Sony Games Convention Conference Finished

Sony has finished giving what will be the only platform holder conference of the Leipzig Games Convention.

Among the announcements were a 160GB PS3, wireless keypad for PS3 controller, tweaked PSP for October, Heavy Rain and more.

There was also a weird German man that stage-invaded with a camera and microphone during a LittleBigPlanet demonstration towards the end. We found this very strange, although apparently he was some kind of German celebrity.

The transcript of our entire live text coverage of the conference follows.

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  • SeesThroughAll 6 years ago

    I'm disappointed that Team ICO didn't show anything.



    TGS.
  • actionfitz 6 years ago

    "They can't wait to see what gamers across the world will create. Someone should tell them it will be cocks, for the most part."



    heheh.

    its funny...because its true. :)

    /sigh
  • Widge 6 years ago

    That eyepet actually looks pretty MAD.
  • Widge 6 years ago

    Star Ocean 1 & 2 for the PSP too.
  • dave.k 6 years ago

    A few interesting things, but not much. Bring on Heavy Rain, I say! I'm disappointed that Team ICO didn't show anything. I'm really hanging out to discover what their next project will be like.
  • SeesThroughAll 6 years ago

    I will buy the keypad.



    Again, I think you'd be better off buying Logitech's BT keyboard. It is bound to drop price, especially now.
  • RedPanda 6 years ago

    was....was that YET ANOTHER SKU?



  • Dizzy 6 years ago

    >that press conference seemed really... really....... Lame.



    Guys.. Leipzig is *not* about big announcements.
  • makeamazing 6 years ago

    Well I give them credit for doing a conference even if they didnt have much new to say.
  • michaelius 6 years ago

    Well that and announced a PS3 with a bigger HDD....... Thrilling.



    The new SKU seems to be offering pretty amazing value at 450 euro compared to 80 gig one.



    And the music streaming thing is pretty interesting.
  • bad09 6 years ago

    @Widge



    Very true, Myself I was hoping for other things but I knew what it would be (and was right), but Sony did stir it up with the "we do have some 'other' announcements" comment, that was bound to get people wondering and hoping.



    When there are things you think Sony should (or could) be doing you can't help but hope (and pray!) when it comes to announcement time ;)
  • penhalion 6 years ago

    This is why neither Nintendo nor Microsoft have a conference at Leipzig. By the time this event comes around there isn't anything left to say!
  • Widge 6 years ago

    Well I called that, any ANYONE expecting anything new needs a slap in the face. With the amount of people pooling resources over the net, there is barely a surprise to give any more.

    Face it, we're going to hear about the same games that we already know about already for some time to come, across all platforms. Maybe one or two small nuggets of info here and there on new things, but nothing else. We all knew about Heavy Rain in advance, we all know about MAG, christ the GOW3 video was no surprise because we knew it was coming eventually.



    The only surprising games I've heard about recently have been on handheld, Resistance PSP, FFXIII Agito, GTA4 DS... you couldn't expect that.
  • captainrentboy 6 years ago

    ''Was an okay event. At least Sony had the balls to actually have a conference''



    It's not often the Sony defenders on this site make me giggle, but that was a good one :)

    How did they show balls by doing all that exactly? The conference was just plain old boring, they didn't just come out on stage performing death defying stunts, sword swallowing, fire eating and what not. No, they just regurgitated the same old crap we've been hearing for months now.



    Well that and announced a PS3 with a bigger HDD....... Thrilling.
  • bad09 6 years ago

    Not really anything to get excited about for me out of all that, a couple of 'slightly interested in' games (LBP and Heavy Rain) but that's it.



    Oh well never mind, I knew not to get my hopes up for something special being announced.
  • SpaceMidget75 6 years ago

    I LOL'd at the "mostly cocks" in LBP.
  • miiiguel 6 years ago

    er... I'm hateless. And I missed the "xbot"... ;)
  • DjFlex52 6 years ago

    DjFlex52, and you'd complain about them even if they gave you a million pounds for free. In fact, you're an 360 owner, why are you even in this Sony thread?



    @evilfoxhound



    I love you too, foxy! I didn't complain about Sony, I complained about you....teehee.

