GC: Sony conference Finished

Earlier today, Sony delivered its Games Convention 2007 press conference, announcing a new PlayStation 3 PVR gadget for recording and watching TV, a corresponding PSP update for watching TV on the go and piping it from your PS3, and a range of PSP initiatives, as well as some other stuff. Hit the frontpage for full news coverage, or read on for our blow by blow run-through of the conference as it happened. Sorry for any offence caused, etc.

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  • deaner 7 years ago

    Nice use of trivial personal commentary in the story there to protract the article and flaunt a lack of professionalism.



    Still, Sony should be grateful EG stooped to offer them any coverage at all, I suppose. Even coverage that belittled the announcements and wasn't worth a write-up.



    At least it isn't coverage of yet another impending FPS though!
  • Les 7 years ago

  • DjFlex52 7 years ago

    How can you even put EyeToy & Singstar in the same category as GTA & GT?

    GT and GTA are hardcore games, Les....they didnt bring a wider audience to PS3, they brought the MAIN audience. How can you not know this?



    Do you even play games?..uhh...besides baseball :)
  • Les 7 years ago

  • DjFlex52 7 years ago

    Please point it out then, because you don't. Yes, casual users buy less games. But the games they require cost much less to create. Look at last gen. The typical Xbox owner will have bought much more games than the typical PS2 owner. PS2 was a success financially, Xbox a failure.



    @Les



    Huh??? You don't have a clue as to what you're talking about. The reason PS2 was a success and the Xbox was a failure had nothing to do with casual games or rising development costs.

    It was 1 year, 2 months headstart and a bigger customer base that was partially made from the PS1 gamers upgrading. The PS2 didn't make its profits or become a success because of EyeToy, Buzz or Singstar or any other casual games. Get your facts straight. Hardcore gamers are what made PS2 a success in North America & Europe. And I wont waste space listing the top selling games from the 9 consoles I mentioned. Look it up yourself!



    "With exploding development costs, 'hardcore' games become even less attractive. If developers weren't hardcore gamers themselves, I doubt we would see many of them. For every Halo or GTA, there are countless commercial failures."



    @Les



    As you told me.....Proof please :)



    Thats like saying big budget movies are less attractive because of super high costs. Then why do they keep making them? Because they make a shitload of money...duh

  • Les 7 years ago

    "There's one problem with yours & Les' argument."



    Please point it out then, because you don't. Yes, casual users buy less games. But the games they require cost much less to create. Look at last gen. The typical Xbox owner will have bought much more games than the typical PS2 owner. PS2 was a success financially, Xbox a failure.



    With exploding development costs, 'hardcore' games become even less attractive. If developers weren't hardcore gamers themselves, I doubt we would see many of them. For every Halo or GTA, there are countless commercial failures.



    "The top 10 selling games of all time for the SNES, PS1, N64, Gamecube, PS2, Dreamcast, Xbox, PS3 and 360 are all hardcore/traditional type games."



    Proof please. But even if it were the case, those top 10 games will very likely form but a small part of the total software revenue generated for the platform (except for the 360 as it's aimed squarely at the hardcore). Definitely not enough to make them profitable.
  • DjFlex52 7 years ago

    Spot on. It seems pretty obvious that the casual gamer market is much, much larger than the hardcore. Casual gamers are how most games companies make money (see Nintendo, EA, etc).



    @Charroux & Les



    There's one problem with yours & Les' argument.

    Casual gamers are just that....casual....users. I don't think it will as profitable in the long run as you think except maybe in Japan with the DS & Wii. How many games will a casual user buy during a year compared to the normal gamer? And how long will the casual gamer stay interested in consoles....something they had disdain for just a few years ago. I wouldn't bet my farm on such a fleeting customer. Why casual games are so big on PC is because they're cheap. Not so cheap paying for WiiFit, Buzz or Scene It! What the companies are making more money off of is the cheaply made mundane movie tie in games and whose to blame for that?

    The top 10 selling games of all time for the SNES, PS1, N64, Gamecube, PS2, Dreamcast, Xbox, PS3 and 360 are all hardcore/traditional type games.
  • Kropotkin 7 years ago

    Best quote from write up:



    "I missed the name of that one. Patasomething [Piyotama, maybe - Ed]. There's a woman's head in my way. I wish she'd die or something."



    I was eating an apple when I read that and almost choked on it. Very funny.



    As for what Sony announced it was very dissappointing. Sky on my PSP? Oh really? That's very energy efficient isn't it? Yes lets try and find a WiFi hotspot and watch Sky TV over my PSP whilst my PS3 is still on at my home. Yeah that'll reduce size of my carbon footprint. Cheers Sony!



    As for recording TV shows on my PS3 why would I do that? I have Sky HD as it is which has a 160 Gb HD in it anyway. The last thing I want to do is clog up my PS3 HD with TV shows that I've already recorded on my Sky HD box.



    I personally think this whole digital convergence thing has gone too far. The PS3 is a games console that happens to play Blu Ray disks. Just like the PS2 was a games console that also plays DVDs and the PSOne was a games console that also played music CDs. All this streaming content from your PC to the PS3 then onto your PSP is just freaking pointless and dumb.



    Finally on the casual stuff it's a big fat 'meh' from me. I have no interest in it what so ever other than if it provides revenue into the industry then all well and good. Without games like Buzz, Singstar et al then I suspect we'd never see the likes of Bioshock appearing as developers would not have the funds to make them. So yes we Eurogamer readers hate the 'casual' market but its a massive cash cow that Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo are diving into for all their worth. Especially Nintendo who know a good thing when they see it. Sadly they just end up alienating the people that put them therein the first place. *sigh*
  • Charroux 7 years ago

    @Les



    Spot on. It seems pretty obvious that the casual gamer market is much, much larger than the hardcore. Casual gamers are how most games companies make money (see Nintendo, EA, etc).
  • Les 7 years ago

    "A non profit business for 20 years...uhh huh. No money was made by the companies until the Wii showed up."



    Did I say that?!



    If you look at the video game business it's quite evident that there's not much money to be made. Nintendo is the only company that's left from the original console manufacturers. Sega, Atari, NEC, Commodore, etc. dropped out of the video game hardware business. Sony made good money with PS1 and PS2 because of the casual gamers, not the hardcore. MS never made money with Xbox and it's unlikely the 360 will be a positive NPV project.



    It's for a reason that MS and Sony don't present their consoles as just games machines. Their platforms aren't attractive to a large enough demographic if they'd do that. They need the extra revenue from IPTV, digital content downloads, etc. to ever turn a profit.



    It's funny to see people preaching a 'games-only' strategy for consoles and at the same time denouncing the Wii... Hardcore gamers are a peculiar species: not willing to spend money but they still expect the world... Idiots.
  • Isere 7 years ago

    ''well you are totally wrong the Wii has fuck all games and sells by trucks loads''



    @muftak



    IMO the reason the Wii sells like it does has a lot to do with its lower price point compared to the competitors.



    The important thing to realize is that a vast majority of last gen console owners are still waiting to get a better idea of the market before making their next gen purchase and quite a few bought the Wii to keep them occupied till they make the lunge.



    I really do believe that this time around there are going to be a lot of people with a Wii + PS3/XBOX360 and since Sony and Microsoft are going directly head to head, you have to atleast be open to the idea that games are going to be the main determining factor of the eventual outcome.



