Vote of vocal confidence
Text is all well and good, but nothing makes a personal message quite like a recorded voice clip. While this functionality has been available on the PlayStation 4 for some time, PlayStation Vita firmware update v3.10 allows you to send your own audio messages to friends. Best yet, they can be listened to on both platforms...
Five games for not much cash
Publisher Beatshapers has announced today that its Indie Bundle - which contains five titles developed by esteemed independent video game makers - is going to be made available on PlayStation Stores all over the globe. The bundle includes Wizorb, Canabalt, Enigmo, Galcon Labs and BreakQuest.
Attack of the clone
While western companies take each other to court over the tiniest little patent infraction, over in China hardware manufacturers have no such concerns; they'll happily copy a rival product right down to the design - something which is proven perfectly by the Droid X360. Looking every inch like a PlayStation Vita, this is...
Still lagging behind Europe, though
Sony's 1.80 update for the Vita brought with it a large selection of PlayStation classics for European players, but those in North America were left feeling a little glum by the somewhat paltry selection they received. Thankfully, it looks as if Sony is listening to the complaints, as it has quietly added some...
SEGA's announced it'll launch Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed on PS3 and PS Vita in Europe on 16th November 2012. The air, land and sea racer features famous faces from favourite franchises like Panzer Dragoon and Jet Set Radio, set to return on PSN later this summer of course. Will you take SEGA's latest racer for a...
Straight to the top
Sony's fantastic physics-bending Gravity Rush hit Vita in late June and easily walked away with our Game of the Month award. As our Gravity Rush review explains: It's a game that defies expectations almost as frequently as the physical properties it’s built upon. A surreal narrative is complemented by genuinely..
There's no Tombi! for Europe this week, but Sony says it's working on it. In the meantime, here is what's available for you EU PSN account holders. PS3 Games: Air Conflicts: Secret Wars [Air Conflicts: Secret Wars review] Out of fierce battles great heroes are born… It is 1939: the Second World War has broken out and troops everywhere...
The House of the Dead opens its doors again
Two games and a new app for Vita and a Move-enabled shooter are the highlights of this week's PS update for North America. Let's dive right in. PlayStation Plus: Free Downloads: Frogger ReturnsFull Game Trials: Dead Rising 2: Off the RecordNHL 12Free Avatars and Themes: THE
SEGA's revealed that it's bringing Phantasy Star Online 2 to PlayStation Vita. The sequel to the Dreamcast original was announced last year for PC, but as part of today's Game Heaven promotional event SEGA's confirmed it'll come to Vita in 2013. The game also looks like it'll support cross-platform play with PC gamers, as the video below...
Not yet, anyway
Sony’s said that it has no plans to bring PlayStation 2 or PlayStation 3 support to the PS Vita at this time. Speaking in an FAQ published on the PlayStation Blog, the platform holder said: Users can play supported digital PSP titles and supported Minis [on the PlayStation Vita]. In regard to PSone classics titles, we will...
Not everywhere, mate
In a move that probably makes business sense – but will surely play into the hands of the PS Vita’s doom patrons – Sony’s announced that it’s keeping the PS Vita’s Australian launch fairly focused, opting to stick with niche retailers rather than going for the jugular out of the gate. The company’s Aussie branch...
Finish him anywhere
We’re still finding PlayStation Vita trailers a little jarring. Take this latest Mortal Kombat footage released by publisher Warner Bros: it looks like a PlayStation 3 game. If it wasn’t for all the crazy augmented reality stuff – which is a neat addition to the fighter by the way – we’d still be struggling to remind...
Buy one, get one free
Sony’s announced that any future PlayStation Vita owners that already own copies of Hustle Kings and Top Darts on the PlayStation 3 will be able to download the handheld versions of the recreational sports titles absolutely free. The offer's set to swing both ways, with those that pick up the PS Vita versions of the titles...
