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News: What The Heck Is The PlayStation Game Music Service?

What The Heck Is The PlayStation Game Music Service?

Have you ever been walking to work wishing you could listen to the Uncharted soundtrack along the way? It happens to the best of us

But it's mighty frustrating when you realise you haven't got the MP3 on your portable music player of choice. Sony's PlayStation Game Music service in Japan attempts to alleviate that problem. The service allows subscribers to several mobile services to stream a..

News: Japanese Sales Charts: Gundam Extreme VS Fights For Top-Spot, PlayStation Hardware Enjoys Small Bump

Japanese Sales Charts: Gundam Extreme VS Fights For Top-Spot, PlayStation Hardware Enjoys Small Bump

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..

News: Final Fantasy XIII-2 Scores Full Marks From Famitsu Magazine

Final Fantasy XIII-2 Scores Full Marks From Famitsu Magazine

Either the quality of games is improving or Famitsu's getting soft

The Japanese bible has dished out a perfect score to Square Enix's upcoming Final Fantasy XIII-2, just a week after it awarded a similarly "rare" 40/40 to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Perhaps importantly, the magazine notes that Square Enix has managed to straighten out any creases found in the original Final Fantasy XIII,..

News: The Last Guardian Producer Leaves SCEJ For London Based Social Games Company

The Last Guardian Producer Leaves SCEJ For London Based Social Games Company

Things aren't going smoothly at Team ICO it seems

Just days after creative lead Fumito Ueda reassured fans regarding the development of The Last Guardian, news of another departure has surfaced. This time it's the game's executive producer, who's left Sony for London based casual games studio, Bossa. Yoshifusa Hayama worked as the executive producer on The Last Guardian, as well as ICO and Final..

News: Monster Hunter Wins Big At The PlayStation Awards

Monster Hunter Wins Big At The PlayStation Awards

Sony Computer Entertainment Japan held its annual PlayStation Awards overnight, celebrating the best-selling PlayStation games of the year

As with recent years, Sony also used the event to give out some special awards that were voted for by fans of the platform. The awards covered games released between November 1, 2010 and October 31, 2011. Six games won a gold prize, determined by 500k sales..

News: Uncharted: Golden Abyss Is Japan's Most Anticipated PlayStation Vita Title

Uncharted: Golden Abyss Is Japan's Most Anticipated PlayStation Vita Title

Following a successful launch for Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, Japan seems pumped to get its hands on upcoming portable outing Uncharted: Golden Abyss

The Sony Bend developed exclusive won a poll conducted by Japanese gaming bible Famitsu magazine, which also noted that more than 50% of readers intend to buy the system at launch. Just 8.2% of readers said they have no plans to buy Sony's new..

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..