On The Brink Of Irrelevance, Sony Rolls Out A Pathetic Lineup Of Future Products

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stock is at a 25 year low, after posting loss after loss after loss.

It has lost its mojo as Apple, Microsoft, and Google define the future of consumer electronics.

Things are bleak, to say the least.

So, we were curious to see what Sony would do to fix itself and get back on the right path.

We hoped the PlayStation maker would have wowed us with game changing products at this year’s E3 gaming conference. Instead we got a boring mix of irrelevant products.

It focused on an exclusive partnership with HTC, interactive games for kids, a few exclusive titles, and mobile gameplay.

Maybe this wasn’t the right place for Sony to throw its hail mary pass, but time is running out. If it’s going to do something, it needs to start soon.

E3 was Sony’s chance to tell the world that they were still alive and kicking and innovating like the Apple’s and Microsoft’s of the world, but they fell short.

Continue reading to see what Sony rolled out …

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Available Immediately: PlayStation Plus

Xbox Live has been generating revenue for years and providing a quality experience to users who glady pay for the better service.

PlayStation Plus is a new subscription based service that will deliver an instant game collection to all subscribers for $5 per month.

Starting with 12 titles worth over $260 -- PlayStation Plus members will now have a library of games to play in addition to exclusive features like online game saves, automatic updates, priority access to betas, and discounts on games, downloadable content, and more on the PlayStation Store. Sony says that new games will be introduced all the time.

Wonderbook featuring writing from Harry Potter author J.K. Rowlings

Wonderbook is an interactive book that uses Augmented Reality technology and PlayStation Move to bring stories to life. The Augmented Reality in Wonderbook has been developed by London Studio -- the team behind EyeToy and EyePet.

Wonderbook is a physical book that will also serve as a platform for different titles that the whole family will enjoy. Games, reading experiences, adventures, and more.

Wonderbook will be available for $39.99 for both the book and Blu-ray game.

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale

Sony has now amassed plenty of popular characters from high-selling titles so it has decided to produce an All-Stars Battle Royale game similar to Nintendo's popular Super Smash Bros. franchise. All-Stars will be available for PS3 and PS Vita with cross-play support.

PS Vita

Sony also heavily focused on the PS Vita at this year's conference.

The PlayStation Vita has only sold 1.8 million PS Vitas worldwide since the handheld was launched in December in Japan and February in North America. That is compared to 65 million PlayStation 3's in the world and 13 million PlayStation Moves controllers sold.

AP says, 'Sony unveiled plans for a second-screen function for the Vita that keeps it in step with Nintendo's new tablet-controller-equipped console, Wii U.

'Sony also plans to bolster the Vita's use with PlayStation 3 consoles by making use of its front and back touch screens and giving different players different perspectives in the same game. New game 'PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale' allows PS Vita players to fight PlayStation 3 players over the Internet in real time.'

New titles like Assassin's Creed 3: Liberation, Call of Duty Black Ops Declassified and a lineup of more than 60 titles that will all be available before the end of the year.

Playstation Move Racing Wheel

Snore. Really, Sony...?

Highlighted features include:

  • Precise motion tracking for responsive handling of your vehicle
  • An innovative folding grip design will allow you to switch between racing a sports bike to a high-octane supercar
  • Feel the intense vibration feedback of your vehicle as you trade paint with the competition
  • Experience realistic gameplay action using the race car paddle shifters and motorcycle twist throttle controls

This Game Looks Awesome: Quantic Dream to Take You to the Beyond

BEYOND: Two Souls is an interactive psychological action thriller starring Oscar nominee Ellen Page (Inception, Juno) in the lead role of Jodie Holmes. It looks so real, games are the new movies!

No word on release date.

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