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VideoVideo: Five Launch Titles You've Probably Forgotten

That were quite good actually, come to think of it.

VideoUncharted: Golden Abyss - first 15 minutes

How does Uncharted look on PlayStation Vita?

VideoUncharted: Golden Abyss trailer readies for launch

Swinging in with PlayStation Vita next week.

Key events

30th December 2011

Uncharted: Golden Abyss Review

19th September 2011

Vita Launch Line-up

Uncharted film taps new director

Shawn Levy of Night at the Museum and Real Steel to helm.

The Uncharted movie has found a new director with Shawn Levy, the man who helmed both Night At The Museum films, Date Night, and Real Steel.

The Uncharted movie has a new screenwriter

Sony taps The Grey and A-Team scribe Joe Carnahan.

The Uncharted movie now has a new screenwriter, so we know it's still in development - even if it's sounding unlikely that it will hit its previously reported June 2017 release.

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.

The Uncharted movie gets a June 2016 release date

The Uncharted film will be released on 10th June, 2016, the Hollywood Reporter has announced.

We still don't know who's going to play Nathan Drake, but King of Kong and Horrible Bosses director Seth Gordon is helming the project. Previously American Hustle and Three Kings director David O Russell was going to direct the film with Mark Wahlberg in the starring role, but that was cancelled when The Illusionist director Neil Burger stepped in. Of course, that too didn't stick.

Last we checked, Safe House and Stolen scribe David Guggenheim was set to pen the film.

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Video: Five Launch Titles You've Probably Forgotten

VideoVideo: Five Launch Titles You've Probably Forgotten

That were quite good actually, come to think of it.

In this video, Eurogamer pays tribute to gaming's forgotten heroes. These are the launch titles that will never be up there with Halo or down there with Red Steel - they were just, y'know, quite good.

Do check out our round-ups of Terrible and Amazing launch games, if you haven't already. And please note, these aren't meant to be definitive lists - feel free to share your opinions and additions in the comments below.

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Hirai talks Vita sales and Nvidia's new portable, Project Shield

Hirai talks Vita sales and Nvidia's new portable, Project Shield

"I wasn't as surprised as you might think."

Tell us, Sony top-dog Kaz Hirai, how's PlayStation Vita doing and what do you think about new portable on the block, Nvidia's Project Shield?

First: Vita sales. "I would say it's at the low end of what we expected," he remarked at CES, words caught by the Wall Street Journal.

But he wouldn't judge anything a success until it had been on sale for five-to-10 years, apparently. Take PlayStation 3: it faced similar questions when first released but now Hirai considers it a success.

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$5 card game Uncharted: Fight for Fortune announced

$5 card game Uncharted: Fight for Fortune announced

Gives you something to do with your Golden Abyss artifacts.

Vita card game Uncharted: Fight For Fortune has been announced proper on the PlayStation blog. It's due out 4th December for $5. The Euro date and price are TBC (uh oh).

Fight For Fortune works with Vita Uncharted game Golden Abyss as well as standalone. Basically you build a deck of cards and use those to battle opponents, taking turns. It's billed as an action-adventure game on the blog, but err I don't see any action-adventure in the video.

As you go, you earn more cards and power them up by collecting artefacts in Golden Abyss. A patch will retroactively rewarded you for those you've already collected.

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PlayStation Plus hits Vita next week alongside 2.00 system software update

PlayStation Plus hits Vita next week alongside 2.00 system software update

First four Instant Game Collection games revealed.

PlayStation Plus launches on PlayStation Vita on Wednesday 21st November 2012 in Europe, Sony has announced.

It arrives alongside the 2.00 System Software update.

Plus members get Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Gravity Rush, Chronovolt and Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack as part of the Instant Game Collection. You get four games per month alongside the usual extras.

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Sony earnings call reveals worldwide PS Vita sales

Sony earnings call reveals worldwide PS Vita sales

"This is a very important product indeed for us."

Worldwide PlayStation Vita sales were 1.8 million at the end of March 2012, Sony has revealed.

Those numbers - withheld from Sony's annual earnings report - tumbled from a follow-up earnings call this morning.

"About Vita," said Sony CEO Kaz Hirai (via translator), "the last year, [we sold] 1.8 million units for US, Japan, Asia and Europe. And as a starting phase, I think it was a good start."

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Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Game of the Year Edition announced

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Game of the Year Edition announced

Franchise sales are over 17 million worldwide.

Sony has announced the Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Game of the Year Edition. It includes the game and all 14 additional pieces of DLC. Sony is yet to announce when it will release.

