Sony’s commented on the sales of the PlayStation Vita in North America, describing them as “exceptional”. SCEA’s Patrick Seybold said in a statement: After months of anticipation, the U.S. launch of PlayStation Vita saw overwhelming enthusiasm amongst gamers, resulting in exceptional hardware, software and peripheral...
Sony clearly loves fast food chains
The platform holder's been heavily aligned with Subway over the past couple of years, and now it's jumping into bed with Taco Bell in order to pimp the PlayStation Vita. A new promotion — set to run from January 26th through March 11th — will see diners awarded with a brand new PlayStation Vita every 15 minutes. Prepare to work on that waistline. The easiest..
Last week Sony introduced us to the ragtag group of participants set to compete in the latest season of its PlayStation Network exclusive reality show, The Tester
It's since followed up with a run-down of the show's guest panelists. Names include: David Jaffe, director of God Of War and Twisted Metal; Nolan North, voice actor of Nathan Drake...
Sony's just put the icing on a great day for gaming news
No, it's not announced the next iteration of the God Of War franchise or released a new trailer for The Last Of Us — no, better than that... It's announced the cast of the third season of The Tester. For those unfamiliar, The Tester is an annual reality show distributed exclusively...
The PlayStation Vita may be mere months away from worldwide release, but Sony's not quite done promoting classic PSP UMDs yet
The platform holder's announced another trio of UMD Dual Packs, each bundling two classic PSP titles for a competitive $15. Bundles include: Patapon and LocoRoco; Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee and Hot Shots Tennis: Get A Grip; or MotorStorm: Arctic Edge and
There are still surprises in the video game industry
When GameTrailers' Geoff Keighley promised an unbelievable PlayStation 3 exclusive would debut at this year's VGAs, speculation automatically pointed towards the heavily rumoured Sony Smash Bros. But a brand new teaser trailer has proved us all wrong. The Last Of Us is the name of Sony's next PlayStation 3 exclusive. The
Seems like there's some major reshuffling going on at SCEA at the moment
With Peter Dille's office barely cold after his departure earlier in the year, Sony's lost another two executives according a report published by Industry Gamers. The site claims that VP of marketing, Scott Steinberg, and senior VP of public relations, Rob Dyer, are both no longer working at the company. According to Industry..
Gamers have speculated about the possibility of a Sony mascot fighting game for years, but we never believed it would actually happen
We were so wrong. Chalk this up under your rumour folder for now, but investigative gamers have all but proved that a "Sony Smash Bros" type game is in development at US developer SuperBot Entertainment. SuperBot Entertainment describes itself as a..
Eccentric PlayStation executive Kevin Butler's spent the best part of a month celebrating gamers as part of Sony's Long Live Play initiative
But with Thanksgiving behind us, that's now come to an end. In a final video, Butler has saluted everyone, and released a montage of the campaign's best bits along the way. If you want to catch up, check out the suit's official YouTube channel through here..
After promising it for months, the editorial team of the North American PlayStation Blog has finally launched its official podcast. Entitled the Official PlayStation Blogcast, the weekly podcast promises to discuss upcoming PlayStation Network content as well as new game announcements and more. You can download the MP3 from the...
With the Winter months fast approaching, Sony wants you to stock up ready for the cold
The North American PlayStation Blog has announced a Fall sale, offering up to 50% off a bunch of top PlayStation 3 titles. Those with a PlayStation Plus subscription will get the best discounts, while everyone else will still receive a reasonable 30% off...
There's never been a better time to own a PlayStation 3
Five years ago we would have been laughed off the 'net for claiming such a statement. But if you look back over the course of this generation, Sony really has done a staggering job of keeping its system relevant despite such a shaky start. With the famous "two jobs" quote and "five hundred and ninety-nine US dollars"..
We always suspected Sony would sell more PlayStation 3s if it put more images of Emma Watson on the system's box
(Pre-horrific haircut, of course.) It's taken a while, but it turns out SCEA's finally gotten the message. The platform holder's announced a new bundle for North America, sporting a 160GB PS3, a Blu-ray edition of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two in both 2D and 3D, and a..
It's hard to believe that it's only been a year since the PlayStation Move hit store-shelves
The catalogue of supported games has been growing steadily ever since release — and continues to catch steam as the Holidays approach. In order to recognise the abundance of content, SCEA has announced two new PlayStation Move bundles for North America. For existing PlayStation 3 owners, there's a new..
A lot of PlayStation fans were disappointed to see "Michael" get all the attention in its latest commercial
So Sony launched the "Hall Of Play", an initiative designed to give PlayStation gamers the worldwide recognition they deserve. In this latest pseudo-commercial, executive Kevin Butler honours PSN user "Legit_Btness"' with a...
What's so special about Michael? We're all PlayStation fans here, we should all be honoured in a commercial of our own
It seems Sony agrees, and has decided to dedicate a commercial to each and every one of us. All you need do is head over to PlayStation's official Facebook page, where platform mascot Kevin Butler will induct you into the Hall Of Play. Great times, readers. Great times.
