E3 2010: Sony Round-up

As with all our other pressers we’ve got a round-up of Sony’s from last night. Few megaton announcements than we were hoping for but some pretty good announcements none-the-less, plus one people thought they’d never see on PlayStation 3…

PlayStation Plus

Sony’s announcement of PlayStation Plus is akin to that of Xbox Live Gold, however having a basic account will not take away any of the features users have at present.

PlayStation Plus aims to bring value-added to PlayStation Network by offer exclusive services and content when the service launches on June 29th to the 50 million registered PSN users.

There will be two price tiers for PlayStation Plus, one a 3 month subscription and the other a year long, with users in Japan and Hong Kong having the option of a 30 day subscription. The 3 month pack will cost in North America $17.99 and in Europe €14.99, with the year long subscription costing in North America $49.99 and in Europe €49.99. The 30 day sub will be priced at 500 yen and HK$38.

PlayStation Plus will offer users PlayStation Store discounts, Full game trials, free games from a selection of Mini’s, PS1 classics and PSN titles. There will also be early access to beta trials, game demos and video content before free users get their mits on it.

The service also offers automatic updates whereby your PS3 will automatically start up at a designated time to download content and will turn off after the download has completed.

PlayStation Move

PlayStation Move was given a release date of September 15th at E3 for Europe with an RRP of €39.99, with Move hitting the USA September 19th for $49.99, and in Japan on October 21 for 3,980 yen. The PlayStation Move navigation controller will also become available on the same day in each region at a RRP of €29.99, US$29.99 and 2,980 yen respectively.

Sony plan to release more than 20 titles that have Move support by March 2011, with titles such as Resident Evil 5 Gold Edition, Tiger Woos PGA Tour 11 and Heavy Rain having support for the new controller.

Below you’ll find some videos of how Move was demoed at E3 last night, with Sorcery looking pretty interesting!

PlayStation Sound System

Whilst not mentioned during the actual presentation, Sony also have revealed they plan to release a subwoofer built-in, all-in-one Surround Sound System for the PlayStation 3, which will use Sony’s S-Force PRO Front Surround Sound to mimic surround sound out of one speaker.

The Surround Sound System comes with two audio inputs − an optical audio input for connecting high-end entertainment systems including PS3, and an analog audio input for connecting portable devices like the PSP. However we find the omission of HDMI in strange as for a console that prides itself on HD, this means that the sound system cannot decode HD codecs like DTS-HD MA or Dolby TrueHD.

The system will cost 19,800 yen/$199/€199 and go on sale this Autumn. However, if it were us, we’d recommend buying a proper surround sound system.

PSP

Everyone was wrong, there was no PSP 2 at E3. Instead Sony plan to push forward with it’s current UMD and flash memory based PSP’s with new games and a new aggressive advertising campaign.

Isabelle Tomatis, European Product Marketing Manager, Hardware and Platforms, at SCEE commented, “This year we have some great titles coming to PSP to expand our catalogue and offer a diverse range of experience for all audiences. We aim to make sure that every PSP user – and younger newcomers in particular – can choose from a range of titles to suit their taste. Combining games, music, movies and chat, PSP opens up a world of handheld entertainment for everyone.”

Sony plan to get the PSP to appeal to a wider range with new titles ranging from EyePet on PSP to a brand new God of War title.

3D

Again Sony pushed 3D hard, with the announcement that titles such as MotorStorm: Apocalypse, Killzone3, The Sly Raccoon Collection and Gran Turismo5 will all have 3D support.

Moreover, third party titles such as Crysis 2,Mortal Kombat 9 and Ghost Recon: Future Soldier will all have 3D too. Four PS3 titles offering stereoscopic gaming experiences are currently available for download from the PlayStation Network including PAIN, MotorStorm Pacific Rift, Super Stardust HD and WipEout HD. Additionally, PS3 will make stereoscopic 3D Blu-ray movie support available later this year.

Kevin Butler

He came. He saw. He conquered.

Portal 2 on PlayStation 3

Arguably Sony’s biggest win of the night was Gabe Newell coming on stage to announce Portal 2 with Steam support on PlayStation 3, which was truly an “OMG WTF!!!!111111” moment for all watching.

Newell said that Portal 2 on PS3 would be the best version on any console due to the support of Steam that will allow auto-updating, the use of the Steam Cloud and all the social features that Steam brings.

EA show their love for Sony; plenty of exclusive content

After promising some Sony love at their conference, EA duly delivered with exlusive content for Dead Space 2 and Medal of Honor.

What was revealed for Dead Space 2 was PS3-exclusive Limited Edition which will see Dead Space Extraction packed in for free on January 28th, with Extraction having PlayStation Move support. The game will be remastered in Full HD and features the obligatory trophy support. Dead Space Extraction will also be sold via PSN.

EA also announced that players who buy Medal of Honor on PS3 this October will also receive an HD remastering of Medal of Honor Frontline, which will be exclusive to Sony’s special edition package.

Oh, and check out the epic beard on the Medal of Honor guy!!!

More exclusive content

Ubisoft’s also appeared on stage to announce that the multiplayer beta for Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood will be exclusive to PlayStation 3, and that the game will also get exclusive content on PS3.

2K’s Mafia II will also include exclusive day one content when bought on PS3.

Gran Turismo 5 dated

This will be a day long remembered. Gran Turismo 5 is coming (to North America at least) on Novmeber 2nd.

They also released another trailer. Still, at least we got a date.

