Tag: Playstation

PlayStation Vita TV Microconsole

PlayStation Vita TV

I just recently found out about a new product that Sony released in November, 2013 in Japan called PlayStation Vita TV. PS Vita TV is a microconsole that you hook up to your TV via HDMI cable and lets you play Vita games using a DualShock 4 controller. You won’t need an actual Vita handheld gaming system because the microconsole has everything built inside of it. Some functions such as rear touchpad, microphone or camera won’t work as they would on an actual Vita. Another cool feature of the device is that you can stream PS4 games from your PS4 system to another TV that has the PS Vita TV hooked up to it. The microconsole is about the size of a pack of playing cards and in Japan it currently costs roughly $100 or $150 for a bundle with a Dual Shock 4 and 8GB memory card. No news yet on if the PS Vita TV will be coming out west.

PlayStation 4 Press Conference Set for 6/10/13


At 7:43 this evening, I received the above email. If you’re interested in seeing the PS4, you may want to RSVP now to be able to watch PlayStation’s E3 2013 Press Conference. Sony will be realeasing more details about the PS4 including insight on what the console will look like. The event is scheduled for Monday, June 10, 2013 at 6:00PM PDT. The links to RSVP can be found here: http://us.playstation.com/ and here: http://blog.us.playstation.com/

Men’s Room Mayhem – For Quick Boredom Relief

Mens Room Mayhem

I picked up a game that cost a whopping $.99 on the PS Vita because it looked fun. It’s called Men’s Room Mayhem and it’s a bathroom simulator where you control the foot traffic of all the guests using the bathroom. First, guide them to the urinal or stall depending on the type of business they’re there for. Next guide them to the sink to wash all of those pesky germs away. Finally, guide them out the door as quickly as you can to make space for the other guests that need to relieve themselves. If two guests get too close to each other, a brawl will endure, leaving a bloody mess on the ground after the two fighters run out of the bathroom.  This means that there will be more to clean up between levels. Also, if there are five brawls or “accidents” during a level, you will lose the game and have to start over. This game may not win any awards but it’s quite fun for a quick play now and again. Also, I don’t think I’ve seen any other games at such a cheap price on Vita. When you gotta go, you gotta go.. download a copy of this game.

New PlayStation 4 and Dual Shock 4 Controller

Tonight, Sony announced the PlayStation 4, their latest console along with the Dual Shock 4 controller to pair up with the system. The new controller design comes in contrast to the last iterations of the controller due to the new touch screen. The more rounded, rubberized controller now also features a share button, camera and headphone jack.

The PS4 system will have 8GB of memory, a local hard drive and x86 CPU, alongside a secondary custom chip that allows users to play games while they download. The newly announced PlayStation Cloud will stream PS1, PS2 and PS3 games, and it appears the PS4 won’t be able to play legacy discs. The PS4 should be coming out later this year around the holiday season.

New Super Slim PS3′s Announced

Super Slim PS3

It doesn’t seem that long ago that Sony released the Slim PS3 which just made the original PS3′s look prehistoric. Sony has just announced a new super slim PS3 that puts the slim PS3 to shame. It is roughly 20 percent lighter and 25 percent smaller than the slim PS3. New on the super slim is the absence of the familiar Blu-ray slot but instead features a conventional top loading disc tray. The console will include only two front-facing USB ports. The base model will jump from $250 to $270 when the updated console is released in America on September 25.

More @ PlayStation.

Sony Announces New PlayStation Portable, NGP

Sony PSP 2

Roughly six years ago Sony released the PSP and set the portable gaming world a blaze with the new handheld. The screen was brighter, bigger and had some of the best graphics seen on a portable to date. Today the PSP isn’t anything that’s going to knock your socks off and there were many rumors as of late about the next iteration of the PSP floating around CES this year. Those rumors have proved to become true because Sony has just officially announced the PSP2 at an event in Tokyo. For now however, Sony is calling the portable device by its code name ‘Next Generation Portable’ or NGP for short.

Fans of the PSP have been dreaming of dual analog sticks for years and they finally get them in the NGP. It will also feature a high-resolution, touch-sensitive OLED screen that’s larger than the original PSP screen, tilt-sensitive SIXAXIS controls, dual analog sticks, front and back-facing cameras, and a touch sensitive back panel. This new touchpad back panel will make most of the device interactive unlike anything seen before. Sony claims that the new NGP will be as powerful as the PlayStation 3.

There will be no more UMD with the NGP. Sony in introducing a new game medium that’s a small flash memory based card. The cards will be able to hold full software titles plus add-on game content and game save data. Sony also announced ‘PlayStation Suite’ which will allow the games to be played on other Android based devices such as mobile phones, smart-phones, and tablet PCs.

In addition, Sony is introducing a new service called LiveArea that will let your NGP be able to detect others in the area and let you see what they’re playing, chat, see game rankings, etc. It sounds like something similar to what the Nintendo DS has with PictoChat but hopefully this is on a much larger scale. The NGP is expected to be out later this year in Japan. No timeframe given to the U.S. release date yet.

PSP2 Touchpad back

PlayStation Portable 2 NGP

The Full Specs

  • CPU: ARM® Cortex™-A9 core (4 core)
  • GPU: SGX543MP4+
  • External Dimensions: Approx. 182.0 x 18.6 x 83.5mm (width x height x depth) (tentative, excludes largest projection)
  • Rear touch pad: Multi touch pad (capacitive type)
  • Cameras: Front camera, Rear camera
  • Sound: Built-in stereo speakers, Built-in microphone
  • Sensors: Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer), Three-axis electronic compass
  • Location: Built-in GPS, Wi-Fi location service support
  • Keys / Switches: PS button, Power button, Directional buttons (Up/Down/Right/Left), Action buttons (Triangle, Circle, Cross, Square), Shoulder buttons (Right/Left), Right stick, Left stick, START button, SELECT button, Volume buttons
  • Wireless communications: Mobile network connectivity (3G), IEEE 802.11b/g/n (n = 1×1)(Wi-Fi) (Infrastructure mode/Ad-hoc mode), Bluetooth® 2.1+EDR (A2DP/AVRCP/HSP)

The Announced Games

  • Uncharted
  • Killzone
  • WipeOut
  • Resistance
  • LittleBigPlanet
  • Hustle Kings
  • Hot Shots Golf

More at PlayStation Blog.

