July 19, 2007 - Sony's second Pause event kicked off last night, showcasing some of the bounty from last week's E3. Like the first event, we were very impressed with the fact that Sony had tasty new code for attendees to get hands on with, some of which had only been delivered the night before.
Before we sampled some of the goods on offer, SCEA MD Michael Ephraim shared some recent sales figures. He was obviously rather happy about the fact that there are now 2,070,000 PS2s in Australian homes, while another 300,000 PSPs are keeping gamers hands warm in our bitterly cold winter weather. The PS3 has almost hit 60,000 units, which isn't quite as much cause for celebration.
The next announcement regarded the PSP-2000, Sony's thinner, lighter and longer lasting (battery-wise) revision of the PSP. It's going to hit Australian stores in early September, in both black and white. No silver for us Aussies, and the recently announced Star Wars Battlefront II PSP pack, with spiffy Darth Vader-emblazoned casing, hasn't been confirmed yet either.
As IGN mentioned last week, there'll be no price cut for the PS3 in Australia. Instead we'll have to make do with the PS3 starter pack, which includes an extra controller, as well as the top two selling games, Motorstorm and Resistance: Fall of Man.
The final bit of good news regarded the launch of a service exclusive to Australians - free music video clips for PS3 users on the Playstation Network. According to Mr Ephraim, around 30,000 Aussie PS3 owners are online, and they'll all be able to download ten local artist's clips free of charge, courtesy of Sony BMG. Expect a fresh batch of three clips every fortnight or so.
Ignoring the disappointing lack of a price drop for the Aussie PS3, Mr Ephraim's speech was just how we like it - short, sweet and to the point. Much like the Pause event. After the obligatory Product Manager presentations, using pre-canned footage of the games, the attending media got hands on with Warhawk, Ratchet and Clank, Eye of Judgement, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, Lair and a smattering of Playstation Network titles. You can read in-depth previews of these titles in our recent E3 coverage.
Cam and Bennett go head to head in Warhawk.
Augmented Reality FTW! Eye of Judgement in action.