The PlayStation Vita is not the only platform set to get a promotional push in Japan this holiday
Sony's announced a duo of new campaigns designed to advertise both the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable too. The former — which focuses on Sony's new Scarlet Red and Splash Blue PS3 systems — carries the tagline "Yaruzo! Toruzo! PS3!" or, roughly, "Play it! Take it! PS3!"..
On top of a bunch of XBOX successor rumours this week, EDGE has revealed via an unnamed source that at least one major Sony developer has switched attention to the next PlayStation system
According to the report, the Sony subsidiary has had an input on the graphics technology adopted by the new system. But which studio could it be? Our money is probably on Guerrilla Games, with Evolution and Media..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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...
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..
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...
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..
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..
On the back of solid growth worldwide, Sony Australia has revealed that PlayStation 3 has beaten out its rivals to become the best selling system in the region for 2011 so far
Sony boasted that it has not only outsold its competitors, but it is also offering the highest value share to retailers according to NPD Australia data.
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..
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. Weve increased production materially since E3. We..
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..
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..
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..
By all accounts PlayStation Vita's browser will be much better than us PlayStation users are accustomed to
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..
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.
The PlayStation Vita will launch with a variety of on-board applications, including the likes of Twitter and Facebook
But how exactly will the applications work on Sony's new handheld? Well, a lot like a smart-phone actually — as this Engadget video proves. Catch the demonstration after the jump.
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..
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,..
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..
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...
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..
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..
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..
We didn't really expect to wake up to a release date for PlayStation Vita this morning. But that's exactly what's happened. Let's get the hard details out of the way before we start all the rampant cheering and jubilation: PlayStation Vita will launch in Europe, North America, Africa, the Middle East, Australasia and Canada on February 22nd, 2012. The news was broken by SCEA president Jack..
You know how everybody complains when there's a new PlayStation 3 firmware update, even though it takes about 5 minutes to download and install? Well, Sony's decided to completely side-step all the moaning by making firmware update 3
73 non-mandatory. The software update — which is available now — promises to add statibility to PS3 software...
The PlayStation Vita is officially in short supply
After selling out at every online Japanese retailer, and then prompting queues of up to 1,000 people outside popular gaming stores, Sony's new handheld is in hot demand. And this is just the pre-order phase. There are still a couple of months to go until the PlayStation Vita's actually released onto store shelves. With hot demand comes ferocious..
Here's a turn up for the books: according to retailer Sinobi, more Japanese gamers are plumping up pre-orders for the 3G version of the PlayStation Vita ahead of the vanilla Wi-Fi SKU
The retailer reports that 65 percent of reservations for Sony's new handheld were for the 3G version, while just 35 percent were for the standard model. The retailer added, that 82 percent of buyers decided to order a..
Sony opened pre-orders for the PlayStation Vita overnight, with many Japanese gamers forming lines outside of popular stores in order to register their interest in the device ahead of its December 17th release date
According to Famitsu more than 200 people were in line at the famous Akihabara Yodobashi Camera by midnight, with the queue up to about 500 by 6AM local time. FoxBusiness added that..
If you're in Japan and you're looking to pick up a PlayStation Vita at launch, it looks like you're about to be embroiled in something of a bloodbath
Two major online retailers appear to have sold through their launch allocation of Sony's new system almost immediately after going on sale, suggesting that there's likely to be heavy shortages come launch later in the year. Both
Sony's updated its sales figures for the PlayStation Move, announcing that it has shipped 8
3 million units of the motion controller worldwide. The number was announced by SCEA's Gabe Ahn during a GDC Online presentation this week. It's the first sales figure that Sony's announced for the PlayStation Move since it confirmed shipments of 4.1 million in December last year. It's unclear how many units..
No publication's mentioned PSone support on the PlayStation Vita because it was pretty much presumed up until this point
The PSP can play PSone games. The PS3 can play PSone games. Why wouldn't the PlayStation Vita? But in a Japanese FAQ uploaded onto the official PlayStation website this afternoon, Sony has cast doubt over legacy game support. The FAQ mentions that the PlayStation Vita will be..
The PlayStation 3 version of Winning Eleven 2012 was the top-selling game in Japan this week, beating out curious PSP dating sim AKB1/48
But despite another strong showing for PlayStation software — which dominated the Japanese top twenty, taking up twelve of the available slots — hardware remained static, with the PlayStation 3 scooping up sales in the region of 30k and the PSP just lower at..
Like most smartphones, PlayStation Vita downloads taking place over a 3G network will be capped at 20MB
SCEA's senior staff developer support engineer Chris Norden confirmed the information at a GDC Online session overnight. The limit means you won't be able to download the likes of Uncharted: Golden Abyss while sitting on a park bench, but you will however be able to grab full titles via Wi-Fi..
