A teaser for the second “PlayStation Vita Heaven” has been spotted in Famitsu this week. However, there’s no specific date as of yet.
The first event was held in March. It was a collection of YouTube videos that showed off upcoming Vita games like Persona 4, Metal Gear Solid HD Edition, Soul Sacrifice, Phantasy Star Online 2, and more.
It is not clear at this point if the event will be held before, during, or after E3, which is due early next month.
Color conscious gamers can pick up a “Crystal White” PlayStation Vita in Japan starting June 28 for 25,000 and 30,000 yen for Wi-fi and 3G models, respectively. They amount to approximately $310 and $375 if you want to count in green monies.
Don’t like white? Sony is also releasing a Hatsune Miku handheld two months later for a 10,000 yen premium. Sega’s digital diva graces the handheld’s rear touch panel. The extra money will net you a 4GB memory card and a copy of Next Hatsune Miku: Project Diva. Check out the video.
Whoever said the PSP is dead? Sony today announced that it has sold a total of 50 million units since the console’s launch. This sales figure is worldwide and includes sales for all models and revisions.
The PSP was launched back in December 2004 in Japan, March 2005 in North America, May 2005 in Asia and September 2005 across Europe. It features a 4.3 inch wide-screen LCD screen, memory card support, Wi-fi and more. The console has gone through a couple of revisions that has seen it shed weight, gain a better display and the ability to make VoIP calls through Skype, among other things.
However, it has been suffering from a case of software drought since its release. Many big-name games have been released for the platform, though it is superseded by the popularity of the DS. Sony aims to correct the situation this year, promising that it has many games in store for the PSP.
The Japanese will no longer be able to purchase 20GB and 60GB models of the PS3, as Sony has decided to cease production of those models to focus on the cheaper 40GB model, which sells for 39,980 yen (approximately US$360) in the country. This model does not feature backwards compatibility support; this void has been filled by Sony which now offers many PS1 games in the PlayStation Store.
It can also be noted that Sony “will launch new models to respond to end-user preferences,” though no exact timeframe was given.
This year’s list of “101 Dumbest Moments in Business” chronicles the PR blunders of Sony, listing the God of War 2 decapitated goat debacle as well as the inclusion of the Manchester Cathedral in Resistance. The list also carries other gaming organizations, including Atlus and Microsoft, though the latter is not included for a mistake related to gaming.
The Japanese will be getting a redesign of the PS2 hardware later this month, as announced by SCEJ. The model is listed as SCPH-90000, and is a slight streamlining of the current slim PS2. It weighs in at 720 grams, which is about 200 grams lesser than the previous model, and replaces the power brick with an internal one without affecting the system’s dimensions.
Arriving in the land of the rising sun on November 22, the new model will be available in three different colors – black (pictured), white and silver. Unlike past rumors, the price will remain the same at 16,000 yen (approximately $140 US).
No announcements were made for other regions.
Those looking forward to Gran Turismo 5 for PS3 can now mark their calendars, as Sony has announced that it will release Gran Turismo 5 Prologue, a preview of the full game, at the end of this year. Prologue will feature forty cars, new physics engine and up to 16-player online racing via PlayStation Network.
Cars by Lotus, Nissan and Ferrari will be available for riding around in various tracks including the Eiger Nordwand, the London City track and Suzuka. It will feature Gran Turismo TV, letting players view matches, as well as a couple of other online functions such as online dealership, a My Garage function and more.
Gran Turismo 5, the full title, launches next year. Prologue is intended to serve as an indication of things to come.
Already released in Japan, Sony has announced details of the v1.90 firmware that will be available in other regions tomorrow. The major feature in this update is the ability to set custom backgrounds (wallpapers) in the XMB menu interface and the ability to add bookmarks in the built-in browser. Here’s the full list of changes and additions:
- Ability to rearrange games on the XMB
- Option menu now includes “eject disk”
- Press triangle to eject games/CDs/movies in the XMB
- XMB backgrounds
- Change the folder classification
- Change CD output to 44.1/88.2/176.4kHz
- Force 24Hz output for Blu-ray over HDMI
- Change PS3 video settings in-game
- “Bit Mapping” in the “Music Setting”
- Save AVCHD type animations from a Memory Stick
- Change settings like upscaling while playing PS and PS2 games
- Add bookmarks
- Web browser security function in the browser’s tool section
- Avatar moves during audio visual chat
Those looking for wallpapers should hit this thread on the PlayStation forums. Very good collection of wallpapers.
IGN carries word that the PS3 sequel to Loco Roco was shown at the PlayStation Premier event and that it is coming soon to the PlayStation Network.
Dubbed Buu Buu Cocoreccho! By LocoRoco, the game is said to be more than a “peculiar extra chapter,” according to Sony. “Even if you don’t play it [as in control the game], the world and the LocoRoco will play [as in both playing amongst themselves and as in playing back like a video] on their own.”
According to the report, the PS3 version of the game will feature 200 LocoRoco characters and gamers will be able to use the SixAxis for motion-based controls. The game is also to be expected soon, as it is being listed by Sony as being 95% complete.
Word came out from the Tokyo PlayStation Premier event that the preview version of Gran Turismo 5 will be available for dlownload from the Japanese PlayStation Store this October. Dubbed Gran Turismo 5 Prologue, the game will feature online play and a number of different vehicles, including some unrevealed concept cars.
No details regarding pricing have been divulged yet. It is also not known whether it will be released in other regions as well.