TGS: Sony conference Finished

Earlier today. Kaz Hirai, president of Sony Computer Entertainment, delivered his Tokyo Game Show keynote address. What follows is the archive of our Live Text coverage of the speech, taking in all the key announcements. Be sure to check the Eurogamer frontpage for our condensed report.

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  • DAN.E.B 7 years ago

    the next gen starts when sony say so! 2008,2009???...........cant wait!!!
  • Monkey 7 years ago

    He's been asked if he's used the DualShock 3. "I've checked it, and I enjoyed the feel."



    Bow Chicka Bow Wow

    :)
  • Calgon 7 years ago

    Les: It's all in what you want to see...



    Take your own words of wisdom matey ;) , you have no idea in reality(also take note of my last paragraph)... 360 does have the best games, Wii really is lacking this innovative software promised. Unbiased traditional gamers notice this, the new to gaming crowd wont but even they might want more eventually.



    Face it, 360 (and PS3) is a big fat 'meh' for consumers.



    Did you mean none gamers with that?(because otherwise Id strongly disagree) maybe it would be a harder sell to them and yeah Wii is marketed from that very angle(its a smart idea, Nintendo made some big changes these past few years, I noticed with the DS but Wii is an even bigger change and it looks like theyve pulled it off so far). This misses my point completely though, they are also buying less games, and as I said alot of traditional gamers are finding less of the types of games they want there too. Nothing is certain yet, I care less about sales now though, theres loads of million sellers on 360 - that makes it a safe bet for both publishers and gamers like myself who will be buying based on whats offered and whats to come(the games, the hardware*power/performance wise* and the online, growing dev support and the attractive exclusive list).



    Lov3: You know I wouldnt have minded you quoting that if there wasnt a silly typo in there. No point in editing my original post now though :/
  • Lov3 7 years ago

    propaganda? Its called opinionion



    Take a big bite of my opinonion! Don't try and dissect it though, it'll just make you cry.



    Conference sucked, no UK price drop. Does kaz even know how much it costs here?
  • DjFlex52 7 years ago

    "NG Sigma looks better than NG2.. "



    eye doctor, please!
  • Les 7 years ago

    "Sony will crush 360 this TGS show."



    Only because MS did a pre-TGS session. Which, while not very impressive, was more impressive than the Sony one. Only bit of interesting news IMO is the ability to turn the PS3 on by network connection. Will definitely get a PSP now (and upgrade my PS3 HDD).
  • smoothn00dle 7 years ago

    Sony will crush 360 this TGS show. 360's biggest problem is it hardware. NG Sigma looks better than NG2..
  • Les 7 years ago

    "Have you seen the 360 lineup? Its already looking stronger IMO and they have been concentrating on this year which is one of the best for any console to date Ive seen."



    It's all in what you want to see...



    Face it, 360 (and PS3) is a big fat 'meh' for consumers. Right now it sells poorly and that's without much competition from the side of PS3. It will never be in a better position than it has been the last two years. By the end of 2008, there will be more Wii's than 360s and PS3s combined.
  • DjFlex52 7 years ago

    It's funny to hear again..."wait till next year".

    Many have said that X360 had a 1 year head start.

    Well, it's really going on 3 years now...2005, 2006, 2007 and I'm still waiting to buy a PS3 with games to play.

    I'm so glad I bought my 360 in Feb 2006 while I'm waiting (and i've never had rrod either)

    I don't care who wins the console war because by the time the PS3 gets rolling in 2009....i'll be tired of my 360 by then ;)

    I'll never buy a Wii...still hate the name...don't like the direction Ninty went and it's for fat girls, fat kids, grandmas with a side order of Mario/Zelda/Samus fans.
  • Les 7 years ago

    "I wonder if GT5 and FF13 will sell enough to turn PS3 into a success of some kind."



    GT5 might but FF13 will certainly not (at least in the West). For PS3 to be a success it needs to reach out to a broad demographic, like the Wii does. Singstar PS3 and the PS3 version of Buzz or the likes of LittleBigPlanet will determine the fate of PS3.



    The only thing MGS4 or FF13 can hope to achieve is convincing some 360 owners to get a PS3 as well. Hardly a recipe for success...
  • thegamesthething 7 years ago

    ' Asked whether Home is a game. "I like to call it an interactive game." '



    Makes sense, he is differentiating Home from MGS4, which will of course be a non-interactive game (or 'film', as we call it in Europe)
  • Scimarad 7 years ago

    It depends if by success you mean impressing the rabid fanboys who generally post in these threads. If so then the answer is a resounding 'NO!'; If they were interested in those game then they would already be hyped about them...
  • siro 7 years ago

    2/10 for this conference. I wonder if GT5 and FF13 will sell enough to turn PS3 into a success of some kind.
  • Moonprince 7 years ago

    Asked whether Home is a game. "I like to call it an interactive game."



    ...



  • 3william56 7 years ago

    Having the PS Store accessible from a PC is great news - means I can save my paltry download limit for Warhawk, and scoot the demos into a flash drive on Work's bandwidth.



    But has GT Prologue been determined as free or not yet? Because a swift download from the Jap store is in order if it's a freebee, and sod the Euro wait.
  • Calgon 7 years ago

    I think Vandrius talks a load of shit... it wasnt even that bad, propaganda? Its called opinionion and I only do this for the Press/dev events(well normally anyway :) - as a sort of update when warranted rather than telling people over and over I think "insert game/hardware here" is overrated/crap every day) ... unlike some who really are just trolls(granted its not just the Sony fanboys that do it but they are the worst and most numerous).



    I also think Vandrius was kind of complementing me with that bitter comment, although may not have realized it. :)
  • Vandrius 7 years ago

    I think Calgon spent a weekend writing 360 propaganda, and just has a big word document that he copies it out of whenever he gets the chance.



    Then he lurks, quietly stalking the web for a Sony-based thread to open up so he can pounce with pre-written junk and a slash of claws!



    Like a Tiger! Rawr!
  • niteninja 7 years ago

    eurogamer is rubbish gamespots got showfloor stuff from tons of games already
  • Calgon 7 years ago

    JYM60: @Calgon



    How can you type all of that at this time? :)



    With lots of typos and errors as usual :)
  • anonim1979 7 years ago

    Where is price drop?!

    Where is FF7 ?!

    Where are some new games?!



    What the hell was that conference?!

