Sony E3 Conference Live Blog

Show’s over, thanks to everyone that watched and commented along with our E3 LiveBlog from the event. Here’s the transcript:

6:14
thesixthaxis: Test
6:17
thesixthaxis: Right, well, it’s working.
6:18
thesixthaxis: There’s a bit to go, by the way, 45 minutes…
6:18
thesixthaxis: Right, we’ll be liveblogging the E3 conference right here. Unlike all the others, it’ll be dead funny.
6:20
thesixthaxis: @joeybamboo: no, it’ll be a bit later for Home.
6:22
thesixthaxis: @gawge: check https://www.thesixthaxis.com/2009/06/01/where-to-watch-e3-this-year/
6:22
thesixthaxis: @jonny_bolton: yeah, but we’re short on time and Davs is hogging the admin panel.
6:30
thesixthaxis: Right, I can see your comments but I can only approve 25 of you, so I can’t be bothered. Maybe save your comments for the main post on the site instead, perhaps?
6:32
thesixthaxis: Ooh, just got my Uncharted 2 beta through. =D
6:36
thesixthaxis: Right, be back at 6.55…
6:51
thesixthaxis: Hello again.
6:52
thesixthaxis: Just checking someone at TSA Towers is taking notes for the post conference write-up.
6:53
thesixthaxis: Sounds like they’re on Skype having a ball. Sigh.
6:56
thesixthaxis: Ah, here we go.
6:58
thesixthaxis: Can’t believe it’s finally here. All that hype and rumour for this…
7:01
thesixthaxis: Ooh, two minutes to go.
7:03
thesixthaxis: Got some cool VT2009 treats to give away, by the way. Info on the site tomorrow.
7:05
thesixthaxis: This must be WipEout’s new soundtrack.
7:06
thesixthaxis: Holy Moley, another two minutes.
7:07
thesixthaxis: Apparently the PSP leak was unintentional. Heh, we’ll see.
7:08
thesixthaxis: And in case you’re just joining us, this isn’t a video feed, sorry. We can only live blog.
7:10
thesixthaxis: Phew. Let’s go.
7:11
thesixthaxis: Intro showing the current PlayStation range. All look fairly ‘fat’ to me.
7:12
thesixthaxis: Nice game montage, looks like we’ll be seeing lots from Uncharted and God of War, then.
7:13
thesixthaxis: Ugh, Home dancing.
7:13
thesixthaxis: It’s like an in-joke now, like the battery/clock thing.
7:14
thesixthaxis: So, here’s ol’ Jack.
7:14
thesixthaxis: People are clapping the fact that we all leak stuff.
7:14
thesixthaxis: How ironic.
7:15
thesixthaxis: 364 games coming out on PlayStation platforms this year.
7:16
thesixthaxis: Committed to groundbreaking innovation. Hopes are high, Jack
7:16
thesixthaxis: Right, so we’re getting stats. Let’s hope this bit doesn’t last too long.
7:17
thesixthaxis: This is like when Burnley walk out onto Turf Moor. Player name, woo, player name, woo.
7:19
thesixthaxis: Apparently the PS2 is doing well across America. That’s good to hear. Now show us Trico.
7:20
thesixthaxis: 10 millions PS3s sold last year. 22 million in total.
7:21
thesixthaxis: Here’s Evan from Naughty Dog. Talking about Uncharted 2.
7:22
thesixthaxis: Beta starts tonight.
7:23
thesixthaxis: Yeah, it looks spectacular. We’ve got beta tickets, so we’ll let you know how it is in the morning.
7:24
thesixthaxis: Uncharted actually sold over 2.6 million copies, that’s really good.
7:24
thesixthaxis: Not sure why our inFamous review didn’t get a mention earlier, btw. We’ll ask.
7:25
thesixthaxis: BTW, I’m assuming you’re all also watching a live video stream of this, for God’s sake don’t rely on this text chat.
7:26
thesixthaxis: Yeah, amazing demo. Sorry Microsoft, that’s already better than anything on Splinter Cell.
7:27
thesixthaxis: “Only on PlayStation” is something you’ll hear a lot of today. Next up is MAG.
7:27
thesixthaxis: Here’s Andy from Zipper.
7:28
thesixthaxis: We’re getting a 256 player live demo. This could be amazing.
7:28
thesixthaxis: Distant gunfire, seems like the squad based mechanics could really work.
7:29
thesixthaxis: Alright, we admit, MAG could be amazing. Visually not great, but the sense of scale is staggering.
7:31
thesixthaxis: Helicopters are coming in, which apparently act like spawn points. Everything is controlled by humans.
