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  • News Final Fantasy XIV Will Be Reborn on PS4 on 14th April in Japan

    Level up

    You may be waiting a little longer than expected for Final Fantasy XV, but Square Enix certainly isn't messing around with the PlayStation 4 port of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. With a beta for the next generation upgrade due out alongside Sony’s new console in Japan on

  • News Why Is No One Talking About Vita Brawler Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds?

    Girl power

    In an age where game development costs rival summer blockbusters, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for the industry to find space for hidden gems. Once the crown jewel of the PSone era, these relatively unknown titles have become less common outside of the indie space. Fortunately, they still exist in Japan, where outings such as...

  • News Devil May Cry's Dante and Virgil Return in Sengoku Basara 4

    Back from the dead

    With the recent reboot of Devil May Cry, many franchise fans worried that the old Dante design may be left to rot in a gaming graveyard. However, footage of a DLC add-on for the upcoming PlayStation 3 title Sengoku Basara 4 shows that the silver-headed hero's time isn't up just yet, with Dante and Virgil costumes available for two...

  • News Japan May Be Handheld Land, But It Still Wants the PS4

    Greatness awaits

    There’s a reason that Sony is using plenty of ammunition to promote the PlayStation Vita in Japan, and that’s because the region can’t get enough of handhelds. The astronomical sales of the Nintendo 3DS compared to the muted numbers attached to the Wii U and PlayStation 3 show how trends have changed – but there may yet be...

  • News Sony: PlayStation 4 to Become Our Main Focus in Japan

    Firm to turn its attention to its freshest flagship format

    Sony is well known for supporting its older systems long after their successors arrive – after all, it only ceased production on the PlayStation 2 this time last year. However, judging by comments made by SCEJ executive Hiroshi Kawano, it may be planning a much swifter transition from...

  • Japanese Sales Charts PS Vita Keeps Plodding Along

    Handheld keeping its head above water

    The holidays have come to a conclusion in Japan, but the PlayStation Vita has held on fairly well. Naturally, it couldn’t sustain its stellar performance from the week prior, but the portable platform still managed to shift just shy of 30,000 units – and that’s without any major software releases to back...

  • News Sony Japan President Kawano Teases Various Incoming PS4 Games

    Why so secretive?

    Hiroshi Kawano, the president of Sony Computer Entertainment Japan and Asia, has hinted that the upcoming release schedule for the PlayStation 4 is going to be pretty full. Well in Japan, anyway. In an interview with Famitsu.com, the executive stated: "We plan to release new games at a regular pace. Metal Gear Solid V: Ground...

  • News DriveClub Puts the Brakes on Its Japanese Release Date

    Yet another delay

    Before we start this article, we'd just like to take a minute of silence to express solidarity for our long suffering compatriots in The Land of the Rising Sun. First they learned that they wouldn't be getting Sony's next-gen marvel until February, then they were subject to a TV commercial that seemed solely designed to rub their...

  • News This Is One PS4 Box That You Probably Won't Be Seeing on Western Store Shelves

    More's the pity

    With the PlayStation 4’s launch in Japan now fast approaching, publishers are beginning to reveal the cover art for their release day wares. One such box that slipped through our news net late last year is this one for Yakuza Ishin, which bucks the series’ Eastern trend by adopting a full colour image. Pretty neat, huh? Despite...

  • News Wait, Japan Almost Got the PlayStation 4 First?

    Missed it by that much

    A few days ago, we reported on a decidedly average Japanese advertisement for Sony's next-gen marvel. Apart from its patently ho-hum premise, the biggest problem with the commercial was that it almost seemed to antagonise the long suffering Japanese public over the fact that they won't be getting the shiny black box until...

  • Japanese Sales Charts PS Vita Stretches Its Legs with Strong Sales

    Second wind

    There have been times since its release where the PlayStation Vita has hinted that there’s a mainstream seller just itching to step out of the Nintendo 3DS’ shadow, and this is one of those moments again. While it still couldn’t thwart its closest competitor’s never-ending spell at the top of the Japanese sales charts, the put...

  • News PS Vita Welcome Box Aims to Generate Interest in the Struggling Handheld

    Japan only, unfortunately

    To say that the PlayStation Vita is in a tricky position would be a resounding understatement. Sony's handheld darling is emphatically adored by those that own it, but seemingly ignored by everyone else – including the buying public. In a bid to reverse the machine's failing fortunes, the platform holder has announced a...

  • News Romeo and Juliet Have an Even Racier Relationship in This PSP Title

    "Do you bite your thumb at me, sir?"

    Family may have torn star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet apart in ol’ Bill Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, but its bloodlust that separates the pair in Quinrose’s bizarre PlayStation Portable-based otome adventure. The sequel to last year’s romance-‘em-up Romeo vs. Juliet, the upcoming Romeo &...

  • News Could This Be PlayStation Vita's Sauciest Game Yet?

    Probably not safe for work

    Compile Heart’s no stranger to bringing supposedly sexy content to the PlayStation Vita. Monster Monpiece, its previous release for the portable platform, saw you rubbing the system's front and back touch panels in suggestive back and forth motions in order to pleasure the flustered anime ladies on screen – but the...

