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Time for a rebrand
It looks like Sony is ready to throw away the codename NGP and replace it with Vita, as the company has registered trademarks on the name and logo. Spotted on the Trademarks and Designs Registrations Office of the European Union, Sony has filed three trademarks: PSVita, PlayStation Vita and a stylised PSVita logo. We'll find out...
One of the arguments lofted against the NGP by critics is that the system's bigger and better graphics will likely result in higher development costs for publishers
While this criticism ignores the NGP's ability to run smaller games (PlayStation Suite, Minis, etc), Sony's Worldwide Studios Europe president, Michael Denny, believes development costs are likely to be closer to PSP than PS3 in general..
Sony's Shuhei Yoshida is one of the best assets the company has right now
The head of Worldwide Studios development is not only responsible for the platform holder's phenomenal game line-up, but also has an input in the direction of the NGP. That direction is not designed to compete with smartphones according to Shuhei. Why? Because Sony can't compete in that space. Chatting with EDGE, Shuhei spoke..
Just to underline the real lack of content at Konami's pre-E3 press conference, the publisher announced Silent Hill: Book Of Memories for NGP
"Fantastic," you might be saying, "Tell me more." Well, err, there's nothing more to tell. The announcement came with a big fat logo stating the game was not "concept approved" by Sony yet. It will be in due time, but we imagine..
Rack 'em up
The PS Blog continues with the onslaught of NGP updates, this time focusing on the new control schemes at work in the latest handheld version of their billiard franchise Hustle Kings. While the game still allows you to use the analog stick to fire, you can also touch the screen to grab the cue and drag it back to take your shot. There is...
Put your dukes up
Reality Fighters had yet to be "officially" announced until today, but briefly appeared in the initial montage of NGP games Sony put together shortly after announcing the handheld. While that momentary glimpse offered little more than a peak, these new screen offer up more aspects about the title, like the different...
While we already had a tiny taste of Little Deviants thanks to this handy trailer, we were only offered brief glimpses of gameplay before being shoved back into the proverbial dark. But Sony has finally decided to shed some light, doling out fresh new screens of the game in action. In the updated gallery below, you'll get a taste...
First screens ahead!
The Super Stardust series currently has two games available on the PlayStation Network: Super Stardust HD for the PS3, and Super Stardust Portable for the PSP. Now the series is making the jump to the NGP (AKA Vita) in the form of Super Stardust Delta. Details on the title are still slim at this point, but Sony says the game...
There's a lot of criticism of Sony reverberating throughout enthusiast gaming forums
"Way to blow your load Sony," read most, insinuating that Sony's E3 surprises have been revealed prematurely. Some of the posters might have a point; Sony's been keen on turning E3 into an on-going season for some time. We've already seen announcements of Starhawk amongst others, and now the NGP's entire..
Ready for la dolce Vita?
Yesterday we reported that PlayStation Vita is NGP's real name, and now that rumour has gained a little extra weight with an interesting discovery on the official Sony developer support site. vita.scedev.net links to the Sony Computer Entertainment Development site, as does ngp.scedev.net. We tried various other combinations...
We'll soon see
NGP is the codename for Sony's next portable, with the official name likely to be unveiled at E3 next week. The latest rumour, however, claims to have outed the console's name already: PlayStation Vita. The Vita — which is Italian for "life", of course — was spotted on proofs for E3 booklets due to make the rounds next week. As...
Earlier in the week a French website reported that the NGP's RAM had been reduced from 512mb to 256mb
While Sony never confirmed the system's specifications, the rumour commanded a lot of attention on a number of mainstream publications. Many suggested Sony had scaled down the ambition of its new handheld in order to meet price concerns. But in a Twitter exchange with PushSquare reader mattyd128,..
It's about a week until E3, so its only natural that the rumours and leaks should start to intensify
The Internet's been going crazy overnight about a couple of leaked photographs supposedly revealing the NGP's final name. That name is PSVita, by the way. Vita was originally believed to be one of NGP's codenames before the system was announced. The word literally means "life", which would..
E3's crept up on me
I've known it's been coming for some time, but am only just starting to get that pang of excitement for the event and all its impending announcements. A lot of gamers describe E3 as their equivalent of Christmas, and it really does feel that way. But I also sense the tide has been changing for some years. While the spectacle of...
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...
