Sony Kills the PSP Go

According to a report by AV Watch, Sony is apparently ending sales of the PSP Go portable gaming console in Japan. The PSP Go was launched in October 2009, and came with a new slider design, very different from the original PSP. Unlike its predecessors, it didn’t have a UMD drive, which was a flop anyway.

With the launch of the iPod Touch, Apple had taken a large chunk of the portable gaming market, but I don’t think that had much to do with Sony’s decision to kill the PSP Go, as Sony will continue to offer the PSP 3000 and it will also go ahead with the launch of the NGP, or the PSP 2, which should be launched by the end of 2011.

Sony recently launched the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, which was largely inspired by the PSP Go, but came with phone capabilities and the Android OS. It is much better than the PSP Go, in terms of both, functionality and specifications.

One reason for the lack of popularity of the PSP Go could be its high initial price – $250 – which was higher than the PSP 3000. It was subsequently dropped to $199, but even then it failed to attract many buyers. Sony will continue to provide updates and support for the PSP Go.

Were you a big fan of the PSP Go? Let us know your views in the comments.


via Engadget

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Priced at Rs 32,000 in India; To be Launched in April

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is one of the most exciting Android smartphone to slated to be launched this year. It should be available soon, but thanks to Flipkart, we can pre-order it in India now.

It is priced at Rs 32,000 ($710) and will start shipping from the 2nd week of April. The pricing is a bit lower than the earlier suggested pricing of Rs 34,000, but it’s still quite steep.

It was announced at MWC in February and will support a library of exclusive PSP games created for the Xperia Play. It looks quite similar to the PSP Go, but sports much better hardware.

It comes with a 4 inch touchscreen display and a sliding gamepad. It has a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels and comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It is powered by a 1 GHz processor, 512 MB RAM and an Adreno 205 GPU. It also has a 5 MP camera with LED flash and will launch with more than 50 gaming titles.

Go ahead and book your Xperia Play right away. Game on!

Book Xperia Play at Flipkart

Xperia Play

PSP Cooking Part II. Now With 100% Less Stupidity

We all saw what happened when crazy Japanese men decide to destroy a piece of equipment by deep frying it. If that was not stupid enough, they also try to eat it. The misguided Japanese kids wanted to make a tempura out of a Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP), but instead coughed out the melted plastic/silicon pieces. They win the how NOT to destroy gaming equipmentgrand jury prize. It also unnerved a lot of us and made us go these Japanese are crazya la Asterix and Obelix‘s These Romans are crazy.

PSP sushi

Megawin, the Japanese comedy troupe, decided to tell the world what’s what with Japanese cooking with electronics. Only this time, they used a PSP case with cellophane paper to make sabazushi. Sabazushi, as wikipedia says, is a dish made of raw mackerel and rice. The video is a pretty hilarious (even though I do not know the language) and is an innovative way of making sushi… and um… carrying it around in a PSP case for snacking sessions with your Monster Hunter playing sessions.

Of course, the question of where exactly will the PSP be stored while the sushi gets cold[er] in the case is another question. The video follows.

Japanese Man Deep Fries a PSP and Eats It

…or at least, tries to. These Japanese people, I tell you they’re absolutely bonkers. There’s an endless list of good things that the Japanese do from electronics to anime. There’s also an endless-er list of crazy things that they do. In this case, it’s a man who deep fries a battered Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP) covered in batter (see what I did there?) and then tries to eat it. All this while, his friend films the entire cooking experience.


You might ask why the two make an entirely pointless (I cannot possibly think of a point here, except internet infamy) ten minute video of the ordeal. In these ten minutes, the man is seen introducing his PSP which incidentally has a Monster Hunter game running (how typical) and laughing maniacally as he coats it in batter in the kitchen, near a pan of boiling oil. Then he drops it in the oil, puts on cool shades and starts laughing. Three and a half minutes in, the two of them start coughing from the fried fumes of electronics and plastic.

Eventually he’s seen taking the melted, battered PSP out and dipping it in some sort of sauce. Apparently, they wanted to make a tempura dish with a PSP. Then the guy actually bites a piece off the device and tries to eat it. Needless to say, that does not turn out very nicely.

Some Japanese people, I tell you. Bonkers.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Ad Leaked

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, or the Playstation phone, has been one of the most awaited Android smartphones in the past few months. Ever since it was first leaked, it had the entire Android community excited.