Not quite a commercial distaster
When Rayman Origins failed to even break into the UK software top-forty following its launch in November last year, many suspected the worst for the gorgeous Michel Ancel developed platformer. But contrary to perception, the title has actually been profitable for publisher Ubisoft, and it believes that it will...
Like the falling apples that formulated Sir Isaac Newton’s theory of gravity, the release of Gravity Rush – known as Gravity Daze domestically – could not thwart the dwindling numbers for Sony’s new handheld in Japan. The snazzy handheld – which releases worldwide next week – managed to sell just 13,939 units, its lowest...
If you thought Sony’s European PlayStation Vita ad campaign – dubbed “The World Is In Play” – was thoughtful and evocative, then steel yourself for North America’s aggressive “Never Stop Playing” alternative. Packed with face-melting bass lines, hostile voiceovers and unnerving death-stares, you’d think Sony was...
Memorable PlayStation 3 downloadable, StarDrone, is to make the jump onto PlayStation Vita next month with cross-game compatibility, exclusive levels and touch-screen controls. The handheld release — dubbed StarDrone Extreme — will allow you to share progress with the PlayStation 3 version, while also boasting unified leaderboards...
Players of the Uncharted games will be familiar with the franchise’s penchant for collectible goodies, but upcoming PS Vita launch title, Uncharted: Golden Abyss, takes things to the next level. The game is stashed with over 300 collectible items called Bounties. These are dropped by enemies throughout the game, though some of which are...
Like old times
Sony’s put out some amazing ads over the years. But it’s also done some pretty terrible ones. While we assumed Sony would shoot for the obvious with its PlayStation Vita campaign, it’s actually cooked up something a little closer to its heritage. This is definitely a PlayStation 2 era commercial. The European ad depicts a...
Tiered the target
In an age where small change can get you a compelling distraction, Sony’s biggest challenge with the PlayStation Vita is convincing people that £40 is a reasonable price for a handheld game. So far it’s tackled the problem by using a wide range of price tags for its selection of launch titles, spanning £4.79 right through to...
Never stop playing
The PlayStation Vita may be days away from its Western launch, but Sony’s yet to kick-off any real promotion for the device. Short of the odd poster in dedicated games stores, we’re yet to see any mainstream indication that Sony’s got a new handheld system on the way. That’s a problem: but the marketing campaign is coming,...
Drake in your pocket
Up until now, our excitement for Uncharted: Golden Abyss has revolved around new hardware. Amidst the hype of OLED screens, rear touch panels and PS3-like graphics, we’d forgotten that there was an actual Uncharted game clamouring for our attention. But this trailer sends that message home. The game’s out on 22nd February...
What were you saying about smartphones?
Sony’s announced the UK prices for its first batch of downloadable PlayStation Vita titles, and the news is good. Very good, in fact. Come 22nd February you’ll be able to snap up a copy of MotorStorm RC for a measly £4.79. It’s worth noting that splashing out on the isometric racer will not only reward...
Not long now
The PlayStation Vita unofficially launches in North America this week. We say “unofficially” because, well, even though the so-called First Edition Bundle is sanctioned by platform holder Sony, the system’s launch date will officially go down in history as February 22nd. It’s all a bit confusing, but the point is, Sony's eagerly...
Tag the toffs
Of all the PlayStation Vita titles we’ve been lucky enough to sample, Honeyslug’s delightfully daft Frobisher Says stands head and shoulders above the rest. The curious mix of WarioWare and Rhythmn Heaven utilises Sony’s new handheld in some bafflingly imaginative ways, and it presents it in such an odd and assured manner that...
What are yer buyin’?
If you’re lucky enough to be in possession of a PlayStation Vita already, and you're in the US, then you might want to take a look at the system’s on-board PlayStation Store. The digital storefront has opened for business overnight, offering five full PS Vita titles and a firstful of other content. The goods mimic those...