    TOTAL FAILURE....
  • niteninja 7 years ago

    no doubt about christmas 07 is microsofts year,even sony knows that thats why they will sit it out let halo 3 have its limelight then fire the big games next year.
  • Calgon 7 years ago

    niteninja only one exlcusive in that list the others going by current trends will most likely play and look better on 360. You are right though good games to be found on every platform this year(so hopefully there will be less bitching on here, well it probably not but it would be nice for change wouldnt it?), its not fair to compare with 360 at the same point because alot of the 3rd party developers were waiting for the others to join before completely switching focus(I dont see a blockbuster for PS3... say what you like about Gears but that the type of buzz Im talking about).
  • JYM60 7 years ago

    @Calgon



    How can you type all of that at this time? :)
  • JYM60 7 years ago

    Yeah it's pretty good.



    All the big hitters are next year though.



    Hope there plenty of new gameplay footage at the show which will hopefully even be on PSN. Not holding out for demos though. :)
  • Calgon 7 years ago

    Oh come on where is this bullshit coming from? 360 has all the fence sitters taking notice of where the best games are and the best online... I predict this year will be a good one for MS, theres just no way its slowing down if anything its just begun.



    I will watch some of the Sony conference but whats all this about 2008?(Im not seeing anything thats going to increase sales or change my mind about getting one... MGS3 and... MGS3, great 1 game, Drake seems a bit overated already from the gameplay Ive seen... a prettier Tomb Raider without the puzzles?) Have you seen the 360 lineup? Its already looking stronger IMO and they have been concentrating on this year which is one of the best for any console to date Ive seen.



    Well thats my take 2007 - 2008 is looking 360 all the way for exclusive must haves and all the 3rd party games which are still running better on 360.



    I think 360 will end up with America and Europe over PS3 but dont forget Australia and the other parts of Asia MS release the consoles in, it all adds up when your counting full region sales. I also think either Wii is going to dominate hardware sales or fall hard when people get bored of waiting for the serious games or this promised innovation... I think MS will do much better now the RROD is starting to clear up(shut it Bob, somethings not right about you lol) and they might be able to continue to dominate in software sales(except for DS but I think that should be seperate).



    Enough with sales predictions anyway, you can predict all kind of craziness pretending you know what everyone else wants or doesnt want but a look at this thread should tell you >you dont. IMO atleast: MS should have the best christmas sales... 1st choice 360, 2nd might be Wii later on in the generation but they will have to sort the games out(Mario games may be AAA but what if you dont "get" them and minigames are fun but I could only see myself buying one game like that which would cover the need for that type... SSBM? great fun was had on the GC but thats one game)

  • niteninja 7 years ago

    there is some quality this year though,call of duty 4,haze,unreal,ratchet,burnout,pr
    o evo,assassins creed,army of two,sega rally,need for speed,drakes fortune.
    thats a strong line up.
  • Drakron 7 years ago

    True, its the PS3 first year but it does show Sony is lost ... the PSP was shoved as a "PS3 accessory", they played the number figures again and what is "news" is not news ... we knew about rumble with the rest been shown before.



  • niteninja 7 years ago

    it would have been good if they showed evo studios new game,ive been told its groundbreaking but i guess nothing will appear on that until e3 next year.
  • JediMasterMalik 7 years ago

    Dissappointment overall, though I shouldn't have expected much considering last years. Then again, last year was all about the show floor, so let's hope at least that's impressive.
  • Psychotext 7 years ago

    @JediMasterMalik: Yeah, rumble + home + LBP beta confirmed. As others have said though, everything seems to be March next year.
  • Pulsar_t 7 years ago

  • JediMasterMalik 7 years ago

    Were you expecting them to announce something for the next few months?
  • Royal Fool 7 years ago

    Alright, I guess that's settled then. I'll be getting a PS3 next year with MGS4. No sooner...
  • Psychotext 7 years ago

    @niteninja: Seems I'll be holding off my purchase until 2008. (Well, that depends on when LBP is released!)
  • niteninja 7 years ago

    seems sony is holding everything back until 2008
  • JediMasterMalik 7 years ago

    That was rubbish.
  • MavSkipper 7 years ago

    "30 PS3 titles, 300 add-on items, 100 game archives and 90 demo movies on the Japanese store."



    we don't even have a third of that in the UK...
  • JYM60 7 years ago

    Home delayed, GT not here till 08. FFS Sony!
  • allen 7 years ago

    no prologue before christmas for us then i assume.
  • allen 7 years ago

    " Originally they thought it would be very difficult to have tilt and rumble. "We have been able to overcome this difficulty" "



    cough lawsuit overcome
  • Number1Laing 7 years ago

    I want to get a PS3 this year... will they start putting the DS3 into boxes? I don't want that ass Sixaxis.
  • WanderingIssun 7 years ago

    Dualshock 3! \o/
  • WanderingIssun 7 years ago

    They've just added the PS Store to the JP PS website... apparentely you can buy games from your PC.



    Here: http://www.jp.playstation.com/st
    ore/
  • Machetazo 7 years ago

    Afrika: No good without images :(
  • allen 7 years ago

    aww they showed afrika again.. bet that cheered someone up ;p
  • niteninja 7 years ago

    wow the psp can turn the ps3 on its like the most pointess thing ever.
  • JediMasterMalik 7 years ago

    Turning on the PS3 through remote play is excellent.
  • WanderingIssun 7 years ago

    I don't know how many announcements and games we'll see... this is a keynote not a press release... ;_;
  • niteninja 7 years ago

    more charts and stats show games
  • WanderingIssun 7 years ago

    There's dancing leprechauns though.
  • niteninja 7 years ago

    bullshit charts and stats fuck
  • niteninja 7 years ago

    school girl outfit fantastic better get the wife to try some kinky shit like that.
  • WanderingIssun 7 years ago

    Random tidbit: 1UP says they got "FF7" is listed at the Square Enix theater!
  • Drakron 7 years ago

    Well in replacement of a live feed they could just show footage of highschool girls in their sailor fuku uniforms ...
  • niteninja 7 years ago

    hope we dont get an hour of charts and stats.
  • JYM60 7 years ago

    Text adventure it is then.
  • WanderingIssun 7 years ago

    Yes but with video we could actually see what's going on!
  • Machetazo 7 years ago

    Even if there were, wouldn't it be better to wait for the version with English subs? Kaz is bound to be speaking in Japanese, I would have thought.
  • WanderingIssun 7 years ago

    Not that I know of...
  • IMO 7 years ago

    Any live video?
  • WanderingIssun 7 years ago

    It begins! \o/
  • WanderingIssun 7 years ago

  • MavSkipper 7 years ago

    so i'm guessing it hasn't started yet...
  • Razz 7 years ago

    Ready and waiting
  • WanderingIssun 7 years ago

    I can't believe I got up for this. ;_;
  • electrolite 7 years ago

    "As I see it neither the PS3 nor the 360 are selling particularly well at the moment. Why? Because it's not the season for console sales. The Wii kinda bucks the trend a bit, but then Nintendo controlled supply to the extent that they were hard to come by so it's no surprise that folk are snapping them up now they can"



    Aye, that's it. Nintendo are winning the current gen sales race by controlling supply, not because it appeals to far more people than the HDTV-obsessed other consoles do
  • GamesConnoisseur 7 years ago

    zerolight +1



    Many of us here are multi-plat owners, but still the arguments rages that one console will pwned the other. Pointless.



