GDC: Phil Harrison's keynote address Finished

At 18.30 GMT (10.30 PST), Sony Worldwide Studios president Phil Harrison will be taking the stage at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco to deliver his long-awaited keynote - the first time that Sony has set out its stall in public since the US and Japanese launches of the PS3 late last year.

We're expecting to hear plenty from Phil about the company's online plans, and we've been promised some brand new games to look at as well as a demonstration of the future of the PS3's network service. Will it be enough to silence Sony's vocal critics? Only time will tell - but for now, roll up, ladies and gents, the keynote circus is back in town and tonight's performance should be a good 'un.

We'll be kicking off Live Text from San Francisco on this page just ahead of half six, or as soon as Ellie can think of some wry observations to make about being in a massive room with 4,000 game developers. As ever, you don't need to refresh the page unless you're on some kind of fossilised Browser of the Ancients, because our amazing Interweb Technology will deliver the latest morsels of text right to your eyes without intervention. Magic!

We'll also be continually updating our gallery with Pat-pics from the conference, so make sure you get a load of them elsewhere on the site.

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  • SeesThroughAll 8 years ago

    So Home is going to be used for everything then? Matchmaking (in games) included? Doesn't sound half bad. It sounds like it has 'potential'..



    Seriously, Home is Advertiser's Heaven.



    Sony to become the Google of videogames?



  • Mr_Bison 8 years ago

  • mkreku 8 years ago

    Sony is only interesting when they screw up. They didn't this time so people moved on.



    So Home is going to be used for everything then? Matchmaking (in games) included? Doesn't sound half bad. It sounds like it has 'potential'..
  • MORZTAN 8 years ago

    Hmm. Sub 200 comments... Seems like these new features aren't so interesting...
  • elstoof 8 years ago

    Clockwork Knight looked better.
  • jimmyjimbob 8 years ago

    All sounds pretty shite to me, but then again I get pissed off with all the stupid web 2.0 buzzword rubbish, so seeing Sony trying to coin more similar phrases just pisses me off ;)
  • Keso 8 years ago

    It all looks fantastic to me. Looks to me like there were a few trolls hanging around ready to slam Sony when they fall flat on their faces.



    In reality, Sony delivered some fantastic looking (free) software. The sad thing is that all the trolls are trying to put a bad spin on them.



    So regardless of your views of Sony, you've got to admit they delivered.





  • thinktank 8 years ago

    poor show, im not at all interested in any of that home shit or littlebig.. whatever rubbish,



    90% of 16+ males should divert their attention away from the ps3.
  • old_skool 8 years ago

    Any guesses how much Sony will charge you for wallpaper and furniture to decorate your 'Home'? No doubt they'll make you pay through the nose for it, and what have you got at the end of it...a useless little house that everyone will be to ashamed to visit.





    Taken from Dailytech

    The room may also be decorated from media stored on the PlayStation 3, such as music, images and videos. Phil Harrison demonstrated this by taking a picture with his camera and immediately uploading it to his virtual room.
  • polar 8 years ago

    I would have welcomed some exclusive must play game announcements instead of this home stuff.
  • old_skool 8 years ago

    Killzone's coming out in June
  • Paulanator 8 years ago

    Have I missed something here? Why is anyone getting excited about this!

    At best it will be a gimmick that you tinker with when you first get the console, then you'll start to realise how sad and pointless it is.



    Any guesses how much Sony will charge you for wallpaper and furniture to decorate your 'Home'? No doubt they'll make you pay through the nose for it, and what have you got at the end of it...a useless little house that everyone will be to ashamed to visit.



    Hardly the big announcement Sony needed to pull out of the bag, was it!
  • LOLLERS 8 years ago

    I saw some interesting stats about second life the otehr week, http://valleywag.com/tech/second
    -life/a-...


    other sites quote 10-30k users online at once (rather than recently logged in). Thats 0.5% of their registered userbase. Is that popular?



    It gets old very quickly basically.



