PlayStation Day Conference Finished

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Unfortunately you're too late for the actual live bit of the live coverage, but you can still see what happened by reading through the updates.

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  • Kanselier 6 years ago

    Did we spot a Chewbacca yet?
  • zedzee 6 years ago

    Shouldn't Sony be sucking up to gamers, rather than the bloody press on such occasions?



    Was this conference open to the public as well?
  • Moonprince 6 years ago

    oh Eurogamer,



    You guys did look a mess, it was amusing.



    And who was the ladyboy with the blonde highlights???
  • bad09 6 years ago

    So hang on, they come over to have a event to tell us stuff we pretty much know already and about sequels to mediocre launch titles (sorry but Resistance and motorstorm are nothing worth shouting about). And the point of this Playstation day was?

  • Rash' 6 years ago

    FladgeMangle, It's not that hard to change the HDD from what I've seen.
  • infoxicated 6 years ago

    Don't know if it's maybe that Tom is just a big headed prick, but it seems these days that Eurogamer would rather try harder at being funny than they will at being journalists.



    Or maybe it's just that the term "games journalist" is something of an oxymoron.



    You can either have cunts that go for laughs, like Bramwell, or cunts that word it up, like Ngai Croal.



    Either way, it's reading through this "aren't I clever, taking the piss as I type" bullshit that makes me wonder why the fuck I bother with gaming sites. Where can I get the facts from an event like this without the journo-tainment?
  • FladgeMangle 6 years ago

    @Rash'



    It's OK for the computer literate and hardware aware to buy a compatible HDD, backup their game saves and downloaded content and then install it. What about the unwashed masses who'll rapidly find themselves choked? Installing your own upgrade? "I can't be doing with all the hassle" is probably the reaction most folk will give you.



    The standard 360 hard drive is indeed smaller and frankly I'm amazed that MS are touting HD movie downloads as an option on such an inadequate medium. OK, maybe a lot of that is anti-bluRay hyperbole but the upshot is that neither the 40gb PS3 or the 20GB 360 are sufficient. At least the 360 crowd have the Elite model to boast about (and I'm sure a few of them will).



    Truth be told though, you're right. Even 80gb is pitiful these days and the BC holy grail will probably die a quiet, unloved death in some forgotten place. It's still maddening to be the only territory without rumble and at least the option of paying sillyquids for a slightly longer lasting HDD arrangement. Then of course there's the whole colours thing...
  • Yeevle 6 years ago

    You lot are arguing over PS3 v 360 as if it's a football match or something. :D
  • DjFlex52 6 years ago

    besides it's more telling that the XBOTS our out in force to downplay every bit of news today....

    Scareded? Yep.



    @swam



    they are??? 3 people rank on PS3 in this thread and that's "XBOTS out in force". I guess the rest of them are playing games ;)

    Please tell me what they are scared of, again? Methinks thou protest tooooo much, swam. Yep.
  • Khanivor 6 years ago

    And posting at the same time? That a new functionality on the PS3?
  • Khanivor 6 years ago

    Isn't it somewhat telling that the SDF are not making loads of noise about all the wonderful announcements. You'd think for a day like this they'd be able to switch into positive mode.
  • Rash' 6 years ago

    FladgeMangle, Personally, I don't see the hang up with HDD size what with the open approach to add ons on PS3. I mean FFS 360 comes with 20GB HD, with proprietary drives sold at extortionary prices. I think they're not offering any news an 80GB model because there is no news to give. The model we have now is the model we're stuck with. The BC models were never fully withdrawn from US and their strategy is clearly different for fazing them out. It's the only region left with the model and is like to have them withdrawn soon. There is more chance of the US having their BC removed than Europe having it reinstated.
  • Khanivor 6 years ago

    That was some funny shit Tom, nice work :D
  • Rash' 6 years ago

    Shouldn't it be Rubik's pad???



    Sorry.
  • JonFE 6 years ago

    "Echochrome has been described as a 20th century Rubik's Cube"



    I would have thought that 20th century's Rubik's Cube would still be, you know, Rubik's Cube :)
  • Madlax 6 years ago

    Resistance 2 gameplay:



    http://www.gamevideos.com/video/
    platform...


    So Eurogamer, you think this looks 'Shonky', But Halo3 is a full '10'......eh ? ;)



  • FladgeMangle 6 years ago

    @Rash' - Not me personally - perhaps if it had bc I'd trade up - It's just my reaction to the lack of news about it, in the context of Europe getting blanked again.



    edit: Forgot the ' :o)
  • canand 6 years ago

    @GitSomE UK



    Thanks but I will wait and get it from GAME.
  • spekkeh 6 years ago

    "or alternatively please hunt us down and murder us."



    Will do.
  • Rash' 6 years ago

    FladgeMangle, If you got a PS3 WTF do you care about 80GB model???
  • FladgeMangle 6 years ago

    Ya boo hiss! Just as I thought. Lots of self congratulation and boasting about games that aren't going to be released for ages.



