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News: It's A PlayStation Platform Alright: PS Vita Launches With First Firmware Update

It's A PlayStation Platform Alright: PS Vita Launches With First Firmware Update

The PlayStation Vita's not one to buck the trends of a lifetime: the portable system has launched with a day-one firmware update in Japan

It's unclear at present what the firmware update actually does, but we suspect it's for stability reasons. After all, we imagine a lot of the PlayStation Vita's launch stock has been sitting in a warehouse for the past couple of months. If you're in Japan, you..

News: Sony Launches PlayStation Vita In Japan

Sony Launches PlayStation Vita In Japan

There's officially a new member to the PlayStation family

Almost 12 months after Sony unveiled its "Next Generation Portable" to the world, the platform holder has released the PlayStation Vita to much fanfare in Japan. Despite the inclement weather, gamers in their hundreds gathered outside Japanese retailers to get their hands on the new system. Something that makes us green with envy..

News: In Case You Wondered, Here's A Helpful PlayStation Vita Box Comparison

In Case You Wondered, Here's A Helpful PlayStation Vita Box Comparison

With the PlayStation Vita due out in less than 24 hours in Japan, we're starting to get a slow and steady trickle of news and information

The littlest details are always the most fascinating. Take for example the PlayStation Vita's boxes — just how big are they? ShopTo News has got your back, with a selection of images comparing the PS Vita version of Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 to a variety of..

News: Report: First PlayStation Vita Shipment To Top 700,000 Units In Japan

Report: First PlayStation Vita Shipment To Top 700,000 Units In Japan

Yesterday Sony suit Andrew House said that the PlayStation Vita was all but sold out in Japan due to advance orders, but he failed to provide any concrete numbers

Today we've got a better idea of just how well the PlayStation Vita is going to sell out of the gate, with Andriasang reporting that the system's opening shipment could exceed a whopping 700,000 units. That's big. The news comes via..

News: On The Rollcoaster Of Life: PlayStation Vita Only Supports One PlayStation Network Account

On The Rollcoaster Of Life: PlayStation Vita Only Supports One PlayStation Network Account

This is brilliant: if only to see the hordes of self-entitled trash-talkers flip-the-heck-out on the NeoGAF forums

After reassuring potential PS Vita purchasers that PlayStation Network accounts would be tied to memory cards last week, Sony has since back-tracked — meaning that, as originally believed, you'll need to wipe your entire PlayStation Vita if you want to access an alternative PSN..

Rumour: 3G PlayStation Vita Pushed Back Until April 2012 In Canada

3G PlayStation Vita Pushed Back Until April 2012 In Canada

According to Kotaku, the launch of the 3G PlayStation Vita has been pushed back by two months in Canada

The North American website reports that "due to extensive planning and testing with [Sony's] 3G partner", the SKU has been delayed until April 2012. The website speculates that difficulties in reaching a pricing agreement with the 3G network provider could be the reason behind the..

News: Sony Claims The PlayStation Vita Has Already Sold Out In Japan

Sony Claims The PlayStation Vita Has Already Sold Out In Japan

Without providing any numbers, Sony's Andrew House has announced that the PlayStation Vita has already sold out in Japan -- despite it not releasing until Saturday

The former SCEE executive told Bloomberg that the system had sold out purely on pre-orders. “There were lines to make reservations for the machine at retailers,” he said. It's unclear how many systems Sony intends to ship to Japanese..

News: Sony: PlayStation 3 Hardware Sales Ahead Of Expectations

Sony: PlayStation 3 Hardware Sales Ahead Of Expectations

Good news for those that choose to enjoy their games based on sales numbers: Sony has announced that the PlayStation 3 is actually slightly exceeding expectations

The platform holder previously predicted that it would sell 15 million consoles during the fiscal year ending in March 2012, and executive Andrew House has told journalists that he fully expects the system to hit that lofty target. House..

News: New PlayStation Vita Trailer Sells Us On The System All Over Again

New PlayStation Vita Trailer Sells Us On The System All Over Again

It doesn't take much to sell a great product; all you need to do is explain exactly what it can do

Sony's released a brand new trailer for the PlayStation Vita that does exactly that. It covers every feature in just over two minutes, and it's hard not to get excited. Dual analogue sticks, multiple touch interfaces, cross-game chat, social interaction, trophies, augmented reality — the list goes..

News: Sony Talks Up Cross-Platform Play With New PlayStation Vita Trailer

Sony Talks Up Cross-Platform Play With New PlayStation Vita Trailer

It looks like cross-platform play is going to form a key component of Sony's promotional activities for the PlayStation Vita

The platform holder's released a brand new trailer showing off all of the handheld's PS3 connectivity functions. The snippet shows save sharing in the Diablo-esque dungeon crawler Ruin, cross-platform multiplayer in Wipeout 2048, and even remote play with PS3 blockbuster..

