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)..
Chalk up another comment that hints towards the inevitable announcement of the PSP2; Sony's Worldwide Studios boss, Shuhei Yoshida, has described Sony's aging PlayStation Portable platform as a "bit old"
The exec told GameInformer during TGS: When we launched PSP it was the newest, biggest, brightest thing that we had and after five or six years, and releasing many games, theres no denying..
Who cares if developers are already messing around with the PSP2? There are still plenty of original PlayStation Portable games out there; with a few excellent ones still to come
If you're still lagging behind the curve, and are yet to buy a PSP, perhaps you should consider one of these new Japanese models. The blue-and-white two-tone PSP 3000 might look a little bit like a Chelsea kit, but we like..
You know the follow-up to Sony's PlayStation Portable? Yeah, it's not been announced
There have been plenty of rumours about the device, but it still feels like an announcement is some way off. That's not stopping developers from casually revealing they've got the device though. Take NetherRealm's executive producer Shaun Him
Sony's announced a slightly altered PSP-3000 that will launch alongside Monster Hunter Portable 3rd in Japan
The updated piece of hardware includes a new analogue nub, additional battery life and some new grip handles on the back. It's also styled in black and gold. The hardware will hit Japan on December 1st.
The PlayStation 3 is doing fine
The system's in good-shape, the content's fantastic, the marketing's decent and the PlayStation Move looks set to be a fantastic extension to the experience. Still, it has big shoes to fill. When you look at the PlayStation 3's 38million sales, it's hard to envisage the system ever catching up to the PlayStation 2's 146million. But Kazuo Hirai, SCE's gaffer, reckons..
Back in May, SCEA launched the PlayStation Protection Plan
The product was designed to give PlayStation users some added stability to their hardware. Sony's announced via the PlayStation Blog today that the Protection Plan can now be purchased via the PlayStation Store. And in addition to that, PlayStation Plus subscribers will be getting a...
Sony's fought a solid war against the hackers
The PlayStation 3's been on the market for a substantial length of time and still the system's yet to be hacked, and subsequently pirated. But a group of hackers claim to have breached the PS3's impenetrable defences with a USB plug-and-play device that bypasses Sony's copy protection. The PSJailbreak (which we won't grace with traffic) purportedly..
There's a great big stonking rumour coming out of Eurogamer today, as the site's claiming that Sony are showing various publishers the follow-up to the PlayStation Portable
Apparently the next generation PSP is roughly the same size as the PSP-3000 and is being demonstrated with a number of first-party titles. The big news is how the device controls however. According to Eurogamer - and a number of..
SCEA's just announced a new set of PlayStation 3 SKUs for the US
As detailed for Europe earlier, the new SKUs will be in 160GB and 320GB flavours. They are due out ahead of the holidays. The 160GB will cost $299.99. The 320GB will include a PlayStation Move, PlayStation Eye and a copy of Sports Champions for $399.99. That's a pretty good deal by the way. Especially considering the Move stuff is $99..
If you were planning on buying a PlayStation 3 today, first of all: good thinking
May we just recommend you wait 24 hours or so, though. We know you're waiting to jump into Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and all the other fantastic PS3 titles, but have some patience. Just for a short while. Last night, US retailer GameStop put a new "just announced" 160GB PlayStation 3 on their website. Thing..
We love our PSPgo here at PushSquare, but it'd be fair to say that it's not been the most well received hardware re-release for some time
Talking up digital distribution in an interview with IncGamers, Team 17's Martyn Brown reckons the PSPgo's issues are inherent of price. Digital Distribution is here to stay. I think the issues with the PSPgo were somewhat different, basically the cost of the..
It's getting boring: we know you're bored of it too
We're sick of writing about it. How can we keep finding new headlines to say - "Yo, the PSP is the best individual platform in Japan this week". What's more, it's not just the order of the systems that never changes on a week-by-week basis — it's the sales numbers too. The PS3 always does around 20,000. Always. So, it's with a lump in..
Just a quick heads-up really -- Sony's issued a statement alongside last week's June NPD report noting that the PlayStation 3 hardware stock shortages are now resolved
PS3's have been pretty thin on the ground for the past few months, but apparently, now they are not. That's all there is to say in honesty — no reason was given for the resolution, but we're going to assume it has a little..
Our PSP's getting more play-time than our PlayStation 3 at the moment
The system's also topping the Japanese hardware charts. But with the 3DS on the horizon, and, y'know, pretty much every other person in the world hating on Sony's handheld, you can't help but feel like they could do with a refresher. Sony that is. The PSP2's long been rumoured. According to a snippet from the Wall Street Journal,..
Speaking in the latest issue of Develop magazine, Sony's Worldwide Studios boss, Shuhei Yoshida, has explained how Sony has learnt from its past mistakes, and is turning to its suite of first-party developers to shape the next PlayStation hardware
The aim? To make the next PlayStation highly accessible for the next string of game developers. When Ken Kutaragi moved on and Kaz Harai became the..
We dropped word this morning that Sony were to release a white version of the PlayStation 3 in Japan
Apparently that hardware could make it to the West. Speaking to IncGamers, a Sony representative has confirmed that <span style="color: #000000;">they "will consider every possibility based on the market demands, but have nothing to announce at this point in time"..
Ever fancied an albino PS3? Duh, we've all been there
Thankfully, Sony Japan's now got you covered — announcing a bunch of new PlayStation 3 SKUs for the region. The most obvious announcement here is that Japan's to get white casing options. Naturally, matching stands and DualShock 3's are to be made readily available in the region to match the system. Oooh. In other news, Sony are discontinuing..
