GDC to sport PS3, PSP kiosks

Sony announces booths at event will showcase "latest hardware and development tools for the next-generation console" and demos for portable; no games mentioned.

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In February, Sony Computer Entertainment announced that Phil Harrison, chief of its Worldwide Studios, would deliver a keynote address at the 2006 Game Developers Conference. While the title of that speech, "PlayStation 3: Beyond the Box," promised a look at the company's next-generation console, it was unclear if any actual hardware would be on display. Those doubts were exacerbated last week, when Sony announced that the PS3 would go on sale worldwide in November 2006 instead of its previous "spring" launch window.

On the eve of Harrison's address, however, Sony has announced that there will definitively be some form of PS3 hardware on display at the event. In a carefully worded statement, the company proclaimed that, as part of its "widespread presence" at GDC 2006, it would have booths showcasing its next-gen console. Sony promised "PlayStation 3 kiosks, showcasing the latest hardware and development tools for the next-generation console, including Unreal Engine, COLLADA, PlayStation Graphics Library (PSGL) and performance analysis tools" would be on-hand at its booth.

Sony promised to hold "demonstrations of games that highlight the new and unique features of the PlayStation platform" at its booth. It did not identify any PS3 titles as being present, however, preferring to issue comments of a broader nature. "The Game Developers Conference gives us an opportunity to collaborate with the development community and demonstrate new technology, business models, and our vision that will help fuel the growth of the computer entertainment industry," said Harrison in a statement. As of press time, Sony had not responded to requests to clarify whether PS3 games would be on display at GDC.

Sony did say several PlayStation Portable games would be on playable display, including Loco Roco, Me and My Katamari, and Field Commander. Indeed, the company promised a whole range of PSP functionality would be shown off at its booth, including the PSP Spot game-download service, as well as peripherals such as the PSP headset.

Come back to GameSpot tomorrow for complete coverage of GDC 2006 as a whole and Harrison's speech in particular.

Discussion

56 comments
SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

Well, looks like Sony's PS3 hype machine is almost in full gear. Can't wait til E3!

jonnyjd
jonnyjd

So wish I could be there to see what's on display.

jaefrmbk2k
jaefrmbk2k

i'm from the year 3000 and i when & it was aiight.

daveg1
daveg1

there should have been games playable by now!!

Ne0zEEd
Ne0zEEd

Hopefully they'll show us the goods..

runstalker
runstalker

QUOTE: "Here is a hardware question. It has been announced that Blue Ray / HD DVD players will only work with a HDMI or DVI output ...... so will you need the HDMI to watch Blue Ray movies on the PS3?" Short Answer: Yes. More specifically, you'll need a HDCP-compliant display with DVI or HDMI input. Check out the play magazine site games section, PS3 extended impressions. They go over the whole digital vs. analog Blu-ray movie stuff. Basically if you use VGA or component with a HDTV (+PS3), you're screwed for high-def movies.

cyprus646
cyprus646

I dont think there gona show any games i think there just gona show videos like they did last year.

NeoJedi
NeoJedi

I hope they show 1) The PS3 and 2) Some games.

buildar
buildar

I just want to know what the finalized hardware is and what the developer feel they can do with the toolsets available. Some new videos would be nice considering some of the studios were aiming for a spring release *cough* Koei *cough* i want to see a hundred guys running around on screen to show of their home built PS3 engine.

rthat
rthat

All that i want to know is the price the games i will see it on E3. I want to see what the final hardware its going to be. I will laugh a lot if sony brings a controler similar to the revolution hahaha that will be grate, but its really dificult to that to hapen.

yanks26wsw
yanks26wsw

I wanna see real time screen shots

rbarahona
rbarahona

This is cool!!! I hope that we can see some of those demos and hopefully the final version of the controller. I think that Sony needs some hype by showcasing some of the capabilities of their next console so consumers can begin to get even more excited.

