CES 2005 – PSP/Xbox 2

Boo. No Xbox 2 showing at this years CES.

Sony however, decided to steal the show, revealing a pretty robust launch line up for the PSP, due to hit the US and Europe in March of this year.

Games confirmed for launch are:

Mercury – Ignition Entertainment
Dynasty Warriors – Koei
FIFA Soccer – Electronic Arts
MVP Baseball – Electronic Arts
NBA 2005 – 989 Sports
NBA Street – EA Sports
NFL Street 2 – EA Sports
Need For Speed Underground Rivals – Electronic Arts
Ridge Racer – Namco
Spider-Man 2 – Activision
Tiger Woods PGA Tour – EA Sports
Untold Legends: Brotherhood of the Blade – Sony Online Entertainment

Spring 2005:

Ape Escape – Sony Computer Entertainment
ATV Offroad Fury – Sony Computer Entertainment
Tony Hawk’s Underground 2 Remix – Activision
Twisted Metal: Head-On – Sony Computer Entertainment
Wipeout Pure – Sony Computer Entertainment

Summer 2005:

Coded Arms – Konami
Hot Shots Golf – Sony Computer Entertainment

TBA 2005:

Darkstalkers Chronicle – Capcom
Metal Gear Acid – Konami

It’s odd that i can play a form of every one of those games already on the PS2. Aside from having a sexy screen, there really isn’t all that much that excites me about the PSP. Plus the battery life for the unit doesn’t seem so hot. That pretty much kills the idea of watching movies on long plane rides or whatever without the battery crapping out after 3 hours. Or maybe even less than that

But speaking of Xbox 2, Bill Gates had this to say:

“What are some of the primary goals with Xbox 2?

Broadening the market, having media capabilities that when there’s a PC, we connect up to that. This whole story of the Windows Media Connect and how all the formats and rights management and that simple Media Center menu that’s just got TV, photos, music right there–those are common elements we’re bringing to all the home devices.

We didn’t do Xbox just to do a video game; we did it to be part of our vision of the digital lifestyle, and with the next generation, we really get to go there. In the first generation, we had one simple goal, which was to establish credibility as a great video game platform. We’ve done that. Actually, the last few months in the United States, we outsold Sony with the PlayStation. So even though they have the biggest installed base, we are a very strong, credible No. 2 in that. As we go into this next generation, it’s much broader.

Yes, great video gaming but videogaming for a broader set of people, more communications, more media, more connectivity. And at the same time, we move up to things like high-definition graphics and wireless that the chip breakthroughs allow us to get to.

So just for the games alone you’d go, wow, but the concept now of bringing in your music, your media, connecting to the PC, connecting Xbox Live to Messenger–that just makes it a very big deal.”


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