    There isn't much wrong with the PS3 as it stands and I'm very happy with mine. I just makes me annoyed when this market doesn't get the same service and support as the rest of the world. It seems that in-game XMB has been conveniently forgotten about and software BC a lost cause. But what of the rest?



    Did he mention an 80gb model? Did he mention Dualshock 3? Did he fu
  • Madlax 6 years ago

    "You guys (sorry 4 the generalization) must update your spin towards GTA4 numbers then... if PS3 actually has more units in Europe that must mean 360's GTA4 had a better performance in MS' machine, as its numbers seem to be 55/45 favourable to 360.



    Nevertheless, spining is hard. So it seems."



    Absolutely not.....GTA sales are 45/55 in the UK where the 360 is still one million units ahead. UK =/= Europe ;)



    If anything this tells us how much ahead the PS3 in the rest of europe is even after a one year headstart.



  • Apostle 6 years ago

    Wow. Am I the only one that is unimpressed? All I see is more waiting for what I personally want, Home. Some community PS3 has, how can it even be called that? PSN is a shambles.
  • liverpoolfc 6 years ago

    brilliant
  • miiiguel 6 years ago

    You guys (sorry 4 the generalization) must update your spin towards GTA4 numbers then... if PS3 actually has more units in Europe that must mean 360's GTA4 had a better performance in MS' machine, as its numbers seem to be 55/45 favourable to 360.



    Nevertheless, spining is hard. So it seems. ;)
  • Madlax 6 years ago

    "I'm glad you're happy Madlax :), but I bet if it was "Xbox 360 sells more units in Europe, says MicroSoft" you'd say it was bullshit. No? "



    I cant call bullshit, these numbers are published for shareholders, its not a game. they cant simply lie. i can always 'spin' though. ;)



    Here a low-quality video for the Killzone 2 trailer:



    http://www.gamevideos.com/video/
    id/18705



    Looks phenomenal, cant wait for the HD version.







  • GitSomE_UK 6 years ago

    @canand - Get DS3 from ebay, you can get it now and it's certain to be cheaper than the rip off UK prices... why wait for Sony?
  • Cloudane 6 years ago

    Surely I wasn't the only person who actually LOL'ed at this:



    "Reeves is now talking up PlayTV. It launches in September and will retail at EUR 99. Someone drops something."
  • ronuds 6 years ago

    I thought the PS3 outsold the 360 in all of Europe a while ago?



    Sony also claimed they'd outsell the 360 in the UK by this summer. I don't see that happening...
  • GitSomE_UK 6 years ago

    Thanks for gabble link Gremmi
  • canand 6 years ago

    Thanks SCEE for not telling us the date for DS3.
  • miiiguel 6 years ago

    I'm glad you're happy Madlax :), but I bet if it was "Xbox 360 sells more units in Europe, says MicroSoft" you'd say it was bullshit. No?

  • Tetragammatron 6 years ago

    Seems my refreshamajig is shagged. They could've at least called it Go! View!



    And two lines on the GPS system which was apparently released in Europe already?! Who knew...
  • Madlax 6 years ago

    Here,s a link from gamezindustry:



    http://www.gamesindustry.biz/art
    icles/fi...


    After all the doom and gloom, i,d say this is very impressive.



  • miiiguel 6 years ago

    Tetragammatron, are you reading the same as I am? Take a look!:



    "Five simple steps, apparently

    1-Choose what you want to watch

    2-download it to your PC

    3-transfer it to the PSP

    4-watch it whenever you want. That was four steps.

    5- Five is presumably "delete it when it expires". There'll be sport, such as football and rugby. More info at http://www.gopspgo.co.uk apparently. It's just for PSP in the UK, but it will also launch "on the continent" next month."



    Edited for better understanding!
  • canand 6 years ago

    I am not geting BD Live Disk I well keep using SD Disk.
  • Tetragammatron 6 years ago

    "Five simple steps, apparently?"



    Five simple steps for what exactly? Way to go Eurogamer, get all the details for something no one cares about (BD Live) then miss out on the name and release date of something actually interesting. Stellar work, simply stellar.
  • miiiguel 6 years ago

    One thing MS and Sony usualy avoid talking about is about Wii, or DS, or heck... Ninty in general.
  • moggsy 6 years ago

    @Feanor



    Well they should say that then. The constant balls out lying really gets to me. Maybe I should just calm down...
  • Danbojones 6 years ago

    Spencer and Martin. Couple of prick wads.
  • silke 6 years ago

    Oh I see, well, thank you for telling me.
  • Feanor 6 years ago

    Maybe they mean continental Europe.
  • miiiguel 6 years ago

    "Are Sony lying, again? :-o"



    It'd be the 1st time, so I doubt it...
  • drxym 6 years ago

    BD Live is such a waste of time. If you have broadband you have a PC anyway for watching trailers or visiting online stores. Why does a player need internet connectivity? It would be different if BD Live were used to download TV shows, or let you accumulate credits to spend on downloadable movies / merchandise or whatever but so far its all trailers, content that should have been on the disk and lame minigames.