PazUSA
PazUSA

Can you smell that? The stench of underwhelming nothingness.....YAWN, wake me up when all the hype is over......

monsteronthego
monsteronthego

i was'nt expecting to see anything intresting untill E3 but hell something in between then dosent hurt

zerox1264
zerox1264

come come..bring on the good news..lets finally show microsoft who they thing their messing with..my psp's ready..my money's anxiously waiting for her destiny..PS3's COMING!!!

therhino79
therhino79

it's all finaly coming together even if it's a little bit at a time, good job sony give the people what they want!

Drudaddy
Drudaddy

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I_Dr_GONZO_I
I_Dr_GONZO_I

Here is a hardware question. It has been announced that Blue Ray / HD DVD players will only work with a HDMI or DVI output ...... so will you need the HDMI to watch Blue Ray movies on the PS3 ?

Star2020
Star2020

All I want to see is the PS3 in action and what it is capable of.

Odin897
Odin897

I wonder if the old "bewmarang" controller will make an appearance.

Solid_Cobra
Solid_Cobra

The GDC didn't happen yet and people are already getting mad. Don't expect a lot of news in the way of launch titles, price or bundles. The purpose of GDC is entirely different from E3 or TGS. Sony's agenda will be to simply sell the hardware to developers, not to sell you software. They are obviously holding their cards for E3.

Van_Cleef
Van_Cleef

This news page is funny. Xbox 360 image atop. Sony PS3 image atop. Xbox 360 image atop. Sony PS3 image atop. It's sort of like that Elmer Fudd cartoon "Duck Season." "WABBIT SEASON!" "DUCK season!" "Wabbit season!" "Wabbit season!" "Duck season, fire!" Anyway... it's despicable.

The_Answer_1
The_Answer_1

Boring!!! bring on e3 already i need moreeee

Imavnas
Imavnas

"how different could it possibly be than the 360???" Exactly. SInce we dont know id be good to truly know how different (or alike) they would be. And dont expect too many launch title announcements yet. We didnt know even half of the 360's launch lineup till September 05', only 2 months before its launch. A price on the other hand, is indeed an announcement we might get tommorrow.

Trini_Gamist
Trini_Gamist

I could care less about tech demos and . . . so called "actual gameplay footage" how different could it possibly be than the 360??? I want a PRICE SONY!!!. . . A PRICE. . . and LAUNCH TITLES!!!!. . . anytyhing else would be a waste of the Conference

Imavnas
Imavnas

They might finally showcase some games in video but on an actual PS3, ala MGS4 (the only game thus far shown running on an ACTUAL PS3). Also, like another poster said earlier, we might finaly see the controller again. Id be nice to know if they changed it or if their sticking with the weapon/controller boomerang.

runstalker
runstalker

I hope the PSP picks up momentum again. My lovely little portable widescreen PS2 is rising up the ranks on the "This would make a sweet, if slightly awkward and unstable, coffee table coaster" list. It will take 2 or 3 really sweet must-haves to get me back in the PSP Honeymoon mentality I had last March. Good times...bring them back!

MazRX7TT
MazRX7TT

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fore_runner
fore_runner

yay...more pre rendered videos...or perhaps videos that are in real time, but aren't actual gameplay... E3 better blow me away, or else...:)

mars_elliot
mars_elliot

I'm so excited!!! Oh wait, that was heartburn.

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

THats neat I can't wait to hear how it goes and see what other games will be playable.

Arkham
Arkham

It's the Game DEVELOPERS Conference, you morons, not a Wal-Mart Play-Until-a-Pimply-Guy-in-Blue-Overalls-Kicks-You-Off-the-Kiosk Conference.

xboxruler007
xboxruler007

Wow...what a surprise...can't wait to see 'new' things...*cough*boring*cough*

Xanog1
Xanog1

Wow, some people can't grasp the fact that the Games Development Conference isn't about showing gameplay off for the public gamer. Anyways, good news none-the-less.

Truth01
Truth01

I didn't think anything what so ever would be seen at the GDC, but yet here is sony surprising me again. I wonder how far this displaying ps3 thing will go.

dadeisvenm
dadeisvenm

LOOOVEE those tech demos. Flock of Mario's. Rubber duckys in a tub (Dreamcast). Anyone remember any others?

Donkeljohn
Donkeljohn

Sounds like we shall see some of the goodies that were on display at TGS last year.