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PlayStation Announces PS Vita TV, Could Actually Be Kind Of Cool

If you get over the part where it seems useless, you might actually want a PS Vita TV

Ever find yourself playing your PS Vita or PSP, thinking, “Gee, this game is awesome in hand-held format, but I sure do wish that I could play video games on a big television screen”? If you’ve had this dilemma, but are unwilling to shell out the cash for a PS3 (or, soon, a PS4), then Sony has a solution for you: the PS Vita TV!

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Sony Shuts Down PSP Comic Store, Gamers Continue to Go About Their Business

Digital comics seem to be the way of the future: Storing comics on a computer is great for world travellers living in small apartments, but bad news for collectors who like to show off their life experience with stacks of longboxes. The collectors have a point: Downloading comics instead of keeping physical copies definitely has its pitfalls. You never know when your comic-reading platform of choice may just decide to shut down forever. Case in point, Sony announced that they plan to shut down the PSP's comic book store at the end of October.

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U.S. PSP Owners Will Not be Able to Bring Their UMD PSP Games to the PS Vita Using UMD Passport

Unfortunately, Sony has announced that it will not bring its UMD Passport program to the U.S., which means that U.S. PS Vita owners will not be able to bring their UMD PSP games to the upcoming handheld. The UMD Passport program allows owners to register their UMD PSP games via an application obtained from the PlayStation Store, which in turn allows them to purchase and download the digital version of the game for a reduced price.

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The PlayStation Store, Including the Rest of PSN Services, Relaunching By End of Week

Reported straight from Sony's official PlayStation Blog, they expect the rest of the currently missing PlayStation Network services to return by the end of the week, which includes the most important part of the PSN besides online gaming -- the PlayStation Store. Sony plans to fully restore PSN services in the Americas, Europe/PAL territories and Asia (excluding Japan, Hong Kong and South Korea) by the end of this week. Yes, if the store isn't restored today, then Sony's original May 31 deadline for restoring the store will have passed, and yes, that does mean they missed yet another deadline that they set themselves regarding PSN service restoration, and yes, that means this new deadline might not mean anything either. No one would blame anyone for not exactly expecting full PSN services back by this new deadline, but hey, they've already been gone for so long, the estimated "by the end of this week" deadline seems spot on. I mean, what else is there to do, right? Right? Let me give you my money already, Sony! Jeez. (via PlayStation Blog)

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PlayStation Network Free Games Detailed

Not too long after the PlayStation Network went down, Sony promised two free games from a list of PS3 and PSP games, as well as 30 days of free PlayStation Plus service. Sony has officially released the details over on the PlayStation Blog, and they're not throwaway titles after all, though they may be titles you already own.

Shortly after the PlayStation Store has returned (rumored to return by the end of this week), the following list of titles will be available to choose from for 30 days:

  • Dead Nation (PS3)
  • inFAMOUS (PS3)
  • LittleBigPLanet (PS3)
  • Super Stardust HD (PS3)
  • Wipeout HD + Fury (PS3)
  • LittleBigPlanet (PSP)
  • ModNation Racers (PSP)
  • Pursuit Force (PSP)
  • Killzone Liberation (PSP)
Along with two of the above titles of your choice, Sony will be offering a free 30 days of PlayStation Plus membership, existing PlayStation Plus subscribers will receive a free 60 days, PlayStation Home will be offering users over 100 free virtual items, existing Music Unlimited Premium Trial subscription members will receive an additional 30 days, existing members of Music Unlimited Premium and Basic will receive an additional 30 days of service as well as additional days to cover time lost from the outage, and a selection of "On Us" movie rentals will be made available over one weekend that has yet to be named.

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Sony Sheds Light: PlayStation Network Outage Due to “External Intrusion”

Sony's PlayStation Network mysteriously went down a couple of days ago, with Sony delivering the horrifying news that the network could be down for a few days following the beginning of the outage, depriving everyone of the wonderful co-op modes of a couple of recently released, highly anticipated titles. Over on the PlayStation Knowledge Base, Sony has posted the cause behind the network's outage, an "external intrusion" that caused Sony to shut off their network as a safety precaution while they investigate.

