Sony's E3 2006 Press Conference, scheduled for 4:00PM Pacific time but delayed until approximately 4:52PM, revealed the mouth-watering information that Playstation 3 fanboys the world over were anticipating: date, price, controller, online, and more.|
So. When will I be selling my house?
The Playstation 3 will debut in North America and in Europe on Friday, November 17th, 2006 - six days after it lands on Japanese shores.
Will my firstborn be enough?
No. Well, it depends. The Playstation 3 will come in two configurations, one-upping the Xbox 360 and mandating a hard drive in each unit. A 20GB hard drive configuration will cost you $499, whereas a 60GB configuration will snatch $599 from your cold, dead fingers. European equivalents are 499 euros and 599 euros respectively.
But I can't afford it!
Hah - that's because you're a sucke- wait, neither can we.
Well, what do the goods look like?
The base unit looks just like it did last year. The controller, however, has been thankfully retro-designed to look not like a banana but ye olde familiar Dual Shock. There is a special "Playstation"-branded button in the middle, and the controller has internal guts that mimic the Wii's nunchuk accelerometer technology - meaning, it's tilt sensitive. The upside: Sony wants to take part in the revolution as well. The downside: PS3 owners won't be able to aim or control things on screen with nearly the same precision as the Wii's remote. Regardless, Sony wants aboard the future of game control too. That leaves Windows' daddy. Fancy a response from Microsoft?
They'll boast Xbox Live.
Good point. However, Sony announced that its online infrastructure will be free of charge. Quoth the Gamespot demigods: "By offering a variety of social functionalities beyond gaming (messaging, player profiles, friends list), Sony will create a community, a 'virtual society,' free of charge." Online play was speculated to be free, but now all the community offerings too? Huge stuff.
What else can this wonderful box of sex do?
Sony wants part of the revolution. It also wants part of connectivity, too. Sayeth Gamespot: "It will support standard definition as well as high-def setups. It will communicate with the PSP and support Blu-ray video, PSone, and PS2 games." Once you get your hands on E3 2006 press conference footage, you'll also see Gran Turismo HD - running at true 1080p, at 60 frames per second. Gameplay may be king, but after seeing this, graphics whores everywhere could be forgiven for popping a woodpecker.
And this is only the first press conference. Who knows what Nintendo and Microsoft have in store to make us pee our pants even more?
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