Sony PlayStation Now Streaming Service

Sony’s PlayStation Now service streams classic PlayStation games to tablets, phones and more

By on January 7, 2014 at 12:57 PM.

Sony’s PlayStation Now service streams classic PlayStation games to tablets, phones and more

Sony’s game streaming service has been a bit of a mystery ever since it was announced last year, but Sony executive Andrew House took the stage at CES on Tuesday to reveal that the Gaikai-based service will be titled PlayStation Now, and a closed beta will begin at the end of the month. PlayStation Now will allow gamers to access classic titles from the PlayStation, PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3 via a streaming service on both the current generation PlayStation 4 and Vita consoles along with televisions, tablets, smartphones and other connected devices. The popular PlayStation 3 titles The Last of Us and Beyond: Two Souls are playable on Bravia TVs and PlayStation Vitas on the CES show floor. The full rollout of PlayStation Now is expected to start this summer.

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NVIDIA Shield Price Cut

NVIDIA slashes Shield price, but Nintendo and Sony will still crush it

By on June 20, 2013 at 9:40 PM.

NVIDIA slashes Shield price, but Nintendo and Sony will still crush it

NVIDIA on Thursday slashed the price of its Shield portable gaming console to $299 from $349 a week before its launch. The Android-powered system has impressive hardware that makes it one of the best portable gaming machines on the market. The Shield features a 5-inch 720p display, a quad-core Tegra 4 processor, a 72-core GPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a microSD slot and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. The device is even capable of streaming PC games from a GeForce GTX GPU-powered computer. Despite some of the best portable specs to date, however, the Shield still has a difficult road ahead of it. More →

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Epic shows us the future of gaming with new Unreal Engine 3 reel [video]

By on March 8, 2012 at 12:15 PM.

Epic shows us the future of gaming with new Unreal Engine 3 reel [video]

Apple’s unveiling of the new iPad overshadowed plenty of big news on Wednesday, and Epic Games’s unveiling of a brand new Unreal Engine 3 feature reel is something we couldn’t let slip through the cracks. The popular lab took to the annual Game Developers Conference in San Francisco on Wednesday to show off the latest features of its Unreal Engine 3, the latest version of Epic’s popular platform. Shown in the reel is a small sampling of what developers can accomplish with the latest version of Unreal Engine, and the engine supports game development across Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Wii U, Windows, Mac, iOS and Android. Game samples for each of the aforementioned platforms are shown off in Epic’s video, which follows below. More →

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Sony PlayStation Vita sales plummet during second week of availability

By on December 29, 2011 at 9:00 AM.

Sony PlayStation Vita sales plummet during second week of availability

Sony’s PlayStation Vita portable gaming console launched in Japan with wind in its sails, but the device’s success appears to have been short lived. A recent report from 4Gamer suggests Sony sold just 72,479 units during the week ended December 25th, down from the estimated 324,859 units 4Gamer said Sony sold during the Vita’s first week of availability. Nintendo sold 482,200 3DS units during the same time period and Sony also sold 101,121 units of its older PSP console. Perhaps Sony will need to follow in Nintendo’s footsteps and initiate a price drop to help spur continued sales, and a wider launch ahead of the holiday shopping season surely would have helped the portable console as well. The PlayStation Vita will launch in the United States on February 22nd for $250, and a 3G-enabled version is expected to launch at a later date. More →

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Sony details PlayStation Vita launch games

By on December 23, 2011 at 7:00 AM.

Sony details PlayStation Vita launch games

Sony recently published a list of the games that will be available when its brand new PlayStation Vita portable gaming console finally makes its debut on February 22nd in the United States. The $250 console, which we enjoyed during our initial hands-on during E3 2011, will launch alongside exciting titles such as Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, Dungeon Hunter Alliance, Uncharted: Golden Abyss, LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 and more. Sony will also offer a 4GB memory card for just $19.99, or users can opt to spend up to $99 for a 32GB memory card. The full list of launch day games follows below in Sony’s press release.  More →

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Sony sells 321,400 PlayStation Vitas in first two days

By on December 20, 2011 at 11:15 PM.

Sony sells 321,400 PlayStation Vitas in first two days

Sony’s PlayStation Vita portable gaming system made its debut in Japan on Saturday and early sales estimates are beginning to trickle out. According to research firm Enterbrain, Sony sold 321,400 Vita units during the first 48 hours of the device’s availability. That’s 50,000 fewer units than Nintendo sold after the 3DS made its debut in the country. Nintendo ran into trouble shortly after launch as consumer interest in the 3DS faded due to a lack of compelling games, and the company eventually had to drop the price of its system to regain momentum. We first went hands-on with the PlayStation Vita during E3 2011 and, while it was still an early build of the device, we really liked the form factor and impressive graphics. Sony is expected to launch the Vita in North America and Europe in February for $250, and a 3G-enabled version should launch in the United States in partnership with AT&T around the same time.  More →

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Sony PlayStation Vita pre-orders sell out in Japan

By on December 16, 2011 at 1:45 AM.

Sony PlayStation Vita pre-orders sell out in Japan

Sony Computer Entertainment president Andrew House recently said that pre-orders for the company’s brand new portable gaming console, the PlayStation Vita, have sold out in Japan ahead of its December 17th launch. “I’m pretty confident… that there will not be major challenges in meeting demand, even though there may be short-term,” House explained to reporters recently. As the Associated Press points out, a successful launch in Japan could help soften the blow of Sony’s predicted fourth consecutive annual loss. The PlayStation Vita was originally announced during E3 2011 and we were impressed with the gaming performance during our early look at the device. The Vita will launch in the United States on February 22nd for $249.99, and a second version compatible with AT&T 3G will be released at a later date for an additional $50. More →

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PlayStation Vita will miss Christmas shopping season in U.S., Europe

By on August 4, 2011 at 8:00 AM.

PlayStation Vita will miss Christmas shopping season in U.S., Europe

Sony’ next-generation portable video game console will not launch in the U.S. until early 2012, Sony Executive Vice President Kazuo Hirai told The Associated Press on Thursday. Sony’s PlayStation Vita will become available later this year in Japan, but it will miss the all-important holiday shopping season here in the U.S. and in Europe as well. Some, such as Daiwa Securities Capital Markets analyst Koki Shiraishi, believe Sony’s sales will take a huge hit as a result. “That’s when you do half your year’s sales,” Shiraishi told the AP. “This is going to prove painful for Sony.” When it finally does launch next year, the PlayStation Vita will start at $249 for a Wi-Fi-only model and a 3G-equipped version will be available for $299. More →

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Next-gen PSP gets named, priced: ‘PlayStation Vita’ will start at $249

By on June 7, 2011 at 9:21 AM.

Next-gen PSP gets named, priced: ‘PlayStation Vita’ will start at $249

Those of you who tuned in to our live coverage yesterday know all about the new details surrounding Sony’s next-generation handheld gaming console, but for those unfortunate souls who missed it, here are the highlights: Sony announced on Monday that its next PSP — known until now as the Sony Next-Generation Portable, or Sony NGP — has been dubbed “PlayStation Vita.” In terms of pricing, the PS Vita will start at $249 for a Wi-Fi model, and a 3G-enabled version will be available as well for $299. Unfortunate though it may be, we still don’t have a firm release date for the sleek new Vita, but it will definitely be out in time to soak up all those holiday bonuses. Hit the break for Sony’s full press release. More →

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