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,..
Plenty of power still under the hood
Back when it was known as the PlayStation NGP, Sony released the official specifications for the fancy bits stuffed beneath the system's sexy veneer, listing the handheld's RAM at 512 MB. Since, Sony has renamed the device and supposedly cut the original RAM count in half, bringing the PS Vita's RAM down to 256...
It's been a bizarre day for handheld systems
The Internet seems to have replaced all its goodwill for the PlayStation Vita — born out of an excellent E3 showing and fantastic price-point — for trepidation and concerns. The main take-away, as far as we understand it, is that the pressure is back on Sony now Nintendo's decided to dramatically drop the price of its Nintendo 3DS due to some..
Invizimal's developer Novarama has said that the PlayStation Vita's alleged reduction in RAM will not harm development
Rumours swirled before E3 suggesting that Sony had lowered the Vita's on-board RAM in order to find a more competitive price-point. But while Novarama's Dani Sánchez-Crespo seemed to corroborate the rumour, he didn't think it would harm development at all. "No that wont..
Sony's released its sales results for the quarter ending June 30th, showing the biggest sign of a PlayStation 3 price-drop yet
While Sony's estimates for the fiscal year stuck at 15 million units, hardware was actually down for the first quarter by 600,000 units. To us, this says price-drop. Officially, Sony sold 1.8 million PlayStation 3's last...
Ever since Sony announced the PlayStation Vita and its social networking feature, LiveArea & Activity, we've banked on it coming to the PlayStation 3
The system allows players to comment on their friends progress within games, and even allows developers to update fans on the latest events in their games. The feature feels like the next natural...
Sony's announced that Move
Me — a "new software application that runs on the PS3 system and gives researchers, students, and programmers access to PlayStation Moves technology for developing apps beyond traditional gaming" — will launch today as part of the US PlayStation Store update. Move.Me will allow students and researchers to use a PlayStation 3, PlayStation Move, PlayStation..
PlayStation India's gaffer, Atindriya Bose, has commented on the PlayStation Vita's battery life, reasurring GamingBolt that the system will have an "adequate battery life for someone to have a continuous gaming experience"
Bose added: "Given the fact that we know that we are creating a personal, portable and a mobile gaming experience, the...
Unsurprisingly, Sony will make the PlayStation Vita available at next month's GamesCom
Sony's yet to announce the line-up of games it will be bringing to the event, but expect the usual suspects: Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Wipeout 2048 and Everybody's Golf Next. Fingers crossed Sony use GamesCom to give PlayStation Vita a big 2011 European release date. Please.
One of the best features of the PlayStation Vita's hardware is its suite of online social options: Near, Party and LiveArea
In an interview with Eurogamer, Sony Europe's R&D gaffer, Phil Rogers, has offered a little more insight into what each of the features offers and hopes to achieve. According to Rogers, Near is a little like Nintendo 3DS'...
Sony is experimenting with virtual reality
Mick Hocking, senior director at Sony's Worldwide Studios, told Develop that that platform holder is experimenting with the technology in a variety of projects, including a first-person shooter. "We've got a new head mounted display that we showed at Consumer Electronics Show," Hocking said. "At the moment it's just a head-mounted..
It’s quite hard to fathom the thought of the PlayStation Vita as retro before it has even seen its release, especially when the upcoming handheld is unquestionably powerful and chocked full of unique features. But, the dev kit that developers have been working with looks awfully familiar to Vita's younger sibling; PSP Go. Eurogamer...
Sony's released a new PlayStation Vita trailer demonstrating many of the system's social features, including Party and Near
The lifestyle video features tons of new gameplay footage from various Vita games, but is most used to demonstrate the system's array of networking capabilities. What's interesting about the trailer is its portrayal of users within the 18-35 demographic, which looks certain to..
It's Monday morning: we're supposed to be writing about how Zumba Fitness has topped the UK sales charts for a billionth week running and not much else
Instead we've got a zinger of a rumour from DigiTimes, speculating that the PlayStation 4 will launch as soon as next year. The report mentions that Sony will begin production of its new system at the end of the year, for release in 2012. With..