    The only people who seem to care about it are some HD DVD fanboys who have been braying about internet connectivity as it was one of the few things that HD DVD was (initially) better at than Blu Ray. It should have been obvious from HD DVD that the feature was more effort than it was worth. Not a single HD DVD offered any compelling reason for hooking up a player to the network. And now Blu Ray has this largely pointless feature too. Yippee.

  • moggsy 6 years ago

    "We have sold more PlayStation 3s throughout Europe than Xbox 360," he says, despite 360's launching a lot earlier.



    Are Sony lying, again? :-o
  • canand 6 years ago

    So, when will the PSN update occur?



    Its out allredey in it.



    I well get EyeToy Play Heroes but not Pom Pom Party becuse that is for girls.
  • Garulon 6 years ago

    BD Live complete and total gimmick shock!
  • silke 6 years ago

    So, when will the PSN update occur?
  • canand 6 years ago

    I thought GT5 Prologue was out.
  • Machetazo 6 years ago

    MIRROR'S EDGE HD footage in several days :D

    (I'll never figure out this web-code-language hooey! :o)
  • Madlax 6 years ago

    "GT is "rightly regarded as the world's best driving simulator". A Dutch man behind me says "no" quietly."



    Oh he said that ? really ?



    you sure it wasnt you whispering to yourself Tom. ;)

  • tobsen 6 years ago

    So they are adding "ultra-aggressive AI" to Motorstorm 2!?! That's exactly what turned people off from the first game already!
  • Rash' 6 years ago

    Resistance2!!! Oh, too much content to take in...



    Man I wish PS3 had more games...
  • canand 6 years ago

    SCEE Tell us the date for DS3 and I want a Champions League game.
  • EvilFiek 6 years ago

    UK:R reference = win
  • Rash' 6 years ago

    It's all coming together...



    /wipes tear from eye.
  • Rash' 6 years ago

    Ahh! Mirror's Edge. I want!!!
  • Rash' 6 years ago

    I loved Motorstorm so can 't wait for this sequel. Sounds even better with four player split screen.
  • Rash' 6 years ago

    Best announcement so far? Killzone 2 delayed till next year. I don't wholly trust Guarilla to deliver a AAA title so they should take as much time as they need to get it right.
  • Madlax 6 years ago

    So the PS3 is above the 360 in 2 out of 3 major regions even after a 1 year head-start.



    Pretty impressive.



  • mouse 6 years ago

    I see your Python reference, Bramwell.
  • canand 6 years ago

    Yeah I want the date for DS3.
  • Garulon 6 years ago

    Tom is so excellent at this.
  • richardiox 6 years ago

    If they dont announce the DS3 for Europe at this conference it really is a joke. Especially if it isnt included in the MGS4 bundle which - if DS3 was included, I would be snapping right up.
  • Rash' 6 years ago

    Stop bitching about the BC. You had your chance and you blew it. BC went with the 60GB and won't be coming back.



    /Feels smug with his 60GB model :o)
  • kincaide 6 years ago

    "16:49:13 - Reevesy moves on to Metal Gear Solid 4, reiterating its 12th June worldwide date. Exclusive MGS4 bundle will be happening - 40GB, but it looks like the regular black PS3, not the fancy silver one, judging by the pack art."



    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO - No 80gb bc PS3? Then no sale from me

  • canand 6 years ago

    Cool a Exclusive MGS4 bundle will be happening - 40GB, but it looks like the regular black PS3, not the fancy silver one, judging by the pack art but I am not geting it BECUSE I got a 60GB one.
  • SeesThroughAll 6 years ago

    Reeves is back, offering Price a special thanks for turning up at all their events. "Not only that, but he always delivers the games on time," he says.



    Hehehehe, you naughty Guerrilla.
  • RandolphScott 6 years ago

    BRING BACK "LATEST AT THE BOTTOM". I was trying to catch up and my reading position changing with every bulletin is VERY annoying.



    How does latest at top make sense to anyone whose sole activity is not reading this?
  • canand 6 years ago

    Resistance 2 is Six months away from appearing on shelves.
  • woodnotes 6 years ago

    LittleBigPlanet sounds mega-awesome, especially the Killzone 2 mashup.
  • DFawkes 6 years ago

    Buzz with geeky Star trek questions, VS other geeks. Now that's my kind of quiz!
  • Garulon 6 years ago

    "360 has sold 6m in Europe though, so how can PS3 have sold more at 5m? "



    Sony doublethink?



    It's more expensive but it's cheaper!

    It's more powerful but the games look worse!

    It's got great backwards compatibility but it has no backwards compatibility!

    It doesn't need rumble, buy our new controller with rumble!

  • JediMasterMalik 6 years ago

    Glad KZ2 is delayed, I want them to work on it as much as they can to get it much better than the first.
  • richardiox 6 years ago

    Two Resistance games in the time it has taken them to make Killzone 2?!
  • woodnotes 6 years ago

    @Wollan: "For the person doing the live blogging: Please, PLEASE keep the complaining and terrible jokes we witnessed at Leipzig to a minimum this time."



