Author: E3Updates Staff
Published: Thursday, June 17, 2010

John “The Lion” Daly Roars in at E3 and “Grips it and Rips it” with the Sony® Move Controller

Twain Harte, Calif—June 17th, 2010— O-Games™ and PGA legend John “The Lion” Daly captivated crowds at E3 while demonstrating John Daly’s ProStroke Golf’s unique control system with Sony’s Move Controller.

The Move controller gives players far more control than any other golf game, allowing players to easily shape and hit realistic golf shots.

“The game is really fun and great to play,” said John Daly. “You can actually swing the club like in real life and open and close the club face to shape your shots for draws and fades. What’s really great about the game is that it will get kids and adults up off the couch and more interested in golf.”

O-Games opened the show to crowds of people desperate to see John Daly and out drive him on the John Daly Challenge Mode.

“The popularity of John Daly is amazing,” said Jim Scott, CEO of O-Games. “Our booth was packed all day with people waiting to meet ‘The Lion’ himself and see him grip the Move controller and bomb it down the fairway.”

O-Games is located in the West Hall, Booth 5544, showing all their Summer and Fall titles on Wii, DS, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 platforms.

For new screen shots, assets and pictures of John Daly at E3, please visit www.reverbinc.com/ogames/johndaly

For more information on O-Games, please visit www.og-international.net.

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Los Angeles, CA – June 17, 2010- Paradox Interactive and Neocore Games today unveiled the new website for its highly-anticipated real-time strategy title Lionheart: Kings’ Crusade, accompanied by a new cinematic E3 trailer. The trailer showcases the breathtaking gameplay and fierce battles to retake the Holy Land set between the years 1189 and 1192.
View the E3 trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbmzYstJvwg
Official website: http://www.lionheartthegame.com/
Slated for release on September 17, 2010, Lionheart: Kings’ Crusade invites players to rewrite history through controlling and upgrading leaders and their armies, guiding various historical factions through political events, collecting relics, and unlocking new content in a feature-rich campaign set to take on the strategy genre by force.
Lionheart: Kings’ Crusade features include:
Play through two single-player campaigns – Crusader and Saracen.
Oversee hundreds of soldiers in real-time epic battles
Command your forces, conquer territory, and expand your realm on a fully 3D map.
Strategically manage your army between missions.
Rewrite the past with famous historical characters serving as the main heroes.
For more information, please visit www.paradoxplaza.com, follow @lionheartgame on Twitter and join the community on Facebook.
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  • Real-Time Strategy with indirect control – your heroes have a will of their own! Place a high enough reward as incentive however, and they will go hunting monsters or discovering new lands at your command
  • 12 mission campaign
  • Cast magic spells using the Nintendo DS stylus
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RedLynx’s Xbox hit smashes through a new milestone.

June 17, 2010 (Helsinki, Finland) — RedLynx (redlynx.com) announced today that Trials HD, its award-winning motorcycle stunts game for Xbox LIVE Arcade, has smashed through the one million player mark.

Trials HD was officially announced exactly one year ago at E3. So it’s only fitting that this week, during E3, we had our one millionth player record a score on Trials‘ Global Leader Board,” said Tero Virtala, CEO of RedLynx. “It’s an exceptional achievement for any game and, obviously, we are thrilled.”

To celebrate this milestone and reward its fans, RedLynx hosted a special event called ‘Million Player Madness,’ challenging the community to guess the exact time and date when the millionth score would be recorded.

That time turned out to be June 16, 1:15 AM GMT, guessed most accurately by community member Schtee, who won a game, a flag, a hoodie, and a motorcycle helmet autographed by the entire Trials HD team.

Summer Special – This Week Only!

For those yet to experience the Trials mystique, the timing couldn’t be better, as they can now download the full game for only 560 Microsoft Points, an unbeatable deal that lasts through June 20 of this week only.  It’s a 53% savings from the game’s normal price of 1200 Points.

