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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..

News: Sony Encouraged By Nintendo 3DS' Resurgence

Sony Encouraged By Nintendo 3DS' Resurgence

While obviously fierce competitors, Nintendo and Sony are also in the same boat

Both are the target of the mainstream media, who seem keen to push an agenda against the dedicated portable gaming platform. As such, it's unsurprising to hear SCEE executive, Jim Ryan, comment on the Nintendo 3DS' sales resurgence in a positive manner. “One of the encouraging things about 3DS’ sales performance at..

Rumour: Sony Cuts PlayStation Vita Shipment By 50% In France

Sony Cuts PlayStation Vita Shipment By 50% In France

In news that will almost certainly bring out the mainstream media's pitchforks, Sony has supposedly cut the PlayStation Vita's shipment by 50% in France

The cull is probably designed to better service other regions, but we daresay it will bring out the the "doomed" brigade in the coming days. For what it's worth, the unconfirmed report filed by PlayPortable-Live, states that the PS Vita's..

News: Japanese Sales Charts: PlayStation Vita Holds Steady As 3DS Dominates

Japanese Sales Charts: PlayStation Vita Holds Steady As 3DS Dominates

At this point in time, there's no chance of any system catching up to the Nintendo 3DS in Japan, so there's no point in even discussing it

Nintendo might have seemed "doomed" after a disappointing 3DS launch last year, but it's now conjured up a triple threat of unstoppable software releases. There's nothing anyone can do. As a result, a quick glimpse at this week's Japanese hardware..

News: CES 2012: Sony Sells A Whopping 6.5 Million PlayStation Consoles Over Christmas

CES 2012: Sony Sells A Whopping 6.5 Million PlayStation Consoles Over Christmas

More than 6

5 million PlayStation branded consoles were sold during the Christmas period (November 18th to December 31st, 2011), Sony has announced. Of those sales, more than 500k units were contributed by the PlayStation Vita, following its Japanese launch on December 17th. But it was the PlayStation 3 that was the big seller — moving a whopping 3.9 million units during the festive period. Sony..

News: CES 2012: PlayStation Vita Sells 500,000 Units, Getting Netflix At Launch

CES 2012: PlayStation Vita Sells 500,000 Units, Getting Netflix At Launch

Speaking during Sony's CES 2012 press conference last night, not-quite-president Kaz Hirai revealed that the PlayStation Vita has sold a respectable 500,000 units since its launch in Japan just 20 days ago

The numbers look great when stacked up like that, but it's hard to forget that the system sold just over half of that tally within its opening weekend, before taking a significant dip in the days..

News: AT&T Reveals Contract Free PlayStation Vita Data Plans, Free Downloadable Game Offered To New Users

AT&T Reveals Contract Free PlayStation Vita Data Plans, Free Downloadable Game Offered To New Users

The 3G version of the PlayStation Vita will not require a contract in North America, provider AT&T has revealed

The service will come in two flavours, with $15 bagging you 250MB of data and $25 netting you 2GB. Unsurprisingly, the prices are near identical to those offered for the iPad in the US. Players will be able to purchase data on a month-to-month basis, making the 3G device infinitely..

News: Sony's Planning Its Biggest Marketing Campaign Ever For PlayStation Vita's UK Launch

Sony's Planning Its Biggest Marketing Campaign Ever For PlayStation Vita's UK Launch

It's still a little bit too early to start wondering where the PlayStation Vita billboards and TV commercials are; it's only January after all

The good news is that the marketing campaign is coming, and, in the UK at least, Sony's aiming big. Speaking with MCV, SCE UK's marketing manager, Mark Bowles, revealed that the platform holder is planning the "biggest campaign" in the brand's..

Rumour: PlayStation 4 Already 'More Powerful' Than Next XBOX

PlayStation 4 Already 'More Powerful' Than Next XBOX

Two PlayStation 4 rumours in a single day? The next generation must be nearing

PSM3 magazine's the latest publication to jump on the bandwagon. The magazine speculates that early signs already point to Sony's next console being "quite a bit more powerful" than the next XBOX, though it's unclear of the publication's sources for the claim. Additionally, the magazine states that the next..