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While a bunch of the gang was at Tokyo Game Show, the G4tv.com home team played around with Sony's PSPgo. While the potential of the new handheld greatly depends on how well Sony will support it with digital content, there's no denying that the PSPgo's industrial design is a dramatic departure from the original's. Here are four editors' thoughts on how the PSPgo hardware.

Get Rock Back Unplugged Lite For A Limited Time With PSPgo

Andrew Pfister: The more I hold it, the more I like the Go. Especially the high-set shoulder triggers, which put my index fingers in a more comfortable and natural position than the old PSP shoulders. The D-pad is a noteworthy improvement -- I'm a big fan of the click-clicky -- and I'm just generally impressed with its svelte form factor. It seems more travel-worthy, and it wouldn’t make me decide between it and my DS: there’s capacity for both! If only it didn't cost more than it should, I'd totally buy one to replace my first-gen Japanese import PSP-1000. Too bad!

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Welcome to "Morning Hangover" -- an excellent way to start your day with the crew at TheFeed...no matter what you're recovering from. Every morning you'll hear musings from two of TheFeed's editors and have the chance to share your thoughts on what's going on in the gaming world. So buckle up, throw a Pokeball at the new week, and keep reading!

 
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Stephen Johnson: Now that Tokyo Game Show is over and done with for another year, I’m sure you’ll be hearing a lot of expert analysis from video-game journalists, bloggers, analysts and other blowhards. But you’ve seen the coverage: What do you think? What was the most exciting part of the show for you? What’s the biggest letdown? Has your gotta-get-these-games list changed because of what you’ve learned?
 

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Welcome to "Morning Hangover" -- an excellent way to start your day with the crew at TheFeed...no matter what you're recovering from. Every morning you'll hear musings from two of TheFeed's editors and have the chance to share your thoughts on what's going on in the gaming world. So buckle up, get ready for the PSPgo, and keep reading!
 
Morning Hangover #61: Jake Goes Gaga For Eyepet And Raymond Values Civilization
 
Jake Gaskill: Sony held a mini press event last night here in Los Angeles (during Kaz Hirai’s TGS 2009 keynote no less. The nerve!), and one of the games on display was the digital pet simulator for the PlayStation 3, EyePet. Now, I’ll be writing up a full preview of it next week, so I won’t go into too much detail right now. But what I will say is that Sony has done some pretty impressive things with this thing, especially in the augmented reality department (basically just a way of having a real-world object display a virtual object onscreen). For instance, you can hold up the card and a water can will appear on the screen as if it were in your hand, at which point you can freely manipulate the object in virtual space. It’s a simplified version of the motion-control technology that Sony is working on at the moment, and yet it’s incredibly sophisticated and satisfying. Better yet, it’s been woven into the fabric of the game in tons of unique and interesting ways. And that’s on top of all the actions and such of the EyePet itself.
 
Again, plenty more on this next week, but I just wanted to give you a heads up in case you had either written off the game, or weren’t aware of it, because it is definitely worth keeping a very close eye on.
 

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X-Play's Adam Sessler goes one-on-one with Nintendo of America president and COO Reggie Fils-Aime. Adam grills the Reginator on the Nintendo Wii price cut, reacting to aggressive pricing from Microsoft and Sony, the rumors of the Wii 2, mature content for the Wii, and more. While Fils -Aime mostly stays on message (view gaming executives are as unflappable), Adam was able to extract some excellent information from him. Find out what Nintendo things of Sony's momentum with the PS3, all about the Wii 2, how Nintendo is working to bolster its third-party offerings, and more!

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Things are heating up for the PlayStation Portable platform and Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker is a big reason why. At Tokyo Game Show 2009, the gang caught up with assistant producer Sean Eyestone for an in-depth interview. Eyestone touched on numerous aspects of the game, including controls, cooperative play, working with one analog stick on the PSP, the game's setting, bridging the gap between Metal Gear Solid 3 and Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops, new characters, and more. Check it out!

 

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PlayStation 3 PS3 Slim

Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. group CEO Kaz Hirai claimed that the company has sold one-million PlayStation 3 Slim systems in three weeks. He delivered this info during his Tokyo Game Show 2009 keynote address. As many of you remember, the console went on sale at the very end of August. With the new design attracting some attention and the new $299 price point generating a lot of buzz, Sony knew that the Slim would sell like potato pancakes.

Unfortunately, Hirai only gave the worldwide sales figure. It would have been terribly interesting to see how the Slim performed region by region. The PlayStation 3 is in third place, behind that Nintendo Wii and Xbox 360, in both North America and Europe. While the new price point should help Sony close the gap, experts are divided on whether Sony can catch up to Microsoft. Some believe that it has a good chance, while others believe that the it's too late for the PS3.

What do you think of Sony selling one-million PS3 Slims in three weeks? Is it an impressive feat? Less than you thought it would be? Or just a meaningless number? 




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Japan Getting Limited Edition FFXIII PS3: White, 250GB, And Awesome
 
Updated 3:18AM PST: Now with picture! It's slim and white, with a touch of pink.
 
Square Enix's Yoshinori Kitase revealed that the company will be working with Sony to release a limited edition PlayStation 3 with Final Fantasy XIII branding. The console will be white, come with a matching controller, have a 250GB, and cost 41,600 yen. As much as I'd love to have one in America, I don't like our chances. This info was delivered during Sony's Tokyo Game Show 2009 press conference.
 

In other Final Fantasy news, Square Enix announced that Final Fantasy VIII is now available for download in Japan. 

