E3 2011: Sony Apologizes For Hacks, Unveils PlayStation Vita
At this year’s big E3 video game convention in Los Angeles, Sony offered some new hardware and some apologies. NY1’s Adam Balkin filed the following report.
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Aside from the monstrous creations on display in one first-person shooter, there was another giant beast at this year's Sony E3 press conference: the elephant in the room.
A recent hack on the company’s online PlayStation Network caused not only a huge outage, but may have compromised the account information for nearly 100 million users.
“You are the lifeblood of the company,” said Jack Tretton, CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America, at a press conference. “Without you, there is no PlayStation, and I want to apologize both personally and on behalf of the company for any anxiety we’ve caused you.”
That aside, the big news from Sony was more information on its next generation handheld, the PlayStation Vita, which is the successor to the company’s PlayStation Portable or PSP system.
“The features alone are cutting edge: two analog sticks that give you Dual Shock-like control of games, a stunning multi-touch five-inch OLED screen, front and rear touch pads, six axis motion sensing technology, and, of course, my favorite feature, front and rear cameras allowing for augmented reality experiences never before seen, completely blurring the lines between reality and interactive entertainment,” said Kazuo Hirai, president and group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment.
The PlayStation Vita will be out by the holidays and will cost about $250 for the WiFi-only version and about $300 for WiFi and 3G, with data plans available via ATT.
In an effort to extend the brand beyond just Sony hardware, the company also announced PlayStation Suite, which will allow some content to be available on certain Android phones and tablets.
Finally, in a push towards 3D console gaming hardware, Sony announced a 24-inch PlayStation-branded 3D television that, with a 3D game and some peripherals, will cost just about $500.