Tag Archives: PlayStation Portable

Sony Discouraging Vita Ports

In order to avoid the mistakes of the PlayStation Portable, Sony has been discouraging developers from porting console games to the PlayStation Vita.

According to Sony vice president of marketing for handhelds and consoles John Koller, the console manufacture has been trying to avoid the mistakes of pushing out ports.

“The issue that happened with PSP is we got overrun with ports,” said Koller. “It became very difficult for us to define what made PSP unique. The content development became a bit unstructured or decentralized, in that we got a lot of content that was on PlayStation 2 and got thrown over to the handheld.”

Koller then exampled the importance of those “console experiences” being unique on on the handheld. The handheld “isn’t something consumers play because they’ve left the living room,” he said. “It’s something that [needs to be] unique, and defines the Vita experience.”

Kratos Returns To The PSP In “Ghost of Sparta”

Ready at Dawn, the developer behind the original God of War PlayStation Portable title, have announced the sequel, God of War: Ghost of Sparta. Following right after the events of the original God of War — not to be mistaken with Chains of Olympus — the sequel follows “Kratos’ ascension to power as the God of War.”

Developed in a collaborative effort between Ready at Dawn and Santa Monica Studio, Ghost of Sparta follows Kratos’ quest to rid the nightmares that have haunted him. In order to do this, “Kratos must embark on a journey that will reveal the origins of lost worlds, and finally answer long-awaited questions about his tattoo, scar and family.”

“Excitement for the God of War franchise is at an all-time high and we’re thrilled to continue that momentum with God of War: Ghost of Sparta,” said Scott A. Steinberg, vice president of SCEA. “This new adventure will showcase Kratos on PSP like never before in an experience that fans and newcomers can enjoy on the go, anytime, anywhere.”

The game is said to have more than 25 percent more gameplay than its PSP counterpart. It will, also, have a new weapon system, new magical powers, weapons and navigational abilities and many more enemies on screen with a greater number of boss encounters.

Pachter: “Sony Is Running Into A Brick Wall”

Though they’ve gained stability in the gaming market, Wedbush industry analyst Michael Pachter believes that, when it comes to the handheld market, Sony is heading into a “brink wall” — considering that the PSP Go recently tanked, and that other companies have been gaining an advantage in the handheld market.

According to our friends at TheLostGamer, while commending them for capturing an older audience in the handheld market, Pachter said that the PSP is “way more robust as a device than perhaps most consumers are ready for.”

The price point of the PSP Go has often been a sore point, and the fact that most PSP titles cost more than those available through places like iTunes, Pachter believes that “Sony is running into a brick wall” when it comes to garbing the attention of the consumer; Sony doesn’t make the pricing affordable to the consumer.

GDC 10: UMD Format “Alive And Well”

It’s pretty safe to say that Universal Media Discs are a dead content format. However, during Sony’s development session at GDC, the company said that they have no plans to abandon its optical disc format. The session was about the marketplace advantages and befits that exist on all PlayStation platforms.

When discussing its portable platform, the company said its UMD format is “alive and well” and that all retail games will continue to be available on Universal Media Discs and digitally from the PlayStation Network. The company also revealed the life-to-date sales of the PSP, revealing that since it’s North American release, sales have reached 17 million total units stateside.

[UMD Format “Alive And Well” via IGN]

Dante’s Inferno: Animated Feature Trailer

Much like what we’ve seen with Dead Space, a survival horror title, Dante’s Inferno, a game based on a “definitive view of the afterlife”, will be getting the animated treatment in the form of a animated feature; this is no new announcement, Electronic Arts announced the animated feature along time ago, however, this is the first trailer.

Tracking Dante’s decent into hell, the upcoming animated feature follows his pursuit to retain the soul of his beloved, Beatrice. In which, Dante encounters “many gruesome forms of evil” that dwell within circles of hell. This animated feature will release in February 2010, the same month that Dante’s Inferno is unleashed upon the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and the Sony PSP. Enjoy the very entertaining trailer.

Dante’s Inferno PSP Screens: “Watch Where You Swing That!”


Today we’d like to offer you a glimpse into this world of despair with a trio of new screenshots from the Sony PSP version of EA and Visceral Games’ gruesome action-adventure, Dante’s Inferno. However, be warned; there’s are somethings better not seen.


