There's a reason a fair portion of Sony's E3 2012 press conference was dedicated to the innovative Wonderbook.

The company is really banking on the product to be big for "parents and young children" and in fact, they're saying it's the "biggest" PS3 launch of the holiday season.

First off, Amazon told MCV that Wonderbook is "terrific," and they expect good things. Secondly, SCE UK boss Fergal Gara said the virtual book will arrive with multiple SKUs for current PlayStation Move owners, future Move owners, and even those who don't own a PS3. Said Gara:

"[Wonderbook] is the biggest one we’re going after this Christmas. There’s still a lot to do and a lot of communicating to consumers still to do. We will need to work with retail where appropriate.

If consumers understand what we are offering them, then it should fly. It is unlike anything I have ever seen before. The feedback we have had this week is that this is special, this is unique, this is pushing boundaries. That is what you want to be doing in a sector like this."

Graham Chambers, head of buying for games at Amazon, added that it's "good to see the PS3 offering something new this far into the lifecycle," and said for the right consumers (parents and kids), it should have "huge appeal." Finally, Chambers said Wonderbook could fly in a wide range of retailers; even places like supermarkets and traditional book sellers.

For the hardcore older gamers, it's probably not their thing. But for the young'uns…could be great.

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WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

Even I can't say if I think it will succeed or not at this point, but you can bet your socks the Harry Potter thing will sell plenty of units.

Qubex
Qubex
8 years ago

Yhea, I was going to say similar. Considering the aging hardware it is impressive what they are still able to do with such a low resolution camera and slow USB 2.0 connection. The system is doing quite a bit and the demo's seen on stage looked pretty impressive…

Again, with a bit of time these games will be optimised and performance will improve. Still need the eye in the proper position with a decently lit room I would suspect. If not I can see some strange oddities happening on screen.

Nonetheless, I think it should be a fairly good seller for Sony…

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

iwillbetheone
iwillbetheone
8 years ago

*facepalm*

josiahlo
josiahlo
8 years ago

Wonderbook is for parents clearly. I have a PS3 and my niece comes over a lot. I'm tempted to get this for her if it works how it says it'll work

telly
telly
8 years ago

*shrugs shoulders*

dante_zero
dante_zero
8 years ago

i actually think this has a lot of potential tbh. If your looking at it from the kids books perspective then yeah it's probably not gonna appeal to the core, however what it they expanded on it by making adult books or graphic novels? the appeal would certainly broaden. interactive novels would be great


Last edited by dante_zero on 6/18/2012 12:39:04 PM

Clamedeus
Clamedeus
8 years ago

Agreed.

Axe99
Axe99
8 years ago

Aye, and Moonbot are doing a noire novel for it – I wouldn't write it off either ;).

Beamboom
Beamboom
8 years ago

Hehe – if this is the biggest they've got for xmas then that's an as sure sign as any that we are closing in on the end now.

PS4, I welcome thee!

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
8 years ago

How many years have we gone through with MS having little to nothing new for the 360 around Christmas? Sony in your opinion offers less than you're usually accustomed to and you quickly assume it means the end of the PS3 era.

Come on!

Beamboom
Beamboom
8 years ago

Well, this is not the xbox. It's not the wii either.
I mean, a children’s book application being *the* holiday attraction on the "hardcore gamer" console?

But I am convinced that we are on the last chapter now, regardless of this. The PS4 are coming next year. Wanna bet? 😉


Last edited by Beamboom on 6/18/2012 2:13:00 PM

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

I'll take that bet beam, what are the stakes?

VampDeLeon
VampDeLeon
8 years ago

Usually they release an "Swan Sailing" anticipating graphic jaw-dropping game that makes you wanting to keep the console right before another one comes out. PS1 was getting FFIX, Chrono Cross before the PS2 came out, PS2 was getting FFXII, Tomb Raider Legend, Shadow of Colossus before the PS3 came out.

The low-look out stuff come out after it's already here to make you realize it's time to save for better things :).

Axe99
Axe99
8 years ago

And Last of Us before PS4 ;). I'd bet good money you're on a winner here Beamboom ;).

Beamboom
Beamboom
8 years ago

Aiai, this might be interesting, World.