    Hmmm....I didn't know threads have exclusivity too ;)

    Maybe I'm here hoping they would entice me to buy a PS3 like they did to make me own my PS1 & 2.
  • lambtron 6 years ago

    "That Heavy Rain trailer makes it look a bit like that Johnny Quest game they had on that Saturday Morning TV show when a kid would ring in and use the buttons on their touch tone phone to control him.. "



    By all accounts its Dragon's Lair in 3D.
  • miiiguel 6 years ago

    "You'd defend Sony even if they spitted in your face ;) "



    I can't even do that with my football team. lol.
  • ronuds 6 years ago

    It does take balls to continuously announce the same things you're being mocked for over and over again.
  • DjFlex52 6 years ago

    Was an okay event. At least Sony had the balls to actually have a conference.



    @evilfoxhound



    You'd defend Sony even if they spitted in your face ;)
  • ronuds 6 years ago

    I didn't really expect much from this conference, but Sony did play it up beforehand as if it would have been better than this.



    I think they've been using the same script for these conferences for the last 3 years.
  • asphaltcowboy 6 years ago

    lol @ drumbaby
  • miiiguel 6 years ago

    Well at first it was blig_merk_weirdo existence who kept reminding me not to get a PS3, but Sony is also helping.



    edit: If I can *not come* to EG for a month or so, I think I'll fall for one.
  • drumbaby 6 years ago

    Better than Msoft and Ninty's showings at this event. They were a right load of shit.
  • mungolikebeans 6 years ago

    Is your ex actually 12 years old or something?
  • mkreku 6 years ago

    Don't laugh at Singstar Disney! I just told my ex about it and she went apeshit. It's exactly what she's been longing for for a couple of years. She was actually planning on making her own Disney compilation once she got hold of a Playstation 3 (she has a Playstation 2 right now).



    And Heavy Rain sounded good.
  • Artemus 6 years ago

    Rubbish.
  • frugtkompot 6 years ago

    Jesus, what a load of crap. A real, real dissapointing conference and a total let down for us, the gamers, Sony! SingStar Disney.. Enough with the damn "casual market" already, give us something juicy. If we only wanted announcements for games like that, we would have gotten a Wii.
  • DrDamn 6 years ago

    @Peteb

    Does look a little bit too un-interactive for my liking. Lets see. Nice and atmospheric.
  • presh 6 years ago

    that press conference seemed really... really....... Lame.
  • peteb 6 years ago

    That Heavy Rain trailer makes it look a bit like that Johnny Quest game they had on that Saturday Morning TV show when a kid would ring in and use the buttons on their touch tone phone to control him..



    Graphics Look nice though
  • NorfolkNClue 6 years ago

    That was a pretty piss poor showing.
  • DrDamn 6 years ago

    Heavy Rain Footage ... http://www.gamersyde.com/news_69
    91_en.html ... looks to be what was just shown.
  • oreillymj 6 years ago

    So far, so predictable.



    No PS2 BC for newer PS3's



    No sign of video chat in the XMB or game invites.



    No sign of the promised wireless mics for Singstar. I thought Sony might actually get the finger out and make wireless mics since MS put them under pressure.



    And zero in the way of new game announcements. Just the same stuff we've been hearing about for the last year or so.



    Eurogamer, Ask Reevesy wtf is going on at Sony.
  • Kenshin001 6 years ago

    That was frankly bizarre.
  • peteb 6 years ago

    I suppose now we can understand why Nintendo and MS didn't bother putting on a conference
  • dingo75 6 years ago

    I can only speculate but I assume they wanted to show that even total noobs can play the game or something.
  • ScarboroughKID 6 years ago

    Pretty crap and pointless conference there.
  • ps3owner 6 years ago

    WTF!! that was it?!



    fuck you sony.
  • peteb 6 years ago

    This last bit sounds so awkward....
  • dingo75 6 years ago

    The strange man is "Elton" a not-funny wannabe comedian in Germany.

    Best is to ignore him like the SONY drone did.



