PS3 price drops to $249

Gamescom 2011: Sony cuts the consumer cost of its latest console, announces Infamous 2: Festival of Blood at trade show media briefing.

COLOGNE, Germany--Electronic Arts set the tone for Gamescom with a media briefing packed with news, including a new FIFA Street, a hard release date for the long-awaited Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, an April window for The Secret World, and the first glimpse of a new fantasy action free-to-play title, Warhammer Online: Wrath of Heroes. The publisher even capped it all off with a live demo of Battlefield 3's cooperative mode.

If Sony wants to top that, at least the PlayStation purveyor has plenty of options up its sleeve. The company is getting ready to launch the PlayStation Vita in Japan later this year (with European and North American releases to follow in 2012), but focusing on new hardware is just one way to make a splash. The company also has a big holiday lineup for the PlayStation 3 to show off, spearheaded by Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception and Resistance 3.

Video of the complete briefing is available here.

[10:04] The conference hasn't started just yet but should be under way shortly.

[10:05] Have you got your Sony conference bingo card to hand? We're looking for PS Vita release dates here, plus Move and 3D stuff for the win.

[10:07] John Riccitiello and Peter Moore sit to our left, in the second row.

[10:08] The executives are fresh from their own press conference, in which EA announced the return of FIFA Street, a release date for Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, and more.

Paging Mr. PlayStation. Mr. PlayStation, please come to the stage.

[10:12] A voice comes booming over the loudspeaker apologizing for the delay and saying it will be a few minutes before the conference gets under way.

[10:13] There's still time to get popcorn! (There is no popcorn here.)

[10:18] Sony's music fades out, and the voice asks everyone to switch their mobile phones to silent before the music cranks back up, louder than before.

[10:19] It doesn't last long, as the music fades again, and a trailer package rolls featuring Batman, Assassin's Creed, the Move controller, and more.

[10:20] The B-roll montage also includes Journey, Uncharted, Resistance, more Move, PSP EyePet, PlayStation Store, ah, and there's the PS Vita.

[10:21] Andrew House, SCEE president, takes the stage. "It's great to be back here at Gamescom."

[10:21] "As you all know, the European market is incredibly important to the PlayStation business."

[10:22] "We've set an ambitious goal for ourselves… to take the muses of the imagination and make them real." That's poetry.

[10:23] "Connected devices will define our heritage and be the key to our future." He's talking about the PlayStation Network.

PlayStation Network.

[10:24] He's touting the PlayStation's various online media services. Now: "We've continued to evolve the gaming experiences." Ah, there's 3D!

[10:25] Sony is "committed to giving consumers the ultimate in choice… with the option of interoperability and individualisation."

[10:26] "As you know, I will be leaving for Tokyo," House says, of his upcoming new role. But here's the new Sony Computer Entertainment Europe bigwig (president and CEO), Jim Ryan. It's a passing of the baton.

Jim Ryan, the new head of SCEE, talking up the Vita.

[10:28] Ryan replaces House onstage. And he's straight into the PS Vita, talking up the analog sticks, OLED screen, multitouch screen and multitouch pad, Sixaxis motion sensing, and front and rear cameras for augmented-reality experiences.

[10:29] He wants to share some "social applications" with us. Like Near: "Find out what games friends are playing, based on your location." Party: enables voice chat and text chat with your friends. LiveArea: check the latest news, receive the latest gaming updates from your friends.

[10:30] Also, Social Essentials: Facebook, Skype, and Twitter on PS Vita, and also Foursquare integration.

[10:30] "Trophy wins are uploaded to PSN." "Send a message to users on PSN."

[10:31] And there's the Internet browser, too. "Stay constantly connected with your PlayStation life," says Ryan. "Let's take a look at this in action." Roll the trailer!

[10:32] It's one of those lifestyle-type trailers. Young people playing on Vitas, using all the utilities we've just been told about. "Join the Social Gaming Revolution," it says.

Knit hats and unbuttoned collared shirts: only on the PlayStation!

[10:33] "But at its core, PS Vita is a gaming machine," he says. He brings on Michael Denny, senior vice president of Worldwide Studios Europe, to talk about it.

[10:34] Denny calls Vita "a developer's dream." So, he likes it. It will also have the strongest launch lineup ever on a PS platform, he predicts.

[10:35] "Today, I'm going to show you four games." Up first: Resistance: Burning Skies.