New Twisted Metal announced

David Jaffe you lying so and so! After months of denial there he was at E3 to announce a new Twisted Metal coming to PS3 in 2011.

Again, only a video will do this justice.

Killzone 3 footage

Last but not least we were treated to some brand new Killzone 3 footage.

It’s pre-alpha code but looking well!

Below you can find various press releases from Sony’s E3.



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    For Immediate Release

    Groundbreaking 3D technology, next generation motion control experiences, and an unrivaled game line up at for PlayStation® at E3 2010
    The broadest and deepest entertainment experiences provide more reasons for gamers, families and friends to make PlayStation their social hub
    LOS ANGELES, Calif., June 15, 2010 – Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) today announced groundbreaking new products and services that further establish PlayStation®’s leadership and cutting edge position in home entertainment.  Since last autumn, the PlayStation business has experienced unprecedented growth, fueling huge momentum into the new year. The company is poised once again to deliver consumers unrivaled entertainment options this year with the latest in 3D technology, the introduction of the PlayStation®Move motion controller and games, plus blockbuster titles for PlayStation®3 (PS3) including inFAMOUS™ 2, Twisted Metal™, Gran Turismo®5, LittleBigPlanet™ 2 and Killzone™ 3.
    Stereoscopic 3D
    SCEE today announced that some of the company’s biggest titles will be available to consumers this year in stereoscopic 3D, including MotorStorm®: Apocalypse, Killzone®3, The Sly Raccoon Collection and Gran Turismo®5.  Popular franchises from the publishing community will also make their way into consumer homes in stereoscopic 3D on PlayStation 3, such as Crysis 2 from Electronic Arts, Mortal Kombat 9 from Warner Brothers, Ubisoft’s Shaun White Skateboarding and Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, as well as Tron 2: Evolution The Game from Disney. Unlike any other console on the market today, all 35.7 million PS3 units globally are capable of playing stereoscopic 3D games as a result of a recent firmware update. Four PS3 titles offering stereoscopic gaming experiences are currently available for download from the PlayStation Network including PAIN, MotorStorm® Pacific Rift, Super Stardust™ HD and WipEout® HD. The PS3 system will make stereoscopic 3D Blu-ray Disc movie support available later this year.
    PlayStation Move
    SCEE also announced that it will release the PlayStation®Move motion controller for PS3 on September 15th in Europe and the PAL territories for €39.99 (RRP). The new PlayStation®Move navigation controller, which can be used alongside the motion controller for intuitive navigation of in-game characters and objects, will also be available on the same day for €29.99 (RRP). With more than 16 dedicated titles for PlayStation Move available on the day of launch and 40 more slated to hit throughout the holiday season, both casual gamers and hardcore gamers will have plenty of reasons to clear their coffee tables and immerse themselves in the most precise and ultra sensory gaming experience ever. PlayStation Move titles showcased at E3 include:
    First Party Titles:
    Sorcery
    SingStar Dance
    Heroes on the Move (working title)
    SOCOM 4:
    Heavy Rain Move Edition
    echochrome ii
    EyePet
    Sports Champions
    Tumble
    Beat
    Third Party Titles:
    Time Crisis: Razing Storm
    Toy Story 3
    Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11
    PlayStation 3
    The PlayStation brand has set the stage for what great gaming experiences can be and what is possible when creative innovations are combined with powerful technology.  SCEE has raised the bar once again with bigger and more immersive experiences this fiscal year with our most highly anticipated line up to date. The company continues to push the envelope on extending richer and deeper gaming experiences to consumers. PS3 titles showcased at E3 include:
    Worldwide Studios First Party Titles
    Twisted Metal
    inFAMOUS2
    Killzone 3
    Gran Turismo 5
    SOCOM 4: US Navy SEALS
    SingStar®Guitar
    Third Party Publisher Titles
    Final Fantasy XIV, Square Enix
    Mafia 2, Take-Two
    Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, Ubisoft
    Metal Gear Solid: Rising
    Mortal Kombat 9
    Tron 2
    Shaun White Skateboarding
    Call of Duty, Black Ops
    PSP™  (PlayStation®Portable)
    With continued momentum and excitement behind the PSP platform, SCEE announced some new titles developed with a younger audience in mind, including Invizamals™: Shadow Zone, Jungle Party™ and EyePet™. In addition, more than 70 titles across first party studios and publishing partners are expected to hit the PSP platform with tailored games designed specifically for PSP, such as God of War®: Ghost of Sparta and sequels to firm favourites, such as Patapon™ 3.
    PlayStation Network
    With more than 50 million registered accounts worldwide, PlayStation Network is today one of the largest network entertainment platforms and continues to evolve with newly added content and services such as Vidzone, the free on-demand streaming music service, the video delivery service and the upcoming MUBI –  a movie service that takes you beyond the mainstream and deep in the world of independent, international and classic .Today, the company also unveiled PlayStation®Plus, a new subscription service offering users even more options in how they consume content on PlayStation Network. PlayStation Plus will be available starting June 29 at a yearly fee of €49.99 and is designed to offer PlayStation Network’s power users added value, access and convenience, such as special features that include discounts on the PlayStation Store content, free and exclusive access to select games, full game trials, and much more. PlayStation Network will continue to add new exclusive games to its catalogue this year, including PixelJunk™ Shooter 2, Eat Them and Dead Nation.
    For more information, please contact your local PR manager.
    About Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd
    Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE), based in London, is responsible for the distribution, marketing and sales of PlayStation®3, PlayStation®2, PSP™ (PlayStation®Portable) and PlayStation®Network software and hardware in 99 territories across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Oceania. SCEE also develops, publishes, markets and distributes entertainment software for these formats, and manages the third party licensing programs for the formats in these territories. Since the launch of PlayStation 3 in November 2006, over 35.7 million units have been sold globally and continue to be sold at a record level.  Maintaining its position as one of the most successful consumer electronic products in history, PlayStation 2 has sold over 144.5 million systems worldwide.  Since its launch at the end of 2004, over 61.5 million PSPs have been sold globally, highlighting the importance of the portable entertainment market.  With the huge increase in interest and accessibility of network applications and network gaming, over 50 million accounts have registered to PlayStation Network, the free-to-access interactive environment, and over 980 million items have been downloaded.