The DLC list in full, in Sony's words:

Classic Skins Packs 1 - 3: A huge total of 25 skins for the Uncharted 3 multiplayer experience including fan favourites such as Nathan Drake as he appears in the original Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, or Winter Drake as he appears in Tibet during Uncharted 2: Among Thieves; even minor characters such as Cameraman Jeff make an appearance.

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Sony: US Vita launch met with

Sony: US Vita launch met with "overwhelming enthusiasm"

But fails to provide sales figures.

The US launch of PS Vita was met with "overwhelming enthusiasm" from gamers, Sony has insisted.

SCEA's corporate communications boss Patrick Seybold said Vita had enjoyed "exceptional" sales in the US.

"After months of anticipation, the US launch of PlayStation Vita saw overwhelming enthusiasm amongst gamers, resulting in exceptional hardware, software and peripheral sales," he said.

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PS Vita sold 61k units during UK launch - analyst

PlayStation Vita sold 61,000 units during launch in the UK, according to an analyst.

Analyst Nicholas Parker said on his Twitter page: "The PS Vita sold through to UK consumers 61k units in the four days of last week, not the 45k which has been in the press."

He said his source was "reliable".

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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.

Sony confirms Call of Duty for PlayStation Vita this autumn

Sony confirms Call of Duty for PlayStation Vita this autumn

"We see this as a five to 10 year platform."

This autumn's Call of Duty game will also be released on PlayStation Vita, Sony has revealed.

"And of course, in the autumn, [my two teenage sons are] really looking forward to Call of Duty on Vita, and we think that's going to be an absolute game-changer for the platform," Guy Longsworth, senior vice president of PlayStation brand marketing, told GameTrailers TV.

The game's full name wasn't revealed, nor was the developer - presumably Treyarch for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. But will the Vita version be the same?

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Sony on Vita sales:

Sony reckons PlayStation Vita got off to "a good start" in Japan, and doesn't foresee "any problems" selling the handheld in February.

Life-to-date Japanese Vita sales are 535,423, by Media Create's working. The handheld looked to be off to a flyer after posting first-week sales of 321,407 units.

But Vita quickly ran out of steam, and sales slumped as low as 15,000 units a week. Vita only managed to claw back higher seven-day sales than PSP last week. And they were a far cry from Nintendo's 3DS total, which has been more than four-times Vita's tally in recent weeks.

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Digital FoundryTech Analysis: Uncharted: Golden Abyss

Where no handheld has gone before.

Given the task of translating the much-beloved Uncharted franchise to Sony's shiny new portable, Bend Studio - best known for the Syphon Filter games on PSP - has taken on a huge weight of responsibility from the original series creators at Naughty Dog. By entrusting the team with the engine that drives the three console games, alongside a degree of freedom over the back-story of its leading characters, Uncharted: Golden Abyss sets out to be a fully-fledged adventure that is both essential to fans of the series, as well as early Vita adopters looking to showcase their handheld's graphical prowess.

Uncharted: Golden Abyss Review

Thanks to quirks of the calendar and the narrowing technological gap between the devices in our pockets and those lingering under our TVs, the latest instalment of the Uncharted action-adventure series arrives barely two months after we reviewed the last one, Drake's Deception, and doesn't look all that different. Even by the Call of Duty-regurgitating, never-knowingly-not-a-sequel standards of the modern video games industry, that's an impressive rate of iteration.

The difference, of course, is that Uncharted: Golden Abyss is one of the first games to be released for PlayStation Vita, and while the timing is perhaps unfortunate - even when Vita reaches Europe in late February, Drake's Deception will be barely four months old - you can understand the choice of talisman. If anybody is going to convince sceptical gamers that Sony's new handheld can deliver premium-quality gaming on the go, then surely it is Nathan Drake.

With original developer Naughty Dog sticking to the PS3 for the time being, Drake's latest fate is thrust into the hands of Sony's Bend Studio, and the team best known for the Syphon Filter games proves a fastidious steward, carefully ticking all the right boxes over the game's six-to-eight hour lifespan. There's a reluctant love interest, double crosses, fossils and relics galore, and an ancient city of gold to be found by jumping, shooting and dangling through jungles and ruins across South America.

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Sony confirms Vita game and memory card prices

Sony confirms Vita game and memory card prices

Plus, full US launch line-up revealed.

Sony has confirmed official RRPs for both the first wave of Vita games and the system's proprietary memory cards.

As detailed on the EU PlayStation Blog, the following first party launch titles are priced as follows:

Uncharted: Golden Abyss - €49.99/£44.99

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Final Fantasy 13-2 sales well down on FF13

Final Fantasy 13-2 sales well down on FF13

Japan charts: how the Vita's launch line-up fared.