    No Killzone then? Still, Little Big World looks quite nice.
  • Ares 8 years ago

    TKF: 'awesome show Sony'



    Aaaahhaaahahahahahahhahaaaahahaa


    hhaaahaa ahaaaha ahaaahahh haaha haaha

    hahah hahahahahaa haahah...









    ...you're ghey.
  • -TKF- 8 years ago

    Best evidence that Sony made a splash.. XBOX Fanbois are in denial and doing damage control like crazy... awesome show Sony
  • felderpony 8 years ago

  • sanctusmortis 8 years ago

    I can see Gold users getting a similar, downloadable app in the future. However, what with good messaging systems already implemented, why bother? It'd only be useful for game lobbies anyhow.



    Get Rag Doll Kung Fu on XBLA, and I'll forget LBP. It's really twee, cute and fun looking, but Eledees still appeals more.
  • Calgon 8 years ago

    The home thing is the sort of thing you will only use once in a while or when someone comes over so you can show off... the rest of the time Id be thinking it's just a slower way of presenting such information as acheivements and getting into a game.



    I say MS should rip it off anyway and have it as an optional extra feature, I doubt many would prefer it though.
  • Plutarch 8 years ago

    I really like the look of LBP but I don't understand the appeal of Home. It's a nice thing to have for free but I'd have preferred something less... MMOish? Just give me an easy way to chat to friends and set up online games.
  • old_skool 8 years ago

    I don't think Home was ever meant to be a killer app to sell systems , more of a value added service
  • urban 8 years ago

    well i'm hugely excited for them, massive big lovely bit of PR for the sony guys.



    bravo.
  • bonker 8 years ago

    Well respect where it's due, there are obviously things there that will appeal to people of a particular *cough* 'persuasion'.



    I expect the PS3 to be sold out in Brighton for many months to come.



    Seriously though, they're obviously going for the living room bigstyle which is to be expected as MS have no chance with their coarse PC/Console but I'm not sure where any of this leaves Sony gamers?

  • sanctusmortis 8 years ago

    Little Big Planet video - that's the footage shown, which makes me wonder how they can be playing it on stage when it's clearly pre-recorded.



    I would hardly say MS have taken a beating. Little Big Planet is a physics toybox, something you put effort into to get anything out of it. Home is a Marmite idea, and very much not the sort of thing I can see most owners wanting. Cool, yes, but kind of pointless, prone to abuse (yes, you have to invite people - BUT YOU CAN STILL DO IT, which is all the media will care about) and hardly system selling. Plus, a real drain on the old internet tubes.



    It's all very cool, and it's made me more interested than I have ever been. It's still not made me want one, at all. That's what they needed to do, and it's just not enough.
  • MadMirko 8 years ago

    Oh well, that was me wasting time. With a community, providing user generated comments. Wasting time 3.0, so to speak.
  • crashVoodoo 8 years ago

    /ball

    /back of net



    Harrison finally scores!!! \o/



    ... an own goal ?



    none of that crap sounds interesting.



    guess its personal tastes n all :-/
  • BartonFink 8 years ago

    /ball

    /back of net



    Harrison finally scores!!! \o/



    The crowd go wild!!!



    After the drubbing the guy has taken over the past couple of months I have to say that's a great come back.

    Well done Sony.
  • old_skool 8 years ago

    damn you dexter !!
  • jmcoo7 8 years ago

    The games will come , i expect e3 in the summer will be mind boggling . I think heads rolled and butts were kicked after last years joke presentations . Sony will be fed up with all the mistakes they are making as per there CEO the other day i expect and hope for changes .
  • old_skool 8 years ago

    that's it ??
  • macksed 8 years ago

    yeah, but where's the games?
  • bonker 8 years ago

    "There's all sorts of furniture you can have, like a chair. You can put it wherever you like and it's physics based, so you can pile all your furniture in the corner if you like."



    "The first thing you can do is change the wallpaper. It's all about "tricking out" your apartment. Harrison's using the example of Resistance wallpaper."



