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Goodbye PSP

Posted in PSP by Tam Yue on June 3rd, 2014

Playstation PortableWelp, It was bound to happen sooner or later. It’s been around for 10 years and sold 76 million units, but Sony is saying goodbye to the PSP.

Sony announced today that they were stopping shipments of the PSP by the end of 2014. The last shipment was sent out to North America at the end of January, so once they are gone….they are gone. Japan’s last shipment will be sent at the end of this month and Europe’s will end in the next few months.

The PSP was released back in 2004, and was one of the first handheld devices that could play games, movies and music. 2004 doesn’t seem that long ago until you think that the first iPhone was released 3 years later. Sony set the standard for handheld devices that’s for sure.

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Sony introduces new PSP system bundles

Posted in PSP by Reuben Drake on June 28th, 2011

Sony will be offering some special PSP bundles in Japan this summer. I guess it’s their way of giving it a proper sendoff. The PSP-3000 “value pack” includes a PSP bundled with some color-matched accessories, like a 2GB Memory Stick Pro Duo, an AC adapter, a 1,200mAh battery, a pouch, and a wiping cloth.

The bundle comes in three colors: Piano Black, Vibrant Blue, and Pink Blossom. The price is 17,800 yen (or about $220). It will be available in Japan on July 28. No word on whether we will get it or not.

Sony sells 70 million PSP units worldwide

Posted in PSP by Conner Flynn on June 6th, 2011

We are all waiting to buy Sony’s Playstation Vita, but let’s not forget about the PSP, which has been a flagship device for Sony since December 12, 2004. It has accumulated a total of 70 million sales globally. That’s the number being bandied about at E3.

That sounds amazing doesn’t it? Well, sadly it is nowhere near the 100 million DS units that Nintendo had shipped back in 2009. That total includes the original PSP-1000, the PSP-2000, the PSP-3000 and the PSP go. But perhaps the Vita will add some impressive numbers to hit Mario in his plumber pants.

Sony’s NGP Gutted Before Release?

Posted in PSP by Reuben Drake on May 27th, 2011

Rumor is that in order to cut costs and compete with the price of Nintendo’s $249 3DS, Sony’s NGP handheld might be gimped from the start. The NGP was originally intended to ship with 512MB RAM, but will now only ship with 256MB. It has also reportedly lost the 16GB of internal memory first planned, and this might be replaced by external storage cards.

If this is true, it means that the NGP will be a slightly less capable machine and that would be a real shame. But this would allow it to compete with the 3DS.

Sony to remaster some PSP titles for PlayStation 3

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on May 23rd, 2011

As cool as the PSP is, it is starting to look a bit dated. So Sony is introducing the PSP Remaster series for PlayStation 3, where Sony will port select portable game titles to the PS3 in high-def Blu-ray. Some of those titles may even have new add-on content and stereoscopic 3D support.

Another new bonus is that gamers will be able to share game save data between the two platforms. The key to the success of this will be what price they charge for these games that you have already played. The first PSP Remaster title announced is Monster Hunter Portable 3rd, which is Japan only and arriving at an unknown date.

Sony PSP branded earphones

Posted in Earbuds by Conner Flynn on May 10th, 2011

PSN may be suffering an outage, but Sony still needs to keep the empire rolling along as best they can. So Sony has just introduced a new line of PlayStation Portable branded earphones. They come in six different colors (black, white, silver, red, blue and pink) and will deliver high resolution sound. They claim that it has powerful bass and clear treble output.

These are perfect for the PlayStation Portable and should work fine with your other devices that have a 3.5mm audio jack. These Sony PSP earphones arrive this summer in Japan for $27 (2,200 Yen). Hopefully we get them soon after. By then PSN should be back up. We hope.

3DS gets outsold by PSP in Japan

Posted in PSP by Reuben Drake on April 8th, 2011

Nintendo’s 3DS was released in Japan on February 26th and it has been selling great hitting the top of the sales charts. How could it’s sales possibly be surpassed? By the PSP, that’s how. According to Media Create the PSP sold 58,075 units in the week of March 28th to April 3rd, while the 3DS sold 42,979.

So what’s going on? It’s due in large part to the PSP dating sim Amagami, which is an old PS2 game that’s just been re-released for the handheld. Turns out they really love that old game more than 3D.

Ubisoft Survey hints at NGP pricing

Posted in PSP by Conner Flynn on March 16th, 2011

Sony hasn’t offered any pricing yet on the upcoming NGP portable gaming console, but we do know that it won’t be cheap. There will be two versions, one with 3G and the other with WiFi only. A new survey is being circulated by a research firm called Toluna, which is sponsored by Ubisoft and was called Ubisoft – NGP concept – EU Adults.