We did get to know the exact hardware specs and other details a few weeks back, just after CES 2011 ended. Now, we have a leaked commercial for the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, thanks to DroidNYTT. It features an Android robot undergoing surgery in a shady alley to get a pair of thumbs, presumably to use the gaming controls on the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play. Not the best ad we have seen, but definitely cool.

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play comes with a 3.7 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels. It has a 1 GHz CPU and 512 MB RAM with an Adreno 205 GPU. It will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread and will come with exclusive games designed specifically for the Xperia Play. It is quite similar to the PSP Go in terms of design and form factor.

It will be unveiled officially by Sony Ericsson at the Mobile World Congress at February 2011. The exact launch and pricing details will be available then.

Check out the Xperia Play ad:

via BGR

NGP Will Play Downloadable PSP Games

The Next Generation Portable (NGP) is the next PlayStation Portable (PSP) to be released by Sony. It is, in a word, powerful. However, will this famed new portable gaming machine be able to play its older brother’s games?


According to Gigazine, Sony is planning to introduce backwards compatibility in the NGP. Specifically, the downloadable versions of PSP games can be emulated on this console just as the original PlayStation 3 emulated the PlayStation 2’s games. Since the NGP is obviously tied to the PlayStation Network, you can directly download the games on your account on the NGP and start playing instantly. It is still unknown whether the second analog stick will be used for directional aiming.

However, there is as of now no news regarding the conversion of Universal Media Discs (UMDs), the proprietary gaming disc format for the PSP, into an NGP-readable format. It seems that Sony is content with saying that they are looking around for ways to solve this problem. A similar problem arose when the PSP Go was unveiled, and Sony did not make a UMD reader of any sort for those who wanted to play games from their UMD library on the system.

Nevertheless this is heartening news for all PSP lovers. We can sell our old faithful consoles before buying the spanking new one, and not worry overmuch on the compatibility. However, I will be waiting for a Homebrew Enabler for the NGP before I buy mine!

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Caught on Video

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, which has been one of the most highly anticipated Android smartphones, is set to launch at the Mobile World Congress in February. It will combine the gaming experience of the Sony PSP Go with the power of the Android OS.

We’ve already had quite a few leaks related to the Xperia Play, and we now have the complete list of hardware specs as well as some benchmark performance numbers of the Xperia Play. We have also seen it in images, and now thanks to BGR, we also have two videos of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play in action. It seems to be a final production prototype and from the videos, the Xperia Play seems to be a definite hit.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play

Check out these two videos of the Xperia Play in action:

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, the Playstation phone, comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread with a custom UI shell by Sony Ericsson and will be powered by a 1 GHz processor and 512 MB RAM. It has an Adreno 205 GPU and comes with a 3.7 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels. It has a sliding joystick instead of a keyboard which resembles the PSP Go and has performed quite well on the Quadrant and Neocore benchmarks. It will have an exclusive library of PSP games and will also support the Android Market apps and games.

Review: Angry Birds for PSP

The Finn folks at Rovio Mobile have had quite the blast with their superstar physics-based puzzle game Angry Birds. Taking cue from simple castle destruction games of old (and other flash-based games), the developers at Rovio put together a bunch of really angry birds at war with egg-stealing gluttonous green pigs, added special powers to some birds and some great level design throughout the game and published it to the iOS. The rest is, well, the adoption. According to an interview with Rovio CEO Mikael Hed, the game became a bestseller almost overnight in the home country of Finland and thus began its conquest of all the major mobile operating systems.

So, after the iOS, Android, Symbian^3 and the WebOS, the game headed towards its first major gaming console entry: as a PlayStation Mini for the PlayStation Portable handheld console and the PlayStation 3 home console. The game’s 63 playable levels are available on the PSP/PS3 for a sum of $3.99.

angry birds

The main game is pretty simple: you have a catapult and a lot of gung-ho kamikaze birds at your disposal. You have to aim these birds at pig fortresses and kill all the pigs on a level because they stole the birds’ eggs. Those pigs are evil. If that did not make much sense, this video will.

There are five types of birds available as you progress with various powers available to them. The birds’ launch order is pre-determined, so you have to use some strategic thought to get through many of the higher levels.

