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U.S. PlayStation owners have access to a new online content store today: the Sony Entertainment Network App Store. The Web-based store has been available in Europe since late last year, but just launched in the U.S., Brazil, Canada, and Mexico. The store has movies, TV shows, games, and other digital treats for their PlayStation 3/Vita/Portable and is related to the PlayStation Store for the PlayStation3. The online PlayStation App Store is launching with plenty of content, but more features are expected down the pike. Sony has plans for recommendation features, mobile device interfaces, and an automatic download feature for purchased content. At the moment, when you buy content on the online... Read more...
It's not often that a console company sticks with a controller design for three straight generations, but sure enough, the PlayStation controller that ships with the PS3 is largely the same as the original that shipped with the first PlayStation so many years ago. There's a saying that folks shouldn't worry with fixing things that aren't broken, and we suspect that this is the mantra Sony has been following. The PlayStation's DualShock design is one that's largely beloved, but as the years have passed, controlling a console has become a new art form. Nintendo ushered in a sea change with the Wii Remote, and Microsoft's Kinect placed even less emphasis on the handheld controller. Of course, Sony... Read more...
Another print publication bites the dust. This time it's PlayStation: The Official Magazine that's closing its doors, ending what had been a 15-year run with the upcoming Holiday issue. Though print media has struggled to find relevance in an increasingly digital world, the move is still a little surprising when you consider that "PlayStation" is an iconic console brand, and consoles have never been more popular than they are right now. There hasn't been an official announcement (that we're aware of), though Game Informer claims to have confirmed the magazine's cancellation with publisher Future US. Earlier this year, Future US announced that Nintendo Power would also cease publication in December,... Read more...
Sony isn’t throwing in the towel on its mobile gaming endeavors. Quite to the contrary, in fact, the company announced a “full scale” launch of PlayStation Mobile (nee PlayStation Suite), which includes new content, the PlayStation Mobile SDK, and the addition of ASUS and Wikipad to its Playstation Certified license program. About 30 new titles from both Sony and third-party devs will be available this fall on certified devices through the PlayStation Store in nine countries including the U.S., UK, Canada, Japan, Australia, and a smattering of major European companies. Availability in more countries will soon follow. The availability of the official PlayStation Mobile SDK will... Read more...
Although mobile and social gaming is all the rage, gaming on a living room console connected to your TV has always been a thoroughly enjoyable way to while away the hours alone or with friends. In recent years, the Xbox (alone and with the Kinect), Wii, and Playstation have dominated living rooms. Now there’s another contender, the Ouya, which costs $99, runs on an open platform, and is built so that hackers and devs can tweak it and create for it. Here’s the group’s Kickstarter video: The team behind Ouya believes that game development for consoles is spiraling away from independent developers due largely to rising costs associated with game development. By producing a hackable... Read more...
A leaked presentation from circa 2010 has the tech world buzzing. The original document and mirrors have been pulled, but we saved a copy before that happened. While there's no confirmation from Microsoft on whether the document is accurate, it lines up extremely well with what we've seen Microsoft announce so far this year, as well as previous speculation on the company's next-gen Xbox 720, codenamed Durango. At 56 pages long, there's quite a bit of data -- we'll hit the most salient points. Future Platform Hardware - The slide below doesn't explicitly call out AMD's architecture, but other slides have a "Radeon" logo in the corner; a not-so-subtle hint at who's providing the GPU. Xbox 720 High... Read more...
Sony has constantly hawked the PlayStation 3 as being not only a gaming system, but also an entertainment system. First, there was Blu-ray support and DLNA media streaming, and now there's yet another reason to just stay home this weekend and cuddle with your PS3: Amazon's Instant Video is now available on the PS3. his makes the PS3 system the first and only video game console system to offer Amazon Instant Video. Customers can access Amazon Instant Video on their PlayStation 3 system for free by installing the Amazon Instant Video app directly from the TV/Video Services category on the XMB (XrossMediaBar). The Amazon Instant Video app can also be found in the PlayStation Store, under the Media... Read more...
There's been a lot of chatter the past few months about what Microsoft's next-generation Xbox might look like, as well as repeated speculation that the device could tip up at the upcoming E3 Exposition. According to the head of Microsoft Corporate Communications, Frank Shaw, the company is flattered by the rumors but has no plans to launch a new console generation this year. “While we appreciate all the interest in our long-range plans for the future, we can confirm that there will be no talk of new Xbox hardware at E3 or anytime soon,” Microsoft’s Corporate Communications boss Frank Shaw told AllThingsD. “For us, 2012 is all about Xbox 360." Sales figures show that the... Read more...