    X360 is the console to own for hardcore gamer at this point of time, that is the given opinion by many others, but its weakness is that its not that appealing for in other words 'non-hardcore gamers'. So be it.



    I weakened and bought PS3 after orginially saying that I will wait out until price reduction for it unmissable exclusives. Hell, I ll kill myself if I miss any of platform exclusives but PS3 is still a good console in its own right, what most people have issue with is Sony's hype and attitude.



    The languages coming from Sony from last year and now few months post launch is quite different and all the better for it. They can be so many 'rumble is past gen', 'True HD starts when we say it start' for us to swallow whatever the marketing/lawsuit reasons.



    Not going to be staying up but still looking forward to reading the summary when getting breakfast and hoping for exciting news to excite us.

  • sugapunk 7 years ago

    Will everyone stop writing essays defending their consoles of choice. The conference hasn't even started yet and we have 75 fanboy wars comments.



    And Der Tolle Emille, stop rabbiting on.
  • Charroux 7 years ago

    @ronuds "It would certainly benefit the 360 to get some games like Wii Sports on their system, but the PS2 didn't really have many of those types of games either and did pretty well. "



    Well if we're talking about "casual" games the PS2 had/has loads. Singstar, Guitar Hero, Buzz, Eyetoy, etc...
  • ronuds 7 years ago

    It would certainly benefit the 360 to get some games like Wii Sports on their system, but the PS2 didn't really have many of those types of games either and did pretty well.



    Plus, don't forget XBLA isn't shabby either.
  • Isere 7 years ago

    ''But maybe im reading you wrong.''



    @ George Roper





    Love is blind mate.

  • Der_tolle_Emil 7 years ago

    If you look at Wii Sports as a sports game for example then there's no diversity at least not more than on the 360. Wii Sports however is no ordinary sports game. It's probably it's own market right now. Wii Fit will do the same. Singstar has done the same and will do that again.



    I am more talking about diversity like in how the games are made and for which audience they are made. The 360 covers golf as well as tennis as a genre but they are clearly made for a certain audience. The approach of the games is completely different (comparing Wii Sports tennis and Virtua Tennis) and I am not only talking about the controls here. Both games are Tennis games but aiming for a completely different experience. It's those special light hearted, pick up and play type of games that have more chance attracting people who are not interested in games than the games on the 360 for example. Just look at Wii stands around expos and how many people are there, all age groups, male and female. Nintendo targets people who want to pick up a game, play for half an hour and be done with it. Nintendo targets people that usually won't go near a console with their Brain Training franchise and it works because it's far away from the 'traditional' game. Wii Fit will also target people who have no idea about games or consoles. And, like it or not, Nintendo's consoles are a lot more children friendly than the 360.



    I really can't describe it any better but the 360 really is made for the 'hardcore'. It has little to no appeal for casual gamers - except for the movie tie ins I cannot think of any game that might be appealing for kids.



    This is the diversity I am talking about. You shouldn't look purely at the genres because the 360 does have a lot of genres covered. You should look at how the games are made though as you can then clearly see who the target audience is.
  • niteninja 7 years ago

    I know paul at evo studios,Hes lead director on the new game,his mums really sound she tells things.

    Hes been to peru and japan doing photography from a helicopter seems like the new game will be all about mountain racing.

    Just have to wait and see.



  • Khanivor 7 years ago

    WAKE UP!!!
  • niteninja 7 years ago

    Yes they will I can tell you evolution studios is working on a massive project that will fill a 20 gig bluray disc,how does driving away from a volcano getting chased by lava sound.



    Shit what did I just say.



  • George-Roper 7 years ago

    @UncleLou



    Refining it right down, the 360 covers all the variety that the other consoles do. It seems to me that it doesn't have the correct *style*, given your examples. That's very different to it not checking all the variety boxes.



    I mean, it really does look like you're saying the 360 doesn't have Nintendo or Sony icons, thus doesnt have variety. But maybe im reading you wrong.

  • smelly 7 years ago

    "But what happens next year when games demand 20 to 30 gig space on the disk,"



    They wont.
  • UncleLou 7 years ago

    Is it only a negative for Microsoft to lack diversity? Or is it ok for different things to focus on different areas of the market, and try to do that really well?



    It's not a problem for a gamer who is happy with it - like I said, it's more of an economical problem for Microsoft, if anything. I really don't mean it as a negative thing, it's just an observation.
  • niteninja 7 years ago

    People slated bluray and rightfully so,but what happens next year when games demand 20 to 30 gig space on the disk,Where does the 360 go once the ps3 games start using bluray games to the max.

    Thats going to happen in the very near future.
  • UncleLou 7 years ago

    Do you really think the 360 caters for all gamers' tastes? I'd say if you're not into shooting, racing and sports games, the library is looking decidedly less stellar. Now I like shooting and racing games (despite not owning a 360, but that's a different story), but the kind of gamer whose last-gen favourites were games like, say, Ico, Jak & Dexter, Zelda: WW, Psychonauts etc. isn't too well served. Not that he'd be better off with the PS3 or Wii at the moment, but to say the 360 doesn't have a diversity problem if it wants to expand beyond its core audience (that is, pretty much Xbox 1 and a part of PC gamers) is a little optimisitc.



    The 360 also has a bit of an awareness problem in continental Europe. It's selling well in the US and the UK, but not really much elsewhere.
  • George-Roper 7 years ago

    @UncleLou



    "It doesn't lack diversity either.



    Not for you, no. Because you're at the core of its target audience. That's not what Emil is saying though. Yes, the 360 has a great lineup for male "hardcore" (in lack of a better word) gamers in a certain age group - but not much else. Which is why it has trouble expanding beyond that market. Their attempts to do that - mainly Viva Pinata - pretty much bombed, sales-wise - probably because one game isn't enough.



    That's absolutely not any dissing of the 360 or its software library, it's more an economical problem for Microsoft than one for already happy 360 owners"



    Still can't see what this 'diversity' is that you're talking about, though? Define 'diversity' for me.
  • Khanivor 7 years ago

    How many PS2 had been sold when it cost 200 quid?
  • Der_tolle_Emil 7 years ago

    I'm sorry, did you even fucking see the sales figures for last month?



    No I didn't. I'm just repeating what I have gread on gamesindustry.biz and other informed news pages.



