From its inception, the Sony designed the PS Vita to do one thing best: play games. Whereas Sony admits the PSP was had an identity crisis — marketed as a music player, Internet communicator, video player, gaming device — the message is clear that PS Vita is a gaming machine first and foremost. Here are the games you'll be playing on Feb. 22.
Termites manage to power themselves by eating wood, which is a pretty neat trick. Sony has just come up with a battery that does the same thing: feed it shredded paper or cardboard, and it produces enough electricity to run an MP3 player.
We've already given you a visual tour of the PS Vita stacked up against a bunch of other gadgets, but what does the inside of Sony's newly launched handheld (in Japan) look like? As you'd expect, like a lot of green circuit boards.
There's no shortage of 3D displays and TVs available for purchase these days. To many, the extra couple hundred — or sometimes thousand — bucks isn't worth the extra "D," but prices are slowly coming down from a year ago. Sony isn't giving up the 3D dream, though. The company is gambling hard on 3D tech, this year releasing the 3D TVs you'd expect, as well as some crazier options in the Personal 3D Viewer or 3D binocular camcorder or 3D cameras. Now with store shelves full of 3D-enabled PlayStation 3 games, so something like this only makes sense. The PlayStation 3D Display is Sony's latest 3D consumer goodie and it's aimed squarely at college dorm rooms. Think of it as the startup kit to suck non-believers into the 3D vortex. So, will it claim you, too?
Sony's underdog Tablet S is the odd ball outta the thin and flat ocean of tablets. It doesn't just resemble a folded magazine with that one-sided hump, but it's also a PlayStation Certified tablet — the only one so far — which means it doubles as a PS1 emulator. And now it supports DualShock PS3 controllers.
We're counting down the days until the PS Vita launches — Dec. 17 in Japan and Feb. 22 in North America and Europe — and we can't help but feel that Sony's polished the device off a bit since we last played it the summer. With the launch inching closer and closer, we can finally show you some close-ups of the PS Vita (Sony's been stingy about photo shoots with it). And in typical DVICE fashion, we toted a bunch of other gadgets including a Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation Portable (original model) BlackBerry PlayBook and LG Nitro HD to size the PS Vita up against. Get ready for a visual tour!
In what may be a preview of our future gaming living rooms, Sony has released a series of artistically genius videos displaying what a truly immersive living room might look like in the future.
A few rumors have gone around suggesting Apple's going to revolutionize the TV with Siri and Sony's already quaking in its boots. Sony CEO Howard Stringer says it's already building a "different kind of TV set" to "compete with Steve Jobs." Does that mean Sony's "cracked the TV" too as the late Steve Jobs told Walter Isaacson in his biography?
Sony's still pushing its PlayStation 3 to be the only box gamers will ever need, but that doesn't mean it isn't thinking ahead. With Microsoft preparing its next Xbox for launch in 2013, it's only logical that Sony is hard at work on a PlayStation 4 as we speak.
Our Japanese friends will be enjoying the PS Vita in December, but the rest of the world will have to wait until February 22. Start saving those pennies, or be prepared to sell a toe, because that's when Sony's next-gen handheld season starts.