Plenty of Praise

Recently, Trials HD was voted 2009’s ‘Best Overall Arcade Game’ and ‘Best Innovation’ by the Xbox LIVE players community themselves. It was also named ‘Best Game of 2009′ at the Nordic Game conference and was nominated ‘Best Downloadable Game’ at the 12th Annual Independent Games Festival.

The game has been critically acclaimed with an average review score of 86 on Metacritic.com with critics and a remarkable 94 with participating gamers.

The game was first launched on Xbox LIVE Arcade on August 12, 2009.

For more information on Trials HD, visit redlynx.com.

Author: E3Updates Staff
Published: Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Survival Horror Series Returns to Next-Gen Platforms With New Level of Mind-Bending Terror


EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – June 16, 2010
– Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. today unveiled Silent Hill 8 (working title), the eighth installment of the Silent Hill franchise. Scheduled to launch in 2011 on the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.  Staying true to the franchise’s original roots, the game returns with another third person horror experience, and an all new thought provoking storyline.  Players will once again find themselves face to face with their deepest sins and fears in the strange world of Silent Hill.

“In honoring the rich history and strong following of Silent Hill, we’re working hard to build a next generation horror game that the fans truly deserve,” said Shinji Hirano, President of Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. “This Silent Hill introduces an all-new storyline and unique evolutions in gameplay, building on innovations and successes from over a decade of true survival horror and terror.”

The survival horror experience begins after a prison transport vehicle careens off the road, leaving lone inmate Murphy Pendleton stranded in Silent Hill.  Gamers will encounter mind-bending puzzles, as well as horrific creatures and other world terrors using everyday objects from wooden chairs to glass bottles to fend off their enemies.  The natural response, fight or flight is left to the player as they unravel a dark, thought-provoking storyline which will appeal to fans of the early, classic Silent Hill series, as well as anyone who enjoys a deep, psychological horror experience.  In addition to the main storyline, players will also be presented with variable side quests along the way that can change depending on their play style, revealing unknown evils within the town.

Silent Hill 8 (working title) is scheduled to launch in 2011 on the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. For assets and additional information, please visit http://www.konami.com/downloads/.

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A Brand-New IP From Konami Featuring Unrivaled Gameplay Where Players Reassemble Decapitated Body Parts

El Segundo, Calif. – June 16, 2010 – Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. today announced an all-new IP, NEVERDEAD currently under development for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. NEVERDEAD will feature third-person action gameplay set in a fantasy and horror-influenced universe where supernatural battles between humans and extraordinary creatures blanket a vast city landscape. Gamers will wield a butterfly design-inspired sword and an arsenal of guns to decimate waves of ungodly enemies in the not-too-distant future.

“For NEVERDEAD, we’ve introduced some truly exciting new forms of gameplay and sword fighting, including a unique healing mechanism originally designed and conceived by a former member of Kojima Production,” said Shinji Hirano, President of Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.  “Their contributions, and those of the development team, have helped forge a great new action IP to add to Konami’s vast lineup.”

NEVERDEAD begins in the waking hours of peace and calm, when the world is under threat of being consumed by a demonic plague.  Centuries have passed since the world succumbed to an unforeseen shadow of evil, and a hero was made an immortal by demons. These demons have risen once again in the present day causing unrelenting mayhem reinforced by destructible environments within the game.  Now using his immortalic regenerative powers re-assembling his own body to evade death, the hero carries out the only salvation the world will know, for he is Never Dead.

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Amazing new Hothead Games title to tease crowds at E3 2010!

E3, Los Angeles – June 16, 2010 – UTV Ignition Entertainment Ltd., a global publisher and developer of videogames, today announced that it has reached an agreement with Hothead Games to co-publish Swarm worldwide on all platforms via digital channels. Swarm will be unveiled via a short teaser trailer at E3 2010.

Swarm lets the player take control of 50 utterly fearless Swarmites and drive them through an intense, entertaining and often suicidal battle for a greater good. Run, bash, huddle, boost, stack, jump, push and throw your way through gauntlets of death and destruction in an attempt to collect valuable DNA and ensure that at least one Swarmite survives. With a unique combination of mass character control and fast action, the resulting brutal aftermath will make players want to play Swarm over and over again.