While a lot of people choose to get furious at business moves, sometimes you just have to tip your hat and pay respect to a good marketing move when you see one
The PlayStation Vita 'First Edition Bundle' that Sony's announced for North America this afternoon is one of those moments. It's a stroke of genius, and here's why. In North America, those that plump up for the special pre-release edition..
Amazon has ceased selling PlayStation Network content on its website without offering an explanation
The American arm of the online retailer previously sold PSN games and voucher codes directly from its website, but pulled such content overnight. We have no announcements regarding this change in selection, however we can confirm that Amazon...
Enter any PlayStation Vita thread and at least one smartphone warrior will emerge
"Yeah Uncharted: Golden Abyss looks great, but I can get hundreds of cheap games for my mobile phone for the same price." It frustrates us unlike anything else, but as time goes on we've come to the realisation that this is something we're going to have to put up with. iOS and Android platforms aren't going..
Apparently people in North America and Canada enjoy ice hokey or something
American sports are so weird. Regardless, it's cool to see Sony transforming its system into something of a portal for live sports, with the NHL Gamecenter application returning to the PS3 this week. Non-NHL Gamecenter Live subscribers can enjoy a range of content, spanning post-game highlights, team schedules, standings,..
Sony drummed up the hype last week
A mysterious teaser appeared on the platform holder's YouTube channel, laced with fan service and tempting us to "look beyond the door on October 5th". The video went on to spark massive conversation within the gaming community, with more than two million fans speculating about the imminent announcement...
Sony's announced that it's launching a preview of its Video Unlimited application for PlayStation Plus subscribers today
The app — which provides a new interface for browsing the content on the PlayStation's Video Store — will be available in North America and Canada. Users will be able to browse content via genres and other categories. It also...
After concern that PlayStation icon Kevin Butler had quit Sony late last week, we can confirm that the straight-faced executive is back
Sony's announced via the PlayStation Blog that it's launching a brand new marketing campaign with Butler at the forefront. The new campaign is entitled 'Long Live Play' and is set to takeover various websites, TV...
It seems Kevin Butler, president of many things PlayStation related, is taking time out from the company
The fictional character executive revealed on his Twitter account overnight that he is leaving PlayStation in order to head up his Uncle's economy flooring company. Butler even updated his Twitter profile picture to reflect the change. Whether...
The Tester has gone from strength-to-strength since its debut a couple of years ago
SCEA's foray into the world of reality TV has been a surprisingly successful endeavour, driving audiences exclusively through the PlayStation Network and promising winning contestants a job in Sony's QA department. The Tester 3 is seriously upping the stakes though...
We always knew it was a likely scenario, but we chose to believe otherwise
Sony never officially said the PlayStation Vita would get a worldwide launch this year, only ever really committing to a Japanese launch. "Phased global rollout" was the textbook buzzword Sony used. But we believed because it made sense. How could Sony not put the...
Give yourselves a huge pat on the back
Seriously, this is genuinely brilliant news. Sony's announced that PlayStation gamers have donated over £1.01 million to the Japanese Earthquake appeal. That's a staggering number. North American PSN users raised £260,995, while Europe stumped up £538,122, and Asian countries offered £16,673. Japanese gamers themselves coughed up an additional £181,751..
This is actually quite surprising
Despite Japan announcing that it has ceased production of the PSPgo earlier in the week, America is standing by the platform. SCEA released a statement today confirming "continued production of the PSPgo for North America". Sony's not stupid. We can only assume that the PSPgo is doing better than we expect...
Sony's followed up last night's NPD sales report by confirming that the PlayStation 3 has passed the 50 million units sold milestone
In addition, the platform holder confirmed that there are now eight million PlayStation Move motion controllers in the wilderness, with support including in over 150 software titles. Sony added that there are also over 89 games available that support stereoscopic 3D..
Oh, Jack Tretton
If the Internet goes down today, we're holding you personally responsible. There's fury across the video game webosphere over remarks the SCEA executive made about PlayStation's primary competitors. In an interview with Fortune, Tretton described the Nintendo's portable platforms as "babysitting devices" and Microsoft's XBOX 360 as "out of steam". Naturally the..
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,"..
SCEA's gaffer Jack Tretton has said that the platform holder has not peaked yet with PlayStation 3, and that it is still in "growth mode"
The exec told Fast Company that the platform was just getting going with regards to line-up, accessories and new features such as 3D. When you look at all the games Sony still has left to release this year, it's hard to argue. Were really just hitting our..
Sony's announced that the Japanese donation area of the PlayStation Store has raised a whopping $1
3 million over the past couple of weeks. We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to those affected by Great East Japan Earthquake, said SCE boss Kaz Hirai. While we continue to make every effort to help the recovery of the affected...
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..
