Games Line Up & Online Services for Sony PlayStation 3 Unwrapped

Sony has announced its debut game titles and unveiled the online strategy for PlayStation 3 system, which will be available in North America on November 17, 2006. More than 20 first- and third-party PlayStation 3 titles will be available through the holidays, resulting in the most robust software line-up ever offered by a new console at launch. The launch catalog encompasses the most popular game genres, featuring industry leading franchises as well as new intellectual properties to be released exclusively on PlayStation 3.

In addition to a wide array of software titles, Sony has also unveiled the online and network services provided through PlayStation 3, which will offer distinctive benefits to consumers and developers alike. Consumers will be able to enjoy a wide array of PlayStation 3 network capabilities, with basic features offered absolutely free from day one. Developers will benefit from the open platform policy of Sony, which will allow them more freedom and creativity in the development of their games and online/network services. The end result will be more than just a place to play games, but a rich online environment with strong community aspects as distinctive as the titles themselves.

The entry way into PlayStation Network is Xross Media Bar, which is the navigation system that enables a complete suite of entertainment experiences in three key areas: gaming; network and web connectivity; and other entertainment contents such as movies and music. The intuitive XMB interface, which is already featured on more than 20 million PlayStation Portable shipped worldwide, allows PlayStation 3 users to experience multiplayer games across the network; communicate with other players via chat, voice or video; browse the web; download gaming content; store/view pictures and video; download and listen to music; and shop online.

Through the online PlayStation Store, consumers can find such items as game demos, game-related content and downloadable casual games, including titles developed by Sony Computer Entertainment World Wide Studios exclusively for download and play only on PlayStation 3, such as Blast Factor. Once users create a unique, secure PlayStation profile, they cannot only communicate with other PlayStation 3 users, they can also utilize an electronic wallet to purchase content in the PlayStation Store.
Peripherals to Accompany Comprehensive PlayStation 3 package

PlayStation 3 is an incredible value for the consumer and comes standard with advanced technologies, such as the Cell Broadband Engine, built-in BD player, internal hard disk drive, HDMI output standard, Wireless Controller (Sixaxis) and network capability - everything required to start enjoying the PlayStation 3 right out of the box. Sony offers a 20GB HDD PlayStation 3 system and a 60GB HDD unit, which includes built-in Wi-Fi connectivity (60GB HDD model only). To further highlight the power of PlayStation 3's BD player, Sony also announces that packed in with the first half million PlayStation 3 systems shipped in North America will be one of this summer's biggest blockbuster hits from Sony Pictures Entertainment, "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby", starring Will Farrell.

Beyond the standard PlayStation 3 system package, Sony has also announced the roster of peripherals that will accompany the arrival of PlayStation 3. The peripherals that will be available in North America on day one will include separately sold Wireless Controller (Sixaxis), a Memory Card Adaptor for transferring game save information from PlayStation and PlayStation 2 Memory Cards onto the HDD of PlayStation 3, and coming soon, a BD Remote Control.

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