“UTV Ignition is excited to partner with Hothead Games on this fantastic title,” commented Nigel Fox, European Head of Publishing for UTV Ignition Entertainment. “Swarm is a brilliantly crafted, humorous and incredibly addictive title, of the high quality and creativity that is the cornerstone of our digital download strategy.”

Swarm is very special to Hothead – it’s an idea we’ve nurtured for a while,” added Joel DeYoung, Director of Game Technology for Hothead Games. “We are excited to work with Ignition to make sure everyone hears about and ultimately gets a chance to play Swarm, Hothead’s next great game.”

Swarm is being developed by Hothead Games and will be available early 2011 across multiple platforms. To see the Swarm teaser trailer please visit the UTV Ignition booth at the E3 Expo 2010, booth number 4322 in the West Hall.

Author: E3Updates Staff
Published: Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Bundle Packs, Attractive Software Titles and Peripheral to Accompany the Launch, Further Enhancing the PlayStation(R)Move Experience

TOKYO, June 15 /PRNewswire/ — Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) today announced that it will release PlayStation®Move motion controller*1 for the PlayStation®3 (PS3™) system on September 15, 2010 in Europe/PAL territories and in Asian countries/regions*2 at a recommended retail price (RRP) of euro 39.99.  It will also become available in North America on September 19 at a RRP of $49.99 and in Japan on October 21 at a RRP of 3,980 yen (including tax). PlayStation®Move navigation controller, one-handed controller to be used along with the motion controller for intuitive navigation of in-game characters and objects, will also become available on the same day in each region at a RRP of euro 29.99, US$29.99 and 2,980 yen (including tax),  respectively.

Sony Computer Entertainment America will release a PlayStation Move bundle comprised of a PlayStation Move motion controller, PlayStation®Eye camera, Sports Champions Blu-ray™ disc game and PlayStation Move demo disc for $99.99 (RRP). Additionally, a PlayStation 3 Sports Champion Move Bundle, which includes a PS3 system, PlayStation Move motion controller, PlayStation Eye Camera, Sports Champions Blu-ray game and PlayStation Move game demo disc, will be available for $399.99 (RRP). The PlayStation Eye camera will also be sold separately for $39.99 (RRP).

On the software front, SCE Worldwide Studios will release more than 20 titles that are either dedicated to or supported with the PlayStation Move platform in fiscal year 2010 ending March 2011.  Exciting and innovative software titles available in the launch window will include; Resident Evil 5 Gold Edition by CAPCOM Co., Ltd., Time Crises: Razing Storm by Bandai Namco Games Inc., Tiger Woods PGA® Tour 11 by Electronic Arts Ltd, Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest by WB Games Inc, EyePet, Sports Champions, Kung Fu Rider by SCE and many more*3.  SCE, with support from third party developers and publishers, will continue to further enhance the software title line-up to offer high-definition motion-based gaming experience only available on the PS3 platform.

Furthermore, SCE also announced today the release of two PlayStation Move controller peripherals, “PlayStation Move®Charging Station” and “PlayStation®Move shooting attachment,” that will help further enhancing the PlayStation Move experience.

PlayStation Move charging station
By utilizing the “charging station,” users will be able to charge up to two PlayStation Move controllers, motion controller or the navigation controller, at once without having to connect them to the PS3 system. The “charging station” will become available concurrently with the motion controller launch in each region at a RRP of euro 29.99, US$29.99 and 2,480 yen (including tax), respectively.
PlayStation Move shooting attachment
The “shooting attachment,” designed to place the PlayStation Move motion controller horizontally, will allow players to hold the motion controller as if they are holding a gun and to easily aim at an in-game target.  The trigger on the attachment is interlocked with the motion controller T button and will enable users to intuitively play the game, not only limited to shooting games but also on games that may require precise button input and control.  It will deliver immersive gameplay and will work perfectly with software titles like The Shoot!*3 by SCE and Time Crises: Razing Storm by Bandai Namco Games Inc. which is expected to support the attachment.  The “shooting attachment” will become available starting this fall in each region at a RRP of euro 14.99, US$19.99 and 1,480 yen (including tax), respectively.