    Why don't you piss off back to GAF instead of attention seeking over here too.



    Maybe you should share a bath with Kittonwy and do loads of :| faces
  • woodnotes 6 years ago

    360 has sold 6m in Europe though, so how can PS3 have sold more at 5m?
  • woodnotes 6 years ago

    "Hmmm 10m PS3s and 8m PSNs, that's a suspiciously high signup rate."

    Well you can halve US PSN sign-ups as us European PS3 users have signed up fake US accounts to download demos earlier.
  • Garulon 6 years ago

    Hmmm 10m PS3s and 8m PSNs, that's a suspiciously high signup rate.
  • canand 6 years ago

    Cool LBP in October Icant wait.
  • DFawkes 6 years ago

    "GT5 Prologue and GTA IV are the only major PS3 releases so far."



    Well that's just pissing in the mouth of every other PS3 release. The ad campaigns for Uncharted, Heavenly Sword, and Resistance (among others) made me think otherwise, but nope, he admits all those are shit. I like them, but he says they're just minor titles.
  • rotmm 6 years ago

    "Killzone 2 is rubbish then."



    KZ2 is 2009.
  • Kenshin001 6 years ago

    "GT5P, LBP, MGS4, Resistance 2, Haze, MotorStorm 2 and Buzz are the key pillars for 2008 on PS3..."



    Killzone 2 is rubbish then.
  • canand 6 years ago

    Yeah I think it has aswell.
  • Garulon 6 years ago

    I think it's borked again. If only there was some way of sending text messages!
  • canand 6 years ago

    Yeah its on.
  • canand 6 years ago

    Thy had to switch to LiveText Tech Solution Delta, so you might notice a reduction in pace.
  • Beano 6 years ago

    "Sorry, we're having a couple of technical hiccups. We'll be back with you soon - Ed"



    Surprise (not really)
  • Madlax 6 years ago

    More hands-on previews for Little big planet please, this could be the biggest game.



    Here,s some hands-on for the compaign mode:



    http://www.ps3fanboy.com/2008/05
    /06/ps3-...


  • canand 6 years ago

    I want to know what is



    EyeToy: Pom Pom Party

    EyeToy: Heroes



    I want to know when all them things are comeing out and I want to know if there is a MGS 4 Demo.



    LittleBigPlanet

    PlayStation Eye

    Resistance 2

    PlayStation Home

    WipEout HD



    Is it on yet?
  • postal 6 years ago

    /tosses out grammar
  • Beano 6 years ago

    RR jokes are so 2006
  • Laika 6 years ago

    shup swam.
  • niteninja 6 years ago

    Eyetoy heroes????

    What the hell is that.
  • niteninja 6 years ago

    motorstorm 2 is called pacific rift.
  • postal 6 years ago

    /serious business etc
  • canand 6 years ago

    It works know.
  • Erinan 6 years ago

    For the person doing the live blogging: Please, PLEASE keep the complaining and terrible jokes we witnessed at Leipzig to a minimum this time.



    That's usually my favourite part.
  • GitSomE_UK 6 years ago

    /Sets up stall



    "Hotdogs"
  • postal 6 years ago

    "For the person doing the live blogging: Please, PLEASE keep the complaining and terrible jokes we witnessed at Leipzig to a minimum this time".



    This. And no complaining about your sodding knees either, thank you.



    =D



  • McBradders 6 years ago

    :D
  • Wollan 6 years ago

    McBradders! NeoGAF taking over Eurogamer.
  • Rash' 6 years ago

    Big news I hope...



    /Doesn't hold breath for the second time today.
  • canand 6 years ago

    It doet not come live for me I have to keep refreshing it.
  • McBradders 6 years ago

    ZOMG a Wollan!
  • Razz 6 years ago

    Almost start time. :D
  • Madlax 6 years ago

    I hope eurogamer stays 'Objective' with the coverage, as they always are. ;)



    P.S:and Wollan, shouldnt you be reporting at Neogaf now ?

  • El_MUERkO 6 years ago

    what's the chat client we normally use for these things? gabber,gibber? something like that :/
  • Wollan 6 years ago

    For the person doing the live blogging: Please, PLEASE keep the complaining and terrible jokes we witnessed at Leipzig to a minimum this time.
  • Bertie 6 years ago

    Giant Enemy Crabs! Giant Enemy Crabs!
  • Prodigy_BE 6 years ago

    Ingame XMB

    Home Beta



    That's what I want to know.

    With GTA4 out, Haze, GRID and MGS4 coming all within four weeks, and Bad Company at the end of June, who cares about even more releases at this point.



    Throw in Echochrome and WipeOut HD this month, and I'm one happy pappy.
  • Crovax20 6 years ago

    cool



    Eurogamer best site there is
  • caligari 6 years ago

    Yay!