Gran Turismo 5 Collector’s Edition For PS3

Gran Turismo 5 is finally getting closer to a release date and PlayStation is going all out by releasing a $100 collector’s edition of the game available later this month. The collectors edition contains the folowing:

  • Gran Turismo 5 on Blu-ray
  • Collectible Diecast Car
  • Exclusive “Apex” Car Guide
  • Five exclusive DLC cars
  • Numbered certificate of authenticity

More @ PlayStation Blog.

Little Big Planet 2 Collectors Edition

Little Big Planet 2 Collectors Edition

Due to the success of Little Big Planet, Media Molecule is making Little Big Planet 2 which now has a release date of November 16. The $79.99 Collectors edition package will come with a ton of extra swag including:

  • A copy of LittleBigPlanet 2.
  • Your own little 7″ plush toy Sackboy.
  • Exclusive LBP2 game bookends.
  • Exclusive DLC  including:
    • Disney / Pixar’s Toy Story 3’s “Aliens” Sackboy Costume
    • Disney’s TRON: Legacy “Clu” Sackboy Costume
    • The Muppets’ “The Great Gonzo” Sackboy Costume
    • PlayStation’s “Ratchet” Sackboy Costume
    • PlayStation’s “Clank” Sackboy Costume
    • Even More Animals’ “Crocodile” Sackboy Costume
    • Even More Animals’ “Vulture” Sackboy Costume
    • Even More Animals’ “Cobra” Sackboy Costume
    • Even More Animals’ “Mandrill” Sackboy Costume
  • And exclusive to the LittleBigPlanet 2’s Collectors Edition:
    • PlayStation’s “Jak” Sackboy Costume
    • PlayStation’s “Daxter” Sackboy Costume
    • 5 exclusive LBP2 PSN Avatars – Lastly, complete your PlayStation experience with a new identity on the PlayStation Network with these new avatars.

Digger HD On Sale This Thursday For $4.99

Growing up in the 80′s and having an IBM computer at home I was fond of many video games on my computer including Digger, Round 42 and Agent USA. Digger in particular was a great game. The gameplay in Digger is very similar to the game Dig Dug where one must dig horizontal and vertical underground tunnels while collecting treasures and escaping from bad guys. The game has been remade as Digger HD for PSN. It has been out since last October but will be going on sale for $4.99 starting this Thursday. View the trailer above.

PlayStation 2 Ten-Year Anniversary

PS2 10 Year Anniversary

It’s been 10 years since the PlayStation 2 first came out in Japan. It is the best-selling console of all time, having reached over 140 million units sold as of September 30, 2009. New games are still being released on the system later in 2010. Kotaku made a nice little timeline of the PS2 history.

More @ Kotaku.

PlayStation 15th Anniversary Website

PlayStation 15th Anniversary Website

To celebrate the PlayStation’s 15th anniversary, Sony designed a cool Flash site with a timeline of the PlayStation products over the past 15 years. The site can be navigated  by either the graphics on the top or the history timeline along the bottom of the site. Once you click on a particular console or portable device, information detailing that machine will pop up along with pictures and ads from when that console was on the market.

The site can be found here.

Sony Announces Slim PS3 and Pricecuts

It’s been rumored for quite some time but yesterday Sony announced pricecuts for the PS3 along with the PS3 Slim. The PS3 Slim will come with you choice of a 120GB or 250GB hard drive and they start at $299. The Slim consumes 34 percent less power and takes up 32 percent less space than the Phat version. In addition to this news Sony also announced that the PS3 will also get new firmware 3.00 update that brings a bunch of new features including status indicator, custom themes, avatars, redesigned friends list and trophies. Sony has slashed the price of the current phat PS3 to $299 while we eagerly wait for the Slim this September 1.

Gran Turismo Speeding to Your PSP in October

PSP Gran Turismo

After years of witing, Gran Turismo is finally making it to the PSP. Be sure to check out the video preview.

Key Features:

  • Slick Visuals – Runs on a new graphics engine designed for the PSP® system that delivers stunning visuals at a crisp 60 frames per second.
  • Depth and Variety –Up to 800 licensed vehicles from international automakers by completing challenges, races, and sharing and trading with friends.
  • Hit the Road – Race on more than 30 licensed and fictional tracks, with 60 track layouts total.
  • Bragging Rights – Prove your driving skills against up to four friends in matches using ad hoc mode.

DJ Hero Controller Revealed

DJ Hero Controller

If you’re a fan of Guitar Hero or Rock band and the tons of controllers they come with then you may like this news.. if you’re into house music. According to DJ Hero’s Twitter page, the DJ Hero game will feature a controller that looks like what’s above. No word yet on if the turntable will spin partially of fully yet. The official webpage is now live too @ djhero.com although there’s not much on it yet.

The Making of the PlayStation

The making of PlayStation

Edge-online.com has a great article on the making of the PlayStation. Originally the PlayStation was to be a CD-ROM system developed under a partnership by both Nintendo and Sony. Because of a contract dispute between the two companies, Sony went on to develop the PlayStation alone in 1994 while Nintendo went their seperate ways with the SNES.

Read the full story @ Edge-online.