    This is critical time for both Microsoft and Sony and after their rather nice showing at E3 this year, I personally think that SCEE head David Reeves should probably have just kept quiet instead of dishing out 'uncalled for' disappointment.



    I didn't buy the PS3 to record TV, etc. I wanted to know about how 8 days and the getaway are coming along and an official rumble/touchsense confirmation.



    ''NOT just a games machine it is multimedia hub that what alot of you forget its not just all about games''

    I wish it was.

  • Pac-man-ate-my-wife 7 years ago

    TV is so last year. Who cares that you can record it and stream it to your PSP? Anyone who would appreciate that technology is probably downloading torrents daily and watching stuff hours after it's screened in the US.
  • Kryon 7 years ago

    Carrybagma just likened the PS3 to the N-Gage, lol. Although to be fair mate, the N-Gage had a few more worth while titles to play:)



  • GamesConnoisseur 7 years ago

    Yawn! All the talk of invasion and being pwned by one console or another doesnt change anything regarding how the actual conference went and the feedbacks from PS3 owners immediately after.



    Hoping for more and ending up with disappointment were clearly shown, that cannot be whitewashed out. Though TGS is acknowledged (and hoped) for more games to slake the raging thirsts for more games.



    Tv thing I think is useful gimmick, more than Movies Marketplace in my opinion and better suited to Europeans.



    Still got BioShock to look forward to on my X360 and roll on TGS!
  • Carrybagma 7 years ago

    hehe 360 fanboys invading a 'third place' thread because that's all that's left to laugh at, now that their over-heating junk is slipping into second place behind a last gen gimmick. It's beyond sad. Can't wait to see them trolling N-Gage threads, when the PS3 finally overhauls the 360 and there's nothing else that sells less (maybe PS1s).



    HYUK.
  • Kryon 7 years ago

    DjFlex52



    +1
  • VMerken 7 years ago

    *snores on*



    Wake me up when september ends.
  • DjFlex52 7 years ago

    You 'hardcore' gamers should shut the fuck up: If you don't want to spend enough money to make your hobby a profitable business please don't go crying when companies look elsewhere to turn a profit.



    @Les



    oh yea...cause before the Wii, Eye Toy, Buzz and Scene It!, the videogame business was a bust, right? A non profit business for 20 years...uhh huh. No money was made by the companies until the Wii showed up.



    You're always lecturing others when you should shut the fuck up yourself, Les!
  • el_pollo_diablo 7 years ago

    The grammar police have been called.



    Get in the back of the van!!
  • muftak 7 years ago

  • Les 7 years ago

    "THIS IS THE DAY THAT HARDCORE GAMING DIED."



    It won't die as long as MS's shareholders allow it to sink money into the bottomless pit...



    You 'hardcore' gamers should shut the fuck up: If you don't want to spend enough money to make your hobby a profitable business please don't go crying when companies look elsewhere to turn a profit.
  • Kryon 7 years ago

    PS3lol, Wiilol , 360notlol. lol.
  • Isere 7 years ago

    Poor show Sony, set fans up for disappointment with the fireworks and all hype.



    Gamers want games not pointless diversions.



    Have games, will sell.
  • Kiigan 7 years ago

    Personally I thought Tom did a brilliant job with the coverage... made a pretty dull press conference a lot more entertaining thanks to some laughs.
  • SpaceDan 7 years ago

    Hilarious.
  • AOFanboi 7 years ago

    Playstation 3 the console that will do everything...as long as you buy the peripheral...would be impressive if it did it out of the box guys!



    No because then someone would whine about how they have no use for the camera or TV tuners and how it should have been cheaper with those an option. Ref the Blu-Ray complaints.



    But who cares, the PS Store has the Folklore demo yay!
  • GamesConnoisseur 7 years ago

    So if you are keen on getting most uses out of PS3 then you would be encouraged by some things annouced, however purely as a gamer then you would be disappointed and concerned.



    That what it basically boils down to, and believe games would be more of a focus at TGS.



    Overall I think tv thing will be useful, Sky features would mean that Sky and Murdoch's corps would feel more need to favour PS3 over other consoles. Things that would not be apparent now would have consquences and thus play in Sony favour.



    Like others I do not consider TV to be the main thing that I personally want from consoles but it will be useful, watch this space.
  • captainrentboy 7 years ago

    Egster, come on, what the hell can I admit to being impressed by? For a gamer (me) that whole thing was dire, I'm sure the TGS will be far better, but that was shit. I care not for recording tv or sharing it with a PSP, and Buzz, Fifa and Singstar aren't that interesting to me either.

    And you'll see me saying exactly the same thing when MS get around to announcing concrete details on their IPTV thingymajig too.

    I buy consoles for gaming/playing online, that's it! All these other media things the big three want to add to their consoles will never interest me.
  • GingerNathan 7 years ago

    "Imagine admitting that new cool stuff is coming out for anything but your own precious. Preposterous!

    "



    I own all current generation consoles (except a PSP) so I don't actually have a 'precious' in any singular sense, the press release was still dull as dish water though.
  • WinstonChurchill 7 years ago

    I have a TV. I watch it. Sometimes I play games, but I don't play them on it. I use a dedicated machine to play them.
  • Tomdc7 7 years ago

    Bit too much of the same stuff but I'm interested in that T.V thing
  • jmcoo7 7 years ago

    They are a Japanese company all major announcements will come next month at the TGS , we get all the add on crap etc .
  • orakio 7 years ago

    That was all pretty shitty
  • Turambar 7 years ago

    I agree, it was a disaster.



















    That is if you assume Sigmagoat is Sony's only customer.
  • dog2_99 7 years ago

    the Sky thing sounds interesting for the PSP i think it fits the system etc...more details pls though...the freeview thing honestly (in my opinion) is NOT needed!
  • GamesConnoisseur 7 years ago

    sigmagoat have point that Sony seem to be running after Wii crowd, perhaps a proof that Sony see Nintendo as a bigger threat.



    As for hardcore gaming, not to fish a flame but that why I spread my bet and able to get something from X360 or PC!



    PS3 will be fine as there are still good games coming up, but mostly months away and the troubles for them is that Sony dont want to leave to MS and Nintendo to take up greater market share during the lull.



    TV thing is going to be useful than we give it credit for.
  • DeadGamer 7 years ago

    Sony Guy: On the PSP you can watch TV, Record and Listen to songs, Navigate, Go on the internet, Fry an egg, Peel a potato, Hatch a chicken, Perform CPR and grill cheese.



    Me: Dude, I just want to play games.



    Sony Guy: *LAUGHS* You are a retard.



    Me: *All Sad*
  • BartonFink 7 years ago

    Isn't this supposed to be the GDC someone forget to tell Sony?
  • spliffhead 7 years ago

    Yawn, so what wasn't revealed was any sign of Home going live in the EU before March 08?
  • DeadGamer 7 years ago

    I've seen toilet paper more interesting
  • macksed 7 years ago

    wake me up when it starts
  • captainrentboy 7 years ago

    Ohh, you've got to laugh haven't you? Because frankly, that was shit. I could shoot more 'fireworks' out of my ass than what was just announced at that conference.

    I hope for Sony's sake that their TGS announcements are a whole lot more exciting.

    I mean that was actually soooo boring, that the usual Sony Defense Squad haven't even made an appearence on this comments section to defend it all :)
  • dog2_99 7 years ago

    Playstation 3 the console that will do everything...as long as you buy the peripheral...would be impressive if it did it out of the box guys!