    "There's a nice patio where some of Phil's chums are having a party. His avatar is dancing. Embarassingly."





    Truly, this is the gayest thing I've ever heard of.

  • old_skool 8 years ago

    littlebigplanet does look luvely
  • yaroze 8 years ago

    This live reporting is really good for my imagination. Since I'm not there and there are so many blanks and holes in the updates it really could mean the PS3 can do anything!



    Perhaps if I'd have gone to GDC and seen this keynote, reading through these updates would make me reminisce about some of the things I saw. I don't care that the crowd are "going bananas" I'd rather know why.



    It's like trying to understand a football match by listening to the TV instead of the radio...
  • JayeM 8 years ago

    Got to say well done to Sony, they have impressed me.
  • jmcoo7 8 years ago

    I think the Japanese are going to go mad now over this , owning a pet will be the clincher for them lol . Classic !!
  • JayeM 8 years ago

    "The crowd are going absolutely bananas."



    :)
  • bonker 8 years ago

    "Home is a 3D community". He's showing character customisation. Talking to another user he typed "ho" instead of "hi".



    LOL

  • bonker 8 years ago

    "as usual ie is causing probs... Firefox works fine... "



    Yeah you're right it does.



    /Cue Sony paid EG to shaft MS I.E. users conspiracies ...

  • zuljin 8 years ago

    @sanctusmortis + the_sas_man



    Nope. Looks like you can only post pictures and videos in your own "appartment". You then invite people in. That way they don't need to actively moderate every file posted. They might put the same feature into main lobbies, but that would have to be actively moderated...
  • MadMirko 8 years ago

    ... and kids? :)
  • old_skool 8 years ago

    i can see home being popular with women...
  • MadMirko 8 years ago

    It's also broken in Opera, BTW
  • the_sas_man 8 years ago

    Yeah Home is gonna be similar to sprays in Counter-Strike. Porn galore.
  • zuljin 8 years ago

    as usual ie is causing probs... Firefox works fine...
  • sanctusmortis 8 years ago

    I'm seeing multiple opportunities to get porn/pics of my penis ALL OVER PSN.



    So, now we know the market - perverts, flashers and paedos!
  • dominalien 8 years ago

    "am i the only one stuck on the whoopsie comment. It aint updating for me"



    "Me neither. "



    Maybe some people should repost the entire GDC report here?
  • Beano 8 years ago

    Because the EG's live-blog is crap... as always !
  • dominalien 8 years ago

    [Perhaps Harrison has taken Ellie hostage...]



    Yes, he probably forced her to live in his Home. Forever.
  • JayeM 8 years ago

    "[Perhaps Harrison has taken Ellie hostage...]"



    :)
  • FunkyRenegade 8 years ago

    "[Perhaps Harrison has taken Ellie hostage...]"





    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
  • Gaisuri 8 years ago

    "am i the only one stuck on the whoopsie comment. It aint updating for me"



    I third that.
  • spongebob 8 years ago

    Shinji, I know.. I still love EG. But blimey, I was so looking forward for the live text experience to uncover all the secrets.. Sniff...
  • bonker 8 years ago

    "am i the only one stuck on the whoopsie comment. It aint updating for me"



    Me neither.



    /Takes cellophane off new Crackdown game

  • Ciaran500 8 years ago

    "In the My Media Gallery, you can share your performances with others. You film them with an EyeToy or web camera."





    Definitely has potential :D :D :D
  • the_sas_man 8 years ago

    am i the only one stuck on the whoopsie comment. It aint updating for me
  • bonker 8 years ago

    OK I watched the trailer.



    Choosing furniture & clothes and guys standing around saying they like other guys?



    I think this may be the gayest thing I've ever experienced.



