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PS Vita Designer on Perfect Screen Size and Battling Engineers

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145w ago - SCEE Manager James Gallagher has shared an interview today with the PlayStation Vita designer on the perfect screen size and battling engineers below.

To quote: Last December I attended the Tokyo launch of PlayStation Vita, which is going to be in your hands just about one month from now.

While I was there I got to chat with Tokashi Sogabe of the Sony Corporate Design Centre, head of the team in charge of the aesthetic of the console.

Sogabe-san has 27 years of experience working with Sony, in which time he has designed the Walkman, Vaio notebooks, the current slimmer model of PS3 and many other electronic
devices.

We spoke about the look and feel of PS Vita and the eternal tug of war that goes on between the designers wanting to create something as sleek and compact as possible and the engineers whose job it is to cram as much technology as they can into that shell.

PS.Blog: A lot of people seem impressed by the five inch OLED screen on PlayStation Vita. How did you decide on that particular size?

Tokashi Sogabe: When we first saw a prototype of the beautiful OLED screen we used on PS Vita, we felt it deserved to be bigger than the 4.3 inch screen on PSP. It's almost as if we settled on five inches in order to really...
 

Final Fantasy XIII PS3 Sells 1 Million on First Day, 37.6GB in Size

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254w ago - Today Yahoo reports that Final Fantasy XIII has sold over 1 million PS3 copies on launch day in Japan, and PS3 Dev rickylyh confirmed it weighs in at 37.6GB in size on a dual-layer Blu-ray disc with a 1.6GB system cache in dev_hdd1 used to aid in loading.

This figure doesn't include the system bundles, however, but Square Enix managed to ship 1.8 million copies total (including bundles) to retail stores.

Unfortunately, unless you are looking to import the much-anticipated RPG, you'll have to wait until March of next year for it to arrive in other regions.

For those curious, Final Fantasy XIII will be released in the US and Europe for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on March 9, 2010.
 

Sony Gives Bite Size PSP Minis Compatibility Update for PS3

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255w ago - Today SCEE's PSP European Product Manager Adam Grant has revealed a mini PSP Minis compatibility update for PS3.

To quote: With the PS3 3.15 Firmware update that went live yesterday some minis titles are now playable on PS3.

However, we recommend that if you are planning on buying a minis title to play on your PS3 that you wait until next Thursday as currently only a few minis are playable on PS3.

On Thursday 17th we will fully re-publish the minis category and issue a full list of the minis titles compatible with PS3.

All previously released minis are playable on PSP and there were 5 new minis released on the PSN Store yesterday for you to check out:

• Dynogems (£2.49/€2.99) Rating: PEGI 3
Availability: All locales

• Heracles Chariot Racing (£3.49/€3.99) Rating: PEGI 7
Availability: All locales

• Let's Golf! (£3.99/€4.99) Rating: PEGI 3
Availability: All locales

• Telegraph Crosswords (£3.49/€3.99) Rating: PEGI 3
Availability: Only available in Austria,...
 

God of War 3 Voucher Codes Going Out, PS3 Demo 2.7GB in Size

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261w ago - Today God of War 3 PS3 demo voucher codes have began circulating, with numerous people confirming that the download weighs in at a whopping 2.7GB in size.

To quote from VG247.com (linked above): "SCEE is now sending out mails with promo codes to get the God of War III demo, which is now available.

We're downloading as we type. It's the E3 code. Says so on the splash screen.

It's a 2.7Gb file and it looks as though PSN's having a good old groan at the moment: only 333 minutes to go. The game's out next March."

Did anyone here get it yet? Feel free to reply in the comments below!
 

PS3 Slim and Original PlayStation 3 Size Comparison

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285w ago - A few days ago some alleged PS3 Slim images were leaked to the Internet via LevelUp.

Shortly following, IGN stated a GameStop Rep confirmed it.

Anyone who has seen the leaked images of the PS3 Slim has surely wondered how the size compares to the original PS3.

Today a new image has [Register or Login to view links] thanks to NeoGAF member RanoNL. The pic shows an original PS3 standing vertically, and along side it what appears to be a PS3 Slim standing vertically.

While we aren't sure of the validity or the origin of the image, it clearly shows that the PS3 Slim (if that is the same PS3 Slim as the leaked pics) is significantly smaller than the original PS3.

Taking a closer look at the image, it doesn't appear as though it has the PS3 logo on the bottom, so there is a chance this isn't the same PS3 Slim case as the one shown in the leaked pics.

For now, all anyone can do is speculate until Tuesday, June 2 at 11AM when the SCEA E3 Press Conference starts, and the PS3 Slim is finally...
 
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