Sony were pleased to impress at this year’s Gamescom with a whole bout of unveils and announcements that look to take them strongly into the end of the year and early 2011. In addition to unveiling two new PS3 models with larger hard drives (320GB and 160GB), Sony also detailed new entertainment services for the XMB (6 new catch-up channels, MUBI movie service and a VidZone update), and an impressive roster of games. They were also all too keen on expelling the notion that the PS3 was suffering commercially after its rocky start, with stats pointing to a 57% increase in hardware sales and software sales up 46% year on year.
A brand new Ratchet & Clank- entitled Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One- that allows for up to four players to team up in a new adventure, was officially unveiled, whilst a Resistance sequel was also shown off to press. The high profile announcement from Insomniac Games shows how admired Gamescom is to gaming press, with prior knowledge, you’d have bet on Sony showcasing the latest in the highly-acclaimed shooter series in LA this June.
The Playstation Move was another big part of Sony’s line-up at the conference and they were delighted to confirm a launch date of the 15th September for the motion controller device. Now less than a month away, we’re eager to get our hands on what mainstream insiders are being suitably impressed by, with a whole host of titles planning Move support from launch. With the starter pack priced at £49.99 it makes a nice change from the lofty pre-order price of Microsoft’s Kinect.
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