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Rumour: Vita Reaches Japan on 12th November

Vita Reaches Japan on 12th November

Rest of world in March

According to an anonymous source confiding in French site GamAlive, PlayStation Vita will be available to buy in Japan from 12th November this year. We're expecting to hear official confirmation of the system's Japanese release date at next week's Tokyo Games Show, and as Sony has pledged the machine will make it to the Land...

News: Sony Reiterates That PlayStation Vita Is All About The Games

Sony Reiterates That PlayStation Vita Is All About The Games

While Sony focused heavily on the PlayStation Vita's variety of communication options at GamesCom, new SCEE boss Jim Ryan has reiterated that the company is putting games first with its new handheld system

“The core principle is to provide the best portable gaming experience possible. It’s as simple as that,” SCEE’s Jim Ryan told EDGE magazine. Ryan added that he believes the PlayStation Vita..

News: Analysts Don't Think PS3's New Price-Point Will Have An Impact On Vita

Analysts Don't Think PS3's New Price-Point Will Have An Impact On Vita

Last week Sony reduced the price of the PlayStation 3 to $249

The entry-model PlayStation Vita will also cost $249. This has driven some speculation that the two devices might cannibalize each other's sales, but industry analysts disagree. “I don’t believe the PlayStation 3 price drop will impact the perceived value of the $249 Vita,” EEDAR’s Jesse Divnich told IndustryGamers. “With the..

News: Sony: Motion Control Is Still In Its Infancy

Sony: Motion Control Is Still In Its Infancy

Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida believes that motion controls will grow out of their "many limitations" as time progresses

Yoshida likened the current crop of motion controls — including PlayStation Move and Micrsoft's Kinect — to the very first generation of video game consoles. “As far as I’m concerned, the motion control of today is like the 8-bit phase of video games,”..

News: Report: PlayStation 3 Sales Up 65% Post-Price Cut

Report: PlayStation 3 Sales Up 65% Post-Price Cut

The effects of last week's PlayStation 3 price-cut have already had an impact on UK retail according to a report by MCV

The website notes that sales of Sony's premier home system jumped by as much as 65 percent week-on-week following the decision to reposition the system's base model at an RRP of £199.99. It's promising news, especially seeing as Sony only kicked off its new marketing campaign in..

News: US Retailers Note Increased Demand For PlayStation 3 Post Price-Cut

US Retailers Note Increased Demand For PlayStation 3 Post Price-Cut

With the PlayStation 3 now down to $249 in North America, US retailer GameStop has started to detect an upswing in demand for the platform

"We have seen a significant acceleration in the sale of PlayStation 3," GameStop president Tony Bartel told GamesIndustry.biz. GameStop wasn't the only US retailer to notice an increase in sales for the PS3 either. Target echoed a similar sentiment in..

News: Yoshida: RAM The Reason For PlayStation 3's Missing Cross-Game Chat

Yoshida: RAM The Reason For PlayStation 3's Missing Cross-Game Chat

We're not the most sociable of gamers in the world

So it continues to baffle us how much PlayStation 3 owners yearn for cross-game chat  — the supposed XBOX 360 (and now PlayStation Vita) super-feature that allows players to communicate regardless of what game they're playing. Don't get us wrong, we definitely come from the "more is better" thought-set, but is cross-game chat really..

News: PS Vita RAM Confirmed at 512MB

PS Vita RAM Confirmed at 512MB

More RAM than PS3!

Shooting down previous rumours that the PS Vita RAM was reduced to 256MB to accommodate a lower launch price, Sony has confirmed that the system will indeed sport 512MB of RAM. These were the original numbers thought to be packed into the system back when it was called the NGP, and places the handheld above PlayStation 3's 256MB...

News: Fawn Over PlayStation Vita's Operating System And Apps

Fawn Over PlayStation Vita's Operating System And Apps

It's at this stage of a platform launch build-up that everybody gets a bit crazy, desperately looking for screenshots and video footage of said system in action

With the PlayStation Vita launch still some way away, anticipation is transforming into desperation. The crazy (and super smart) people at NeoGAF have collected together a massive library of screenshots, showcasing the PlayStation Vita's..

News: Sony: There Is A Market For Rich Portable Gaming

Sony: There Is A Market For Rich Portable Gaming

Sony's done its research, and concluded that there is a market for rich portable gaming, despite the opinion of numerous online armchair analysts stating the opposite

“When you look at the type of consumer that’s playing cell phone games currently, it’s someone that enjoys smaller ‘kill time’ gaming and has not gravitated to the larger, richer, deeper experiences that true handheld gaming..

News: Sony Laughed Off PlayStation Vita RAM Rumours

Sony Laughed Off PlayStation Vita RAM Rumours

Just a few months ago the Internet was reeling over the "revelation" that Sony had cut the on-board RAM in the PlayStation Vita

The speculation at the time suggested that the system's capabilities had been slashed in order to meet a mass-market price. Of course, those rumours weren't true, and Sony has said that it laughed off such claims when they emerged. Speaking to Eurogamer, Worldwide Studios..

News: Updated PlayStation Vita Specifications Discredit RAM Rumours

Updated PlayStation Vita Specifications Discredit RAM Rumours

Earlier in the year the Internet went mad with stories that Sony had cut the PlayStation Vita's on-board RAM in order to meet a more approachable price-point

But according to new system specifications released this evening, those rumours were wrong. The updated specification sheet [posted on NeoGAF], denotes that the PlayStation Vita includes 512MB of main memory in addition to 128MB VRAM. That's..

News: GamesCom 2011: Sony Announces New 'Budget' PlayStation Portable Model For Europe

GamesCom 2011: Sony Announces New 'Budget' PlayStation Portable Model For Europe

Perhaps the biggest 'WTF?' moment of Sony's GamesCom press conference this evening was the announcement of a new PlayStation Portable model for Europe

The updated hardware will launch without Wi-Fi support, but will cost a mere €99.99. The new handheld is due out this Fall, and will be marketed heavily alongside Sony's budget PSP Essentials range. SCEA's said there are no plans to launch the new..

News: Analysts Predict PlayStation Vita To Shift 2.5 Million Units By March 2012

Analysts Predict PlayStation Vita To Shift 2.5 Million Units By March 2012

Nikko Securities analyst Kazuharu Miura has predicted that the PlayStation Vita will sell about 2

5 million units by the end of March 2012, adding that software sales are likely to hit around 7 million units. The PlayStation Vita is due to release in Japan later this year, with a Western release due before the end of the fiscal year. In a report published by Bloomberg Japan, Miura stressed that the..

News: Madden NFL 12, Need For Speed: Shift PlayStation Portable Bundles Announced For North America

Madden NFL 12, Need For Speed: Shift PlayStation Portable Bundles Announced For North America

If you're still in the market for a PlayStation Portable (and we're not sure how many of you that is) -- Sony's got your back

It's announced a brand-new bundle on the PlayStation Blog, featuring copies of Madden NFL 12 and Need For Speed: Shift, in addition to a 2GB memory stick. For the $159.99 asking-price, it's a decent bundle — especially if you're looking to catch up on PSP content now the..