    Yawn at the conference! perhaps i was expecting too much...would have been better if he said "and now you can play these games now in demo form on the network"...or such like!



    oh well back to waiting for Bioshock!



  • besteman 7 years ago

    this was the fireworks sony promised? :/
  • Bertie 7 years ago

    My word. Was a bit underwhelming.
  • Cloudane 7 years ago

    CCCCCRRRRRAAAAAPPPPP!!!!!



    Keza and the blogger were the highlights by one billion miles. Kudos to those two.
  • Whizzo 7 years ago

    They must have thought it too dangerous to have fireworks indoors.



    Not good Sony; too much TV shite, not enough games.
  • WanderingIssun 7 years ago

    Where's my fireworks?
  • BartonFink 7 years ago

    So where is all the exciting stuff they said they would talk about?
  • Devious_Droid 7 years ago

    Did I miss the fireworks?
  • ratso 7 years ago

    fireworks at Leipzig my ass
  • IMO 7 years ago

    Heh, fireworks my arse!
  • GamesConnoisseur 7 years ago

    That it?!



    Man I am off to get me a bath!



    Hope Tokyo would be better
  • GamesConnoisseur 7 years ago

    I would recommend Tom get a bath or he ll offends and give us Brits bad rep as unwashed gents!
  • w00t 7 years ago

    I would just like to say that these are brilliant. More random stuff!
  • GamesConnoisseur 7 years ago

    scheisse!

    scheisse!

    scheisse!

    scheisse!
  • morriss 7 years ago

    So no games announced at the games conference then?



    Oh yeah, there was Buzz....
  • GamesConnoisseur 7 years ago

    Is Tom going to try to translate?! Or will he just play about cos he got nothing better to do!
  • BartonFink 7 years ago

    I can barely contain my ....

    /thud

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
  • GamesConnoisseur 7 years ago

    The bloke with iffy knee and possibly guilty puff of weed, is no other than Tom Bramwell
  • smirny 7 years ago

    i'm enjoying the comments... it'd be a wee bit dull otherwise...blahblah peripheral blahblah, ugh
  • Sid-Nice 7 years ago

    I swear I can smell naughty drugs being smoked



    That'll be the bloke with the dodgy knees.
  • GamesConnoisseur 7 years ago

    So EA is making up for their statement recently on X360 being priortised over PS3!
  • captainrentboy 7 years ago

    It seems the EG rep at this conference is as bored as I am. Weren't there supposed to be 'fireworks' at this event.

    I hope for you PS3 owners that they're saving the best until last, because this is drab....
  • dog2_99 7 years ago

    so what is the deal with Sky (which is odd as SONY are now offering a service like sky plus why partner with them)...would be great if i could lift the recordings of my SKYHD box onto my psp!?



  • 7 years ago

    Can't the eurogamer moron at the conference drop most of his stupid comments?



  • dog2_99 7 years ago

    "PSP is the ideal handheld for high definition video wotsits"



    /sells tele



    Dude how can something so simple make me laugh



    1+ classic line
  • Xerx3s 7 years ago

    18:51.55 -



    Buzz wants more, he says. Internet play, for example. "Strangers are just people you haven't humiliated yet."



    I think he is mistaking europeans for americans. :/
  • GamesConnoisseur 7 years ago

    laughing at the drugs comment! Wont EG get barred by Sony for giving em bad rep?!

  • WanderingIssun 7 years ago

    \o/ Dual(drug)shock 3!!
  • captainrentboy 7 years ago

    Just got in from work.... And fuck me, that Sony conference feed was a boring read. sounds like a load of shite, that isn't really going to appeal your common or garden gamer at all.

    Now to read your lot's comments, to see if we're thinking along the same lines :)
  • GamesConnoisseur 7 years ago

    Football tourny is going to be good fun but its been done before by MS, still that ll help to get more fans!
  • JaysonG 7 years ago

    PEOPLE'S HERO PETER CROUCH



    heh
  • Sid-Nice 7 years ago

    Man United are on the PSP screen holding up the Premiership trophy



    Smashes PSP into little bits.
  • octo 7 years ago

    Why does this machine need to do so many things? Hasn't anyone ever learned from the calculator watch?

  • addic 7 years ago

    am i the only one who is so fucking bored meanwhile??
  • Sid-Nice 7 years ago

    Interactivity between handhelds and consoles haven't done Nintendo much good.
  • GamesConnoisseur 7 years ago

    GPS route finder could be useful! Never had to find the excuse to find Tom Tom yet as manage quite well (do travels around a bit). It could be fun for finding myself nearest pub or stripper joint!
  • dog2_99 7 years ago

    called me old fashion ("old fashioned") but i wish Sony would stick to the games! these hardware add ons are nice...but PlayTV, WiFi chatting with the PSP, kinda wish they focused on the reason most people buy a games console ie games! these feel like random after thoughts...



  • IMO 7 years ago

    So where are those fireworks then?
  • Sid-Nice 7 years ago

    Time to sell my Tom Tom for a PS3.
  • GamesConnoisseur 7 years ago

    the guy seem to be quite bored with it all! So jaded that he is giving me the bad vibes!!



    Where the excitment? Give us PS3 owners something to be cheerful about!
  • Hades 7 years ago

    man, if the guy is going to spend most of his time complaining about his knees eurogamer should have sent him to the doctor prior to the even.



    All the guy is doing is making silly remarks.
  • espy 7 years ago

    Hilarious. Would read again.
  • Sid-Nice 7 years ago

  • Tikimotel 7 years ago

    When does the knee killing thingy come out? Christmas? Quit complaining about your chair you lazy #$@$#@#@.
  • octo 7 years ago

    Not yet.
  • morriss 7 years ago

    So no PS3 titles we haven't heard of?
  • addic 7 years ago

    "I wish she'd die or something."



    lol
  • SpeedyThing 7 years ago

  • octo 7 years ago

    Can't someone in the audience have a dirty protest? I want to hear reports of human excrement being thrown at sony executives on gamesindustry.biz.
  • Pac-man-ate-my-wife 7 years ago

    "...but I also doubt that Buzz's target audience will even own a PS3 at this early stage."



    True dat.
  • Kiigan 7 years ago

    "Somehow I feel Buzz's target audience aren't generally the people who watch a live text feed of a game conference :D"



    True enough... but I also doubt that Buzz's target audience will even own a PS3 at this early stage.
  • Gurgeh 7 years ago

    "GT5 Prologue will allow up to 16 players to race against each other online. It will be 1080p, and have 50 cars and five tracks"



    Framerate?

  • Kiigan 7 years ago

    The "Prologue" thing is a load of balls though. How can they get away with selling a demo?
  • SpeedyThing 7 years ago

    Somehow I feel Buzz's target audience aren't generally the people who watch a live text feed of a game conference :D
  • jonsaan 7 years ago

    That's more like it!



    GT5 P online. Nice
  • Kiigan 7 years ago

    So in conclusion:



    - Everything is going great

    - There's a new TV tuner peripheral that no one will buy

    - The games that you already knew were coming out, are still coming out



    Well worth queuing for :-)
  • Tomdc7 7 years ago

    Yh i'm no fan of Buzz either
  • Pac-man-ate-my-wife 7 years ago

    Not too bothered about Buzz. Premium content Buzz can fuck right off.
  • Gurgeh 7 years ago

    Spending longer on Buzz than MGS, GT5, Lair, Heavenly Sword and Warhawk combined...

