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Uncharted Golden Abyss

There are five Vita games already available for purchase on PSN for anyone looking to get a jump start on their PS Vita shopping. 

Uncharted: Golden Abyss ($49.99), Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational ($35.99), Wipeout 2048 ($35.99), Modnation Racers Road Trip ($26.99) and Super Stardust Delta ($9.99 and also a PSN Exclusive) are all up and ripe for the taking.

Obviously, you can't play them without a Vita. So unless you went all Solid Snake on Sony's U.S. offices, you'll have to wait until Feb. 22. Still, couldn't hurt to get a jump on it.

In the meantime, don't forget to come back and check out all of our PS Vita coverage during the console's launch.

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We've talked a lot here about Sony's UMD Passport program, which provides cheap digital PSP purchases in the PSN -- now SEN -- Store for those who register their old UMD games. It's the hardware maker's solution to the PlayStation Vita's lack of backwards compatible support for the PSP's UMD-based titles.

Unfortunately, PS Vita owners in the U.S. won't have access to those cheaper prices. Sony officially confirms in a statement to GiantBomb that the UMD Passport program will not be available in North America, with the confirmation coming shortly after Kotaku first reported the news yesterday. No reason is given for the move; instead, the paragraph-long statement shifts gears after the first sentence to talk about how awesome it is that the PS Vita can play upscaled PSP games.

Read the full statement after the jump. I warn you though: it's just going to make you angrier.

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Metal Gear Solid HD Collection Uses PS Vita's Rear Touchpad

Hideo Kojima sure does seem to love himself some Twitter, what with him using it so frequently to send out images and info for the various things that he's working on. One of those things being worked on right now is a PlayStation Vita port of the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection

Kojima shared a look at the game running on an actual Vita handheld yesterday, and then followed that tweet with a few more talking about how the game makes use of the portable device's rear touchpad. Players will be able to slice enemy throats by making a quick swipe across the touchpad. Another detail is revealed as well, but the explanation isn't as clear.

"If you pinch out left & right on touch panel behind w/ 1st person camera, you can stretch up yourself," Kojima writes. It sounds like he's saying you'll be able to peer over surfaces and around corners while in first-person view? Maybe? Either way, it's cool to know that the HD Collection will make use of the Vita's unique features.

Source: Twitter

Final Fantasy 10 HD Remake Coming To The PlayStation Vita And PlayStation 3

Final Fantasy fans were ecstatic to hear the news last fall that Square Enix would be bringing Final Fantasy 10, the much-loved PlayStation 2 release, to Sony's PlayStation Vita. The re-release was pegged by many at the time as a remake, but Square producer Shinji Hashimoto offered some clarification to the Taiwanese website, Gamer (via Siliconera), at the 2012 Taipei Game Show.

The FF10 re-release is actaully a remastering of the PS2 game rather than a remake. In other words, you can expect to play the exact same game you did in 2001, only with HD visuals (like the recent Ico/Shadow of the Colossus PS3 re-release). That is unless you never played the game, in 2001 or anytime after that. You're in for a treat in that case; FF10 continues to stand as one of the series' best.

Source: Gamer

PlayStation Vita Online Modes Revealed: Near, Party, LiveArea, and Activity -- Will This Revolutionize Portable Gaming?

The PlayStation Vita is getting a big firmware update in Japan this week, Andriasang reports. On Wednesday, to be precise. Presumably, this also means that the incoming features in firmware version 1.6 will be in place when the handheld launches in North America in a little more than one week from now.

The big feature add seems to be a Map app. You'll be able to zero in on where in the world you are, check out the landscape in satellite view and get walking or driving directions. The app uses GPS with a 3G connection or works out your location by looking at nearby hotspots over Wi-Fi. Also coming is an update to the device's photo app which will allow for video recording.

Andriasang also notes that Sony will be releasing a Mac version of the Vita's Content Management Assistant app, which is required to transfer content between the Vita and your home computer. Finally, the update will also update Vita systems to reflect the company-wide name change of all "PlayStation Network" items to "Sony Entertainment Network."