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

15:56 By Robert Purchese

Good afternoon from the Millennium Dome (I'm not calling it The O2). We're installed in an auditorium surrounded by veiled PlayStation pods in the shadow - well, lifestyle glow - of a massive screen showing PlayStation animations, with a podium off to one side of it.

15:56 By Robert Purchese

Kaz Hirai and David Reeves will both be talking to us this afternoon, we can confirm, so expect a mixture of graphs and product demonstrations.

15:57 By Robert Purchese

Unless this is the first games industry press conference in history to begin on time, we've probably got a few minutes to go before anything happens. People nearby are regarding me suspiciously because I'm clacking away.

15:57 By Robert Purchese

Probably also because my desktop wallpaper is a flying electronic bat bearing the slogan "COM-BAT!!!1111oneoneone".

16:01 By Robert Purchese

According to my lanyard, the "sampling" period after the conference will give us hands-on access to the likes of Killzone 2, LittleBigPlanet and Home, and MotorStorm 2 is called MotorStorm Pacific Rift. But you know that, assuming the people I left behind put it on the Internet when I ordered them to.
Anyway, I'm going to stop wittering until something happens.

16:13 By Robert Purchese

[Sorry, we're having a couple of technical hiccups. We'll be back with you soon - Ed]

16:15 By Robert Purchese

Starting very soon, we're assured. Small admin note: we've had to switch to LiveText Tech Solution Delta, so you might notice a reduction in pace.

16:20 By Robert Purchese

It's starting off with a montage of Sony product videos - LittleBigPlanet, echochrome and friends. "Play brings us together" apparently. Killzone 2 also appears as we're told that Play is a thousand stories waiting to be told. Now there are shots of MotorStorm launching from Home.

16:20 By Robert Purchese

David Reeves has arrived on stage. "Welcome to our PlayStation Day" he says. He's introducing Kaz Hirai, pointing out that he hasn't spoken publicly since TGS. Kaz is on stage to share the "wonderful" range of games and services PlayStation has to offer.

16:21 By Robert Purchese

Says that the PAL territories are really important and that there's a lot of product being developed here, including Buzz, SingStar, Formula 1, Killzone and LittleBigPlanet.

16:21 By Robert Purchese

He says that next week will see proper new sales figures for hardware revealed in Tokyo, but that the end of '07 stuff they've already reported was PSP - 34 million, PS3 - 10.5 million, PS2 - 127 million.

16:21 By Robert Purchese

"Ultimately it's the games that define the PlayStation," Hirai says. Sony will be pushing "PS3's multi-faceted entertainment credentials" today along with its games.

16:30 By Robert Purchese

He's returning to the subjects of his TGS speech, including the "greater sharing" of knowledge and assets with devs. He reckons we're "seeing real steps in quality" and developers choosing PS3 as their primary format. "I've always thought of PS3 being a long-term play for us" he says, reckoning a 10-year lifespan is on the cards.

16:30 By Robert Purchese

The first year had teething problems, threats from competitors and some disappointment among punters, Hirai says, but "things have improved greatly" since late last year, and 2008 has "got off to a great start". He also points out that GT5 Prologue and GTA IV are the only major PS3 releases so far.

16:30 By Robert Purchese

GT5P, LBP, MGS4, Resistance 2, Haze, MotorStorm 2 and Buzz are the key pillars for 2008 on PS3, says Hirai. Along with Blu-ray and PlayTV, it's an "easy decision" to make PS3 the centre of your gaming and entertainment habits, he says.

16:30 By Robert Purchese

Home will be "open to the public towards the end of the year", he points out, referencing the TGS announcement. He also apologises for the delay and reiterates that he won't open up Home until he's "completely happy with it". "As great as it currently is, it needs a little more time". Autumn.

16:31 By Robert Purchese

"Our confident in Home has not wavered," he says, promising we'll see more on the show floor. Moving on, he turns to PSN, with "over 8 million" sign-ups worldwide and 3m in PAL territories.

16:31 By Robert Purchese

LBP in October will "revolutionise" the way people interact with games. He says unique, exciting and accessible games will make PS3 the staple diet for gamers - including casual and social gamers. He's now handing back to David Reeves.

16:31 By Robert Purchese

Reeves thanks Hirai and moves back to the subject of games. He says they've moved away from a per-platform focus.

16:31 By Robert Purchese

"As of today, in our region, we have sold nearly 12 million units." They've also sold 5 million PS3s in Europe. Says Reeves is "particularly proud" as the timeframe is "similar" to PS2's launch despite the difference in price.

16:32 By Robert Purchese

"We have sold more PlayStation 3s throughout Europe than Xbox 360," he says, despite 360's launching a lot earlier.

16:35 By Robert Purchese

(Sorry about technical issues, readers. It's frustrating for us too.) Reeves is now onto the subject of PlayStation Network and user-generated content, which has "captured the imagination" of people, apparently. A "wide variety of titles" will emerge supporting this, he says.

