The details of the rumored Sony Ericsson PSP Phone were first leaked about a month back. It is the first phone which sports a landscape slider design with gaming controls.
Today, a French blog received an invite to a press event by Sony Ericsson France which indicates that the PSP phone will be officially unveiled on December 9. The Playstation phone could launch just in time to make your Christmas shopping list.
The PSP phone will sport a 3.7 – 4.1 inch capacitive touchscreen display and will come with a 1 GHz processor, 512 MB RAM and the new Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS.
The wait for all Sony Playstation lovers and aficionados is finally over. Sony has now officially launched the Playstation store in India. You can download full games for your Sony Playstation starting from Rs 225 for the Sony PS3 and Rs 170 onwards for the PSP (Playstation Portable) and the PSP Go. The games which you purchase from the Playstation store can be used on 5 other activated Playstation consoles.
The subscription service for the Playstation store – called the PlayStationPlus gives the users access to premium content, discounts, services and early access to beta trials and demos, free games and downloads. The annual subscription charges are Rs. 2850 and with this subscription users can avail content worth approximately Rs. 14, 000 absolutely free. There is also a 90 day subscription package for a sum of Rs. 885 in which the user can avail content worth approximately Rs. 6500 free.
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A mine in Chile collapsed about two weeks ago with 33 miners stuck with rescue some weeks away as the escape shaft is being built. Food and toiletries are being given to the men trapped inside via smaller shafts but how else could you alleviate the loneliness, claustrophobia and general boredom?
How about a PSP? Gaming blog Kotaku reports that along with the supplies, the miners are being given Sony’s PlayStation Portable gaming devices on cups to pass the time. Although the battery conks out in six hours, it’s the overall feeling of goodness that comes with gaming that counts!
Perhaps they will be funneling standby batteries or power cables next?
Gaming has never been Android’s strong suit. The quality of games on the iPhone has always been better than those on Android. That, however, is set to change soon.
Sony Ericsson is reportedly working on a gaming smartphone modeled along the likes of the PSP Go and the Samsung Galaxy S. Here’s Engadget’s mockup of the Android PSP phone.
It will have a 3.7 – 4.1 inch touchscreen display with a WVGA resolution and a landscape slider with gaming controls instead of a QWERTY keypad. It will have the standard PSP buttons and a touchpad instead of the joystick.
On the hardware side, it will probably have a 1 GHz+ processor and at least 512 MB RAM. The games on the new platform will be similar to PSP games in terms of graphics and performance. It will run Android 3.0 Gingerbread and will have a custom Android Market application solely for the games.
Sony Ericsson is reportedly working closely with Google to make this happen; this could be the next big thing in mobile gaming. The iPhone has some really good games but gaming enthusiasts have always bemoaned the lack of hardware gaming controls on it.
Head over to Engadget for more details.
Manna from heaven for PSP gamers! (The legit ones, at least).
Console games, unlike PC games in India, are still priced fairly out of reach of the non-pirate gamer. While many of the current-gen PC games are published in India for ridiculously low prices when compared to their price in the countries of their origin, console games tend to be similarly priced to their cousins abroad. All that is set to change with E-xpress India deciding to publish eighteen PSP games for Rs. 699 under the title PSP Essentials.
The titles are mostly animation movie spin-offs or aimed at kids in general, although there are a few exceptions (Tom Clancy’s EndWar, Tomb Raider Legends and the like). It is a small step, but we are all hoping that more publishers in India aim for the rights to publish better and bigger games in India for gentler prices!
Sony has just released its financial statement for the Fiscal year ending March 31st, 2010, and things don’t look good. The company posted a loss of $439 million, down from the $1 billion loss it faced in the 2008-09 financial year. Sales of the various Sony products were down except for the PS3. Sony managed to sell 13 million PS3s compared to the 10.1 million units in the 2008-09 financial year.
The number of PSPs sold fell from 14.4 million units to 9.9 million units. The Sony PS2 sold 7.2 million units, down by only .5 million units from the previous financial year. Quite surprising for a console whose timeis now over. The sale of games of the various consoles from Sony also fell this year. Sony sold 44.4 million PSP games, down by 5.9 million units. The sale of PS2 games saw a huge decline, going down to 35.7 million units from 2008’s 83.5 million units.
The only good news here for Sony fan boys is that the Sony PS3 has finally become profitable for the company. The profit margin will now continue to increase thanks to the shift to a 40nm Graphics card. Hopefully, the launch of PSP2 and the PlayStation Move at the E3 Expo will turn things around for the company.
