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Sony Press Event Highlights

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Concluding a full day of E3 press conferences, Sony held their annual E3 event at the LA Memorial Sports Arena. Unlike most traditional press briefings, which generally run at most 2 hours, Sony opted for a much longer event. The day consisted of a pre-show reception, the press conference itself, hands on time with virtually everything announced, as well as a surprise musical performance from Jane's Addiction.

As expected, several major announcements took place - including, most notably, the projected release date, name, and final pricing of Sony's forthcoming NGP handheld. In a move that drew cheers from the audience, the pricing for the device was revealed to be significantly lower than expected. Read on after the jump for full pricing and release details for the NGP.

Clearly trying to keep competitive with Nintendo, Sony revealed that their forthcoming handheld - formerly known as the NGP, and now officially known as the Playstation Vita will be priced at $249.99 and $299.99, for the wifi only and 3G enabled units, respectively. Speaking of 3G, it was revealed that AT&T will be partnering with Sony to provide the data services for the Vita, but specific details were not provided regarding pricing or plan options. The Playstation Vita will be available both domestically and internationally this holiday season.

Regarding games for the Vita, Sony stated that over 80 titles are currently in development, and demoed several onstage, including Uncharted: Golden Abyss, the Vita edition of ModNation Racers, Street Fighter X Tekken, and Ruin, a cross platform capable action/rpg. In what may well have been the most unexpected reveal of the evening, Irrational Games' Ken Levine made a brief appearance to discuss Bioshock Infinite, noting that a title in the Bioshock universe is also currently in development for the Vita.

On the non-NGP side, several key Playstation 3 announcements took place. Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception and Infamous 2 were demoed, a new game in the Sly Cooper franchise Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time was teased, and the long awaited Ico and Shadow of the Colossus collection has now been dated: set to release September 6. Additionally, a remastered collection of God of War games, formerly for the PSP, was revealed.

In other, minor Sony news, a partnership with CinemaNow was announced, bringing the service to the PS3 this fall, several new move supported titles were unveiled - including Bioshock Infinite, NBA '12, and Medieval Moves: Deadmund's Quest, as well as an initiative to lower the cost of entry into 3D - spearheaded by a 24" Playstation branded HDTV/Cable/Game/3D Glasses bundle, for $499.

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