7:31
thesixthaxis: This has to come with headsets. Playable on the shop floor this E3.
7:32
thesixthaxis: Looks like they’re keeping with the name MAG though. Comes out this Autumn.
7:32
thesixthaxis: Ooh, portable. PSP Go time?
7:32
thesixthaxis: We can see where this is going.
7:33
thesixthaxis: Sold 15 million last year, nice
7:33
thesixthaxis: Few release dates, we’ll get them on the site later.
7:34
thesixthaxis: Lots of laughs at the Hannah Montana bundle. Yeah, you’ll buy it.
7:34
thesixthaxis: Here’s uncle Kaz.
7:35
thesixthaxis: He’s a happy man. He’s conforming to the jacket and shirt look in fashion just now at Sony.
7:35
thesixthaxis: I wonder how much this speech has changed since last weekend?
7:36
thesixthaxis: Ooh, “the worst kept secret of E3”. The PSP Go.
7:36
thesixthaxis: The 3D render makes it look gorgeous, I want one.
7:37
thesixthaxis: It’s actually tiny, Kaz is squishing it without even trying. It’s 40% smaller, apparently. We’ll rob him later and take the console.
7:38
thesixthaxis: Confirmed, then: 16gb, download game only, slide out feature, bluetooth, m2 for media.
7:38
thesixthaxis: No touch screen. You get that, TSA Towers?
7:38
thesixthaxis: New application for accessing the Store on your PC: Media Go. Will be used to transfer pics, music and movies (and games we assume) to the Go.
7:39
thesixthaxis: Sense Me, will analyse your music library and suggest music. Bit like Genius but without the arsey name.
7:39
thesixthaxis: PSP Devkits have been reduced in price by 80%. So we’ll get lots more games.
7:40
thesixthaxis: All titles from now onwards will be sold on both UMD and digitall. All.
7:41
thesixthaxis: Yeah, nice move. I like it. It’s out at the same price point of the old PSP. 249 euros.
7:41
thesixthaxis: Out October.
7:42
thesixthaxis: Sony’s video service now moved to the PSP too. Firmware update then?
7:42
thesixthaxis: Partnerships signed with lots of new providers – showtime, G4, E, TNA and lots of others coming to the Store.
7:43
thesixthaxis: Oooh, Polyphony Digital’s Kaz is here.
7:43
thesixthaxis: Presume we’re getting a GT game for the PSP soon then.
7:43
thesixthaxis: He looks nervous as hell.
7:43
thesixthaxis: GT PSP.
7:44
thesixthaxis: Wait, he has it on the Go. Now. Give it to me.
7:44
thesixthaxis: It’ll be a “full scale” GT, 60fps.
7:45
thesixthaxis: 800 cars, 35 tracks, 60 variations. Holy shit.
7:45
thesixthaxis: Races, time and draft trials, plus license mode.
7:45
thesixthaxis: This isn’t a shrunken down subset of the series. It’s a full GT game.
7:46
thesixthaxis: New features: ad hoc multiplayer races for up to 4 players.
7:46
thesixthaxis: Trading and sharing of cars between players.
7:47
thesixthaxis: This multiplayer sharing will be an important part of GT PSP.
7:48
thesixthaxis: The game will be available on the show floor for people to sample themselves.
7:48
thesixthaxis: So it’s no longer vapour ware. I’m impressed.
7:48
thesixthaxis: They’re now showing a video of the game.
7:48
thesixthaxis: Shame all this was leaked, but hey, still cool.
7:49
thesixthaxis: Looks astonishing.
7:50
thesixthaxis: Ooh, October 1st. Perfect bundle.
7:50
thesixthaxis: GT titles have sold over 50 million copies.
7:50
thesixthaxis: Metal Gear Solid news next…
7:51
thesixthaxis: Kojima’s back. Let’s get him.
7:51
thesixthaxis: Snake is coming back to the PSP. Peace Walker is real then. Sorry again, chaps.
7:52
thesixthaxis: Peace Walker will be the true sequel of the MGS franchise. Dig at Rising, perhaps.
7:52
thesixthaxis: Kojima is writing the script and producing it.
7:52
thesixthaxis: The guys behind MGS4 are behind the PSP game.
7:53
thesixthaxis: I like his t-shirt.
7:53
thesixthaxis: Trailer upcoming.
7:53
thesixthaxis: Yay, Snake is back.
7:54
thesixthaxis: You can’t beat Hayter. It’s him, right?
7:54
thesixthaxis: Set in Costa Rica.
7:54
thesixthaxis: It’s a prequel, then. Set in 1970s?
7:55
thesixthaxis: Could be fantastic. Surely this isn’t another launch title?
