Archive for: psp

Sony To Charge PS Vita Owners To Download Already Owned UMD Media.

  • November 11, 2011 7:25 am

Sony isn’t exactly one of our favorite companies for a number of reasons spanning multiple decades. But every time we try to give Sony the benefit of the doubt they go and do something like this — Sony has announced that PS Vita owners looking to make the move from the PSP/UMD environment to the Vita’s all-digital one can download already purchased UMD games and media at a discounted rate by way of the “UMD Passport” app. The app will scan all of your games for legitimacy and then credit your account accordingly. Pricing for the newly discounted media will be between 100 and 2,400 yen (~$6.50-$13). U.S. pricing hasn’t been announced yet.

We’ll quickly admit that something is better than nothing. But charging to re-download something you’re already paid for? It just doesn’t seem very pro-consumer. On that note, Sony isn’t the only company who’s taken this route in the past and certainly won’t be the last. Then again we thought we were moving away from these ridiculous policies towards a more common sense driven model. Perhaps we were wrong.

Say what you will about critics of Sony’s new plan being “whiners” or suffering from too much “entitlement”. All this is is Sony doing it wrong, plain and simple.

PS Vita Official: Starting At $249 For WiFi-Only Model. Coming Late 2011.

  • June 6, 2011 10:02 pm

The PSP Vita is official! Coming in both WiFi-only and WiFi/3G models ($249 and $299 respectively), the new PlayStation Vita will “blur the lines” of modern gaming and social interaction thanks to a more life like OLED display and a new socially aware “app” called “Near”. Near will alert users to nearby PS Vita users, what games said users are playing, and what games are most popular in any given area.

For U.S.-based 3G-toting Vita users, there is but one choice and one choice only — AT&T. Unknown at this time is how much data plan pricing will be from AT&T. Also unknown — UK users will have to wait a few more weeks for definite carrier partners and pricing.

Stay tuned for the latest on Sony and the PlayStation Vita.

More Evidence Points To “PS Vita” Coming To E3.

  • June 1, 2011 8:24 pm

Previous reports that Sony was killing the PSP branding with the upcoming NGP -> “PS Vita” got another shot of credibility tonight. Besides the fact that Sony owns the trademark for “Vita”, we have the discovery of one determined NeoGAF user by the name of “gofreak”. Gofreak found some rather interesting code stuffed inside Sony’s E3 teaser page specifically mentioning the PS Vita. Of course, NGP could just be another interchangeable code name similar to “PS Vita”. Guess, we’ll have to wait a few more days until the “official” announcement by Sony. What will you do in the meantime…?

Angry Birds Debuting on PSP This Week.

  • January 3, 2011 9:56 am

Angry Birds continues its onslaught on the minds of the world with a new platform launch this week. What’s surprising however, is that it isn’t any of the platforms we originally believed would come first — Playstation 3, Xbox 360, or Wii. Instead, the Sony Playstation Portable will be the first “mainstream” device to get Rovio Mobile’s now iconic game.

Confirmed on Sony’s blog, Angry Birds for PSP will be a “mini” title and feature 63 levels of pig smashing excitement. No price has been mentioned yet, nor has future plans to release level packs/updates as time progresses. Check back soon for more info.

PlayStation Phone (Z1) Spied on Camera Running Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). #sony #android

  • December 1, 2010 10:47 am

Well well well if it isn’t the rumored Playstation Phone in the flesh. In the video above however, it goes by the name of “Z1″. Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, we can thank the fine folks over at a Greek tech blog aptly named for the leak.

With the formalities out of the way, the source claims that the Z1/Playstation Phone runs Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) — at least in the video (after the break). Furthermore, the screen is 4″ big and highly responsive, and that highly talked about sliding d-pad/”joy pad” combo is present as well. As for that latter feature, we unfortunately don’t get to see it in the video, but rest assured, it’s there. Moving on, the camera is 8 megapixels and is backed up by a small round flash ala Xperia X10.

Overall a very desirable device. Hopefully Sony gets their mobile app store in line sooner rather than later, because if executed well, this Android/Playstation phone could actually do very well. Be sure to hop inside for the shaky-cam goodness.

Another nail in the coffin: Letters sent out detailing demise of PSP developer kits.

  • October 7, 2010 1:09 pm

Rumors of a PSP 2 (a real PSP 2, not this PSP Go BS) have been raging on and off for several years. And here were are several years later looking at the same old units. To be fair, the PSP is still a powerful portable gaming machine. For someone such as myself who prefers graphics to often gimmicky social, motion activated, or *insert fad here* tactics, true eye candy and graphical prowess are what take my cake. So when, if ever will we see the hallowed PSP 2?

