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News: Sony Announces PSP-Vita UMD Passport Program For Japan

Sony Announces PSP-Vita UMD Passport Program For Japan

The PlayStation Portable is still hot property in Japan

So naturally there's a bit of friction in the region about the PlayStation Vita's lack of UMD backwards compatibility. Sony's aiming to reduce that friction by announcing the PSP-Vita UMD Passport Program for the region. While not foolproof — it's better than nothing. The initiative will allow those with large UMD collections to exchange..

News: Japanese Sales Charts: Uncharted And Battlefield Get Off To Surprisingly Strong Starts

Japanese Sales Charts: Uncharted And Battlefield Get Off To Surprisingly Strong Starts

When a lot of people criticised the PlayStation Vita's launch line-up for being too Western oriented, we were right there with them

Who in Japan would want to play Uncharted: Golden Abyss? If the sales performance of Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception is anything to go by, then a lot of people. Media Create's released its weekly sales figures for the Japanese region, showing Naughty Dog's latest..

News: Japanese Survey Claims Gamers Aren't Interested In PlayStation Vita

Japanese Survey Claims Gamers Aren't Interested In PlayStation Vita

Back in October we posted a couple of stories pertaining to Japanese pre-orders for the PlayStation Vita

The region went nuts for the new handheld, with heavy queues outside popular retailers and online allocations scooped up within minutes. It all makes a Japanese survey — conducted by Goo Research — seem a bit flimsy. The firm claims that from a sample of 1083 consumers, just 10% want to buy..

News: Sony Q2 Financials: PlayStation 3 Business Continues Growth

Sony Q2 Financials: PlayStation 3 Business Continues Growth

Sony's released its financial information for the second quarter of 2011

And while declining television sales and the strong Yen gave the company a bit of a battering (incurring losses of about $346 million), the PlayStation 3 business continued its growth. It seems like so long ago since the bleak days of PS3, when Sony's system was getting battered both critically and financially. But that's..

News: Sony's John Koller Dismisses Issues With PlayStation Vita's Non-Christmas Launch

Sony's John Koller Dismisses Issues With PlayStation Vita's Non-Christmas Launch

Sony was originally coveting a pre-Christmas worldwide launch for the PlayStation Vita, SCEA's director of hardware marketing John Koller has revealed in an interview with AllThingsDigital

But the company decided that it would be best to delay the launch until next year in order to ensure that there was enough hardware available at launch. “We’ve increased production materially since E3. We..

News: Worldwide Hardware Sales Put PlayStation 3 On Top

Worldwide Hardware Sales Put PlayStation 3 On Top

When it comes to the console wars, worldwide sales are nearly always a point of contention

Sony's PlayStation 3 often comes off second-best in regions such as North America and the UK. Conversely, the PlayStation 3 does much more spectacular numbers in parts of continental Europe and Japan. Unfortunately, we're not often privy to those numbers, particularly in Europe. So the figures are discounted..

News: Grab PlayStation Vita A Week Early With The First Edition Bundle

Grab PlayStation Vita A Week Early With The First Edition Bundle

While a lot of people choose to get furious at business moves, sometimes you just have to tip your hat and pay respect to a good marketing move when you see one

The PlayStation Vita 'First Edition Bundle' that Sony's announced for North America this afternoon is one of those moments. It's a stroke of genius, and here's why. In North America, those that plump up for the special pre-release edition..

News: Japanese Sales Charts: Dead Island Batters The Top Ten, While Macross Tops

Japanese Sales Charts: Dead Island Batters The Top Ten, While Macross Tops

Another week, another set of Japanese sales figures

It was another bumper week for 3DS hardware — get this, Nintendo released a pink system — but PlayStation software continued to rule the roost, despite seeing a minor drop-off in console sales. PlayStation software accounted for seven spots in the top-ten, and half of the chart as a whole. Macross F Sayonara no Tsubasa topped, while FIFA 12..

News: PlayStation Vita Takes Notes From Apple, Won't Support Flash At Launch

PlayStation Vita Takes Notes From Apple, Won't Support Flash At Launch

By all accounts PlayStation Vita's browser will be much better than us PlayStation users are accustomed to

But one thing it won't support at launch is Flash. Support for Adobe's sometimes irritating animation tool will come post release. Thankfully, the Vita's browser will support Javascript (v1.7 if you're interested) and HTML 5 out of the box. Good news for new-age Web folks, bad news for those..