The survey asked if buyers would buy the NGP portable and then listed prices for the 3G and for the WiFi only versions. We have no idea if the prices listed are accurate or not. According to the survey the 3G NGP would retail for $350 and the WiFi only would be $250.

Sony NGP to arrive in Europe on November 11th?

Posted in PSP by Conner Flynn on March 11th, 2011

Sony’s Jack Tretton said that the company intended to launch their Next Generation Portable in “at least one territory” by the end of 2011, and now we might have the answer as to which one. Reports indicate that the quad-core, OLED packing handheld may arrive in Europe first on November 11th.

If this is true, it would be a fitting date, 11/11/11. The anonymous sources say that “development deadlines have been set to ensure key Western releases are finished before the end of the summer for deployment in the autumn.” anyway, it gives all of us some time to save up our money.

Sony NGP not a mini PS3 after all

Posted in PSP by Conner Flynn on March 3rd, 2011

There has been a lot of talk about Sony’s upcoming portable being able to pack a PS3 punch and for awhile Sony just let us think that the device was that powerful, but now they have laid their cards on the table. David Coombes, a platform research manager put a quick end to the rumors.

He explained that although the NGP is equipped with a high-performance quad-core CPU theoretically capable of 2GHz, the clock speeds will have to be dialed down to preserve the PSP successor’s battery life and prevent it from running too hot. Otherwise it would last maybe 5 minutes and burn you. No one wants that. Sony wants hot sales, not burnt customers.

GameStop guesses that Sony PSP NGP will cost $999.99

Posted in PSP by Conner Flynn on January 27th, 2011

Sony’s Next Generation Portable (PSP2) has been called a PS3 for your pocket. It is codenamed the NGP. So how much does it cost? Sony has no answer to that yet, but GameStop has the device up for pre-order and they have a price in mind. The Sony NGP page on their website has an estimated price of $999.99.

They probably just want to make it look like it had a price cut the day it comes out. Sneaky. Sony hasn’t mentioned when they will be announcing the actual price, but with the device is scheduled for an end of year release.

Sony’s next PSP, codenamed NGP

Posted in PSP by Conner Flynn on January 27th, 2011

Sony’s next PlayStation Portable is codenamed NGP and will be based on five key concepts: Revolutionary User Interface, Social Connectivity, Location-based Entertainment, Converging Real and Virtual (augmented) Reality. It will be compatible with the PlayStation Suite and is backwards-compatible with downloadable PSP games and content.

It has a quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor, 5-inch touchscreen OLED display with 960 x 544 resolution, dual analog sticks, 3G, WiFi, GPS, a rear-mounted touchpad, accelerometer / gyroscope motion sensing, an electronic compass, and cameras on the front and back. Expect it to be available this holiday season.

Angry Birds hits PS3 and PSP

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on January 3rd, 2011

The anger of birds knows no bounds as the game has now arrived on the PS3 and PSP. The Angry Birds game will be released as a PlayStation mini title, so it can be played on your PlayStation 3 console or a PlayStation Portable.

Rovio CEO Peter Vesterbacka says that mobile titles hitting consoles will become more common. “The smartphone gaming platform is actually turning out to be the biggest and most played out there,” he said. “So it’s starting to beat the traditional games on consoles and PCs.”

Tokyo taxis get Wi-Fi and PSPs

Posted in Wi-Fi by Conner Flynn on December 7th, 2010

Taxis in Tokyo are among the most expensive in the world. But now NTT DoCoMo is planning to add value to the taxis by offering free Wi-Fi. 820 vehicles to be exact. Though I doubt your taxi will be surrounded by beautiful babes like in this picture.

Also about 100 of the taxis will get PSP’s to keep customers distracted from the meter as much as possible. The service is in testing phase now and will roll out fully by March 2011.

Sony PSP to get Qriocity music with next update

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on November 29th, 2010

So, what is the music service on Sony’s upcoming PlayStation Phone? PSP owners will soon have access to what may be signs of things to come. Sony has announced that a new software update, version 6.35, would prepare the PSP for Sony’s upcoming “Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity” service.

Like Zune, Rhapsody, Napster and other services, Music Unlimited will be a cloud-based product that allows subscribers to stream music on demand to their devices. It will launch soon. Maybe Sony can finally get one over on iOS with this ingrained unlimited music client.