Ken Kutaragi's PS3 keynote

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At 2AM BST Friday morning (10AM in Tokyo), Sony Computer Entertainment president and group CEO Ken Kutaragi will march up to the podium of the International Conference Hall at Makuhari Messe to deliver his keynote address, "Next-Generation Entertainment Created by the PS3". With that, the Tokyo Game Show 2006 will be properly underway, and we'll find out just what Sony plans to do to lash back at the backlash that's discoloured the fabric of PS3's launch campaign in recent months. As ever, we'll be on hand providing live text commentary of the keynote as it unfolds, and this is the page you want to be following that from. Obviously. JOIN US.

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01:39

Hello from Japan! We're in the keynote hall at TGS, which is currently filling up nicely - judging from the queue outside, the room (which isn't very big frankly) will be absolutely packed by the time Kutaragi takes the stage. We're expecting him in 20 minutes, and hoping Sony won't impose a four month delay on our Live Text reaching Europe.

01:42

All the foreign press have settled in, and the Japanese industry types are now flowing into the room at a rate of knots. The hall has clearly been set up by CESA, the Japanese trade body, rather than by Sony itself - there's no sign whatsoever of any PS3 or PSP hardware, and no particular decoration other than a projector screen with the TGS logo.

01:52

Phil Harrison is here! Not exactly a surprise, but it's always a treat to see him towering over Tokyo like one of the giant creatures that fights Godzilla and knocks over entire buildings.

01:54

Sony is attempting to break our souls by playing the most insipid Japanese pop music we've ever heard (and that's saying something, after yesterday's adventures in Akihabara) through the English language translation headsets. A girl who sounds like she's six years old is counting to ten repeatedly over a "funky" "beat".

01:57

We'd love to do the traditional "Kojima is here! Miyamoto is here! Mikami is here! Your mum is here!" update at this point, but they've put all of the press at the back of the room and we can't really see the attendees. Except Phil Harrison, obviously. However, rest assured - there are almost certainly some very interesting Japanese men at the front of the room, making their best stern newsreader faces.

02:00

Attendees are still trickling in, and then looking confused and surprised when there's nowhere for them to sit. Nice things about jetlag - when you wake up at four thirty in the morning, it's not hard to get where you're going on time. Even when you do take the wrong train line.

02:02

One minute late! People are still making their way in - it's very much standing room only now.

02:04

Four mont... Er, I mean, four minutes late. They're making frantic "we'd really like to start" gestures at all the muppets who are still standing up and milling around.

02:10

Tum te tum.

02:10

So um. Nothing much really happening here, apart from J-pop elevator music progressively getting worse and worse. To fill in time, Eurogamer TV editor Johnny Minkley is regaling us with tales (and, sadly, photos) of the Nintendo-branded boxer shorts with "Know Your Mushrooms" in giant letters across the backside which he bought yesterday. Japan is truly a magical place.

02:10

The lights are dimming! We're off!

02:11

They're rolling a TGS promotional video - did you know that this is the tenth anniversary of the founding of the show? You do now.

02:12

A lady is introducing Ken Kutaragi. His talk is called "PS3 - Creating the next generation of computer entertainment". He's going to use some under development footage, apparently, which we're not allowed to take pictures of. Boo!

02:13

Ken is on stage. He's thanking all manner of people for allowing him the opportunity to speak.

02:14

There are over 200 consoles in the venue for the show. According to Ken, this is the largest pre-launch line-up they've ever shown off in public.

02:15

He's rolling the trailer video which will be on the booth.

02:16

First up - Ridge Racer 7. Super hi-def - very varied environments compared to previous games in the series, with lots of jungle and countryside environs as well as cities and other urban environments. All looks quite static, still, but definitely the best looking game in the series to date. Launch title.

02:16

Virtua Fighter 5, from Sega AM2.

02:18

We've seen much of this video before in other trailers, but it's definitely very nice on the big screen. Lovely lighting and environments, although there are certainly fair comparisons to be made with DOA4 on the Xbox 360 - it's a bit ahead of that graphically, but arguably not by much.

02:20

Mobile Suit Gundam: Target in Sight. Famitsu had this down as a launch title. It looks like a fanboy dream - not the most graphically impressive game by far, but very extensive environments, buildings getting destroyed with pretty good physics, and some especially lovely lighting effects on the very detailed mechs. Nice trees, too.

02:21

Next up - one of the FFXIII titles. Lots of pre-rendered footage of very pretty characters and environments, which is fair enough, but more interesting is the real-time gameplay footage, which doesn't look that far off the pre-rendered stuff - a little less detailed and colourful, but still very impressive, which huge numbers of enemies on screen at once.

02:22

And that's it for this trailer reel. "How do you like that?" asks Ken. We can't deny that it certainly all LOOKS nice...

02:22

Now he's talking about the progression from PS1 through to PS3 - how the specs have grown astronomically in the 12 years between the first and most recent consoles.