Wouldn't it be nice if that free data that Verizon includes with Samsung's Chromebooks were something that other carriers would utilize? Maybe it's a trend that's taking off. Sony's PlayStation Vita is nearly ready to launch in America, and as you may have heard, there's a 3G version on tap. There's under 30 days left for it to launch, and now that 3G model just got a lot more appealing. Sony just announced two PS Vita 3G / Wi-Fi bundles. Early adopters will be treated to a limited edition case, a 4GB memory card, and a copy of Little Deviants. Furthermore, Sony's tossing in a 250MB session for AT&T 3G data, as well as a PlayStation Network game, which will be provided upon activation. Looking... Read more...
You could almost hear the collective groans from gamers who discovered that Sony's PlayStation Network is offline today. Could it be that Sony is once again the victim of a hacker attack, one in which the real victims are online players who just want to get their gaming groove on? And worse yet, does this mean everyone's accounts have been compromised? Luckily, the answer is 'no'. "PlayStation Network will be offline for routine scheduled maintenance on Thursday, January 19th from approximately 8AM until 9PM PST," Sony announced in a blog post. Phew! During that time, you'll be unable to access the PlayStation Store on PS3, PSP, and Media Go; PlayStation Network Account Management; PlayStation... Read more...
Sony's PlayStation Vita went on sale today in Japan to strong demand; there are reports that Sony sold-out all 700,000 units it set aside for the Japanese launch. ""I'm so happy to see so many people lining up for PS Vita so early in the morning," Sony Computer Entertainment Japan President Hiroshi Kono wrote in his official blog after touring several Tokyo stores. "I can tell they had anxiously waited for today's launch." The handheld shipped out with an impressive 24 launch titles (the 3DS debuted with just eight), and is backwards compatible with PSP-downloadable games, PlayStation minis, the PlayStation Suite (aka PlayStation Certified titles) and PSOne Classics. It's not compatible with... Read more...
PlayStation Home is getting a lot friendlier these days. Sony's DADC LOOT group has partnered with a slew of companies to bring feature films, television, radio, and live events to Sony Computer Entertainment America's PlayStation Home social game platform. With the addition of Crackle, Ustream, and RadioIO social experiences to PlayStation Home, users can invite friends to share traditional entertainment experiences in a virtual environment, communicating with each other in real time-whether across town or on the other side of the world. Created by LOOT, Sony DADC New Media Solutions' internal development team, the PlayStation®Home real-time social game platform is available on PlayStation®Network... Read more...
Sony has confirmed the specs on the company's upcoming PlayStation Vita handheld. The new device will use an OLED screen at a resolution of 960x544. The system will use a quad-core variant of the same dual-core PowerVR SGX543MP2 that powers Apple's iPad 2 with 128MB of dedicated VRAM and 512MB of main system memory. It's a significant step forward compared to the PSP.  Sony is holding firm on the $249 entry price, despite the Xperia Play's failure to catch on at market and the 3DS' own price cut. Sony's marketing indicates that this is somehow a desirable outcome. We don't get it either The $249 price point for Vita is a bit stranger given that Sony has just cut the price on the PS3 to $250.... Read more...
There's news from the 3D sphere of both Sony and Nintendo today and neither company sounds particularly cheery. On the Sony front, 3D development chief Mick Hocking has advocated that developers only use 3D when it actually improves the title as opposed to tacking it on as a bullet point feature. "It's been a good first year," Sony's 3D chief Mick Hocking told Eurogamer in an interview this afternoon. "We've got 50 million PlayStation 3s that support 3D playback. 3DTVs are selling well. We've had great response from our fans out there at game shows and forums about the 3D games we've produced. But the most important thing is 3D quality." "We need to, and we're trying to encourage everyone to... Read more...
Here's one you should definitely take with a grain of salt, but then again, a grain of "well, duh" wouldn't hurt either. Sony has built three PlayStation consoles to date. History would tell us that a fourth is on the way, the only question being "When?" Now, leaks and rumors are starting build surrounding the next generation PS console, with DigiTimes suggesting that PlayStation 4 development / production could start at the end of this year. Given that Nintendo's already hard at work on the Wii U, Sony shouldn't be too far behind with their next-generation console. The PS4, according to unnamed Taiwanese production companies, will first hit the lines in late-2011 and then ship to consumers in... Read more...