    I want to apologize in the name of all sane Germans for this sad clown.
  • NorfolkNClue 6 years ago

    At the risk of making the writer's head swell, it's making me snort with laughter...especially the bit about them just ignoring each other and carrying on. Keep it up!
  • dingo75 6 years ago

  • B0MBJ4CK 6 years ago

    A Little Big Planet full o' cocks....
  • peteb 6 years ago

    @Norfolk'n'Clue



    I agree, I think its pretty funny actually. :D
  • NorfolkNClue 6 years ago

    @evilfoxhound - I think you're being too cynical about their cynical reporting. It's not that cynical - just a good dose of tongue in cheek of ol' dry british humour.
  • Widge 6 years ago

    LOL @ casual racism
  • NorfolkNClue 6 years ago

    Hey, at least this site is working now. Thesixaxis.com has gone off the air totally. it 404's on the root posting, let alone the GC2008
  • peteb 6 years ago

    that SingStar Turkish Party will sell like hot kebabs here in Germany. Pretty smart idea really.
  • asphaltcowboy 6 years ago

    LMAO @ "The kebab was completely burned."
  • ps3owner 6 years ago

    no refresh necessary, it does it for you.

    fuck this! it's not working?! WTF!
  • captainrentboy 6 years ago

    Ahhh eyepet, from the description it all sounds familiar.Remember when we were all amazed at the possibilities of that 'Eye Of Judgement' game? Then remember when it eventually came out and sold like 10 copies? You'd think Sony would've learned.

  • Widge 6 years ago

    ha, yeah, I am so not the Singstar market. Make DJ Hero and I'm there.
  • Widge 6 years ago

    yes! coverage is amusing, most amusing I've read to date!



    Heavy Rain is on, so hoping this means a proper trailer on PSN tomorrow?
  • Kenshin001 6 years ago

    Singstar Disney. What is this shit?
  • captainrentboy 6 years ago

    I'm guessing Eurogamer, being the fooking massive gaming website it is, makes a bit of money nowadays yeah? So I think that maybe it's time to fork out for some new servers, or whatever it is that's needed to make this place run a little smoother. Because whenever they have features like this the site basically plays up for the entire time it's running.
  • zuljin 6 years ago

    Disney. Singstar.



    Two words which will mean my flatmates will claim full use of the machine until the end of time. Shit.
  • captainrentboy 6 years ago

    Videos, Music, Videos, Music.... Music videos.

    The PS3's meant to be, y'know, a games console yeah?

    So far, so unexciting.
  • DrDamn 6 years ago

    29/10 for LBP? A Wednesday? Just over a week *after* the US release. Well done SCEE - you really pulled your fingers out there didn't you?
  • NorfolkNClue 6 years ago

    Lol, your reporters are sarcastic bastards. Good coverage so far! :D
  • NorfolkNClue 6 years ago

    Obviously your 'Speak your brain...' button is up the swanny too.
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  • Widge 6 years ago

    confirm a release date for LBP? I thought they had already. Or at least the month.



    I doubt there will be anything that new and exciting, as proved by E3, mainly since we spend forever sitting on here and absorbing the news the second it arrives. We know it all already pretty much!

    They days of wholescale surprises are gone really.



    *please do not beat me down if i get proven wrong
  • Widge 6 years ago

    confirm a release date for LBP? I thought they had already. Or at least the month.



    I doubt there will be anything that new and exciting, as proved by E3, mainly since we spend forever sitting on here and absorbing the news the second it arrives. We know it all already pretty much!

    They days of wholescale surprises are gone really.



    *please do not beat me down if i get proven wrong
  • the_dudefather 6 years ago

    @Wezi



    HURR HURR THE Pstripple DOESNT HAVE ANY GAEMS LOL
  • Wezi 6 years ago

    @mem, can you tell me the point of Sony releasing a PS3 without Blu-Ray? You wouldn't be able to play any games.



    So well done. You win the 'special kid' badge
  • captainrentboy 6 years ago

    A PS3 without a Blu-Ray drive? Are you fucking mental? :)

    That's the main reason I'm after one. Well that and Motorstorm and Resistance 2.
  • Moonprince 6 years ago

    SHAME NO ONE AT SONY WILL READ THIS...........



    Maybe they do but just think you're a twat ;)
  • johnnybrn 6 years ago

    Arbiter.



