As in years past, Sony put on a pretty impressive news conference. Once we got through the requisite Power Point presentations about how many units they've sold so far (over 100 million PS2s in the world) and how great PSP is, we got to see what we all came for -- PS3 game demos.
How good were they? Overall, what I expected. EA Sports was around to show off some cool facial animations and "player awareness" with demos of NBA Live 07 and Tiger Woods. Sony showed off some pretty wicked fist party offerings (including a demo of Heavenly Sword -- which was by far the best demo of the presentation).
Good news for all -- the controller for the PS3 is pretty much the same thing that we're used to on the PS2. Today, Sony unveiled the controller's six degrees of motion -- think a gyroscope inside the controller -- where players can adjust pitch and yaw just by moving the controller left to right and up and down.
Does this rain on Nintendo's Wii parade and their "revolutionary" controller? Um ... yeah, but where Nintendo got burned today by Sony, they can make fun of the PS3's price. Oh yeah, a lot of people are going to talk about this.
First off, Sony is going for two skews. Didn't they learn anything from Microsoft? Guess not. Who would ever buy the 20-gigabyte version? So when the PS3 launches on Nov. 17, be prepared to lay out some cash to do it right. A console, an extra controller, maybe a few games -- you're close to $1,000. Sure, you're getting a Blu-Ray player too, but $600 is still a lot to pay for a gaming console.
Looking forward to Nintendo's and Microsoft's news conferences today.
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