    /Checks his ass

  • BartonFink 8 years ago

    Hmm surprisingly enough Home doesn't actually sound that shit at all.
  • Shinji 8 years ago

    spongebob - You're the one that read the article! Blame your easily tempted eyes! :)
  • JayeM 8 years ago

    Will this be done before 19:45?
  • spongebob 8 years ago

    Waaa... I'm crying here. Why did the article go up before the live text part. I can't take it. I wanted surprises to roll on to my screen not all of them appear at once. EG, you ruined the thing I waited for all week and more. :(
  • dr_faulk 8 years ago

    meh
  • JayeM 8 years ago

    "Avril Lavigne. Ugh."



    Screw you Eurogamer. :)
  • old_skool 8 years ago

    its like an online sims or something
  • JediMasterMalik 8 years ago

    Autumn will be awesome.
  • dr_faulk 8 years ago

    lol @ mad skillz
  • Stormflood 8 years ago

    It's fucking amazing! I really didn't expect this :)
  • bonker 8 years ago

  • bonker 8 years ago

    Er, is it finished then or what???



    /Fingers cellophane on shrink-wrapped Crackdown game

  • locus2k1 8 years ago

    ding 100
  • JayeM 8 years ago

    On a more serious note, I like this. :)
  • crashVoodoo 8 years ago

    more info on /1ups liveblog



    need to whack f5 though, not auto-refreshed
  • spongebob 8 years ago

    Tell me, why would I want to follow this live text feature if all the news are already up as a proofreaded, well-written article? Please, let there be some surprises in THIS version of the show!
  • FunkyRenegade 8 years ago

    "Just like in the real world, in the virtual world Sony technology is still reliable."

    ROFL
  • dominalien 8 years ago

    @rdexter



    "Web 2.0, dude."



    Or a game? Game 3.0, perhaps?
  • JayeM 8 years ago

    He's throwing a bravia TV down the stairs. It hasn't broken. "Just like in the real world, in the virtual world Sony technology is still reliable."



    LOL
  • bonker 8 years ago

    "YAWN! where the hell is this live feed then eurogamer????? "



    It's actually at the BOTTOM of the fucking page! Fucking dickhead web-devs!!!

  • Machetazo 8 years ago

    spongebob wrote: "Wait a sec. Does EG have a time machine or how were they able to report about the keynote BEFORE it begun?"



    Embargoes, now lifted, and a Press preview last night.
  • locus2k1 8 years ago

    "Whoopsie. There's some presentation glitches, but big Phil's made a sterling recovery."



    Good ol' Phil, always working hard trying to cover up screw ups...
  • -TKF- 8 years ago

    XBOX LIVE? hahaha yeah.. i hear text adventures are comming back in fashion...
  • old_skool 8 years ago

    hmmm yeah it does
  • spongebob 8 years ago

    Wait a sec. Does EG have a time machine or how were they able to report about the keynote BEFORE it begun?
  • Machetazo 8 years ago

    /Looks at 1up pics of Home...Darn, that looks a lot (in style) like FFVIII's Garden, don't it! ;)
  • seedaripper 8 years ago

    is Ellie Gibson really THAT enamoured via phil!!!! :0
  • bonker 8 years ago

    "The object of the game, Healy explained, was to collect a resource: sponge. "



    Tell me I didn't just read that :)



    ROFLMAO



  • Machetazo 8 years ago

    For those looking for some Home and whatever LittleBigPlanet might be, footage. It's up on gamevideos as well, in HD. - the GT links wouldn't load :(
  • seedaripper 8 years ago

    YAWN! where the hell is this live feed then eurogamer?????
  • dominalien 8 years ago

    funny. I don't have to refresh the GDC report page, but I still have to refresh the comments thread. Modern technology.
  • old_skool 8 years ago

    i hope someone posts a bloody video...this 'live' txt sucks
  • JayeM 8 years ago

    I love giant footballs.
  • old_skool 8 years ago

    use firefox
  • dawkins 8 years ago

    ach - safari woes! how vexing - been staring at the screen waiting patiently
  • old_skool 8 years ago

    i want a pat pic of the football
  • OnlyMe 8 years ago

    Giant footballs? Pro Evolution Soccer PS3 exclusive?
  • JediMasterMalik 8 years ago

    Did you just get hit by a football?
  • bonker 8 years ago

    Er, yeah, ditto what he said?