02:24

He's talking about the progress in user interface and controllers, which has been driven by consoles due to the very precise and fast response you need to your input. Now he's embarked on a relatively technical, albeit vague, discussion of how creating real-time responses to that input takes all manner of complex hardware and difficult computer science.

02:25

He believes that the "computer entertainment" industry used to be composed of very separate elements, computers and entertainment - which have now reached a "combination point".

02:26

He's talking about PCs - which he likes a lot, but he feels that the massive, complex operating systems make them unsuitable as gaming and entertainment devices.

02:27

Now he's talking about the concept of the Network Computer - proposed by Oracle a decade ago, but the network was too slow, and computers weren't powerful enough. Under this system, much of the computing power is on the other side of a network connection - he believes that this is now possible due to the development of powerful computers and servers, and internet infrastructure.

02:29

The market is moving from being on "this side" of the network, to being on the other side. Using things like search engines are basically getting virtual access to a supercomputer - you don't need the power in your own computer, and can even use it with a mobile phone to access that power.

02:30

Ken is now enthusing about map databases, allowing you to get satellite photos and so on across the network... However, the problem with this is that time is suspended, rather than being updated in real time. We assume he's building up towards talking about the PS3's online service, but it would be nice if he'd get on with it!

02:34

He's talking about a system called GMS - Global Mapping System - which will allow users to upload their own pictures and data of the world around them, and create a detailed view of the world in that way.

02:35

This seems to link into an earlier comment about how game developers (good lord! A comment about games? You mean the PS3 plays those as well?) can use network available maps to create realistic environments.

02:35

Next topic - personalised shopping and entertainment content delivered over networks...

02:36

GMS is a realistic proposition, he believes, but will need people from many industries to participate.

02:36

However, in the entertainment industry, creating fantasy worlds is also very important - not just modelling the real world.

02:37

With GMS, developers will no longer have to collect landscape data "on foot", and can focus on the creative or artistic side of game creation.

02:38

He believes that - this sounds like an extension of GMS - games can be created in future by very spread out teams, with expert programmers, artists and so on being spread around the world and linked together by the network.

02:39

In Gran Turismo for example, locations like the Nurburgring and the Grand Canyon have to be created by going to the site and doing loads of filming of various areas in the game, as well as of the tiny details which make up the sides of the track.

02:40

The developers also need a close relationship with the auto industry to collect detailed technical data about cars, in order to create a realistic physical model.

02:41

This is how the realistic driving experience is created - but if you have an existing database, such as the CAD data held by some manufacturers, you can import that and not have to recreate the physical parameters.

02:42

There is now a massive business opportunity created by realistic simulations of the world like Gran Turismo - and the Polyphony Digital team have worked on several projects with car manufacturers to co-design systems used in real vehicles, apparently.

02:42

Now he's talking about the network architecture for PS3. He believes that it's vital that the network platform is open, like the Internet itself, because it's only when platforms are open that real innovation and "drastic ideas" can thrive.

02:43

The development of the internet into a system used by banks, hospitals, government and so on proves this theory, he believes.

02:43

If you're wondering when Ken is actually planning on talking about games or anything remotely concrete or relevant to gamers, developers or anyone else - so are we!

02:45

Digital content on the internet - digital still cameras and video cameras are very easy to use to create content which can be uploaded, and people now do that in great numbers, which is a fundamental change to how the network is used. New technology also allows that content to be searched and classified. He's a big fan of Web 2.0.

02:45

I wonder what his Flickr username is.

02:46

It's all about user participation for Ken. People want to be involved in content and services, not just passive consumers.

02:47

We're on to storage media, although I'm not sure how we got here. PlayStation launched with CD-ROM - this was introduced due to major problems with solid state media, such as cost and slow manufacturing. He believes that using CDs, with larger capacity and cheaper manufacturing costs, caused a revitalisation of the industry - both creatively and commercially.

02:48

15,000 software titles for the PSone and PS2 in total - and the emergence of a "long tail" business for videogames.

02:48

However, recently we've seen a polarisation of what sells and what doesn't sell in games.

02:49

The original reason for content production is to seek diversity and to promote creativity, and at present the games industry relies too heavily on easy to sell sequels. He believes that this is a warning signal for the business - and that for SCE, innovation is now the basis of all their thought. Without innovation, there can be no future for the industry.

02:50

Creativity must be the basis of the computer entertainment industry, and that needs to be reviewed once again. The industry needs to discuss the network-ready future of consoles seriously.

02:51

He's talked a lot about networks, but he says he's not happy yet with the quality of network services that are on offer. The reality is still that services are unreliable.

02:52

Even using the fastest speed connections, network services haven't reached the internal bus speed of the original PlayStation of 12 years ago. It will still take time to realise the dream of real-time video and so on - perhaps in ten years time, this will be real.

02:52

Therefore, while the gaming hardware in PS3 may be called overkill, this hardware is necessary.

02:53

The opportunity to connect the PS3 to the network has become real. Of course, for the next few years, boxed games and the network environment will co-exist - because for large capacity media, packaged media is required.