16:35 By Robert Purchese

The starter steps for user-generated content are customising your PSN profile and perhaps making a theme, says Reeves. Each registered SingStar user has bought an average of six songs, he says. Guilty. I've had 30, actually. For shame. He's running through how My SingStar Online works. 20,000+ videos uploaded, and he's showing some.

16:40 By Robert Purchese

He's moving onto Buzz, and he's excited about sofa-versus-sofa play over the Internet with wireless buzzers and downloadable quizzes. And of course custom quizzes, which you'll be able to set up using the My Buzz website. PSN will allow registrants to export quizzes directly into the Buzz game menu, he says, suggesting we'll see family quizzes and geeky stuff like Star Trek.

16:40 By Robert Purchese

Perhaps the best example of user-generated content though, he says, is LittleBigPlanet, due out in October. "The game will include over 50 wonderful environments", but of course the USP is the ability to make your own extras. Now they're showing off some of Media Molecule's efforts, spoofing Killzone. Little Helghast troopers! How cute.

16:40 By Robert Purchese

I'm glad we're having really irritating technical problems because it gives me a chance to have that heart attack I've wanted for a while. He's talking about Killzone 2 now, and says it is launching in "February next year". Onto a trailer.

16:41 By Robert Purchese

It's similar to the one we saw at the first PS3 E3 all those years ago with an aerial landing craft and lots of wide open vistas and things zooming around in the sky. The leathery graphics of the E3 2007 demo remain. A stunning glimpse to be followed with hands-on once Reeves finishes up.

16:42 By Robert Purchese

And now we're onto Resistance 2. He's even brought someone to talk about it. Aha, Ted Price, president of Insomniac Games. "Welcome to London," he says to Ted, who says "thank you". R2 will "focus equally on four areas" - community, campaign, co-op and competitive.

16:43 By Robert Purchese

He wants to talk about all four, bless. MyResistance.net will be completely revamped, adding "the kind of social features you'll find in sites like FaceBook". Wicked. This stuff will be tightly integrated with the game. He's not going to show the Campaign, he says, but this time we focus on Hale as he heads home to the USA.

16:44 By Robert Purchese

We're going to learn more about Hale and the Chimera and where they came from (so probably not "a joke shop"). Eight-player co-op has its own story, characters and their own progression, rewards etc. Today though, we're going to talk about Competitive. "Six months away from appearing on shelves," he reminds us.

16:45 By Robert Purchese

Video. Woody sort of town with canopies overhead. Players racing through the streets, giant Chimeran craft in the sky. "Work in progress" is stamped on the screen as a bloke with a sort of shield bubble thing walks past. There's a man with a mini-gun, some Iron Sights action and a GPS-looking thing in the top corner.

16:46 By Robert Purchese

Graphically that was a bit shonky, but to be fair it clearly hadn't been lit properly and Price said it was a work in progress. Chimera will be in multiplayer too, he says, although we didn't get to see them today. He's now acknowledging that 60-player support needs intimacy to actually work. "Battles within battles." Five smaller skirmishes between squads will take place in each 60 person fight.

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Every squad is assigned dynamic objectives. They want to keep squads apart to avoid situations where people tread on each other's toes, and they're conscious of the opposite becoming a problem, too. "There are always five or six players for whom you develop an intense hatred," says the otherwise friendly-looking Price.

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A reward system will give out bonus points for teamwork, which can be used to earn persistent rewards, to level up, etc. More on that in the next few months. "Bottom line...we think it's going to be breaking new ground for the PS3," he says of competitive action, "but that's just a quarter of the game".

16:49 By Robert Purchese

Reeves is back, offering Price a special thanks for turning up at all their events. "Not only that, but he always delivers the games on time," he says. Reevesy moves on to Metal Gear Solid 4, reiterating its 12th June worldwide date. Exclusive MGS4 bundle will be happening - 40GB, but it looks like the regular black PS3, not the fancy silver one, judging by the pack art.

16:51 By Robert Purchese

Not sure the kids will like that one, Reevesah. Anyway, onto MotorStorm, the original of which sold more than 3 million copies worldwide. MotorStorm Pacific Rift is of course on-screen now, promising "raw, thrilling off-road racing" in "stunning" environments. Here's Paul Hollywood, the game's creative director. He's "pumped up", according to Reeveso.

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MotorStorm's great because it's "brutal" and the player is always at the centre of it, Hollywood reckons. Uh-oh, it's no ordinary sequel, apparently. "We've added ultra-aggressive AI", lots of attack manoeuvres, and dangerous and unpredictable events. Such as my internet connection failing constantly.

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Hollywood is hamming it up, promising a "dangerous and unpredictable foe" in "the island", which we're seeing from the air. Inspiration came from Hawaii. Bet that was a good research trip. It's got volcanoes, waterfalls, swamps, etc. "This is MotorStorm, so no Hula". And definitely no Elvis.