  • News PS4 Shooter Killzone: Shadow Fall to Snag Exclusive Content in Japan

    Hig hig hooray

    Japan’s tolerance for first-person shooters may have increased, but the region has never been particularly accepting of the Killzone franchise. Sony understands that, opting to hold back the PlayStation 4’s launch in its home nation in order to deploy alongside heavy-hitters such as Yakuza Ishin rather than Guerrilla Games’...

  • News Pssht, Japan's First PS4 Advert Is Pretty Predictable

    Where are the dancing fish?

    There was once a time when Japan used to create commercials that would force you to question your very own sanity, but this inaugural PlayStation 4 spot is about as conventional as they come. Posted on the platform holder’s official YouTube page overnight, it shows several of the system’s big launch events from around...

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  • TGS 2013 Western Publishers Are More Prepared for PS4, Says Sony

    Platform holder explains console's delay in Japan

    Sony’s making history with the PlayStation 4 by launching it in Western regions before its home territory. All previous prominent PlayStation launches – aside from the PSPgo – have deployed in Japan first, but the platform holder has decided to push the next generation console back until 22nd...

  • TGS 2013 Sony Surprised by Strong Western Response to PS Vita TV

    Sending the right signals

    The recently announced PS Vita TV may be a bit of an unusual gizmo, but it’s quickly becoming a desirable product for PlayStation fans. The miniscule machine includes the full PlayStation Vita operating system, but outputs to a television, allowing you to watch movies, enjoy select portable games on your plasma screen,...

  • Live Watch PlayStation's Tokyo Game Show 2013 Keynote Here

    A whole new world

    A new day has dawned, so it only seems natural for there to be a PlayStation press conference right around the corner. The latest keynote on the company's impromptu schedule revolves around the firm's next generation console, with top Sony brass expected to delve a little deeper into the world created by PlayStation 4. It's not...

  • Japanese Sales Charts This Is Why Vita Needs Monster Hunter

    In the shadows of giants

    A former PlayStation Portable breadwinner, Monster Hunter’s curious absence has been felt ever since the PlayStation Vita’s release. But the great dinosaur-sized hole is more pronounced than ever at the moment, as the hotly anticipated Monster Hunter 4 has just deployed on the Nintendo 3DS in Japan. Unsurprisingly,...

  • TGS 2013 Sony's Booth at the Tokyo Game Show Is Huge

    Greatness awaits

    Cast your eyes deep into the distance of this photograph, and you still won’t be able to see the end of Sony’s colossal Tokyo Game Show booth. The company is planning an enormous presence at this year’s Japanese convention, and that’s evidenced by this image of the firm’s under construction stand. The arena-sized stall...

  • TGS 2013 Sorry Japan, Asia Is Getting the PS4 This Year Too

    Forever alone

    It appears that Japan will be one of the few major gaming territories not playing the PlayStation 4 this year. During a Tokyo Game Show press conference earlier today – yes, another one – Sony confirmed that its next generation console will launch in December in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and South Korea. As reported...

  • News Yoshida: Stay Tuned for PS Vita TV Plans in Western Regions

    Don't turn that dial

    It had to happen, didn’t it? You take a week out of the office, and the entire complexion of the PlayStation ecosystem changes in the early hours of the very first day. This particular author first learned about the newly announced PS Vita TV during a scratchy telephone call back to head office amid the cavernous nothingness...

  • News Designer Of The New PS Vita Wants It To Be "Accessible By Anyone"

    Mika Nagae talks external changes and internal benefits

    Sony confirmed the existence of a thinner and lighter PS Vita at its Japanese press conference a few days ago, and designer Mika Nagae has been talking to Japanese magazine Famitsu about the redesigned system. Nagae reveals the origins of the revised console, as well as the reasons for...

  • News Puyo Puyo Tetris Is A Puzzle Mash-Up That Is So Crazy It Just Might Work

    Coming to PS3 and PS Vita next year

    Tetris and Puyo Puyo are arguably two of the best puzzle games ever made, and they're finally coming together in a single package. Japanese magazine Famitsu has revealed that the forthcoming crossover release will contain versions of each game, but the real twist is the two-player mode. One person will play...

  • News Amazon Japan Reports That All PS Vita TV Pre-Orders Are Taken

    Both the Standard and Value packs are all snapped up

    The PS Vita TV was Sony's shock announcement of its pre-Tokyo Game Show press conference and marks the company's entry into the burgeoning micro-console arena. The new system has clearly been a hit with consumers, as Amazon Japan is reporting that it has completely sold out of its allocation of...

  • Video Spend A Day With PlayStation To See How It All Connects

    See how PS4, PS Vita and PS Vita TV all come together

    Connected. It's a powerful word which when applied to the realm of video games can mean many things. Sony is hoping that being "connected" with PlayStation will mean owning a PS4, PS Vita and PS Vita TV, and linking them all up with your network of game-mad friends — as this upbeat and polished...