Resistance: Burning Skies for the Vita.

[10:36] The game "explores a new aspect of the Resistance story," says Denny, then ushers on the devs to talk about it.

[10:37] Ellis Island, 1951, says the Vita. Our hero is waking up in a makeshift morgue, where the army is researching Chimera technology. He's a firefighter, destined to become a hero of the resistance forces.

[10:38] He's slashing away with a fireaxe, controlled by tapping an icon on the touch screen. And now he's got a CFG (cluster fire gun), iron-sight-shooting some Chimera drones.

"Let me ax you a question."

[10:38] The alternate fire modes are based on Vita's fancy bits--tap on the screen to tag up a bunch of targets, in the case of the CFG.

[10:39] Now he's got a carbine and is out in the city. There's the Statue of Liberty off in the distance.

[10:39] Use the Sixaxis control to take cover--tilt the Vita to duck and pop up.

[10:41] And here, the Chimera chaingun. Tearing up Chimera infantry with it, up on some rooftops. Our hero destroys a water tower, demo ends.

[10:42] Game two is Little Big Planet for the PS Vita, here in the shape of a trailer.

[10:42] "What will you create?" asks the trailer. Then: "Where will you create?"

[10:43] Because now you can make LBP stuff while hanging out in skate parks and cafes, like in the trailer.

[10:44] It emphasises using the Vita's camera to create in-game items. Trailer ends.

[10:44] Those cameras are also ripe for augmented reality applications, they say. "Imagine engaging with your real environment while immersed in your game environment."

[10:45] Game three is Reality Fighters. "Add yourself to the game, and create your own personal fighter." You can transform any real-world location into your in-game fighting environment, they say. Ready for a demo? Here's a demo.

[10:47] "You can play as anyone, anywhere." They've set up Jim Ryan and Andrew House avatars. Decent likenesses. House has a mallet.

[10:47] They're fighting in a circular arena projected via the Vita cameras onto the Sony press conference stage.

Reality Fighters.

[10:48] (Andy "The Hammer" House wins.)

[10:48] Game four: Escape Plan, another new one for the Vita. Let's watch!

[10:49] Two black vinyl-looking characters, Laarg (fat) and Lil (small), appear onscreen.

[10:49] "Help Laarg and Lil escape by any means," says the screen.

The heroes of Escape Plan.

[10:50] It's a side-scrolling, black-and-white puzzle platformer, it looks like.

[10:51] Both are getting killed a lot, popping like gooey balloons.

[10:52] It's time to bring on the third-party developers! Assassin's Creed is among the six PS Vita titles in the works at Ubisoft.

[10:52] Also, FIFA is coming in early 2012 to the PS Vita.

[10:53] And on to the PSP. Remember that thing?

That's a lot of third-party support for the Vita!

[10:53] He's talking up the EU 9.99 PSP Essentials, the line of budget PSP games.

[10:54] And now: it's a brand-new, 99-euro-priced PSP.

[10:54] Moving swiftly on, here's the PS3.

The new 99-euro PSP.

[10:55] Along with PlayStation Move, naturally. Before we get back to Michael Denny, an announcement: Full Move functionality on FIFA 13. 13!

[10:56] That's the FIFA after FIFA 12.

[10:56] Denny takes the spotlight to talk about motion gaming some more. He's talking about exercise and fun personal training. We sense a fitness game coming on…

[10:56] And here we go! It's called Move Fitness, and here's a trailer.

[10:57] Basketball, jumping jacks, shadow boxing, "over 25 fun exercises."

[10:58] Slicing plates with ninja swords. This lady is shadow boxing in a field. Where's her PS3?

Sony finally jumps into the fitness game market.

[11:00] Denny reminds us that the Move is used in Resistance 3 and the Little Big Planet Move pack, and prompts a Move montage video.

[11:02] More people using Move controllers outdoors. Where are their PS3s?

Sony also gets into the dance game market.

[11:03] DanceStar Party now, and it includes all the original songs' videos. It also has a dance creator mode, letting you "become the ultimate choreographer." The "perfect Saturday night entertainment," apparently.

[11:03] The trailer promises 40 tracks with videos, the ability to record performances, and a workout mode.

[11:03] Don't freak out, OK, but there's a dance troupe onstage now.

[11:05] It's Diversity. Jigging in black and red suits. The chief dude had Move controllers but has thrown them away now.

This is a thing that's happening.

