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22nd February 2012

PlayStation Vita launch photos

10th February 2012

T@g Vita app trailer

4th January 2012

PlayStation Vita Review

27th January 2011

Kaz Hirai unveils the NGP

The bonkers ads of PlayStation

PSone turns 20 tomorrow. Reminisce with fancy marketing.

The PSone turns 20 tomorrow, 3rd December 2014, and to mark the occasion Sony has re-released a raft of its PlayStation adverts.

Minecraft PlayStation Vita release date finally announced

Minecraft PlayStation Vita release date finally announced

PC version's Horse Update now headed to all consoles.

Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition will finally be available to download from next Wednesday, 15th October, developer 4J Studios has announced.

That date applies to European Vita owners only, however. There's no word yet on when the game will be released in North America.

The Vita edition will be a Cross-Buy game for anyone who has already bought Minecraft on PlayStation 3. (The PS4 version is a separate entity, although you can upgrade to it from PS3/Vita at reduced cost.)

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PlayStation Vita update adds support for themes

PlayStation Vita update adds support for themes

Trophy, calendar tweaks too.

A new PlayStation Vita update, available in the UK today, will add support for desktop themes.

Vita firmware v3.30 will let you customise your handheld's background wallpaper, application items and background music.

It's unknown what themes you'll get for free, but many more will soon be available to purchase from the PlayStation Store, Sony has said.

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Sony insists Vita is here to stay

But don't expect games like Uncharted or Killzone again.

You'd be forgiven for thinking Sony had given up on the Vita - at least in the west - after its no-show at the company's major press conferences this year. But according to Sony's UK boss the handheld console is here to stay.

Tomb Raider, Vita's no-show and the mystery of 10m PS4 sales

FeatureTomb Raider, Vita's no-show and the mystery of 10m PS4 sales

Our Gamescom interview with Sony's Shuhei Yoshida.

It's been a fantastic year for Sony and the PlayStation 4, with a whopping 10m consoles sold. But there have been bumps along the road.

The Last Guardian remains missing in action years after it was announced. It's been in development for so long it's becoming a bit of a running joke.

There's also the issue of the delay to Evolution's racing game DriveClub. It was once due out alongside the PS4 in November 2013. Now, it'll launch almost a year later, going up against the likes of Forza Horizon 2, Project Cars and The Crew.

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The next major PS4 update is out now

The next major PS4 update is out now

And it lets you dim the DualShock 4 light bar.

UPDATE: Eurogamer YouTube Editor Ian Higton has taken the new PS4 update for a spin and made a video, below, of all the best bits.

ORIGINAL STORY: The next major update for the PlayStation 4 is available to download now.

The headline new addition is ShareFactory, Sony's new video editing app and answer to the Xbox One's Upload Studio.

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PlayStation Vita system update raises app cap, adds calendar

PlayStation Vita system update raises app cap, adds calendar

Exchange voice messages with friends on PS4.

A fresh PlayStation Vita firmware update has raised the limit for the number of applications on your home screen - from 100 to 500.

System software update 3.10 also brings with it a new calendar app (and you can sync your Google Calendar) as well as parental controls and voice messages.

Users will be able to send voice memos to other PlayStation Vita owners and friends with a PlayStation 4.

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Sony confirms PS4 and Vita bundles for under £500

Sony confirms PS4 and Vita bundles for under £500

To launch at select shops from tonight.

Sony has confirmed PlayStation 4 and Vita bundles, to go on sale at select shops from this evening for a little under £500.

Sony UK has worked with retailers to encourage what it calls a "soft bundle" that includes both consoles. Some shops won't be able to offer the deal because of PS4 stock availability, but the expectation is most will from tonight alongside the launch of the PS4 in Europe.

"We're working with our retail partners to put across that proposition as well as we can," Sony UK boss Fergal Gara told Eurogamer.

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PlayStation Vita system update readies device for PS4

PlayStation Vita's system software will be updated today with a fresh version that adds in PlayStation 4 support.