What shape is the PlayStation Vita? Well according to SCEA's Chris Norden, it's a "super oval"
Norden revealed the fascinating snippet during a panel at a GDC Online panel watched by Joystiq, continuing that both the Vita's touch panels run at a "higher resolution than the screen itself" — meaning the system is capable of sub-pixel precision. Learn something new everyday.
Sony's prepping an updated PlayStation 3 remote controller for "late October"
The updated device will include support for various Sony products, in addition to Netflix. In order to enable these additional functions, the peripheral will include new channel and volume buttons at the base of the unit. No price has been announced yet, but expect it to be in the region of $25. [Thanks Joystiq]
Enter any PlayStation Vita thread and at least one smartphone warrior will emerge
"Yeah Uncharted: Golden Abyss looks great, but I can get hundreds of cheap games for my mobile phone for the same price." It frustrates us unlike anything else, but as time goes on we've come to the realisation that this is something we're going to have to put up with. iOS and Android platforms aren't going..
The PSPgo was an experiment
It came about at a time when players clamoured for digital media on their handheld platform. Such enthusiasm quickly vanished, and the PSPgo concluded a failed experiment. But Sony's learned from that experience, and subsequently its not shunning packaged media for its new handheld platform. We believe, for some consumers, the time is , but for other consumers, the..
PlayStation software took slots in four of the top five selling Japanese games this week, with PSP title Legend Of Heroes: Ao no Kiseki taking the top-spot
It was followed by Dynasty Warriors 7 Xtreme Legends on PS3 and last week's front-runner Dark Souls. Sadly hardware was down across the board, with PS3 filling the second spot at 30k and PSP just behind at 25k. The full chart's after the jump..
Start cooing now
Vita may not be out until next year, but that doesn't mean you can't find out exactly what you'll be seeing on shop shelves when the console launches. Sony Computer Entertainment Europe hardware product manager Adam Grant took to the PlayStation Blog to reveal the console's box and pre-installed applications. The box itself isn't...
Drink it up readers
This is the packaging your shiny new PlayStation Vita will be contained within when you pick up the hardware next year. Sony's European PlayStation Vita product manager, Adam Grant, unveiled the boxart on the PlayStation Blog this morning. In addition, Grant's outlined each of the PlayStation Vita's on-board apps. The post doesn't contain anything we don't already know, but it's..
According to ASCII magazine , PlayStation Vita downloads will be locked at 20MB over 3G connections at launch
The publication cites an unnamed Sony representative as the source of the information. Of course, a cap like that really limits the potential for 'on-the-go' downloads. Asynchronous gameplay data, save files and (potentially) Minis would be ok, but not a lot else. ASCII's source did stress..
Our biggest complaint with Sony's handling of the PlayStation Vita thus far is just how long it's taken Sony to get from announcement to store shelves
It feels like the platform holder has been 'umming and ahhing' for an eternity, with the system only just meeting its 2011 release domestically, and no date here in the West. Speaking in the latest issue of Famitsu magazine, SCEJ gaffer Hiroshi..
We probably should have tagged this story with a prominent 'not safe for work' heading as the PlayStation Vita feels almost pornographic at times
This is a render of the final piece of hardware, released by Sony overnight. That's it — there will be no more tweaks or changes. This is the system going into production. While it might look like the same old Vita to some of you, there have been a few..
Sony's announced that it intends to release an Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception hardware bundle alongside Nathan Drake's latest adventure in North America
The package includes a 320GB PlayStation 3, a copy of Uncharted 3 the game, and a month's free access to PlayStation Plus. The bundle will run you just $299.99, which is actually a really good deal. You're essentially getting the game for free. Hit..
The PlayStation Vita will be able to communicate with the PSP in Ad-Hoc mode, a compatibility report released by Sony has confirmed
That means those with Monster Hunter Portable 3rd installed on their PlayStation Vita will have no issues setting up a game with vanilla PSP owners and vice versa. The feature's also a positive for the newly announced Lord Of Apocalypse, which is set to release on both..
Sony's scheduled a period of maintenance for a number of its first-party PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable tiltes this weekend
The maintenance will see a dozen titles go offline for a few hours from 5AM through to mid-day UK time on Sunday 25th. PlayStation Home will also be affected. Hit the jump for the full run-down of titles undergoing maintenance. Buzz! PS3 Combat Ops PSP EyePet..
When Shuhei Yoshida demonstrated Killzone 3 running on a PlayStation Vita via Remote Play at last week's Tokyo Game Show, we got a bit ahead of ourselves
We just assumed that the updated Remote Play feature-set would provide the potential to play all PS3 games via the Vita. Unfortunately, that's not the case, as only games designed with the feature in mind will be supported. "Yesterday, the..
