Sony PlayStation TV Coming to the U.S. and Canada

Posted in Playstation TV by Darrin Olson on June 10th, 2014

Sony PlayStation TVSony announced at the 2014 E3 conference the release of the Playstation TV to the U.S. and Canada, but did not provide an exact release date, yet. The Playstation TV is a small media streaming device, not unlike the Apple TV allowing users to stream digital media to a connected TV.

The media device from Sony has already been released in Japan and will allow a user to stream their PS4 to another TV, along with allowing play of Vita, PS1 and PSP games. This would give owners of the Playstation TV access to over 1,000 games.

Sony Launches PS Vita slim for North America

Posted in PS Vita by Darrin Olson on May 6th, 2014

Sony PS Vita Bundle US ReleaseSony launched an updated, slimmer version of the Playstation Vita on Tuesday to North America including the US, as part of a bundle with a copy of Borderlands 2. The Vita Slim had already been released in Japan last year, Europe earlier this year and Europe and has now finally made its way west.

Sony NGP to be called PlayStation Vita?

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on May 30th, 2011

The latest rumor is that Sony will name their upcoming NGP handheld the “PlayStation Vita.” Yeah, we think it’s weird too. Vita is the Latin term for “Life,” so let’s hope the battery life ends up surprising us. Backing up this rumor, the psvita.com domain features the same technical contact as psp.com.

Well, we should know for sure about this rumor at Sony’s E3 keynote on June 6th. The NGP is expected to sell for $250-$300 for the cheapest model. What do you think of this name?

Guy tries to rob store with Playstation controller

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on April 19th, 2011

Maybe kids these days really are playing too many video games if they think they can rob a store using a Playstation controller. Did he intend to fire using R1 or the square button? We don’t know. We just know that he hid a Sony Playstation controller in his pocket and pretended it was a gun.

He was charged with armed robbery after an officer walked in on the robbery and got him. Right tool for the right job people. I wonder if the controller rumbled when they took him down.

PlayStation Games now available in Android Market

Posted in Sony Ericsson by Conner Flynn on March 31st, 2011

Even before the release of Sony Ericsson’s Xperia PLAY smartphone, Sony PlayStation games are now appearing in Google’s Android Market. So you have the games now and are just waiting for the phone. Five title’s are available in the Market so far, added today. They include Syphon Filter, MediEvil and Cool Boarders 2.

The available titles are $6.38 each, with more expected to arrive over the next few weeks. Sony Ericsson’s Xperia PLAY is the first PlayStation Certified Android smartphone and of course it will be capable of playing original PlayStation games downloaded through the Android Market. That’s one of the reasons we can’t wait for the smartphone. The Xperia PLAY is expected on Verizon Wireless’ network in the U.S. this spring. Are you willing to pay $6 for games as old as these though?

PlayStation business card case

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on March 14th, 2011

The original PlayStation may be gone, but it is not forgotten. That’s why Takara Tomy Arts has introduced the Original PlayStation Business Card Case for geeks who miss the console and want to present their business cards in style.

It’s made from aluminum and looks just like the original PlayStation, just smaller. It’s available now in Japan and hopefully we will get it here in the US as well. You will certainly make an impression with this card holder. It’s business on the inside and a PS party outside.

PlayStation now offering customer service via Twitter

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on March 9th, 2011

Do you have a burning question about a PlayStation product? Well if you have a Twitter account then you are in luck and can find some answers. Just @AskPlayStation. It’s that simple. Although I wouldn’t bother them with questions about how to jailbreak your PS3.

Yep. @AskPlayStation is the official account for all of your PS concerns, questions and comments. They will give you assistance via tweets Monday through Friday from 9:30AM – 5:00PM PST and will even answer in real-time between the hours of 2 and 5 PST. Mighty nice of them.

European customs ordered to seize PlayStation shipments

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on February 28th, 2011

You might recall that Sony and LG have been at each other’s throats lately. It involves allegations of patent infringement. Now Sony has a major setback in Europe because of this. The civil court of justice in the Hague has just granted LG a preliminary injunction that will have all new PlayStation 3s imported into Europe confiscated by customs for at least ten days.