Firmware v3.0 includes a new PS4 Link app which will allow you to control your PS4 and use any game with second screen features.

Support for PlayStation 4 Trophies has also been added (the first set - for Battlefield 4 - was spotted on Sony's servers last night), and the Friends List app has been improved ahead of the PS4's expanded friends roster.

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Sony announces PlayStation Vita price-drop in Japan

Sony announces PlayStation Vita price-drop in Japan

UPDATE: "Nothing to announce" about a UK price cut.

UPDATE: Sony told Eurogamer this morning it had no news on a UK price cut.

"The price cut announced today is for the SCE Japan region only," a spokesperson said. "We have nothing to announce at this time regarding pricing within the our own region."

ORIGINAL STORY: Sony Japan has announced a price cut for both models of its struggling PlayStation Vita handheld.

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PlayStation Vita weekly sales flagging in Europe, less than half 3DS

European PlayStation Vita sales have settled into a slump since Sony's machine launched earlier this year.

That's according to new figures released by Nintendo as part of its financial report. The data reveals that in Europe weekly 3DS sales are regularly more than double that of the Vita - sometimes far more.

And, just like in Japan, Vita is being outstripped sales-wise by ageing predecessor the PSP.

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PlayStation 3 firmware update will let you view Vita Trophies

A new PlayStation 3 firmware update will allow you to view Trophies earned while playing PlayStation Vita games.

It's a feature familiar to Xbox 360 users, who have long been able to see Achievements earned across Microsoft devices such as Windows Mobile.

The update, due tomorrow, will bring Sony's PS3 firmware to version 4.30.

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PlayStation Vita update locks memory cards to PSN accounts

PlayStation Vita update locks memory cards to PSN accounts

Sony slips unadvertised extra feature in latest firmware.

There's a bonus feature for PlayStation Vita owners who have updated to the system's new firmware: Sony has locked memory cards to specific PlayStation Network accounts.

Gamers were previously able to switch PSN accounts via the slightly cumbersome process of "restoring" the system.

Now, those with content from multiple accounts or multiple regions will have to buy another memory card or lose their data.

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PlayStation Vita firmware update adds PSone compatibility

PlayStation Vita firmware update adds PSone compatibility

Huge list of PSone Classics supported.

Sony's just-released v1.80 PlayStation Vita firmware update has finally added support for PSone games.

A huge list of titles are supported (see below) and will be made available to download from the EU PlayStation Store tomorrow, Sony has said.

Those who have already bought and installed the games on PlayStation 3 can transfer them over.

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Sony sales highlight PlayStation Vita's struggle

Sony sales highlight PlayStation Vita's struggle

Sales down, profits down, forecasts down.

UPDATE: We've just listened in to Sony's investor call, where shareholders have the chance to ask questions about the company's results. Sony refused to break down individual platform sales for PlayStation Vita when asked, despite having done so in the past.

The company also noted that its software sales report does not count digital downloads, which may have negatively affected overall totals.

ORIGINAL STORY: Sony has checked in with its quarterly sales report, which paints a moody picture of the company's Game division and business as a whole.

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Sony unveils trio of upcoming free PlayStation Vita apps

Sony unveils trio of upcoming free PlayStation Vita apps

Meet Travel Bug, Ecolibrium and Imainstruments.

PlayStation Vita players are due to receive three free apps, Sony has announced: Travel Bug, Ecolibrium and Imaginstruments.

The downloads will be available "very soon" from the PlayStation Store, according to Sony's official PS blog.

Travel Bug allows you to create a cheerful insect friend to take with you when you leave the house. You can place him in photos and track your progress in a map. Near functionality will allow you to compete with friends to reach destinations first.

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Skype app launches on PlayStation Vita tomorrow

Chatty video and voice app Skype will be available to download on PlayStation Vita from tomorrow.

Natter-loving Vita owners will be able to nab the software for free from the PlayStation Store.

Skype on Vita can run in the background while you play games and will alert you if you get a call. Answering the call then switches applications, pausing your current activity.

