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The PS2 is owning E3 right now
#1
I must say (going by what info I've gathered feverishly searching the web) that Sony is kicking major league ass, even in the face of the almighty Halo 2 trailer and new Fable news. This E3 is insane, and considering that I can only view them from the outside looking in, that's an understatement. From the newly announced PSP handheld to the online plans that seem to follow Microsoft's lead in terms of bandwidth requirements, Sony is taking some major initiative in terms of "innovation." (note the use of the word innovation). The irony is cryptic, but dead on.

Anyone with a need to debate need only check out the sheer "quantity" of high caliber titles on the horizon for the system.

If I were at E3 right now, I'd have to wear a diaper.:rox:

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#2
No debate here Tony. I fully agree. But of course...Nintendo hasn't popped out of their hole yet. I fully expect the big N and Sony to rule the show. It sounds to me like Microsoft already let out their big guns, and if that's only one game, all I can say is...uh-oh.
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#3
sony has a gt4 vid up Big Grin

http://ps2movies.ign.com/ps2/video/grant...1303_1.mov

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#4
speaking of the new PSP, I saw this @ Sony's site-
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT READIES FOR MARKET EXPANSION WITH CREATION OF A NEW HANDHELD ENTERTAINMENT PLATFORM

Company Unveils Plans to Extend PlayStation® Family of Products with “PSP™”

LOS ANGELES, May 13, 2003 – Enhancing its strong platform strategies, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) announced today plans to expand its in-home entertainment to outside the home with a new, all-in-one portable entertainment platform, “PSP™”

The introduction of “PSP” highlights the company’s long-awaited foray into the portable entertainment market. With unmatched advantages of the Sony Group, such as global brand awareness, superior technologies in the most advanced semiconductor processes, “PSP” further broadens entertainment experiences into the portable arena.

The foundation of this new platform is Universal Media Disc (UMD), which comprises of a 60mm optical disc (1.8 GB) in a cartridge, developed by the Sony Group, utilizing its latest disc technologies. Compared to the out-dated mask ROM cartridge, optical disc has huge advantages such as shorter turn around time for manufacturing, larger data capacity and lower media costs. The latest copy-protection technology will be applied to offer content developers and publishers a safe and copy-protected environment.

“PSP” will be equipped with a wide screen 480 x 272 pixel (16 by 9) TFT LCD monitor with a backlight, and powered by super chipsets utilizing the latest 90 nm semiconductor technology. For graphics, 3D rendering will be enhanced by the employment of curved surfaces (NURBS) along with conventional polygons. Video quality will also be enhanced with MPEG4, which delivers quality equivalent to DVD video at a low data rate.

“PSP” will have an USB 2.0 port for further expandability and connectivity to other devices, such as “PSP,” PlayStation 2 and many other systems, along with a Memory StickTM slot for network applications and data transportability in a wireless environment.

SCEI will offer PC-based development tools starting from fall 2003 for the preparation of a new range of computer entertainment content. A new license scheme for “PSP” software development will be announced in summer 2003. Pursuing the founding principles of the PlayStation business, Sony Computer Entertainment will expand its efforts to support content developers to create new forms of computer entertainment.

Together with its business partners, SCEI aims to aggressively promote this new platform to further broaden the arena of entertainment.

“Just as PlayStation and PlayStation 2 revolutionized in-home computer entertainment, we aim to become a new driving force in the portable entertainment platform arena,” said Ken Kutaragi, president and CEO, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. “The world of PlayStation encompasses hundreds of millions of users worldwide, most of whom view computer entertainment as part of their everyday lives. We look forward to extending the experience through a portable entertainment platform, and are excited about the possibilities and impact ‘PSP’ will have on the market. Along with game applications, ‘PSP’ will have a huge potential for delivering other forms of entertainment as well as live entertainment through the network, anywhere, anytime. This is the ‘Walkman’ of the 21st century.”

“PSP” Specifications
Platform name: PSPâ„¢
Display: Wide screen (16:9) TFT LCD with backlight
(480 x 272 dots)
Disc medium: “UMD” 60mm optical secured ROM disc with cartridge
(1.8GB)

Video CODEC: MPEG4
Graphics: 3D Polygon/NURBS

Sound: PCM (built-in stereo speakers, stereo headphone output)
I/O: USB 2.0, Memory StickTM slot
Battery: Rechargeable (lithium-ion)
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I've never personally owned a handheld gaming system - but this could be my first ...
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#5
I can't say that any particular console is owning software-wise personally. They all have their fair share of interesting games, most of them interesting me are evenly split out between the three consoles, as I expected.
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#6
I agree that Sony is owning E3. I couldn't be happier as a PS2 owner right now. Konami has really given the PS2 some sweet games.:omg: The PSP is also very exciting to me since I've always wanted a Sony handheld.
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