Source: Andriasang

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Sony announced that PlayStation Network (PSN) accounts will now be renamed Sony Entertainment Network accounts as of February 7th, coinciding with an update to its Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Other than the name change, there does not seem to be any other changes to service, so rest assured PlayStation fans, all is well online for gaming and PSN as a name should still exist.

"It's just a change in the name of the account," said a Sony Spokesperson. "When PSN users log in after the update, they won't experience any changes in the XMB as they know it." They continued, "The goal is one login in for all Sony devices; It helps clarify the unity between PSN and other Sony Entertainment Network services."

If anything, the rebranding of accounts is perfectly timed for Sony's U.S. launch of the PlayStation Vita, which is aimed not only at gamers but as a cross-media device that offers music and movies as well. In a statement issued by Sony, the company shared:

This transition is based on Sony’s goal to enhance its unique digital entertainment offering. As a series of these activities Sony started last September, PlayStation Network will be aligned with “Sony Entertainment Network.” This helps us get closer to our goal of establishing a global comprehensive network platform of services across games, movies, music and more, all accessible from one convenient account.

PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita system owners will be the only ones experiencing the update. PlayStation Portable (PSP) owners will not receive an update for these devices at this time. Sony Entertainment Network accounts will also enable access to Sony's Music Unlimited, Video Unlimited and PlayMemories Online (currently called Personal Space).

Worthy of panic? No big deal? What do you think of the name change?

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Between Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3, BlazBlue, Street Fighter X Tekken and the most recently announced of the bunch, Mortal Kombat, fighting games appear to be getting a lot of love on Sony's PlayStation Vita. We've only heard about NetherRealms' MK port so far, but that changes today with a new gameplay vid from Sony.

The verdict? Well, as you can clearly see above, it looks an awful lot like last year's Mortal Kombat. Which is as it should be for a port. Most of the video focuses on just showing off the fighting, but there's a little bit of touchscreen action as well when the player uses a finger to "wipe" away blood spatters that obscure our view of the action.

The one big complaint that I've had with my import copy of UMvC3 on the Vita is how easy it is to screw up elaborate combo attacks by accidentally brushing against the left analog stick while using the D-pad. The player in the above video doesn't seem to have any problems there, but hopefully NetherRealm does something to acknowledge the fat-fingered fighting gamers of the world.

Source: PlayStation Blog

PlayStation Vita Online Modes Revealed: Near, Party, LiveArea, and Activity -- Will This Revolutionize Portable Gaming?

The PlayStation Vita launches in the United States on February 22 (or February 15 if you pony up extra dollars for the First Edition bundle), and it has long been speculated that boxed games sold at retail will be cheaper if purchased in downloadable form from PSN. That's how it works in Japan, after all. Sony now confirms to ShackNews that yes, this is indeed the case.

The exact discount number hasn't been officially confirmed, but there's some pretty strong evidence suggesting that PSN purchases will cost at least 10 percent less than their retail counterparts. A NeoGAF user dug up Best Buy product listings for several DIG-PSV titles -- presumably the ID for redeemable PSN codes that will be sold in stores -- and they're all at least 10 percent less than what the suggested retail price for each boxed game is.

According to the Best Buy listings, the DIG-PSV version of MLB 12 The Show is priced at $35.99 ($39.99 for the boxed version), Reality Fighters is priced at $26.99 ($39.99) and Uncharted: Golden Abyss is priced at $44.99 ($49.99).

Source: ShackNews

The PlayStation Vita is launching February 22 and Adam Sessler got a chance to check it out up close at Sony's Vita Hill Social Club event. While there, he got to talk to Don Mesa, Senior Product Marketing Manager for the Vita, about the portable's great visuals, functionality, and new innovations it's bringing to the market. Check out the video below.

 

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After watching this video, are you more or less excited about the PlayStation Vita? Check out our Vita hands-on impressions for more information about this portable console. 

 




Company mascots Pac-Man and Mega Man are exclusive playable characters in the PlayStation 3 and PS Vita versions of cross-franchise fighting game Street Fighter X Tekken.