News: November NPD: Call Of Duty & Skyrim Top The Software Charts

November NPD: Call Of Duty & Skyrim Top The Software Charts

It was a monster month for software releases in November

Unsurprisingly, Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim came out on top. But despite the high profile roster  of software releases — and growth in unit sales across the board — NPD analyst Anita Frazier warned that "a decline in average retail price in all categories" resulted in flat dollar sales..

News: PlayStation Vita Not Limited To A Single PSN Account, But There's Still A Small Caveat

PlayStation Vita Not Limited To A Single PSN Account, But There's Still A Small Caveat

The PlayStation Vita is not limited to a single PlayStation Network account, as was widely reported last week

But you'll need to own multiple memory cards if you want to use different PSN accounts on the same system, Sony has confirmed. Sony suit Crystal MacKenzie confirmed the news in an interview with Wired, explaining that accounts are linked to memory cards rather than the system itself..

News: Japanese Sales Charts: Gundam Extreme VS Fights For Top-Spot, PlayStation Hardware Enjoys Small Bump

Japanese Sales Charts: Gundam Extreme VS Fights For Top-Spot, PlayStation Hardware Enjoys Small Bump

Nintendo's 3DS dominated the hardware and software charts in Japan this week, with Mario Kart 7 getting off to a stormer

But while the system-seller pushed over 400k units, the PlayStation 3 port of popular arcade title Gundam Extreme VS wasn't far behind — selling a very respectable 349k units. Newcomer Assassin's Creed: Revelations managed to climb into fourth spot, while Tekken Hybrid and King..

News: Sony: PlayStation 3 To Skew Towards 'Younger Demographic', Core Gamers Won't Be Neglected

Sony: PlayStation 3 To Skew Towards 'Younger Demographic', Core Gamers Won't Be Neglected

The PlayStation 3 still hasn't reached a mass market price-point, but it's getting there

And with the hardcore gaming crowd already well serviced, SCEE boss Jim Ryan believes that the console's next challenge is to appeal to a younger demographic. “I think you’ll see us taking the console more towards a slightly younger demographic. More family market. The core gamer will absolutely not be..

News: No, You Won't Be Able To Browse The Web While Playing PS Vita Games

No, You Won't Be Able To Browse The Web While Playing PS Vita Games

The Internet's going batty once again

Despite there being zero precedent for mid-game web browsing functionality on other video game systems, people aren't impressed that the PlayStation Vita won't do exactly that. Which we must concede is shame — we've always dreamed of having an FAQ open alongside a game on the same device. But, whatever. Sony explained that said functionality would be missing..

Rumour: PlayStation Vita Is Locked To A Single PSN Account

PlayStation Vita Is Locked To A Single PSN Account

Goodwill peaks early during a new platform announcement

It's the aftermath that a platform holder must weather. Nintendo just went through this very thing, with the 3DS appearing almost infallible at last year's E3 only for consumer positivity to be practically diminished by launch. Now it's Sony's turn to weather the storm, and we feel caught in the middle. On the one hand we can relate to the..

News: Sony Negotiating Flash Support For PlayStation Vita, Comments On Proprietary Memory Cards

Sony Negotiating Flash Support For PlayStation Vita, Comments On Proprietary Memory Cards

Despite what Sony says, the PlayStation Vita is as much a multimedia power-house as it is a gaming machine

But while games such as Uncharted: Golden Abyss are stealing all the headlines, some of the PS Vita's lesser known features are getting brushed under the carpet. In an interview with Impress Watch, a selection of Sony's hardware developers talked openly about the system's multimedia functions,..

News: Sony Releases PlayStation Vita UMD Passport List, Internet Gets Mad

Sony Releases PlayStation Vita UMD Passport List, Internet Gets Mad

We're starting to wonder whether Sony would have been better off not announcing any backwards compatability plans for PlayStation Vita at all

The fact that it's offering anything — albeit in the form of the clunky UMD Passport initiative — is just bringing out malice and moaning from online forum users. The latest brouhaha pertains to a list of compatible games published by the platform holder..

News: Buy A PlayStation 3D Display At Best Buy, Get A PS3 For A Song

Buy A PlayStation 3D Display At Best Buy, Get A PS3 For A Song

Are you one of those people that's yet to jump into the next generation? You've still got a PlayStation 2 hooked up to an old CRT television? Look, we're not going to judge, but we are going to let you know about a great upgrade path if you happen to be based in North America

Sony's announced a special promotion with US retailer Best Buy, which nets you a brand new PlayStation 3 for just $100 when..

News: Sony Believes PlayStation Vita Will Break UK Launch Records

Sony Believes PlayStation Vita Will Break UK Launch Records

Some gamers may have a negative opinion of the PlayStation Portable, but believe it or not the system still holds the UK's biggest hardware launch records

The portable, which released in September 2005 in the UK, sold over 185,000 units at launch — a number yet to be beaten. But SCEE boss Jim Ryan believes that the PlayStation Vita will easily outpace its predecessor. "We're planning for a..