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News: Sony Bringing New PSP Colour to Japan

Sony Bringing New PSP Colour to Japan

Life in the old dog, yet

The PlayStation Portable is still hot in Japan (regularly outselling Sony’s beefy new hardware, the PS Vita, on a weekly basis). And so Sony has decided to capitalise on its former handheld’s continued longevity by announcing a new colour for its home region. Dubbed Sky Blue/Marine Blue, the two-tone PSP certainly looks...

News: PS Plus Minis Don't Work on PlayStation Vita

PS Plus Minis Don't Work on PlayStation Vita

OMG-Z

PlayStation Minis obtained for free through Sony’s premium subscription service, PlayStation Plus, do not work on the PS Vita. Members of the official PlayStation forum discovered the unfortunate bug and raised their concerns online. Sony's said it is "aware of the issue, and will resolve it as quickly as possible". To clarify:...

News: Sony Bringing Bigger Vita Memory Cards to the UK

Sony Bringing Bigger Vita Memory Cards to the UK

Guessed wrong

Sony is working hard to bring bigger PS Vita memory cards into the UK. The biggest stick available alongside yesterday’s launch was the 16GB, but SCE UK gaffer Fergal Gara has said that the company completely misjudged demand. He told Eurogamer: We probably haven’t got big enough memory cards introduced for the UK market. We’ve...

News: Sony Looking to Bring the Biggest Brands to PS Vita

Sony Looking to Bring the Biggest Brands to PS Vita

Big guns

PlayStation Vita’s launch offering is already packed with big names: there’s Uncharted, WipEout, FIFA and many more. But Sony’s not resting on its laurels just yet, as new SCEA marketing executive, Guy Longworth, has explained that the platform holder wants the snazzy new system to play host to as many of gaming's biggest brands as...

News: Sony Patents Kinect-like PlayStation Eye Technology

Sony Patents Kinect-like PlayStation Eye Technology

You are the controller

We suspected that the next version of the PlayStation Eye camera would come with Kinect-like depth tracking abilities, and it looks like we might have been right. A patent filed by Eye Toy and PlayStation Move visionary Dr. Richard Marks has hinted that Sony is toying with controller less techno

News: Take One Last Tour of the PlayStation Vita

Take One Last Tour of the PlayStation Vita

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...

News: PlayStation Vita Titles Will Be Cheaper When Downloaded

PlayStation Vita Titles Will Be Cheaper When Downloaded

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...

News: Amazon UK Upgrading PlayStation Vita Orders

Amazon UK Upgrading PlayStation Vita Orders

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...

News: Sony Sends A PlayStation Vita To Every GAME And GameStation Store In The UK

Sony Sends A PlayStation Vita To Every GAME And GameStation Store In The UK

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..

News: Amazon Bundles Free Data, 8GB Memory Card And Game With Every 3G PS Vita Purchase [Updated]

Amazon Bundles Free Data, 8GB Memory Card And Game With Every 3G PS Vita Purchase [Updated]

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'..

News: Japanese Sales Charts: PlayStation Vita Dips To 15k As Hardware Sales Plunge

Japanese Sales Charts: PlayStation Vita Dips To 15k As Hardware Sales Plunge

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..

News: The Original PlayStation Vita Design Was Thinner, Says Designer

The Original PlayStation Vita Design Was Thinner, Says Designer

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 Sony’s Corporate Design Centre and the man behind the original Walkman — has revealed that the system was much thinner in its..

News: Imagine A World Where Remote Play Was Awesome

Imagine A World Where Remote Play Was Awesome

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..

News: Cost Of PlayStation Vita's Raw Materials Estimated At $159

Cost Of PlayStation Vita's Raw Materials Estimated At $159

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..

Review: PlayStation Vita Hardware

PlayStation Vita Hardware

The good, the bad and the proprietary

When Sony's PSP successor was announced last year, it was met with a lot of excitement and anticipation. This fervour was readily apparent at last year's E3 trade show in Los Angeles with extremely lengthy lines to play the system at Sony's booth. While we were fortunate enough to get some hands-on time with...

News: Japanese Sales Charts: New Year Lull Brings PlayStation Vita Sales Below 20,000

Japanese Sales Charts: New Year Lull Brings PlayStation Vita Sales Below 20,000

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..

News: PlayStation Vita Grabs Updated Firmware, Changes Very Little

PlayStation Vita Grabs Updated Firmware, Changes Very Little

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..

News: File Sizes For PlayStation Vita Launch Titles Revealed

File Sizes For PlayStation Vita Launch Titles Revealed

If you're planning on purchasing all of your PlayStation Vita content exclusively from the PlayStation Store, then you better start saving your pennies

A post on TheSixthAxis has revealed the file sizes for a number of Sony's first-party launch titles, and the results stretch as far as 3.3GB. Naturally, that high number is only applicable to Uncharted: Golden Abyss — which, given the game's..

News: Sony Not Concerned By Japanese PlayStation Vita Sales

Sony Not Concerned By Japanese PlayStation Vita Sales

It's a well publicised fact that the PlayStation Vita's sales haven't been particularly spectacular in Japan

But SCEA's director of hardware marketing, John Koller, insists that the company is not concerned by the numbers. “If you look at the word-of-mouth factor, it’s really strong because people are bringing it home and really enjoying it,” he told GameSpot in an interview at CES. “That..