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Sony releases PlayStation Vita firmware v1.66, replaces yesterday's borked update

UPDATE: Sony has now detailed a number of other minor changes in the latest update, listed below:

The [System Music] setting in Settings > [Sound & Display] now affects BGM in PS Store, near and Sign-Up screens as well as the Home menu.

When searching for location data, users now have the option to 'Retry' and 'Cancel' when a failure occurs.

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PlayStation Vita 1.65 firmware update details

PlayStation Vita 1.65 firmware update details

UPDATE: Sony pulls update after finding "technical fault".

UPDATE: Sony has removed the PlayStation Vita firmware update from its servers due to it containing "a technical fault".

"For any customers who may have already downloaded the firmware, they can continue as normal," a statement on the EU PlayStation blog reads. "We will notify you once the latest system software update is available to download again."

ORIGINAL STORY: Sony has detailed a range of tweaks coming in the next PlayStation Vita firmware update, snappily named Version 1.65.

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PlayStation Vita worldwide sales hit 1.2 million

PlayStation Vita worldwide sales hit 1.2 million

"The market has responded," says Sony.

Over 1.2 million PlayStation Vita consoles have been sold worldwide, Sony has revealed.

Worldwide software sales have passed the two million mark, meanwhile. That figure counts both retail purchases and digital downloads.

PlayStation Vita arrived in North America on 15th February, before European and Australian launches last week.

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Eurogamer.net Podcast #102: Vita Launch Special

Eurogamer.net Podcast #102: Vita Launch Special

Plus: Mass Effect 3 day-one DLC outrage, various bad jokes.

PlayStation Vita launched in Europe last week. You probably noticed. Now, after a few days soaking up sales, we can report what we had always hoped: not only is Vita the handheld gamers deserve, but it is the one we need right now. In your face, Batman!

UK hardware sales figures are Chart Track's proprietary information, unfortunately, so until Sony talks about them publicly we can't say how many it sold in week one, but we can say it was healthier than some critics predicted, and the sight of two Vita games - Uncharted: Golden Abyss and FIFA Football - atop the UK charts is illustrative of lots of interest. Not only that, but Chart Track doesn't account for digital sales, and this is a fully digital console, so they are potentially a lot greater.

The Vita launch, our impressions of the European software line-up and general feeling about its prospects understandably form the backdrop to this week's 102nd-ever Eurogamer.net Podcast, "starring" host Tom Champion, myself and Oli Welsh.

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FeatureCan PlayStation Vita Save The High Street?

Sony's handheld offers a glimpse of a hybrid distribution future that retail and publishers both need.

PlayStation Vita finally launched in Europe this week, but despite tons of fanfare there's also a lot of scepticism about whether it will be the kind of success Sony needs or wants. You don't have to go far for lots of armchair punditry about the new handheld, of course, but there seems to be a lot of heart-versus-head debate surrounding it. On the one hand, it seems improbable that a £230 pure gaming handheld with no clear killer application will do much to upset the status quo. On the other hand, it's a wonderful piece of kit with tons of lovely software, which you would happily buy under most circumstances.

PlayStation Vita midnight launch: cosplay and commitment

A committed fan and some skin-tight cosplay were the main features of Sony's official PlayStation Vita launch event, which took place last night at GAME's London Oxford Street store.

Demand for the machine was steady, if not bustling - around a hundred customers lined up to get their hands on Sony's new hardware by midnight, although the queue only really took life within the last hour.

An exception to that was 21-year-old Zohaib Ali, who had been been waiting in line since Sunday and stood front of the queue. A hardcore gamer and veteran of midnight store launches, Ali had gone home to sleep each night, his place held by one of his carers before he duly returned each morning.

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PlayStation Vita games: where's cheapest?

Eurogamer investigates the best prices for Vita's launch line-up.

Picking up a PlayStation Vita tonight? Already checked for the cheapest Vita retailer? You'll probably want some Vita games then.