Sony Axes PSPGo UMD Conversion Plans… For Now


Probably one of the most prominent features on the PSPgo is the ability to transfer UMD games onto the digital-only system. However, according a SCEA spokesperson, owners of PSPgo will NOT be able to transfer the UMD disc-based titles onto the system on its launch date – as previously thought.

“We were evaluating a UMD conversion program, but due to legal and technical reasons we will not be offering the program at this time,” the SCEA spokesman reported Kotaku. If you go back to this year’s E3 Expo, Sony did state that they were hoping to allow UMD games to be transferred over to the PSPgo by its launch. But, that didn’t turn out as we hoped.

TGS 09: “PSP Go Rewards” Gives Go Owners Free Games


In a plan to celebrate the upcoming launch of the PSP Go, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe today announced a special promotion to help existing PSP owners with UMDs, to start their digital games collection for PSP Go.

With PSP Go Rewards (yes, that’s what it’s called) you can download three much-loved, or totally new PSP titles for free, and put your new PSP Go to the test. These titles include; Killzone Liberation, Medievil, Wipeout Pure, Buzz Brain Bender, Buzz Master Quiz, SOCOM U.S. Navy SEALs: Fireteam Bravo, Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters, Everybody’s Golf, Resistance: Retribution, Syphon Filter Dark Mirror, Lemmings, LocoRoco, Patapon, Syphon Filter: Logan’s Shadow, Echochrome, Pursuit Force: Extreme Justice, and Daxter. There are seventeen titles to choose from in all, and the process is simple…

1. Unwrap your shiny new PSP Go and start it up; 2. Connect to PlayStation Network and activate your new or existing PlayStation Network account for PSP Go Rewards; 3. Start up your current PSP and connect to PlayStation Network; 4. Login using the same PlayStation Network account , and launch PlayStation Store; 5. Pop one of your UMDs into the drive of your current PSP and register on PSP Go Rewards when prompted; 6. Download a PSPgo theme; 7. Wait for your email voucher for your three free games; 8. Choose, download and enjoy!

Promotion starts on 1 October 2009 and runs until 31 March 2010. Promotion open to owners of a PSP-1000, 2000 or 3000 and at least one UMD, when they purchase a PSP Go. Titles may vary by territory and age restrictions apply. However, at this time, the Rewards program is unconfirmed for the North America.

Gran Turismo PSP Bundle Arrives This October


Announced in Japan last month, Sony Computer Entertainment America announced their newest installment to the growing list of “Entertainment Pack” bundles for the PSP, the Limited Edition Gran Turismo Entertainment Pack for North America.

The limited edition entertainment pack includes a “Mystic Silver” PSP-3000 system, Gran Turismo PSP on UMD, PlayStation Network downloadable movie voucher (title to be announced), a 2GB Memory Stick PRO Duo, and a music voucher good for 10 downloadable songs from Sony Music Pass. The Entertainment Pack will release on October 20 for $199.99 in North America.

Gran Turismo is one of the most successful gaming franchises in history, so what better way to mark Gran Turismo’s premiere on the PSP system than by offering it with the only portable device that can deliver its rich, true-to-life graphics and unrivaled driving experience,” said John Koller, Director, Hardware Marketing, SCEA.

GTA: Chinatown Wars Coming To The iPhone

If you own an iPhone, and you love Chinatown Wars, I have some very exciting news for you. Today, Rockstar confirmed that Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars will headed be to Apple’s handy portable system this fall. “Chinatown Wars is a perfect match for the iPhone and iPod touch,” said Sam Houser, Founder of Rockstar Games. “We are very excited to bring this incredibly ambitious version of Liberty City, with this level of detail and immersive gameplay on Apple’s new gaming platforms.”

Chinatown Wars is currently available for the Nintendo DS and is also coming this fall for the PlayStation Portable system. The game follows the story of Huang Lee, a young Triad who travels to Liberty City after the mysterious death of his father. Players will navigate their way through the streets as they uncover the truth behind an epic tale of crime and corruption within the Triad crime syndicate, delivering the unprecedented amount of depth that has become a true trademark of the Grand Theft Auto franchise.