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"The island is now your greatest enemy, challenging you to hack your way through thick vegetation; teeter on the edge of towering cliffs; plough through tropical waters; and escape the deadly volcanic interior." I can do full quotes with Hollywood because he's pausing for effect and FX. We're being shown a pre-alpha, 40 percent complete track - one of the game's 16.

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"This is not just a pretty backdrop." It's a Marks & Spencer backdrop? No, but it does have interactive vegetation. It also fights back, apparently, so shrubs will take you down if your vehicle isn't big enough. However, smaller vehicles can follow big ones through vegetation. Water also won't be just a backdrop, and has forces, flows and buoyancy.

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Obviously it also provides drag, and cools down the engine temperature a bit like Excite Truck. "And let's not forget, MotorStorm is still a racing game." 20-vehicle races. They're showing it and, again, it's clearly not finished (water interaction with wheels, for instance), but it's still quite handsome, and we're promised lots of unique vehicles too.

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A new class: the monster truck! Yay. It's "a climber" as well as a racer, and it can sprint, but cornering is difficult. It's also a predator, fit for crushing smaller vehicles. You're not here just to race, but to bully. There'll be four-player split-screen as well as the usual online, he adds. "This is not Redneck Racing, Baja or Rally."

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After an extended version of the CG trailer we all saw before. We can play it today in one- and two-player options, says Hollywood, so we will. "Finally in this section," says Reeves, returning, he'd like to show us a new cutting-edge game. Mirror's Edge, of course.

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Sean Decker, EA DICE's general manager is here to show it off. "This platform really allows us to make our vision of what the game is." Good then. He's explaining the game's back-story - about couriers who operate atop buildings in an oppressed city where communication is otherwise monitored. Faith, your leapy heroine, is in trouble, having uncovered a conspiracy.

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The European gentleman to my left keeps looking at my loud clacky keyboard grumpily. If he does it too many more times I'm going to smash his head in using a unique first-person perspective for all my actions as an homage to Mirror's Edge. Now we're getting an in-game ME trailer, which will be on PSN later this week in high definition.

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Ah Mirror's Edge. Very blue and pretty. Cutlack would love it. And the red which guides you through the city by hinting at interactive objects. Good use of pigeons there. Some sort of fire engine glimpsed on the ground. A yellow wall, lots of glass. No obvious motorbikes, however.

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Kicking and shooting as Faith dives around, but you won't spend the whole game doing that, as you may remember, since running around carrying guns impedes movement. The music's very nice, too. "Ladies and gentleman I give you Mirror's Edge," says Decker, actually giving us Reevesy back.

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"With the excitement of the Sony-sponsored Champions League reaching its climax," he says, switching to how Sony interacts with sport... we're going to focus on motorsport and football. On the track, GT is "rightly regarded as the world's best driving simulator". A Dutch man behind me says "no" quietly.

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It's already sold over 1.5 million copies in PAL territories, though, Dutch-man. So there. And racing is more than a game, says Reeves. "For a true PlayStation experience, we need more" than GT TV, he says. A collaboration with Nissan, he's announcing a competition of some sort.

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We're getting the "ultimate competitive driving test", the Nissan GT Academy. The prize is for two people to get a four-month real-life racing tutorial followed by a race in January 2009 - the Dubai 24-hour race.

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Weird. We've now got a Nissan exec, who doesn't get a nice on-screen card with his name on it, but he's called something like Simon Spry. Probably not exactly that. He's a talking press release so far. Ah good, a GT Racing Academy video. WITH LOUD MUSIC.

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So far it looks like normal GT5 Prologue, but with video of real-life racing in-between. Great. Launching May 23rd on PSN, he says. I expect they'll clarify all that in a press release. "Every round of the GT Academy will be filmed and made available on the PlayStation Network," says the returning Reevesy, and they're going to take a few journos along to report. Pick me!

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He's talking about Sony's involvement with FIFA on the Interactive World Cup. There's some video of famous footballers like Shrek and Reevesy is on about the tournament itself, which has been reduced to 32 finalists from over 25,000 participants, and will be decided in Berlin soon.

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"It will not have escaped your attention that earlier this year Blu-ray emerged as the key winner in the next-generation disc battle. This was due principally to the large number of PS3s in the market," he says. There are over 5 million European Blu-ray devices, he says. And he's moving onto BD LIVE. This is going to revolutionise something or other that I missed while I was rebooting my net conn.

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Someone from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is here. "Thanks to PlayStation's support, Blu-ray software sales in Europe are approaching 3.5m." So there are more Blu-ray devices than disc sales? Well anyway, 1.4m this quarter. More than 34m homes in Western Europe have HDTVs now too, he says, as someone breaks stuff loudly off-stage.

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The first BD LIVE titles were Walk Hard and The 6th Day, and over 20 percent of people who bought those in the first week activated the BD LIVE services, he says. On 16th June, we'll get our first BD LIVE-enabled disc outside US, with Men In Black in "selected international markets".