    George Roper:



    Well, imo, you couldn't be more wrong. Where M$ have it right is that they're creating GAMES for GAMERS. That's where the 360 is shining. It's a games console and it does its job amazingly well.



    It doesn't lack diversity either. To imply that diversity = a gimmicky controller method, that most games end up having shoehorned into them, is so completely wrong I don't know where to begin.



    I didn't mean that it's a bad thing that the 360 doesn't target more gamers. I am very happy with the 360 games so far and I am really looking forward to PGR4 and Mass Effect.



    I was more commenting on the installed base of 10million consoles. Microsoft sure did a great job with the 360 - it certainly had and still has rough competition entering the games console market (even more with the original xbox). I was aiming at the fact that while 10 million units certainly is a great number but console sales alone is not everything: It's about market share. The 10 million units sold simply doesn't look very impressive compared to other consoles. It's pretty much on par with the original xbox which is another sign for me that MS simply can't reach more players than their current audience.



    In no way did I mean to belittle MS or the 360 and god forbid sound like a PS3 or Wii fanboy. After all I own a 360 and I really don't care how much it sells as long as I get to play the games on it that I want.



    The point is though that the 10 million units sold is a weak argument. What the 10 million really mean is that MS has managed to not do worse than they did with the xbox and nothing more. It's nowhere near PS2 sales (never will be) and it certainly isn't enough to compete with the Wii and by the end of 2008 it just might be not enough anymore to be second looking at market share. Right now I'd say the 360 is doing fine - much better than many expected. I just don't see anything that will keep the 360 in the race in 2008. Eventually it will stall at 12, 13 mill or so (wild guess, could be totally off) but as onyxbox summed up well: "by the end of this year 360 will have blown it's load before ps3 has even finished with the foreplay."
  • mkreku 7 years ago

    That damn Singstar has a firm grip on my household :(
  • VMerken 7 years ago

    Excuse me, is this the place where they're going to play the fireworks?
  • UncleLou 7 years ago

    It doesn't lack diversity either.



    Not for you, no. Because you're at the core of its target audience. That's not what Emil is saying though. Yes, the 360 has a great lineup for male "hardcore" (in lack of a better word) gamers in a certain age group - but not much else. Which is why it has trouble expanding beyond that market. Their attempts to do that - mainly Viva Pinata - pretty much bombed, sales-wise - probably because one game isn't enough.



    That's absolutely not any dissing of the 360 or its software library, it's more an economical problem for Microsoft than one for already happy 360 owners.
  • onyxbox 7 years ago

    @Der_tolle_Emil



    I think a lot of what you say makes sense. As much as I love the 360's games I think looking at it objectivley by the end of this year 360 will have blown it's load before ps3 has even finished with the foreplay.
  • Walshicus 7 years ago

    "The 360 is at its peak or close to it. Sales are slowing down"

    I'm sorry, did you even fucking see the sales figures for last month?
  • George-Roper 7 years ago

    @Der_tolle_Emil



    "The 360 is at its peak or close to it. Sales are slowing down and let's face it - the line up looks very promising but I really don't see it expanding its audience. There isn't anything coming out that isn't already available in one form or another on the console. Halo 3 and Mass Effect (new IP) will probably be a system seller but mostly all of the other games cover genres that are already covered on the 360. Even new IP won't do much good.



    Looking at the PS3 and the Wii there's lots to come which will definetly attract new customers or at least gamers who have held back buying a PS3/Wii so far. Home is about to launch and on paper it looks like something that could sell consoles. Singstar (if not already available, I really don't know) is a strong franchise and so will be Final Fantasy. The Wii will sell loads again when Wii Fit will be released. I also think that Super Mario Galaxy as well as Super Smash Brothers will make Wii consoles fly off the shelf.



    The 360 however has pretty much played all of its cards. Bioshock is out, Halo 3 will be out next week, Blue Dragon is already out and most of the other franchises to be released simply don't look like games that will attract many more gamers. I don't doubt that Mass Effect or Ninja Gaiden 2 will be great games or sell very well but people who really want those games probably already own a 360.



    The console is lacking diversity in its lineup - the 360 already has made its point so to say, it has a clear image and that simply won't change anymore."



    Well, imo, you couldn't be more wrong. Where M$ have it right is that they're creating GAMES for GAMERS. That's where the 360 is shining. It's a games console and it does its job amazingly well.



    It doesn't lack diversity either. To imply that diversity = a gimmicky controller method, that most games end up having shoehorned into them, is so completely wrong I don't know where to begin.
  • SeesThroughAll 7 years ago

    IMO Sony have been copying Microsoft in what they shouldn't have.



    Whereas Microsoft have successfully pulled a Sony by doing their own PS2 launch.
  • Der_tolle_Emil 7 years ago

    The 360 is at its peak or close to it. Sales are slowing down and let's face it - the line up looks very promising but I really don't see it expanding its audience. There isn't anything coming out that isn't already available in one form or another on the console. Halo 3 and Mass Effect (new IP) will probably be a system seller but mostly all of the other games cover genres that are already covered on the 360. Even new IP won't do much good.



    Looking at the PS3 and the Wii there's lots to come which will definetly attract new customers or at least gamers who have held back buying a PS3/Wii so far. Home is about to launch and on paper it looks like something that could sell consoles. Singstar (if not already available, I really don't know) is a strong franchise and so will be Final Fantasy. The Wii will sell loads again when Wii Fit will be released. I also think that Super Mario Galaxy as well as Super Smash Brothers will make Wii consoles fly off the shelf.



    The 360 however has pretty much played all of its cards. Bioshock is out, Halo 3 will be out next week, Blue Dragon is already out and most of the other franchises to be released simply don't look like games that will attract many more gamers. I don't doubt that Mass Effect or Ninja Gaiden 2 will be great games or sell very well but people who really want those games probably already own a 360.



    The console is lacking diversity in its lineup - the 360 already has made its point so to say, it has a clear image and that simply won't change anymore.
  • George-Roper 7 years ago

    @smelly



    ">IF the 360 wasn't already in place in 10 million+ homes



    That's not many for 2 years..



    The ps3 has been out in europe for just over 6 months (by my reconning) - and it's sold over 4 million + already! "



    And, y'see, you're seeing 'only' 10 million+ consoles as a failure. Which, and let's be straight here, in terms of revenue off *game* sales, is not true. As you will see with Halo 3.



    If only 1/4 of those 360 owners bought Halo 3, how much profit can you imagine there will be, based on 2.5 million sales? And thats a conservative estimate, i'd imagine.



