PlayStation confirms Move release date and premium online service

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe was the last of the three big companies to unveil its news at the E3. The most notable announcements were the availability of the Move motion controller and the new PlayStation Plus premium online service.

According to SCEE, the Move will hit Australian stores on 16 September 2010, for an RRP of $69.99. The Move is the PlayStation3 consoles answer to the growing trend in the industry towards motion gaming. Yesterday Xbox unveiled its Kinect system, the Wii has its motion remote, and now Sony will push Move.

More than 16 dedicated titles will be available at launch and 40 more are slated for the holiday season.

The other major announcement was about the company’s move to a paid subscription service for premium online content. For €49.99 (Australian pricing is not confirmed) a year, gamers can have access to the new PlayStation Plus service. This will give access to a range of new content, including:” discounts on PlayStation Store content, free and exclusive access to select games and full game trials.

3D is a major focus for Sony at the moment and this has transitioned over to the PlayStation brand with many upcoming titles planned to be available in stereoscopic 3D. SCEE confirmed that MotorStorm: Apocalypse, Killzone 3, The Sly Raccoon Collection and Gran Turismo 5 will be available in 3D.

In terms of gaming releases, the PlayStation3 has a strong line up of exclusives like Twisted Metal, inFAMOUS 2, Killzone 3, Gran Turismo 5, SOCOM 4: US Navy SEALS and SingStar Guitar.

There is also a comprehensive range of third party titles coming in the future, including: Final Fantasy XIV, Mafia 2, Assassin’s Creed; Brotherhood, Metal Gear Solid: Rising, Mortal Kombat 9, Tron 2, Shaun White Skateboarding and Call of Duty Black Ops.

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