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News: First Freemium Title Announced For PlayStation Vita

First Freemium Title Announced For PlayStation Vita

Who said PlayStation Vita can't compete with the glut of $1 iPhone applications? Konami's confirmed that it will release a free game to coincide with the new handheld's Japanese launch

The wordy AR Combat Digi Q: Friend Tank Battalion, will release for free on the PlayStation Store, providing players with five stages of the augmented reality battle tank sim. Players will then be able to stump up..

News: Sony Negotiating Flash Support For PlayStation Vita, Comments On Proprietary Memory Cards

Sony Negotiating Flash Support For PlayStation Vita, Comments On Proprietary Memory Cards

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,..

News: Japanese Sales Charts: PlayStation Platforms Continue Chugging Along

Japanese Sales Charts: PlayStation Platforms Continue Chugging Along

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..

Rumour: ICO & Shadow Of The Colossus Developer Fumito Ueda Leaves Sony

ICO & Shadow Of The Colossus Developer Fumito Ueda Leaves Sony

The man behind two of Sony's most loved games -- ICO and Shadow Of The Colossus -- has left the company according to a report published by Eurogamer this evening

The website claims that the creative power-house is working on completing upcoming title The Last Guardian in a freelance capacity. Once finished, it's reported that Ueda will leave Sony in order to pursue personal projects. The..

News: Wow, Ridge Racer Will Get A Lot of DLC

Wow, Ridge Racer Will Get A Lot of DLC

The schedule in full

The news that Ridge Racer will only launch with three courses and five cars attracted some raised eyebrows, but for Namco Bandai it's all part of a bigger plan: a plan that will see the game milked for all its worth increase its value proposition over the coming months. We should also point out that Ridge Racer will cost...

News: Vita Won't Play PSOne Games Right Away

Vita Won't Play PSOne Games Right Away

Backwards incompatibility

Sony's Japanese Vita website has confirmed that the upcoming portable will not run original PlayStation games right out of the box, as rumoured in an issue of Famitsu last month. As reported by Andriasang the Japanese site asks "can Vita play PlayStation Game Archives games?", which refers to PSOne and...

News: PlayStation Vita Will Not Support PSone Titles At Launch

PlayStation Vita Will Not Support PSone Titles At Launch

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..

News: Japanese Poll: PlayStation Vita Is The Most Wanted Hardware This Holiday

Japanese Poll: PlayStation Vita Is The Most Wanted Hardware This Holiday

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..

News: Gravity Daze Confirmed For February 9th In Japan

Gravity Daze Confirmed For February 9th In Japan

Sony and Team Siren's achingly gorgeous PlayStation Vita exclusive, Gravity Daze (or Gravity Rush elsewhere), has been given a firm release date of February 9th in Japan

The retail version of the game will ship with a comic, illustrations and other extras for ¥5,980. It'll be available as a download for ¥4,900. Whether the game makes it out in time for the PlayStation Vita's Western release (on..

News: Win a PS Vita and Trip to Tokyo

Win a PS Vita and Trip to Tokyo

Be there for the launch

Don't feel like waiting around until next year for PS Vita? Have you always wanted to visit Tokyo? Are you extremely lucky? If you answered yes to any or all of the questions above, then you'll want to check out the competition Sony's European PS Blog is holding. If you subscribe to their newsletter Inside PS Vita before...

News: Sony Starts Sending Vitas to Japanese Press

Sony Starts Sending Vitas to Japanese Press

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...

News: Japanese Sales Charts: Hatsune Miku On PlayStation Portable Takes The Top-Spot

Japanese Sales Charts: Hatsune Miku On PlayStation Portable Takes The Top-Spot

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..

News: Japanese Outlets Take Delivery Of PlayStation Vita Review Units

Japanese Outlets Take Delivery Of PlayStation Vita Review Units

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..

News: Sony Kicks Off New Japanese PlayStation Promotions

Sony Kicks Off New Japanese PlayStation Promotions

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!"..

News: PlayStation Vita Pre-Orders To Re-Open In Japan Today

PlayStation Vita Pre-Orders To Re-Open In Japan Today

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..

News: Sony To Update Torne With PlayStation Vita Support Next Month

Sony To Update Torne With PlayStation Vita Support Next Month

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..

News: Japanese Sales Charts: Uncharted And Battlefield Get Off To Surprisingly Strong Starts

Japanese Sales Charts: Uncharted And Battlefield Get Off To Surprisingly Strong Starts

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..

News: Japanese Survey Claims Gamers Aren't Interested In PlayStation Vita

Japanese Survey Claims Gamers Aren't Interested In PlayStation Vita

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..