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RUMOR: Phil Harrison's GDC Keynote speech in full detail

Nick Doerr

Phil hasn't given his speech fo' realz yet, but someone got a hold of a copy of it, or listened in on a rehearsal (do you think they have rehearsals or just wing it?) or something and have compiled a list of key... notes about the speech. Here's what's important:

  • March 8th is the big firmware update. It includes:
    • More refined PS Store frontend
    • PlayStation Network "integrity enhanced"
    • Wallpapers from pictures
    • Ability to change background colors
    • Sony Connect Store for music and movies added to the PS Store. Hundreds of trailers/full films/songs
    • Videos and mp3's available for download.
    • Playstation Card option in PS Store enabled.
    • Playstation Lifestyle- Similar to my space/youtube. User generated content and experiences are the key.
    • + more.
  • Removal of Emotion Engine chips will come stateside and to Japan in April. Upscales certain PS-One and PS2 games to 720p/1080i.
  • Game announcements: Warhawk in June/July, Heavenly Sword delayed, Killzone 2 and Metal Gear Solid 4 in late 2007.
  • New PS-Store stuff being added on the 8th include:
    • Tekken 6 trailer
    • Lair demo & (new?) trailer
    • Rainbow Six Vegas demo
    • EA: Skate trailer
    • Battlefield Bad Company trailer
    • Warhawk demo
    • Virtua Fighter 5 demo
    • Virtua Tennis 3 demo & trailer
    • GRAW 2: trailer
    • Mortal Kombat 2 game
    • Killzone 2 trailer... demo to come in May

May we just say one thing? "Superfantabulous!" Sounds like a kickin' keynote address, except for the Heavenly Sword being delayed thing. But that's so all the first-party and semi-first-party games get their own time to shine instead of competing with one another. What do you guys think? Badass or assbad?

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