Through the introduction of PlayStation Move controllers, attractive software line-ups and peripherals, SCE will continue to further expand the PS3 platform and create a new world of computer entertainment that is only possible on PlayStation.

*1 Users will need to use the PlayStation Eye camera to enjoy PlayStation Move motion controller on PS3.

*2 Pricing of the motion controller in Asian countries/regions is equivalent to US$39.99.  Pricing of the navigation controller is equivalent to US$29.99.  The pricing will vary by countries or regions.

*3 Title line-up and release date will differ by each region.  Please refer to the separately attached software line-up list for further details.

Product Outline

PlayStation®Move motion controller
Product name PlayStation®Move motion controller
Product code CECH-ZCM1
Release date Europe/PAL territories and Asian countries/regions: Sept. 15, 2010, North America: Sept. 19, 2010, Japan: Oct. 21, 2010
Recommended retail price euro 39.99, US$49.99, 3,980 yen (including tax)
Color Black
Mass Approx. 145 g
External dimension Approx. 200mm × 46mm (height × diameter)
Battery type Built-in, rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Voltage DC 3.7 V
Operating temperature 5 degrees C ~ 35 degrees C
Included Strap
PlayStation®Move navigation controller
Product name PlayStation®Move navigation controller
Product code CECH-ZCS1
Release date Europe/PAL territories and Asian countries/regions: Sept. 15, 2010, North America: Sept. 19, 2010, Japan: Oct. 21, 2010
Recommended retail price euro 29.99, US$29.99, 2,980 yen (including tax)
Color Black
Mass Approx. 95 g
External dimension Approx. 138mm × 42mm (height × diameter)
Battery type Built-in, rechargeable lithium-ion batter
Voltage DC 3.7 V
Operating temperature 5 degrees C ~ 35 degrees C
PlayStation®Move charging station
Product name PlayStation®Move charging station
Product code CECH-ZCC1
Release date Europe/PAL territories and Asian countries/regions: starting Sept. 15, 2010, North America: starting Sept. 19, 2010, Japan: Oct. 21, 2010
Recommended retail price euro 29.99, US$29.99, 2480 yen (including tax)
Mass Approx. 190 g
External dimension Approx. 160mm × 90mm × 34mm (width × height × length)
Included AC Adaptor × 1

AC Cable × 1

PlayStation®Move shooting attachment
Product name PlayStation®Move shooting attachment
Product code CECH-ZGA1
Release date Fall 2010
Recommended retail price euro 14.99, US$19.99 and 1,480 yen (including tax)
Mass Approx. 150 g
External dimension Approx. 167mm × 145mm  × 55mm (width × height × length)
PlayStation®Eye
Product name PlayStation®Eye
Recommended retail price euro 29.99*4, US$39.99 and 2,980 yen (including tax)
Mass Approx. 173 g
External dimension Approx. 84 × 67 × 57 mm (width × height × length)
Power consumption 5v, Maximum of 500mA
Operating temperature 5 degrees C ~ 35 degrees C
Connector USB 2.0
Cable length Approx. 2m
Video capture*5 Maximum of 640 x 480 pixel
Frame rate*5 640 x 480 at 60 frames/ second

320 x 240 at 120 frames/ second

Lens head 2.1 F-stop, <1% distortion, fixed focus
Range of distance 25cm – infinity (in wide angle view)
Field of view 56 degrees (standard view) – 75 degrees (wide angle view) FOV zoom lens
Sound recognition Built-in 4 microphone array

*4 New pricing for Europe/PAL territories will go effective concurrently with the launch of the motion controller.

*5 Video capture and frame rate will differ according to the software used.