If emails being sent out to PSP devs are any indication, 2011 could finally be the year. Specifically, the emails detail the ending of PSP developer kits such as the (dtp-t200a) and developer testing tool (dtp-h2500a). That could either mean (1) Sony is preparing to launch PSP 2 developer kits (reports have stated that said kits have already begun to be distributed), (2) that something as simple as expired licenses means we’ll see these dying kits come back to life at some time in the future, and (3) …nothing. I highly doubt Sony would give up on the mobile gaming market. They’ve got a great product. As far as using expired licenses — it seems like nothing more than a PR tactic to keep interested parties from avoiding any near-term PSP purchases in hopes of holding out a little longer for a PSP 2. That would mean that an impending PSP 2 is the obvious reason.

Of course, Sony will deny the truth all the way up to the last second, so we may never know until Sony wants us to know. Of course, using that same logic we can assume that the day of PSP 2 reckoning is nearing once Sony goes into super-deny mode. All I can say is that I’m more than ready for a near-PS3 quality experience in the palm of my hand. That doesn’t seem to demanding, does it?

Game developer lets slide his secret possession of PSP2. Sony: Deny, deny, deny.

  • September 17, 2010 7:02 am

If you’re in the market for a portable gaming device from Sony, go ahead and get one. Wait, what? With news of a PSP2 in the post title, shouldn’t I be advising you to wait? Usually that would be the case. However, it’ll probably be quite a while before we see any PSP2. Hell, Sony hasn’t even announced one yet. With that said though, they don’t have to because the company behind Mortal Kombat did.

At PAX2010, Executive Producer Shaun Himmerick went ahead and let out a few opinions on the in-house PSP2 device they have for testing/development purposes, claiming that it was a “powerful machine” and citing a 60fps figure. Being that the PSP internal hardware didn’t really change from PSP to PSP Go and that same hardware is many years old, I would hope some newfound speed is finding it’s way into Sony’s mobile lineup.

Even though we don’t have any specs, pictures, or official recognition from Sony, we can rest assured that the devs working on the games that makes said hardware tick will keep us in the loop — albeit a small, rarely talked about loop. Still, I’ll take a small something over a vast nothing any day. Looks like we still have something to look forward to folks…

Getting rid of those last few pennies: The Bugatti Veyron PSP

  • March 15, 2010 7:42 am

After dropping a cool six figures on one of the hottest looking (and fastest) production cars in history, deciding what to do with that spare change left over can be quite a conundrum. Never fear. There’s always something in the gadget world that you can drop on. After spending millions on a uber powerful supercar, what’s a couple (likely thousand) more?

Precisely the mindset that Korean designer Won Chan Lee wants you to have. His nifty PSP design concept takes it’s cues from Bugatti’s faster than life car and transforms them into a pretty slick PSP mod. While I’m not really looking to pick up a PSP, I’d certainly be more receptive if the Bugattie Veyron PSP were available. Then again, if it takes it’s pricing from it’s more mechanical big brother, I won’t really have to worry about purchasing one as I don’t have nearly enough organs to sell…


Better late than never? Sony rumored to finally have “Playstation Phone” in the works.

  • March 4, 2010 1:09 pm

Better late than never they say? But is there a point at which you can be too late? Sony seems to be testing that very belief. Sitting here and gazing into the 2010 calendar — almost three years after the original iPhone — Sony is just now getting into the mobile phone biz. I say just getting into because frankly, let’s be honest — SonyEricsson sucks. Their phones suck. That’s why no one has gotten excited in them for years. The one recent glimmer of hope was the Xperia X10, but that was quickly dashed when all the Android 1.6 talk began floating around amid the current Android 2.x wave we see swirling around us.

New reports from the WSJ have Sony finally getting their act together with an “uber phone” of their own. A Playstation Phone has been tossed back and forth numerous times in the last several years though nothing has materialized. Why Sony didn’t play off of the PSP sooner is beyond any rational guess I can understand. Regardless, this new phone/device from Sony will supposedly “blur the line between a netbook, an e-reader and a PlayStation Portable”.

It’s a tough claim to backup and an even tougher claim to succeed with. But I hold out hope that Sony can wow me, and us again. Think a PSP phone would be everything it’s been rumored to be?

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