PlayStation Vita: where's the cheapest price?

UPDATE: Asda £97 when you trade in a 3DS.

The cheapest place to buy PlayStation Vita in the UK when it launches on Wednesday is at Asda. The supermarket will sell the Wi-Fi version online and in store for £197. The 3G version is £259.

GAME PlayStation Vita midnight launch plans announced

GAME PlayStation Vita midnight launch plans announced

WipEout dev signing goodies at Oxford Street store.

GAME will hold a midnight launch event for PlayStation Vita at its flagship London's Oxford Street store next week.

Festivities begin at midnight on Tuesday, 21st February.

Pop along for the chance to meet WipEout 2048 developers Karl Jones and Ami Ledger. They'll be signing copies of their game, one of the Vita's launch line-up.

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PlayStation Vita update 1.6 out in Japan this week

PlayStation Vita update 1.6 out in Japan this week

Adds Map app and video recording.

The PlayStation Vita will this week be updated to version 1.6, which adds to new major features.

The first of these is a Map app, added to your Home screen. This map, according to Andriasang, can be viewed with satellite imagery turned on and off. You can also search for walking and driving directions, and view information about your current location.

The second addition is the ability to take videos from the Vita's photo app, currently limited to taking static photos.

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PlayStation Vita Japan sales slowest yet

PlayStation Vita Japan sales slowest yet

3DS outsells all other hardware again.

PlayStation Vita sold another 15,219 units in Japan last week, but that figure marks the handheld's lowest ever weekly total.

Sales fell from 22,538 the week before, according to Japanese chart company Media Create (via NeoGAF, although hardware numbers were largely down across the chart.

3DS sales shrank to 80,960, down almost 20,000 but still enough to outsell the rest of the hardware chart combined.

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FeatureIs the PlayStation Vita worth £230?

Sony's handheld ripped to pieces and costed up.

What a difference six months makes. In June last year Sony boss Kaz Hirai proudly took to the stage at E3 to announce that the Vita would retail for $250 (or $299 for the 3G version) - a figure that was generally greeted with enthusiasm by both press and gamers alike. Meanwhile, the considerably less powerful 3DS was floundering at around the same price, just a few months after its launch.

Eurogamer.net Podcast #95: PlayStation Vita Q&A

Hands-on reports on internet tethering, web browser, apps, portability, more.

Hello listener(s)! Welcome to an extra special edition of the Eurogamer.net Podcast, where we're delighted to welcome an amazing new guest: Eurogamer's own PlayStation Vita!

Vita slower to 500,000 sales than 3DS

Vita slower to 500,000 sales than 3DS

Sony's handheld jogs out of the Japanese blocks.

PlayStation Vita has sold over 500,000 units since launch, Sony has announced.

The milestone comes three weeks after Vita's 17th December arrival in Japan.

Sales for the device have been steady, but not spectacular. By the last count on New Year's Day, Vita had sold 439,986 units in Japan.

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FeatureVeni, Vidi, Vita

Vita won't be built in a day.

When Sony gets hardware right, Sony really gets hardware right. Recent years have brought us a torrent of sleek, weighty iDevices from Apple, all unibody aluminium and smoky black glass, so perhaps it's timely for us to get a reminder of just how great Sony's industrial design is when it's firing on all cylinders. PlayStation Vita just feels right, in a way that few other hardware companies ever quite manage. It's got enough weight to feel expensive and yet it's perfectly balanced in your hands. The sense of holding something powerful, something premium, is your first impression of Vita. Sony does it again.

PlayStation Vita Review

PlayStation Vita Review

The ultimate hardcore gamer's handheld?

These days there are so many handheld devices available that allow you to play games on the move - small and large, cheap and expensive, buttons and touch - that it's a challenge to stand out from the crowd. Where do you put your focus? Judging by a fortnight with PlayStation Vita, even Sony's hardware designers couldn't make their minds up about that, because the initial impression is that they threw everything at the wall and everything stuck. The result is a handheld that can do pretty much anything. The good news for hardcore gamers is that in amongst all of that functionality are a few things that could - if the software follows - make this the best gaming portable ever.