    Has it kicked off then??????

  • spongebob 8 years ago

    What happened to the live thingie? How come they have everything up already in article format? Did I miss the whole thing? Help me!
  • bonker 8 years ago

    I.E. 6.0
  • old_skool 8 years ago

    its a conspiracy i tell you
  • Shinji 8 years ago

    What browser are you in? It doesn't seem to work in Safari any more :/
  • bonker 8 years ago

    I take it the "Live report" thing is borked as surely they'd have sent something through by now even if nothing had happened???

  • old_skool 8 years ago

    thank goodness its starting
  • bonker 8 years ago

    "http://www.gametrailers.com/gam
    epage.php... "



    Christ, Quicktime sucks - why do they use that shite??!!

  • LOLLERS 8 years ago

    it's at least 18:37 and nothings happened, typical Sony, late again :rolleyes:
  • MadMirko 8 years ago

    *sigh* this is not a game show it's a showcase for developers



    That wouldn't be developers of GAMES, no?



    *sigh* so let me rephrase for clarity: I want to see what enables developers to make games, fantastic games.
  • Stormflood 8 years ago

    "There better be anything more interesting than the "Home". I want to see games, fantastic games! "



    It's a dev conference, not E3. I'm sure we'll see a few glimpses of some games, but that's not the primary focus of the conference.
  • JediMasterMalik 8 years ago

    http://www.gametrailers.com/game
    page.php...
  • spongebob 8 years ago

    Phil Harrison: Rock or sponge?



    Spongebob is funny.
  • CivilD 8 years ago

    Trailers have just been released early:



    http://download.gametrailers.com
    /gt_vaul...


    http://download.gametrailers.com
    /gt_vaul...
  • macksed 8 years ago

    oh no! dinners ready! - what to do? just if id bloody learnt telepathy
  • urban 8 years ago

    ....my cock clock is bored.
  • bonker 8 years ago

    "aren't they normally quite late (especially sony)? "



    Dunno but hopefully it'll kick off soon.



    /Switches off mobile



    /Stops rustling popcorn bag

  • macksed 8 years ago

    aren't they normally quite late (especially sony)?
  • bonker 8 years ago

    Come on then Ellie, has he gone with leather this year or denim?



    /Bets on denim

  • macksed 8 years ago

    JediMasterMalik



    u shud have watched it on sunday, pffft, but tis so veeery good (and last one :( )
  • -TKF- 8 years ago

    Ahhh another Sony PR event, let the fat virgin losers queue up and take notes for their next 3 months of Sony bashing.



    Hate it or love it, Playstation, the gaming platform that changed the future
  • macksed 8 years ago

    seeing that sony and nintendo arent competitors any more, (so they say) can i please have my miis in my playstation home and my playstation home in my wii?

    thanks!
  • MadMirko 8 years ago

    There better be anything more interesting than the "Home". I want to see games, fantastic games!
  • DeCoR 8 years ago

    May aswell join the pary, death to Sony! Wait am I a bit early? lol.
  • bonker 8 years ago

    "bald = rock "



    I think you're right lol

  • JediMasterMalik 8 years ago

    I hope he makes the important announcements first, I have to get to Top Gear.
  • macksed 8 years ago

    bald = rock
  • bonker 8 years ago

    Well a mere 43 posts so far, lets get this show on the road:



    Phil Harrison: Rock or sponge?