7:56
thesixthaxis: Great trailer.
7:57
thesixthaxis: Nice cardboard box gag.
7:57
thesixthaxis: Ah, 2010.
7:58
thesixthaxis: He hasn’t mentioned Rising, mind. Later, perhaps?
7:59
thesixthaxis: Now Jack’s back, talking about Resident Evil. The game will come to the PSP next year too. Great line-up, including LBP, Socom 3, Motorstorm.
8:00
thesixthaxis: Montage of 2009 PSP titles…
8:00
thesixthaxis: It’s some of the stuff from the leak. Sackboy looks delightful.
8:01
thesixthaxis: More shots of the Go. Shame there’s no 2nd analog, but we’ll survive.
8:01
thesixthaxis: We’ll get this stuff up on the site as soon as we can, btw.
8:02
thesixthaxis: We’ve got coverage of the Nintendo conference up, too: https://www.thesixthaxis.com/2009/06/02/nintendo-e3-2009-conference-round-up/
8:03
thesixthaxis: Right, back to Jack.
8:03
thesixthaxis: They’ve basically turned the PSP around from being dead on it’s arse to this.
8:04
thesixthaxis: 24 million registered users on the PSN. 475 bits downloaded.
8:04
thesixthaxis: 90 exclusive PSN titles, apparently. Huh?
8:04
thesixthaxis: Oh, 50 Ridge Racer 7 music tracks. I jest.
8:05
thesixthaxis: Final Fantasy VII hitting the PSN today, as we reported earlier.
8:05
thesixthaxis: Now he’s talking about Home. 100 virtual items coming to Home each month.
8:06
thesixthaxis: 100,000 units of the Capcom costumes sold.
8:06
thesixthaxis: 1.5 engagements on the EA Home Space. Engagements?
8:06
thesixthaxis: Lots of publishers signed up for Home content. Good, good.
8:07
thesixthaxis: Oh right, it’s that Home advert we saw a bit back. Watch out for the glitchers.
8:07
thesixthaxis: …
8:07
thesixthaxis: There.
8:08
thesixthaxis: Shows lots of spaces that Europe doesn’t have yet.
8:08
thesixthaxis: 2009 all about content on the PS3, says Jack.
8:09
thesixthaxis: OK, another montage.
8:10
thesixthaxis: Uncharted 2, inFamous (7), some American footy thing, Bayonetta…
8:10
thesixthaxis: Batman, Dirt 2, Ghostbusters…
8:10
thesixthaxis: Ninja Gaiden 2 Sigma.
8:11
thesixthaxis: A new Buzz game? Saw, Tekken…
8:12
thesixthaxis: Heh, Pixeljunk Shooter.
8:12
thesixthaxis: Trash Panic, lots of PSN stuff. Katamari.
8:12
thesixthaxis: EyePet. No, no Sony, wait. You need to work on that a bit more.
8:13
thesixthaxis: Ratchet looks great.
8:13
thesixthaxis: I’m just thinking we could be talking a little bit about these – God of War III better be a bit more than just a few seconds mister.
8:14
thesixthaxis: Ooh, Rockstar.
8:14
thesixthaxis: Agent. Exclusive to PS3.
8:15
thesixthaxis: The game is a steathly thing set in the 70s, will take players across the globe.
8:15
thesixthaxis: Expected to have the same must-have values as GTA. We don’t get to see it, though.
8:15
thesixthaxis: Ubisoft are here now to show us Assassin’s Creed 2, as we hinted at this afternoon.
8:16
thesixthaxis: AC2 starts right where AC ended. Different time period: Italian Rennaissance.
8:17
thesixthaxis: Looks really similar, to be honest. Apart from the setting, of course.
8:17
thesixthaxis: Will feature Leonardo Di Vinci. Hope he’s getting royalties. Oh, they stole his flying machine. WTH?
8:18
thesixthaxis: Looks like Lair now. Gulp.
8:19
thesixthaxis: I’m not sure, interesting demo, nice jumping. We’ll see.
8:19
thesixthaxis: Just put “nice jumping”.
8:20
thesixthaxis: Game will have 30 weapons, plus 6 more weapons if you play the PSP version and connect them together.
8:21
thesixthaxis: Crowd going crazy.
8:21
thesixthaxis: Game will be out this year.
8:22
thesixthaxis: Square Enix now. FFXIII will be coming in the Spring, Sony gets a video rather than a playtest.
8:24
thesixthaxis: To be fair, the video’s far more interesting than the Microsoft demo.
8:24
thesixthaxis: Ah, angsty spikey haired teens. It’s FF alright.
8:26
thesixthaxis: Oh, wait.

FF 14.