02:55

He's talking about the wider network functionality of the PS3 - allowing full interaction for users and creators to exchange information and content over the network. All of the systems for this, such as the browser and so on, are built into the console.

02:56

In the last 12 years, a massive library of titles has been built up for PS1 and PS2 - thousands in total.

02:56

The PS3 can emulate those titles over the network, and beginning with those with smaller volumes of data, those will be made available to users in that manner. He first talked about that possibility in 2000 when the PS2 launched - this year it will become a reality.

02:57

Good lord! Is that a real announcement at last?

02:57

Emulators for old systems - Mega Drive and PC Engine titles can be downloaded over the network as well.

02:58

Sony will work with publishers to decide what titles to make available, and how to charge for them - pay to play models are possible, for example. They hope to massively expand the range of game content available over the network.

02:59

Videos will also be available over the network too - starting with shorter movies. He seems to be implying that users will be able to upload and share their own movies, YouTube style, but the translation is a little ropey so it's hard to tell exactly.

03:00

PS3 units will be installed in many retail and other environments - he's talking about the option of using mobile phone micropayments to use them for arcade style titles and billing systems. Sounds more relevant to the Japanese market, where the arcades are massive business, than to anywhere else...

03:02

Aha, we're on to the inevitable lecture on how astonishingly powerful Cell is. Ken is quite chuffed with IBM's new contract to provide a ridiculously powerful supercomputer based on a load of Cell processors running in parallel - which brings him on nicely to the topic of the Folding @Home system, which was recently announced and allows PS3 users to "donate" computation power to the protein folding project which is aimed at benefiting medical research.

03:02

Playing games is fun, but with this, users can be making a major social contribution as well.

03:04

Using the network to keep contact between users and developers - with users using the network to keep in touch with the progress of new games in development. What a genuinely unique idea, eh, regular readers of Eurogamer? Videogame information online? It'll never catch on.

03:05

Apparently users will also be able to upload their own content and give new ideas to game developers, which will drive innovation. My eyebrow is most of the way to my hairline.

03:06

He sounds like he's wrapping up - he's making all manner of vague happy comments about how great it is to be living in a time when PS3 is coming out and entertainment software is all so promising.

03:06

Now he's rolling another video!

03:06

It's Afrika!

03:07

Jungles, plains, and some really lovely elephants. There's a little baby elephant!

03:07

A giant herd of Wildebeest. Genuinely giant - actually, that's quite impressive.

03:09

Actually, it would be very easy to be cynical about this video, since there's no sign of what the gameplay actually is, but it does look very lovely. Loads of different animals have been modelled in incredibly detailed ways, and the environments look fantastic - however, it's still definitely more of a tech demo than an actual game. As tech demos go, it's amazing - but it's not a game.

03:11

And that's it - it's all over. Barely a game in sight, which is an extraordinarily poor show. There were some useful nuggets buried in the nonsense about networks, but overall this has been a hugely disappointing and vague showing from a company with a lot to prove before their console launches in a few weeks. Let's hope the show floor is better, eh readers?

03:11

There's talk of an open question and answer session, which sounds like a bloodbath in the making, if we're lucky! We'll keep you updated...

03:14

Kutaragi's back on stage for a talk session - however, he appears to be being interviewed by a Japanese journalist chap rather than conducting an audience Q&A. Boo.

03:16

This appears to be terribly friendly and non-confrontational. There's been a sideways mention of the fact that Ken has just wittered on for an hour and barely mentioned videogames at all, but now they're having a lovely chat about how Ken is still an engineer at heart and dreams of integrating possibilities from many different industries rather than just focusing on videogames.

03:18

Next ridiculously long-winded question - is grid computing just a dream at the moment, or is it something Ken believes can become a reality? Ken is talking about how when he was a child, he had many dreams. It's beautiful. On the other hand, this would probably be a tougher interview if they'd got Kutaragi's mum to ask the questions, frankly.

03:22

At last, a serious question - is Kutaragi confident that there will be no further delay in production of the console?

03:26

Ken apologises to software creators who have had to put up with these delays. SCE engineers have been working very hard and trying to do new things, and that has caused problems - but they are now focused on ensuring no further delays.

03:23

In other words, he's not sayin' nothin'. Well, that's promising.

03:26

We've just heard a lengthy and rather boring discussion on HDMI, and how it's definitely the standard of the future. That's nice. Also, apparently when Sony announced the price in America, everyone thought that it was really cheap given the functionality of the console. News to us!

03:28

In Europe, meanwhile, it's very expensive because... Er... Apparently it's expensive because the Euro exchange rate is so different to what it used to be, when it was one Euro to one Dollar, but European people don't notice that. This is also news to us! Ken drinks beer in Europe because wine is too expensive. It's good that he's focusing on the important stuff.

03:32

And it's all over, completely this time. If you stayed up with us through all of that, thank you - now get yourself to bed, and we'll be back with some impressions of ACTUAL GAMES (remember them?) once we've had a chance to scoot over to the show floor. Bye!