Whenever Sony releases a new firmware update, the Internet groans
We're not sure what all the fuss is about to be honest, firmware updates take no longer than a few minutes to download and install where we are — but apparently it takes other people upwards of half-an-hour. (We're sure they're exaggerating, but anyway.) Thankfully, all those complaining have a friend in Sony Worldwide Studios..
Sony Worldwide Studios president, Shuhei Yoshida, has confirmed that the platform holder is aiming to make a "high" number of PlayStation Portable games compatible with the PlayStation Vita
The executive stressed that the company can't yet "confirm 100 percent compatibility" as the system is still undergoing testing. That said, those titles that do work will benefit from the advanced..
Import with impunity
With the news of a significant delay for gamers in the West, many are looking to Japan to satiate their desire for PlayStation Vita this Christmas. Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida has some good news, then: the console is region-free. When asked via Twitter if the machine would be region-free, Yoshida simply replied...
The PlayStation Portable was a success
The system's sold more than 70 million units to date, so regardless of your stance it's unarguably achieved much more than any other portable gaming device not manufactured by Nintendo. But mistakes were made during Sony's first foray into portable gaming, and Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida is keen to acknowledge them. "There are many lessons..
During this week's Tokyo Game Show, Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida held a keynote to demonstrate some of the PlayStation Vita's features
One of those features was augmented reality. Vita will provide augmented reality in three different ways: without a marker, with a marker and with multiple markers. It's the latter of these technologies that is most interesting, and it really..
While we've known that the PlayStation is probably region-free for some time, we've yet to get an official confirmation of kind
Until today anyway, when SCE Worldwide Studios gaffer Shuhei Yoshida has taken to Twitter to confirm the platform's region free status. Quizzed on Twitter about the feature, Yoshida simply responded, "Yes it is". Obviously this is a big deal, as it means gamers..
Battery add-on enables 9-15 hour lifespan
PS Vita lasts about 3-5 hours on its own, but the optional external battery peripheral just announced by Sony will give perpetually unplugged consumers the opportunity to buy themselves some more time. The company released info on the device on Sony's Japanese site. PS Vita runs 3-5 hours only if players...
SCEJ president Hiroshi Kawano has told Reuters that he doesn't believe the Nintendo 3DS nor burgeoning gaming compatible smartphones are a threat to the PlayStation Vita
Kawano considers that the devices are different. Kawano believes that the Nintendo 3DS has a different look, target audience and price-point. All true. Moreover Kawano believes that smartphones are designed with networking features..
Disappointed with the PlayStation Vita's 3-5 hour battery cap? Sony has revealed an optional external battery add-on, that could extend the Vita's life to anywhere from 9 to 15 hours
The battery has a capacity of 5000mAh, which when added to the 2200mAh already included on board with the Vita should provide enough juice to keep the system powered beyond short sessions. A price has yet to be..
Kotaku's sneakily got its eyes on one of PlayStation Vita's boxes -- which is always one of the most exciting things about a new platform launch
Wrapped in a shocking blue colour — that Vita appears to have adopted as its branding style — and similar in layout to the current PS3 boxes, these should fit comfortably next to your current collection of game cases. NeoGAF's Chubigans has put..
Remote Play has, for a long time, been untapped potential
The ability to play PlayStation 3 games via your PSP was a brilliant one, but so little software took advantage of the feature that it quickly became worthless. With PlayStation Vita, Sony's planning on stepping up its Remote Play functionality. Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida demonstrated this during a keynote overnight by playing..
When Sony said that PlayStation Vita could work as a PlayStation 3 controller, we figured it was a reactionary comment to the announcement of the Wii U
We certainly didn't think the platform holder would get the technology up and running so promptly. But it seems the technicians in the Sony labs have been hard at work, concocting a demo with LittleBigPlanet that Shuhei Yoshida demonstrated at a..
Square Enix has confirmed that it will release Final Fantasy XIII-2 days before the PlayStation Vita in Japan -- on December 15th
And adding to what should be an enormous week for PlayStation hardware, the company also confirmed that it is partnering with Sony to release a new 320GB PS3 hardware bundle in black and pink. The package will run you ¥37,960. Those in the West can expect to pick up..
Sony's updated its sell-through numbers for both the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable
The platform holder has confirmed that the PlayStation 3 now has an install base of 51.8 million units worldwide, while the PSP has an impressive 71.4 million. Sony revealed the numbers during its Tokyo Game Show press event this morning, which saw PlayStation Vita receive a December 17th domestic release..
Sony's announced a couple of new PlayStation 3 colour variations for the Japanese audience
Both the Scarlet Red and Splash Blue systems are due to release on November 17th for ¥29,800, with 320GB hard-drives included.
Battery life was always going to be a concern for a device as powerful as the PlayStation Vita, and it looks like Sony's just about managed to deliver on its promise of a similar running time to the PSP
In an updated technical fact-sheet, the company has confirmed that Vita will give you 3-5 hours of gameplay at full pelt. That will extend to five hours of video playback, and nine hours of music..
