Both the Sony and Nintendo keynotes were lacking this year, but they did provide some nuggets for gamers and non-gamers alike. PS3 has been sold as a multi-media machine that happens to play games. I’m not a Sony fan at all, but they did release a few interesting items in the keynote. The biggest thing they presented was the downloadable content. They made it clear that they intend to partner with studios OTHER than Sony properties. The studios participating are Sony, Fox, MGM, Lions Gate, Warner, Disney, Paramount, Turner and Funimation. This is key to making the service anywhere close to successful (and ISP’s not capping service.) Sony also announced it version of Microsoft’s XBOX Live anywhere service. Sony’s PSN will be available on your PC as well as the PS3. They also showed off a number of exclusive titles. For more on Sony’s keynote, go here.
Nintendo was unusually low key. While nothing earth shattering was announced, they did announce a few interesting titles and an add-on to the Wii-mote that increases the accuracy of the motion sensors. Among the titles announced are Wii Sports Resort which ships with the new Wii-mote accessory ‘Wii Motionplus’, Animal Crossing: City Folk which has it’s own accessory for VOICE chats, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars for the DS and the ‘big’ announcement of Wii Music. Wii Music looks interesting in that it lets you ‘play’ one of fifty instruments. For more on Nintendo, click here.