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    miiiguel 13 years ago
    sonmi451: you know that US gets cheaper prices than EU and UK even more, just check any HDTV or other ellectronics.
    For example:
    PSP in the States: 130 pounds
    PSP in UK: 150 pounds

    So 75 pounds more is very realistic.

    But then again, this is non-issue: 360 is an amazing machine for the ones who wanted to play video games, PS3 should be an amazing machine for the ones who want to have a multimedia device with gaming in the back seat.
    Don't really count on excluives this time arround - yeah... MGS4... for how long ? Remember the days of GTA, and stuff ? Well, they're gone.
    I'm not beeing too biased as I also believe that somewhere in the near future the games I have stating "Only on XBOX360", like the majot hit Dead Rising, will some day be downgraded (ok, that was just a joke) to PS3.
    sonmi451 13 years ago
    miiiguel 13 years ago
    sonmi451: Where did you hear 299 pounds ? It's 599 Eur ~ 399 Pounds!

    About the specs: Where did you hear that PS3 specs > 360 ? And, I play more (much, much more) with my ~ 100Mhz DS, than with my expensive, not-fun-at-all 500Mhz PSP.
    sonmi451 13 years ago
    spiny 13 years ago
    "Ken drinks beer in Europe because wine is too expensive." France obviously isn't in europe then eh?

    Bend over fanboys, Ken's going in dry!
    captain-future 13 years ago
    "Phil Harrison is here! Not exactly a surprise, but it's always a treat to see him towering over Tokyo like one of the giant creatures that fights Godzilla and knocks over entire buildings."

    Please tell me this is irony! I really can't remember any other person as annoying (and unpleasantly to look at) than Phil Harrison.
    yagisencho 13 years ago
    So...with the PS3, you will be able to do a bunch of wonderful stuff that you can already do today with any budget PC (not to mention a Vaio). Whoo! Innovation Station!
    JediMasterMalik 13 years ago
    oh noes, you called me milk. :p

    PITCHFORKS!!
    Kafeen 13 years ago
    Sony's lets them have more canvas... Is that enough?
    Can you recreate the sistine chaple on a postage stamp?
    Carrybagma 13 years ago
    Ahem. Considering this was the MOST IMPORTANT PRESENTATION of the show, by their MOST IMPORTANT SPEAKER prior to their MOST IMPORTANT PRODUCT LAUNCH EVER.

    Wasn't that what you meant to write? ;)
    JediMasterMalik 13 years ago
    Apaprently SCEJ are hjolding another event soon. Maybe that will clarify things, considering this was just a KEYNOTE SPEECH.
    DaM 13 years ago
    Ken drinks beer in Europe because wine is too expensive.
    Sorry? Under a Euro for a bottle of ropey French wine in supermarkets (in France anyway)? What sort of softcore bevvier is Ken?! Any it's obvious he sticks to hard drugs from his press conferences...
    EGBartonFink 13 years ago
    What a steaming pile of ....

    Not a game in sight, although the idea of delivering emulated games over the wire is very interesting indeed. Terrible keynote from the sounds of it. Another screw up by Sony at another games show perhaps? Suppose it did deliver on the comedy though ;)
    Carrybagma 13 years ago
    :o(
    Steroyd 13 years ago
    Press conference?

    This is a keynote speech.
    philantropy 13 years ago
    Sony's arrogance and increasing lack of consumer attention is getting increasing worrying.. If ony you guys had seen the Microsoft press conference
    Steroyd 13 years ago
    /wakes up

    Yay!! I slept through the whole thing. :D

    /goes back to sleep
    EnDream 13 years ago
    "Screwed, thats what"

    Does that mean you dont know either?
    Venkman90 13 years ago
    "What is the customer getting with a PS3?"

    Screwed, thats what
    Blitz 13 years ago
    Or, they just didn't tell anyone untill now. *rolls eyes*

    true...

    but you never know.
    Zero-Beat 13 years ago
    New Fatal Inertia screens are looking rather yummy over at Jeux-France.
    EnDream 13 years ago
    Im a gamer. I am also very interested in the industry as a business and have been for quite some time.

    If I was an potential investor/stock holder/developer I wouldnt know what I was looking at with the PS3.

    Nintendo and Microsoft(MS) are doing better to convince me of their company goals with the new products. Nintendo and MS can tell me what they want to do and how they are getting there TODAY. Nintendo wants to expand the game market to previous untouched areas and change they way you play. MS seems to have a large focus on community.

    Now what do I know about Sony and the PS3? I know they have very expensive and powerful hardware. What are they going to with it at launch and how do they want me to use it? What is the customer getting with a PS3?
    Canadian_Mike 13 years ago
    Or, they just didn't tell anyone untill now. *rolls eyes*
    Blitz 13 years ago
    uhmmm does that mean, they still havnt actually started making the damn things?