    'Actually there's a lot of very high profile PSP games on the way: Square by themselves have FF Dissidia, Agito 13, Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep, and a new Parasite eve. Then there's the stuff announced at E3 like the handheld Resistance title and Super Stardust portable.'



    Thats cool because I was thinking of selling my PSP. So when are these games coming out, any before Xmas and will Square release all these games in the west?
  • kissthestick 6 years ago

    PS3 ruuuuuuuuuuuuuuules
  • DrDamn 6 years ago

    I think you reduced their chances of reading it further by leaving your caps-lock on - well done.
  • NorfolkNClue 6 years ago

    I'm sick of LBP already too. Not even sure if it'll be any good - the same reservation I have about Spore actually. Great concept, but will it actually be fun?
  • ps3owner 6 years ago

    most of google's stuff is still beta as well :)



    just release HOME and slap a BETA next to it :)



  • the_dudefather 6 years ago

    I think they have confirmed an October release for LBP



    Home on the other hand seems to have a perpetually 'coming soon' beta
  • JYM60 6 years ago

    Will there be live footage online anywhere?
  • captainrentboy 6 years ago

    LBP and Home? What are these magical delights? Never heard of 'em....
  • Wezi 6 years ago

    *Fingers crossed for LBP beta!
  • DonnieDarko333 6 years ago

    I kinda agree..we've heard way too much about LBP and HOME..they should just confirm a release date now..and let them be hits..we should be told what new stuff is coming 2009 now..and if there is a new PSP..it really should be radically different..or don't bother in my opinion..
  • johnnybrn 6 years ago

    I get the feeling that by the time LBP and Home come out we will be sick to death of them



    Talk about hyping up two niche products. I really think that LBP will be wonderful game.



    As for the new PSP, cool but where are the games? I think that the PSP has alrady blown its load (with Crisis Core and GOW and not a AAA in sight)

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

16:02 By Robert Purchese

So here we are, just minutes (all right possibly a lot of minutes, judging by previous conferences) away from the start of Sony's Leipzig Games Convention conference.


16:02 By Robert Purchese

It's taking place in the middle of Sony's stand, which takes up a good portion of Hall 3. We've managed to get a seat in the VIP area. This is bound to be an improvement over last year's knee-jangling scenario.


16:02 By Robert Purchese

A voice just came over the tannoy and said, "The conference is about to begin."


16:02 By Robert Purchese

A man in a giant Buzz quizmaster suit is walking on the stage. "Oh yay" or "Oh no" depending on your perspective.


16:02 By Robert Purchese

Now they're showing a montage of game footage - WipEout, LittleBigPlanet, FlOwer - just a few seconds of each.


16:03 By Robert Purchese

Some sort of classical-techno music is playing in the background. Perhaps Vanessa Mae will make a surprise appearance!


16:03 By Robert Purchese

PSP games now - CocoReccho, Rago Doll Kung Fu. And on to PSN - Fat Princess, PixelJunk Eden I'm saying nothing.


16:03 By Robert Purchese

Ratchet's grinding down a rail - a new announcement perhaps? Or the PSN game they've just released?


16:03 By Robert Purchese

David Reeves has taken to the stage and welcomed us in both German and English. Wie gehst du, Dave?


16:04 By Robert Purchese

Now he's quoting Goethe - "a famous poet" who spent a lot of time in Leipzig. But Reeves wants to start with another poet quote.


16:04 By Robert Purchese

"Come writers and critics who prophesise with your pen, and keep your eyes wide the chance won't come again."


16:05 By Robert Purchese

It's "The Times They Are A Changin'" by Bob Dylan. "And don't speak too soon for the wheel's still in spin and there's no tellin' who that it's namin' for the loser now will be later to win for the times they are a changin'."


16:05 By Robert Purchese

Dave reckons Bob has a lot to tell us about PlayStation. "The losers very quickly become winners. We have known this, and no doubt others will too."


16:06 By Robert Purchese

But everyone's a winner as long as the industry grows, points out Dave - "most importantly, the gamers".


16:06 By Robert Purchese

No sign of Bob Dylan. Or Vanessa Mae.


16:06 By Robert Purchese

Now he's talking about what they said at E3 and London PlayStation day. Come on Dave, where are the "new and exciting" things you are promising?