From what we’ve played of Ridge Racer on the PlayStation Vita, it’s a solid entry into the franchise. But the game’s slender content offering has (rightfully) prompted some fierce vitriol from fans of the drift-heavy series. With just three tracks and a handful of cars on offer out of the box, the game’s a tough proposition...
Sony's uploaded a brand new video showing off two more of the PlayStation Vita’s augmented reality games. Both titles – alongside the previously demonstrated Table Football – will be available for free alongside the new handheld, and utilise the system’s various bundled marker cards. The two games on show are Fireworks and Cliff...
Not a bad deal
If you’re looking for a good PlayStation Vita bundle here in Europe and, for whatever reason, you don’t want to shop at Amazon: telecommunications giant Vodafone just might have your back. The mobile company’s uploaded its ordering page for Sony’s slick new handheld, and is offering a free 4GB memory card and copy of WipEout...
Here’s a juicy little tid-bit for those of you that can’t wait until 22nd February (or 15th February if you’re a First Edition Bundle pre-order holder): a bunch of PlayStation Vita titles can now be purchased from the North American PlayStation Store. You’ll need to search for the titles to find them, but it’s not like they’re...
Hideo Kojima knows how to whip up frenzy. Only yesterday did the Metal Gear boss send fans crazy by Tweeting an image of the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection running on a PlayStation Vita. Presumably hoping to stay in the headlines, the passionate producer has followed up with some more juicy details about the game. Speaking of the...
So Near, so far
To say the PlayStation Vita is equipped with a wealth of social connectivity functions is an understatement; the device easily outstrips what’s possible on the PlayStation 3 and beyond. It’s in unprecedented territory for a handheld device. This latest episode of Inside PS Vita sheds some more light on each of the device's...
Never get lost again
Sony’s announced that the PlayStation Vita will get its first major firmware update (version 1.6) this week in Japan. Available on Wednesday, the free download will bring with it a selection of nifty new features. The first of those is the Map application, which adds satellite navigation to the handheld. You’ll be able to...
Despite conflicting reports to the contrary, Square Enix’s upcoming PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita based Final Fantasy X update is not going to be a full remake. Producer Shinji Hashimoto clarified the situation in an interview at the Taipai Game Show: It’s being developed like a remaster, but the visuals will be much more...
Coming along nicely
Now that Metal gear Solid HD Collection has finally reached Europe it's time to start getting excited about the upcoming Vita version, with series mastermind Hideo Kojima recently tweeting a photo of the game up and running on Sony's new portable. The photo only shows a pair of logos so isn't much to get excited about, but the...
Love at first sight
If you haven’t yet sampled a PlayStation Vita with your own eyes: boy, are you in for an incredible weekend. US retailer GameStop’s just announced that it now has demo systems setup at over 3,300 of its stores. You can find your nearest participating retailer through here. Each demo unit will come equipped with a number of...
The PlayStation Vita’s early Japanese sales have been a big point of discussion across the Internet since the system’s launch in December. Like the Nintendo 3DS before it, some seem to keen to use the stumbling sales to push their own narrative: that the system is unwanted in a smart-phone dominated world. But Sony itself does not...
We’ve been made to wait a while to get our first glimpse of Mortal Kombat running on the PlayStation Vita – but thankfully the results don’t disappoint. Running at a silky smooth 60 frames per second, the brawler looks largely identical to its PlayStation 3 counterpart, with big chunky character models filling out the PS Vita’s...
Evolution inspired by Autolog
MotorStorm RC’s heavily publicised cross-platform compatibility might not be quite what we had in mind when the game was first announced, but the title’s still shaping up to be a delightful downloadable treat. Nothing evidences that better than this brand new trailer, which shows off the game’s Playground – a...
We can feel the hairs on new Sony CEO Kaz Hirai's head turning grey already
No sooner than the party for Hirai's promotion has ended has Sony posted a whopping $2 billion net loss for the quarter ending December 31st, 2011. The company brought in $23.37 billion in revenue, a 17.4 percent decrease year over year. Sony laid the blame on "the...