PlayStation Vita isn't going to infest the world like iPad did two years ago, but it faces the same scepticism - that Sony is answering a question no one's asked. Apple's tablet quickly rose to that challenge by seeping into the gaps between other devices to become the best at things we forgot we wanted, and gamers may discover that Vita pulls a similar trick. Now you can sit on a train playing a new Uncharted adventure and it looks almost as good as the one at home, and crucially it feels the same.

"We need that second analogue stick - something that even Nintendo has belatedly acknowledged with its revisions to the 3DS - and it's here at last."

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Sony: PSP "confused customers"

But its Vita sales pitch is "much more focused".

Whereas Sony might have confused some consumers with its PSP sales pitch, the platform holder reckons customers should have no problem figuring out what the Vita is for - namely, playing video games.

FeatureSony's Shuhei Yoshida

Vita, PS3, Move and more.

At Gamescom this year Sony focused squarely on Vita, its PlayStation Portable successor, and the games you'll be able to play on it when it launches early next year in Europe. But it also found the time to showcase the stunning Uncharted 3, and announce a nifty PlayStation 3 price cut.

FeatureNGP Hands On

So does it do everything?

So much for pocket gaming. The first thing that strikes you about Sony's NGP (a name whose days are numbered, with a sexier and more practical alternative likely to be unveiled at E3) is its size. Larger by some measure than its competition, the NGP's closest comparison in handheld history is Atari's Lynx.

Global PS3 sales still behind Xbox 360

Global PS3 sales still behind Xbox 360

Sony reveals full-year figures.

The PlayStation arm of Sony's empire performed better than ever during the year ended 31st March 2011.

A record 14.3 million PS3s were sold during those 12 months, taking the global PS3 tally to 50 million.

But Microsoft's worldwide Xbox 360 total is higher, standing at 53.6 million (as of January 2011).

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Music Unlimited confirmed for PSP2

Music Unlimited confirmed for PSP2

Hits PSP "in a matter of weeks".

Music Unlimited, Sony's cloud based music subscription service currently available on the PlayStation 3, will be available on the PlayStation Portable 2, codenamed the Next Generation Portable.

And it will be available on the PlayStation Portable "in a matter of weeks", Sony confirmed to Eurogamer this afternoon.

Music Unlimited has a whopping six million songs. Two options are available. The basic plan offers genre-specific and era-specific channels of non-stop music. The premium service adds on-demand access to all songs in the library and additional channels with new music. The basic plan costs £3.99 or €3.99 a month. Premium sets you back £9.99 or €9.99 a month.

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Simultaneous digital launch for NGP games

Simultaneous digital launch for NGP games

Sony learning from PSP mistakes.

Digital versions of NGP games will launch on the same date as boxed retail copies, Sony has promised.

Sony Europe boss Andrew House told MCV that the strategy was a reaction to mistakes made during the PSP era.

"One thing we learnt from PSP, is that we want to have simultaneous delivery in digital and physical for NGP. Just to clarify that, all games that appear physically will be made available digitally," he pledged.

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Rumour: NGP to launch in Europe this year

Rumour: NGP to launch in Europe this year

Development deadlines set.

Sony's Next Generation Portable will launch in Europe this year, according to fresh reports.

Rumours floating around claim an exact release date: 11th November 2011.

Sources told MCV that development deadlines have been set to ensure key Western releases are finished before the end of the summer for deployment in the autumn.

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NGP chips won't rival PS3 performance

"The battery would last five minutes."

At a Game Developers Conference session, Sony has moved to dispel the myth that its Next Generation Portable could rival PS3 for processor performance.

Nintendo: 3G fees will hold NGP back

Will "decrease the customer base".

For Sony, the Next Generation Portable's 3G functionality is one of its killer features, but for 3DS maker Nintendo, it expects having to pay for the service will put people off from buying it.

