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The PSP is a glorious machine and, the Slim & Lite will be good for anyone with a stack of UMDs, or if the prospective buyer has a keen interest in emulation thanks to that 64MB of onboard memory. Not that we endorse such things, of course. Great spot regardless by ewwaxo.
Sony's latest quarterly financial report is exactly what you'd expect from a console manufacturer at the end of a generation: flat sales, but big fat research and development bills to pay.
Oh, and they're still a bit embarrassed about the Vita.Click here to read more...
Sony have announced that the PSN will be going offline once again for some routine maintenance this afternoon, with the tinkering period lasting a good 13 hours, and wiping out most of today's gaming time if you're a European resident.Click here to read more...
Sony have removed PSP game Everybody's Tennis from the Playstation Store after reports that the Vita-compatible release would allow pirates to exploit the source code to play hacked games.Click here to read more...
Just in case you didn't know, the PlayStation network will be absorbed into the Sony Entertainment Network this Wednesday - with player accounts transferred over to and aligned with the new platform. Aside from the rebrand (we're going to need some new logos, drat), there won't be any functional difference to the way you access your account or content once this week's firmware update rings the changes.
Sorry PSN users, but the service will be going offline this evening from 4pm GMT until 6am GMT tomorrow morning.
As usual, this means that the PlayStation Store, PlayStation Home, the Music and Video Unlimited services and PSN account management and registration will all be unavailable during that time,and don't expect to be able to sign in through the PlayStation.com website either.
If you're signed in when they flick the switch then you won't be thrown off the service, but you're not going to be able to access any of the above services. You'll still earn Trophies, mind.
Sony has published a list of the games that will be included in the PlayStation Vita's UMD Passport Scheme, which promises to allow PSP owners to re-download games at a reduced rate. It's a neat idea, but this recent missive makes for very interesting reading. While publishers like Tecmo Koei, Atlus, SNK, Nippon Ichi, Acquire and Cyberfront (and SCE themselves, natch) have all signed on, there's no sign whatsoever of most of the major publishing giants. Where's Capcom? Where are Konami? In terms of raw numbers, the list only covers 262 titles out of a possible 606 games on the Japanese PlayStation Network.
And why the non-committal response, I hear you ask? Because it makes more sense from a business perspective to release these games as PSN downloads and charge full whack. However, since the scheme will need to be tailored specifically for UK and US territories, it's possible that the situation may change before next year's Vita launch.
After announcing their UMD Passport system that allows PSP games to be re-downloaded onto the Vita at a discount price, Sony has revealed some new details about what we can expect when running a game on the new handheld. Specifically, expect multiple graphics options, electronic manuals, transferrable save files and configurable thumbstick support.Click here to read more...
With the exception of downloadable titles, the upcoming PS Vita will not be compatible with PSP games due to its lack of a UMD drive. However, Sony plans to solve the problem of backwards compatibility with the UMD Passport application that will allow PSP owners to re-download games they already own.
Not for free, mind you. No no. With a discount.
The Passport system will be rolling out in Japan ahead of the Vita's Christmas launch, and it works by downloading the app onto your PSP, booting it up and inserting the UMDs you own. The application will take care of the rest by syncing the details with your PSN account. Note that each UMD can only be registered with one account - so no cheating I'm afraid. From there, you can merrily download it at a discounted price level... or, you know, just keep playing it on your PSP that you'll already need to own in order to use the app in the first place. Just sayin'.
SCEE has announced that they'll be changing their policy regarding sharing games between consoles on the same account. Players will be able to activate a PSN game on up to two PS3 or PSP consoles via an online tool, which may eliminate the aggravation associated with upgrading consoles and calling up customer support to reactivate your downloadable library. However, it's a sharp decrease from the usual five, suggesting that this may be in response to the recent financial tribulations. You can check out a comprehensive guide through the link.
This new policy will go live as of November 18th, and will only apply to games purchased after that date. It will not affect titles you've already bought.
Valkyria Chronicles is one of the standout JRPG franchises of this generation, but SEGA has officially dashed our hopes of a European release of the third installment. Valkyria Chronicles 3 will not be launching in EU or US territories due to the perceived unpopularity of the PSP platform and high localisation costs. Damn.
However, there is a slim ray of hope. Sega haven't made a concrete decision about whether or not to release the title as a PSN download after the Vita launches. They'll be firming up the details "the next time they meet with Sony"... so here's hoping. [Gamespot]
Heads up folks! Sony have announced that the PSN will be offline this evening from 17:00 - 19:00 BST due to ongoing maintenance. The maintenance itself will actually run from 17:00 through to 21:00.
As usual, you won't be able to access the PlayStation Store, account registration or account management, and you won't be able to sign in during the downtime. If you sign in beforehand, though, you should be fine.
Playstation Home gets a massive v1.55 update today, which may well have something to do with it.
Sony has confirmed that the PS Vita will be able to connect with original PSPs in Ad-Hoc mode, meaning that a huge number of backwards-compatible downloadable titles can be played locally with gamers who own the original games on the PSP system. Ad-Hoc multiplayer certainly isn't as prevalent here in the UK as it is in Japan, but it's good to know that we can still get involved with some Monster Hunter Portable or Phantasy Star Portable sessions. SWERY65's recently-unveiled Lords Of Apocalypse will be released on both platforms and will definitely benefit from this announcement.
It's just another feather in a rather impressive cap, to be honest.