Sony loves 3D
They're pushing it so hard it's almost startling. They've made a bet on this technology, and they're determined to lead with it. While other electronics manufacturers are pushing the tech too, nobody is pushing it quite as hard as Sony. There is risked attached — 3D is clearly in its infancy and Sony are aware of that. But there has to be adoption of the tech in order for it to..
A revised piece of hardware and a Monster Hunter exclusive saw XBOX 360 sales rise 800% in Japan this week
.. And still fall 2,000 units short of the PlayStation 3 which shifted a comfortable 19k units. The PSP managed a few more, with 23k sold. Sadly it lost out to the Nintendo DS' price-cuts and perve software. Never change Japan. The PSPgo was rock bottom this week, managing just 845 units this..
You know what the world needs? Yet another iteration on the original PSP hardware
Well, at least one Japanese retailer believes so, as they are showing a device called the PSP-4000 that's due out this year. Oh? Literally no other details on this yet. Could it be an update to the current PSP hardware? Or perhaps it's that new PSP everyone except Sony appear to be talking about. Guess we'll have to..
In an interview with IndustryGamers, Sony's Worldwide Studios VP, Scott Rohde, has stated that 3D is not on the agenda for the inevitable PSP follow-up
Nintendo wowed the games industry with their 3DS during E3, but it sounds like Sony aren't planning to do the same. No, no plans for that, he said when asked about 3D for a future PSP, "PSP2 is not something were announcing right now..
Our very own Twiggy was debating the future of the PlayStation Portable this morning, suggesting that Sony need to get their act together with regards to the PSP
.. And fast. Alas, an interview with SCEA's John Koller seems to suggest disagreement on the manufacturer's part - noting that Sony are still on a 10-year life-cycle with the PSP. Speaking with Joystiq, Koller noted that the handheld..
I was right
I went on a record a couple of times before E3, stating vigorously that it would be unlikely we'd see a new PSP. We didn't. Probably a good thing - with all the hype surrounding Nintendo's 3DS, it would have taken something special to top that. But it raises a question of its own. I had speculated that Sony might dramatically drop the price of the PSP range this E3, hoping to..
Here's your first shot of the God Of War: Ghost Of Sparta special edition PlayStation Portable
The images have popped up on Sony's E3 press site, though there's no real information to accompany them. We're assuming the system will be packaged alongside a copy of the game, mind. That's just common sense. We'll keep you updated as and when we learn more.
Before the PSPgo everyone hated physical media and, in particularly, the UMD
"Why can't we have a download-only system?" they asked, "Why do we have to have this UMD format?" We were with those people, we wanted a smaller more portable disc-less system and we bought one. Sadly, ever since the PSPgo's come out the consumers...
Wedbush Morgan analyst, and part-time industry celebrity, Michael Pachter, has confirmed that he believes Sony will showcase a sequel to the Playstation Portable hardware at this year's E3
Talking to MCVUK, he revealed that he believes the system will feature a touch-screen and will be somewhat tied into a subscription based Playstation Network...
Honestly, we feel like we're the only publication on the Internet in support of the 3D movement
Every other publication out there seems to be grappling with the "why" and "how" rather than the base-line concept. Look, we understand as well as everyone else that 3D is going to be expensive, and many (us included) will not be looking to upgrade for some years. That's absolutely..
We daresay it is, Mr
Sony. You know, you develop your game in high definition and then you have to render it twice. Difficult. Still, speaking to OPM magazine, Sony's Simon Benson was keen not to rule-out any future updates. Im sure we will [retrofit more games with 3D], as adding 3D to a game can make it a whole new experience, he said. " retrofitting 3D is actually harder than..
The eagle-eyed bloggers over at Connected-Consoles have picked up on an off-the-cuff remark on the American arm of the Playstation Blog
Grilled about the existence of the PSP2, Senior Social Media Specialist Sid Shuman claimed that while the company can neither confirm or deny the existence of a portable successor, "you'll find out for yourself at E3". It's a long way from a confirmation..
Hey valued reader, would you like to play a game? It's called "What came first and second in the Japanese hardware sales this week?" Here's a big clue - look through our archives and you'll note it never changes
So yes, valued reader, you're correct. The PSP was in first, the PS3 second. And right at the bottom? Yup the PS2 and PSPgo. Everything else? In the middle, yo. PSP 22.462 PS3 ..
Remember a little while ago we told you Sony were planning to include 10 free games with all new PSPgo registrations (post April 1st, 2010)
Well, details of those free games have emerged this morning via a German website. The list of games is as follows: LittleBigPlanet Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars Assassins Creed: Bloodlines FIFA World Cup 2010 South Africa Motorstorm: Arctic Edge Wipeout..
According to a report by Strategy Analytics , the PS3 is set to enjoy a bumper year, which will see Sony eat away the XBOX 360's global share
In the first quarter of 2010, Sony increased their market share to 31%, largely at the expense of the XBOX 360. Strategy Analytics predict that the PS3 will shift 14 million units globally this year, second to the Wii's 17.5 million but ahead of Microsoft's..
According to MCV, Sony's set to announce a new deal for future PSPgo buyers — that will see consumers receive 10 free games. Anyone registering their device after April 1st will be entitled to 10 free game vouchers, including full games such as FIFA 10, LittleBigPlanet and Grand Theft Auto. On PSPgo weve decided to innovate with that particular business model, SCE UK director Mark..
Research company Nielsen's discovered that one of the primary motivators for consumers buying a Playstation 3 is the blu-ray playback functionality
After polling a relatively small sample of 700 people, the company found that 65 per-cent of would-be consumers thought blu-ray was a pretty big deal. 62 per-cent said they wanted access to the PS3's extensive games library. God Of War III ranked as the..
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