News: PlayStation Vita Save Discrepancy Down To DLC

PlayStation Vita Save Discrepancy Down To DLC

Remember the furore surrounding certain PlayStation Vita software's inability to save on cartridge? It's down to DLC, according to various online reports

Gamers were dismayed last week when Sony announced anticipated PlayStation Vita titles such as Uncharted: Golden Abyss and Hot Shots Golf 6 would require a memory card, while others such as Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3 would not. But a translation..

News: Sony Gives One Last Push To PlayStation Portable

Sony Gives One Last Push To PlayStation Portable

The PlayStation Vita's just around the corner, but Sony's decided to give one final holiday push to the aging PlayStation Portable

The North American bundle includes a PSP-3000, a 2GB Memory Stick Pro Duo, a UMD version of FIFA 12 and a downloadable copy of Cars 2. The bundle will be available on November 15th for $160. There's more information on the PlayStation Blog.

News: Some People Are Flipping Out About The PlayStation Vita Requiring A Memory Card

Some People Are Flipping Out About The PlayStation Vita Requiring A Memory Card

We remember purchasing our first PlayStation 2 many years ago

For some reason we did so without a memory card. We picked up a Sony branded stick the very next day. In this new age of hard-drives and on-board memory, those memory card worries have become something of a side concern. You get plenty of storage space on a new PS3 to save your games, download some videos and much more. It's not a..

News: Sony Discusses The Origins Of PlayStation Vita

Sony Discusses The Origins Of PlayStation Vita

In a new video documentary posted on the PlayStation Blog, Sony has discussed the origins of its new platform, the PlayStation Vita

In the video, SCEA marketing suit John Koller claims that Sony had much bigger ambitions for PS Vita than simply creating a "PSP2", and so it banned discussion of alternative mobile devices and portable gaming platforms. “We left all that in the past,”..

News: Analyst: Sony To Get PlayStation 4 Out Ahead Of Next XBOX

Analyst: Sony To Get PlayStation 4 Out Ahead Of Next XBOX

We told you it was starting

Only yesterday did we post a report claiming that a number of internal Sony studios had started work on the next generation of hardware, and now we've got PS4 stories popping out of our ears. The latest report comes courtesy of US analyst Colin Sebastian, who believes that neither Microsoft nor Sony will have new hardware ready before 2013. While that might be a stinger..

News: Sony's Tablet S Unlocks PlayStation Store Access

Sony's Tablet S Unlocks PlayStation Store Access

While we'd never consider purchasing an expensive tablet computer for access to PSone games, we're sure it's nice to have the functionality

Those that did splash out on Sony's swish new Tablet S will get the opportunity to pick up a variety of old favourites, with PlayStation Store access opened up on device from today. Games include Destruction Derby, Twisted Metal and Everybody's Golf 2. If you..

News: Sony's Futuristic Headset Out In Time For Christmas In The UK

Sony's Futuristic Headset Out In Time For Christmas In The UK

Sony's super swanky 3D headset will arrive in time for Christmas in the UK, with industry publication MCV slapping a December 8th release date on the device

The stocking filler will retail for a whopping £800, roughly a pound per inch of screen it simulates — with the headset capable of emulating a 750" 3D screen when placed firmly on top of your noggin. Hands-on impressions of the headset..

News: Report: Sony Studios Start Work On PlayStation 4 Projects

Report: Sony Studios Start Work On PlayStation 4 Projects

So it starts

Ironically on the week we've spent a lot of time pondering PlayStation 4. We got to thinking about Sony's next system when we came to the conclusion that Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception would probably be Naughty Dog's final PlayStation 3 game. We figured that by analysing the portfolio of Sony's internal studios, we could probably formulate assumptions on the time-frame and..

News: Japanese Sales Charts: Ace Combat Rules The Skies, Dead Rising Charts

Japanese Sales Charts: Ace Combat Rules The Skies, Dead Rising Charts

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon topped the Japanese sales charts this week, scooping up just shy of 150,000 units sold

It was a pretty uneventful week for PlayStation software elsewhere, with Dead Rising 2: Off The Record the only new entry. PlayStation hardware numbers remained static, with Sony's home system sitting at sales of around 28k and the PSP settling just a little lower on 25k. Nintendo's..