As the gaming world looked to Cologne for the future of PlayStation, SCEE President and CEO Andrew House announced that PS3 is now more accessible than ever thanks to a price reduction that sets it at €249.99 (RRP) with immediate effect.
If you missed the announcement at the SCEE gamescom press conference, you can see the whole thing here until 6pm BST / 7pm CET on Wednesday.
While a price reduction will attract potential PS3 owners, it is high quality games that will keep new and existing customers gripped, and Andrew House was keen to highlight the “experiences that aren’t just exclusive to PS3; they are only possible on PS3.”
Focus was on the exclusive titles coming to PS3 in the rest of 2011, including Infamous Festival of Blood, a standalone extension to inFamous 2 set in Zeke’s Halloween dream in which Cole is bitten by a vampire and gains a new set of powers with which to save or destroy New Marais.
We also saw the influence graphic artist Olly Moss has had on the box art, advertising game trailer, and more for Resistance 3, which is now less than a month away from release. Slightly further out but still teasingly close is Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception and we saw a gameplay demo of the blockbuster.
Both Resistance 3 and Uncharted 3 will be playable in stereoscopic 3D and the barrier to entry is set to fall as the 3D Display unveiled earlier this year that E3 is coming to Europe. This 24-inch display incorporates unique technology that allows two people playing a game to see individual, full-screen, 2D images – it’s like having two displays in one.
At gamescom 2010 we were awaiting the release of PlayStation Move and this year we heard that over 8.8 million units have been sold worldwide and more that 200 games compatible with the motion controller already. Two more are coming: Move Fitness, a unique fitness title that not only allows exercise, but also fun and personal training; and DanceStar Party, which brings the SingStar accuracy and focus on technique to a dancing game.
That’s not all was revealed at the SCEE gamescom press conference – be sure to check out our round-up of PlayStation Vita news, which includes details of social applications and newly announced games, and the unveiling of the brand new PSP E-1000 model.