    Also, Halo 3 isnt going to sell because of advertising. It's going to be huge because, like it or not, it has a good heritage. It's the Halo1/2 players who will be bolstering the success of this title, not new gamers.
  • smelly 7 years ago

    Erm, the 360 hasnt sold more than 4 million in europe.. in 2 years..
  • SeesThroughAll 7 years ago

    The ps3 has been out in europe for just over 6 months (by my reconning) - and it's sold over 4 million + already!



    If you're only accounting for the time it's been out in europe, then account for sales in europe only as well... which is less than 2 million in 6 months. It optimistically extrapolates to about 8 million in 2 years, and that is not much either.
  • smelly 7 years ago

    >IF the 360 wasn't already in place in 10 million+ homes



    That's not many for 2 years..



    The ps3 has been out in europe for just over 6 months (by my reconning) - and it's sold over 4 million + already!

  • smelly 7 years ago

    "

    Sure, mate. Sure. Because that's why it's gonna kick every other 'next gen' game sales figure into a cocked hat, come next week, isn't it? Because it's a boring game. "





    Of course the fact microsoft are spending billions and billions on marketing has nothing to do with that.



    it'd sell shit loads even if msoft put a literal shit in a box.



    (not saying it will be shite.. i have no way of knowing.. going by halo 2 though...)

  • George-Roper 7 years ago

    @niteninja



    "This could be the turning point in the next gen war,ps3 has all its big guns loaded and ready to fire in 2008.

    The 360 is dead in the water in japan,sales are slowing down in europe its only fortress america now for the 360."



    Ooookk.



    IF the 360 wasn't already in place in 10 million+ homes and IF the 360 didn't have an impressive, existing, back catalogue of games and IF the 360 didn't have one HELL of a line-up in coming months, you may be right.



    Possibly.



    As it stands, what a crock of shit, LOL.
  • SeesThroughAll 7 years ago

    The Dualshock3 news aren't really that appealing to me. Having people buy from them controllers all over AGAIN, when they should have been rumbling from day one? If only they also announced a return promotion (for example, trade in your old sixaxis and get 30 euro discount on our new controller)...
  • George-Roper 7 years ago

    @smelly



    ""/waits for comment from somebody who bought Halo 3 today in Argos that they check out this conference after playing Halo 3 tonight."



    They're probably bored of it already... "



    Sure, mate. Sure. Because that's why it's gonna kick every other 'next gen' game sales figure into a cocked hat, come next week, isn't it? Because it's a boring game.



    Haha, you really can't stand the fact that the 360 rules the roost, can you.
  • GuiltySpark 7 years ago

    "Kaz Hirai on the future of PlayStation."



    Hmm, this shouldn't take long then
  • Apostle 7 years ago

    Not that hyped for the new controller. I need good games to play with it, that's what counts. Also, will they be updating some current games, like Warhawk and Motorstorm, with rumble? Would be nice.
  • niteninja 7 years ago

    This could be the turning point in the next gen war,ps3 has all its big guns loaded and ready to fire in 2008.

    The 360 is dead in the water in japan,sales are slowing down in europe its only fortress america now for the 360.

  • Kenshin001 7 years ago

    After the "fireworks" of Leipzig I am not expecting much. Rumble is a given, MGS4 will be the focus and that is about it.
  • smelly 7 years ago

    "/waits for comment from somebody who bought Halo 3 today in Argos that they check out this conference after playing Halo 3 tonight."



    They're probably bored of it already...

  • smelly 7 years ago

    Shit! Is it TGS already???

  • agparrot 7 years ago

    Cheers JMM - Yeah it was NY who MC'd the Gabbly hilarity last time.
  • JediMasterMalik 7 years ago

    gabbly, ask NY, he'll sort it.
  • agparrot 7 years ago

    What was that chatty thing some of us had a larf on for E3? began with a G? Might turn it on later, but will most likely be doing what I've be playing on my fledgling 360, which I am absolutely loving.
  • JediMasterMalik 7 years ago

    Not staying up, but expecting a couple of good things.



    /prays Fumito Ueda shows his game
  • Wrobel 7 years ago

    /waits for comment from somebody who bought Halo 3 today in Argos that they check out this conference after playing Halo 3 tonight.
  • MoGamer2006 7 years ago

    I reckon Kaz will appear on stage wearing formal samurai armour, then commit seppuku.



    As Kaz slowly bleeds to death, his second-in-command will read an official declaration of surrender to the superior Nintendo forces.



    "You're in command now, *Admiral* Iwata"
  • NewYork 7 years ago

    $ic$os$fT.
  • Walshicus 7 years ago

    Future's bleak Kaz; might I recommend transfering to the booze industry? ;)
  • JYM60 7 years ago

    I'll be up anyway, so I'll be checking out the news.
  • xAx 7 years ago

    is this when they announce they are backing out of the console industry?
  • DAN.E.B 7 years ago

    and you,re going to play GAMES on a PS3????
  • Lov3 7 years ago

    I am currently waiting, console-less, until they drop the price. I hope that's today's announcement.



    (Well, I have a 360, but I don't play it)
  • evild_edd 7 years ago

    *Applaudes Northy*



    Very good!!! :0)
  • viper_h 7 years ago

    Final Fantasy VII remake? Please?
  • Stormflood 7 years ago

    Go Kaz... PowerPoint FTW!!
  • Les 7 years ago

    "Get your sleep and find out in the morning instead."



    +1
  • Les 7 years ago

    "Sony will announce that it has removed the hard-drive, reinstated the emotion engine, reinstated rumble and removed both six-axis control and ps3 motherboard - all in response to consumer demand!"



    No need for that. They still sell the PS2 you know... ;)



    I hope they announce something LittleBigPlanet-like. Please no well known franchises in a HD update. I know that's not what the media is waiting for but it will pay off in the end.
  • holydrone 7 years ago

    Sony will announce that it has removed the hard-drive, reinstated the emotion engine, reinstated rumble and removed both six-axis control and ps3 motherboard - all in response to consumer demand!
  • Cloudane 7 years ago

    I think any sane person would be in bed rather than watching something that just about always ends up being a disappointment.



    Get your sleep and find out in the morning instead.
  • Carrybagma 7 years ago

    I don't think it would be trollish to say that I doubt there's anything of much interest worth staying up for.
  • Shinji 7 years ago

    BST is British Summer Time. It's an hour out from GMT.
  • Red-Moose 7 years ago

    0230 BST? What the fuck is BST?
  • WanderingIssun 7 years ago

    \o/ Dualshock 3!
  • belziah 7 years ago

    I feel MS had to announce early so as not to get swamped. Even though Sony has so few Japan-centric titles MS had even less.

    This TGS is more about "What the hell can Sony do to get out of the shithole they're in, in Japan?" and nothing MS has to bring is gonna change that focus.
  • ligurmatic 7 years ago

  • evild_edd 7 years ago

    "Stop with the "$" allready..."