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New and Exclusive Content, Innovative Services and Community Focused Tools Provide the Most Comprehensive Entertainment Experience to PlayStation®3 and PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) Users

LOS ANGELES, June 15 /PRNewswire/ — Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC (SCEA) today unveiled new original programming and gaming content additions to PlayStation®Network’s unmatched and ever-growing entertainment suite of new and exclusive content, services and community focused tools. SCEA introduced PlayStation®Plus, a new subscription service package offering users even more options in how they consume content on PlayStation Network, during its press event kicking off the annual E3 Expo 2010 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. In addition, an open casting call was announced for Season 2 of its original competitive reality series, “The Tester™,” premiering this fall. Combined with the recent availability of programming from HBO® and ability to stream live baseball games in High Definition (HD) through the MLB.TV subscription service, PlayStation Network is continuing its evolution in delivering a great overall entertainment experience to its users.

New PlayStation Network titles for both the PlayStation®3 (PS3™) and PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) systems were also announced at E3, adding to an existing library of more than 670 downloadable games on PlayStation®Store. For the PS3 system, PixelJunk™ Shooter 2, PixelJunk™ Racers 2nd Lap, Dead Nation™, Fat Princess 1.06 Patch, and echochromeii were showcased.  Additionally, God of War®: Ghost of Sparta, Invizimals™, Piyotama®, Hot Shots Tennis: Get A Grip™, Patapon®3, EyePet™ and Gravity Crash™ will be released for the PSP system later this year.

“PlayStation Network has come a long way in just three short years and we have more than 50 million registered accounts accessing an unparalleled connected experience – from live sports and exclusive original programming to new gaming, movie and TV content,” said Jack Tretton, President and CEO, SCEA. “The combination of PlayStation®’s connected experience and products, allows us to continually provide the most comprehensive entertainment experience, at home or on the go, for the passionate and devoted PlayStation community.”

For the first time, PlayStation®Home — a ground-breaking virtual social gaming platform available on the PS3 system– will provide users that can’t make it to E3 in Los Angeles the opportunity to explore and experience PlayStation’s virtual E3 booth. The virtual booth, an exact replica of the “real” PlayStation E3 booth, will be accessible for the entirety of the Expo and will give the PlayStation Home community an opportunity to check out the show floor with added bonuses including access to the exclusive VIP level in the PlayStation booth.  In addition to videos of the latest PlayStation 3 and PlayStation® Move titles, game trailers, interviews and behind-the-scenes looks at the making of a PlayStation Home space, the PlayStation Home virtual E3 booth will also showcase a special taping of Jack Tretton’s E3 keynote address. Fans that attend the booth will also be rewarded with virtual content including exclusive E3 virtual clothing items for their avatars as well as a slew of PlayStation branded decor for their personal PlayStation Home spaces.

PlayStation®Plus

PlayStation Plus is a new subscription service package offering users even more options in how they consume content on the PlayStation Network. PlayStation Plus provides gamers with more value, access and convenience by offering subscribers features such as frequent discounts on PlayStation Store content, free and exclusive access to select games, full game trials, early invitations to select betas of popular games, and new functionality such as content downloads and updates which will automatically be “pushed” to the PS3 system even when consumers are not using their system.

While all PlayStation Network users will continue to have free access to its expanding game and non-game content and service offerings for the PS3 and PSP systems – just as they do today – PlayStation Plus members will gain access to an exclusive set of features and functionalities designed specifically for gamers. PlayStation Plus members will have free access to titles including WipEout HD, Minis and PS one® Classics such as Fieldrunners, Age of Zombies and Rally Cross, a full game trial of inFAMOUS®, and discounts on downloadable content such as Fat Princess. Additionally, members will always have access to their virtual library of free games for as long as they keep their PlayStation Plus membership. Consumers can sign up on PlayStation Store or learn more about the new exclusive set of features and functionalities at us.playstation.com.

PlayStation Plus will be available on June 29, 2010 for a 365-day package at $49.99.  SCEA is also running a “limited time offer” giving subscribers 3 free bonus months for signing up for a 365-day subscription.  Consumers also have the option to subscribe for 90-days for $17.99.

Original and Exclusive Programming

From the beginning, PlayStation has been a pioneer in gaming and entertainment — from delivering genre-shattering exclusive games to becoming the first entertainment network on a console to offer a premiere video delivery service. In February 2010, “The Tester,” an original competitive reality series pitting 11 hopeful gamers from across the country to compete for a chance to win a position as a game tester at SCEA, debuted exclusively on PlayStation Network.