"Stop worrying," was the message sent out by Sony Computer Entertainment this afternoon
Well, sorta anyway. The company reiterated at its earnings briefing today that the NGP is still on track for a 2011 launch. Of course, we still have no idea which region will get the device first, but we assume all will be made clear at E3 in a couple of weeks...
Sony's attached timing information to its E3 press conference
The event — scheduled for June 7th at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena — will kick off at 17:00PT (01:00BST) and will run right through to 22:00PT. Don't go expecting a five-hour conference marathon though. Looks like Sony's got a big event planned for after the conference itself, presumably to flaunt the NGP in front of..
Sony's launched its official E3 website, revealing a few details about the event but keeping schtum on all the juicy stuff
The website does contain a few teasers: NGP will be demonstrated, alongside nine PS3 titles (four of which are left blank). Check out the website for yourself through here.
Marvelous has pledged plenty of support for Sony's upcoming NGP platform in its financial report for the coming fiscal year
The developer has a number of projects in the works for Sony's platform, all of which are due for release within the next 12 months. The NGP itself does not yet have a release date, but it expected to launch before the end of the year. The firm's also expecting to profit after..
NGP or PSP support rumoured
If you've got a PSP 3000 or PSP Go you can already use your DualShock controller to control the games, but for games where you need to get a bit more physical, this newly unearthed patent might interest you. Filed by Sony back in 2009, the patent clearly shows two motion controllers used to orchestrate the action on a...
Motion gaming in your hand
NGP already contains some pretty impressive motion-sensing technology, but a new Sony patent suggests the new portable could receive PlayStation Move support in future. Filed by Sony in 2009, the patent reveals a special stand would be used to house the portable console, letting it communicate with the Move controller. A...
Contrary to popular belief, AR in video games did not start with the Nintendo 3DS
We know Nintendo fans like to believe their favourite video game manufacturer is responsible for every invention in the video game space, but on this occasion they are wrong [ooooh, sick burn - Ed]. Sony, in fact, has been dabbling with AR for years. Overnight the company announced SmartAR, a technology that's..
E3 is getting closer, and after a couple of months of silence, we're starting to hear little trickles of information about the NGP again
News coming out of France this afternoon has shed some light on the upcoming Uncharted NGP. The game, which is in development at Sony Bend, is said to be set between the events of Uncharted: Drake's Fortune and Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. More excitingly, Naughty..
Seems like the LEGO Harry Potter scoop we picked up on earlier in the week has forced Warner Bros hand, as the publisher has just announced LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7
And, yes, the game's coming to Sony's new handheld. Officially entitled LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7, the Traveller's Tales developed sequel will launch on PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 3 and NGP. Warner Bros confirmed a Holiday..
We're going to change our daily activities
As opposed to sitting on our backsides playing video games, we're going to start sitting on our backsides and reading resumes. Because that's how you get all the big video game scoops. But while we adopt our changes in practice, we'll let someone else do the leg-work. Someone like that dude from Superannuation, who's made a name for himself uncovering..
Will NGP steal the show?
Sony's NGP will take centre stage at the company's big pre-E3 press conference, kicking off in just four weeks time. On Monday 6th June at 5pm Pacific Time (1am Tuesday 7th June UK time) Sony will reveal plenty more about the machine, its games and hopefully the three biggest bits of information: the console's real name, its...
Looking to the future
In a recent interview of Android developers by Fone Home, a mobile phone site, various development studios talked about the current power of Sony’s long awaited “Playstation Phone,” the Xperia Play, and what kind of future the gaming phone holds in Sony’s portfolio. The handheld currently houses a single core processor,...
See Remote Play, Trophies and more
A new video of the NGP’s Home Menu has hit the Internet, offering up some insight into the new features and improvements offered up by the system’s new touch-centric interface. Many of the features demonstrated in the video are not currently offered by PlayStation’s Cross Media Bar (XMB), the user interface...
A world of PlayStation within easy reach
The word "PlayStation" is recognised by countless millions of gamers around the world: for many, it was their first taste of gaming, but time have changed and those players may have moved onto new devices. Sony knows this, so is launching the PlayStation Suite, a new initiative that opens up...
The PushSquare office was a sorry state this afternoon
Long faces and a general lack of enthusiasm were common-place, instilled from weeks of no PlayStation Network. But one rumour has totally changed our beaten perspectives. Now we're dancing around to Sophie Ellis-Bextor sporting our Assegai Appreciation Society t-shirts. Why? Fresh Wipeout...