    Sorry! I did it for Microsoft as an automatic abbreviation then thought I'd get accused of being a Sony fanboy (which couldn't be further from the truth) so I put in $ for them as well.... thank god I didn't have Nintendo in otherwise I'd have no idea how I could accuse them of being associated to making money (someting we should apparently hate companies for... oh the irony)!?!?!?



    Now, you've pointed it out, my original post has irritated me! I'm going to have to edit!!! :/
  • mkreku 7 years ago

    Uhm.. I'd like to see more from White Knight Story too, but I'm not Japanese..?
  • Beano 7 years ago

    Stop with the "$" allready...
  • evild_edd 7 years ago

    Can't decide whether MS strategy of the early announcement is a good one. The show momentum will certainly be with Sony now. On the flip side, it means MS got its message out when everyone else was being quiet in the pre-show build up. Perhaps the Japanese press would have been so focused on Sony that MS announcemnets would have been over-looked if they'd gone head-to-head.



    Having said all that, I doubt there's much MS can do to convince Japanese gamers who seem stuck in their ways (JRPs and and appalling mini-game rubbish seems to dominate the market*). I think that MS would struggle even if they landed Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest exclusives TBH....



    *not that our charts are much better. But at least we embrace Japenese games whereas they completely ignore western titles unless they are put through under a Japanese publishing brand!!!



    Edit=Less annoying!!! :D
  • urban 7 years ago

    i shall be sitting right here in gracious amounts of back pain, i want to see a dual shock 3 btw. pics quick, quick like finding neighbours swinger photos.
  • Machiavel 7 years ago

    What can the PS3 provide us with next? I demand Waffles.

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

02:18 By Robert Purchese

Welcome to Tokyo! I'm sitting in the TGS Forum conference room where the atmosphere is ELECTRIC. Or at least HUMID. And I am SLEEPY.

02:19 By Robert Purchese

Kaz Hirai will be on stage in about 10 minutes or so, and I've got my translation headset on.

02:20 By Robert Purchese

Hurrah, an English voice in my ear! Tremendous.

02:21 By Robert Purchese

There's a man up on the stage. It's not Kaz. People aren't all sat down. PANDEMONIUM.

02:23 By Robert Purchese

It's not really pandemonium. But the room is basically full now and we seem to just be waiting on the last few stragglers. They're playing music in my ear to keep me happy. Sadly not "Viva Forever" by Spice Girls, which they played on my flight for no reason.

02:24 By Robert Purchese

They keep raising and lowering the lights, and there's a laptop on my right where someone's on Facebook. Now people are wondering around again. Is this interesting? Probably not.

02:26 By Robert Purchese

They haven't announced a price cut yet. I mean, the conference hasn't started, but you can still write that on your blog now if you want to go to bed.

02:31 By Robert Purchese

It begins.

02:31 By Robert Purchese

It's too loud. There's a CESA logo and dancing leprechauns and rainbows.

02:33 By Robert Purchese

Kazuo Hirai takes to the stage. He comes out to the middle and bows and everyone claps. He's doing his speech in Japanese, as you may have realised, so our quotes are from the official translation.

02:34 By Robert Purchese

GRAPH. PlayStation Platform Growth. 1994 - 2006 - over 250 million hardware units (PSone/2/3/P) worldwide.

02:34 By Robert Purchese

He's talking about how he wants to make further advancements and contributions to the entertainment industry.

02:35 By Robert Purchese

"Since I took up my current position, I've been telling my people that we need to go back to basics at SCE."

02:36 By Robert Purchese

"I think with PS3 we took a very important first step" in moving PlayStation forward.

02:36 By Robert Purchese

He's going to talk about PS2 first. Sorry about the slow pace - it's all a bit rambly.

02:37 By Robert Purchese

Graph of PS2 hardware sales in its eight years. He's listing the worldwide prices and showing a graph going up to about 130m, demonstrating how the PS2 outpaced PSone and continues to sell strongly.

02:39 By Robert Purchese

He'll target emerging markets with PS2 going forward, in addition to US/Europe/Japan. He says it's much easier to create PS2 games these days, too.

02:39 By Robert Purchese

PSP's turn. He's talking about the million-sellers. Midnight Club 3 Dub Edition, GTA Liberty City Stories and Monster Hunter Freedom 2, which is "big in Japan".

02:40 By Robert Purchese

Showing pics of the PSP Lite & Slim. They're out today in Japan you know. They cost 19800 yen. The Crisis Core Final Fantasy VII version launched last week, you may remember.

02:41 By Robert Purchese

I saw one in Akihabara yesterday for twice the RRP. They made 77,777 units - clever clogses.

02:41 By Robert Purchese

He's talking about the US bundles with Daxter and Star Wars Battlefront. No sign of Chewbacca, sadly.

02:43 By Robert Purchese

As well as having games of course, PSP has USB peripherals like camera and GPS, which have been out in Japan for some time. The 1 SEG Tuner for the new PSP is another option.

02:44 By Robert Purchese

We're told to expect lots more variety in services for PSP. We saw some of this in Germany of course, with the Go! range of products - Messenger, Cam, Explore and video downloads.

02:44 By Robert Purchese

He's clearly a big fan of the PSP multimedia action, and continues to pay tribute to things like the big screen, the MP3 playback and so on and so forth.

02:44 By Robert Purchese

Sony needs to expand in this direction more, says Kaz. He's talking about PSP Remote Play now - the thing that hooks PSP in to PS3.

02:45 By Robert Purchese

He's going to show us what it's all about, he says. He's invited the director of product planning up to demonstrate Remote Play.

02:46 By Robert Purchese

Kaz has disappeared into the corner, probably to have a drink and read our Live Text. Hi Kaz. The Remote Play demo is being done on PSP Slim - looks like the silver one.

02:46 By Robert Purchese

He's using the video output on the PSP Slim to hook it up to a massive TV. So, we have a PS3 image on the big screen and then the PSP on a 40" LCD down below. Ah, excess.

02:47 By Robert Purchese

Actually, I believe I've got that the wrong way round. The PSP seems to be on the big screen and the PS3 is at the bottom. Silly me. He's using the PSP to turn on the PS3 remotely.

02:49 By Robert Purchese

That's pretty clever isn't it? Further updates will add more functionality, he says. He's browsing through the PS3 using the PSP, and he's fired up the Mainichi somethingorother content. The one with the odd cat. It will be possible to play games and enjoy music and photos etc. on the PS3 hard disk through your PSP.

02:49 By Robert Purchese

The point seems to be that if you're away from home at a hotel or something you can log into your PS3 back home using the PSP and enjoy whatever's on there. But then we pretty much knew all that.