Gravity Rush is undeniably one of the most tantalising propositions in the PlayStation Vita's upcoming line-up Buoyed by a stylish art aesthetic and some strong gameplay mechanics to boot, the Japanese Studio developed title sits just behind Uncharted: Golden Abyss and Wipeout 2048 on our most wanted list. And it seems our enthusiasm is well founded. Japanese gaming bible, Famitsu,..
Who's innocent now?
The PlayStation Vita enjoyed something of a minor resurgence in Japan this week — aided by the release of Namco Bandai's Tales of Innocence R. The remake propelled PlayStation Vita sales up to just under 19k, pushing it past its predecessor for the first time since launch. From Software's mech battler, Armored Core V, took the...
All you need to know
Lumines: Electronic Symphony has a killer soundtrack — not least aided by the inclusion of Mylo's Kim Carnes-sampling In My Arms Personal favourite that one, dear readers. But that's not all the game has to offer. There's also Kelly Watch The Stars by Air, Rocket by Goldfrapp and Windowlicker by Aphex Twin. Y'know, when Q...
Cheaper than chips
Sony's not been particularly efficient at communicating specific PlayStation Vita information. We're still waiting for full details on the 3G system's data plan here in Europe. With three weeks to go, the platform holder's definitely cutting things fine. But one question that's been asking more than most is whether downloadable PS...
Announces new bundle too
If you thought North America was getting all the luck with regards to PlayStation Vita bundles, then you might like to take a note of an email we just received from Amazon.co.uk this morning. According to the message, the online retailer is upgrading all PlayStation Vita pre-orders to include a free 8GB memory card and a...
Apples are renowned for their sweet taste and gravitational properties
They're also the star of Sony's brand new live-action Gravity Rush commercial. Uncharted: Golden Abyss and WipEout 2048 may be the PlayStation Vita's headline releases — but we really think Gravity Rush is the star of the..
Sometimes all it takes to sell a great product is to put it in front of people
Sony seems to understand that: announcing that it will be supplying all 600 GAME and GameStation retail stores across the UK with spangly new PlayStation Vita units to display. The top 150 stores will also net a dedicated Interactive Display Unit. Meanwhile, store managers will be supplied with systems to enable them to..
We told you it was going to happen didn't we? The PS Vita may look expensive when you glare angrily at its RRP, but it was only a matter of time before retailers started to concoct their own bundles
First in line: Amazon. The online retailer's tempting PlayStation Vita plans see any existing or future orders of the $300 3G handheld ship with a crucial 8GB memory card, a free month of 'DataConnect'..
While it's possible to own three different versions of Ninja Gaiden at this point, the upcoming Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus on PS Vita makes a case for purchasing a fourth
Publisher Tecmo Koei's released a brand new trailer of the title ahead of its launch, and it shows off all the features you'd expect from a Ninja Gaiden release: ridiculously fast-paced action, slick visuals and ladies wearing..
Lumines might be a great puzzler, but a lot of the franchise's underlying appeal comes down to its audio
As such, it's totally befitting that Amazon should be handing out free MP3s to those that pre-order a copy of Lumines: Electronic Symphony for the PS Vita. You'll get three tracks for your troubles, each composed by Makoto Asai and pulled from the game's secret unlockable stages. The game's due..
Reality Fighters has got a bit of a bad rep since its announcement earlier in the year, but we're quite keen on the PlayStation Vita launch title
Having got our hands on the augmented reality brawler late last year, we instantly took a shine to the game's zany sense of style and accessible gameplay. Needless to say, we're rather excited to test out the final version. It certainly looks like there's..
You won't be short of racing games to play when the PS Vita's launch rolls around on February 22nd
With Wipeout 2048 and ModNation Racers: Road Trip both confirmed for the launch line-up, you could be forgiven for overlooking Ubisoft's Asphalt: Injection. But still, at least it's got something ModNation hasn't: online multiplayer. It's also got a real chunky, saturated look to it that we're..