Breathe a sigh of relief
Sony held a press conference overnight last night concerning the recent hack and outage of the PlayStation Network. While the company is restoring certain features of the PSN by week’s end (like online gaming, friend lists and chat), full restoration of the PSN, including the ability to download content from the...
Polish studio Bloober Team has confirmed that it's currently working on a launch title for Sony's next handheld platform, the NGP
Bloober Team has previously worked on Paper Wars: Cannon Fodder for the PlayStation Minis series. SCEE will publish the studio's NGP debut. Obviously, its quite a tremendous honor to be included in the initial, day-one launch titles for such an impressive piece of..
Not a bad line-up
More sources have apparently leaked Sony’s first-party line up for the PlayStation NGP, with four first-party titles set for the system’s holiday launch. The four first-party titles are: UnchartedSmart AsWipEout 2048ModNation Racers. Resistance is supposedly launching in early 2012. The source also claims that the previous...
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...
Yesterday we hypothesised that Sony might want to kill of production of the PSPgo in order to make way for mass NGP production
Turns out sometimes we get things right. Sony Japan has confirmed this morning that it has ceased production of the digital-only handheld, adding to AV Watch that it is to "concentrate on NGP" going forwards. We imagine all those factories that were previously..
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,...
Lazard Capital Markets has published a report confirming a North American release for Sony's NGP this year
The investment firm claim the date was confirmed by Sony at a recent analysts day held by SCEA. Apparently Sony were less clear on European release dates — which is perhaps to be expected from a SCEA event. Console launches are always a worrying prospect from a European perspective though,..
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...
Hold onto your hats
A supposed leak has hit the Internet allegedly revealing Sony’s plans for its E3 event in June, including a final name for the NGP, a price and an exhibit of seven titles for the NGP. The leak allegedly comes from Sony France, and while this is still only a rumour, the tipster who divulged the alleged leak does have a...
Could we see raids on the go?
When most people think of MMOs and MMORPGs, they usually envision a lone PC player sitting hunched over his or her desktop, anchored in their seats for hours of gaming running on nothing but Red Bull and Cheetos. Sony however, sees it differently. In a recent interview with Games Industry.biz, Sony of Europe’s John...
Dear readers, We are aware that some of you might been duped into believing that a remake of Final Fantasy VII is coming to the NGP
While we agree that this would be amazing, it has come to our attention that some websites are posting a fake job letter in order to support their personal fantasies. Please don't believe them. While it's entirely feasible that Square Enix might consider developing..
A forum post on Gamekult has been gathering traction across the 'net this morning
The supposed post details much of Sony's E3 announcement plans, as well as some specifics beyond. The leak hints that an NGP price and release date will be announced at E3, in addition to the device's real name. Seven first-party titles are set to be announced for the device alongside the reveal. In addition, Hideo..
Responding to comments made by SCEA gaffer Jack Tretton earlier in the week, a Sony Japan representative has told the Wall Street Journal that reports suggesting the NGP could be delayed due to the recent string of Japanese disasters are "wrong"
Tretton had previously said that the events in Japan "may be the straw that says maybe we get to just one market by the end of the year,"..
Sony Online Entertainment's gaffer John Smedley reckons that the NGP is the "perfect machine" for MMOs
The executive made the comment while answering GamesIndustry.biz on the subject of free-to-play MMOs on consoles. Having just launched Free Realms in North America, Smedley was naturally supremely positive about the prospects of the genre on both...
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...
Another day, another example of resume sleuthing
JustPushStart has picked up on the LinkedIn profile of EA software engineer, Juan José Galera Pérez, who lists FIFA 12 as a current project. Nothing surprising there, but the twist is in the platforms. Alongside PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable and PlayStation 3, Juan references "PSP2". Interestingly Juan also worked on the recently..
SCEA gaffer, Jack Tretton, has said that the recent disaster in Japan may limit the NGP's release to just one region this year
You may remember Tretton making a similar comment around the same time as the device's announcement. Back then Tretton suggested a worldwide launch would be unlikely. Now the exec seems to think that the device would be hard-pressed to get out of a single region. "It..
This week the PSP reclaimed its crown at the top of the domestic hardware sales charts in Japan, despite Nintendo's 3DS releasing just a month ago
Numbers for Nintendo's systm were also disappointing across Europe, with exact figures in North America seemingly hush-hush. It's worth stressing that the 3DS represents Nintendo's best ever launch, but...