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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..

News: Japanese Sales Charts: PlayStation Platforms Continue Chugging Along

Japanese Sales Charts: PlayStation Platforms Continue Chugging Along

Despite a smattering of new software releases, it was pretty uneventful seven days for PlayStation in Japan this week

Hardware sales were down after the enthusiasm of new colours last week, with the PlayStation 3 shifting 34k units and the PSP just behind with 33k units. After its tremendous debut last week, Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 dropped to tenth in the all formats charts, selling a..

News: Sony To Take 'More Tailored Approach' To PlayStation Vita Software Pricing

Sony To Take 'More Tailored Approach' To PlayStation Vita Software Pricing

With the smartphone gaming sector still a hot point of discussion, Sony has said that it intends to offer multiple price-points for PlayStation Vita software in order to counter the burgeoning threat of mobile phones

While the company's still keeping those pricing details close to its chest, SCEE executive Jim Ryan told GamesIndustry.biz: "I think it would be safe to assume we will take a more..

News: New Firmware Update Prepares The PlayStation 3 For The PS Vita

New Firmware Update Prepares The PlayStation 3 For The PS Vita

With the PlayStation Vita's arrival imminent in Japan, Sony has released a new firmware update for the PS3 transforming the home console into a content management device for the upcoming handheld

"It will allow users to copy their media content such as games, music, photos, and videos between PS Vita and PS3, back up PS Vita save data to your PS3 hard drive, and update the system software for..

News: Sony: 'PlayStation Vita Is A Gaming Device'

Sony: 'PlayStation Vita Is A Gaming Device'

SCEE's new gaffer Jim Ryan isn't coy when talking about the PlayStation Portable

According to the executive, Sony's first attempt at capturing the handheld market tried to do too much, and confused consumers as a result. The PlayStation Vita, reckons Ryan, will not make that same mistake. “I think with PSP we tried to position it as a rather broad multimedia device. We talked a lot in the early..

News: We Should Probably Post Something About The PS Vita's Memory Sticks

We Should Probably Post Something About The PS Vita's Memory Sticks

The Internet has gone nuts again

GameStop has listed place-holder prices for the PlayStation Vita's memory sticks, prompting everyone to go crazy. Pre-orders were publicly cancelled on message boards, people said rude words about Sony and everyone got in a bit of a flap over nothing. The usual, really. But let's all have a moment of composition. The PlayStation Vita memory cards are going to be..

News: PlayStation Vita Will Not Support PSone Titles At Launch

PlayStation Vita Will Not Support PSone Titles At Launch

After a batch of rumours, Sony has officially confirmed that the PlayStation Vita will not support PSone titles at launch

The news was revealed in a Japanese Q&A translated by Andriasang. The question read, "Can Vita play PlayStation Game Archives games?" to which Sony responded, "It won't be supported at the time of the PS Vita launch. Regarding future support, we'll share..

News: Hong Kong's Got The Hots For PlayStation Vita

Hong Kong's Got The Hots For PlayStation Vita

Pre-orders for the PlayStation Vita opened in Hong Kong this weekend, prompting all of the expected madness

Hong Kong is the second region to get its hands-on Sony's new handheld, prompting prospective consumers to mob retailers and online stores in order to secure their system. According to an eye-witness report from Engadget China's Richard Lai, the scenes outside retailers were manic. The..

News: Report: PlayStation Move Has Sold Nine Million Units

Report: PlayStation Move Has Sold Nine Million Units

Quiet and steady has always been Sony's strategy with PlayStation Move, and in a year packed with steady software support, it looks like the tactic has worked out

A report on Industry Gamers puts the motion wand's sales at nine million units worldwide, while Microsoft has yet to release an update on Kinect's ten million milestone in March. The implication from the publication is that sales for..

Rumour: PlayStation 3 Firmware Update To Enable PS Vita Remote Play For All Games

PlayStation 3 Firmware Update To Enable PS Vita Remote Play For All Games

Back at the Tokyo Game Show, Sony Worldwide Studios gaffer Shuhei Yoshida showed off an impressive demonstration with Killzone 3 running on the PlayStation Vita via Remote Play

The feature — which previously allowed compatible PS3 games to be played on the PSP — was largely under-utilised because it required additional development time in order to get working. But according to Eurogamer a..

News: Japanese Poll: PlayStation Vita Is The Most Wanted Hardware This Holiday

Japanese Poll: PlayStation Vita Is The Most Wanted Hardware This Holiday

According to Japanese magazine Famitsu, the PlayStation Vita is the most-wanted gaming hardware in Japan this holiday

The publication asked readers to select their most desired hardware and software, and published the results online. The PlayStation Vita topped the hardware poll with 374 votes, nearly a hundred more than the 3DS in second-place. PlayStation 3 came in at third with just 72 votes. Of..

News: Sony Delays PlayStation 3D Display In Europe

Sony Delays PlayStation 3D Display In Europe

Sony's pushed back the release of its PlayStation branded 3D display in Europe

The screen was originally set to release alongside its North American counter-part, but is currently without a date on Amazon.co.uk. As well as offering affordable 3D, the set includes a nifty local multiplayer feature that allows two gamers to view a full image on the same screen.

News: Sony Reveals Monstrous European First-Party PlayStation Vita Launch Line-Up

Sony Reveals Monstrous European First-Party PlayStation Vita Launch Line-Up

According to Sony Worldwide Studios Europe gaffer, Michael Denny, PlayStation Vita has "one of the best launch line-ups of any games console ever launched"

And based on the strength of the publisher's enormous first-party European launch line-up, we're struggling to disagree. Sony announced the line-up — which features the likes of Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Wipeout 2048 and Modnation Racers: Road..

News: Vodafone Announced As 'Preferred' PlayStation Vita 3G Partner In Europe

Vodafone Announced As 'Preferred' PlayStation Vita 3G Partner In Europe

Sony's announced that it has partnered with Vodafone to provide PlayStation Vita's 3G connectivity in regions across Europe

The mobile giant will provide service in the UK, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand and The Netherlands. Those in France will receive service from Vodafone's partner in the region. Sony confirmed that the 3G model will include a SIM card "so..