We've never understood why Sony doesn't release more iterations of its hardware around the globe
Japan has hosted a variety of different themed PS3 and PSP SKUs, but Europe and North America is still stuck in the stone-ages comparatively. Thankfully SCEE has decided to bring the white PlayStation 3 hardware to Europe and Australia, according to a couple of retail listings. The 320GB system looks..
While much of the Internet sat bemused at the announcement of a new PSP for Europe during this year's GamesCom, we were fairly calm about it
While the announcement of the device certainly took us by surprise, we also felt like it made a lot of sense. Sony's PSP strategy has shifted in recent years, with the platform holder targeting younger users. SCEE's new gaffer Jim Ryan confirmed the philosophy..
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...
We think it's great that Sony's regularly shipping unique PS3 hardware in Japan, but after some fantastic bundles, we're not too hot on Ni No Kuni's supposed 'magical' edition
It just looks garish to us. Does anybody actually like it? It's out November 17th.
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. Its as simple as that, SCEEs Jim Ryan told EDGE magazine. Ryan added that he believes the PlayStation Vita..
With Level-5 and Studio Ghibli's Ni No Kuni just weeks away from its Japanese release on PlayStation 3, Famitsu has revealed a new PlayStation 3 hardware bundle to celebrate the release of the game
Entitled the 'Magical Edition' the special hardware package comes in white and gold. ¥33,780. [Thanks Andriasang]
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 dont believe the PlayStation 3 price drop will impact the perceived value of the $249 Vita, EEDARs Jesse Divnich told IndustryGamers. With the..
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 Im concerned, the motion control of today is like the 8-bit phase of video games,..
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..
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..
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..
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...
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..
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 thats playing cell phone games currently, its someone that enjoys smaller kill time gaming and has not gravitated to the larger, richer, deeper experiences that true handheld gaming..
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..
Alert to all independent developers
Gamescom 2011 has been crucial for Vita, with new game announcements and info on some of the games we already knew about. While most of this news has been aimed at the consumers, a segment of news we’ve come across is just as great for independent developers as it is for consumers. SCEE’s George Bain spoke...
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..
In addition to the PlayStation Vita's own catalogue of unique social functions, the device will also ship with dedicated applications for Facebook, Twitter, FourSquare and Skype
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..
It's not the most impressive news of the year: we already knew that the PlayStation Vita was scheduled to release 'early 2012' in Europe
But a paragraph of text on the Swedish PlayStation website has given us a slightly more specif
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..
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..
Sony Computer Entertainment gaffer Kaz Hirai has just confirmed that PlayStation Vita will not launch until 2012 in the US or Europe
Japan will get the device before the year is out. The news comes via an Associated Press report on MSN Money, which states that the anticipated device "won't be going on sale in the US or Europe in time for Christmas". Sony hadn't officially promised a..
Well, at least you guys in the US have something to be pleased about
After this morning's rumours that PlayStation Vita might be delayed in Europe, Engadget's reporting that the device has passed FCC clearance in North America. Engadget explains that this "is widely regarded as the final step before a consumer electronics device is shipped to retailers here in the States". The take-away..
It's the news we've all been dreading, especially after we've had so many indications pointing towards a 2011 release, but NowGamer's citing retail sources that state the PlayStation Vita will not launch in Europe before 2011 is out
Only last week we got a retail flier indicating that Vita could launch on October 28th, but we stated at the time that the date was probably a guesstimate by the..
Sony's revealed that the PlayStation Vita can work as a controller for the PlayStation 3, potentially matching the capabilities showcased in Nintendo's new Wii-U system
Sony explained the potential to Eurogamer at last month's Develop conference. "What could you do with all of this?" Sony R&D boffin Phil Rogers questioned a room regarding PlayStation Vita's souped-up PS3..
Oh Blockbuster, we've never wanted you to be more right about anything in your entire stained-carpeted existence
The UK leg of the video rental company is sending out fliers teasing an October 28th release date for the PlayStation Vita in Britain. The promotion was sent into IGN, and looks legit to us. Of course, the bigger issue stems from whether Blockbuster actually has inside information or is..
Despite what we reported yesterday, a Sony Japan representative has told Develop that there has been no cut to the PlayStation Vita's RAM
Previous rumours had suggested Sony had sliced the RAM in half in order to hit a competitive price-point for its new handheld, but that seems nothing more than baseless speculation at this point. A development source of Eurogamer also indicated that there's been..
Sony and Samsung may be arch rivals in the TV business, but the consumer electronics giants have joined forces to bring the PlayStation Vita to market
According to Andriasang's translation of a Semiconductor Industry news report [a riveting read, we're sure - Ed], the Korean company will supply the chip for the Vita going forward. The site states that the chip will be using a 45 nanometer process,..
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