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    More fun in your hands with four new PSP™ (PlayStation®Portable) games

    Four PSP™ titles coming later this year deliver

    on the go entertainment for the younger audience

    LOS ANGELES, Calif., June 15, 2010 Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) has announced four great PSP™ (PlayStation®Portable) experiences for younger gamers – Jungle Party, Invizimals™: Shadow Zone™, EyePet™ and Everybody’s Tennis – all guaranteed to put a bounce (or a screech) into every car trip, bus ride or crafty late-night portable gaming session. Set to arrive later this year, each of these games will be riding high on holiday gift lists, and with good reason – they’ll deliver a world of long-lasting fun straight into players’ hands, to be shared with friends or enjoyed alone.

    Isabelle Tomatis, European Product Marketing Manager, Hardware and Platforms, at SCEE commented, “This year we have some great titles coming to PSP to expand our catalogue and offer a diverse range of experience for all audiences. We aim to make sure that every PSP user – and younger newcomers in particular – can choose from a range of titles to suit their taste. Combining games, music, movies and chat, PSP opens up a world of handheld entertainment for everyone.”

    Go nuts in the jungle with Jungle Party

    Feeling like a cheeky monkey? You’ll love taking this rapid-fire collection of 15 madcap mini-games from the original PlayStation®2 hit out on the move with PSP. Get ready for button-bashing fun in a jungle paradise as you share fifteen fast and fun challenges with up to four players using Pass Around mode or Game Sharing. And don’t worry if you’re on your own – computer-controlled chimps will take up the slack. This treetop riot is easy to play and packed with ape antics; whether you’re bashing totem poles, leaping across lilypads, playing baseball with an elephant, blowing cheeky bubbles in the bathtub or even taming a lion, the fun doesn’t stop. Prepare to run wild in your very own portable Jungle Party! Available later this year.

    Track hidden monsters in Invizimals™: Shadow Zone

    Prepare to return to the amazing world of Invizimals – a hidden realm within our own world, populated by invisible creatures that you can only see through your PSP camera. Seek out 100 brand new characters who could be lurking anywhere in your home or garden – then trap them and unleash their miniature powers on your foes. Prepare to do battle against a dark force with its own evil, twisted Invizimals who have designs on your personal collection of miniature monsters. Customise and train your army of weird and wonderful creatures for a battle that’ll take all of your powers as an Invizimal hunter to win – and then team up with a friend to go hunting together in a brand-new co-op mode for two players. Available later this year.

    Take EyePet™  out and about

    That’s right –  the PlayStation®3 augmented reality sensation EyePet is coming to PSP to take out and about with you wherever you go. After melting hearts and running amok in living rooms, EyePet’s making the jump to PSP where, using the PSP camera, you’ll be able to play with him in the park, train him on the bus and feed him at a restaurant with your family – strictly under the table, of course. Just like a real pet, he’s fun, cheeky and wants to interact all the time. You’ll be responsible for feeding him, bathing him and training him – he’ll reward you by learning to draw, making his own toys, leaping into your photos and even catching fish. Even if you’re stuck at home in the rain, every day can be a trip to the zoo with the pocket power of EyePet on PSP. Available later this year.

    It’s game, set and match to Everybody’s Tennis

    Take to the court and serve up a storm with Everybody’s Tennis, the latest pick-up-and-play challenge from a much-loved PlayStation franchise. Easy to start, but tricky to master, this colourful game takes players on a quirky world tour of virtual tennis where walloping balls back and forth is only half the fun. Customise your unique tennis player with hundreds of different items, then set off on a journey to tennis stardom that lets you get as good as you want without piling the pressure on. You can take the world on in an epic single-player solo story mode, or you can share the fun in a tournament with your friends on the bus, in the playground, or even at a real-life tennis match as long as you don’t grunt too loudly. Everybody’s Tennis slams onto shelves this week.


    Look out for these four great new games coming to PSP – the portable system that puts a whole world of games, movies, music and entertainment in your hands. To find out more, visit
    www.eu.playstation.com or http://blog.eu.playstation.com.

    For more information, please contact your local PR manager.

    About Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd

    Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE), based in London, is responsible for the distribution, marketing and sales of PlayStation®3, PlayStation®2, PSP™ (PlayStation®Portable) and PlayStation®Network software and hardware in 99 territories across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Oceania. SCEE also develops, publishes, markets and distributes entertainment software for these formats, and manages the third party licensing programs for the formats in these territories. Since the launch of PlayStation 3 in November 2006, over 35.7 million units have been sold globally and continue to be sold at a record level.  Maintaining its position as one of the most successful consumer electronic products in history, PlayStation 2 has sold over 144.5 million systems worldwide.  Since its launch at the end of 2004, over 61.5 million PSPs have been sold globally, highlighting the importance of the portable entertainment market.  With the huge increase in interest and accessibility of network applications and network gaming, over 47 million accounts have registered to PlayStation Network, the free-to-access interactive environment, and over 980 million items have been downloaded.