Bad news for European gamers who just imported a console for sure. They are already being stockpiled in warehouses and the injunction could be extended even further. That would lead to a shortage of PS3s on store shelves. Right now retailers generally have two to three weeks worth of stock on hand.

Big Surprise, PlayStation hacker ban not working

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on February 22nd, 2011

Last week Sony said that those who hack their PlayStation 3 consoles would have their PlayStation Network access “terminated permanently.” Hackers didn’t care for that message or the tone. Now hackers have reportedly found a way to unban themselves and more than that, they can actually ban any other console they want.

However, to do this, the hackers need to know the unique ID assigned to the other console that they’ll be banning, so it might be more a case of swapping a “good” ID onto a “bad” console. We don’t have any more info, but keep your PS3 ID to yourself.

Sony ‘S1′ PlayStation gaming tablet

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on February 16th, 2011

Looks like Sony has been working on a couple of tablets. Come on, you knew they had to get into the game eventually right? The first is a 9.4-inch Android 3.0 tablet known as the “S1″ (codename). Sony has been busy customizing Matias Duarte’s Honeycomb interface to its own specification. And Sony’s work is said to be cutting edge, created by an engineering team spanning Sony’s VAIO, Reader, PlayStation, and Sony Ericsson product groups.

Though the team is lead by the VAIO organization, it will probably launch without VAIO branding. It is also said that Sony’s custom-built transitions and UI elements have created a user experience that sometimes rivals and improves on the iPad’s. The tablet is 100 percent focused on Qriocity, Sony’s music, games, ebooks, and videos on demand service that’s just been launched in Europe.

PlayStation iPhone App available in Europe

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on January 11th, 2011

Keep tabs on your PSN with this cool iPhone App, which is now available in Europe. The App is available for download in the App Store. It allows users to access all of their PSN updates and view all the news on Sony’s releases, and more.

The App is compatible for iOS4 and above. The initial rollout is for the UK, France, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands and Italy. It’s free in the app store. Hopefully an android version will follow soon.

PlayStation Phone to have a spring launch?

Posted in Sony Ericsson by Conner Flynn on December 28th, 2010

According to Asahi Shimbun, the PlayStation Phone is expected in the spring of 2011 for a North American and European release. That timeframe fits with what we have been hearing and while we don’t know what Sony Ericsson has for CES, they’re planning some new Xperia-branded models for MWC. I guess we will find out soon.

We also still don’t know how any of this ties into the standalone PSP2, or how gaming titles will be purchased. We still don’t know a lot of things, but hopefully soon we will learn.

PlayStation Phone to be called Xperia Play?

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on December 21st, 2010

So what will the new Playstation Phone be called? Well, a trademark filling was spotted and it looks like Sony will call it the Xperia Play. Adding some credence to this, the company’s PR firm has registered various Xperia Play domain names, such as XperiaPlay.com, .net, and .org.

Sounds like a good name to us. Hopefully we will learn more very soon since CES is just around the corner. Until then just continue drooling. It won’t be long.

Official PlayStation App for iPhone and Android devices coming soon

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on December 19th, 2010

Sony has announced the imminent release of its first official PlayStation app for the iOS and Android platforms. And no, this is not the mobile gaming platform Sony is reportedly working on. Some features of the PlayStation app include: Checking out your PlayStation Network trophies and keeping up to date with your friends’ games and online status. Discovering the latest games, news and hardware for your PlayStation 3, PSP and PlayStation 2. Announcements on the European PlayStation.Blog. And sharing your favorite products or news on Facebook, Twitter or through e-mail.

Sony says that the free PlayStation app will launch “very soon” for the iPhone, iPod touch and Android devices running version 1.6 or later. The app will first be available in the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands, with other markets to follow.

PlayStation controls spotted in Android 2.3 SDK

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on December 6th, 2010

Just shortly after Google released the Android 2.3 SDK, developers have already spotted some new code that appears to be related to buttons on Sony’s PlayStation controllers. This discovery corroborates earlier rumors and leaks, including videos and images showing a PlayStation phone with a control configuration similar to the PSP Go.

The new code includes references to the L1, L2, R1 and R2 triggers found on PlayStation controllers, while Google has given generic labels to what looks like the Square, Triangle, X and Circle buttons.