  • jonsaan 7 years ago

    oh FUCK Buzz right off. No interest personally.
  • Tomdc7 7 years ago

    "Strangers are just people you haven't humiliated yet."



    Lol thats goin on my playstation forums sig
  • addic 7 years ago

    they do! they announce buzz!



    lol
  • morriss 7 years ago

    Don't want Buzz.
  • Pac-man-ate-my-wife 7 years ago

    Come on! Isn't anyone going to announce anything exciting this fest?
  • Kiigan 7 years ago

    Same old stuff then. Uncharted looked alright at E3 I suppose. R&C will be fun but more of the same.
  • Tomdc7 7 years ago

    I Wanna hear somethin new about games!!!
  • morriss 7 years ago

    I'm pretty sure it was live recordable TV.
  • Pac-man-ate-my-wife 7 years ago

    Here come the games!
  • Monkey_Puncher 7 years ago

    I thought Nintendo's E3 conference was mindnumbingly dull, at least we got to laugh at fat Redgie in that.
  • Kiigan 7 years ago

    All these companies want to be the "hub" of your "digital lifestyle".



    Didn't know you needed a digital lifestyle? You do. Sony / Apple / Microsoft say so (delete where appropriate).
  • JaysonG 7 years ago

    Is there a smart card slot for po... erm setanta sports?
  • Gurgeh 7 years ago

    " 645,000 PS3 accounts have signed up for the Network. "That's almost half our installed base for PS3 in Europe." "



    So that's about 1.5 million European PS3s then.
  • richardiox 7 years ago

    Classic Sony, all about multimedia functionality and not much (so far) about games.



    if i wanted a PVR I would buy a PVR not a PS3 + PVR add-on. Unless i already owned a PS3 that is. Which i wont until they get a considerable amount of decent exclusives out.
  • Tomdc7 7 years ago

    This is sounding great
  • morriss 7 years ago

    Didn't MS announce a TiVo type thing at E3?
  • JaysonG 7 years ago

    PVR OMG!!!
  • Kiigan 7 years ago

    So will PlayTV work with the plethora of existing satellite and cable STBs? Didn't think so. So, what is the point?
  • Pac-man-ate-my-wife 7 years ago

    How much will it be?
  • morriss 7 years ago

    I just want to play some games and download demos regularly, thanks.
  • espy 7 years ago

    I highly appreciate all this fancy ajax stuff to make following conferences less annoying. Well done EG!
  • lennon 7 years ago

    "We're as riveted as you are."



    Do something about it then. Get up and slow hand clap :) The others will follow honest.
  • lennon 7 years ago

    "Meanwhile, why not read all those announcements in the embargoed news we just posted."



    I hope they have embargoed some more interesting news than that!
  • rhinoxious 7 years ago

    They shouldn't complain, I don't think I've sweated once while standing still in our miserable british summer!
  • cubehouse 7 years ago

    How embarassing... my PS3 doesn't auto-update the article like ie and firefox... oh well, I tried to be a sony die-hard fanboy :)
  • addic 7 years ago

    they are reporting from the outside! wow! cant wait to read their coverage!
  • WinstonChurchill 7 years ago

    "join us tonight from 17:00 BST (UK time)", which means that at 5PM BST (aka our current time) it will start. I don't really see where you're going wrong here, but somehow you are.
  • rhinoxious 7 years ago

    they've reached a queue . . . :(



    good effort on the typing while standing though.
  • T1TNxMB 7 years ago

    @blod74

    BST, IS british summertime, BST is +1 hour of GMT (greenwich mean time) so it should have started nearly 20min ago :p
  • cubehouse 7 years ago

    Oh, and it's currently 17:19 here in the UK... I do live here, we're in BST, not GMT at the moment
  • lennon 7 years ago

    Just read the news articles that have gone up. :)
  • woodnotes 7 years ago

    Wow, great EG. "Queuing up". This isn't the BBC.
  • cubehouse 7 years ago

    I've read the green box about 6 times... bah... I might load it up on my PS3 browser just to feel more commited...
  • addic 7 years ago

    /still presses the refresh button
  • Gurgeh 7 years ago

    The European press conference has been delayed until 2008. You will be able to import the Japanese version.
  • Machetazo 7 years ago

    Well, the "You are reading this live...Latest updates at the top" box just appeared. That's something different.
  • blod74 7 years ago

    BST - yes but follow this link http://wwp.greenwichmeantime.com
    /info/ti...


    and it will give you the current time, which is 16.17pm
  • addic 7 years ago

    in the meantime, you can wathc this, guys:



    http://kotaku.com/gaming/breakin
    g/metal-...
  • Santino 7 years ago

    BST= bull.shit.time
  • Salvia 7 years ago

    17:00 No one spoke

    17:01 No one spoke

    17:02 No one spoke

    17:03 No one spoke...I could go on...
  • WinstonChurchill 7 years ago

    Er... BST stands for British Summertime
  • cubehouse 7 years ago

    *waits patiently*... *got three different browsers open to make sure this works*
  • addic 7 years ago

    no! it will take place at 18:00 german time...and it IS now 18:14
  • Fernando 7 years ago

    DELAYED TO 17:30
  • rhinoxious 7 years ago

    oh come on, this is worse than watching England play, as we've got to suffer that later too!
  • jonsaan 7 years ago

    Thankyou for using EG's text update service. At this time all our staffers are busy. Please continue to hold and we will be with you shortly.
  • blod74 7 years ago

    Bear in mind that this is BST, we are currently in British Summertime which is BST +1hour, so this won't start until 6pm our time........
  • addic 7 years ago

    "Seriously, don't press the 'refresh button'"





    /presses the refresh button rapidly
  • Monkey_Puncher 7 years ago

    Phil Harrison has just called the audience a bunch of wankfisted mummies boys and they're now rushing the stage, apparently they're kicking him in the balls for massive damage.
  • Machetazo 7 years ago

    damn....
  • jonsaan 7 years ago

    'Why are we waaaaitiiing...'
  • cubehouse 7 years ago

    *clapping slowly*
  • AOFanboi 7 years ago

    Conference, schmonference... just get the "during Leipzig only" Folklore demo on PS Store ASAP.



    Prediction: Rumble Sixaxis by Christmas.
  • addic 7 years ago

    i think they have delayed the conference...



    ;)
  • jeff 7 years ago

    joins in slow clap
  • killyourtv 7 years ago

    *starts a slow clap*
  • jonsaan 7 years ago

    come on, I'm bored shitless.
  • woodnotes 7 years ago

    Gamespress has gone down, and I think EG was just going to relay whatever popped up on there. Ha! I sussed you out, EG!
  • killyourtv 7 years ago

    mickey mouse
  • buzz 7 years ago

    Nope, broken, nothing here. Bum.
  • addic 7 years ago

    yeehaah! it started right now!
  • jmcoo7 7 years ago

    Games would be nice , not just gizmo's . Though i do want the new Dual shock .
  • dog2_99 7 years ago

    yeah hurry up work is boring
  • Monkey_Puncher 7 years ago

    They've just announced that Home has been delayed until early next year, and you're gonna be able to watch and also download movies on your PS3 from November onwards. So far channels onboard are Fox, HBO, Playboy Channel, The Adult Channel and the Disney Channel
  • jonsaan 7 years ago

    Quickly please. I'm bored.
  • killyourtv 7 years ago

    come on...
  • cubehouse 7 years ago

    Will it start in a minute? Do I have to refresh? argh! I'm actually quite excited
  • woodnotes 7 years ago

    I see no live text, EG!
  • cubehouse 7 years ago

    Sky TV for PSP, TV tuner for PS3, euro-price drop, rumble controller
  • zuljin 7 years ago

    @WanderingIssun

    "\o/ Dualshock 3!"