16:07 By Robert Purchese

He's going to showcase LBP, Killzone 2, MotorStorm: Pacific Rift and Resistance 2. "Games you have seen showcased before," he helpfully observes.


16:07 By Robert Purchese

But wait! New games and technology too, says Dave!


16:07 By Robert Purchese

That will be coming "first to Europe" and everything!


16:07 By Robert Purchese

Time for the first announcement then. Last year, recalls Dave, they announced the Go! products for PSP at Leipzig. They've been a "huge success". PSP installed base is 13.4 million throughout PAL territories, and 41 million worldwide.


16:08 By Robert Purchese

Just noticed there are two Helghasts standing by the stage. Perhaps they are Bob Dylan's copyright lawyers come to take Dave away.


16:08 By Robert Purchese

It's a new iteration of PSP - the PSP 3000.


16:08 By Robert Purchese

There's a pic on screen and Dave is holding one. It's Piano Black like the others. Smoother edges and corners.


16:09 By Robert Purchese

"A couple of added features", but as slim and light as the Slim and Lite.


16:09 By Robert Purchese

"We will be enhancing the LCD screen. What this actually means is we have taken the already high quality screen and increased the intensity and number of colours it can display."


16:10 By Robert Purchese

The result is crisper colours with more intensity and less glare when you're out in natural light, apparently.


16:10 By Robert Purchese

"It's really impressive," says Dave.


16:10 By Robert Purchese

Plus PSP 3000 will include a built-in microphone - to help establish PSP as "a viable communication device".


16:10 By Robert Purchese

As long as you're in a Wi-Fi area you'll be able to use Skype and Go!Messenger to contact people.


16:11 By Robert Purchese

Slim and Lite is still important, though.


16:11 By Robert Purchese

PSP 3000 will launch on 15th October in EMEA territories. It will cost EUR 199.


16:11 By Robert Purchese

There will be eight bundles, all at EUR 199: FIFA, Harry Potter, Buzz and Go!Communications bundles will all be on offer.


16:12 By Robert Purchese

Slim and Lite will be available as a standalone product for EUR 169, for "a limited period of time".


16:12 By Robert Purchese

And that's it for PSP 3000 - he's on about Sony Online Entertainment now.


16:13 By Robert Purchese

SOE is joining SCE with three titles: The Agency, DC Universe Online, and Free Realms - as we knew.


16:13 By Robert Purchese

For the first time, SCE will be publishing and distributing SOE's PlayStation games, including the distribution of their PC versions. Dave is a lot more excited about this than most people in the room, I'd wager.


16:13 By Robert Purchese

"New revenue streams as a result," says Dave. Ah, that's why he's excited.


16:13 By Robert Purchese

We're going to take a quick look at the three games, apparently. Montage time!


16:14 By Robert Purchese

Free Realms first. Looks a bit like a cross between The Sims and a nightmare I once had.


16:15 By Robert Purchese

The Agency - lots more explosions and rock music. And now it's DC Universe Online. Superman and Wonder Woman are doing some posing, not in an erotic way.


16:15 By Robert Purchese

And it's over. "Good," says Dave.


16:15 By Robert Purchese

He probably didn't mean it like that.


16:16 By Robert Purchese

Sony wants to "try new things", says Dave. Just make sure you and your partner are in a relaxed environment and it's a good idea to have a safety word, Dave.


16:16 By Robert Purchese

"It's a strategy that is in full swing." Saying nothing.


16:17 By Robert Purchese

"PS3 has had a great year - sales have grown enormously." To over 14 million worldwide, apparently, and 5.8 million in PAL territories. The 6 million barrier is "within our sights by the end of this month".


16:17 By Robert Purchese

The 80GB PS3 will launch this Friday, one week ahead of schedule, as rumoured. Australia and New Zealand will get it on the 28th though. It will cost EUR 399.


16:18 By Robert Purchese

He's announcing a 160GB PS3 to launch on 31st October. Halloween.


16:18 By Robert Purchese

It will be the same spec as the 80GB but with the extra hard drive space, and priced at EUR 449.