Today, following the excitement and success of the debut series, PlayStation announced that a casting call for Season 2 of The Tester is now open at http://www.thetester.com/.  Now, a new group of gamers will get a chance to compete in physical and mental challenges to win a job as an official PlayStation game tester. During this Season’s summer long casting process, there will also be an online contest that will allow at least one lucky person to be voted onto the Season 2 cast by the PlayStation Community.

For additional information on The Tester, produced by reality programming veteran 51 Minds Entertainment, and how to create a profile for a chance to be on Season 2 of The Tester, go to our casting site at http://www.thetester.com/. There is also a video featuring Season 1 winner, Will Powers (aka “Cyrus”), with some helpful tips on how to make a great profile.  More than 23,000 movies and TV episodes are currently available through PlayStation Network’s video delivery service, including HD movies from all of the major studios – 20th Century Fox, Walt Disney Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Universal Pictures, and Warner Bros. Additionally, exclusive original content such as programming from HBO, live sports through the MLB.TV subscription service, Qore™, an interactive video gaming magazine, and PULSE, a bi-weekly video showcase of the latest news from PlayStation, makes the PS3 system one of the most content rich entertainment platforms in the home or on the go with the PSP system.

PlayStation®Home

Since the launch of PlayStation Home exclusively on the PS3 system in 2008, it has evolved beyond a social network into a rapidly evolving true gaming platform. In the past year PlayStation Home’s user base has more than doubled to 14 million worldwide. Today, users spend an average of 70 minutes per visit, playing games, attending and organizing special events, watching videos, listening to music, meeting new friends, and launching into games together.

In addition to millions of PS3 fans discovering all that PlayStation Home has to offer, game developers and publishers are also recognizing the value of directly interacting with the gaming community to increase and extend consumer interest in their game titles via new mediums of game play.  SCEA has partnered with nearly 30 brands to develop virtual environments and game-specific content for PlayStation Home, including Activision, Electronic Arts, Capcom Entertainment, NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc., THQ and UBISOFT, and is continuing to welcome new and eager developers onto the platform as well.

With the launch of Sodium One, PlayStation Home’s first massively multiplayer online (MMO) game space, in December 2009, PlayStation Home further evolved into a true social gaming platform, complete with both snack-size mini games and extended gaming experiences to share with both existing friends and new friends met within PlayStation Home.

Today, PlayStation Home offers gamers more than 100 ready to play games, 50 discreet public and private spaces to experience, and over 5000 virtual items to collect, with new store fronts available from LucasArts, Lockwood, Loot, Activision and Disney. Additionally, more than 400 community events have been held in PlayStation Home since its launch, many organized by the PlayStation Home community.

About PlayStation®Network

PlayStation® Network is an entertainment network that unites people and innovative entertainment to deliver captivating experiences worldwide. In addition to offering new and original forms of entertainment, PlayStation Network supports free and community-centric online gameplay, communication tools, and PSP® and PS3 systems connectivity. PlayStation Network has more than 50 million registered accounts worldwide.

About Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC

Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC. continues to redefine the entertainment lifestyle with its PlayStation® and PS one® game console, the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) handheld entertainment system, the ground-breaking PlayStation®3 (PS3™) computer entertainment system and its online and network services the PlayStation®Network and PlayStation®Store. Recognized as the undisputed industry leader, Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC. markets the PlayStation family of products and develops, publishes, markets and distributes software for the PS one, PlayStation 2, PSP and PS3 systems for the North American market. Based in Foster City, Calif., Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC. serves as headquarters for all North American operations.

Visit us on the Web at http://www.us.playstation.com/.