    Oh come on! I can't believe you missed the obvious: TripleShock!



    :)
  • jeff 7 years ago

    sky tv downloads on your psp???
  • woodnotes 7 years ago

    It's 5pm
  • JediMasterMalik 7 years ago

    On the article page, yes.
  • cubehouse 7 years ago

    How does this work? will the text auto-update on this page?
  • jeff 7 years ago

    straps even tighter
  • david78 7 years ago

    Can't wait.
  • TheDifficult3rdAlbum 7 years ago

    I can't even imagine how messy this thread is going to get.



    /gets popcorn

    /straps self in
  • dom6918 7 years ago

    Well..upgrade the hard disk then..there are guides all over the place on how to do it..



    I dont even have PS3..only got an Xbox. You would have thought that the microsoft product would have the easy to upgrade option..balls..



    Ill be buying a PS3 for Rumble 3, PVR HD, GT5 and Singstar...the 360 will be used for everything else!
  • Shrub 7 years ago

  • JediMasterMalik 7 years ago

    That's what I got aswell, not for download afaik sorry.
  • WanderingIssun 7 years ago

    I thought they got it ready for the convention. Not for download?
  • Universal_Hamster 7 years ago

    They have the Wipeout HD demo ready for download soon dont they? Or was I dreaming it?
  • WanderingIssun 7 years ago

    You mean free PS3 with every Wii.
  • Sid-Nice 7 years ago

    A free Wii with every PS3 purchase.
  • JediMasterMalik 7 years ago

    Click me for EG chat on this



    /crosses fingers
  • WanderingIssun 7 years ago

    Doing the same. Maybe we'll get it through PS Store.
  • orakio 7 years ago

    any bets for a price cut?
  • Machetazo 7 years ago

    Wow, that's a big deal! No spoilers for me though, so I can enjoy the official unveil. Edit: Nice one, Issun. :)
  • Uncle_Fishboy 7 years ago

    I'm hoping for a blowjob
  • woodnotes 7 years ago

  • Beano 7 years ago

    "\o/ Dualshock 3! "



    No... that's for TGS next month ;)
  • macksed 7 years ago

    lol - well we'll see - -- maybe it got intercepted by a circus and it's now having to to perform for crowds - that's the problem with being a walking game - or having any special gift - people always want to exploit it without taking anyones feelings into consideration - such a sad world :(
  • WanderingIssun 7 years ago

    Yeah I did, post office said they don't have it so it should be flying across the sea to you. It should be there actually. Even if it did miss the plane and had to walk all the way.



    Machetazo - New trailer featuring bosses has been confirmed. There's been some scans already.



    EDIT 2: Actually here it is: http://kotaku.com/gaming/breakin
    g/metal-...
  • Goffee 7 years ago

    If they don't announce a decent online store for PSP that works well and has decent stuff on it, then I give up...
  • Machetazo 7 years ago

    I'm stoked that Konami are showing off Dancing Stage 360, at Leipzig! I'm less-than-chuffed I had to go to Neogaf to find out about it. :( Oh, also Kojima confirmed MGS4 worldwide release. MGS specific conference tomorrow morning, to be held by Kojima - hints at new footage run rampant.
  • macksed 7 years ago

    well i think its moving towards US in october but i dont know if it'll be completley open - now it's going to US they'll have to change THEATRE to THEATER - such a shame.

    btw - still no sotc - do you think it might be lost forever?? :S

    - did you put your return address on it?
  • SIDEARM 7 years ago

    God of War next gen to feature real goats' guts in a bag!
  • NewYork 7 years ago

    gabbly.com/http://www.eurogamer.
    net





    JOOOOOIN!
  • WanderingIssun 7 years ago

    Yeah but this time Sony is stealing from someone else of course.



    EDIT: Should have TouchSense.
  • rashes 7 years ago

    um .. any sign of a Space Giraffe review?
  • Eraser 7 years ago

    What's dual shock 3 then? A sixaxis controller without the erm... six axis but with properly stolen rumble technology?
  • WanderingIssun 7 years ago

    Better than MSN. There's an audience here.



    Didn't Sony say Home will go public beta in August?
  • TwistidChimp 7 years ago

    Games Sony.. thats all anyone wants.. interesting looking.. honest to goodness.. games.
  • Monkey_Puncher 7 years ago

    Are there gonna be Microsoft and Nintendo press conferences as well?
  • morriss 7 years ago

    All new PS3's will support HD-DVD and Blu Ray is dumped.
  • macksed 7 years ago

    no....i dont :S

    oh well - a free ps3 :D yessss

    how's life? - this is kinda like msn eh?
  • WanderingIssun 7 years ago

    They are. Don't you read the Daily Mail?



    EDIT: Also from the Daily Mail:



    Sony is set to take on Sky by turning its PlayStation 3 games console into a digital video recorder.



    The new add-on, called PlayTV, will go on sale early next year in Europe.



    The current freeview channels will be available, as well as the high definition channels when they begin broadcasting.



    Programmes can be stored on the PS3's hard drive and can be watched back via Sony's PSP portable games console.



    Although Sony refused to confirm a price for PlayTV, it confirmed users will not pay a monthly fee.



    A seven-day TV guide and a button that sets it to record an entire series will be other features.
  • macksed 7 years ago

    yeah - i want a price cut - and touch sense sounds good too - but i thought we were hopin they will announce a free console for me!?!?! :D
  • HiddenAway 7 years ago

    I predict details of the PSP Slim release. Mainly because everyone else knows theirs and we're supposed to get it first and have heard nothing!
  • WanderingIssun 7 years ago

    Don't you want a pricecut? I thought you did.
  • macksed 7 years ago

    has anyone got a live video feed?

    predictions: unveils die-yak!s x-station 4361 next-gen gaming console - overpriced, poorly built and underwhelming online - XSTATION - The Best Of Both Worlds
  • bodypopper 7 years ago

    Predictions:



    Sky shows for PSP

    Dual Shock 3 by Xmas

    Freeview dongle and PVR update early next year streamable via location free to PSP.

    Downloadable TV and movie gubbins next year too.

    No price cut.



    That is all
  • WanderingIssun 7 years ago

    There's another press conference next month too, right? The one at TGS. I guess this will be the one focusing on us.
  • X201 7 years ago

    It's like watching a football match on Ceefax.

    Miles better than watching or listening to the real thing





  • Gurgeh 7 years ago

  • tobi 7 years ago

    sweet
  • CitizenGeek 7 years ago

    I hope some great, free stuff gets announced! :) Like PSP TV or whatnot.
  • WanderingIssun 7 years ago

    \o/ Dualshock 3!
  • myiagros 7 years ago

    always enjoy EG live text coverage.



    that means my working day will stop at 17:00 today. I'll still be sat in my chair getting paid though. ;-)



    edit:i'll put my money on PS3 & PSP digital tuners, small price adjustment, release dates for already known titles & slim PSP, Pro Evo 2008 demonstration & detials of next PS3 & PSP firmware updates
  • yupyup 7 years ago

    I love these text conference update thingies.



