E3 09: What Sony MUST announce at its press conference

Microsoft had a strong press conference on the opening day of E3. With the two surviving Beatles in attendance, innovative 1:1 motion-sensing technology with Project Natal, a strong line-up of games and new multimedia features, Sony's got to up its game to keep up with Bill and his boys. Below, we team up with our colleagues at OPM UK to tell you about the features PS3 needs to announce to stay on a level playing field with the Xbox 360.

Above: The Beatles: Rock Band fronted by its two remaining performers capped a fine conference for Microsoft

OPM UK’s Deputy Editor, Ben Wilson, is in favour of PS3 implementing music applications like Spotify. But, ultimately, feels Sony should concentrate on games at their E3 09 press conference.

He said: ‘I’m hoping for the focus to be on gaming rather than gimmicks. PS3 is already a superb multimedia machine. Where it can pull ahead of its rivals is in the quality of titles like Project Trico, God of War III, Heavy Rain, and MAG. The conference is going to be fascinating.’

Read on to find out all the things we and OPM UK want to see Sony announce at their E3 09 press conference.

Metal Gear Solid 5. The mystery of Raiden’s game, now known as Metal Gear Solid: Rising, has been solved, but that doesn’t explain the render of Big Boss we saw on Konami’s teaser site last week. Our friends at OPM UK also confirm series creator, Hideo Kojima, will be at Sony’s press conference. So we’re hopeful this means the announcement of a proper sequel to MGS4 is imminent. Sony could also appease us by revealing any of the following…

• Killzone 3
• A new PS3 Jak and Daxter
• Sony exclusive GTA IV DLC
• LittleBigPlanet 2
• New Flower-esque innovative IPs for the Store
• Resistance 3

Above: Kojima makes a suprise appearance at Microsoft's show, but he'll also be at Sony's conference

But screw announcements. What the company really needs to do is make its big hitters playable on its show floor, meaning demos of God of War III, Uncharted 2 and Gran Turismo 5 (with damage modelling in place). With these games, PS3 owners won’t care about moody lighting in Alan Wake, perfect hairpin turns in Forza 3 or shoving men’s heads into sinks in Splinter Cell: Conviction.

Microsoft has providing the 360 with DLC music and radio. But Sony will counter this within the week when its PS3 VidZone is released. The ad-supported service allows us to stream unlimited on demand music for free, with 1.5 million tracks and 25, 000 music videos available from launch, including Sony EGM and EMI records. But, to go that extra mile, assimilating Spotify into the PS3 Borg would be aces.

Above: Combine Spotify with the VidZone and all PS3 music lovers' needs should be covered

While might be free for Xbox Live gold subscribers, there’ll be plenty of pissed-off silver members out there pining for a free music service for their console. And having the free to use Spotify for your listening needs could be a big boost for PS3.

Sony needs to put a deal in place with LoveFilm or a similar movie DLC service to bolster the number of movies and shows on the PS Store to compete with the 360 and Netflix. It also needs to get its act together and finally make the Store film service available in Europe. Instant streaming of films seems like a must now, too. And this is where Sony has to stress its tech advantage over Microsoft. Every single PS3 supports 1080p, but only the Elite version of the 360 supports the resolution.

Above: Zune providing instant 1080p streaming is a major coup for the 360

The PS3 must hammer home the fact it’s the only console supplying true HD movies to all its customers. Sony also has to try and combat Microsoft’s Sky TV deal that lets you watch Premier League football matches. Sorting something out with Setanta Sports, to bring live football to Play TV, would be a start.

Sony need a modified and more sophisticated version of the EyeToy to go up against the 360’s Project Natal. The technology has been in place for years, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to adapt it slightly to fully support all the kickball and virtual paint-style games that Microsoft have shown off. Bring these changes in through firmware updates, rather than us having to pony up for new hardware, and that would be even better.

Above: Don't expect to be interacting with any downtrodden digital kids on EyeToy anytime soon

June 02, 2009


  • skalpo - June 3, 2009 8:56 a.m.