16:19 By Robert Purchese

That will include EUR 70 of additional downloadable content, "to be announced closer to the release date".


16:19 By Robert Purchese

By the look of the box on screen, it looks just like the other PS3s.


16:19 By Robert Purchese

PlayTV is launching on 19th September. "We're very excited," says Dave. Can't see any wee coming out or anything though.


16:19 By Robert Purchese

LittleBigPlanet is coming out on 29th October in PAL territories. The box features Sack Boy holding a globe. It's very cute.


16:20 By Robert Purchese

Now he's announcing that later this year, they will launch a wireless keypad for PS3.


16:20 By Robert Purchese

It looks like a Blackberry-style keypad that slots onto the top of the PS3 pad.


16:21 By Robert Purchese

"It's very compact, easy to use and detachable to Sixaxis and DualShock controllers." A slight fumble, but he's managed to slot it on and off the demo controller easily.


16:21 By Robert Purchese

There will be eight versions of the keyboard in PAL markets to support various language needs.


16:22 By Robert Purchese

The keypad will have a touch pad mode for mouse input. This is designed to make it easier to use the net browser, and "could be used in game development in the future".


16:22 By Robert Purchese

It looks not unlike the Xbox 360 pad keyboard, to be honest.


16:23 By Robert Purchese

Music now. They're doing a new service for 23 PAL countries, "free of charge". It's called Vidzone.


16:23 By Robert Purchese

Streaming music and video. It's separate to the PSN music service, which is still on the way.


16:23 By Robert Purchese

Vidzone is an additional feature that has been designed to offer "easy access" and allow PS3 to access "unlimited streaming of music on demand, totally free of charge".


16:23 By Robert Purchese

You will be able to browse and play content from your favourite artists or genre, or choose the latest or recommended videos.


16:24 By Robert Purchese

You can build and save a music library and create your own playlists.


16:24 By Robert Purchese

You will be able to access it via remote access PSP, and download ringtones to your mobile "for a very small fee".


16:24 By Robert Purchese

Vidzone is launching in early 2009. He's going to show us a video of it in action. "Bring Music to your PS3." It looks a bit like the iPlayer.


16:25 By Robert Purchese

"Send music straight to your mobile." No sign of pricing, just a "buy" button. The interface looks similar to the PSN Store, but it's green rather than blue. "Your own music channel on PS3."


16:25 By Robert Purchese

Dave's back. Oh no, graphs.


16:25 By Robert Purchese

There will be two services in PAL markets - music and movies.


16:26 By Robert Purchese

Vidzone will launch in Q1 next year. The Music download service for PSP and PS3 will launch in Q3 2009. Go!View, the Sky service, will launch in Q3 of 2008.


16:27 By Robert Purchese

A Video download service will launch next year. The US one. It's all a bit confusing and he's taken the slide away.


16:27 By Robert Purchese

"I'm sure you want to know about the games." Not half, Dave. "As we are in Germany, what better game to begin with than SingStar?" A PC RTS, perhaps?


16:27 By Robert Purchese

SingStar video. It's so lifestyle I may go blind from all the white. Microsoft had Duffy at their E3 conference. Can Sony top that? With Vanessa Mae perhaps?


16:28 By Robert Purchese

2.2 million downloads from the SingStore so far. Soon there will be functionality that lets you play tracks from SingStar PS2 discs on PS3.


16:28 By Robert Purchese

You can play all the tracks on your PS3. This feature will be delivered as a firmware enhancement this year, and will be included on SingStar PS3 discs from early next year. It's "sure to raise the roof at parties", says Dave.


16:29 By Robert Purchese

In Volume 3 of SingStar, there will be new artists including Michael Jackson and Barry Manilow. MANILOW.


16:29 By Robert Purchese

And The Ting Tings. Never mind the Ting Tings Dave. MANILOW.


16:29 By Robert Purchese

Another video. Billie Jean!


16:30 By Robert Purchese

ALL NIGHT LONG BY LIONEL RICHIE! Some kind of rapper. Fergie - The Black-Eyed Peas (not the ex-royal). Katrina and the Waves.


16:31 By Robert Purchese

The Ting Tings. WHERE IS MANILOW. No Manilow. Killer Queen.