    Watching nothing unfold slowly, in real-time, via text is brilliant :)
  • Cloudane 7 years ago

Our live coverage has now ended. Here's what you missed: Updating...

17:18 By Robert Purchese

Tom and Pat are standing in a very big queue outside the conference. Reports suggest it is hot and stuffy and Pat is getting fed up.

17:21 By Robert Purchese

They're in. Any minute now we'll be getting messages from the other side.

17:23 By Robert Purchese

Right, we're in. Sorry for late start [and he was late - Ed]. Trailer reel is up - PS3 games, shockingly. Uncharted, DMC4, Ratchet - a montage of fun exploding onto a 60-foot screen in front of people who had to really sweat for their seats.

17:23 By Robert Purchese

David Reeves is taking the stage.

17:24 By Robert Purchese

He's here with the German Sony director and some "key announcements" for PlayStation and the European market. Now he's translating himself into German. Meanwhile, why not read all those announcements in the embargoed news we just posted.

17:25 By Robert Purchese

"Games Convention is even more important and influential than normal this year." On with the news. "Games Convention is primarily about new games" and he's going to show us some, he says.

17:26 By Robert Purchese

But first, he's going to talk about growth. "This is not a new topic," he concedes, but he's not apologising for mentioning it again.

17:26 By Robert Purchese

He's showing a graph of units sold across PAL regions and he says that competition between games and hardware contributes to a "healthy" and "vibrant" industry. "All the growth trend lines are upward."

17:28 By Robert Purchese

TV based consoles up by 66 per cent, handhelds by 316 per cent. Software sales for TV based consoles up by 200 per cent, and handheld by 900 per cent. We're as riveted as you are.

17:28 By Robert Purchese

He's projecting 140m PlayStation consoles in PAL territories by 2010.

17:28 By Robert Purchese

PS3 actually enjoyed a faster curve than PS2 did in the first three months, he says. He calls it "an impressive pattern of growth".

17:29 By Robert Purchese

"Our key strategic objective ... is to grow not just our share of the market, but to help grow the overall size of the market for interactive entertainment in Europe" and elsewhere.

17:29 By Robert Purchese

Time for some key sales performance detail for each of their formats. He says he's not going to take long on this. Good - my knees already hurt!

17:30 By Robert Purchese

PS3 had a "stunning" launch in Europe, he says. 13 million units of software sold to consumers throughout Europe. Resistance and MotorStorm top selling titles - both million-sellers worldwide, and nearly 500k each in Europe.

17:30 By Robert Purchese

Over 65 titles will be available for PS3 in Europe by Christmas, he says.

17:31 By Robert Purchese

He refers to the Starter Pack, which he says added EUR 170 of added value. He says consumers and retail have reacted well, and sales have risen over 240 per cent in Germany in the first week of sale. In the three weeks following its introduction, it prompted 61 per cent growth overall.

17:31 By Robert Purchese

On to PS2. "Sales of hardware and software continue to exceed all our expectations." Biggest installed base globally in the history of the industry. Over 500 million pieces of software produced. "And it's still outselling our dear colleagues Xbox 360 weekly by a ratio of three to one."

17:32 By Robert Purchese

Almost 5 million PS2s sold in Germany. He points to sales in emerging markets as a key driver. Russia in particular is doing well with over a 40 per cent share of recent growth.

17:32 By Robert Purchese

Social gaming is somthing he's quite chuffed about. "This year SingStar titles have been top of the charts in six territories."

17:33 By Robert Purchese

More females are playing games now than in 2004! Woo! Ladies - it's tom [at] eurogamer [dot] net.

17:33 By Robert Purchese

He's pointed to Phil Harrison and thanked him for bringing social gaming to Europe. A spontaneous smatter of applause from the audience.

17:33 By Robert Purchese

Promises "more fun" with SingStar "German style" later.

17:34 By Robert Purchese

PSP has installed base of 8.6 million units in PAL territories, he says. And over 320 games available.

17:34 By Robert Purchese

Says the price drop prompted a 40 per cent uplift in sales for PAL markets over the following weeks.

17:34 By Robert Purchese

PlayStation Network time!

17:35 By Robert Purchese

He's basically saying what it is. If you don't know what it is yet, use Google.

17:36 By Robert Purchese

645,000 PS3 accounts have signed up for the Network. "That's almost half our installed base for PS3 in Europe." 186 pieces of content available, download tie ratio of 12:1.

17:36 By Robert Purchese

Tekken 5's sold 103k, Flow 47k, Supr Rub a Dub 35k and Calling all Cars 31k. And someone near me is smoking, which is really helping.

17:36 By Robert Purchese

If you look in value terms, they've exceeded EUR 4 million in wallet top-ups since launch. "Let's move on" to something that isn't stats, he says.

17:36 By Robert Purchese

PS3 first. "A stunning games machine." Got one yet?

17:37 By Robert Purchese

He wants to talk about it as an entertainment hub first.

17:37 By Robert Purchese

Early in the new year we're getting PlayTV. Turns your PS3 into a personal video recorder (PVR).

17:37 By Robert Purchese

"PlayTV will turn your PS3 into the centre of your entertainment experience." Snoooooore.

17:38 By Robert Purchese

Sorry Dave. It's the heat, I swear. It's built around a small peripheral containing two small free-to-air TV tuners. He's holding it up. It looks like a sunglasses case.

17:39 By Robert Purchese

It allows you to record a TV programme while watching another. Can receive SD and HD signals. Will receive Freeview, too.

17:39 By Robert Purchese

"Some of the more observant of you will have picked up that Freeview is also launching in New Zealand early next year." I did, Dave! I did!

17:39 By Robert Purchese

You can export recorded videos to your PSP.

17:39 By Robert Purchese

"What better excuse would there be to buy both a PS3 and a PSP?"

17:39 By Robert Purchese

He's introducing Mark Bunting from Worldwide Studios Cambridge. He's demoing it.

17:40 By Robert Purchese

He's showing a football match happening live, through PS3. It's all future-proofed to support HDTV, too. The Episode Guide (EPG) comes up in a fairly swanky PS3-style interface.

17:40 By Robert Purchese

You can launch recorded videos directly from the library.

17:41 By Robert Purchese

There's a thumbnail viewer of programmes which takes up the whole screen. If you select a snapshot it will play a 15-second clip so you can make sure it was the one you thought it was.

17:42 By Robert Purchese

Connectivity between PSP and PS3 means you can use PlayTV's advantages on the go. The Remote Play feature helps PSP become "your very own live TV viewer".

17:42 By Robert Purchese

Can play live TV or every programme you've recorded on the way back home. The PlayTV library is pulled up on Mark's PSP, and he's now watching it on his PSP. Or would be, if the demo was working. Ah, there it is.

17:42 By Robert Purchese

Took just a few seconds to get going. He can switch back to the EPG on PSP and start watching his live channel immediately.

17:43 By Robert Purchese

Someone starts clapping and the rest of the audience picks it up. To launch in UK and a few others early next year, with the rest of the PAL territories to follow.

17:43 By Robert Purchese

"We should not forget the games," Reevesy points out.

17:45 By Robert Purchese

Heavenly Sword is a bit good, he reckons. Look out for it on 14th September in UK, 19th in Europe. Ratchet & Clank: Tools of Destruction and Uncharted: Drake's Fortune are the sorts of things he's into, by the sound of it.

17:45 By Robert Purchese

Little bit of downtime there. Not to worry - he's just showing a trailer reel. Uncharted's up.