  • bonker 8 years ago

    "Cool, just sorting out my holliday for this year ;) "



    LOL

  • JediMasterMalik 8 years ago

    It's alot like Second Life apparently, I hope it's good, I've heard it its.
  • macksed 8 years ago

    THINKTANK



    i think you have a taker, although we might not agree on what we deem to be exciting
  • richardiox 8 years ago

    FEAR THE MEGATON. The face of gaming is about to change forever. Welcome to the third era. Welcome to the future. etc
  • thinktank 8 years ago

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  • Steroyd 8 years ago

    Hope this is PSP friendly. :/



    Right after The Simpsons WOOHOO!!!
  • Christian_Otte 8 years ago

    Ah, bugger - 18:30 in England. Stupid time zones.
  • Tonka 8 years ago

    Ok GMT and PST in all their glory. What is that in CET? 19:30
  • Caimbeul 8 years ago

    Have played Motorstrom and although not bad, its not fantastic either. Show me the games!
  • Keso 8 years ago

    Cool, just sorting out my holliday for this year ;)
  • Foxis 8 years ago

    >"Yup this should be good, he's giving it in his homo town so I'm sure he'll be on good >form ... "

    >

    >Is San francisco a homo town?



    Er....YES!! ;)
  • Syneisha 8 years ago

    A small part of it? The place where the GDC is going is hardly "gaytown"
  • Keso 8 years ago

    "Yup this should be good, he's giving it in his homo town so I'm sure he'll be on good form ... "



    Is San francisco a homo town?
  • Syneisha 8 years ago

    Ladies and Gentlemen, prepare your bulls***-o-meters for the Sony PR Train, with your host, Phil Harrison...
  • JamieSI 8 years ago

    Only 40mins left :p
  • dadrester 8 years ago

    Yup this should be good, he's giving it in his homo town so I'm sure he'll be on good form ...

    I thought he was English?! Why did I think that!
  • sdrawkcabonit 8 years ago

    I'm eating Jaffa Cakes with TWO HANDS cause I do not have to refresh!!!



    TWO HANDS!!!!
  • bonker 8 years ago

    Yup this should be good, he's giving it in his homo town so I'm sure he'll be on good form ...

  • Darkuss 8 years ago

    Are they gonna show us footage from Killzone 2?
  • macksed 8 years ago

    posts?
  • macksed 8 years ago

    1200
  • macksed 8 years ago

    beat
  • Xerx3s 8 years ago

    Surely we must be able to beat the 1200 posts from last year? Come on peeps! You know you want to. ;p
  • RexRunti 8 years ago

    That New York Times article is a great read. Though I'm worried all this talk of user created content will boil down to sharing replays (ala Burnout Revenge) or skins (ala Chrome Hounds). That however is still an improvement on the gaping hole that is currently PSN. I'll guess will have to wait and see.
  • richardiox 8 years ago

    If Playstation Home is the biggest announcement then that's pretty poor showing. Reading that NY Times article, if its correct, all they are basically doing is implementing persistant online profiles and achievements. Hardly the stuff that makes or breaks a console. Nice and all but not as important as SOFTWARE innit.
  • SeesThroughAll 8 years ago

    I hope your servers can take the pressure !



    Do you mean EG or Sony's?
  • EGBartonFink 8 years ago

    Only time will tell - but for now, roll up, ladies and gents, the keynote circus is back in town and tonight's performance should be a good 'un.



    So the featured event at the circus is the Clown show
  • alimokrane 8 years ago

    I hope your servers can take the pressure !
  • macksed 8 years ago

    has anyone got a live video feed? like gamespot did with TGS (i think it was TGS)
  • chronom4n 8 years ago

    I do not normally get excited about keynotes, but this time it will be interesting to hear what sony baldy man will have to say. Now that all the consoles are more or less on a level playing field, it is more than interesting to hear how they will be catering for the gamers.
  • lennon 8 years ago

    Motorstorm looks nice Mr Harrison but it isnt going to make me shell out for a PS3. Ive got to go to a "prawn sandwich do" but I will look in on this when I get back.



  • jebus 8 years ago

    I'd like to see him asked just why Sony are adopting such an aggressive attitude towards potential customers - especially in Europe. Sadly I can't imagine he is going to be taking questions.