PlayStation Vita's 'Face Control' technology was demonstrated in Tokyo this week
It uses the Vita's front-facing cameras to super-impose animated character model overlays on top of the users. The technology is reasonably impressive, apart from when it's trying to detect blinking. That ends up looking a bit scary.
IndustryGamers is speculating that Sony will unveil the PlayStation 4 next year
The website cites an anonymous source from a top developer, though naturally no names were mentioned. Rumours have already pledged an XBOX 360 unveiling for 2012, though they were resolutely denied. Analysts were less confident about IndustryGamers' rumour: "I think it's unlikely [that PS4 will be announced in..
Is anyone else bored to tears of being told what they want to play?
Apparently it's not ok for us to be excited about a new entry in the Everybody's Golf series, because we should be playing GameLoft's Let's Golf rip-off or Flick Golf or something We shouldn't be excited for the likes of Wipeout 2048, Sound Shapes and Street Fighter X Tekken because smart-phones are taking over the world. How dare..
It's not really a rumour is it
Everyone's expecting the PlayStation 3 to get a price-drop this year, and there's no better positioned event than August's GamesCom. Sony's known for bringing the heat to the European event, while its competitors flounder. Sounds like a no-brainer to us. MCV's got the report, citing a new price-point of between £179.99 and £199.99 will be announced for the PS3 at..
If you're hopping onto the PS3 this morning to download the Sonic Generations demo, you're going to have to install a new firmware update first
Sony has revealed that firmware 3.66 will improve network services and increase stability when gaming. We're downloading the update now, so presumably it's online for everyone. Only takes a couple of minutes...
Added cost and fun factor a concern
One of the most talked-about features of Sony's upcoming Playstation Vita handheld system has been its rather unique rear touch pad. But in an effort to keep production costs down, this feature was very nearly cut out completely. In a recent Famitsu interview, Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studio's Shuhei...
It's been interesting watching the PlayStation Network evolve since the PS3's release
It's something Sony doesn't necessarily get credit for. We've essentially witnessed Sony draw parity with Microsoft in terms of its networking gaming service, and even exceed it in some areas. Given Microsoft had a headstart, and admittedly pioneered this motion, it's been a pretty impressive achievement from..
There were reports over the weekend of a new PlayStation 3 model identified by the code CECH-3000B
Sony has confirmed those rumours this morning, revealing a new 320GB PS3 less power-consumption than its predecessor. Don't get your panties in a twist yet, this is still the standard PS3 Slim design. It's not like a new PS3 or anything. The new model will ship in charcoal black for ¥34,980 at the..
John Carmack believes the next PlayStation will be ten-times more powerful than Sony's current system
The programming legend told Eurogamer that he believes Sony's new console will arrive "in a couple of years". "The next-generation will be here soon, a couple of years," Carmack told the website. "It'll be another ten times as powerful as this . I'd be surprised if that..
SEGA's mobster-zombie mash-up, Yakuza: Of The End, has unsurprisingly topped the Japanese sales charts after a hefty delay
We received our copy earlier this week but haven't had a chance to check it out yet. It's sitting temptingly on the top of our "to play" pile though. Elsewhere it was a poor week for Japanese software, with the ridiculously titled Gekiatsu!! Pachige Tamashii Portable..
Will it follow the footsteps of the PSP?
During an E3 Vita press event for European and Australian press, Sony Worldwide Studios' Michael Denny was asked whether or not the PS Vita would be region free. While not an absolute confirmation from the company, Denny did respond that "to the best of his knowledge" the PS Vita will be region...
Kaz Hirai has told the Guardian that the PlayStation 3 will continue to grow even though it's already several years into its life-span
He said: One of the things that we always talked about is the 10-year life cycle. When we launched the PS3 back in 2006, one of the questions I kept getting asked was why we were putting so much technology into a piece of equipment that was basically a games..
According to IGN, Sony Wordwide Studios Europe boss Michael Denny has revealed that the PlayStation Vita is region free to the "best of his knowledge"
This is obviously a huge point of interest, as it means you'll be able to import and play games on your device without needing a specific system. The 3DS is region-locked. Let's hope Denny's knowledge is spot on, eh?