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Rich Surround Sound Environment Delivered in All-in-one Speaker, Offering a Whole New PlayStation(R) Experience to the Living Room

TOKYO, June 15 /PRNewswire/ — Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) today announced that it will release a subwoofer built-in, all-in-one Surround Sound System for the PlayStation®3 (PS3™) system in fall 2010 in Japan, North America, Europe/PAL territories, and Asian countries/regions at a recommended retail price of 19,800 yen (including tax), US$199, and euro 199  respectively.  Users will be able to enjoy immersive audio on the PlayStation®3 system, including upcoming games supporting PlayStation®Move motion controllers, Blu-ray movies, as well as stereoscopic 3D content by simply placing the speaker in front of the television and connecting it to the PS3 system with the optical digital cable.

The Surround Sound System utilizes cutting-edge technologies, including Sony’s S-Force PRO Front Surround Sound that generates rich realistic surround sound over one front speaker.  Delivering a dynamic sound environment with audio virtually coming from all directions, the Surround Sound System will immerse users into a cinema-like experience in the living room, making them feel like they are actually in the game or movie itself.  Bringing in SCE’s expertise in both entertainment and technology acquired from developing games, four sound fields of the speaker system have been designed with the help of SCE’s expert game sound designers, to optimize the cinematic experience of all forms of entertainment.

The Surround Sound System comes with two audio inputs − an optical audio input for connecting high-end entertainment systems including PS3, and an analog audio input for connecting portable devices like the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system to enjoy listening to music in the living room.  The form factor of the system features a sleek and casual design that matches perfectly with the PS3 system, and delivers dynamic sound without the physical space required by a traditional home theater system.

Through the introduction of new peripherals, SCE will continue to further expand the PS3 platform and create a new world of computer entertainment that is only possible on PlayStation.

Product Outline

Surround Sound System for PlayStation®3

Product name Surround Sound System
Product code CECH-ZVS1
Release date Fall 2010
Recommended retail price 19,800 yen (including tax), US$199, euro 199
Power Output and Total Harmonic Distortion:

(FTC) for the U.S. model

L + R: With 6 ohms loads, both channels driven, from 200-20000 Hz ; rated 5 watts per channel minimum RMS power, with no more than 1 % total harmonic distortion from 250 milliwatts to rated output.
Amplifier section

U.S. models:

Power Output (reference)

L / R: 10 W (per channel at 6 ohms, 1 kHz)

Subwoofer: 15 W + 15 W (at 8 ohms, 100 Hz)

Speakers Front speaker unit:

Speaker system: Full range, Bass reflex, Speaker units: 50 mm × 90 mm (2 in × 3 5/8 in), Rated impedance: 6 ohms

Subwoofer unit:

Speaker system: Subwoofer system, passive radiator type, Speaker units: 65 mm × 2 (subwoofer) 65 mm × 4 (passive radiator), Rated impedance: 8 ohms

Inputs Analog × 1

Digital (Optical) × 1

Supported formats Dolby Digital, DTS, MPEG-2 AAC, Linear PCM (2 ch)*
Sound fields DYNAMIC: This mode provides a wide range of tones with low/high frequencies and dynamic sounds.

STEREO: This mode is suitable for any sound quality, optimized for video games implementing 2 ch stereo sound. (Multiple channels are down-mixed.)

VIVID: This mode provides a wide sound range and enhances the surround sound channels.

STD (standard): This mode reproduces the sound track with the kind of dynamic range that the recording engineer intended.

Other effects/functions NIGHT MODE: This function allows you to enjoy sound effects and hear the dialog clearly even at low volume levels.

DIALOG MODE: This function allows you to hear in-game speech and narration with greater clarity.

Auto Standby (A.STBY): The surround sound system enters standby mode automatically when there is no audio output for 30 minutes.

Power requirements 18 V DC (2.6 A) (100 V – 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz using the supplied AC power cord)
Mass Main unit: (approx.) 2.4 kg, AC adaptor: (approx.) 240 g
Dimensions Main unit: (approx.) 720 mm × 85 mm × 87 mm, AC adaptor: (approx.) 121 mm × 53 mm × 33 mm  (w × h × d)
Included • Remote control  × 1

• Optical digital cable (2.5 m) × 1

• AC adaptor × 1

• AC power cord  × 1

* Linear PCM accepts sampling frequencies of no more than 48 kHz.