Sony finally released information about their new incarnation of the PSP. The PSP Go. Without UMD it will sell in paralell with the PSP 3000 while all new PSP titles will be available on UMD as well as digital download. It has 16GB internal memory and place for a memory card. It's also about the size of an iPhone but with about the same size screen as the PSP 3000. I want one.
E3 is back and with a vengeance, it's more news then ever and the quality of games has increased by an order of magnitude since the last E3. The things I've found most interesting so far are:
Did I mention that Xbox 360 is adding applications for Twitter and Facebook as well as opening the renamed Zune Video Store in Europe? The Wii gets more peripherals and circa two games but honestly, who cares?
The Playstation 3 is far behind in this console generations sales figures. In the next two months we'll see if the PS3 will start to catch up or if it's doomed to end up third. Why this year? Because if the release of games such as LBP and resistance 2, motorstorm 2 can't shift the PS3 nothing ever will. It's up against hard competition with the Xbox360's new interface experience and video streaming functionality.
Personally I think this holiday season will see the climax of the playstation 3's sales, I don't think Sony will be able to beat Microsoft this generation but they might pull even.
How can I be so sure Little Big Planet will sell consoles? Well, besides analysts predictions and the millions of people who've still not upgraded from PS2 I just bought my own PS3, because no games until LBP were incentive enough for me to buy such an expensive machine.
How about you?
E3 is on it's way and the big three have shown their cards. But who "won"? We can't be sure until E3 is over but I have a few points to share: Microsoft Had a great presentation showing exclusive titles lite Gears of War 2, Banjo & Kazooiey (no I can't spell it) and Fable 2. They also revamped their Xbox live experience with a modern, and this time quite pretty, interface starring customizable characters for players. Much like Mii's but better looking. They also showed that Avatars (official name) will be of use to players unlike Wii's Mii's. Microsoft also launched some rip-offs of Sony games such as Lips (singstar) and some camera interaction game thingie (eyetoy). Overall, Microsoft created a lot of excitement for the platform.
Nintendo Had an irritating speaker on stage making flat jokes about random stuff. Get her away from the stage. But they also unveiled Wii Motion + which is an add on to the Wiimote (more like a Wiimote 2) that allowes for better movement recognition... So now the Wii will work like... it was originally planned? Looked pretty good. They also unveiled some more games, first party of course, each with their own add on. Nintendo, if I hadn't already sold my Wii I would never be able to afford all these add ons. Stop trying to steal my last cents you evil bastards.
Sony Sony had by far the best presentation. No doubt. But they didn't show enough content to wow me. Actually it didn't feel like they showed much new stuff at all. PSN video store is live as of yesterday, very apple of them. Thank god. MAG is a massive online action game. Great. What else? Oh yeah, the games are coming. There seem to be a lot of them, but since we didn't actually see that many it's hard to tell. Home will eventually come, but since what I really wanted from the beginning is Microsoft's Avatars system, Home will probably fall flat.
I want Sony to win this war. Nintendo has proved their point and thats great, we need to focus on a larger market. But the Wii is still a piece of shit and doesn't have any games I'd like to play. Microsoft is giving consumers plastic boxes that scream with whirring fans and crash ever so often. But they are giving developers what they want. And they are delivering on their promises. The playstation 3 really is a superior machine for the consumer. It's quiet, doesn't require add ons and is a smooth entertainment package. But Sony is fucking it's console by not delivering proper support for developers, meaning most games come to the 360. They're slow in delivering systems for the PS3, even though the systems usually are great in the end. And the PS3 is still expensive like gods own nude pictures.
Come on Sony, stop being arrogant and help yourselves. I don't want another Windows monopoly destroying the games industry.