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Can you believe this? That's not the PSP, that's the next PSP. And not the next PSPgo. Are you still with us? We hope so. Sony's PSPgo was more of an experiment than anything else. It relied solely on digital downloads, not accepting UMDs or physical discs of any kind. It was a drastic shift in approach for the company's handheld business, and they apparently learned a thing or two from it: physical media is still useful, and still demanded. The next-generation PSP, codenamed the NGP for now, was introduced today in Tokyo, Japan. The company announced that it wouldn't actually be on sale until... Read more...
Sony's attempts to prevent piracy on both the PS3 and PSP have taken a number of blows in recent weeks. Today, the company announced that it intends to sue the PS3 hacker GeoHot, who's been an increasingly large thorn in the company's side over the past 18 months. When Sony released the 3.21 firmware update that broke Other OS functionality, it was GeoHot who first demonstrated his own custom firmware running both 3.21 and Other OS simultaneously. For more information on the repercussions of Sony's decision and its anti-piracy efforts to that date, check our original coverage here. Let's recap... Read more...
Sony has been digging deeper into the media content distribution and sales business lately, as with most other console makers. Nintendo and Microsoft are also using their game consoles to sell media, movies and all sorts of content, but the PlayStation 3 and PSP seem particularly poised to make an impact. Both are multi-media centric, and both are well connected with the PlayStation Network. Today, Sony announced that a feature of the PS3 would be coming to the PSP, bringing with it a slightly different twist. Qriocity is currently used to provide movies and other content to the PS3, but the version... Read more...
Rumors of a PlayStation phone (and PSP users' interest in same) has swirled around the Internet since the original PSP-2000 launched, but Sony has never commented on the question of whether or not it would actually bring such a device to market. Ever since Nokia's N-Gage disaster, phone manufacturers and console developers alike have looked askance at the idea of a combination device. The advent of touch technology and the recent surge in smartphone capabilities may have established phones as popular gaming platforms, but no one has had the guts to attempt to marry the two functionalities again.... Read more...
It's a fact: the world isn't ready to give up on physical media entirely just yet. Well, it's not really a "fact," but it's fairly clear that at least this is true in the video game world. CD sales have been in decline for years, just as iTunes sales have been on the rise. With music, people seem to be okay with downloading digital copies. But with movies and games, it's still comforting to hold onto a physical copy. Sony's PSPgo was an experiment of sorts to see if people were truly ready to do away with physical game discs and go digital-only. The PSPgo lacked a UMD disc slot (that still exists... Read more...
According to Sony executives, the recent growth in cell phone / mobile device gaming poses no danger to the company's gaming-focused products. Instead, Sony's president of Sony's etworked Products & Services Group, Kazuo Hirai, believes new interest in gaming is an opportunity. "It’s something that will lead to broadening the customer base of the overall game industry, Hirai said in an interview in Chiba prefecture, near Tokyo, yesterday.  "People who had never played a game before may enjoy it on their iPhone or Android cell phone and may want to play more at their home.”... Read more...
With the possibility that they might have to spend 120 more days underground since being discovered a week ago Sunday, how do you keep 33 Chilean miners sane? Psychological stress will weigh heavy on them, besides all the physical aspects of the entrapment. One answer: PSPs. Indeed, PlayStation Portables have been sent down to the miners, in the cups they receive daily packed with rations. Of course, one has to wonder how they are going to keep those things charged. Hopefully they can snake down some power cables, and hey, while they're at it, how about a cable to allow Internet access? In that... Read more...
Here's some interesting fodder to chat about at the water cooler. Sony, the company responsible for producing a disc-free PlayStation Portable game console, is apparently not too keen on going the all-download route in the home console space. In a recent interview, Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Kaz Hirai said that a digital future in the game market is over ten years away. So, is this revelation due to the PSPgo being a general flop? It's hard to say, really. Kaz stated: "We do business in parts of the world where network infrastructure isn’t as robust as one would hope. There’s always... Read more...
What if your game console had a 3G wireless connection? What if your portable gaming handheld had one? It's a reasonable question to ask, and you have to assume that executives at Nintendo, Sony and the rest of the crowd are asking that same question. There's a clear and present demand for mobile data; Apple's iPad comes in a 3G version, and Amazon's Kindle has been a huge hit largely due to its 3G connection that lets users download new books anywhere that there's a cellphone tower nearby. So if those devices can thrive with 3G, why can't handheld gaming consoles? They probably can, and early... Read more...
Apple's iPod touch and iPad haven't really been out long enough to determine their long-term place in handheld gaming. Sony's PSP and Nintendo's DS lineup are still the go-to handhelds when you think of gaming on-the-go, but there's no doubt that Apple is having at least a small impact on things. The App Store is filled with games, most of which are cheaper than the same titles on Sony's PSP and Nintendo's DS family. Regardless of your own opinions, it's clear that Apple has the attention of the other "major" game makers. Sony has in the past admitted that the iPad wasn't a threat to the gaming... Read more...
Shame on you, Sony. Why? Well, the company's PlayStation Portable turned 5 years old this week, and did so with little fanfare, or even a few balloons. That's okay, PSP, because HotHardware has your back, though we're not going to sing the birthday jingle. Aw, what the heck.Happy birthday to you, Happy birthday to you,Happy birthday dear PlayStation Portable,Happy birthday to you (you live in a zoo...).Silliness aside, Sony has reason to celebrate the occasion. During its five-year run, the PSP has put up a respectable fight in the handheld console arena. Sony has sold 60 million PSPs worldwide,... Read more...
Nintendo's next-generation, up-a-size DS model (the DSi XL) is set to launch in just over a month and the company lifted the lid today on what we can expect at launch. For those of you who aren't in the know, the upcoming DSi XL is a 'large' revision to the DSi's form factor. The unit's iconic twin displays offer 93 percent more viewing area, battery life has been extended from an estimated 9-14 hours with the DSi to 13-17 hours on the DSI XL, and the XL ships with two styluses—one large, one small. Unlike its predecessors, the XL isn't following the tinyfication trend—it's bigger, chunky but very... Read more...
Sony has proven itself to be a giant in the gaming industry, first with the PlayStation console and now with the PSP line. The company's PSP Go took its fair share of criticism (mostly surrounding price), but the actual hardware/gameplay isn't too shabby. What's interesting, though, is how Sony's numbers have continually crept up despite the negative vibes. And odder still, it seems that Apple may be to thank.In an almost too-good-to-be-true article, Sony has seemingly thanked Apple (at least in theory) for helping its PSP consoles to skyrocket in terms of sales. Granted, no physical thank you... Read more...
GameFly's new GameCenter app for the iPhone and iPod Touch lets you look up information regarding 5,000 video games for all major platforms directly on your handset. With this free app, you can get up-to-the minute news, videos, screenshots, release dates, user reviews, gameplay controls, cheats, codes, and more. To make it easy to find the information you're looking for, GameCenter offers intuitive search functionality with suggest-as-you-type predictions. The app also lets GameFly subscribers manage their GameQ and member information using the app. GameFly Inc. Launches GameCenter App Now Available... Read more...
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