1080p is "high-def enough" for most people. What's the rush to find the next best thing? In the technology world, that race never ends, and Sony's already doing everything they can to push 4K. "4K" is short for 4K x 2K, which is the next major step-up in resolution. RED camcorders already film natively in 4K, and many high-end / cinema projectors already project 4K. But largely, 4K isn't available for regular consumers. That said, Sony knows that at least a small percentage of their PlayStation 3 consoles are linked to 4K displays of some sort, and in order to push the envelope, they're doing something rather unique. Lucent Pictures Entertainment plans to tap into the small 4K market by issuing... Read more...
Stellar news for Sony gamers. For loyal PlayStation users who stuck with Sony throughout their massive PSN outage period, the Welcome Back Program is now available, but you may want to go ahead and grab it soon. Sony first announced their "Welcome Back" program a month ago, but if you happened to be totally preoccupied, you may have forgotten to actually log on and claim whatever is now rightfully yours. If that's you, take heart; you still have a few hours to log on and snag it. You'll be able to download a pair of free PlayStation 3 or PSP games, no to mention 100 virtual games from PlayStation Home. If you need to take care of business, you can login to the PlayStation Store, look for the... Read more...
Is there's one company that has championed 3D technology more than any other, it's Sony. The company has pushed 3D like no other: 3DTVs, 3D support in PlayStation, and now, a 3D television display of their own, with PS-branding. That's right, a PlayStation TV! At E3 this week Sony has announced a 24" 3D display that will be available this fall in Japan, North America, Europe/PAL territories, and Asian countries/regions. For North America, the 3D Display comes bundled with 3D Glasses, an HDMI cable and the Resistance 3 title from Insomniac Games for PlayStation 3. It'll sell for $499.99, while extra 3D glasses can be purchased for $69.99. It's the perfect bedroom or office TV, but we have to wonder... Read more...
Nintendo unveiled its second-generation Wii console today, dubbed the Wii U, but said very little about the console's specifications. The company confirmed that the new system will support HD video, but devoted its press conference to discussing the Wii U's controller. Rumors that Nintendo would incorporate a touchscreen proved accurate, but the controller is more tablet-based than we expected it to be. The display is 6.2" wide and features dual analog controllers, two shoulder buttons, and a standard four-button layout to the right. One of the intriguing features of the Wii U is that titles can be transferred from the TV to the controller's display without needing to restart the game. This frees... Read more...
Nintendo's next-generation Wii console is expected to be one of the biggest unveils at E3 this year, but data from Nielsen suggests gamers aren't especially eager for the new system. The organization's poll data shows that while 27 percent of those polled are interested in a new Nintendo, 25 percent and 24 percent would also be interested in new systems from Microsoft and Sony. "Gamers interested in next-generation consoles" isn't the sort of headline that wins Pulitzer prizes, but Nielsen doesn't stop there. The organization's data suggest that the Wii's user base continues to resist attempts to analyze it strictly in terms of traditional console demographics, writing: "The sheer size... Read more...
The end is nigh for the PlayStation Network / Qriocity outage. In a press release issued late Monday, Sony said that full restoration of PSN services will be completed by the end of this week. The areas with full restoration will include the Americas, Europe/PAL territories and Asia, excluding Japan, Hong Kong, and South Korea. Details for Japan, Hong Kong, and South Korea will be announced later. Meanwhile, Sony will also resume Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity for PS3, PSP, VAIO and other PCs. Restoration information for the remaining Qriocity services on Qriocity will be announced as it becomes available. In a statement, Sony Executive Deputy Vice President Kazuo Hirai said, "We have been... Read more...
Nintendo has taken a page from Sony's playbook, even as the video game giant struggles to recover from the impact of its decision to remove Other OS support. The Free Software Foundation recently examined* the EULA and privacy policy Nintendo attaches to the 3DS; both are far more draconian than corresponding agreements for the DSi, DSi XL, DS Lite, or original DS. Let's start with the privacy policy. The two documents are organized differently; a careful comparison indicates that the DSi policy matches the 3DS policy on nine of the latter's ten points. The missing point (ix in the 3DS agreement) is the importance differentiator. It states that Nintendo may collect Personally Identifiable Information... Read more...
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