16:31 By Robert Purchese

And now he's announcing SingStar Disney - with songs from The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast and Henry Portrait of a Serial Killer. Maybe not the last one.


16:31 By Robert Purchese

Cinderella, The Jungle Book, The Little Mermaid, etc.


16:31 By Robert Purchese

SingStar Disney is out this autumn and will be a huge hit with kids, says Dave.


16:32 By Robert Purchese

The first SingStar song packs are on the way - the first two will each feature five songs from Queen. They will cost EUR 6.99 and be out this September.


16:32 By Robert Purchese

The Helghasts have disappeared. Where have they gone? To kill the man who came up with the idea for SingStar Disney?


16:32 By Robert Purchese

"Something truly unique" now, says Dave. "EyePet."


16:32 By Robert Purchese

"This magical application" lets you adopt a virtual pet and watch as he or she comes to life in your living room.


16:33 By Robert Purchese

You can "stroke" them, "play with" them, or draw toys for them to play with in your living room.


16:33 By Robert Purchese

Some footage is being show. A frightening monkey-dog thing is bursting out of a lifestyle family's telly.


16:34 By Robert Purchese

The lifestyle boy claps and it jumps. He draws a car on a bit of paper, the monkey-thing colours it in and the lifestyle dad presses a button on the PS3 pad to turn it into a 3D wooden car.


16:34 By Robert Purchese

The monkey-thing is wearing a variety of outfits e.g. punk, dinosaur. I am not sure I understand the meaning of anything any more. EyePet is out next year.


16:35 By Robert Purchese

Another game now. "Tonight is the first time you have truly seen this game." It's Heavy Rain. David Cage, the president of developer Quantic Games, is taking the stage.


16:35 By Robert Purchese

We can't call him Dave too. We'll call him Cagey.


16:36 By Robert Purchese

He's banging on about how Quantic is based in Paris and they made Fahrenheit. Come on Cagey, show us the crying lady with the gun.


16:36 By Robert Purchese

Quantic wants to centre the game on "narrative and emotion", and "mature content" and "complex stories".


16:37 By Robert Purchese

However, it's got to be accessible to a broad audience too. No guns, cars etc. - it's about the emotional experience, empathy, contextual actions and moral choices. You will play the story instead of watching it; you will be the writer, director at the same time.


16:38 By Robert Purchese

They wanted to make a game where the story is told through players' actions, not cut-scenes. A picture of a crying lady is on the screen! That's more like it.


16:38 By Robert Purchese

"We think about it not like a videogame, but as a different kind of experience based on emotion." I once had a similar experience with Pac-Man World 3.


16:38 By Robert Purchese

Time for a trailer. "Actual gameplay footage," apparently.


16:39 By Robert Purchese

It's raining in what looks like a suburban US town. Kids skip about on porch step. A lady gets off a motorbike infront of the house and climbs through the window, which slams shut after her. She walks into the lounge. The windows are boarded up, mannequins are posed in strange clothes.


16:40 By Robert Purchese

There's a man in the house - they start fighting. He's got a knife. They face off across a table then into the bedroom. The scene ends abruptly, and cuts to the image of the woman's face when she was still outside the house, wet with her tears or the rain - it's hard to tell.


16:41 By Robert Purchese

"Full time 3D and playable," says Cagey. During the demo shape button icons appeared, suggesting context-sensitive play - a bit like Quick-Time Actions. Hmm. That's all Dave's got to share with us this year.


16:42 By Robert Purchese

"On numerous occasions we've accepted it was difficult for us with PS3," says Dave. "2008 has been a great year so far and we've every confidence... The only first now we care about is that PS3 is the first choice for gaming."


16:43 By Robert Purchese

Now he's handing over to the Sony Germany boss. I think it's the same man who sang with Die Toten Hosen last year. No sign of them though.


16:43 By Robert Purchese

He's talking in German. There are some amazing graphs on the screen. Yellow balls and red balls are rolling out of tubes to represent portable console sales. Or something.


16:44 By Robert Purchese

Now cylinders are rolling down a hill to represent the market share of TV-based consoles in Germany. It's all happening very fast. No idea. "Einer PlayStation."