    I mean they have the ability to go and make changes to the cheap model of the machine must mean they havnt started producing them...with just about uhmmm two months left to go...


    oh dear.
    bladeaku 13 years ago
    Ken sure knows how to spout grade A bullshit doesnt he,sounds like the ps3 will have interstellar space travel pretty much nailed down within the next few years.
    Face it sonys putting on a braveface, trying to con you that this over hyped, over rated piece of garbage is worth your dosh and just to rub it in europes face big time, we will delay it and charge you even more than any other country in the world.
    But thats ok because our little ants will still go and snap up millions of them just because we tell them its great.
    Canadian_Mike 13 years ago
    From IGN

    7:22: A question on why HDMI only is in the high level version of the PS3 only. Kutaragi explained that if they put the HDMI in the lower version, they were worried that some would complain about having something they don't want. However, HDMI penetration has come faster than expected, Kutaragi says. He asks if people want HDMI in all models. Everyone in the audience say yes. He then confirms that all models, including the 20 gig version, will have an HDMI port.


    HDMI in both models now!!
    Blitz 13 years ago
    @jedimasterMalik

    Yes its a press conference for companies, but it was all vague *future* events, he hasnt explained how any of the practical stuff works.

    For example, as someone mentioned Sony's version of Xbox live/Wii Channels. Sony are still far too vague on how it works how online modes will be supported and so on.

    its offputting. Especially so close to its first release.
    JediMasterMalik 13 years ago
    That's what im saying, and after realising this I feel like an idiot, Keynotes are not games showcases, that's what the showfloor is for.

    Shouldn't have stayed up tbh.
    Foxclose 13 years ago
    I don't think Sony showed games last year in their Keynote.

    People buy consoles for the games first; so at least they are 20 of them playable, I guess.
    Blitz 13 years ago
    Oh dear god, he's really sticking nails into the coffin of sony's european market...

    Whats this crap about the exchange rate?
    JediMasterMalik 13 years ago
    I have to say, considering this was just a Keynote speech, should we really have expected a lot of games to be shown? It's not the same as a companies press conference is it? meh whatever...

    ...BRING ON THE GAMES!
    JackB 13 years ago
    What a train wreck. They didn't show any of their Xbox Live killer. I'm not sure it will even ship at launch...
    JJWE 13 years ago
    Okay, now he's just delusional...
    Netfreak 13 years ago
    Killahsoujah must be having orgasm despite the bombed conference. HAW! HAW!
    JediMasterMalik 13 years ago
    Yeh, let's hope that they decided to let the games speak for themselves on the gamefloor. I hope they speak well. ;)
    Foxclose 13 years ago
    Ok, the keynote might not show any surpraises.

    But the games are still playable.
    Blitz 13 years ago
    How much influence would microsoft have on networking?


    seeing as Windows is still the premier OS I assume they have some influence on how network protocols etc are worked.

    Could they f*ck with sony somehow?
    Dazrimm 13 years ago
    Thanks to the EG staff.

    Not much for you all to work with there really, was there?
    nm still appreciated.

    Night.....
    JediMasterMalik 13 years ago
    So it's not actually finished yet? Or is it?
    twinbee 13 years ago
    And we all thought the E3 speech was as bad as it gets...

    :/
    Pooley 13 years ago
    Ho hum, sounds a bit disappointing. Just get the thing released so we can make our own minds up.

    Somebody ask him about bundling a HDMI/DVI cable in with the console, just to keep people quiet.
    MyPointIs 13 years ago
    Well ... Good night and, ... I really mean this, Good luck.
    Blitz 13 years ago
    @mypointis

    yeah just figured it out.

    I just think its a huge f*cking risk putting out a console poweful enough to take advantage of a possible future involving advance networking, when almost anything can happen between now and then.

    For example the entire thinking of networking could be rebuilt from scratch with a new system.

    Then where will all that extra power the PS3 had brought with it go? It'll be wasted away, because the machine wasnt designed with this possible new network in mind.
    There is too much risk in such a fragile industry.
    JediMasterMalik 13 years ago
    Well since I couldn't see the speech anyway, not bothered about the games, just get some stuff up at Eurogamer.tv.

    A bit sad that they didn't show much though.
    Beanie 13 years ago
    I'm loving the fact that the page won't update past the FFXIII trailer. :|
    CrunchinJelly 13 years ago
    Worst. Keynote. Ever.
    Sid-Nice 13 years ago
    Now he's rolling another video!

    It's Afrika!

    Jungles, plains, and some really lovely elephants. There's a little baby elephant!

    It sounds to me that he's getting hold of TT holiday video; watch for the Bungie jump it's great. :)
    coojam 13 years ago
    But didn't Apple rip off Xerox with their OS? Xeros INVENTED WYSIWIG
    MyPointIs 13 years ago
    @Blitz: I get your point, and stand corrected, but he is simply stating that what we will see now, although exciting, it's just the begining.