The PlayStation Vita hit its lowest point yet in this week's Japanese sales update -- though hardware was down all around
The newly released Sony portable sold just 15k units, while the Nintendo 3DS managed a whopping 80k. It was a disappointing week for all non-3DS hardware though, with the PSP and PS3 both managing just 21k and 17k respectively — knocking the PS Vita down into fourth. A lack of..
When Sony debuted Escape Plan at GamesCom last year, we were so infatuated with the game's Tim Burton-esque artstyle that we failed to pay attention to its actual gameplay
It was only when we attended a PlayStation Vita preview event at the tail-end of last year, that we really got a feel for the mechanics behind the Fun Bits Interactive developed...
The PlayStation Vita is a seriously ergonomic device: it might just be the most comfortable handheld we've ever had the pleasure of using
But, as with all electronics, the system's final design wasn't its only design. In an interview with CVG, Takashi Sogabe — head of Sonys Corporate Design Centre and the man behind the original Walkman — has revealed that the system was much thinner in its..
ModNation Racers: Road Trip has prompted an unfortunate furore
It's a shame because we were really impressed with the game at a recent hands-on event, but the absence of online multiplayer is a real kick in the nuts. What good is a kart racer without online competitive play — especially in a series that's all about showing off your character and kart? The backlash has been so bad, that Sony San..
We're not sure what we were expecting from Supermassive Games' upcoming Doctor Who video game tie-in, but it certainly wasn't a sidescroller
Still, that's exactly what appears to be on show in this first trailer for Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock. The gameplay looks a lot like Ubisoft's recent TinTin movie tie-in, if you're familiar with that. We actually quite liked that game so, consider our..
Remote Play's always felt like a brilliant, brilliant idea completely squandered by a horrible lack of support
We remember testing out the PS3-to-PSP streaming application back in the heady days of '08, and being amazed that we could play PixelJunk Eden in the back garden (just about). But once the initial novelty wore off, we started to wonder why we couldn't play Grand Theft Auto IV too, and..
Cast your minds back to June 2011
Back then, SEGA's European development gaffer, Gary Dunn, revealed that the publisher had established a brand new development team in Solihull, Birmingham. (That's just up the road from us: hey guys!) That studio now has a name: Hardlight. The identity was revealed by an eagle-eyed NeoGAF poster who spotted a recruitment post for the West Midlands studio on..
We loved Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing
Our only real disappointment with the Sumo Digital developed kart-racer was that it didn't go far enough. Sure, it was nice getting a glimpse of Ryo Hazuki and Amigo — but we wanted the game to dip even deeper into SEGA lore. Where was the Space Harrier stage? What happened to ToeJam & Earl? These are all things that a sequel could rectify. And a..
The PlayStation Vita is an expensive system, there's no denying that
Having already got an extensive hands-on with the device, we think it's worth the price of entry — but we can understand some readers being hesitant to splash out the cash, especially with the system's proprietary memory upping the cost quite significantly. Thankfully, British retailer GAME appears to have come up with a..
There are few video game franchises that we'd describe as "classy", but Gran Turismo and WipEout are certainly two properties that fit the bill
Both titles have a regard for quality that runs deeper than the gameplay, and that's exuded in the upcoming WipEout 2048's introduction movie. The footage shows the "evolution of motorsport in Studio Liverpools vision of the world, up until the point..
Embedded above is your first glimpse of Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock, the Supermassive Games developed video game tie-in due out on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita later in the year
The screenshot doesn't confirm much in isolation — other than that, yes, that does appear to be the current doctor, Matt Smith — but we daresay fans will be flipping out over the prospect of a digital Doctor..
