Wireless functions explained
It's all well and good being able to play Vita games on your own, but the machine is designed to help you connect with other users too, whether you know it or not. Sony's R&D man Phil Rogers explained the machine's capabilities at the recent Develop conference, detailing the console's LiveArea, Party, Near and...
One of the biggest features of the PlayStation Vita that Sony's yet to properly trumpet is its integration into the PlayStation Network and social networking features
This trailer does a pretty good job of breaking down everything the Vita is capable of, from Twitter-inspired game alerts right through to cross-game chat and LiveArea — a kind of bulletin board which developers can use to share..
The NGP will not support Sony's familiar XMB interface
The platform holder's ditching the award-winning navigation system for something more touch control suitable. The NGP's hub menu system is certainly colourful, but we can't help but feel it all looks a little bit messy. Like any smartphone really. Perhaps the bigger issue is how child-like it all looks. It's the kind of interface you'd expect..
Amongst its ridiculously powerful specifications and control interfaces, Sony's NGP also has some pretty neat GPS functionalities
An application built into the device called "Near" is an ongoing map allowing you to track where you are and where you have been. Near connects with the PSN to find out what games are popular in your current location, allowing you to buy games on the spot and..
According to Sony, LiveArea is the NGP's "game oriented communication platform"
It will replace the popular XMB interface that has graced numerous Sony products over the past five or so years. LiveArea will support popular PlayStation staples such as the PlayStation Store, Trophies, PSN friends, messaging and more. At long last: trophies on the go!
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