There's two rumours here if you read between the lines
Sony has always been cagey about the amount of RAM in the NGP. In fact, to our knowledge the platform holder has yet to confirm anything regarding that particular aspect of the system's specifications. Yet, French site 01Net is convinced Sony has cut the total RAM of the system from 512mb to...
'Tis the season for hardware bundles apparently
After this afternoon's Call Of Duty: Black Ops bundle announcement, Sony has followed up with a pretty decent PSP set. The package — which can be yours for a bargain $159.99 — includes a PSP-3000 in Piano Black, a 2GB memory stick, a copy of MLB 2011: The Show and Gran Turismo PSP. Not a bad set this actually, especially if there's a backlog of..
Fact: when the PlayStation Network is back online you will have to install a very large patch
That's not really up for debate now. There's going to be a firmware update. PS3 developers are already getting those updates, according to GamaSutra. The site reports that numerous development sources are being asked to use updated versions of the PS3 SDK implementing new security features. While those..
What will you see?
The NGP will feature two cameras, one front-facing and one in the back, and it appears that the Uncharted and Resistance titles coming to the NGP will make use of at least one of the system’s cameras in one way or another. According to sources “close to Sony”, Resistance NGP will allow players to use the camera to pick up...
Sony's not planning on launching a new home console until 2014, according to a source close to Kotaku
Insiders told the website that successors to the PlayStation 3 and XBOX 360 could still be a long way off, despite rumours suggesting Nintendo is about to pounce with a new system at E3. "Both MS and Sony are telegraphing to each other that they're delaying, to milk the current and fill in..
Good news, everyone
First Sony said that the earthquake in Japan could delay the release of the NGP, then changed its mind. Now it appears the NGP is back on track for a 2011 release, at least in the United States. Sony showcased its upcoming handheld to analysts and investors earlier this week, and in a report published by Lazard Capital Markets,...
Two thumbs up
Analysts have already commented on the NGP price in the past, but now that Wedbush Morgan gaming analyst Michael Pachter has been treated to a hands-on demo of the device, he’s weighing in on the capabilities and performance of the device as well. Pachter took to Twitter earlier this week to shower the NGP with such lovely adjectives...
Last week Sony’s Jack Tretton warned that the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan may push back the release of the NGP in some regions, but now Sony says that production of the NGP is continuing ahead as planned. Only a matter of few days after Tretton’s caution, Sony’s Japan division began its damage control, calling the...
Believe your eyes
The PlayStation Blog has posted a retrospective video chronicling the company’s continued efforts to tap into the world of Augmented Reality. Starting off with the PlayStation Eye on the PS2, the video first describes the humble beginings of the feature, which then required you to sit stationary in front of the TV. With the PSP...
Sony may have previously hoped to release its next handheld gaming system, NGP, worldwide by November 2011, but now the Tokyo-based company is warning that production of the device has slowed due to the cataclysmic earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan, and may push back its release. Sony has closed numerous production facilities...
Sony's announced that the PlayStation 3 has shifted 3 million units in France since its release in March 2007
If we wanted to fan the fanboy flames, we'd tell you that Microsoft's XBOX 360 has moved 2.3 million units over a longer period of time. Did we say that out loud? Sony's shifted 418 million worth of software, which equates to roughly eight million units. That's in contrast to 337..
Our survey says...
While Sony may not talking too much about the details surrounding the release of the NGP, the developers working on the system certainly are. A few days ago some developers claimed to reveal an 11/11/11 release for the device, and now Ubisoft is joining the rumor mill by pricing the Wi-Fi and 3G models of the NGP in an online...
A long time coming
The Playstation Blog has a lengthy video interview with Shuhei Yoshida, the head of Sony Worldwide Studios about the development cycle for the upcoming PlaStation NGP. In it, he reveals that Worldwide Studios first began working on the device back in 2008: Since the beginning of 2008, WWS have been officially involved in the...