Sony announced a value-model PSP at their GamesCom 2011 press conference last month, which will be priced in the sub-£90 territory with value priced games, too. According to Sony, portable gaming has "never been so accessible". But with numerous other PSP models roaming the shelves and the PS Vita on the horizon, we wondered who exactly Sony was marketing this well-priced by admittedly dated device to. Well, teenagers it seems. The horror!Click here for more
Hurray! The PSN Welcome Back Program is finally live on the Playstation Store along with its free games. To take advantage of it, PS3 owners will need to access the Playstation Store on the XMB and click on the banner - with two of the following free games up for grabs:
PSP owners will need to browse over to the ‘Welcome Back’ section of the PlayStation Store on their handheld and choose two of the following:
You can read the full details and FAQ over at the EU Playstation Blog.
Note that many users are still reporting problems with logging into PSN. Let us know how you get on - and what games you pick!
A quick reminder for you all that the PSN is to undergo essential network maintenance this after noon. Login will be disabled from 16:30 BST until 07:00 tomorrow morning, although you should remain signed into the service if you logged on beforehand. Some PSN services will not be operational during this time, however, including access to the following:
Perhaps worryingly, there's no mention of a concrete return for the Playstation Store, although Sony have stated that it should be back in business by the end of the week.
'We have been conducting additional testing and further security verification of our commerce functions in order to bring the PlayStation Network completely back online so that our fans can again enjoy the first class entertainment experience they have come to love,' said Kaz Hirai, Sony's Executive DP. 'We appreciate the patience and support shown during this time.'
More as we know it.
Ever since Sony mentioned a "customer appreciation program" and a "make good plan" last month, we've been eagerly awaiting news of some concilliatory swag to make up for the recent PSN downtime. Sony previously announced that a free month of Playstation Plus would be extended to all PSN customers, but now they've also confirmed that free games will be a part of the package.
According to the EU Playstation Blog, PS3 customers will be able to choose and download two free games out of a choice of five - and PSP owners will have a choice of four. The list of games will differ for each region, and we'll let you know when it's announced.
However, Sony is apparently struggling with each country's individual data protection regulations in an effort to extend their data protection services to European consumers. There's no luck as yet, but we'll keep you posted.
Here in the West, the poor PSP has been dying a slow and painful death largely due to having several good games, but a library so laughably small in comparison with competitors, with killer apps that would barely fill a single hand, that no-one really plays it any more.
Not so in Japan, where it would seem that it outsold every other console in the last fiscal year, resulting in the first year where Sony have won out in both the portable and home console markets in the East.
According to sales data from Famitsu's publisher Enterbrain, reported by Andriasang, the PSP edged out the DS by just over 100,000 units.Click here to see the sales chart...
Fresh intel from GDC has shed more light on the NGP's enigmatic card-based storage format. We now know know the capacity of these "Game Cards," as well as some interesting tidbits about its dual removable memory. It seems that Sony have learned more than a few lessons from its experimental (and utterly dire) PSP Go.More details after the break...
Activision's recent financial projections suggested that Diablo III won't be making an appearance until 2012- but at yesterday's AIAS Award ceremony, Blizzard vice president Rob Pardo has stated that they've got their fingers crossed for a 2011 release date for their long-awaited RPG.
We really, really hope [it is out in 2011]. That’s our goal. Our goal is to get there. But you know, at the end of the day, we are going to get it right. That’s more important.
We’re going to promise, we’re going to get it out there when it’s awesome. And, we’re crossing our fingers, maybe it will be this year.
Reading between the lines, it will come when it's done. However, my time spent with the preview build suggests that it must be nearing completion soon; with only some minor polish required to make sure that it's visually on the curve. We'll keep you posted. [Kotaku]
It's rumour time again, folks- but this is a startling story to be sure. According to an unnamed Activision executive who reportedly spoke with MCV, Activision may be looking to buy Take-Two Interactive in its entirety. This move, if completed, would help to bolster their ailing stable of developers in the wake of their massive franchise cull earlier this week.
There are very strong rumours amongst people at a very senior level within the global business.
But there’re not much more than that at the moment – they are just rumours. And, of course, given Activision’s news this week, everyone is now looking to see what their next move is. But you can definitely put two and two together and make four-ish.
At this stage, we need to take these rumours with some seriously hefty handfuls of salt. EA were unsuccessful at acquiring Take-Two back in 2008 despite offering more than the company was worth, so I wouldn't hold your breath. [MCV]
In my reactions to the unveiling of the NGP handheld, I was more than a little worried about the short-term future of the Playstation Portable. After all, the UMD is on the way out and most studios will want to focus on developing for the new hardware. However, Sony Computer Entertainment boss Shuhei Yoshida has spoken out to quell our concerns; stating that there'll be room on the market for both consoles.
[The NGP] can't replace a platform that has already been on sale for seven years now. In terms of pricing, we can't sell the NGP for the same price as a PSP. The PSP has become very affordable and popular, especially with younger generations.
I think the NGP needs time to mature and get adopted by users. So, for the time being, both platforms will coexist. - Shuhei Yoshida to EDGE Magazine
Here's hoping that Sony can provide a solid enough PSP lineup to ensure that both platforms are equally viable. [EDGE]
The Penny Arcade Expo is one of the biggest (and most surprisingly awesome) events on the gaming calendar- and a new survey suggests that the team may be considering bringing it to the UK!
You can eyeball the survey here... and get involved if you so choose. Personally I think there's room for another big UK event, especially if it were based in the North or the Midlands (after Eurogamer cancelled their events up there).
Could we do with another UK Expo? Have your say in the comments!