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One of the more curious announcements during Sony's Tokyo Game Show 2009 press conference was PSP Room. Think of it as PlayStation Home for the PlayStation Portable. G4tv.com's Sterling McGarvey noted that it features cute avatars and:

"Blogs, photo albums, and social networking.

Chat, minigames, and real-time communication."

The service is being beta tested in Japan now. While I'm fairly certain it will come to America, the service just seems more inline with what Japanese gamers want. They love gathering in large numbers to play multiplayer games face-to-face. I can see them gathering for some digital networking too (it sounds weird, but trust me, they'd do it).

For American and European gamers...I'm not so sure. With services like Facebook and Twitter available on numerous mobile platforms, I don't see the need for PSP Room. Then again, this could totally appeal to consumers that bought that purple Hannah Montana PSP.

Would any of you be interested in this service? 

Gran Turismo 5 Modes Revealed

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Gran Turismo 5

Polyphony Digital's Kazunori Yamauchi revealed model details on the highly anticipated Gran Turismo 5 for PlayStation 3. During Sony's Tokyo Game Show 2009 press conference, the following modes and features were revealed:

  • GT Mode: World Map, My Garage, Car Dealer, Tuning Shop, Championship Race, and License Test.
  • Online: Open Lobby, Text/Voice Chat, Private Room, Online Photo Album, Online Replay Album, and you can export replays to YouTube.
  • Photo Mode: Photo Drive, Photo Stage.
  • GT TV: Improved UI, export of videos to PSP, and progressive downloading.

While everyone expects a new Gran Turismo game to have improved graphics and physics (don't worry, they're there), the connectivity of GT5 is really interesting. I know loads of gamers that will be thrilled to upload their exploits to YouTube or transfer them to their PSPs to show off their driving skills. The new additions are super interesting and really round out the overall offering.

What do you think of these modes? Anything in particular strike you?


Gran Turismo PSP

Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) announced that Gran Turismo PSP will cost 4,400 yen for the digital version and 5,400 yen for the UMD. This information was revealed at Sony's Tokyo Game Show 2009 press conference. It will be interesting to see if other territories follow suit and offer cheaper prices for digital downloads. Considering that packaging, shipping, retail, and other costs are removed from the equation, a discount seems reasonable. However, I can easily see publishers saying that digital downloads offer instant entertainment and the price should be the same since you don't have to trek to a store or wait for a game to arrive to you by mail. (It's BS, but I can see publishers saying it.)

What do you think of Sony Japan's pricing for digital games? Will it become the norm in America and Europe? Or will the prices be the same for digital and physical copies? 

Like most Koei games, Trinity: Souls of Zill O'll has you beating the crap out of a lot of enemies. Unlike most Koei games, this one doesn't have you playing as an exaggerated version of figure in Chinese and/or Japanese history. The art direction definitely leans towards fantasy and the trailer makes me want to see more of it. Hacking and slashing against mindless minions, occasionally taking on a boss character, is one of my favorite gaming pastimes.

 

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Updated 9:16PM PST: Here's a new trailer with Frank West in action!

Capcom has announced that Dead Rising's Frank West has been added to the illustrious cast of Tatsunoko vs. Capcom Ultimate All-Stars for Nintendo Wii. The addition helps the game appeal to Westerners and paves the way for the Wii's Dead Rising: Chop 'til you Drop. Stay tuned for more screens and videos of West taking on the rest of the game's cast.

Hit the break for another Kobun-licious screen of West in the game.

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Fans of Splinter Cell: Conviction will love this latest TGS 2009 trailer. Hell, fans of cool things will love this trailer. It's pretty awesome. More importantly, the game's release date is revealed in the video. Watch it, learn the release date, and let me know what you think (please)! 

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Nintendo Wii

Showing that it has a great sense of humor, Nintendo confirmed a price drop for the Nintendo Wii in the middle of Sony's Tokyo Game Show 2009 press conference. The press release went out while most game writers were paying attention to Sony's announcements in Japan. The company said:

"Beginning Sunday, Sept. 27, the world’s most popular home video game system gets even more appealing. On that day, Nintendo’s suggested retail price for its record-setting Wii drops by $50 to $199.99. The new $199.99 Wii price point delivers the full iconic Wii gaming experience, including the motion-sensing Wii Remote controller, Nunchuk controller and Wii Sports software, and furthers Nintendo’s mission to expand the gaming universe by making video games accessible to more and more consumers."

While this move was expected after a few weeks of rumors and leaks, the timing was amusing. It's nice to see major game companies engaging in frat-like tactics.

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Get Rock Back Unplugged Lite For A Limited Time With PSPgo

Sony's upcoming PSPgo has been getting a mixed reaction from the enthusiast-gamer community. Some love its internal storage, pocketable form factor, and emphasis on downloadable games. Others hate its price and the fact that it doesn't use UMD discs According to Sony's director of PlayStation operations and strategic planning Eric Lempel, gamers were asking for the a device like the PSPgo. He recently told Destructoid:

"We always listen to what our users say, and we've gone out into the field, and there are a lot of users ready for the digital age. They've basically said 'I want a unit I can carry around all of my content, but I don't want to carry around a whole bunch of  objects. I want to download them all, put them on my unit, and take it with me.' The PSPgo is the answer to that. From the PlayStation Network perspective, it's really exciting. It's a Network only device, it's a small glimpse into some future devices, and at the same time, we'll still have the PSP-3000 for the consumer that wants some tangible media. They can also use the 3000 to download the Network if they choose to do so."

The PSPgo launches next week and it will be interesting to see how well (or not) it sells. $250 is a lot of money for a handheld system, especially when you consider that a PS3 costs $50 more.

Anyone out there interested in the PSPgo? Why or why not?

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