Know where you are, anywhere
Skyhook, a leading developer of global tracking and positioning services whose name sounds unfortunately reminiscent of the fictional Terminator-producing corporation SkyNet, has implemented its Core Engine GPS system into everything from netbooks and tablets to smartphones and cameras. Next the company will be stuffing...
Sony's official PSP website has been updated to reflect the range's recent price-drop
Hang on, wait a minute, what's this? The PSPgo is now $149.99. We knew the PSP-3000 was dropping down to $129.99 but no-one mentioned anything about the PSPgo, retailers included — they're still listing the
Sony has revealed that the new game media for the NGP that will house all upcoming games will be between 2GB and 4GB in size, a portion of which will be reserved for game saves and patches. This surpasses the PSP UMD format’s capacity, which capped games at just under 2GB. While this is certainly good news, it seems almost like a...
MotorStorm: Apocalypse developers, Evolution Studios, are pleased as punch with Sony's next handheld, the NGP
Speaking about Sony's approach designing the hardware, director Matt Southern said developers were given a massive influence on the design, even as far as the system's rear track-pad feature. Weve all been looking at odd-looking devices with wires sticking out them since an early date,..
Sony's announced that the PlayStation 3 has now exceeded 4 million units sold in the UK
The system launched on March 23rd, 2007. Sony celebrated the news by throwing a party in London last night. Hot Chip were on hand to spin some record. As you can probably tell, we're trying to drag this paragraph out as far as possible because there's really nothing else to say. 4 million consoles. Fantastic.
If you're a North American reader and you've still yet to pick up a PlayStation 3, SCEA's announced a pretty good deal for you
The Killzone 3 hardware bundle not only includes a copy of Guerrilla Games' latest shooter, but also a 160GB PS3 for $300. Essentially, you're getting the game for free. Not a bad deal, eh? The bundle's out February 22nd, same day as the game.
.. And last generation's leading console continues to see strong sales. Sony's just announced that they've now shipped 150 million PlayStation 2 consoles worldwide, with no signs of the platform slowing down. The console has now exceeded its ten-year lifespan, with Sony anticipating continued demand for the platform in Eastern Europe, South America, South East Asia and the Middle East..
Sony's new handheld device, the NGP, will not replace the current PSP when it launches later in the year
Sony's Worldwide Studios boss, Shuhei Yoshida, told EDGE magazine that both devices will coexist for some time going forwards. "The NGP features everything Sony can and wants to do today," he said. "It's a platform looking forward with great ambition. "It can't replace a..
Despite not being officially announced, a number of European retailers are listing Killzone 3 PS3 bundles expected on the same day as the game's launch
Amazon.fr peg the package at 348.38, noting that the bundle includes a 320GB PlayStation 3 Slim and copy of Killzone 3. Expect official confirmation soon.
Regular and Deluxe
The EEDAR has weighed in a prediction price for the NGP launch price. All versions of the NGP released in Japan will have Wi-Fi capabilities as well as 3G connectivity built-in, but SCEE boss Andrew House says that a cheaper, Wi-Fi only version will be available for consumers outside Japan: The first thing to clarify, which I’m...
PushSquare editor Sammy Barker follows up his original reaction to the NGP with discussion on why PlayStation Suite is the overlooked ace in Sony's portable gaming strategy
</em> I've had a few days to analyse the reaction to Sony's NGP announcement this week, and I've been overwhelmed by how much positivity I've read. People seem to get it. The PSP never quite delivered on the "portable..
Electronic Entertainment Design and Research’s Jesse Divnich has cited a $300 -$350 price tag for Sony’s Next Generation Portable, the NGP. The market is ripe for portable high-end gaming. The NGP will be a serious threat to all forms of portable entertainment. After seeing the specs today, if the NGP can’t succeed, it is clear...
We've gotten so used to getting games at the same time as our brothers in North America, that we hadn't even considered the NGP not launching in Europe this year
While a "Holiday 2011" release date was paraded around the system's reveal yesterday, SCEA gaffer Jack Tretton admits a worlwide launch will be "difficult". "I know that's rather ambiguous, and that's for a..