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PSP Go Is a Goner [Update]

Yesterday's rumors were true: Sony has confirmed to a Japanese gaming site that the PSP Go, the smaller, pricier cousin to the PSP handheld console, has been discontinued. Launched in 2009, the PSP Go was roundly criticized for its cost: It came at a launch price of $250 with no hardware upgrade versus the original PSP, although Sony later dropped the PSP Go's price to $200, and more recently briefly dropped its price to $150, only to vex gamers by immediately raising it again. The PSP Go suffered from disappointing sales during its lifetime, which Sony blamed on the market for it being "not as big as the traditional PSP-3000 market." Sony has reaffirmed its commitment to support the PSP-3000, and says that it is axing the PSP Go so it can better focus on its next-gen NGP handheld, which may or may not be released at the end of 2011. (Impress via Gamasutra)

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Guy Batters, Deep Fries and Attempts to Eat PSP [Video]

If you've ever wondered how long a video documenting a guy battering, deep frying and attempting to eat a PlayStation Portable with the aid of chopsticks would be, now you have your answer: Ten minutes and twelve seconds. Obviously, the length of the video is the thing being reported here, as nothing else out of the ordinary is happening in the video.

(via Kotaku)

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Angry Birds Now One Step Closer to Being on Every Platform Ever

Like we mentioned back in November, Angry Birds, the highly philosophical game in which the player throws birds at things, is taking a cue from Pinky and the Brain and trying to take over the world by releasing on every single thing on which it can possibly release. Last night, Angry Birds hit the PlayStation Network with a version that can be played on both the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable, as well as a PC version that can be obtained from Intel's AppUp Store. These new releases are more expensive than the iTunes version, which is currently sitting at an attractive $0.99, with the PSN version resulting in a less attractive $3.99 hole in your gamer fund, while the Intel version is priced one dollar higher than that.

Embarrassingly enough, this gamer has never actually played Angry Birds for more than a few seconds on someone else's phone, so in the name of science and journalistic integrity, I purchased the PSP version last night and gave it a whirl. Head past the jump for my highly journalistic sort-of-first impressions.

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Is This the PSP2? [Pics]

Gaming blog VG247 claims to have obtained the world's first public images of a development prototype of Sony's long-rumored, not-yet-officially announced PSP2, the successor to its handheld PSP console, which launched in North America more than five years ago.VG247 says that this isn't the PSP2's "final form factor." Picture of the back below, along with further thoughts:

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PlayStation Rewards Launches Today: Level Up in Real Life by Leveling Up In-Game

Sony unveiled PlayStation Rewards on their PlayStation.Blog yesterday, a service that rewards users with various prizes for playing and buying Sony games, as well as being an active member in the Sony gaming community. The program launches today, and best of all, is free. Currently in an invitation-only beta phase available to eligible PlayStation Plus and Gamer Advisory Panel members, PlayStation Rewards only focuses on the PlayStation 3 at the moment, but Sony is planning on adding the PSP to the program in the near future.

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Despite DC Doublespeak, Digital Won’t Help Retailers

DC Comics, the more senior half of the Big Two, announced that they are also going to be diving in to the realm of digital distribution, and doing so even more aggressively than Marvel. DC will be creating a iThing App, as well as partnering with and the PlayStation Network to bring comic books straight to your PSP, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or desktop computer.  From The Source:
“At DC Comics, it has been a top priority that DC forges a meaningful, forward-looking digital strategy,” said Jim Lee, Co-Publisher, DC Comics. “As both a comic book creator and Co-Publisher, it was incredibly important that our plan includes not only creator incentive payments, but also an innovative component that supports comic shop owners. We see digital as an opportunity to grow our entire business.”
Digital distribution that supports brick and mortar stores?  People keep saying this, and we keep wincing.

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Sony at E3 2010: PlayStation Move, 3D, New Games, and More

Following the one-two punch of Microsoft and Nintendo's seriously impressive video game conferences, Sony was under intense pressure to show us...well, something. What was once the gamer's console is now trying to appeal to a greater audience, a point hammered in when Sony's fictional Vice President of (Fill in the Blank) Kevin Butler told hardcore PlayStation gamers not to "hate" on the casual gamers like your girlfriend or mother. I'm sorry, I love my mom to death, but I would prefer the bulk of games not be determined by her. Some gamer veterans (including this guy) have been shaking their heads at the general marketing trend of gimmicky 3D and motion games. So what does Playstation have in features and upcoming games that can excite a crowd with sky-high expectations? Check out the good and the bad, after the jump.

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PSPs and iPads Competing To Entertain You In Flight

IFE services recently announced that it has agreements settled with six airlines and ongoing negotiations with several more to distribute airline-specific PSPs to be used as in-flight entertainment.

All the necessary considerations have supposedly been made by IFE: The PSPs are designed to "to be comfortably held or positioned on a seatback tray," which really seems like its inherently true of any portable gaming device, but sure. Also, these PSPs will have an extended battery life offering between 5.5 and 11 hours of gaming time. This is a pretty wide range, which is a bit worrisome.

That 11 might just be there to impress people, and 5.5 hours can still leave a lot of time left over on a long international flight. Still, this is a pretty cool offering, and it's far superior to the crappy personal-screen solitaire-esque offerings we're often stuck with now.

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