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SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES

SURROUND SOUND SYSTEM FOR THE PLAYSTATION®3 SYSTEM

HITTING WORLDWIDE MARKET IN FALL 2010

Rich Surround Sound Environment Delivered in All-in-one Speaker,

Offering a Whole New PlayStation® Experience to the Living Room

Tokyo, June 16, 2010 – Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) today announced that it will release a subwoofer built-in, all-in-one Surround Sound System for the PlayStation®3 (PS3™) system in fall 2010 in Japan, North America, Europe/PAL territories, and Asian countries/regions at a recommended retail price of 19,800 yen (including tax), US$199, and €199 respectively. Users will be able to enjoy immersive audio on the PlayStation®3 system, including upcoming games supporting PlayStation®Move motion controllers, Blu-ray movies, as well as stereoscopic 3D content by simply placing the speaker in front of the television and connecting it to the PS3 system with the optical digital cable.

The Surround Sound System utilizes cutting-edge technologies, including Sony’s S-Force PRO Front Surround Sound that generates rich realistic surround sound over one front speaker.  Delivering a dynamic sound environment with audio virtually coming from all directions, the Surround Sound System will immerse users into a cinema-like experience in the living room, making them feel like they are actually in the game or movie itself.  Bringing in SCE’s expertise in both entertainment and technology acquired from developing games, four sound fields of the speaker system have been designed with the help of SCE’s expert game sound designers, to optimize the cinematic experience of all forms of entertainment.

The Surround Sound System comes with two audio inputs − an optical audio input for connecting high-end entertainment systems including PS3, and an analog audio input for connecting portable devices like the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system to enjoy listening to music in the living room.  The form factor of the system features a sleek and casual design that matches perfectly with the PS3 system, and delivers dynamic sound without the physical space required by a traditional home theater system.

Through the introduction of new peripherals, SCE will continue to further expand the PS3 platform and create a new world of computer entertainment that is only possible on PlayStation.

    Product Outline

Surround Sound System for PlayStation®3

Product name Surround Sound System
Product code CECH-ZVS1
Release date Fall 2010
Recommended retail price 19,800 yen (including tax), US$199, €199
Power Output and Total Harmonic Distortion:(FTC) for the U.S. model L + R: With 6 ohms loads, both channels driven, from 200-20000 Hz ; rated 5 watts per channel minimum RMS power, with no more than 1 % total harmonic distortion from 250 milliwatts to rated output.
Amplifier sectionU.S. models:

Power Output (reference)

L / R: 10 W (per channel at 6 ohms, 1 kHz)Subwoofer: 15 W + 15 W (at 8 ohms, 100 Hz)
Speakers Front speaker unit:Speaker system: Full range, Bass reflex, Speaker units: 50 mm × 90 mm (2 in × 3 5/8 in), Rated impedance: 6 ohms
Subwoofer unit:Speaker system: Subwoofer system, passive radiator type, Speaker units: 65 mm × 2 (subwoofer) 65 mm × 4 (passive radiator), Rated impedance: 8 ohms
Inputs Analog × 1Digital (Optical) × 1
Supported formats Dolby Digital, DTS, MPEG-2 AAC, Linear PCM (2 ch)*
Sound fields DYNAMIC: This mode provides a wide range of tones with low/high frequencies and dynamic sounds.STEREO: This mode is suitable for any sound quality, optimized for video games implementing 2 ch stereo sound. (Multiple channels are down-mixed.)

VIVID: This mode provides a wide sound range and enhances the surround sound channels.

STD (standard): This mode reproduces the sound track with the kind of dynamic range that the recording engineer intended.

Other effects/functions NIGHT MODE: This function allows you to enjoy sound effects and hear the dialog clearly even at low volume levels.DIALOG MODE: This function allows you to hear in-game speech and narration with greater clarity.

Auto Standby (A.STBY): The surround sound system enters standby mode automatically when there is no audio output for 30 minutes.

Power requirements 18 V DC (2.6 A) (100 V – 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz using the supplied AC power cord)
Mass Main unit: (approx.) 2.4 kg, AC adaptor: (approx.) 240 g
Dimensions Main unit: (approx.) 720 mm × 85 mm × 87 mm, AC adaptor: (approx.) 121 mm × 53 mm × 33 mm  (w × h × d)
Included • Remote control × 1• Optical digital cable (2.5 m) × 1

• AC adaptor × 1

• AC power cord × 1

* Linear PCM accepts sampling frequencies of no more than 48 kHz.

About Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

Recognized as the global leader and company responsible for the progression of consumer-based computer entertainment, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) manufactures, distributes and markets the PlayStation® game console, the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) handheld entertainment system and the PlayStation®3 (PS3®) system.  PlayStation has revolutionized home entertainment by introducing advanced 3D graphic processing, and PlayStation 2 further enhances the PlayStation legacy as the core of home networked entertainment.  PSP is a handheld entertainment system that allows users to enjoy 3D games, with high-quality full-motion video, and high-fidelity stereo audio.  PS3 is an advanced computer system, incorporating the state-of-the-art Cell processor with super computer like power.  SCEI, along with its subsidiary divisions Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC., Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd., and Sony Computer Entertainment Korea Inc. develops, publishes, markets and distributes software, and manages the third party licensing programs for these platforms in the respective markets worldwide.  Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, SCEI is an independent business unit of the Sony Group.