Final Fantasy 13-2 entered this week's Japanese software chart at number one, but sales of the game were way down on that of its predecessor.

The RPG sequel sold 525,271 to take the top spot, but that's nearly a third of the 1.5 million copies Final Fantasy 13 moved in its first four days back in 2009.

The game is due out on these shores on 3rd February 2012.

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Vita Japan launch sell-through 65% - Media Create

Vita Japan launch sell-through 65% - Media Create

"We would like to have seen it sell a bit more."

The PlayStation Vita sold an estimated 65 per cent of the units shipped by Sony to shops for the console's Japanese launch, sales tracking firm Media Create said.

Media Create said (via Andriasang) Vita sold 325,000 units over launch weekend (17th and 18th December) - 4000 more than the figure quoted by Enterbrain.

Media Create's 65 per cent sell through estimate is based on Sony's confirmed shipment of 500,000 units - a figure reportedly boosted to 700,000 last minute.

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Vita beats 3DS in battery life test

But PSP smashes both.

The PlayStation Vita's battery lasts more than an hour longer than the 3DS when both systems are played at the highest possible settings, according to a system test coming out of Japan.

PlayStation Vita Japan launch sales revealed

PlayStation Vita Japan launch sales revealed

Fails to beat Nintendo 3DS two day figure.

PlayStation Vita sold 321,407 units in its first two days on sale in Japan.

The Enterbrain-collected data, revealed by Japanese magazine Famitsu (via Andriasang) covers sales for Saturday 17th December and Sunday 18th December.

Famitsu notes Vita's opening two day sales failed to beat the Nintendo 3DS' opening two-day sales.

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Play.com reveals Vita launch game prices

Play.com reveals Vita launch game prices

Uncharted, 16GB Memory Card RRP £45.

Online shop Play.com has gone live with PlayStation Vita launch game prices and made games available to pre-order.

A variety of RRPs are listed - the highest is £44.99 for Uncharted: Golden Abyss (Play sells it for £40).

On the other end of the scale, Little Deviants and Reality Fighters are £18 (RRP 24.99).

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Sony announces UK PlayStation Vita hands-on tour

Sony announces UK PlayStation Vita hands-on tour

Uncharted, MotorStorm, Wipeout, Little Deviants playable.

UK gamers will get another chance to go hands-on with the PlayStation Vita at the upcoming PS Vita Rooms tour, Sony has revealed.

Launch titles such as Uncharted: Golden Abyss, FIFA 12, MotorStorm RC and Wipeout 2048 are playable.

You'll also be able to get your mitts on Reality Fighters, ModNation Racers: Road Trip, Escape Plan, Little Deviants and Super Stardust.

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Uncharted series sells 13 million copies

Uncharted series sells 13 million copies

Uncharted 3 week one sales were double UC2.

Naughty Dog's Uncharted series has sold in excess of 13 million copies worldwide, publisher Sony has revealed.

Sony marketing man Asad Quizilbash offered the figure during an interview with IndustryGamers.

He added that the latest in the series, Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, sold twice as many copies in its first week as Uncharted 2 did, "far exceeding our expectations". However, he didn't offer precise sales figures, reiterating only that it shipped 3.8 million copies to retailers on day one.

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Clever Game Pricing, Not Just Games, Is Key to Vita's Success

The last piece to the Vita puzzle is perhaps the most important.

Sony's cards are on the table at last. All six of them, in fact, as part of the WAAR (wide area augmented reality) feature Vita developers have been banging on about recently, with the console able to register up to six cards at once to create fancy AR experiences on the fly.

Sony: PlayStation Vita will break UK launch record

Sony: PlayStation Vita will break UK launch record

Euro boss Ryan "pretty certain" of a sell-out.

It's six years old and still the UK's fastest-selling games console at launch - but Sony is betting big on PSP's successor, telling Eurogamer: "We will beat that with Vita."

"We're planning for a condition of success," PlayStation Europe boss Jim Ryan told us last week in London. "Launch quantities will sell out - I think that's looking pretty certain".

Pressed on whether he believed that meant Vita would beat PSP's figure, Ryan said: "Subject to supply, yes, it is our belief that we will beat that with Vita."

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Sony's PlayStation Vita EU launch line-up

Sony's PlayStation Vita EU launch line-up

Uncharted, new MotorStorm, WipEout headline.

UPDATE According to Sony's PlayStation Blog, Super Stardust Delta and Gravity Rush will also be available from launch.

ORIGINAL STORY: Sony has announced its first party PlayStation Vita launch line-up for Europe.

Among the SCEE-published titles on shelves from 22nd February are Uncharted: Golden Abyss, WipEout 2048, ModNation Racers: Road Trip and a previously unannounced MotorStorm title.

