Ah 2005 … if you think about it, it was not that long ago. Sony’s E3 press conference was suppose to show the full details about the PS3. Sony presented it but with limited detail on its pricing and arrival but one things for certain. They clearly knew they had a power house on the table but does it all come with a price ?. We will cover Sony’s E3 press conference from E3 2005 to the up and coming E3 2009 to give you a better understanding of what we mean.
Sony E3 2005 videos
When it comes to Sony they have a huge history of of trying to blow the competition out the water with their consoles. Now with the very successful PS2 thats sold millions of units needed a following … its Next Gen brother to say the least. 2005 seem to be that year however with a lot of promise under the hood it seemed to be all but perfect. Since the many components of the PS3 up until that point wasn’t put together so what did that year was many promising rendered trailers to pass as targeted footage. Appearing that year was a Killzone 2, Final Fantasy 7 tech demo, Devil May Cry 4, Heavenly Sword along with other trailers. Many of these trailers we just pipe dreams of what they thought the system could deliver in the future.
Sony’s E3 2006 Press recap and videos
Hosted by Kaz Hirai, the ’06 E3 presentation was reviewed as third (in a bad way) out of the three main companies. The price was set high for the PS3 with $499 for the 20GB version, while 60GB version cost $599. The 20GB version was a stripped down model of the 60GB version. No Wi-Fi internet, no flash card readers and no chrome trim with the logo in silver. Both had a Blu-Ray player built in. Date of release was set for November 17th.
As for the games, Heavenly Sword, Resistance, Need for Speed: Carbon and Tiger woods ’07 did pretty good for launch games. As for the bad ones like Genji: Days of the Blade, it might have been doomed from the start. At the conference the presentation was criticized and still to this day. There were many previews and trailers consisting of Afrika, Eye of Judgement, Tiger Woods ’07, NBA Live ’07, Madden ’07, Need for Speed: Carbon, Gran Turismo HD, Resistance: Fall of Man, Killzone 2, Tekken 6, MGS4, Final Fantasy 13 and Final Fantasy 13 Verses.
They showed the new PS3 controller with the new SIXAXIS motion controls and no rumble features. Many believed that they were copying off of the new found hype of the Wii (Playing IS Believing). They demonstrated the motion controls with a rubber duck then with the game WarHawk, which worked out pretty well for the game.
The PS2 actually was still going strong with the release of God of War 2.
The only thing that upset the public was they initially stripped down the PS3 from was mentioned in the ’05 E3 press conference. From two HDMI ports to down to one, from three ethernet ports to one and six USB ports going down to four. The recent iterations only include two now.
Sony’s E3 montage 2007
E3 ’07 started the change for stability for Sony’s PS3. After the release of the PS3 things had to change for them in 2007. First, out with Kaz (this means no more RIIIDGE RAAACER). So hosting duties were given to Jack Trenton. Jack presented the debut of Sony’s new social network: HOME. Jack was shown on screen meeting up with Kaz within one of the lobby areas. Kaz then showed a new PSP, slimmer, lighter and more battery life. Echochrome, Patapon, and Final Fantasy Tactics previews were shown as up and coming releases. Chewbacca also came out and showed a brand new Star Wars PSP model with Darth Vader on the back along with the PSP Battlefront Pack. Also Lego Batman PS2 bundle will be $149 and also include a DC movie DVD. From what you can already witness they were still trying to make the PSP’s presents here to stay.
Hideo Kojima presented a new trailer for MGS4 and new trailers of a list of games took stage, such as Stranglehold, Time Crisis, Little Big Planet, Gran Turismo HD, Tiger Woods ’08, Unreal Tournament 3, Burnout Paridise, Skate, Uncharted, Army of Two, and Killzone 2. Phil Harrison presented games that can be downloaded through the Playstation Network. Socom:Confrontation, Pain, Warhawk, and Wipeout HD all did well with their PSN releases as Sony’s big push become full downloadable games for the PS3.
This change of pace for Sony was pushed by all of the games that were finally reality instead of focusing on the hardware possibilities of the PS3 like in ’06. For the most part the main hardware news was about the PSP. Surprising though, there was no mention about Final Fantasy 13!
Sony’s E3 montage 2008
E3 ’08, Once again hosted by Jack Trentton (Why change a good thing?). The Show was kicked off with a demo of Resistance 2. Jack mentions that a bunch of games are receiving a discount for the holiday season. Some of the new ‘Greatest Hits’ games were Call of Duty 3, Motor Storm, Ninja Gaiden, and Assassin Creed.
Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty was to be released that summer. A new PSN trailer was shown of Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty, Rag Doll Kung Fu: Fist of Plastic, Flower, Crash Commando and Fat Princess. Sony will also open a PSN Video Store. You can view selected movies and also transfer them to your PSP.
New Playstation HOME areas were coming in the next few months and more on the way. Mass Multiplayer Online games were on the way to PS3 with The Agency, Free Realms, and DC Universe.
A new trailer reel was shown containing Little Big Planet, Motor Storm: Pacific Rift, The Agency, MGS4,007: Quantum of Solace, Ghostbusters, Soul Calibur 4, Resistance 2, Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm, Mirrors Edge, Resident Evil 5, Singstar, Guitar Hero World Tour, NBA 09, Killzone 2, Fallout3.
On deck for 2009, God of War 3, M.A.G., and Infamous!
This conference was one of the best presentations Sony has had. With a strong line up of games, new areas in HOME, new features on the PS3 and promising future.
Sony’s 2009 E3 has a lot of rumors surrounding it. We are just going to have to wait for all of the information. News on God of War 3, Heavy Rain, Ratchet and Clank: A Crack in Time, Uncharted 2, and Final Fantasy 13 sounds promising which we all can’t wait for!!