    By the way, to get italics you should use < i > ... < /i > (instead of [ ])

    :)
    ilmaestro 13 years ago
    @Trip: ooh, yeah, downloadable handheld demos sounds very nice. Enjoy it and report back!
    JediMasterMalik 13 years ago
    DAMNIT I wanna see the wildebeast now. :p
    JediMasterMalik 13 years ago
    Apparently users will also be able to upload their own content and give new ideas to game developers

    Sounds good. I'd love to give some developers a peice of my mind. :)
    CrunchinJelly 13 years ago
    Does this mean everyone has to buy PS1 and PS2 games again?
    JediMasterMalik 13 years ago
    Loaning out extra idle computing power for research isn't new actually.

    For consoles it is.
    coojam 13 years ago
    "Yes, Microsoft invented the concept of downloading."

    I see the sarcastic point you're making, but in actuality, they kinda did...where would we be without DOS/Windows?
    MyPointIs 13 years ago
    @ecureuil: You mean on a console? No, Sega did it before.
    Blitz 13 years ago
    @mypointis: he went on for ages about how great networking would be and then said:

    He's talked a lot about networks, but he says he's not happy yet with the quality of network services that are on offer. The reality is still that services are unreliable.

    Whats the point of building up how great networking on your console is (and he still is right now) when you feel the network services are unreliable.

    Even using the fastest speed connections, network services haven't reached the internal bus speed of the original PlayStation of 12 years ago. It will still take time to realise the dream of real-time video and so on - perhaps in ten years time, this will be real.
    jonchoo 13 years ago
    Loaning out extra idle computing power for research isn't new actually.
    floppylobster 13 years ago
    There's a fundamental difference in ways of thinking here. - Ken thinks it was the CD that revolutionised gaming - going from PS1 (CD), PS2 (DVD) and P3 (Blu-Ray).

    But Nintendo believe that interfaces do, going from Analogue controllers (N64 - which remained cartridge, Touch-screen DS & Wii).

    Microsoft go for connectivity and being online.

    I've always known Microsoft and Nintendos angle but I never understood what drove Sony's philosophy until now.

    If game designers were artists -
    Nintendo's gives the artist more tools.
    Microsoft's creates a community.
    Sony's lets them have more canvas... Is that enough?
    TripSkyway 13 years ago
    @ilmaestro
    Should be, me and Mike are heading down there for 10am, but I guess I'll be queing for a while. Need to charge the DS, probably take the PSP as well there's bound to be some download demos.
    MyPointIs 13 years ago
    Yes, emulation wasn't invented by any of them three.
    JediMasterMalik 13 years ago
    Wow the copying comment came already huh?

    FYI we already knew we would get PS1 games on PSP, is this is just expanding on that. No need to get your nickers in a twist.
    CrunchinJelly 13 years ago
    So Sony are copying Nintendo's idea which they in turn copied from Microsoft?
    jonchoo 13 years ago
    Why don't he just simplifiedby saying that the PS3 is a computer that connects to the internet? I understand where he is going at but isn't this a keynote at a video game trade show?
    MyPointIs 13 years ago
    He is not saying that the PS1 was the first console to use CDs, and he is not saying that the network won't be possible for the next 10 years.

    Are you guys reading the same feed as everyone else?
    Blitz 13 years ago
    he's going to say virtual console...

    He's referred to the ps1 and ps2 twice now, about how many games there are...he is going to announce a sony virtual console...


    AND THERE WE GO HE JUST SAID IT!

    PS3 VIRTUAL CONSOLE FEATURE.


    theres gonna be war over this.
    JediMasterMalik 13 years ago
    Emulators for old systems - Mega Drive and PC Engine titles can be downloaded over the network as well.

    WOW
    ilmaestro 13 years ago
    Ninja is on the list for when I finally get back to Japan. You going to this tomorrow Trip?
    Blitz 13 years ago
    WTF??

    He drags on for over a half an hour about networking and how it will change gaming for everyone and then says its not possible for the next 10 years?


    shooting self in foot?
    CrunchinJelly 13 years ago
    Why is he talking like the PSX was the first console to use CD's?
    JediMasterMalik 13 years ago
    Ken in makes sense shocker : "at present the games industry relies too heavily on easy to sell sequels"
    Blitz 13 years ago
    Here we go...finally going to get to something interesting...

    at least he finally said something average gamers can relate to. How is the PS3 going to break this polarisation?
    Netfreak 13 years ago
    I swear I heard the speech somewhere....oh that's right..E3 '06!
    jonchoo 13 years ago
    It sounds as if he is now completely obsessed with the concept of the Internet.
    TripSkyway 13 years ago
    Ninja's site. You can have a Ninja wedding there apparently, cut the cake with a sword.
    Blitz 13 years ago
    I'm waiting for him to announce sony's version of steam, cause thats what this is beginning to sound like.
    JediMasterMalik 13 years ago
    Well wait to see how it's relevant before you start screaming bloody murder. Sheesh.
    ilmaestro 13 years ago
    Sounds sweet, Trip. Certainly far more entertaining than this crock of shit.
    Netfreak 13 years ago
    Seriously, Ken should stop uttering BS like Sony discovers the Internet! CAD? Why the hell do gamers need to hear THAT? Bull!
    CrunchinJelly 13 years ago
    I wish he'd stop mentioning Gran Turismo.