02:49 By Robert Purchese

He's now turning the PS3 off remotely. And he's yielding the stage to Kaz Hirai again.

02:50 By Robert Purchese

Kaz is a big fan of Remote Play, you know. He likes how you can use the PSP as a controller or an additional screen for what's being shown "so you can have a more real experience".

02:51 By Robert Purchese

He's just said something about the "voice recognition function of the PSP", but presumably that's through the camera peripheral or something. Translation was indistinct.

02:51 By Robert Purchese

An example of why it's ace - friends will be able to join your ongoing PS3 golf game using PSP Remote Play and spectate.

02:52 By Robert Purchese

He's also pointed out how you can transfer progress in a PS3 game to the PSP to continue playing it on the road - similar to the way OutRun 2006 PS2 and PSP interacted.

02:52 By Robert Purchese

In future, the host PS3 will allow PSP owners to play as different players in a football game while others spectate, judging by the graph on the screen. Seems to be hypothetical rather than specific for now, mind.

02:52 By Robert Purchese

Right then - PS3.

02:53 By Robert Purchese

Taking us all the way back to launch with another graph. It's between 5 and 6 million units worldwide as of end of August, judging by that. Toward the 5m end.

02:54 By Robert Purchese

Sony will be aiming to further enrich the software line-up, he says, and he hopes PS3 will become the core home entertainment system for enjoying digital content.

02:54 By Robert Purchese

He's referring back to the titles shown at E3 as some of the 40 titles being demoed on the show floor at Sony's booth. He's going to show us some of them now. Trailers.

02:55 By Robert Purchese

LittleBigPlanet, Final Fantasy XIII, Lair, Aqua...

02:56 By Robert Purchese

Uncharted, some platformer with a mouse (Ratatouille), DMC4, LocoRoco PS3 Cocorecho thing, PixelJunk Racers...

02:56 By Robert Purchese

Eye of Judgement, Pirates of the Caribbean, some anime thing, SEGA Rally, HORSE RACING, Call of Duty 4, NBA 08, more anime...

02:56 By Robert Purchese

Spider-Man 3, train driving, Oblivion, Go! Sports Ski, GRAW2 (?), something about flowers, Tony Hawk, Harry Potter, Turok, Guitar Hero, Heavenly Sword...

02:57 By Robert Purchese

FIFA - SLOW DOWN SONY - Killzone 2, echochrome (gosh it looks fun), Transformers, Time Crisis 4, possibly Last Remnant...

02:57 By Robert Purchese

WarHawk, Bladestorm (possibly), Final Fantasy XIII Versus, GT5 Prologue, Afrika!

02:58 By Robert Purchese

Afrika! YES!

02:58 By Robert Purchese

Ratchet & Clank, some samurai game (Yakuza 3?), Gundam, and I'm sure I missed a couple there. "Play Beyond." None of the trailers were all that revelatory. Or decipherable. Mostly CG. NOT MAKING THAT MISTAKE AGAIN.

02:58 By Robert Purchese

He reckons these titles will drive lots of sales of the hardware.

02:59 By Robert Purchese

Kaz wants to clear issues for developers working on PS3, and says Sony will assist on marketing too. He wants a "much closer relationship" with partners, and offers the Crisis Core PSP Slim Square Enix collaboration as an example of that in action already.

03:00 By Robert Purchese

Some of these collaborative endeavours are going on behind the scenes already, he says, largely in terms of development assistance courtesy of Sony Worldwide Studios. Sony is trying to listen to opinions of developers whose games are already out, he says.

03:00 By Robert Purchese

Periodical dev meetings of the advisory board will help with that, he says, and Sony is also implementing "various plans to improve development efficiencies".

03:01 By Robert Purchese

One thing Sony will do is share the SN Systems tool chain, having acquired the company a while back.

03:02 By Robert Purchese

Sony will be strengthening first party title development, he says. Worldwide Studios is critical to that, with its sharing of assets and know-how.

03:02 By Robert Purchese

He's also trying to gather talents from outside SCE, he says. He's just announced the Evolution Studios acquisition - Evolution handled MotorStorm, obviously.

03:02 By Robert Purchese

(You can read more about that deal on the frontpage now.)

03:02 By Robert Purchese

He's showing an Evolution and BigBig trailer. It's highlighting their successes, including WRC titles like Rally Evolved and of course MotorStorm, which sold more than 1 million worldwide.

03:03 By Robert Purchese

Pursuit Force is a BigBig title of course, BigBig being an Evolution - and consequently now a Sony - satellite.

03:03 By Robert Purchese

The third thing SCE has to do is reduce costs, says Kaz. Further shrinkage of semiconductors etc.

03:04 By Robert Purchese

Cost of hardware drop will come at some point. "We will be doing this for the PS3 hardware as well." He says Sony is listening to the voices of its customers in order to utilise their feedback in creation of new products.

03:04 By Robert Purchese

He says he wants to show us the fruit of such an endeavour.

03:04 By Robert Purchese

DualShock 3.

03:05 By Robert Purchese

He says that feedback drove them to do this. The pic on screen looks exactly the same as the Sixaxis, but it says DualShock 3 on it, obviously. He calls Sixaxis "an extension of your arms" but "users had requested we resurrect the vibration function".

03:05 By Robert Purchese

Originally they thought it would be very difficult to have tilt and rumble. "We have been able to overcome this difficulty."

03:06 By Robert Purchese

"We have not made any changes to its outward appearance and design, but it does have vibration." Japan: Nov 2007, US/Europe: Spring 2008.

03:06 By Robert Purchese

Actual date and price will be announced "at a later date".

03:07 By Robert Purchese

We'll be able to see and experience DualShock 3 on the show floor today. It's used by the likes of MGS4, Devil May Cry 4, Echochrome, Toy Home, Ratchet & Clank and Uncharted.

03:07 By Robert Purchese

Nine titles support it at TGS.

03:07 By Robert Purchese

G1 Jockey is also among them. Nay! Yes.

03:08 By Robert Purchese

Metal Gear Online supports DualShock 3 as well, he says. Crikey, he's just flashed up an absolutely vast list of titles set to support it.

03:09 By Robert Purchese

Could barely take it in. Now we're moving on to the PlayStation Network. More than 2.7 million accounts so far.

03:09 By Robert Purchese

"We are quite happy having so many users joining us," he says. One exciting announcement to make here, he says. GT5 Prologue disc and network distribution will be on 13th December in Japan.

03:10 By Robert Purchese

He's coming back to the thing with the cat that the Japanese seem to enjoy getting their news from using PS Network. New bits for that are being lined up by the sound of it.

03:11 By Robert Purchese

PlayStation Home. Ooh, nice icon. Like a house with a bit hanging off the bottom.

