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Sony Tokyo Game Show Keynote Live Blog

Kaz Hirai will be outlining Sony's upcoming strategy while everyone else plays Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker.

 

The PS3 scored its biggest sales week ever here in Japan following the release earlier this month of the system's slimline hardware revision. But previous boosts that accompanied releases like Metal Gear Solid 4 and the Advent Children Final Fantasy XIII demo ended up being short-lived.

So how does Sony Computer Entertainment plan on maintaining the system's momentum? We'll hopefully get some insights today as Sony hosts both this year's Tokyo Game Show keynote address followed by its own annual media briefing later in the day.

First, the keynote. Set to be given by CEO Kaz Hirai, the speech is titled "Sony Computer Entertainment 2009 Strategy." TGS keynotes often focus on broad industry issues, but with a name like that, we expect to hear specifics on Sony's year-end game plan.

Hirai's keynote begins at 10:30am local time. Refresh this story around that time for a live blog of the proceedings. Also check the site later in the day (around 1:30pm-ish) for live coverage of Sony's media briefing.

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11:20 -- They're moving on to a panel discussion with Imperial Hot and crew. I'm going to the Yakuza stage to see me some porn stars.

11:19 -- The Q&A session is over!!!

11:19 -- It was totally rad.

11:19 -- Did I mention that I played Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker?

11:19 -- Sorry for the lack of updates... he's just talking about general business issues.

11:10 -- Hmm... Kaz has been taking the Kutaragi pills it seems.

11:10 -- From "motion" of current controllers to "emotion" for the future.

11:09 -- Or something like that...

11:09 -- Farther off, he suggests the possibility in the future of your in-game characters reflecting your feelings/emotions.

11:08 -- They're still progressing with the development.

11:07 -- He's talking about future tech, and makes mention of the 3D technology that Sony announced a while back.

11:05 -- I'm going to go take a picture of Kaz.

11:05 -- He's talking about American game stuff... music games, etc.

11:05 -- Kaz was apparently in America during Japan's Silver Week. He just got back yesterday, and he has jetlag!

11:04 -- Mr. Asami from Nikkei BP... that's our man.

11:03 -- Did I mention that Kutaragi is here, sitting up at the front?

11:03 -- This is where they announced the PS3 pre-release price drop a few years ago.

11:03 -- Yep... some dude from Nikkei BP is going to have a chat with Kaz.

11:03 -- There usually is.

11:03 -- There may be a Q&A

11:02 -- Actually...

11:02 -- Yep, that's it!

11:02 -- Hmm... he seems to be winding his speech down.

11:01 -- He also briefly mentions Life with PlayStation.

11:01 -- Moving on to PlayStation Home, he discusses the expanding item and lounge availability. In Japan, the service has a tie-up with Georgia canned coffee.

11:00 -- Sony Japan will detail its own video service at its press briefing later today.

11:00 -- He's recapping some of the Gamescon video service announcements -- start of service in Europe, the BBC streaming service, etc.

10:58 -- Over 25 billion yen in sales.

10:57 -- Over 600 million downloads.

10:57 -- PSN accounts: over 29 million

10:57 -- Next, PlayStation Network talk.

10:57 -- Actually, North America has 56.8 million... even better job!

10:56 -- Europe has 51.9 million of that! Good job!

10:56 -- Worldwide sales have reached 138.8 million.

10:56 -- Oh man... he's talking about PS2 now. BORING!

10:54 -- Now he's discussing the use of the PSP and PSP go as a network terminal.

10:54 -- There will be 700 titles available for download when PSP go hits North America, and 400 when it hits Japan.

10:53 -- He moves on to the PSP go's release.

10:52 -- LittleBigPlanet Portable

10:52 -- EchoShift

10:52 -- LocoRoco Midnight Carnival

10:52 -- (just played it, by the way!)

10:52 -- Peace Walker

10:52 -- Phantasy Star Portable 2

10:52 -- Gundam VS Gundam Next Plus

10:52 -- Dynasty Warriors 6 Special

10:52 -- Just a short CG clip.

10:52 -- Last Ranker

10:52 -- Kingdom Hearts BBS

10:51 -- Yuusha no Kuse ni Nama Iki da 3D

10:51 -- Minna no Tennis Portable

10:51 -- Minna no Sukkiri

10:51 -- Gran Turismo.

10:51 -- Now they're showing a reel of PSP games.

10:51 -- He moves on to PSP. Worldwide sales for the system: 52.9 million units.

10:50 -- Err... make that Dual Shock.

10:50 -- He says they plan on making it a standard controller to follow Dual Shock 3.

10:49 -- The controller will be released in Spring 2010

10:49 -- The sphere at the top, along with gyros and accelerometer sensor allow for precise tracing of psotion.

10:49 -- The controller makes use of PlayStation Eye.

10:48 -- He brings out a version of the wand motion controller.

10:47 -- He mentions PlayStation UI: Motion Controller

10:47 -- While Dual Shock is the standard controller, he notes that Sony previously released Eye Toy, which allowed for a unique, direct control in the PS2 era.

10:46 -- He moves on to the PlayStation controller.

10:46 -- He attributes the PS3's capabilities in part to Blu-ray.

10:45 -- Ratchet & Clank Future 2.

10:45 -- Heavy Rain

10:45 -- Just a short clip from the old trailer, though.

10:45 -- Last Guardian!

10:45 -- FFXIII!!!

10:45 -- Trinity Zill O'll Infinity

10:45 -- Yakuza 4!

10:44 -- Infamous

10:44 -- God of War III

10:44 -- Uncharted 2

10:44 -- He moves on to a video showing the PS3's lineup.

10:43 -- Sony believes one of the reasons for the revision's success is the lower price.

10:42 -- In three weeks, the slim system sold 1 million worldwide.

10:41 -- He's talking about the success of the PS3 slim.

10:41 -- He moves on to the PS3 in particular.

10:41 -- Sony will be pouring even more resources into PS3 and PSP development from here on out.

10:40 -- He says that games are the core of PlayStation.

10:38 -- You know... downloadable songs and all... blah blah blah blah blah.

10:38 -- He also mentions Singstar as an example.

10:37 -- To show off the various aspects of games for the network era, he introduces LittleBigPlanet.

10:36 -- Now he's talking about "user experiences in the network era."

10:35 -- He says that everyone must discuss how to expand the industry as a whole -- not just individual companies -- blah blah blah blah blah.

10:32 -- By the way, I saw Kutaragi sitting up front.

10:32 -- He's sharing some general industry stats.

10:31 -- Hirai takes the stage.

10:31 -- Fantastic seating, guys!

10:31 -- They have the press in one of the far corners.

10:30 -- It's beginning

10:30 -- It's beginning

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