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PLAYSTATION®MOVE MOTION CONTROLLER

TO HIT WORLDWIDE MARKET STARTING THIS SEPTEMBER

Bundle Packs, Attractive Software Titles and Peripheral to Accompany the Launch,

Further Enhancing the PlayStation®Move Experience

Tokyo, June 16, 2010 – Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) today announced that it will release PlayStation®Move motion controller*1for the PlayStation®3 (PS3™) system on September 15, 2010 in Europe/PAL territories and in Asian countries/regions*2 at a recommended retail price (RRP) of €39.99.   It will also become available in North America on September 19 at a RRP of $49.99 and in Japan on October 21 at a RRP of 3,980 yen (including tax). PlayStation®Move navigation controller, one-handed controller to be used along with the motion controller for intuitive navigation of in-game characters and objects, will also become available on the same day in each region at a RRP of €29.99, US$29.99 and 2,980 yen (including tax), respectively.

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe will release a PlayStation Move Starter Pack for €59.99 (RRP), comprising a PlayStation Move motion controller, PlayStation®Eye camera and PlayStation Move starter disc, including demos of many of the Move games available at launch and beyond. The PlayStation Eye camera will also be sold separately for €29.99 (RRP).

On the software front, SCE Worldwide Studios will release more than 20 titles that are either dedicated to or supported with the PlayStation Move platform in fiscal year 2010 ending March 2011.  Exciting and innovative software titles available in the launch window will include; Resident Evil 5 Gold Edition by CAPCOM Co., Ltd., Time Crises: Razing Storm by Bandai Namco Games Inc., Tiger Woos PGA® Tour 11 by Electronic Arts Ltd, Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest by WB Games Inc, EyePet, Sports Champions, Kung Fu Rider by SCE and many more*3.  SCE, with support from third party developers and publishers, will continue to further enhance the software title line-up to offer high-definition motion-based gaming experience only available on the PS3 platform.

Furthermore, SCE also announced today the release of two PlayStation Move controller peripherals, “PlayStation Move®Charging Station” and “PlayStation®Move shooting attachment,” that will help further enhancing the PlayStation Move experience.

  • PlayStation Move charging station
    By utilizing the “charging station,” users will be able to charge up to two PlayStation Move controllers, motion controller or the navigation controller, at once without having to connect them to the PS3 system. The “charging station” will become available concurrently with the motion controller launch in each region at a RRP of €29.99, US$29.99 and 2,480 yen (including tax), respectively.
  • PlayStation Move shooting attachment
    The “shooting attachment,” designed to place the PlayStation Move motion controller horizontally, will allow players to hold the motion controller as if they are holding a gun and to easily aim at an in-game target.  The trigger on the attachment is interlocked with the motion controller T button and will enable users to intuitively play the game, not only limited to shooting games but also on games that may require precise button input and control. It will deliver immersive gameplay and will work perfectly with software titles like The Shoot!*3 by SCE and Time Crises: Razing Storm by Bandai Namco Games Inc. which is expected to support the attachment.  The “shooting attachment” will become available starting this fall in each region at a RRP of €14.99, US$19.99 and 1,480 yen (including tax), respectively.

Through the introduction of PlayStation Move controllers, attractive software line-ups and peripherals, SCE will continue to further expand the PS3 platform and create a new world of computer entertainment that is only possible on PlayStation.

*1 Users will need to use the PlayStation Eye camera to enjoy PlayStation Move motion controller on PS3.

*2 Pricing of the motion controller in Asian countries/regions is equivalent to US$39.99.  Pricing of the navigation controller is equivalent to US$29.99.The pricing will vary by countries or regions.

*3 Title line-up and release date will differ by each region.  Please refer to the separately attached software line-up list for further details.

    Product Outline
    PlayStation®Move motion controller

Product name PlayStation®Move motion controller
Product code CECH-ZCM1
Release date Europe/PAL territories and Asian countries/regions: Sept. 15, 2010, North America: Sept. 19, 2010, Japan: Oct. 21, 2010
Recommended retail price €39.99, US$49.99, 3,980 yen (including tax)
Color Black
Mass Approx. 145 g
External dimension Approx. 200mm × 46mm (height × diameter
Battery type Built-in, rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Voltage DC 3.7 V
Operating temperature 5℃~35
Included Strap

PlayStation®Move navigation controller

Product name PlayStation®Move navigation controller
Product code CECH-ZCS1
Release date Europe/PAL territories and Asian countries/regions: Sept. 15, 2010, North America: Sept. 19, 2010, Japan: Oct. 21, 2010
Recommended retail price €29.99, US$29.99, 2,980 yen (including tax)
Color Black
Mass Approx. 95 g
External dimension Approx. 138mm × 42mm (height × diameter
Battery type Built-in, rechargeable lithium-ion batter
Voltage DC 3.7 V
Operating temperature 5℃~35
    PlayStation®Move charging station

Product name PlayStation®Move charging station
Product code CECH-ZCC1
Release date Europe/PAL territories and Asian countries/regions: starting Sept. 15, 2010, North America: starting Sept. 19, 2010, Japan: Oct. 21, 2010
Recommended retail price €29.99, US$29.99, 2480 yen (including tax)
Mass Approx. 190 g
External dimension Approx. 160mm × 90mm × 34mm (width × height × length
Included AC Adaptor × 1AC Cable × 1

