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News: Sony Announces PlayStation Vita Pre-Order Goodies

Sony Announces PlayStation Vita Pre-Order Goodies

The PlayStation Vita is due out in just over three months

And in order to celebrate — and presumably persuade you to pre-order — Sony's announced a European initiative that will reward you for getting your name down early with a bunch of additional goodies. Anyone that pre-orders at selected retailers from November 30th will be eligible for a PS Vita Gift Pack, which includes limited edition..

News: PlayStation Vita Pre-Orders To Re-Open In Japan Today

PlayStation Vita Pre-Orders To Re-Open In Japan Today

Thousands of Japanese gamers queued outside electronics stores on October 15th to register their demand for Sony's PlayStation Vita

The device promptly sold out, driving up prices on auction websites like eBay. But according to Famitsu, a number of Japanese retailers are set to re-open pre-orders for the PlayStation Vita today. The publication reports that Yodobashi Camera, Bic Camera and Sofmap..

News: Sony To Update Torne With PlayStation Vita Support Next Month

Sony To Update Torne With PlayStation Vita Support Next Month

Using the PlayStation Vita as a remote play device for Sony's uber-popular Torne PlayStation 3 DVR kit is one of the handheld's biggest selling points in Japan

That functionality is due to arrive next month via a new firmware update that will bring the Torne's software up to version 3.50. With the update you'll be able to write video to your PlayStation Vita's memory card, and use the system as a..

News: Black Friday Bundles Kick PlayStation 3 Down To $199.99 With Games

Black Friday Bundles Kick PlayStation 3 Down To $199.99 With Games

Being British we still don't quite understand the fascination with Black Friday

As far as we can understand, the day is designed to encourage North American shoppers to get out of bed early, queue outside their local stores, and spend lots of money on ridiculously under-priced items. We might not fully understand it, but we're totally jealous of it. Some of the video game deals this year are..

News: October NPD: Battlefield 3 Tops, Batman: Arkham City Fights Into Second

October NPD: Battlefield 3 Tops, Batman: Arkham City Fights Into Second

Microsoft's XBOX 360 continued its North American domination throughout October, leaving the PlayStation 3 sitting behind

It was a big month for multiplatform software, with Battlefield 3, Batman: Arkham City, NBA 2K12 and RAGE all appearing in the top five. Surprising, huh? Sony touted a 5% increase in software sales for the year, and also announced that inFamous: Festival Of Blood had become the..

News: Sony Shows Off The PlayStation 3D Display In New Video Tour

Sony Shows Off The PlayStation 3D Display In New Video Tour

With an abundance of really great 3D games launching this Fall, Sony's PlayStation branded 3D display looks more tempting than ever

The device — which is set to launch in North America this weekend — not only boasts affordable 3D gaming (at $499.99), but also features Sony's SimulView technology, designed to provide full-screen local multiplayer on the same device. In order to commemorate the..

News: Become An Artist With uDraw On PlayStation 3

Become An Artist With uDraw On PlayStation 3

uDraw proved a massive hit when it launched on the Nintendo Wii last year

And now it's preparing to launch on PlayStation 3. The slick black tablet peripheral allows you to interact with a variety of different games, applications and more. Perhaps most appealing to us is the drawing tutorial mode, which teaches you everything from simple shading through to in-depth landscape painting. Check out the..

News: Sony Outlines PlayStation Portable Compatibility On PS Vita

Sony Outlines PlayStation Portable Compatibility On PS Vita

In addition to the announcement of its UMD Passport program, Sony has also detailed exactly how PlayStation Portable games will work on PS Vita

Similarly to full Vita releases, each PSP game will receive its own LiveArea screen. From here you'll be able to access the game and its digital manual where available. In-game you'll be able to toggle a variety of features, such as bilinear filtering and..

News: Sony Releases Initial List Of UMD Passport Supported Software

Sony Releases Initial List Of UMD Passport Supported Software

Sony has released details of the first forty titles that will support its UMD Passport backwards compatibility initiative

The program — announced in Japan overnight — will allow those upgrading to PlayStation Vita to purchase digital versions of their UMD titles at a discounted price. Pricing for the discounted games will range from 500 yen (£4 / $6) to 1500 yen (£12 / $19). Sony has said..

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..