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I’ll be honest; I haven’t been much of a fan of handheld consoles since the Game Boy Advance. I realize that handhelds have evolved and improved since Metroid Fusion, but I never felt like they were keeping up with home consoles. That is until I first heard about the PlayStation Vita. It seemed to me immediately that the Vita made up for five years of a yawn-worthy handheld market. Cameras, tilt control, front and back touchpad, dual joysticks, and incredible graphics all represent one giant leap for handhelds.

After playing a dozen games on a dozen Vitas at CES this year, I’m even surer of the limitless possibilities offered by the handheld. With a lineup of games from the biggest franchises in video games, the Vita is here to stay. Needless to say, I’m excited. But more than just excitement for the Vita, I’m excited for games I think would be perfect for the system. Picking up Uncharted on the Vita felt the same as the PS3, until I saw something sparkly on the screen and instinctively tapped it to pick it up. So without further ado, these are the games I feel absolutely need to be seen glowing on a screen on the train.

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Every Sports Game

I love sports games, and gobble them up indiscriminately. After playing FIFA on the Vita, I was stunned at just how natural it felt. My main problem when it comes to sports games—be it hockey, soccer, or basketball—is passing. But with a touchpad, you can properly lead your player with a pass, or simply ensure you’re passing to the right guy. Further, the overwhelmingly crisp graphics on the Vita may make some competition for sports titles on home consoles. I would love to shoot foul shots using the gyroscope or use the touchscreen to block a penalty kick.

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Via the PlayStation Blog, Ubisoft's Alex Monney announced that the publisher will be bringing their launch line-up to stores a week early on February 15th, giving consumers a chance to "build up their library" prior to the Vita's release on February 22nd. It will also give users who ordered the Vita 'First Edition' Bundle -- which comes out on February 15th -- a wider selection of games to choose from. 

Ubisoft's Vita launch titles include Dungeon Hunter Alliance, Rayman Origins, Asphalt Injection and more, so get excited if you're either A: getting the First Edition Vita bundle, or B: the kind of person who likes to buy games for a system that you don't own yet!

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With the disappointing sales for the Nintendo 3DS some people think handheld gaming is on the way out. Sony disagrees, and are about to release their next handheld console, the PS Vita. Adam Sessler recently got his hands on the Vita and decided to spend this week's Soapbox discussing its high points and low points. Sure the tech is impressive, the graphics are amazing, and the screen is gorgeous, but is that enough anymore? Find out why Adam thinks the Vita has an uphill battle on its hands in this week's Sessler's Soapbox.

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Good news, Whovians. Those of you who were left wanting after last week's Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock screenshot reveal get a giant treat today in the form of a gameplay trailer that also showcases the game's diverse array of enemies. Also, it's coming in March. No big deal.

The trailer, posted on PlayStation Blog, should delight fans of the long-running sci-fi series with its revelation that the game will pit the good Doctor against a diverse array of familiar enemies. The platforming gameplay looks very slick, too; much more Shadow Complex than Super Mario Bros. There's no release DATE, but the game will be coming to both PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita in March.

Note that the post also mentions that a certain "new" monster got cut. Its identity isn't revealed, but the blog mentions that "it will make an appearance in a future game." Ladies and gentlemen, we have sequel confirmation. Enjoy the trailer.

Source: PlayStation Blog

PlayStation Vita 3G Plan Tweaked For AT&T's New Price Structure

You might not know this if you don't keep up with mobile tech industry news, but AT&T is switching up its data pricing scheme for 3G customers. Earlier this month, the wireless provider announced a change that did away with its two previous plans: 200MB for $15/month or 2GB for $25/month. The new plans cost a bit more, but offer more data in return: 300MB for $20/month, 3GB for $30/month and 5GB for $50/month.

The 3G data pricing for Sony's PlayStation Vita -- which AT&T will be responsible for in North America -- was announced a couple weeks earlier, and it fell close to the old model: 250MB for $15/month or 2GB for $25/month. Those two plans have now changed to fit with the newer pricing, Sony's AT&T page for the Vita reveals: the 250MB plan continues to cost $15/month but the second plan has been upped to 3GB, for $30/month. Both of these are still no-contract situations, so you can opt in or out whenever you like. Consider this your public service announcement.

Source: AT&T

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