Sony E3 Conference Gives Surprise Announcement

ps3Sony made its move at the ongoing E3 2010 conference by announcing an important firmware update and a surprise video game.

The makers of the Playstation 3 (PS3) said that all of its 35 million units sold would become 3D ready via a firmware update.

Then a former critic of the console, Gabe Newell of Valve Corporation, walked into the stage and announced that the next installment of the critically acclaimed game Portal will be playable in PS3. Newell said three years ago that the PS3 is a “total disaster in so many levels”. Now, he is singing a different tune, he said that that the console “is the most open platform of all the current generation consoles.” Portal 2, a first-person action/puzzle video game will be available in 2011 for Windows, Mac OS X, XBox 360 and PS3.

The Playstation Move, PS3’s motion sensing game controller, was announced that it would be available in Europe by Sept 15, in the United States in Sept 19 and in Japan by Oct 21. There will be at least two variations: the motion controller, which will be sold at $49.99, and the smaller navigation controller at $29.99.

Microsoft’s main weapon for this year’s E3 conference is the Kinect, which will allow users to play video games without a controller but by using only body moves. Nintendo meanwhile unveiled the 3DS handheld device which will allow users to play 3D games without the need of glasses.