    More foto
  • Unoriginal - June 2, 2009 3:20 p.m.

    I don't want all three consoles to have Motion Tech. I really need one console where I can sit back with a regular controller and relax with some games. I can't relax while swinging my body around like a hyperactive chimpmonk all the time.
  • oscarpiggy - June 2, 2009 3:13 p.m.

    psp2 needs properly announced doesn't it?
  • Vagrant - June 2, 2009 3:12 p.m.

    I disagree with or don't care about all of these. I ESPECIALLY don't like the list of wanted games. (except "New Flower-esque innovative IPs for the Store". That's reasonable) But yeah. No more sequels, especially not to dull greybrown sci-fi shooters. What the PS3 needs is fantastic original titles that push boundaries and can have people excited. And also Trico. They'll probably come through fine with Trico. Isn't the Big Boss image rumoured to be for a PSP game they might just announce now?
  • MGS4SolidSnake - June 2, 2009 3:10 p.m.

    im first and i hope that ur right about mgs5 cause then i could play both mgs5 and mgs:r
  • Solstice - June 3, 2009 1:12 a.m.

    This isn't what I was hoping for.
  • Synster - June 2, 2009 8:23 p.m.

    It's a bit early for Killzone 3 and Resistance 3 isn't it, GR? Sure. I want these announcements too being a big Fan of Sony, but Resistance came out late last Year, and Killzone came out nearly 3 months ago. Maybe next year Eh?
  • CreepingDeath666 - June 2, 2009 5:04 p.m.

    Think Kojima will be there to announce that Metal Gear PSP game, if he announces another PS3 one apart from Rising though (especially playing as Big Boss) it will make my E3
  • jar-head - June 2, 2009 5:01 p.m.

    i used to wish that sony and microsoft would just Merge, but proper competition is Healthy for the gaming commute. but Microsft seems to be winning so far with more products, and 9Usually) your money's worth.
  • ADeafGoat - June 2, 2009 4:30 p.m.

    i dont think they need all this stuff, this is all just copying what microsoft announced yesterday and it will look like sony is just trying to copy what microsoft does to compete. However they do need some of these things, especially the games and movie portions. Sony isn't going to be able to gain headway against microsoft by doing exactly what they do, Sony needs to do something of its own thats unique to them, that's what will make PS3 more attractive to gamers. Just trying to catch up to what microsoft is doing isn't going to get them anywhere.
  • DasavageJ - June 2, 2009 4:22 p.m.

    Man I'm still a little downed about how 360 got the new Metal Gear and the FFXIII I thought those were exclusives for sure but oh well good for them. Also there Project Natal is some amazing stuff man. And they actually showed a pretty good line up That being said Sony's lineup is looking pretty good and seeing as I only a PS3 I'm pretty hyped for it.
  • JohnnyMaverik - June 2, 2009 3:48 p.m.

    I HATE the exclusive culture in gaming, one company with 1 game anotehr with another and gamers stuck in the middle trying to work out which company to go with, but sony need a few. I also hate the franchise culture, which usually stifles creativity in games and creates a lazy, lets just same old same old approach from the developers. If they do announce exclusives I hope their something new, a couple of dozen new games sowing the same level of creativity as flower did accross numerious gaming genres would really boost ps3 sales. Lastly drop the damn price, valve and steam have proven the price cuts result in boosted profit, it makes gaming more affordable for gamers who arent all rich by any means, so everyone wins.
  • Mirako - June 2, 2009 3:45 p.m.

    I agree while this whole motion capture thing seems interesting I don't have the space for stuff like project natal at least Natal isn't like the Wiimote where it can and is implemented into everything
  • MrBuffalo - June 2, 2009 3:17 p.m.

    My 360 isnt an elite but it does output at 1080p. It was featured in dashboard update. They need GTA5
  • oscarpiggy - June 2, 2009 3:15 p.m.

    all i want is someone to come in say haha we fooled you you f**kers this is the real psp two analog sticks and two sets of shoulder buttons and all

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