The smart folks at UBM TechInsights have ripped apart a 3G PlayStation Vita, estimating the cost of the system's raw materials at around $159 (~£103)
The experts reckon that the system's screen and touch interfaces are its most expensive components, costing around $50 to purchase. Meanwhile, essential parts such as the battery, camera and GPS come in at less than $5 a piece. The 3G PlayStation..
Uncharted: Golden Abyss has gotten a bizarre build-up for an Uncharted game
Overshadowed by the launch of a new piece of hardware, we haven't really been privy to all of the story details and behind the scenes footage that usually accompanies an Uncharted launch. But at least we've gotten this video of Nolan North (Nathan Drake) and Richard McGonagle (Sully) pretending to paddle a canoe. The word..
It's about time the PlayStation Vita got some new content in Japan
Despite a stacked launch line-up, the system's been something of a barren wasteland for almost a month. That's all starting to change now, though. The release of WipEout 2048 this week has kick-started the system into life — with a demo for Super Stardust Delta the latest content to drop onto the device's native store. The demo..
More of a heads-up for those of you with import PlayStation Vitas, this
As promised, Sony's released a Flickr application for its new handheld in Japan. The application allows you to browse photographs using the system's gorgeous five-inch OLED screen. It's got a pretty spiffing interface, as demonstrated by this hands-on video posted by The Verge. The application should be available day-and-date..
Before we start rushing for the doomed boat, it's worth pointing out that, while PlayStation Vita's Japanese sales are disappointing once again this week, they are not entirely out of whack with the other trends in the market
Still, the recently released system suffered an almighty dip, selling approximately 50% of last week's tally, a number which is, triumphantly for the doomed brigade, less than..
We've already got a pretty good idea which titles will be available for the PlayStation Vita at launch, so now attention is starting to turn to the system's post-release support
Warner Bros has added a big name to that line-up this afternoon, confirming that Mortal Kombat is coming to the PlayStation Vita in Spring 2012. While we already had an ikling about the title — before the handheld's..
With Street Fighter X Tekken already confirmed for release on the PlayStation Vita, Tekken overlord Katsuhiro Harada has hinted that Namco's own brawler, Tekken X Street Fighter, may get a handheld release too
For those of you that haven't been keeping up, Capcom and Namco's crossover partnership will spawn two products — one created by Capcom, and the other by Namco. The game that's coming first..
The world of LittleBigPlanet won't stop growing
Media Molecule's announced that the do-it-yourself game creation platform has now received its 6 millionth upload. That's a lot of levels. According to the Guildford-based developer, 2.5 million of those levels were created in the last year since LittleBigPlanet 2's release. Apparently, up to 40,000 levels are created every week. Even if you subscribe..
Sony's released a batch of lifestyle shots showing off the PlayStation Vita in the trendiest ways imaginable
The shots show a bunch of impossibly attractive twenty-something males playing about with their new console in public. The images prove that the PlayStation Vita's way too hip for the likes of us. Look, we don't shop at River Island. Nor do we study Media Studies. Pssht. Hardcore gamer's..
Despite what Shuhei Yoshida said about the PlayStation Vita boasting a "less obtrusive" firmware system -- the handheld's already received its third update since launching less than a month ago in Japan
The latest version — v1.52 if you're keeping track — supposedly fixes a bug restricting 3G units from detecting inserted SIM cards. Fantastic. Yeah, we're just going to go ahead and predict that..
With games like Uncharted: Golden Abyss and Wipeout 2048 in PlayStation Vita's launch window, it's unsurprising to see Acquire's quaint ninja title, Shinobido 2: Revenge Of Zen, flutter under the radar a touch
But that's unfortunate, because, as the game's latest trailer proves, it's actually looking pretty cool. The footage hones in on all of the title's key components, outlining the game's plot,..
Our first impressions of Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz might not have been the most positive, but our memories of the original zany puzzle platformer are strong enough for us to maintain some interest in the PlayStation Vita title
Today, SEGA's released some new information about the game — clarifying its launch date for Summer 2012. While Summer feels like a million years away from these..