The PlayStation Network is becoming a major stake in Sony as a company
Finally realising that the company have a wide variety of converging properties, Sony is setting up an entirely new division to handle the company's unified network. For those in America, this means your PlayStation Network funds will be transferred out of the control of SCEA and into the hands of SNEA, or Sony Network..
Sony's R&D boffin, Dr
Richard Marks, has revealed that the platform holder doesn't plan on ditching the traditional controller anytime soon. Why? "I don't think it makes sense," he told Gamesutra, highlighting the importance of the traditional controller against popular motion solutions like the Wii. Marks added that while he thinks motion controllers are less intimidating, some..
Admittedly, the sun's been shining a little bit more here in frosty England
It still doesn't feel like spring yet, but there are tell-tale signs everywhere you look. It's about time too, the winter feels like it's been around forever. We don't know how the winter's been across the pond, but SCEA's promising to warm you up regardless. This week marks...
Sony's official PSP website has been updated to reflect the range's recent price-drop
Hang on, wait a minute, what's this? The PSPgo is now $149.99. We knew the PSP-3000 was dropping down to $129.99 but no-one mentioned anything about the PSPgo, retailers included — they're still listing the
It's GDC week so there's always time for boring slides about console sales and things you'd see on a spread sheet
Sony's PlayStation Network Analysis panel for example was filled with comments and research that you'd expect business men to talk about. Sony's pinned console sales at over 41.6 million worldwide, which is a pretty solid number for the manufacturer, though it seems bizarrely out of..
Even we concede that some of the stuff budding developers have done with Microsoft's Kinect camera has been amazing
But what we really want is a super accurate light-sabre simulation using the PlayStation Move. Move.Me — a new initiative announced by SCEA as part of GDC this week — might make that happen. But what is it? "In short, Move.Me is a server application that runs on the PS3..
Sony's revealed that its set to cut the price of the PSP to $129
99 in North America as of February 27th. The news comes a month after Sony announced the PSP's successor, the NGP, in Japan. The PSP system set the standard for complete portable entertainment and continues to be the premiere destination for gamers on-the-go, said SCEAs Tim Bender. Nearly six years after its initial launch,..
Sony's put a boot into ficticious depictions of the console war, claiming the company is far more concerned with turning a profit than conquering the XBOX 360 in life-time sales
PlayStation's senior software brand manager told IndustryGamers that, contrary to popular belief, the platform holder is not obsessed with catching up to the XBOX 360. "So do we pass Xbox 360?" he asked. "At..
As is a tradition for every big PlayStation 3 release in North America, Kevin Butler's back with a couple of new advertising slots
The commercials, which focus on the PlayStation Move Sharp-Shooter peripheral and Killzone 3 itself, are not Kevin Butler gold like previous spots, but are definitely worth a look if you're a fan of the fake executive...
One things for sure, whether we "get" dancing games or not -- they just aren't going away
Of the ten top selling games in North America last month, four of them were dancing games. Four. Just Dance 2, Zumba Fitness: Join The Party, Dance Central and Michael Jackson: The Experience. What the heck is going on? We understand the room for one dance game in the charts, but four? And they say the shooter..
We've had access to Sony's cloud music streaming service -- the tongue-twisting Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity -- here in Europe for a while now
The cool little PlayStation 3 application (also available on Bravia televisions, VAIO laptops, and even Blu-ray players), provides instant access to a catalogue of over 6 million songs for a small...
An update to GDC's lecture roster has confirmed that Sony will have a word or two to say about the NGP
SCEA's platform manager David Coombes will head the talk, entitled "Next Generation Portable Platform". It'll be the first public discussion of the device outside of last month's unveiling. The lecture synopsis notes: In this presentation we will introduce a new handheld console. We..
According to information listed in an upcoming GDC panel blurb, Sony is set reveal something called "PlayStation Move Server" at the panel
Apparently it will detail official PC support for Sony's motion controller. The panel synopsis notes that the Move Server initiative will make it possible for academics and hobbyists to develop software using the PlayStation Move controller on their own PCs...
SCEA's whacked up footage of this Thursday's Next Generation Portable announcement on the PlayStation Blog, allowing you to relive the historical moment in full 1080p
The press conference includes plenty of gameplay snippets, including Uncharted NGP and Little Deviants. Sony's also put up an official website for the PlayStation Meeting event through here. Hit the jump for the first part of the..
We've gotten so used to getting games at the same time as our brothers in North America, that we hadn't even considered the NGP not launching in Europe this year
While a "Holiday 2011" release date was paraded around the system's reveal yesterday, SCEA gaffer Jack Tretton admits a worlwide launch will be "difficult". "I know that's rather ambiguous, and that's for a..
Sony's director of hardware marketing, John Koller, has spoken candidly to the Wall Street Journal about the PlayStation Move and SCE's strategy for the device going forward
Acknowledging Microsoft's success with the Kinect, Koller said that his company is still "happy where we are in the market" with Move. It's a point which often gets overlooked in the message board debates; allow us to..