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New PlayStation Vita details revealed

New PlayStation Vita details revealed

Sony looking into PSP to Vita save transfer.

The PlayStation Vita will not support Flash or be able to play Game Archive games at launch, Japanese magazine Famitsu has revealed.

A Famitsu FAQ (translated by Andriasang) confirms that Game Archive games, which includes PlayStation and PC Engine/TurboGrafx games, will not be playable on the handheld console at launch.

Vita's web browser supports Java, HTML5 and cookies, but it does not support Flash. The FAQ suggests both Game Archive games and Flash will be added later.

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Vita EU release date, price announced

Vita EU release date, price announced

UPDATE: UK price confirmed.

UPDATE: Sony has announced the UK price for PlayStation Vita.

The RRP for the Wi-Fi model is £229.99. The RRP for the 3G/Wi-Fi model is £279.99.

"PlayStation Vita is an incredible device that offers the best possible portable gaming experiences," said Sony Computer Entertainment Europe boss Jim Ryan.

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Sony has PSP UMD-to-Vita plan

Option to re-download at "special price"?

A pamphlet explaining how PlayStation Vita owners can use their PSP UMD collection has been circulated at a Sony sales briefing in Japan.

Vita Launch Line-up

Vita Launch Line-up

The best - and more interesting - of Sony's day one releases.

Nintendo may have done its best to spoil Sony's party by announcing that Monster Hunter would be coming to the 3DS, but the air of celebration continues around the Vita. 31 games for the handheld made an appearance at the Tokyo Game Show, and - Monster Hunter aside - it was the biggest pull of the event.

With no firm word of a release date outside of Japan and no region locking for the console's software, there is of course a huge temptation to import Sony's Vita when it comes out in the East on 17th December. 26 games launching alongside the handheld ensure that, unlike this year's 3DS launch, there will be a wealth of options when it comes to picking up games.

Sony's first-party games provide the obvious highlights - and Uncharted: Golden Abyss is as close to an essential purchase as there is for the Vita, both a technical marvel that's perfect for showcasing the console's power as well as an extension of one of this generation's best-loved series.

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18 unannounced Vita games set for TGS

18 unannounced Vita games set for TGS

Plus three unannounced PS3 games.

18 unannounced PlayStation Vita games will be playable at the Tokyo Game Show, Sony has announced.

Three unannounced PlayStation 3 games will also be playable, Andriasang reports.

The Vita games confirmed as being playable at Sony's PlayStation Vita Zone are:

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Vita out in Europe and US early next year

By the end of 2011 in Japan.

UPDATE: Sony has confirmed to Eurogamer that Vita goes on sale in Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan by the end of the year. It goes on sale in Europe, the US and the rest of the Asian territories "early next year".

Uncharted: Golden Abyss Preview

It's an Uncharted game, running on a handheld. That's impressive enough in itself, but to understand the implications of that simple statement you've got to appreciate what Naughty Dog has crafted - a series of light-hearted adventures based around solid third-person mechanics, all wrapped up in Hollywood production values and framed within this generation's most sumptuous backdrops.

Sony Bend has studied that formula closer than anyone else. That's because the Oregon-based team has taken on development duties for Uncharted: Golden Abyss. It's a new chapter for Nathan Drake and a game that's fast become the poster boy for the NGP.

Having previously delivered PSP title Resistance Retribution, Sony Bend is in danger of becoming Sony's in-house cover band - but at least it's proven itself to be a safe pair of hands. For Golden Abyss, the studio has mimicked Naughty Dog's own formula while at the same time exploring some of the new possibilities offered by the NGP.

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NGP 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.

Being Nathan Drake

Nolan Northís life in games.

There can't be many lead actors and writers in the games industry who know each other so well they practically finish each other's sentences. But then, how many can say they've been working together on their latest project almost every week since last June, let alone for large, intensive chunks of the past five years?

Uncharted movie director: trust me

"Itís going to be real, itís going to be raw."

Uncharted movie director David O. Russell has moved to reassure fans of the videogame concerned by the direction of his unfinished script, asking them to trust that he'll make an "amazing" film.

Uncharted movie has Sopranos-like family

"I don't think you can please everybody."

Uncharted fans worried about the upcoming movie of the game were given further cause for concern after the director and scriptwriter revealed plans to depict a Sopranos-like family with a sense of justice.

Sony Bend to develop Uncharted NGP

Resistance: Retribution team is in charge.

The new Uncharted game in development for Sony's freshly-announced NGP handheld is being put together by Sony Bend Studio, rather than franchise creator Naughty Dog.

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.