E3 2010 Preview: Sony

By Jordan Douglas on June 15, 2010, 1:20AM EDT
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After watching Microsoft's E3 press conference held earlier today, all eyes are on Sony's event tomorrow. Microsoft generally underwhelmed with their offering, which has given Sony a massive opportunity to steal the show. Will they seize on it? All signs point to yes. Based on Sony's string of pre-E3 major game announcements - LittleBigPlanet 2, God of War: Ghost of Sparta, Killzone 3, InFamous 2, and Motorstorm: Apocalypse - there's good reason to believe the PlayStation maker has got something big in the works. Why else would they let so much slip? There's still the likes of Resistance 3, Gran Turismo 5, The Last Guardian, Jaffe's secret project, Pixeljunk Shooter 2, a new PSP, a premium PSN service, and more to talk about.

While Sony has already announced many of their upcoming sequels, that doesn't mean they won't make an appearance at the press conference. A new trailer or demo for LittleBigPlanet 2, InFamous 2 and Motorstorm: Apocalypse seems very likely. My money is on Killzone 3 to show up in the form of a 3D demo, as Sony will be eager to promote 3D in many of their top tier first-party titles.

Speaking of 3D, how well would a live demo of that scale work? Well, obviously Sony would have to give out glasses to each member of the audience. However, even once that's complete the quality of such a demo is questionable. To properly view the effects of 3D technology, the audience must all be directly facing the screen, and they must be within the optimal viewing distance. Previous Sony press events have been setup with multiple screens at varying angles and many elevated rows of seating. These conditions aren't conducive to a quality 3D demonstration. In addition, there's no way to showcase 3D for the audience watching at home. That being said, expect Sony to do everything in their power to make it work.

Regardless of 3D's presence at the event, Sony has a number of games to show. Aside from what has already been disclosed, there will be plenty of new information - the most likely being Resistance 3, The Last Guardian and finally something definitive on Gran Turismo 5. In the wake of Insomniac's multiplatform agreement with EA, Sony will be eager to prove that PlayStation 3 is still front and center in the studio's mind. Resistance 3 is the next logical Insomniac project based on their recent release schedule and a leaked billboard that popped up ages ago.

Team ICO's PS3 project, The Last Guardian, should also have a big showing. With a track record consisting of ICO and Shadow of the Colossus, there is a great deal of anticipation surrounding Team ICO's mysterious title. Another game due for a major appearance is Gran Turismo 5. After countless delays, it's finally time for Sony to get the hotly anticipated racer to consumers.

What else could Sony talk about tomorrow? Plenty. Numerous rumors have been flying around regarding a potential successor to the PSP, a premium PSN service, David Jaffe's PS3 project (possibly a new Twisted Metal), and more. Hopefully, a new PSP would learn some lessons from the iPhone's success - most important being an App Store-esque game delivery service, intuitive multimedia features, and a touch screen. Although, it isn't encouraging to hear Sony representatives call the PSP Go an experiment that didn't work out. A premium PSN service has also been a popular rumor. It will be much harder for Sony to convince consumers of its worth since PSN has been free previously.

Bottom line, Sony has so much to talk about it's hard to imagine how they will manage it all even after the pre-E3 announcements. We didn't even get to PlayStation Move, which will no doubt play some part in the presentation. Alongside Move there's 3D demonstrations, new game announcements, as well as a potential PSP successor and premium PSN service. Sony has put themselves in position to blow Microsoft out of the water with the sheer volume of content in the pipeline. Gaming Union will have a Live Blog of the press conference tomorrow morning at 12pm PDT. Brace yourself for some fireworks.

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