  • ronuds 8 years ago

    It was already announced. I saw the story on yahoo about "Home." Not all that many details, though.

  • SeesThroughAll 8 years ago

    OK, guys, the "big" thing really is PlayStation Home. Confirmed in the press...Looks like Sony had given New York Times an exclusive on this.
  • dirigiblebill 8 years ago

    I'm going to be working while all this is going on. Somebody save me a seat at the late night fanwars!
  • infoxicated 8 years ago

    Oooh - what'll be more entertaining;



    The news updates or the comments thread...?



    :o)
  • Macross 8 years ago

    Im gonna see if i can spot you scruffy journos in the crowd :)
  • thefishmonger 8 years ago

    this'll be interesting.

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

18:32 By Mark Kennedy

Hello readers! We're just waiting for the GDC team to come online. They shouldn't be long!

18:37 By Robert Purchese

Hello everyone. It's all getting ready to go. Sit back, grab some popcorn, and don't touch F5.

18:45 By Robert Purchese

There's giant footballs bouncing all over the shop. Don't they know we're trying to work?

18:47 By Robert Purchese

Ow!

18:47 By Robert Purchese

Here's big Phil!

18:48 By Robert Purchese

Title of the speech today is Game 3.0, he says.

18:50 By Robert Purchese

He's talking about Web 2.0 Do you know how many times we've heard that this week?

18:51 By Robert Purchese

He's slowly moving onto Game 3.0...

18:53 By Robert Purchese

PS3 Home announced. An avatar-based network for PlayStation 3.

18:55 By Robert Purchese

Whoopsie. There's some presentation glitches, but big Phil's made a sterling recovery.

18:59 By Robert Purchese

"Home is a 3D community". He's showing character customisation. Talking to another user he typed "ho" instead of "hi".

18:59 By Robert Purchese

He's showing off the World Map. "We've talked about the public spaces, let's talk about the private spaces"

18:59 By Robert Purchese

Everyone has their own apartment - you can customise it to your heart's content.

18:59 By Robert Purchese

The first thing you can do is change the wallpaper. It's all about "tricking out" your apartment. Harrison's using the example of Resistance wallpaper.

19:00 By Robert Purchese

There's all sorts of furniture you can have, like a chair. You can put it wherever you like and it's physics based, so you can pile all your furniture in the corner if you like.

19:00 By Robert Purchese

You can take any content that's yours on your PS3 hard disk drive and use it in your apartment. For example, Harrison's putting a big picture frame on his wall showing a photo from his hard drive.

19:01 By Robert Purchese

He's going to "customise the experience" with some user generated content.

19:02 By Robert Purchese

Harrison's taking a photo of the audience!

19:03 By Robert Purchese

There's a nice patio where some of Phil's chums are having a party. His avatar is dancing. Embarassingly.

19:04 By Robert Purchese

He's throwing a bravia TV down the stairs. It hasn't broken. "Just like in the real world, in the virtual world Sony technology is still reliable."

19:04 By Robert Purchese

We're in a movie theatre now.

19:05 By Robert Purchese

You can get the content you want to watch when you want to watch it. We're seeing a Spider-Man 3 trailer.

19:06 By Robert Purchese

You can have specific TV shows and movies that you can access by walking through virtual doors. You can chat with your friends about the trailers you've seen - "It's a great way of building community."

19:06 By Robert Purchese

It's not just about Sony brands or games, though. We're looking at a map now, with icons like SEGA, THQ, Ubisoft.

19:06 By Robert Purchese

In the future, you might see the logo of a shop, a coffee company, a magazine.

19:07 By Robert Purchese

Now we're in some kind of virtual room - it's all neon and shiny. There's a series of doors which you can walk through to see different games.

19:08 By Robert Purchese

There are sub rooms where you can check out mini-games - there's a driving range and a three-point basketball room.

19:08 By Robert Purchese

You navigate between the World Map with a virtual PSP.