17:46 By Robert Purchese

It looks mostly as good as that old target footage. WipEout HD looks pretty sexy for a PSN game.

17:46 By Robert Purchese

And now a bit of SingStar. Video of girls singing. LIFESTYLE.

17:47 By Robert Purchese

Heavenly Sword. Bits from the demo and elsewhere. Snowy bits, grassy bits, Nariko's bits.

17:47 By Robert Purchese

WarHawk is shown. He's zooming around, running around, driving around, sniping around, and morphing into Lair via a splash screen.

17:48 By Robert Purchese

Lair's out fairly soon if I recall correctly. Stirring music plays as dragons swoop. Oh god they've moving on. Folklore. Green, red, blue, a man is in my way.

17:48 By Robert Purchese

Eye of Judgement. Guitars and drums, pirate ships and men on horses. STOP GOING SO FAST SONY.

17:48 By Robert Purchese

GT5 Prologue. It looks like the other GT HD Prologue wotsit. "All coming Christmas 2007 on PlayStation 3."

17:48 By Robert Purchese

"Good - I hope you enjoyed it," says Dave.

17:49 By Robert Purchese

He's introducing MGS4. Now he's speaking Japanese. I don't know why. Maybe if he spent a bit more time selling PS3s than learning languages people would stop slagging him off.

17:50 By Robert Purchese

Buzz coming to PS3 with Buzz! Quiz TV. It's another of those embargoed news stories on the main page, look!

17:50 By Robert Purchese

He's introducing, well, Buzz. The host from the game. He's going to tell us about the game. In his wacky voice. "Boy! My time has come!"

17:51 By Robert Purchese

Questions about soap operas in Pass The Bomb. Someone explodes. It looks like PS2 Buzz but with more graphicsability.

17:51 By Robert Purchese

"For the first time in Buzz, me, you, anyone can choose the topics you want."

17:51 By Robert Purchese

"We've got everything on one disc." Movies, sport, telly, etc.

17:51 By Robert Purchese

Buzz wants more, he says. Internet play, for example. "Strangers are just people you haven't humiliated yet."

17:52 By Robert Purchese

You can create your own quiz questions, too, with Create A Quiz.

17:52 By Robert Purchese

Which is probably why it's called that.

17:52 By Robert Purchese

Premium content. Downloadable question packs.

17:53 By Robert Purchese

Reevesy reckons it's the perfect game for integrating disc-based content with PSN blah blah bespoke rah rah.

17:53 By Robert Purchese

I've got really bad cramp in my legs now. We're on weird little green Sony stools. I don't usually ask for sympathy, readers, but WILL ME WELL.

17:54 By Robert Purchese

Many of us will be eagerly awaiting the latest instalment of Gran Turismo, says Reeves. And Kazunori Yamauchi is here at Leipzig for the first time ever. He's in the audience.

17:54 By Robert Purchese

GT5 Prologue will allow up to 16 players to race against each other online. It will be 1080p, and have 50 cars and five tracks.

17:54 By Robert Purchese

He's going to show us a new video now. I'd try standing up but I think the ligaments have gone bye-bye.

17:55 By Robert Purchese

Would you believe that the cars are shiny? I scarcely can. The slightly sinister Gran Turismo elevator music is playing. Mechanics and drivers stand around VERY SHINY cars.

17:56 By Robert Purchese

More shiny cars. None of them is actually driving around yet. Ooh! Darker, moodier music! A shiny, shinier car!

17:56 By Robert Purchese

Light flicks across its silvery curves. And we're looking at the game! There's grass next to the track! And cars on it! They're moving very quickly! Possibly in some sort of contest to see who can race around the track quickest out of the ones who are on it.

17:57 By Robert Purchese

The course is a proper race-track, unlike the one off the first Prologue. There's stadium stands, banners, gravel traps.

17:57 By Robert Purchese

Cars.

17:58 By Robert Purchese

Quite a few of them.

17:58 By Robert Purchese

Due out before the end of the year in PAL territories. Or you could just make a fake Japanese account and get it off there, probably, a friend told me.

17:58 By Robert Purchese

Also looking forward to stuff on PSP like Pursuit Force, God of War: Chains of Olympus and WipEout Pulse.

17:58 By Robert Purchese

Ooh, Echochrome.

17:58 By Robert Purchese

Coming to both PSP and PS3, remember.

17:59 By Robert Purchese

Oh, he's not going to demo it - he's going to show a PSP trailer reel.

17:59 By Robert Purchese

WipEout Pulse looks PULSATING. Pursuit Force looks FORCEFUL. ATV Pro Something Or Other looks INDISTINCT. Syphon Filter: Logan's Shadow looks SHADOWY.

18:00 By Robert Purchese

I missed the name of that one. Patasomething [Piyotama, maybe - Ed]. There's a woman's head in my way. I wish she'd die or something.

18:01 By Robert Purchese

Echochrome again - pretty much what we've seen before. They're all up for about five seconds. God of War looks like God of War PS2. Kratos is fighting people. Smash, crash.

18:01 By Robert Purchese

And that's it for PSP trailers. Clapsing!

18:01 By Robert Purchese

Rupert tells me to tell you that our Xbox Live integration is live on Eurogamers. What has this got to do with Sony conference? Nothing.

18:01 By Robert Purchese

He's saying PSP Slim and Lite will be coming to Europe in early September, and that we'll get black, silver and white models. He's holding it up.

18:02 By Robert Purchese

I've not seen one of these in person before (Ellie covered the E3 conference). Not bad. He's got a yellow one in his hand.

18:03 By Robert Purchese

Due to launch on 5th September. Two special limited edition colours available as a bundle: Simpsons-themed yellow one, and a red and black Spider-Man one.

18:03 By Robert Purchese

I apologise - red on the front, black on the back. That'll teach me to type things before he's done a pirouette, won't it?

18:04 By Robert Purchese

My knees are now basically dead. I will never walk again. I hope you're happy.

18:04 By Robert Purchese

He's announced the new "Go!" brand. It's for entertainment and services. The Go! camera is already out, obviously - but he's got three new ones to announce! Woo!

18:04 By Robert Purchese

Go! Messenger is the first one. It's being done with BT, so presumably it'll be good until you need to move house.

18:05 By Robert Purchese

A firmware update in the New Year will add a program to do video chats and instant messages over Wi-Fi with other users anywhere in the world.

18:05 By Robert Purchese

You'll need the camera though, obviously. IT'S NOT MAGIC, BOFFINS.

18:05 By Robert Purchese

Let's see how the service will work, Dave. "Let's see how the service will work." I just said that. "January next year."

18:05 By Robert Purchese

It will work with lifestyle-style swishing of graphics and shonky music by the sound of it.

18:05 By Robert Purchese

I would type things, but they're really not showing much. Just some spinning PSPs and cityscapes.

18:06 By Robert Purchese

Nope, still nothing. There's a grey train station on top of a grey planet with blue lines flying over the top of it.

18:06 By Robert Purchese

Go! Messenger, then. For talking to people who aren't next to you. With a PSP.

18:06 By Robert Purchese

And now he's going to show Go! Explore. But first he's going to say nice things about a pair of BT men. Well done, BT men. You made a grey train station.

18:07 By Robert Purchese

Ellie thinks he said "worldwide in PAL territories". I wasn't listening. It didn't seem important.

18:07 By Robert Purchese

Go! Explore is a sat-nav wotsit that helps you avoid speed cameras, restaurants and other things, says Dave. I suppose you could use it to find them too. Weirdo.