    More than likely the next one won't be finished for another 2 years, anyway.
    JediMasterMalik 13 years ago
    "the Polyphony Digital team have worked on several projects with car manufacturers to co-design systems used in real vehicles, apparently."

    Is this true? ...cool
    TripSkyway 13 years ago
    @ilmaestro
    Been a couple of times, we take all the people that come to visit. It's like a ninja village, indoors. Definately the best theme restaurant I've been to here.
    Netfreak 13 years ago
    ZzzzZZzzZZzzzzz....
    coojam 13 years ago
    Yeh, it seriously sounds like he's only just discovered the Internet.
    CrunchinJelly 13 years ago
    Jesus Christ, this is tedious.
    JediMasterMalik 13 years ago
    It is interesting, but for the time being, only if you're interested in game development... I think. :s
    caligari 13 years ago
    Holy shit!

    Where is everyone?

    Some of this stuff is sounding rather...'tasty'?
    quantumsheep 13 years ago
    Yep, fuck this, I'm off to bed.

    Highlights in the morning with a bowl of cornflakes I reckon...
    ilmaestro 13 years ago
    When did you go to the ninja restaurant, Trip? It sounds beyond cool.
    JediMasterMalik 13 years ago
    "GMS - Global Mapping System"

    What???
    Sid-Nice 13 years ago
    We've seen much of this video before in other trailers, but it's definitely very nice on the big screen. Lovely lighting and environments, although there are certainly fair comparisons to be made with DOA4 on the Xbox 360 - it's a bit ahead of that graphically, but arguably not by much.

    DOA4 looks appalling.
    JediMasterMalik 13 years ago
    I think Ken has just discovered the internet. :p
    JediMasterMalik 13 years ago
    WHIPEEEE FFXIII!!!!
    Beanie 13 years ago
    VF5 seems to be on for a while.

    Eh? I thought I never had to refresh?!

    Oh well, good job Opera can do it for me :]
    JediMasterMalik 13 years ago
    WOW only ten minutes late, not bad at all. ;)
    Sir-Icey 13 years ago
    I'm hearing the same elevator music on a rival site's video coverage right now. I feel your pain :)
    TripSkyway 13 years ago
    If you haven't been yet, check out the Ninja restaurant in Akasaka. The food's great, and a Ninja magician comes to your table after your meal. It's good to find Ninja's who've renounced violence can still find work.
    JediMasterMalik 13 years ago
    Gamespot are only giving 5 minutes to people who aren't paying, that sucks. :(
    Zero-Beat 13 years ago
    Hmmm, just an audio feed on Gamespot. :!
    JediMasterMalik 13 years ago
    I love you Eurogamer, youre so humourous. :D

    Jet lag - The saviour of Eurogamer :p
    Carrybagma 13 years ago
    Just noticed this from Tom's profile:

    Contributed reviews
    This user hasn't written any reviews.

    How strange!

    Oh well. Hope something genuinely positive comes out of Sony this time. Sees youse lata.
    patlike 13 years ago
    *pumped*
    kissthestick 13 years ago
    5 mins!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111
    Dazrimm 13 years ago
    Morning,all..
    Sid-Nice 13 years ago
    I hope your report is in English.
    Mugwum 13 years ago
    Off we go then. Woo!
    Carrybagma 13 years ago
    Rubbish speech.

    I'm off to bed.
    Azazel 13 years ago
    i am veryu very drunk right now

    bit.. but

    they can turn multiple trolls from stone to flesh in real-time with awesome wepaon change physics that jump out and clean your toilet with lasers like sharks that are equiped with lasers

    it's the future NOW

    EDIT : I wamt a stuffed Puma
    TripSkyway 13 years ago
    Ooo woke up just in time.
    Toonster 13 years ago
    Different time zone FTW!

    19:20 here.
    Sir-Icey 13 years ago
    I took a day off from work just to stay awake and stare at this page.
    The-Bodybuilder 13 years ago
    Wow, I can't believe people are actually gonna stay up? Don't you guys have jobs or something? (I'm a broke-assed student).

    But I can understand. Why sleep and dream, when you can let the cell chip do that for you.
    Hughes. 13 years ago
    I'll wait for that on EG TV then, text transcripts aren't going to do that kind of action justice.
    Carrybagma 13 years ago
    Haha! The Evil PlaySatan Overlord will devour children before your eyes! His burning tongue will spew gobbets of steaming fibs, to be consumed by the mindless followers who worship at his horny cock of goats!
    SpeedyThing 13 years ago
    Depending on your US location deduct between 5 and 8 hours (I think and unless you're in Alaska!). So 2am here is about 8pm there
    Antaeus 13 years ago
    oh wow you guys are funny, I'm staying up too but I don't know when the thing starts in American time campared to Europe I guess I'll find out later. oh and PS3 FTW
    Hughes. 13 years ago
    Roger Moore & Tony Curtis FTW!