[11:07] (Like Tron, but with more baseball caps and dancing.)

Here comes the dance party!

[11:08] Sorry, where we were? Oh right, the PlayStation stuff. Here's Resistance 3 now, with a trailer inspired by that box art that everyone loved.

[11:09] It is similarly black, white, and reddish-orange. Silhouettes, husky voice-over.

The new Resistance 3 trailer.

[11:10] That's coming on September 7, they remind us.

[11:11] And now a short trailer for a Sucker Punch game. Hello, what's this then? Pyre Night says a sign over a ransacked, burning city. Dead people? And then it's over.

Infamous 2 just got more vampire-y.

[11:12] "Vampires swarm the city… Cole has been attacked and bitten… [he has] one night to kill the head vampire."

[11:12] Infamous 2: Festival of Blood, the game is called. Infamous with vampires, OK?

[11:13] And finally, it's an Uncharted 3 demo.

[11:15] Drake's up on a rooftop with Elena, looking out over an airfield with a cargo plane being loaded in it.

[11:15] Now Drake has scaled the fence into the airfield, and he's not letting Elena follow him. "Take that Jeep over there and get the hell out of there," he says.

[11:16] He has been spotted by searchlights, and the plane's getting ready to take off.

[11:16] Killing henchmen on top of shipping containers now, and hotfooting it along the runway after the plane.

[11:18] It's Elena with the Jeep now, here to drive Drake up to the plane's landing gear. Jump for it! (He jumps for it.)

That doesn't look safe, Drake.

[11:19] Crawling through vents inside the plane. Then seized by a burly henchman, who's trying to throw him off the landing ramp into the desert.

[11:19] Wait. We've seen that desert before. We think we know how this flight ends.

[11:20] Crates knock Drake out the plane as it upends. Could it crash? Could it?

[11:20] (Demo ends.)

Uncharted 3: coming to Europe November 2.

[11:21] Here's another peek at that small 3D Sony television we first saw at E3. SimulView (catchy) is the tech that lets you use a 3D screen to play two-player games on a full-sized display, with no need for split-screen.

[11:22] Closing the show with a PS3 price announcement with immediate effect. Global price drop: €249, $249, or ¥24,980.

[UPDATE]: A Sony representative has confirmed to GameSpot that the PS3 will be cut to £199 in the UK.

Did someone say "price drop"?

[11:24] So that's a cheaper PSP (€99) and a cheaper PS3 (€249). Have a great show and good-night, they say. Boom! Sony conference over. Stick with us on GameSpot for more from Gamescom and a closer look at what we've heard about here today.

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239 comments
EVIL346
EVIL346

No cross game chat no ps3 for me then not even a price drop will make me buy a ps3 people who never used this feature before don't know what they are missing even if you are playing a different game or watching a movie it feels like you are there with your friends playing their game. those who say they don't need it hah think again sony missed out on a great feature here too much processing power for what for bluray movies lol. xbox 360 is better gaming console overall. sony fanboys are just in denial before they where practically crying for the cross game chat now sony officially say that it just cannot do it and now nobody wants the cross game chat lol denial again. naaaaaaaaaa i will wait for the next generation of consoles and decide there which one is better again but right now the xbox 360 rockssssssssssssssss

NightFox313
NightFox313

Great move Sony! Now all we need is the backwards compatibility with the PS2 :D

TevoxZi
TevoxZi

@godzillasvskong Well, I wasn't being sarcastic, I honestly don't know anyone who thinks BF is ported over from consoles to PC. While I do agree with your point below, ports don't usually 'perform' that great, especially on PS3.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

@TevoxZi What I was referring to in my first sentence of my previous post, was the statement you said, "To be honest, I don't know anyone who thinks BF is ported over from consoles to PC." I figured you were being sarcastic. Either way, I'm sure most people are aware that the pc is the most powerful of the gaming machines, so to port it from a console isn't going to give pc owners much to gloat about, or to showcase their power pc. Whereas the games that are primarily developed with pc in mind tend to look much better than their console counterpart . The thing is that I don't think the console gamers, if that's what they can be classified as, care if they receive a "port", as long as it plays well, and looks relatively nice.

TevoxZi
TevoxZi

@godzillavskong Except that I didn't say that they won't get a port, I said BF3 will be ported over from the PC to consoles, whereas CoD MW3 will be ported over from consoles to PC.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

@TevoxZi Well I'm sure it isn't being ported over from the consoles to the pcs, but from what I've read, the new engine they developed is supposed to be rather flexible, and take advantage of each systems strengths.Even if they are developing on the PC first it still doesn't mean that both consoles will receive a port.

