E3 2012: Sony Announces an Interactive Book Controller and New Games

Sony Corp. on Monday breathed new life into its handheld console the PlayStation Vita and announced a tie-up with author J.K. Rowling that could bring Harry Potter fans into the world of console games.

Sony Corp. has breathed new life into its handheld Vita and announced a tie-up with author J.K. Rowling that could bring Harry Potter fans into the world of console games. Photo: Sergey Galyonkin/Flickr

Hours after chief competitor Microsoft took the stage at the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2012 in the Los Angeles Sports Arena, Sony took their turn at the podium to make major announcements for their current generation consoles.

“We have the most passionate consumers in the world, “ Jack Tretton, president and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment said as he took the stage to kick off Sony’s event. “If you don’t believe me, talk to some of the people who started lining up at 4 p.m. yesterday.”

The E3 Press Conference came just hours after news that Sony’s stock fell below 1,000 Yen (or $12.79) for the first time since 1984 during trading in Japan on Monday, reports LatinosPost. Despite the negative publicity from the news, Sony Corp. kept the conference filled with exciting news about future games and products.

To kick things off Quantic Dream -– the studio behind Heavy Rain — took the stage to talk about its newest game: Beyond. More details will be released about the game in the coming months, however today the studio announced the actress who will be playing the main character in the game Jodie Holmes: Ellen Page.

Next up was PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale, reports MTV’s MultiPlayerBlog. SuperBot entertainment took the stage to announce that the game would be available for the Vita with PS3 cross-play. We saw a four-player fight, where players try to build up special attack energy based on scoring hits on opponents.

Supers are multi-level a la SSIV and the likes. Twisted Metal’s Sweet Tooth executes his level three super, transforming into a giant mech, killing the other three opponents. Plenty of interactive elements with the background, and Nathan Drake and a Big Daddy from Bioshock are joining the lineup of playable characters.

The company demo’d the game on stage with some players playing on the PS3 and others playing on the PS Vita to show off how the game can be played on both consoles simultaneously. The game also supports cross-save, so you can start playing the game on your PS3 and then finish your game later on the PlayStation Vita.

As expected, Sony spent a lot of time talking about its handheld console the PlayStation Vita, reports Mashable. PS One Classics are going to be coming to PlayStation Vita this summer, including popular titles such as Tomb Raider and Final Fantasy.

Last week Sony announced YouTube was coming to Vita, now it is announcing Hulu Plus and Crackle will also be coming to the handheld console.

Assassin’s Creed II: Liberation is also headed to the Vita. Liberation features the first-ever female assassin, and can utilize cross-goods and exclusive content by linking together the PS3 and PS Vita titles.

The game is set to launch October 30, and will be available in a special Vita bundle with the first white Wi-Fi Vita as well as the game.

Assassin’s Creed III will also be available for the PS3 on its own and part of a bundle with a PlayStation 3 and exclusive downloadable content. Another third-generation game FarCry3 was also shown off, showing a new four-player co-op mode.

Sony also made the announcement of “Wonderbook,” an interactive reading tool that will make use of the Playstation Move motion controller, reports LiveMint.

The Wonderbook is a “kind of green screen onto which moving images can be projected, although users will not look at the book itself, but will instead look at its virtual representation on their televisions, while holding the actual object in their hands.

Users’ gestures are recorded by the PlayStation Eye camera and are used to interact with content inside the book.” The first interactive storybook will be “The Story of Spell” with writing from J.K. Rowling and based out of the Harry Potter universe and Rowling’s “Potttermore” website.

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