PushSquare editor Sammy Barker delivers his first reaction to Sony's new handheld announcement, the Next Generation Portable
I often feel like I'm the only person in the world not caught up in the iOS hype hurricane. I think Apple's devices are fantastic pieces of kit, but as gaming systems they don't come anywhere near meeting the kind of expectations I hold. The games media wants me to think..
After the demonstrations of PlayStation 3 titles running on the NGP, the concern on most people's lips -- if not price -- is battery life
A report on Eurogamer pegs the device's battery at a reasonable 4-5 hours, comparable with the notably inferior Nintendo 3DS. According to Eurogamer, 6-8 hours was Sony's original target for the device, something they may still achieve with additional development..
So now we've heard the marketing line on Sony's NGP, it's time to digest the specifications
We'd love to give you a colourful commentary on what all the specs mean, but errr, we don't understand any of this stuff. Feel free to peruse the technical details as released by Sony after the jump though. If the thing can run PS3 games, we're assuming it's a beast. We don't need to understand anything..
MCV's reporting that the yet-t0-be-announced PlayStation Portable 2 could be released as soon as October 2011
The site furthers that Sony's been telling licensees that the system is "as powerful as the PlayStation 3". It adds fuel to industry whispers we've already heard, namely that the handheld would exceed the XBOX 360 in terms of graphical output. It's unlikely the system will be on..
More sites have acquired shots of the PlayStation powered Sony Ericsson Xperia phone
Remember, Sony still hasn't even acknowledged this thing exists. The longer this thing goes on though (and uninformed blogs continue to type the words "ZOMGZ PlayStation Phone...") the more damage this does. Either block up the leak Sony, or announce the thing already.</em>
It seems you really can't quell a good leak when it gathers steam; the (still
) yet-to-be-announced Sony Ericsson phone with PlayStation features has been blown out overnight due to a manufacturing leak in Asia. Chinese website IT168 has the scoop, with Engadget reproducing the details in a language we actually understand. Well, kinda anyway. Though...
Looks like we're on the cusp of an announcement
Sony Ericsson's PlayStation Phone Xperia Play appears to be leaking out of production factories and the results are somewhat pleasing. The Android powered mobile phone (plus game device) has a chunky but attractive format, with the PSPgo's design being a clear influence for the device's slide out control panel. We're still not convinced by those..
Sometimes, you've got to feel sorry for the platform holders
They have to show third-party developers their products because, y'know, they are going to be the ones making games for it. The problem is, people speak out of place. We're already well aware of the PSP2 — it's been name-dropped countless times — but today EA's European VP, Patrick Soderlund, has dropped more details on Sony's new..
Talking to investors yesterday, Sony has stated that it will announce a new PlayStation Portable product when the "timing is right
" The declaration comes days after Engadget's reports on the PlayStation Phone, as well as countless more rumours on the supposed PSP2. Interestingly — given their leaks all week — it was Engadget who l
The PlayStation Portable scenario is really confusing right now
We have two sets of rumours for two different devices. On one hand there's the PlayStation Phone, which is believed to be a Sony Ericsson device capable of playing first generation PSP games and running on Android technology. On the other hand there's the PSP2, which is rumoured to have a huge "HD" screen and touch controls..
The PlayStation 3's bulky 320GB variant was previously only available when bundled with the PlayStation Move
But Sony's announced that's set to change today, as standalone versions of the beefy hardware ship to stores throughout North America. The system will set you back $349.99 (while the Move bundle retails for $399.99), so it still kinda makes financial sense to pick up that Move version..
The PlayStation 2 launched exactly 10 years ago in North America today
Sony's still supporting the system with new hardware bundles in the region, which is pretty spectacular when you really think about it. The console's tenth birthday in Europe is just a month away. 1Up's got some fantastic archive footage of the PlayStation 2's American launch. You can grab that through here. Well worth the time..
In news that's almost certain to push even more PSP2 rumours to the forefront, rumours coming out of French PlayStation site PSPGen suggest that Sony's to cease production of PSP development kits after November 15th
Sony informed PSP developers about the news via a message, part of which read: "SCEE will no longer be selling the PSP Development Tool (DTP-T2000A) or Testing Tool (DTP-H2500A)..
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