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Now we're getting a video of what BD LIVE is, because it's "changing the way that you watch movies". Spider-Man 3 will have it, apparently. It's got bookmark features for saving favourite scenes, and a "Blu meter" for showing you where you are in the film as you skip around. Close Encounters of the Third Kind will do it too and The Water Horse. There's a Water Horse Virtual Pet.

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Baron Munchhausen will have pop-up trivia. Men In Black will have "a fortune-telling Frank the Pug". You can compete in some sort of quiz against friends. Walk Hard will let you download bonus content not available on the disc. Vantage Point will let you change POV and has picture-in-picture GPS tracker.

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Sounds like a load of old cock to me, but then I don't believe in the future. I still watch videos in SD and don't have any hats made out of the wool of cats. Our Blu-ray friend is done, and Reeves returns. His name was Simon too, apparently! Thanks Dave.

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He's going to announce more details on "Go! View", Sony's joint venture with Sky. It launches on 30th June and is the "first official video download service for the PSP of its kind in Europe". It will have movies and TV content. It will be available as a subscription model or on a pay-per-view basis. Now we're getting a video demo.

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Five simple steps, apparently. Choose what you want to watch, download it to your PC, transfer it to the PSP, watch it whenever you want. That was four steps. Five is presumably "delete it when it expires". There'll be sport, such as football and rugby. More info at www.gopspgo.co.uk apparently. It's just for PSP in the UK, but it will also launch "on the continent" next month.

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"It's also no secret that we'd like to launch a similar service on PS3...so watch this space."

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Media Server Capability is the subject of Dave's next, er, subject. Because, did you know, you can stream stuff from your PC to your PS3 in the living room. Now he's on about social gaming, and he claims Sony "kickstarted this social revolution" with EyeToy and Dance Dance Revolution. Did you.

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"Then we took it further with the likes of SingStar and latterly Buzz." SCEE sales of EyeToy - 6.7m, SingStar - 12m, Buzz! - 6 million. Sony's strategy for the PS2 stuff has been to expand and increasingly localise, and he reckons this worked well, with localisation into 14 languages.

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We'll find many titles on the show floor reflecting this, he says, including EyeToy Play Heroes, which even comes with a toy sword. Pom Pom Party is "for those girls with a passion for pom pom shaking". Finally in this section, echochrome. Our review's up tomorrow. Will we like it?

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"Echochrome has been described as a 20th century Rubik's Cube," Reeves reckons. We'll see. With a video. Of a man and a woman being lifestyle in a lounge, suggesting things to each other. Ooh, she's taken out her PSP while he plays on the PS3. There are people in pink body suits rolling an apple around whitewashed Ikea furniture.

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I think he may have said "21st century Rubik's Cube," since that would actually make sense. Anyway, "there you have it, echochrome, it is fiendishly addictive". Moving on again to SingStar, the "musical introduction to PlayStation, combining as it does [singing, showing off and vomiting]".

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Now he's praising Guitar Hero and Rock Band for broadening the music game market. Sony has undertaken a Europe-wide search for up and coming music talent, under the banner of "Movement", which will introduce PS3 owners to "some great new unsigned acts" from across the continent. The presenters Spencer and Martin will be touring in a VW Combi. Brilliant.

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Here's a sneak peak of the first leg of their road trip. They're singing. "Two guys in a camper van / Driving round Europe in a camper van". I reckon, if I really try, I can sever my jugular vein using a Bluetooth USB key. At least the music is alright, assuming you like stuff from now, and don't instinctively hate everything that isn't by Belle & Sebastian or other effeminate rockers.

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Reeves is now talking up PlayTV. It launches in September and will retail at EUR 99. Someone drops something. A key focus is to deliver a high level of connectivity, says Dave. Every programme recorded on the PS3 hard drive can be exported to the XMB and stored there with other videos.

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Any content can be watched using Remote Play he says, as everyone wonders if they've sorted out the watching-at-the-same-time-as-gaming thing. He doesn't say, just moves on to Go!Explore, which launched in a few European territories last week. It's a state-of-the-art sat-nav system, doncha know.

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Lots of extra content can be had from the PC Store for PSP. "Starting in the summer, you can expect to see electronic versions of classic UMD titles for download directly to your PSP." Somewhat ill-advisedly, they illustrate this with box art for Gran Turismo 4 Mobile, which has never been released.

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He's referring back to his speech at Leipzig last year. It was good for me too, Dave. He reckons they've delivered on promises made last year, where they predicted sales of 4m units in their region, having hit over 5m. This can be "attributed to the quality of software that we are launching". "And now with exclusive titles such as Haze, LBP, Resistance, MotorStorm, customers are buying into PS3 as the ultimate gaming system".

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Over 3.2 million registrants on the European PSN, he says, having downloaded over 57m items from the PlayStation Store. He says he very much looks forward to reporting back at what he "hopes will become now an annual event". "The future we believe is looking very bright for PlayStation, so without further ado I think I should let you all go and explore the fantastic games."

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"So please ladies and gentlemen, go ahead and play." That's it. Sorry for the occasional tech problem, guys.