18:08 By Robert Purchese

He's showing us a route from the Houses of Parliament to Trafalgar Square (GET A BUS!).

18:08 By Robert Purchese

That was me, not them. They are selecting it by typing in a place name (or post code), and then a street name, and then selecting it from a list of suggested options.

18:08 By Robert Purchese

They are then shown a big swanky overhead map, and you can zoom around it in semi-3D too, seeing landmarks stand up against the landscape.

18:09 By Robert Purchese

A menu allows you to pick the route and then travel along it as a little blue arrow. Road names and other locational info splash up on the screen, in much the same way lactic acid is splashing out of my knees.

18:09 By Robert Purchese

It's due out on February 2008. The actual content is free once you buy it, he says.

18:10 By Robert Purchese

It's perfect for "any car driver or any PSP owner" apparently.

18:10 By Robert Purchese

Seems like the reason they pre-announced the TV on demand service was Sky's financials had to be stated in July.

18:10 By Robert Purchese

But now they're talking about it. He says Sky reckons PSP is the ideal handheld for high definition video wotsits. It won't be available on any other handheld console or mobile device, he says. Gizmondo is in trouble!

18:11 By Robert Purchese

Sky content spanning sports, entertainments, sports, probably some sport and other Sky stuff.

18:11 By Robert Purchese

"This is the first time Sky will offer video content through a non Sky branded service," says Dave, who's doing well up there. Better than me.

18:12 By Robert Purchese

There'll be a choice of options for payment - subscriptions and so on. Pay-per-view options too. Customers will be able to download their programmes via PC to their PSP, or alternatively via Wi-Fi.

18:13 By Robert Purchese

We're going to see some of the content the download service might deliver. Film actors and actresses bounce around the screen, including Bruce Willis, a penguin, Robbie Coltrane, a fireman, Jose Mourinho, PEOPLE'S HERO PETER CROUCH, and the England cricket team "in happier times" if you ask me.

18:13 By Robert Purchese

Man United are on the PSP screen holding up the Premiership trophy.

18:14 By Robert Purchese

It's due to be branded as part of the Go! thing when it launches in early 2008.

18:14 By Robert Purchese

That's UK and Ireland, mind. But he says they're "active" in French discussions, and will be turning their attention to Spain and Germany "in the very near future".

18:14 By Robert Purchese

Change of subject!

18:14 By Robert Purchese

He's going to tell us about a partnership.

18:15 By Robert Purchese

FIFA, EA and PS3 get together and hump one another. They're going to be presenting partners for the FIFA Interactive World Cup, which is the thing Microsoft used to do before Sony had a PS3.

18:15 By Robert Purchese

Players all around the world will compete using FIFA 08 to play. They're going to help explain it more and all that by introducing FIFA's Chuck Blazer (real name, surely a fake beard).

18:16 By Robert Purchese

He says the FIFA Interactive World Cup is an excellent platform for the global something or other.

18:17 By Robert Purchese

You wouldn't care if I did type this stuff, to be honest. From October 2007 to May 2008 you get to "show off your gaming skills at more than 20 physical qualifying events" and others on that Internet. The best 32 get face off at the Sony Centre in Berlin in May 2008.

18:17 By Robert Purchese

He says it's going to be great. Which is probably his job, in all honesty.

18:17 By Robert Purchese

I swear I can smell naughty drugs being smoked. I'm not making this up. DRUGS AT SONY CONFERENCE SHOCK.

18:18 By Robert Purchese

You can look on the Internet to find out about the FIFA Interactive World Cup, says Chuck. And you can register on the PlayStation booth. DRUGS THOUGH. SOMEONE CALL A JOURNALIST.

18:19 By Robert Purchese

Some fellow whose name I missed is going to demonstrate FIFA 08. He's not one of the ones I met in Vancouver, who were all lovely. He seems alright though.

18:20 By Robert Purchese

Apparently they made FIFA 08 for PS3 by making the game work well on Cell.

18:21 By Robert Purchese

Hold the frontpage! Just don't for goodness sake go there and read all the news stories that negate what I've spent the last hour doing - that would be very unfair.

18:21 By Robert Purchese

They're playing FIFA 08. It's obviously a bit further on from the proof of concept stuff I saw in May. They're talking about the "organic building-block skill moves" and how you use the right stick to build those up.

18:22 By Robert Purchese

"Almost a little bit like atomic sequencing", he says. You'll be able to play as yourself in FIFA Interactive World Cup, he says, not just real life players like PEOPLE'S HERO PETER CROUCH.

18:22 By Robert Purchese

All 22 players are making 1000 decisions a second, he says. It boggles his mind, says mystery man. Calls it a level of intelligence never seen before in a football game. Stand up Rob Styles.

18:23 By Robert Purchese

He's talking about "emergent play" now, and adapting to the CPU and all I can think about is how my knee is never going to heal.

18:24 By Robert Purchese

"Thank you very much." No no, thank you. Reevesaaay is back, I think, but can't see due to a poorly placed man in a rubbish shirt.

18:25 By Robert Purchese

A German man is here to talk in German about the German market, which seems only fair after all the English.

18:25 By Robert Purchese

I'll see if I can pick out any words. I speak a bit of German. Did you know that "halb acht" is actually half past seven?

18:25 By Robert Purchese

I've got a chair! I've got a chair! I think the woman next to me is worried about the smell! I would be. I've been sweating a bit.

18:26 By Robert Purchese

There's a "brilliant German band" on the screen now according to Friend Of Eurogamer Keza MacDonald, who is providing my in-ear translation by leaning over and saying words into my ear. "They're like the German version of the Rolling Stones."

18:28 By Robert Purchese

They're playing SingStar and shouting "scheisse" a lot. SingStar Die Toten Hosen. They're on stage! Woo!

18:28 By Robert Purchese

They're about to demonstrate SingStar Deutsch Rock-Pop. Good work Keza. At first they laughed at karaoke, says spiky hair singing man. But then in the middle of the 90s he experienced SingStar and karaoke become something he was into. He's talking about a party he was at.

18:28 By Robert Purchese

Keza's excited. She loves these guys. And I can feel my knees again!

18:29 By Robert Purchese

"His favourite song is ... actually this probably isn't very interesting."

18:30 By Robert Purchese

The question is, should I go to the Call of Duty 4 party after this even though I'm drenched in sweat or should I go back to the hotel and finish the interview I was transcribing and have something to eat and maybe a drink?

18:31 By Robert Purchese

They're going to play SingStar AUF DEUTSCH on-stage. I wonder if it was their naughty smoking drugs.

18:31 By Robert Purchese

The whole compilation is Die Toten Hosen, which is probably why the game's named after them.

18:32 By Robert Purchese

The German Sony guy's playing too. There are four German men singing a heartfelt song on-stage in German. I've got a lighter and I am getting Keza to wave it.

18:32 By Robert Purchese

She's doing it! I have control over women!

18:33 By Robert Purchese

Team two won. I have no idea who was on it, but good work them. The band are wandering off now.

18:34 By Robert Purchese

Davey Reevesy is back and announcing the end of the press conference. He's just wrapping up.

18:34 By Robert Purchese

He reckons all this can excite and entertain everyone in the family.

18:34 By Robert Purchese

"That's it - thank you for coming."

18:34 By Robert Purchese

And thank you for reading, Eurogamers! See you all back here for Tokyo Game Show in a month or so!