03:11 By Robert Purchese

He's just talking about it, not showing it - or going into it or anything. It was originally scheduled for this year, he says, but it's been delayed - it's due in spring next year instead "so we can truly meet the needs and feedback of the users".

03:12 By Robert Purchese

He's going to show something called "Dress" - "Everybody's Fashion Entertainment", which appears to be part of Home.

03:12 By Robert Purchese

Now he's going to talk about the PlayStation Store. He reckons it's "exploding". 30 PS3 titles, 300 add-on items, 100 game archives and 90 demo movies on the Japanese store.

03:13 By Robert Purchese

(The Dress thingy is on the show floor, apparently, with a movie too.)

03:13 By Robert Purchese

Anyway, the Store. We're going to be able to access it using the PC as of today.

03:13 By Robert Purchese

PSPs with USB can connect via PC. Looks like it's through a web browser.

03:14 By Robert Purchese

I just sneezed quite loudly, which seems to have thrown Kaz off his pace. Well, not really.

03:15 By Robert Purchese

Lastly, he'd like to talk about PS3. He thinks it's comparable to a supercomputer, as we're seeing in the Folding@home stuff. Stanford University's capacity has exceeded 1 terraflops, or something. I don't understand.

03:16 By Robert Purchese

He's still talking about Folding. "Unbelievable computing power" in PS3 will "support us as a backbone" for games, films and music, he says.

03:17 By Robert Purchese

He's telling us it'll be worth going to Sony's booth at the show. And I think he's wrapping up.

03:18 By Robert Purchese

Sony is a "unique" company that is going "back to basics" to try and keep pushing PlayStation forward, says Kaz.

03:18 By Robert Purchese

And he's off. I wonder if he'll do a Q&A.

03:18 By Robert Purchese

Yep.

03:19 By Robert Purchese

They're going to set up for this now and it will take a little while. I'll stick around and hopefully something interesting will come out of it. Last year, you may remember, it was this bit that saw the Japanese PS3 price get cut pre-launch.

03:20 By Robert Purchese

So I wouldn't wander off. Well, I literally would, because my bottom hurts a bit.

03:20 By Robert Purchese

Remember that UK Resistance pic of Kutaragi? It's that man and Hirai now. Come on Gary, get your camera out.

03:21 By Robert Purchese

The first question from the moderator was something like "why are you so lovely?" Kaz laughs. "Go and do all the things I just said in my speech," is basically what he says.

03:21 By Robert Purchese

He's been asked if he's used the DualShock 3. "I've checked it, and I enjoyed the feel." Brilliant.

03:23 By Robert Purchese

The moderator says he would like to play with DualShock 3. "I was wondering what will be the future direction for games."

03:24 By Robert Purchese

"Larger and larger content" was the translated answer, followed by something about echochrome, which seems to be the opposite of that. So goodness knows. Ah, "it doesn't have to be a full HD envrionment to enjoy that game," he points out. But I have no idea what point he is making because the translation woman is butchering his response.

03:24 By Robert Purchese

"With racing games, you want to be able to see how the other vehicles are behaving as opposed to the vehicle you are controlling." I don't know either.

03:24 By Robert Purchese

I think he's pointing out that future games will have more stuff on screen.

03:25 By Robert Purchese

Something about what are the games on the booth and how they relate to PS3. Something about "high level of reality." "I am sure you will be able to enjoy the power of PlayStation," says Kaz.

03:25 By Robert Purchese

The moderator asks about units sold. "We have gone beyond [5m] to some extent, but again we're going to try many things..."

03:25 By Robert Purchese

Lots of games, lots of marketing strategies. "Moving toward to the end of December, we're going to become a lot more active so we can truly expand the [something] units."

03:26 By Robert Purchese

11m is the target for the end of the year, apparently, which he says he's pointed out before.

03:26 By Robert Purchese

Is he confident of hitting the number? He's answering it by saying he's got lots of interesting software, and that Worldwide Studios is ace.

03:26 By Robert Purchese

So yes, he has confidence. Kind of.

03:27 By Robert Purchese

He's referring to the PS3 price surprise announcement last year. "No surprise in this regard this year."

03:30 By Robert Purchese

"Price is a very important aspect, but at the same time the urgent matter is to what extent we can further enrich the software titles."

He says "there is [a] possibility" for a price cut in the future.

03:29 By Robert Purchese

Now he's asking Kaz about Wii. Is it a new partner, he asks. "We belong to the same industry and I think we seem to be aiming to different targets...I think we are really good competitors."

03:31 By Robert Purchese

Asked whether Home is a game. "I like to call it an interactive game." What? They've switched back to word-mangling translation woman now. She's struggling. Not that it's easy. God - I could barely find TGS and I had a Japanese man with me.

03:32 By Robert Purchese

Asked about business model for Home. "We have had a lot of discussion." Obviously Home is non-traditional, so he expects "many different types of business model".

03:33 By Robert Purchese

In-game advertising, or "something that can reflect the real world", would be an example of that.

03:33 By Robert Purchese

"The more I think about it, I think there are a multitude of business chances - not just from ourselves, but from our partners as well." Non-game companies will have the doors opened to them too, he says.

03:35 By Robert Purchese

Asked if the delay is down to tech problems. No, says Kaz, it's because Sony wants this to be a worldwide service...and to have functionality suitable for people in different regions.

03:35 By Robert Purchese

He thinks it can be satisfactory to all kinds of users when it launches, and that that's why they delayed it. "We want to make sure we have a full range of services."

03:35 By Robert Purchese

Question: "How is this different to Second Life?"

03:35 By Robert Purchese

Well, Second Life is on PC and...nope, she's waffling for him again. I don't really know what he's saying. If I were him, I'd say "well, Second Life is a load of boring cack".

03:36 By Robert Purchese

He wants to make it a controlled environment, a managed environment, instead of a lawless environment, so that's one thing. Comfort and security.

03:36 By Robert Purchese

Last question - go for the jugular, moderator man!

03:36 By Robert Purchese

He's asking about group computing. "How are you going to go forward?" Paxman would be proud.

03:37 By Robert Purchese

Kaz says if he had an hour and a half to talk about PS3 he could fill the time. No comment?

03:37 By Robert Purchese

He's saying about back to basics again, but he sees PS3 as a versatile game machine and Blu-ray player with power and potential enough to rival a supercomputer.

03:38 By Robert Purchese

Fundamentally though, it's a game machine, he says, and then "all sorts of directions" are available for expansion.

03:39 By Robert Purchese

And it's all over by the look of it. Round of applause, bows etc. And everyone's breaking up, and I'm going off to get a drink. Good night, Eurogamers. Thanks for all the fish.