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 (New Zealand Spring), 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.
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.
SCEE also announced that it will release the PlayStation®Move motion controller for PS3 on September 15th (September 16th for New Zealand) in Europe and the PAL territories for €39.99 RRP ( NZ$79.95). 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 (NZ$59.95). A special priced starter bundle offer will also be made available at launch. 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:
Heroes on the Move (working title)
Heavy Rain Move Edition
Third Party Titles:
Time Crisis: Razing Storm
Toy Story 3
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11
Resident Evil 5 Gold Edition
Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest
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
Gran Turismo 5
SOCOM 4: US Navy SEALS
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
Shaun White Skateboarding
Call of Duty, Black Ops
With continued momentum and excitement behind the PSP platform, SCEE announced some new titles developed with a younger audience in mind, including Invizimals™: 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.
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 (New Zealand pricing to be confirmed at a later date) 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.