Henninger
Henninger

Ok so is the new Infamous game a DLC or a full game???

mdchapel9
mdchapel9

You know as soon as I buy Gears of War 3 and beat it, I will Sell my 360. I went through 3 different 360's (I done it for the Gears, Fable, Halo Wars, Mass Effect and some of the Arcade games.) my bro owns a ps3 got it on the first day it came out and it still working and he plays more than I do WTF.

TevoxZi
TevoxZi

@IceJester45 Exactly my thoughts as well.

IceJester45
IceJester45

@TevoxZi, I think most of the people who bash cross-game chat have never actually used it. I keep Vent/Mumble open all the time on my PC. It's easiest way I know to get all my friends into one game. Those who like to say a phone call is an effective substitute for cross-game chat may feel free to pay my bills for long-distance calls to Denmark, South Korea and South Africa. If Sony were to add cross-game chat, I would pay for it. I would upgrade to PSN Plus solely for that feature.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

This should make a lot of folks happy. Sony's console was still seen to be too expensive by many. With the price drop and then Resistance and Uncharted being released my guess is a lot of little kids will be asking for one for Christmas. Clever stuff Sony.. clever stuff indeed.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

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TevoxZi
TevoxZi

@Promised_Trini That won't take care of the other mistake though, but thanks. :)

TevoxZi
TevoxZi

@godzillavskong To be honest, I don't know anyone who thinks BF is ported over from consoles to PC. DICE has confirmed that they're making PC version first, as obvious as it is. Among the proof I have A controller is a taste of an opinion? Maybe so, but there are a lot of friends of mine on the PS3 who wish they could play it on PC. It IS an opinion, but let's face it, first person shooters are easier to be played on a mouse and a keyboard while 3rd party games are easier on a gamepad.. which I can get for a PC too.

CTR360
CTR360

finally PS3 price cut but i buy a new ps3 320 GB with infamous2 bundle last month

zaiwen
zaiwen

how bout an Uncharted 3 bundle for $299? or that 3DTV + PS3 bundle for say $500-600

JeremyPhi86
JeremyPhi86

Thank you God i might be able to afford a PS3 now.

visi0nz
visi0nz

Too bad I bought a brand new PS3 this last April :/. Oh well I got the welcome back program :).

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

@TevoxZi "Dice unlike the multiple devs of the Call of Duty franchise build the game primarily on PC and port it over to consoles." Are you a programmer or did Dice tell you this?

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

@TevoxZi As far as FPS sucking with controllers I would say that is a matter of opinion, some may say they suck using a keyboard, and mouse. I prefer the controller over any game with a keyboard and mouse, but that's just the way I see it. To each his own.

Dan_Lero
Dan_Lero

Not a bad conference! Escape Plan looked fun and a nice price cut to finish off!

Promised_Trini
Promised_Trini

@TevoxZi Oh I am sorry did miss a I! in there somewhere.Happy now you have your identity back on GS now...

elvato87
elvato87

I'm so tempted to buy a PS3 now, but i don't have time to play the games that I currently own on the wii, 360 and PC, let alone if I buy a PS3 :s

TevoxZi
TevoxZi

@Promised_Triny I'm sorry man but the fact that you've typed my name wrong twice in a row and claimed I was talking about a subject that I wasn't isn't really convincing me out from thinking you're an idiot.

pokecharm
pokecharm

I'm not sure what to think about the price cut...does that mean the Vita will get a cut too?

buying1999
buying1999

Can't blame them for that. I mean they're gathering dust on the shelves while the 360 is having it's biggest year ever!! ps3 "last place" as is proper. Hello PSN security. How's it going?

EABGamer
EABGamer

GOOD FOR PEOPLE WANTING THE PS3 STILL~~GREAT SYSTEM JUST GOT MORE AFFORDABLE WITH GAMES THAT YOU CAN'T GET ANYWHERE ELSE~~*FREE ONLINE GAMING* JUST PUTS IT OVER THE TOP~~THE TRUE NEXT GEN CONSOLE

Promised_Trini
Promised_Trini

@TevoxZ I love it when users say oh I also have a PS3...After coming saying how it useless update to let people know what...Your just going on bashing the Console even more...Be careful who call a idiot in honesty you don't me...

