Sony took no cheapshots in their presentation or even bring up the competition by name. Although the gaming lineup for the near future looks awesome, i was hoping to hear about something that would take a direct shot at MS cuz that FF announcement still stings. Either way as far as games Sony still has the strongest lineup and the fact that they have now introduced the movie service will defenitly help. The announcement of a FF7 remake or launching HOME immediately after the conference would have taken the spot light on the release of ff on x360. I dont think the 20sec. trailer of GOW was enough. Like I said nothing MIND BLOWING but a overall good presentation.

  • amazing conference. Highlights were the surprise announcement of the video store being released tonight, MAG (256 online multiplayer!!!!) God of War III! Resistance 2! Little Big Planet looks amazing as does every other game that was shown. PlayStation Lifestyle at the end of the month. Amazing stuff. Looks like ps3 users can look forward to some large positives

  • Mt PS3 is on ebay… who wants it?



  • I dont care much about JRPGs, so no loss for me. BTW guys, fdont fret. Traditionally Sony showcases JRPGS in TGS.

  • Yikes, providing a link to G4 was really gutsy. Those guys are “sligtly” biased.

    Great show. Best of the 3 for sure.

  • Not even MAGyver can save you Sony, you have to work on getting us RPGs, not losing them!!! And by the way, bring us Classic PS1 RPGs to the PS Store, listen to us damn it! We have being asking for RPGs since months and months ago yet you do not deliver !!!!

  • I’m sure the MAG shooter was a CG clip. =\ Shooters shooters shooters…I sat there waiting for that megaton but it never dropped.

    For me, the highlight was the movie download service that works with PSP. That was really cool for me at least!


    Just watched the whole conference on TV…

    Video Store TONIGHT!!!

  • @ 187- I want ur PS3, give me the link and prove to me that its ur PS3.

  • Sony needs to work on getting games if they dont im ditching my glorified movie player and getting a box

  • Moridin Amalasan

    Stolen? How? FFXIII is STILL coming out for PS3. Why whine?

    The press conference was a great showing. Anyone remember the embarrassing aspects of MS’s press conference? “METALLICA!… *Crickets.*” They have Gears. Whoo boy. They got FFXIII? Bring it on.

    Everyone knows where the real experience will be. At least we won’t have to swap discs, right?

    They did better than MS and Nintendo. Sure, they both have some good stuff, but in my opinion, Sony destroyed with their press conference.

  • this conference was an agony, sony really lost it

  • crazy how some people are so down on all the things we got announced while others are excited about the same things…I mean come one, anything is good – and MAG looks amazing

  • Fat Princess looked incredible! It looked like PixelJunk’s Monsters with 3D graphics. I love those PSN games. I think the one thing I was wanting to hear was some new GTA exclusive content or something, but that 256 player MAG looked incredible!

  • NOW ONTO TOKYO GAME SHOW FOR MY RPG FIX!!!! hopefully if ever they release state side too. im smelling something big from square for the ps3

  • Dang, I also forgot: Give the guy who had the idea about a LittleBigPlanet “powerpoint” a HUGE raise. That was totally awesome.

    That game cannot come out fast enough.

  • Ok i just remembered why E3 was not so great for all three companies. Most developers had quit the ESA so not many were there to show off their games . The might have sent a representative but no games will be there like Madden for example. Maybe some did bring a demo but Activision and others that quit the ESA or not there in full force.

  • Ok sony, how about europe? 80Gb price in europe? movie store in europe?

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