PlayStation®Move shooting attachment

Product name PlayStation®Move shooting attachment
Product code CECH-ZGA1
Release date Fall 2010
Recommended retail price €14.99, US$19.99 and 1,480 yen (including tax)
Mass Approx. 150 g
External dimension Approx. 167mm × 145mm  × 55mm (width × height × length

PlayStation®Eye

Product name PlayStation®Eye
Recommended retail price €29.99*4, US$39.99 and 2,980 yen (including tax)
Mass Approx. 173 g
External dimension Approx. 84 × 67 ×  57 mm (width × height × length
Power consumption 5v, Maximum of 500mA
Operating temperature 5℃~35
Connector USB 2.0
Cable length Approx. 2m
Video capture*5 Maximum of 640 x 480 pixel
Frame rate*5 640 x 480 at 60 frames/ second320 x 240 at 120 frames/ second
Lens head 2.1 F-stop, <1% distortion, fixed focus
Range of distance 25cm – ∞ (in wide angle view)
Field of view 56 (standard view) – 75 (wide angle view) FOV zoom lens
Sound recognition Built-in 4 microphone array

*4 New pricing for Europe/PAL territories will go effective concurrently with the launch of the motion controller.

*5 Video capture and frame rate will differ according to the software used.

About Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

Recognized as the global leader and company responsible for the progression of consumer-based computer entertainment, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) manufactures, distributes and markets the PlayStation® game console, the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) handheld entertainment system and the PlayStation®3 (PS3®) system.  PlayStation has revolutionized home entertainment by introducing advanced 3D graphic processing, and PlayStation 2 further enhances the PlayStation legacy as the core of home networked entertainment.  PSP is a handheld entertainment system that allows users to enjoy 3D games, with high-quality full-motion video, and high-fidelity stereo audio.  PS3 is an advanced computer system, incorporating the state-of-the-art Cell processor with super computer like power.  SCEI, along with its subsidiary divisions Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC., Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd., and Sony Computer Entertainment Korea Inc. develops, publishes, markets and distributes software, and manages the third party licensing programs for these platforms in the respective markets worldwide.  Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, SCEI is an independent business unit of the Sony Group.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

REGISTERED ACCOUNTS ON PLAYSTATION®NETWORK

EXCEED 50 MILLION WORLDWIDE

Remarkable Milestone Achieved in 3 Years and 8 Months

Since Its Launch on November 11, 2006

Los Angeles, California, June 15, 2010 – Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) today announced that the cumulative number of registered accounts on PlayStation®Network has exceeded 50 million worldwide as of June 14, 2010 (Japan Time).  Since its launch in November 2006*1, PlayStation Network has expanded its services to over 58 countries and regions around the globe.  The registered accounts on PlayStation Network reached 10 million in 1 year and 8 months from the service launch, 20 million in 2 years and 3 months, and exceeded 50 million in only 3 years and 8 months. The continued growth of PlayStation Network has ensured the successful building of a robust network business platform.

PlayStation Network is a network service for PlayStation®3 (PS3®) computer entertainment system and PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) handheld entertainment system. Both platforms combined have sold more than 97 million units*2 around the world.  Directly accessible from PS3 and PSP or from PC via Media Go*3 software application, users are able to enjoy a broad range of on-line content and services, including on-line gaming, video chat and text messaging with other PS3 users on-line, as well as downloading games, video and comic content from PlayStation®Store.  Users are also able to download and enjoy exciting applications such as PlayStation®Home, Life with PlayStation®*4 and adhocParty for PSP® (PlayStation®Portable)*5.  By having a breadth of entertainment content in addition to free to use basic features and services, PlayStation Network continues to gain strong support from users around the world.  On top of these offerings, PlayStation®Plus, a new subscription service package on PlayStation Network, will start on June 29, 2010, to deliver PlayStation users with an enhanced entertainment experience.

To offer more fun and excitement to users, PlayStation Network is continually enhancing the gaming experience through online game features such as online battle and team play, as well as adding more and more downloadable game items. More than 960 titles incorporated with online features have been released for the PS3 system worldwide, including KILLZONE 2, MASSIVE ACTION GAME (MAG) and LittleBigPlanet from SCE Worldwide Studios.

PlayStation Store today offers more than 70,000 diverse digital content*6, ranging from exclusive on-line games, downloadable versions of disc based titles, game demos and add-ons, and titles from PS one® Archives (PS one Classics), through which legendary and popular titles from the original PlayStation are made playable on PS3 and PSP.  Also accessible on PlayStation Network is Video Delivery Service*7 has now expanded to 8 countries, as well as Digital Comic service*8, which can be accessed in 7 countries worldwide including Japan, the United States and Europe.  To date, more than 1 billion pieces of content*9 have been downloaded and the business scale is rapidly expanding.

PlayStation Home is a 3D on-line user community service for PS3 that launched in December 2008.  Within the ground-breaking 3D environment, users are able to meet, share gaming experiences, and enjoy communication with each other. Since launching 1 year and 7 months ago, the number of users accessing Home has exceeded 14 million.  With collaborative initiatives with various game titles and franchises, PlayStation Home offers its users more than 300 spaces to experience, and over 11,000 virtual items to collect.  In addition to spaces dedicated to various game titles, new non-game spaces such as FevaArena, a virtual football stadium where users can enjoy new experience of football, offers users a new experience to meet and communicate with other users from around the world.

