When the smoke and anticipation cleared on Thursday morning in Las Vegas, gamers worldwide found themselves with the same questions in the air regarding the 3. While both CEO Sir Howard Stringer and SCEA president Kaz Hirai didn’t bombard the media with a plethora of new announcements regarding the PS3, the booth at CES gave attendees an up close and personal look at a little more than what they’d seen in the past.

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With Sony’s heavy unveiling making its presence felt across all of the halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center, the company demonstrated how movies would look on the PS3 with a trailer for the upcoming summer blockbuster The DaVinci Code. With the format making its bow later in the year, Sony has pulled out all the stops on presenting the BD (Blu-ray Disc) through as many mediums as possible, a move that follows the multimedia nature of the PlayStation.
The prototype for the console itself was also on display on the showroom floor. Bigger than a PlayStation 2, but not necessarily larger than its next-gen competitor, 360, the PS3 is a fairly impressive size with plenty of ports on the back.
Besides the hardware on display and a great-looking trailer for one of the summer’s most anticipated films, there were lots and lots of trailers for upcoming titles, some prototypical, on the new hardware.

While most gamers worth their salt have already downloaded and watched a sizable number of the clips since last May’s E3 press unveiling, many were on display in gorgeous HD at CES, such as Team Soho’s rendition of what a next-gen Getaway‘s London could be, or the still-impressive Fight Night Round 3 reel. A few, however, hadn’t been as prominently shown in the past.

One of the most visceral crowd responses could be seen toward the trailer for Evolution Studio’s rough and rugged off-road title, Motor Storm. Featuring an orgiastic display of automotive mayhem, the trailer was full of muddy, banged-up ATVs and Quads all battling on open terrain. The final closing shot elicited wide gasps among the crowd.

Other impressive trailers for racing titles included Polyphony’s Gran Turismo trailer, which depicted, in next-gen visuals, the obsessive level of attention that the Polyphony team pays to detail and Studio Liverpool’s Formula 1 Racing, both also shown during Stringer’s Thursday morning keynote address.

Another title from the Thursday conference that had remained enigmatic was SCEA and Factor 5′s dragon-themed (and still tentatively titled) Lair. Featuring two mythical beasts locked in combat, Lair was one of the most visually impressive trailers on display. Koei also had a showing with a tech demo of how a next-gen Dynasty Warriors could look on PS3 hardware. Epic Games showed off an intense trailer for Unreal Tournament 2007. Featuring a contestant in combat with an android that can’t stay down, the UT 2K7 trailer left as deep of an impression on the crowd as the Motor Storm finale.

The trailer onslaught concluded with the Tokyo Game Show trailer for Metal Gear Solid 4. Featuring an aged Snake caught in the middle of war-torn terrain, the trailer made for a fitting end to an impressive showing of footage for Sony’s upcoming console.

While the PS3′s presence wasn’t particularly strong at CES, much to the chagrin of gamers everywhere, what was on display was still impressive, especially in light of footage of newer games, such as Motor Storm, and the strong showing for Blu-ray, as future PS3 owners will also become BD player owners by default. As 2006 rolls on, however, we will all learn even more regarding the PlayStation 3. If the trailers indicate the caliber of visual quality that gamers are expecting from the PS3, there’s a lot to look forward to in the coming months.