DARKNESSxEAGLE
DARKNESSxEAGLE

and paranormalnut was down-voted because...? but yeah, good time for a price drop, I was considering getting the PS3 some time soon (DISGAEA 3&4 FTW!!) so this may be a big factor in my decision.

nurnberg
nurnberg

Cool! I was thinking of buying a PS3. This price drop could not happen at a better time.

Triton
Triton

Maybe time to buy another PS3.

XanderZane
XanderZane

When does Microsoft Press Conference start? Are they even at Gamescom?

paranormalnut
paranormalnut

MS is gonna drop the price. I think they could drop the price lower than PS3. At this point just about every one who wants a 360, like me has one. So, best way to start selling more is... lower price.

lord1371
lord1371

i bought a ps3 last week! im so pissed

spooky102
spooky102

Nintendo and Sony have done their job and given price drops. Now to wait for how MicroSoft will retaliate. If PS Vita is more expensive than the PS3 now I just wonder how much the PS4 will cost. Not the time to be thinking about that yet but gotta plan for the future. Hope it won't be more than €250 although I can see it being even between €300-€500. Hopefully we won't have the same story as the PS3 had when it was released, although I do think Sony learnt their lesson but who knows. This is just my opinion though.

XanderZane
XanderZane

Nothing new or special really. Good to see more game info for PS Vita. I expect Microsoft will follow suit and do their price drop before the week is out. Now I can get a 2nd PS3 for my bedroom. I need another Blu-Ray player for my Samsung 46" 3D HDTV. It's going to be one crazy holiday this year. ************************************************************************************** @Archzen19 If you don't have a PS3, now is the time to get it. Too many exclusives to count coming this fall. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Most people own the PS3 and XBox 360. The price is so low now, there's no reason not to have both of them. I will own two of each very soon.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

No news about Last Guardian or Sorcery... grrrrr...

sstravisd
sstravisd

I don't regret dropping $600 on my PS3 but I believe it's worth every penny since I've been using since 2007 until now. However a price drop is always welcome :)

phillkillv2
phillkillv2

I just wonder if they are going to lose any money because of this. Thats the price of a Wii Lol.

jash_blue
jash_blue

If Nintendo did the discount for $169.99 for its 3DS, Sony did $50 discount on its PS3, how about Microsoft? For me, "kung lahat na libre".

TevoxZi
TevoxZi

@Promised_Trini I never talked about the pricedrop, I talked about the useless update Sony throws at us. 3D this, 3D that, anyone who doesn't own one doesn't care about those updates. Where's the crossgamevoicechat? It's the most asked feature on PSN anyway, and instead Sony publishes updates hardly any gamer cares about. I'd seriously want you to tell me the last time Sony published a relevant update for gamers rather than for some security improvements & 3D crap. What being relevant being a subjectional matter though. Read better next time you make a respond so that you won't look like a complete idiot in one's eyes. I also have a PS3 by the way, so I'm allowed to talk, having the console or not shouldn't be a limitation to talk about general stuff in gaming regardless. I'm allowed to have an opinion, whether you like it or not.

TevoxZi
TevoxZi

@godzillavskong Because FPS games by general suck on the controller. Also, BF3 just won't be the same on the PC as it's on the consoles. Dice unlike the multiple devs of the Call of Duty franchise build the game primarily on PC and port it over to consoles. Yay for Dx11, you guys can just enjoy your Dx9. So yes, I'm allowed to say that I'm happy that I'll get to play Bf3 on a PC rather than a console. Oh, and trust me, there are tons who'd prefer to play it on PC anyway - anyday.

hesel
hesel

I'll be buying one if the price drop comes to the UK, all I need now is more space.

Promised_Trini
Promised_Trini

@monson21502 How is that a critical hit? to the Vita when the 160 gig PS3 is the same price as the Vita...

PS2Dude89
PS2Dude89

I have been back and forth on getting a PS3 for so long now and just the other day I was considering getting a Blu-Ray player. This might just be the price drop needed for me to finally buy one...

Gomtor
Gomtor

PS 3 = great. 360 = great. Own both, why would I bother with VITA if both top consoles are cheaper? Android keep me busy on the road.

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

Although there are a few games on PS3 I would love to play, I don't think the PS3 can tempt me higher than $199. Especially since I own a Blu-Ray player.