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12 May 2006 @ 10:31 am
Sony Conference at E3  
E3 rawks my friggin socks. Now on to the post...

Looks like we're getting a break from the games. Time to move back to Hirai and discussing online networking. He now believes online gaming is like "air conditioning in a car" -- it's a requirement, and the bundled hard drive is meant to help take advantage of that idea.

Base community services for the network will be friends listing, text messaging, voice messaging, player profiles -- all of this will be offered free of charge. Sony says they'll be offering a variety of multimedia content via their online service for PS3 and PSP; movies, music, games, etc -- a very similar approach to Xbox Live.

Hirai is now showing off the emulation functions of PSP, a service they plan on launching later this year. Game profiles boot up directly from the memory stick, and he appears to be showing off Ridge Racer -- and doing a poor job of imitating the narrator. Hirai, please don't quit your day job. You can also change the screen size depending on your preference. Unfortunately, they didn't go into details about pricing, any possible visual enhancements, etc.

In order to facilitate their online service, they will be issuing a PlayStation Card for people who can't necessarily whip out a credit card when they want to make a transaction online.

Bout freakin' time, Sony. You dropped the ball last round by not getting into the Online market. And as for the emulator abilities for the PSP.... just awesome. Can't wait.

We're also getting launch details: PS3 will launch in Japan on November 11 and November 17 in the US, Europe and Australia . One model will come with a 20GB hard drive at $499 and another model with a 60GB hard drive at $599. Either way, both models come with a hard drive bundled inside -- but that does put it $100 and $200 ahead of Xbox 360.

*clutches her right arm and feels a pain in her chest* Son of a bizznitch, Sony!

(info taken from HERE)
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