For years, gamers clamored and begged for a PlayStation phone. Sony kept everybody in the dark for six years after the original PSP launched. Then the iPhone and iPod Touch blew up the scene in 2007, along with the App Store and the rest is history. Sony missed the boat.
It saddens us to have to tell you this, but you won't be playing a PS Vita by this holiday season after all, unless you live in Japan. Sony's officially delaying the PS Vita until early 2012 in the U.S. and U.K. in order to provide a steady flow of solid game titles to accompany the western launches.
Sony has just announced the release details for its upcoming 3D monitor, designed to hook up to the PS3 and play 3D games, and the timing is a little odd. It'll be released on December 31st, just in time for no one to get it for Christmas.
Next year, Nintendo will launch its much talked about Wii U console with its so-called "revolutionary" touchscreen/tablet controller. Sony's not worried. The PS Vita can do just about everything the Wii U controller can do, and you might not have to wait until next year to do so.
The PS Vita is the realization of the portable gaming handheld Sony wanted to build in 2004 with the original PlayStation Portable (PSP) — a true mobile system with the horsepower of a home games console. Where the PSP fell short with its single analog "nub," lack of cameras, lack of a touchscreen, cumbersome UMD optical drive and weak console connectivity features, the PS Vita fixes on nearly every front. Dual analogs? Check. Dual cameras for augmented reality (AR) experiences? Check. Massive 5-inch OLED touchscreen with equally large rear touchpad? Check. Speedy flash carts for game storage and rich PS3 connectivity all in a light piano black package that won't add too much weight to your bag? Check, check and check. But no console is perfect. We got to go hands-on (without anybody rushing us like at E3) with the PS Vita and here are our first impressions.
Proving that Sony really looked at the PS3 as a system that would evolve with the times, Sony is now internally testing a few PS3 games with that awesome 3D virtual reality headset we saw back at CES in January. Who's ready for VR's return?
Gamers want the PlayStation 4. Developers want the PlayStation 4. Sony says not to expect the PS4 for at least another handful of years. What's a brother to do if he really wants a PS4? If your name is Joseph Dumary, you design your own and cram it with so much futuristic tech, the "father of the PlayStation," Ken Kutaragi, would cry tears to see this thing make it past the the concept stage.
Sony has a long history of beating its own drum when it comes to media formats (anyone remember the Elcaset?) Few, however, have managed to cling on quite as stubbornly as the MiniDisc.
Sony's PlayStation 3 might be turning five this November, but that's not stopping the rumor mill from declaring the PlayStation 4 will be arriving soon. DigiTimes reports a PS4 with Kinect-style motion tracking sensors will begin production by the end of this year, with a release in 2012. Here's why that report is total BS.
In what can only be considered the next logical step in keeping dedicated HD camcorders relevant, Sony's new Handycam HDR-PJ50 sports a built-in projector on the back of its LCD, allowing for projections of up to 60-inches on any blank screen or wall.