16:44 By Robert Purchese

Another graph. This one looks like a windmill. Now some blocks are falling out of the sky. It's like Jack Tretton's LittleBigPlanet presentation at E3, except much more boring.


16:45 By Robert Purchese

More blocks are falling out of the sky. Something is totalling 8.5 million these days. No idea what.


16:47 By Robert Purchese

SingStar's very popular in Germany, according to the latest graph. Oh good, another SingStar video. Some white German people dressed as LA rappers are talking about how brilliant SingStar is. "I was making a kebab at the same time when I put the disc in, man. Sh*t man, the disc tells me I'm a rookie," say the English subtitles.


16:47 By Robert Purchese

"The kebab was completely burned."


16:47 By Robert Purchese

Now some more normal looking people are talking about how much they like SingStar. None of them are describing any disastrous kebab-related experiences. Have you ever burned a kebab while playing SingStar, Eurogamer readers?


16:48 By Robert Purchese

"Singing is always good," says a pretty lady. Oh no the white rappers are back. "The coolest thing is that you can download songs from the SingStar." It is hard to imagine The Game or 50 Cent saying this.


16:48 By Robert Purchese

"You know, SingStar Turkish Party! That would be so cool man!" What? Is this kebab-related? Or is this some kind of casual racism?


16:49 By Robert Purchese

No, they're serious. SingStar Turkish Party is on the screen.


16:50 By Robert Purchese

Time for a LittleBigPlanet video. Sackboy, dressed as a Roman centurion, drags a 3D heart over to his girlfriend. Now he's jumping around familiar-looking platforms, swinging on ropes, all the usual business.


16:50 By Robert Purchese

It's looking pretty, polished and cute, as always. The demo ends with Sackboy falling onto a smouldering block and being incinerated. Not so cute.


16:52 By Robert Purchese

The producer of LBP is on the stage now. "How is it going, Mr LittleBigPlanet?" says Mr Sony Germany.


16:52 By Robert Purchese

They're doing the "final touches" and are "doing the beta trials", apparently. "People are creating some truly fantastic things we didn't expect them to do." They can't wait to see what gamers across the world will create. Someone should tell them it will be cocks, for the most part.


16:54 By Robert Purchese

We're seeing four Sackboys in what looks like a big tent on the big screen. One's a cowboy, one's a lion, one's wearing a Russian hat and the other one's plain. What's going on? Someone has stormed onto the stage with a camera and microphone.


16:54 By Robert Purchese

He's interrupted the demo and shaken the hand of the LBP man and the Sony man. They look frightened. There is a lot of German talking going on.


16:54 By Robert Purchese

The TV man tries to talk to the LBP man in German but he doesn't actually speak it. Is this for real?


16:55 By Robert Purchese

Perhaps this man is big in Germany. Loads of press photographers are now taking pictures. This is weird. Now he's being invited to play LittleBigPlanet. It must be a setup.


16:56 By Robert Purchese

"I'm just going to ignore this guy and carry on," says the LBP man. "I can't understand a word you're saying but you smell beautiful," says the weird TV man. "Go on please with this perfect game."


16:58 By Robert Purchese

No idea what is going on here. The TV man doesn't seem to know either. "I have to destroy the bubbles, right?" he says. Yes, says the LBP man. You have to destroy them to get extra costumes. "Every single thing you can see here, you can make yourself."


16:58 By Robert Purchese

"Who could possibly have thought this was a good idea," says GamesIndustry.biz editor Phil Elliott, sitting next to me. "Sony," I reply.


16:59 By Robert Purchese

Another cameraman is filming the audience and shining a big light right in our eyes. Why? Just why?


17:00 By Robert Purchese

And yet the demo continues. The characters are jumping across flaming pits. "There are over 50 levels in the game," not including any you create yourselves. That will total "literally hundreds of thousands". LITERALLY.


17:00 By Robert Purchese

"The game is going to be fantastic," says the man who is making the game. "Only for PlayStation 3?" says the weird man. The LittleBigPlanet man has left the stage, trying not to look like he's running. There is some banter between the weird man and the Sony man. Now the weird man's off too. That was weird.


17:01 By Robert Purchese

"Auf Wiedersehen." And it's over.