  • News Grasshopper Manufacture Announces Lily Bergamo For PlayStation 4

    Complete with a sexy female ninja, of course

    Grasshopper Manufacture — the company behind No More Heroes and the recent Killer is Dead — has confirmed that its next title is PS4 exclusive Lily Bergamo. Announced during the recent Sony Computer Entertainment press conference in Japan, the game appears to be anime-inspired and stars a female...

  • News Soul Sacrifice Delta Coming To PS Vita In 2014

    Keiji Inafune also hints at full-blown sequel in 2015

    PS Vita exclusive Soul Sacrifice is getting a revised version in the shape of Soul Sacrifice Delta, the existence of which was confirmed by creator Keiji Inafune during Sony Computer Entertainment Japan's press conference this morning. The game is expected to hit Japan in March next year. New...

  • News Ouch, Japan Isn't Getting PS4 Until February 2014

    First Sony console not to hit its homeland before anywhere else

    Sony has revealed that the Japanese launch of the PS4 won't take place until February 22nd, 2014 — after the North American and European release. That means Sony's forthcoming system is the first it has produced which hasn't been released in its home territory before anywhere else...

  • News Slimmer, Lighter PS Vita Announced With 1GB Of Storage And LCD Screen

    Launches in Japan on October 10th

    Sony has confirmed that it is releasing a redesigned version of the PS Vita console with a slimmer form factor, lighter frame, improved battery life, 1GB of internal memory and an LCD display. With a width of 15mm, the new edition will be 20 percent thinner than the existing Vita, and at 219g is 15 percent...

  • News When's the PS4 Due Out in Japan? We'll Know Very Soon

    Not forgotten

    Despite being a Japanese company, Sony has said very little about the PlayStation 4’s release plans in its home nation. The firm has been uncharacteristically focused on Western territories up until this point, perhaps recognising that Europe and North America are the regions where this generation’s console war will be fought...

August2013

  • News Sony Stopping PlayStation Home Content Deliveries in Japan

    Ceasing support in September

    If you’re a proponent of digital avatar dancing you may want to apply a moody expression to your PlayStation Home protagonist, as Sony has announced that it’s to stop updating the virtual world in Japan from September. While you’ll still be able to access the online application for the time being, there’ll be...

  • News Yakuza Ishin Looks Like This on an Unspecified PlayStation Platform

    Travel through time

    Yakuza Ishin is definitely coming to a PlayStation platform, but we still don’t know which. The game – which was announced in Japan last week – will be featured in an upcoming issue of Dengeki PlayStation, confirming that the franchise will continue its association with Sony’s systems. Despite launching the title’s

  • News Persona 4 Arena Punching Back with New Characters

    Put 'em up

    Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu has revealed a new version of Arc System Works' story-fuelled fighting spin-off, Persona 4 Arena. The article also disclosed details about two new fighters: Yukari Takeba and Junpei Iori from Persona 3. Yukari Takeba is equipped with a pink, angelic-looking bow and specialises in both long-range and...

  • News SEGA May Reveal a New Yakuza Title Later This Month

    You'll probably never get to play it, though

    Yes, we’re still bitter. We’d gotten used to playing a new Yakuza title every year, but SEGA still hasn’t said anything about a localised version of Yakuza 5. The sequel – which deployed in Japan last year – sounded absolutely amazing, but we don’t have time to study a foreign language in...

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  • News Dragon's Dogma Braves the PlayStation Vita in New Freemium Quest

    Beast wars

    The announcement of Dragon’s Dogma Quest for the PlayStation Vita should be a reason to celebrate – but we recommend tempering your expectations a touch for the time being. The title – revealed in the latest issue of Famitsu magazine – is described as a free-to-play online RPG. Oh, and it’s all in 2D, too. But it could still be...

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  • News Who Wants to Play Air Hockey with an Augmented Reality Hatsune Miku?

    PlayStation Vita makes it possible

    We’re not sure that we understand the fascination surrounding programmed personality Hatsune Miku, but the computer generated pop star is known for sending some folks more gaga than, er, Lady Gaga. If you fit into that category, then you may want to hot step your way over to the Niconico Chōkaigi 2 event...

  • News Corpse Party: Blood Drive Leaves Crimson Trails on PlayStation Vita

    You've, er, got red on you

    Corpse Party: Blood Drive, the third entry in 5pb’s horrific interactive novel series, is set to spook the PlayStation Vita later this year. Announced in Famitsu magazine – and translated by Siliconera – the title will further the fearsome narrative of the haunted Heavenly Host Elementary School. The sequel will pick...

  • Japanese Sales Charts Vita Steady, Muramasa Starts Strong

    Sales remain relatively rosy for Sony's various systems

    It’s been over a month since the PlayStation Vita’s price was slashed in Japan, but the system’s still hanging on pretty well. While this week’s Media Create update shows a 10k decline for the console, it still managed to shift a respectable 31,795 units. Let hope that it can continue...

  • News My Little Sister Can't Be This Cute Is Raising Eyebrows on PS3

    No, that's the actual name

    Believe it or not, My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute is the name of a light novel turned anime series in Japan. Having already spawned several wildly popular outings on the PlayStation Portable, the franchise is now making the jump to the PlayStation 3, prompting plenty of throats to be cleared all over the world...

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