As has become customary at every new hardware launch, images of a dismantled PlayStation Vita have emerged online
We were saddened to discover that the system is not powered by fairy-dust and the blood of Ken Kutaragi, but instead totally boring electronic parts. Still, make sure you enjoy these photographs: someone sacrificed their PlayStation Vita just so you could look at its insides. That's..
The PlayStation Vita's not one to buck the trends of a lifetime: the portable system has launched with a day-one firmware update in Japan
It's unclear at present what the firmware update actually does, but we suspect it's for stability reasons. After all, we imagine a lot of the PlayStation Vita's launch stock has been sitting in a warehouse for the past couple of months. If you're in Japan, you..
There's officially a new member to the PlayStation family
Almost 12 months after Sony unveiled its "Next Generation Portable" to the world, the platform holder has released the PlayStation Vita to much fanfare in Japan. Despite the inclement weather, gamers in their hundreds gathered outside Japanese retailers to get their hands on the new system. Something that makes us green with envy..
With the PlayStation Vita due out in less than 24 hours in Japan, we're starting to get a slow and steady trickle of news and information
The littlest details are always the most fascinating. Take for example the PlayStation Vita's boxes — just how big are they? ShopTo News has got your back, with a selection of images comparing the PS Vita version of Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 to a variety of..
Yesterday Sony suit Andrew House said that the PlayStation Vita was all but sold out in Japan due to advance orders, but he failed to provide any concrete numbers
Today we've got a better idea of just how well the PlayStation Vita is going to sell out of the gate, with Andriasang reporting that the system's opening shipment could exceed a whopping 700,000 units. That's big. The news comes via..
This is brilliant: if only to see the hordes of self-entitled trash-talkers flip-the-heck-out on the NeoGAF forums
After reassuring potential PS Vita purchasers that PlayStation Network accounts would be tied to memory cards last week, Sony has since back-tracked — meaning that, as originally believed, you'll need to wipe your entire PlayStation Vita if you want to access an alternative PSN..
According to Kotaku, the launch of the 3G PlayStation Vita has been pushed back by two months in Canada
The North American website reports that "due to extensive planning and testing with [Sony's] 3G partner", the SKU has been delayed until April 2012. The website speculates that difficulties in reaching a pricing agreement with the 3G network provider could be the reason behind the..
Without providing any numbers, Sony's Andrew House has announced that the PlayStation Vita has already sold out in Japan -- despite it not releasing until Saturday
The former SCEE executive told Bloomberg that the system had sold out purely on pre-orders. There were lines to make reservations for the machine at retailers, he said. It's unclear how many systems Sony intends to ship to Japanese..
Good news for those that choose to enjoy their games based on sales numbers: Sony has announced that the PlayStation 3 is actually slightly exceeding expectations
The platform holder previously predicted that it would sell 15 million consoles during the fiscal year ending in March 2012, and executive Andrew House has told journalists that he fully expects the system to hit that lofty target. House..
It doesn't take much to sell a great product; all you need to do is explain exactly what it can do
Sony's released a brand new trailer for the PlayStation Vita that does exactly that. It covers every feature in just over two minutes, and it's hard not to get excited. Dual analogue sticks, multiple touch interfaces, cross-game chat, social interaction, trophies, augmented reality — the list goes..
It looks like cross-platform play is going to form a key component of Sony's promotional activities for the PlayStation Vita
The platform holder's released a brand new trailer showing off all of the handheld's PS3 connectivity functions. The snippet shows save sharing in the Diablo-esque dungeon crawler Ruin, cross-platform multiplayer in Wipeout 2048, and even remote play with PS3 blockbuster..
It was a monster month for software releases in November
Unsurprisingly, Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim came out on top. But despite the high profile roster of software releases — and growth in unit sales across the board — NPD analyst Anita Frazier warned that "a decline in average retail price in all categories" resulted in flat dollar sales..
The PlayStation Vita is not limited to a single PlayStation Network account, as was widely reported last week
But you'll need to own multiple memory cards if you want to use different PSN accounts on the same system, Sony has confirmed. Sony suit Crystal MacKenzie confirmed the news in an interview with Wired, explaining that accounts are linked to memory cards rather than the system itself..
Nintendo's 3DS dominated the hardware and software charts in Japan this week, with Mario Kart 7 getting off to a stormer
But while the system-seller pushed over 400k units, the PlayStation 3 port of popular arcade title Gundam Extreme VS wasn't far behind — selling a very respectable 349k units. Newcomer Assassin's Creed: Revelations managed to climb into fourth spot, while Tekken Hybrid and King..
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 youll see us taking the console more towards a slightly younger demographic. More family market. The core gamer will absolutely not be..
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..
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...
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,..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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.
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..
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..
What we'd give to be in Japan
In anticipation of Vita's launch across Japan next month, Sony has started sending out review units of the system to members of the country's press, along with launch game Hot Shots Golf Next and February release Gravity Rush (known as Gravity Daze in Japan.) The machine is out in just over a month, giving the Japanese...
The latest entry in SEGA's Hatsune Miku Project Diva series took the top-spot for the PSP in this week's Japanese sales charts
The title sold 184k units, easily beating out its nearest competitor Sengoku Basara 3 Utage on PS3 which managed 124k units. Sony's remake of classic PlayStation RPG Oreshika occupied the third spot, selling 94k units. Elsehwhere Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker HD Edition..
With the PlayStation Vita's December 17th Japanese release date nearing, Sony has sent out the first review units to a smattering of press outlets
GetNews decided to send us green with envy by taking a snap of their shiny new system running the next Hot Shots Golf title. Sony also sent the outlet a copy of Gravity Daze (known as Gravity Rush in other territories) which is not due out until February..
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..
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