New NGP details emerge at private event

New NGP details emerge at private event

"It’s a developer's dream" says source.

During a presentation to around 20 UK developers at its headquarters in London yesterday, Sony shared a wide range of information about its new handheld platform, revealing significant new details on launch plans, hardware specifications, networking features and more.

One attendee, speaking to Eurogamer this morning under condition of anonymity, said: "NGP is a developer's dream – Sony is finally doing the things developers have been crying out for for years."

Studios had been expecting to collect development kits at the event, but were told "late shipments from Japan" meant SCEE would now be "prioritising". According to the source, for a kit to be delivered before April a studio must supply a "20-page concept document on a game they want to release at launch".

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Sony PSP2: NGP event roundup

News! Screenshots! Videos! Articles!

Sony's PlayStation Meeting took place on Wednesday in Tokyo to finally reveal the PSP's new incarnation, for now code-named the NGP (Next Generation Portable).

FeatureSony's Surprise

PSP2 holds few surprises, but PlayStation Suite could change the face of mobile gaming.

Published as part of our sister-site GamesIndustry.biz's widely-read weekly newsletter, the GamesIndustry.biz Editorial, is a weekly dissection of an issue weighing on the minds of the people at the top of the games business. It appears on Eurogamer after it goes out to GI.biz newsletter subscribers.

Simultaneous global 2011 launch for NGP?

Simultaneous global 2011 launch for NGP?

Sony: That's going to be "difficult".

European gamers hoping to get their paws on Sony's NGP handheld before the year is out might want to measure their excitement. A simultaneous worldwide 2011 launch is not a foregone conclusion, according to Sony top brass.

Speaking in an interview with Engadget, SCEA chief Jack Tretton explained production logistics could mean not all territories will get to experience the new device this year.

"I think our goal is always to launch holidays when the majority of sales are done," he explained. "You want to have a worldwide simultaneous launch.

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NGP "unlikely to hit the mass market"

Analysts cool on Sony's new handheld.

The NGP lacks mass market appeal, according to a top industry analyst, and may fail to resonate with the mobile gaming generation, predicts another.

PSP2 NGP: What developers think

The Twitterverse speaks.

Sony's PSP2 announcement is only a few hours old, but game developers across the world have already taken to social networking site Twitter to voice their opinions on the eye-catching device.

PSP2: Call of Duty confirmed for NGP

PSP2: Call of Duty confirmed for NGP

Activision gets Sony's back.

Activision has joined Sony's Next Generation Portable jamboree in Japan today to announce a Call of Duty game for the brand new handheld.

Senior VP Philip Earl represented the publisher on-stage at Sony's PlayStation Meeting event, promising that the NGP Call of Duty game would raise bars, do deep and immersive things and so on. He did not announce any specifics.

Call of Duty joins an already-illustrious list of games for the brand new handheld, due out this holiday season. Other confirmed shooters include Killzone and Resistance from Sony's partners.

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PSP2 games: the NGP line-up

Uncharted! Killzone! WipEout! Resistance!

The first batch of games announced for Sony's brand new NGP (Next Generation Portable - a.k.a PSP2) handheld are as follows.

PSP2 unveiled: Next Generation Portable

NGP has dual sticks, front/rear touch, 3G.

Sony Computer Entertainment kingpin Kaz Hirai has unveiled the company's next generation portable device at a conference in Tokyo today – and it's currently codenamed NGP.

Sony unveils PlayStation Suite for Android

Sony unveils PlayStation Suite for Android

"Legendary" PSone content heading to your phone.

Sony has announced PlayStation Suite, a new service which will deliver classic PSone content to Android smartphone devices.

Speaking at a press event in Tokyo, Sony boss Kaz Hirai promised that the service, which launches later this year, will bring "Legendary original PlayStation content" to mobiles. No specific titles were announced, but a snowboarding game was briefly demoed, with a virtual D-pad and buttons clearly displayed on the phone screen.

A service called PlayStation Certified will help developers with testing and quality assurance.

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