The game has been ported well into the PS system. The controls are rock solid (unlike wonky touch controls that were especially fidgety on my phone), and the gameplay is (for the most part) buttery smooth. There were lag issues when a lot of destruction happened on screen at the same time, especially when the blue birds hit ice barriers and the like. Although they were minor, I really hope they don’t spoil the fun later with the black birds (aka the bomb birds) and the flying chickens. The sound is crisp, just as expected.

But is there a really good reason for buying this game on the PlayStation Store, especially when you can get the exact same experience on your mobile phone for much less (read: free on the Android)?

This is exactly the same experience that you get on your mobile phones. Nothing extra added (as far as I could tell; it has been a while since I’ve played episode 1’s levels) and nothing extra promised as yet. While the load times are a pain (as with all PSP games), the [almost] no-lag gameplay on a larger and brighter screen might hold appeal for fanboys.

As for me, I had $4.03 left in my PSN wallet, and did not know anything better to spend the money on. Do let me know of your thoughts in the comments!

How to: Get a Homebrew Enabler on your PSPGo (or PSP 3000 with Firmware 6.20)

So you got that Sony PlayStation Portable as a Christmas present, but aren’t all that interested in using it like normal gamers? You want to play homebrew games games that were designed by independent developers such as Troubles of Middle Earth and Cave Story? Most of you PSP 3000 and PSPGo owners must know that most Homebrew Enablers (HEN) do not work on your system if your firmware is higher than v5.50. So, those of you on higher firmware such as v6.20 or so did not have any option to play homebrew games.


I’m here to tell you that there is a way to do that on your PSP 3000 or PSPGo. But before that, a short history lesson.

However, along came a Mr. Wololo, who along with others, creating the Half Byte Loader (HBL) that allowed users with the PSP 3000 (and eventually the PSPGo) with firmware 6.20 to play homebrew games and applications via a hacked Patapon 2 save game (a save exploit). While this was a great advancement for the PSP 3000 homebrew scene it was still not a complete enabler. It was a tedious process to run a homebrew game. You had to launch the Patapon 2 Demo, then load an exploited save file and then choose a homebrew. If, by chance you chose the wrong homebrew game, you had to go through this entire process again.

Then came a Frenchman called Total_Noob (TN). He figured out a kernel exploit (an exploit that allows you to run unsigned code directly via the XMB) that could be activated via the Half Byte Loader. In plain terms, this means that you would have to enable the exploit once via the Patapon 2 save game and until you completely shut down your PSP, you could directly launch homebrew via the normal user interface.

In effect, TN had made a HEN, now known as TN HEN.


This is what we are interested in, aren’t we?

Wololo testing the TN HEN on his PSP Go

Now that the short history lesson is done with, the beefy how-to part comes in.

Things you will need:

A PSP or PSP Go with Official Firmware 6.20 (or less).
An unpatched Patapon 2 Demo
Wololo’s crafted save for Patapon 2, HBL and TN’s HEN (the link contains all three in one archive)
Some homebrew games to play.

Things you will have to do:

1. Download the Patapon 2 Demo and place it in the PSP/GAME folder of your PSP’s memory stick. (Also make sure some other homebrew games are also in this PSP/GAME folder)

2. Unpack the HBL+HEN archive to your memory stick’s root. (Make sure all the files and folders are merged properly).

3. Run the Patapon 2 Demo from your PSP.

4. Select the HEN 6.20 save file (you will know which one it is by its logo)

5. Press the right shoulder button twice. The screen will go black and some code will start executing. Wait for it to finish. It will automatically return to the XMB interface.

6. Now run any homebrew game you want directly from the XMB.

Congratulations! You now have a homebrew enabled PSP 3000/Go!

Do leave a few comments if this method does not work for you!

Sony Playstation Phone Spotted in Greece as the Sony Ericsson Z1

The much awaited Sony Playstation phone has finally been spotted for real. The sighting happened somewhere in Greece, with someone shooting a spy video of the Sony Ericsson Z1 (yes, that’s what it will be officially called).

Sony Ericsson Z1 - Playstation phone

We don’t see those awesome sliding controls in this video, but the phone appears to be the real deal. It will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread and will come with a 4 inch capacitive touchscreen display, with presumably a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. It will also sport an 8 MP camera with LED flash.

It is likely to be unveiled by Sony Ericsson France on December 9. Keep your fingers crossed, gaming fans, for dreams do come true.

via TechBloggr