    See if EG set up a thread to be comment spammed this long before an event again!
    Hughes. 13 years ago
    Good idea, Disc, hadn't thought of that. Of course while I'm waiting I'll probably decide to play Tales of Eternia and forget all about the coverage and pass out asleep sometime around 4am.
    Hench 13 years ago
    Falling asleep lol

    Can't stay awake - need extra strong coffee (but I don't like coffee) lol

    Bit of a dilemma
    Steroyd 13 years ago
    yeah but when too much crap on a website (1 pic) the PSP craps up.
    Steroyd 13 years ago
    Does anyone know if the PSP is good at acceptng these live text feeds, i just can't be arsed getting out of bed at 2am in the morning booting up the computer etc etc.
    old_skool 13 years ago
    Attention !!!
    Attention !!!

    Would you people actually mind commenting after the text feed is up on this site ? I can't be arsed to read pointless comments .

    Thanking you for understanding :-)

    /runs
    Bates 13 years ago
    IT'S GROUNDHOG DAY!
    JediMasterMalik 13 years ago
    ^HAHAHAHAHAHAHA
    drumbaby 13 years ago
    I look forward to the revelation that the 20gb PS3 is patchable to grow an HDMI port at a later date.
    Santino 13 years ago
    Anything involving the PS3 has MASSIVE DAMAGE potential. it is one of the next gen features i believe, that and ken is a small guy
    ronuds 13 years ago
    The PS3 will become the next household pet and replace children as your country's future. In fact, adults will have no need for children at all once the PS3 is released, instead relying on the cell processor's advanced artificial intelligence to fill the void.

    Once all adults have died, the PS3 will inherit the earth and do a much better job of managing it - with its 50gb Blu-Ray disc player - than humans ever could.
    BartonFink 13 years ago
    Surely if it was a small pile of PS3 boxes he would end up with massive facial damage, you seen the size of those things?
    Santino 13 years ago
    ken will stand up take a bow and proclaim that "This is teh real next gen, xflop 1.5 and Wii are rubbish buy my console it is very good", then calmly try to walk off the stage but trip over on a small pile of boxes marked 'PS3' destroying japans entire shipment.

    edit for spelling
    captainrentboy 13 years ago
    I think my girlfriend would be most displeased if I sneakily left the bedroom at 2 am with the excuse of wanting to watch 'live events' unfold on the internet......For anyone who didn't see what I was doing there,what 'live events' could of course be mistaken for by my girlfriend would be dirty peverted live sex shows direct from some swedish whore's bedroom.
    But I will be here in the morning to read an entertaining 14 billion replies,don't let me down guys.
    BartonFink 13 years ago
    This should be hilarious.

    Even the title of the keynote shouts arrogance.
    Xerx3s 13 years ago
    EDIT: how many people are really staying up till 2am to hear this?

    Sleep is for the wicked. :D

    Blu-ray is better than sex.

    Sold.
    coojam 13 years ago
    "I will stay up.
    Not because i'm terribly interested, but because after E3 and Leipzig GC i got somewhat addicted to reading live text feeds."

    Hehe that is painfully true...they're so addictive!
    chupachups 13 years ago
    As it'll be at 2am, do you think it'll be "live text uncut", with loads of swearing, violence and nudity?
    spindizzy 13 years ago
    So how delayed do we reckon the conference will be (come on, no one SERIOUSLY thinks Sony will manage to start on time do they? ;-)
    Hench 13 years ago
    Live text at 2 in the morning? I will stay up then :)
    chupachups 13 years ago
    We know what he's going to say though:

    -Loads about how great Blu-ray is, about how great Cell is, and about how good an investment the PS3 is, so there's no need to worry about silly little things like the price.

    -A random selection of game release dates.

    -Blu-ray is the best thing since sliced bread.

    -Cell will let you have better-looking children.

    -Blu-ray is better than sex.

    etc. etc. etc.
    JediMasterMalik 13 years ago
    lol I'll stay up, I have been doing anyway.
    Markus 13 years ago
    I will stay up.
    Not because i'm terribly interested, but because after E3 and Leipzig GC i got somewhat addicted to reading live text feeds.
    HiFiHair 13 years ago
    Comedy event of the year.
    spazmo 13 years ago
    After staying up to watch Sony's E3 'debacle', i've been put off these conferences for life. Well, the Sony ones anyway.
    chupachups 13 years ago
    "4d graphix at 120fps dual 1080p displays perhaps?"

    Water into wine, feeding the five thousand, raising the dead etc.

    There was already that story about PS3 curing Alzheimers.


    EDIT: how many people are really staying up till 2am to hear this?
    Steroyd 13 years ago
    this should be fun.
    Santino 13 years ago
    4d graphix at 120fps dual 1080p displays perhaps?
    Stormflood 13 years ago
    What? Me? First?