19:08 By Robert Purchese

Now it's time for the Hall of Fame, "A place where you can customise your physical environment to represent the trophies you've won in PS3 games."

19:09 By Robert Purchese

You can invite friends into your Hall of Fame so they can see your trophies and admire your MAD SKILLZ.

19:09 By Robert Purchese

(He didn't actually say MAD SKILLZ.)

19:09 By Robert Purchese

They're not boring old silver cups - they're 3D things like statues of game characters.

19:09 By Robert Purchese

You can also bring up old trophies that perhaps you don't want to display in your Hall of Fame.

19:10 By Robert Purchese

"But it's not just about the games you own" - it's about the entire network, and being able to see the trophies other people have won.

19:11 By Robert Purchese

It's a giant room with billions of trophies in! It's just like the Star Wars senate!

19:11 By Robert Purchese

That's the Home bit over, then. What's next?

19:11 By Robert Purchese

Oh, he's summarising...

19:12 By Robert Purchese

"It's a unique real-time 3D community". Avatar based, free to download, free to use and launched directly through the XMB. There are public and private spaces for every user.

19:12 By Robert Purchese

In The Future, you'll be able to have more sophisticated clothing and Pets!

19:12 By Robert Purchese

It's an easy platform to create, for both game and non-game brands.

19:12 By Robert Purchese

The beta starts in April, and it's all launching in autumn 2007. Now it really is the end of the Home bit.

19:13 By Robert Purchese

Time for Singstar. It's sold 7 million units on PS2 and delivered over 200 million songs, don't you know. They're expanding it for PS3, obviously. Harrison won't be singing.

19:13 By Robert Purchese

Time for Singstar. It's sold 7 million units on PS2 and delivered over 200 million songs, don't you know. They're expanding it for PS3, obviously. Harrison won't be singing.

19:13 By Robert Purchese

Time for a trip to the SingStore. Avril Lavigne. Ugh.

19:13 By Robert Purchese

Belinda Carlisle! A-Ha! It's 1992!

19:14 By Robert Purchese

In the My Media Gallery, you can share your performances with others. You film them with an EyeToy or web camera.

19:18 By Robert Purchese

[Internet problems abound, we'll be right back.]

19:22 By Robert Purchese

[Perhaps Harrison has taken Ellie hostage...]

19:23 By Robert Purchese

Media Molecule are now on stage. Ex-Lionhead man Chris Healy is showing off LittleBigPlanet.

19:26 By Robert Purchese

He's dropping objects into the backyard environment. Dossing about with things like giant oranges and wooden blocks. He's creating.

19:27 By Robert Purchese

LittleBigPlanet looks great. There are four characters pulling each other around the world. It's co-operative but also competitive.

19:31 By Robert Purchese

We're in a darker area now, but lights shaped like stars are hanging down from the ceiling. The characters are hanging on to them and using them to ride around the screen.

19:31 By Robert Purchese

One of the characters is wearing a Red Indian headdress, another some kind of space suit... It's all very cute.

19:33 By Robert Purchese

They've make their own physics-based platform game in LittleBigPlanet, and users will be able to do the same.

19:33 By Robert Purchese

Harrison's having a go now, and now Mark's going to show us what you can do with one of the game's giant oranges.

19:33 By Robert Purchese

The crowd are going absolutely bananas.

19:34 By Robert Purchese

They've just done the grand finale - the four characters zooming down a hill on a giant skateboard. Huge round of applause. Crowd still going absolutely bonkers.

19:35 By Robert Purchese

It doesn't end there. Users can share their content with other PS3 Home users.

19:35 By Robert Purchese

There's a short film now, hinting at all the things you can do online with LittleBigPlanet - like see the highest rated games, post comments, send messages.

19:36 By Robert Purchese

The LBP demo is over and the Media Molecule guys are leaving the stage. The game is out later this year on the Network and on Blu-Ray early next year.

19:37 By Robert Purchese

Time for Phil's serious bit - "it's going to be a very exciting journey" for PS3. And that's it!