Let's see… How about a gentlemans agreement, in that the one who lose will have to mail the other one of his games in his collection? It obviously doesn't have to be of the most expensive or newest title in our collection, but still, a full game complete with cover.

So whenever we BOTH agree on the outcome, and by december 2013 at the latest, the gentleman that were wrong pick out a title and mail the other.

What do you say?

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

I agree to your wager sir 🙂

Simcoe
Simcoe
8 years ago

This is just the thing that every man in his 30's needs to convince his wife why it's a good idea to get the "kids" a PS3.

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
8 years ago

If you're a man in your 30s and married to a woman that requires you to ask permission for anything you're doing it wrong.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

Women are mean though 🙂

Clamedeus
Clamedeus
8 years ago

I have no idea why some couples just don't have a separate savings for each other, put money aside for you, and she puts money aside for her.

And what ever you want to buy, you can get it without asking for permission, it's your own money you can use it when you want kind of savings. That would be a good idea in my opinion.

jimmyhandsome
jimmyhandsome
8 years ago

Bummer for people who aren't a parent or a kid

VampDeLeon
VampDeLeon
8 years ago

It is nice to see more kid-friendly releases on the PS3 other than the Xbox and Nintendo. Sure we have LittleBigPlanet and some Move titles, but it's quite a small library compared to during PS1 and 2 days.

wiley_kyotee
wiley_kyotee
8 years ago

I disagree on one of your remarks. In my opinion LBP is not a kid friendly game, especailly not for younger kids. I am playing LBP2 right now. The later levels of both LBP and LBP2 are not easy.

VampDeLeon
VampDeLeon
8 years ago

Mm, I can see your point in terms of difficulty though I don't really group easy games with kid-friendly. Playing Rayman as a kid motioned that.

Just looking at Sackboy and how cute the game's environments are what makes it kid-friendly, yes there are dark moments in the game with the lava and death sequences stuff that's in regular Disney movies.. That's about it really. 🙂


Last edited by VampDeLeon on 6/18/2012 4:47:42 PM

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

wiley, you don't think the games released for NES back in the day were easy do you?

Underdog15
Underdog15
8 years ago

If you could combine LBP and LBP2's difficulty, it would still be easier than 95% of all NES games.

I still can't believe I couldn't finish Bucky O'Hare… and that Motorized race thinggy part in Battletoads? ON THE 3rd LEVEL OF THE GAME?!?!!? Freakin' Heck!!!!

tes37
tes37
8 years ago

My daughter is going to be thirteen soon, so she may already be too old to get into something like this. If Sony makes a broad array of content maybe they will include her age group. I would definitely consider getting it for her. She has a PS3, Move controllers, a Vita on the way, so it wouldn't hurt for her to have this as well.


Last edited by tes37 on 6/18/2012 6:01:12 PM

Dirt
Dirt
8 years ago

A PS3, TWO Move controllers, AND a Vita coming? No wonder it wouldn't hurt, your wallet seems to generate money on its own. I can't even keep enough funds for a new console without factoring in gas, car payments, and insurance.

tes37
tes37
8 years ago

She has the PS3 and move controllers already. The vita is for her birthday next month. I could've worded my comment a little better, I guess.

Dirt
Dirt
8 years ago

Gotcha. Almost had me for a second!

___________
___________
8 years ago

if there is one time i wanted to bang a keyboard over a guys head its now!
$ony releasing wonderbook, and ninty with ubisoft releasing zombieU this generations first and only survival horror game!
my god, what the hell is this world coming too!?
this just in, its snowing in hell and pigs are flying backwards while cooking a 5 course meal and singing the national anthem!

Sir Dan
Sir Dan
8 years ago

Cash flow helps us all. A huge kids game hit/tech will enable Sony to do more of what we like best and the more units that are in the household the better. My kids love the Eyepet. Seeing themselves on the screen with the cute lil character and environs is a wonderful bit of technology. These books are a great idea. This is not a zero sum game. It will will not detract from us hard core gamers. Bring this on. Bring this on HARD!

SuMtOnE
SuMtOnE
8 years ago

heard alot bout this wonderbook. but never really understood what is it really about.. can someone explain it to me really quick? thanks