The biggest gaming event of the year the E3 Expo is just a month away now. This time the E3 expo is going to be held in the Los Angeles Convention Center. The event will start on June 14th and continue until the 17th of June. It is already known that Microsoft will demo the Project Natal, Sony will provide a demo of the PlayStation Move and Nintendo will give us the preview of the Nintendo 3DS.
Now rumors suggest that Sony might announce the PSP2. The original PSP was launched six years ago, and was quite popular among the teenagers. With the passage of time though, the device has lost its charm. The popularity of the Apple iTouch as a gaming device has further pushed the PSP into the oblivion. In the past six years, the Sony PSP hardly got any major makeover. Sony did launch the PSPgo, but the device has been a failure.
Analysts now expect that Sony will launch a new PSP at the E3 Expo, so as revive the falling PlayStation Portable brand. If Sony does launch the PSP2 at the E3, it will be one of the biggest surprises of this year event.
LittleBigPlanet was perhaps the best platformer for the PlayStation 3. As Joystiq reports, Three million copies,two million levels, and one Game of the Year edition laterSony decided to acquire the small UK-based developer Media Molecule. Their sugar-coated website chirpily proclaimed the engagement with Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios (SCE WWS). With two BAFTAs, and over 90 other gaming awards, Media Molecule is on a roll as Sony has promised to further their franchise and also help develop newer titles.
Shuhei Yoshida, President, SCE Worldwide Studios had this to say about the interest of SCE WWS.
Since they burst onto the gaming scene, Media Molecule have proved to be a truly exciting and innovative studio, who have proved their world-class credentials with the creation of the incredible LittleBigPlanet. SCE WWS is all about creating ambitious, innovative and ground breaking games, traits that Media Molecule clearly have. To bring them into our family proves our dedication to creating fantastic new experiences that we believe will cement our position as industry leaders.
It is heartening to see Sony create a core group of enthusiastic developers to keep the PS3, PSP and the PS2 thriving in the worldwide market. The inclusion of the teams of such brilliant and innovative games such as LittleBigPlanet portends good for Sony as well as the loyal gamers, not to mention the developers!
Sony hates the entire used-games business. They, as the publishers, get not even the slightest percentage of it; everything goes to the retailer. So they decided to make their own money from this business by targeting online play, the forte of many games including SOCOM US Navy SEALs: Fireteam Bravo 3. Bought a used copy of Fireteam Bravo 3? You need to dish out $20 to play online that is the price of the unlock code for playing online. Buyers of the UMD have to register their PSP over the PlayStation Network (PSN) with this code to be able to play online.
So what prompted Sony to make this perfectly legal, yet absolutely lame and non-gamer friendly (when you do consider that most gamers are college students who need to save up money to buy games) move? In an interview with IGN, John Keller of Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) says that this is an initiative to fight piracy on the PSP. Yes he just said that you, the used-game buyer, are a pirate.
Piracy continues to be an issue of concern for the PSP platform. SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 3 is a trial run for a new initiative we are exploring for the platform.
On the reception of this initiative, Keller stated this:-
From our research, this will be received quite positively. Remember, piracy affects more than just the creators of the game.
Sure, Mr. Keller, the used game buyers will be very happy with this initiative.
This was expected, considering the fact that Matt Hazard: Blood Bath and Beyond was a not-so-graphically-intense 2D Contraption of a game for the Xbox Live Arcade (XBLA) and later the PlayStation Network (PSN) as a download-only game. Vicious Cycle Software, the developer has announced that they will be supporting the lesser consoles the Nintendo Wii, the Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP) and the PlayStation 2 (PS2), Joystiq reports. By supporting, they mean that their Vicious Engine 2 (Ve2) will be used to develop games for these three consoles in addition to the PlayStation 3 (PS3) and the Xbox 360.
Vicious Cycle Software, a premier developer of interactive entertainment and game development technology, today announced that support for the Nintendo Wiiâ„¢, PlayStation ®2, and PSP ® (PlayStation ®Portable) platforms is coming to Vicious Engine 2 (Ve2) in early 2010. Ve2 currently supports both the Xbox 360 ® and PlayStation ®3, and the expanded cross-platform support will make Ve2 the most complete solution for next generation development on the market.
Vicious Cycle has experienced its fair share of ups and downs with the ups being not so high, and the downs being fairly depressing. Dead Head Fred, for example was released when Monster Hunter practically ate up everything else around it and the company admitted that they did not anticipate the abrupt change of audiences in the market. Nevertheless the turn of events seems to suggest that a graphically satisfying game will be up in the near future for these consoles.