SCE, along with content providers and users will continue to further expand the entertainment experiences with PS3, PSP and PlayStation Network to create a new world of computer entertainment.

*1 Launched in Japan on November 11, 2006.

*2  PS3: 35.7 million units as of end March 2010, PSP: 61.5 million units as of end March 2010.

    *3 Media Go enables content acquisition/management on PCs and content transfer to PSP. As a part of content acquisition, Media Go offers downloading game, video and comic contents to PCs and PlayStation Network user can purchase content.by accessing MediaGo,
    *4 Life with PlayStation is a new lifestyle service that offers users a new visual and interactive way to use their PS3 to access news and information from around the world
    *5 adhocParty for PSP enables PSP system owners to play online multiplayer games featuring ad-hoc mode over the Internet through the PlayStation®3 (PS3™) computer entertainment system
    *6 Includes free of charge content (downloadable demos and promotion videos).
    *7 Launched in July 2008 in the United States.
    *8 Launched in December 2009 in Japan, the United States and Europe.

*9 As of end March 2010.

About Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

Recognized as the global leader and company responsible for the progression of consumer-based computer entertainment, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) manufacturers, distributes and markets the PlayStation® game console, the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) handheld entertainment system and the PlayStation®3 (PS3®) system.  PlayStation has revolutionized home entertainment by introducing advanced 3D graphic processing, and PlayStation 2 further enhances the PlayStation legacy as the core of home networked entertainment.  PSP is a new handheld entertainment system that allows users to enjoy 3D games, with high-quality full-motion video, and high-fidelity stereo audio.  PS3 is an advanced computer system, incorporating the state-of-the-art Cell processor with super computer like power.  SCEI, along with its subsidiary divisions Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC., Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd., and Sony Computer Entertainment Korea Inc. develops, publishes, markets and distributes software, and manages the third party licensing programs for these platforms in the respective markets worldwide.  Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. is an independent business unit of the Sony Group.

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PlayStation, PS3 and PSP are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PLAYSTATION®PLUS, THE NEW SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE PACKAGE ON PLAYSTATION®NETWORK. DELIVERS

A WHOLE NEW EXPERIENCE TO USERS

SCE Will Start Offering the New Service Package Along With Free Access PlayStation®Network Service On June 29, 2010 Worldwide

Los Angeles, California, June 15, 2010 – Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) today announced that it will offer PlayStation®Plus, a new subscription service package on PlayStation®Network. In addition to the current free to use existing features and services, PlayStation Plus brings value-added offerings including exclusive services and content on June 29, 2010, worldwide.  PlayStation Plus will further enhance PlayStation Network, which has recently achieved a cumulative number of registered accounts of over 50 million globally.

By accessing PlayStation®Store via PlayStation®3 (PS3®), PlayStation Network users will be able to purchase membership*1 to PlayStation Plus, providing members with new options to expand and enhance their gaming experience and enabling them to gain an exclusive set of features and content.  For users’ convenience, PlayStation Plus will be available in different subscription options of 30 days (Japan: 500 yen, Asia: HK$38), 90 days (North America: $17.99, Europe: €14.99) and 365 days (Japan: 5,000 yen, Asia: HK$233, North America: $49.99, Europe: €49.99).

PlayStation Plus features include*2:

  • Full game trial*3
    Members will have access to full versions of designated PS3® and PlayStation Network titles including PS one® Archives (PS one® Classics).  The titles on offer will be available for download on PlayStation Store for a stated period and change every month.  Members will be able to play the full version of the game for a designated period and even after the trial period expires, users will be able to continue playing the game by purchasing the game on-line*4.
  • Games
    Member will be able to play the full version of designated PS3 downloadable and PlayStation Network titles including PS one Archives (PS one Classics) and minis*5 with no limit of time as long as membership is effective.  These games will become available exclusively for PlayStation Plus members at no extra cost.
  • Special content
    Content such as avatars and custom themes many of which are exclusive will become available for PlayStation Plus members at no extra cost.
  • Discounts
    Members will have access to exclusive discounts on designated PS3 and PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) titles.  Titles will vary every month on PlayStation Store.
  • Early access
    Members will have early access to designated new game beta trials, game demos and video content prior to public distribution.
  • Automatic content downloads and updates
    PS3 will automatically download and install designated game demos and game updates and also download the system software update data*6.  PS3 will automatically start up at a designated time to download content and will turn off after the download has completed.

Since its launch in November 2006, PlayStation Network continues to gain strong support from users around the world.   It offers a broad range of on-line content and services, including on-line gaming, video chat and text messaging with other PS3 users on-line, as well as access to many games, videos and comic content downloadable from PlayStation Store.

Tailored to enhance the experience for PlayStation users, PlayStation Plus will further enrich the PlayStation Network gaming experience.

SCE, with its strong lineup of entertainment content and services on PlayStation Network, will deploy various measures to provide entertainment experience to PlayStation users, and further expand PlayStation platforms.

    *1  PlayStation users can purchase PlayStation Plus membership through PlayStation Store on PS3 only.  Users need to install PS3 system software version 3.40, which will be released on June 29th, to enjoy PlayStation Plus.

*2 Content will vary by region.

*3 Expiration date will vary by content.