8:26
thesixthaxis: Is this for real?
8:26
thesixthaxis: FFXIV will launch exclusively on PS3 in 2010.
8:26
thesixthaxis: Where the hell did this come from?
8:27
thesixthaxis: It’s online, too.
8:27
thesixthaxis: MMO?
8:28
thesixthaxis: Motion controlled gaming…
8:29
thesixthaxis: Jack’s now talking about the PS Motion Controller.
8:29
thesixthaxis: Hey, it’s the wand.
8:30
thesixthaxis: This is a bit akward, but it appears to work with the PlayStation Eye.
8:31
thesixthaxis: We’re getting some tech demos. It’s a bit like the Microsoft one but you need a wand, rather than just picking up your hand.
8:31
thesixthaxis: True 1-1 tracking.
8:31
thesixthaxis: Ah, so the Eye can change whatever the wand is via the PlayStation eye, so now the demo has changed seemlessly to a golf club, or a bat.
8:33
thesixthaxis: The tracking is really fast. Kinda kooky, but nice.
8:34
thesixthaxis: Right, so now it’s a FPS. Naturally it’s visually quite basic, but it’s tracking really, really fast.
8:35
thesixthaxis: Yeah, this is clearly way ahead of the tech Microsoft had yesterday. It looks incredibly accurate and really quite cool. Disappointment at first, but we’re now really impressed.
8:36
thesixthaxis: Now he’s doing some physics demo – with some dominoes.
8:37
thesixthaxis: Now they’re showing us some character control. With two wands you can have a sword and a shield.
8:37
thesixthaxis: Note that this is all 1:1 and totally 3D. Really quite good.
8:38
thesixthaxis: Works really well with weaponry, and the box and arrow trick is superb.
8:39
thesixthaxis: Yeah, fantastic. Well done Sony.
8:40
thesixthaxis: Motion Control will launch in Spring 2010.
8:41
thesixthaxis: 900,000 user created levels in LittleBigPlanet. Lots of new content coming to LBP, including some Disney licenses like Pirates of the Caribbean.
8:42
thesixthaxis: United Front Games: Mod Nation Racers.
8:42
thesixthaxis: Probably a little like that stupid throwaway thing on 360 from yesterday. This is coming from San Diego Studio, and subscribes to Play Create Share, like LBP. Naturally, this is exclusive too.
8:43
thesixthaxis: The players will create their own characters. Looks fantastic. Other players can rate your characters.
8:44
thesixthaxis: Presumably you can create your own cars too.
8:44
thesixthaxis: Wow, the visuals are lovely.
8:45
thesixthaxis: Track Studio will let you make your own tracks, too. This is perfect for me.
8:46
thesixthaxis: Oh, right, they’re going to make a track in 5 minutes.
8:47
thesixthaxis: Works a bit like Far Cry 2’s editor, really straightforward, and totally real time.
8:48
thesixthaxis: Objects, pick ups, trees, hills, all dead easy.
8:50
thesixthaxis: Great demo, well done chaps.
8:51
thesixthaxis: Totally blows Microsoft’s similar product away.
8:51
thesixthaxis: Game will be out in 2010.
8:51
thesixthaxis: Trico team.
8:51
thesixthaxis: Known as The Last Guardian.
8:52
thesixthaxis: Looks familiar.
8:53
thesixthaxis: Wow, shame this got leaked. Sony must have been furious, right? ;)
8:54
thesixthaxis: Looks incredible now, mind. The best kind of exclusive.
8:56
thesixthaxis: Ueda must be one proud chap.
8:56
thesixthaxis: Little teaser for GT 5 now.
8:57
thesixthaxis: WRC license, nice.
8:57
thesixthaxis: NASCAR too.
8:58
thesixthaxis: Le Mans, presumably. Yeah, stunning. Made Forza 3 look like a toy.
8:59
thesixthaxis: And now we’ve got God of War III. Live demo, too.
9:00
thesixthaxis: Right, so there’s a demo. It’ll be up on PSN later, right?
9:01
thesixthaxis: This looks visually amazing as well.
9:02
thesixthaxis: Kratos has plenty of new moves, and there’s still the massive bosses. Pure GoW stuff but really a notch above everything else.
9:03
thesixthaxis: Microsoft must be reeling, this is wonderful.
9:04
thesixthaxis: Dismemberment, too.
9:06
thesixthaxis: The demo is live on the show floor, game is out March 2010.
9:06
thesixthaxis: I think he’s wrapping up.
9:07
thesixthaxis: Yep, amazing show, Sony.
9:07
thesixthaxis: Keep an eye on TSA for all the round-up you’ll need. Cheers guys.

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