    *4 Users will continue to enjoy games with previously saved data.  Any trophies earned during the trial will also be unlocked.
    *5 “minis”  are not available in Japan.
    *6 As the install requires users agreement, it will not be installed automatically.

About Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

Recognized as the global leader and company responsible for the progression of consumer-based computer entertainment, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) manufactures, distributes and markets the PlayStation® game console, the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) handheld entertainment system and the PlayStation®3 (PS3®) system.  PlayStation has revolutionized home entertainment by introducing advanced 3D graphic processing, and PlayStation 2 further enhances the PlayStation legacy as the core of home networked entertainment.  PSP is a handheld entertainment system that allows users to enjoy 3D games, with high-quality full-motion video, and high-fidelity stereo audio.  PS3 is an advanced computer system, incorporating the state-of-the-art Cell processor with super computer like power.  SCEI, along with its subsidiary divisions Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC., Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd., and Sony Computer Entertainment Korea Inc. develops, publishes, markets and distributes software, and manages the third party licensing programs for these platforms in the respective markets worldwide.  Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, SCEI is an independent business unit of the Sony Group.

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PlayStation, PS3 and PSP are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.  All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PLAYSTATION®PLUS, THE NEW SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE PACKAGE ON PLAYSTATION®NETWORK. DELIVERS

A WHOLE NEW EXPERIENCE TO USERS

SCE Will Start Offering the New Service Package Along With Free Access PlayStation®Network Service On June 29, 2010 Worldwide

Los Angeles, California, June 15, 2010 – Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) today announced that it will offer PlayStation®Plus, a new subscription service package on PlayStation®Network. In addition to the current free to use existing features and services, PlayStation Plus brings value-added offerings including exclusive services and content on June 29, 2010, worldwide.  PlayStation Plus will further enhance PlayStation Network, which has recently achieved a cumulative number of registered accounts of over 50 million globally.

By accessing PlayStation®Store via PlayStation®3 (PS3®), PlayStation Network users will be able to purchase membership*1 to PlayStation Plus, providing members with new options to expand and enhance their gaming experience and enabling them to gain an exclusive set of features and content.  For users’ convenience, PlayStation Plus will be available in different subscription options of 30 days (Japan: 500 yen, Asia: HK$38), 90 days (North America: $17.99, Europe: €14.99) and 365 days (Japan: 5,000 yen, Asia: HK$233, North America: $49.99, Europe: €49.99).

PlayStation Plus features include*2:

  • Full game trial*3
    Members will have access to full versions of designated PS3® and PlayStation Network titles including PS one® Archives (PS one® Classics).  The titles on offer will be available for download on PlayStation Store for a stated period and change every month.  Members will be able to play the full version of the game for a designated period and even after the trial period expires, users will be able to continue playing the game by purchasing the game on-line*4.
  • Games
    Member will be able to play the full version of designated PS3 downloadable and PlayStation Network titles including PS one Archives (PS one Classics) and minis*5 with no limit of time as long as membership is effective.  These games will become available exclusively for PlayStation Plus members at no extra cost.
  • Special content
    Content such as avatars and custom themes many of which are exclusive will become available for PlayStation Plus members at no extra cost.
  • Discounts
    Members will have access to exclusive discounts on designated PS3 and PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) titles.  Titles will vary every month on PlayStation Store.
  • Early access
    Members will have early access to designated new game beta trials, game demos and video content prior to public distribution.
  • Automatic content downloads and updates
    PS3 will automatically download and install designated game demos and game updates and also download the system software update data*6.  PS3 will automatically start up at a designated time to download content and will turn off after the download has completed.

Since its launch in November 2006, PlayStation Network continues to gain strong support from users around the world.   It offers a broad range of on-line content and services, including on-line gaming, video chat and text messaging with other PS3 users on-line, as well as access to many games, videos and comic content downloadable from PlayStation Store.

Tailored to enhance the experience for PlayStation users, PlayStation Plus will further enrich the PlayStation Network gaming experience.

SCE, with its strong lineup of entertainment content and services on PlayStation Network, will deploy various measures to provide entertainment experience to PlayStation users, and further expand PlayStation platforms.

    *1  PlayStation users can purchase PlayStation Plus membership through PlayStation Store on PS3 only.  Users need to install PS3 system software version 3.40, which will be released on June 29th, to enjoy PlayStation Plus.

*2 Content will vary by region.

*3 Expiration date will vary by content.

    *4 Users will continue to enjoy games with previously saved data.  Any trophies earned during the trial will also be unlocked.
    *5 “minis”  are not available in Japan.
    *6 As the install requires users agreement, it will not be installed automatically.

About Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

Recognized as the global leader and company responsible for the progression of consumer-based computer entertainment, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) manufactures, distributes and markets the PlayStation® game console, the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) handheld entertainment system and the PlayStation®3 (PS3®) system.  PlayStation has revolutionized home entertainment by introducing advanced 3D graphic processing, and PlayStation 2 further enhances the PlayStation legacy as the core of home networked entertainment.  PSP is a handheld entertainment system that allows users to enjoy 3D games, with high-quality full-motion video, and high-fidelity stereo audio.  PS3 is an advanced computer system, incorporating the state-of-the-art Cell processor with super computer like power.  SCEI, along with its subsidiary divisions Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC., Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd., and Sony Computer Entertainment Korea Inc. develops, publishes, markets and distributes software, and manages the third party licensing programs for these platforms in the respective markets worldwide.  Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, SCEI is an independent business unit of the Sony Group.

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