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Video: Uncharted: Golden Abyss PS Vita Opens The Black Market

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132w ago - Creative Director John Garvin of Sony's Bend Studio has shared a video today spotlighting Uncharted: Golden Abyss on PS Vita opening The Black Market below.

To quote: As we get closer and closer to the European launch of the PS VITA and Uncharted: Golden Abyss, myself and all the guys at Bend Studio are getting pretty amped.

For us it's been a long time in the making, from early brainstorming sessions on the PS VITA itself beginning in 2008, through production, which wrapped up at the end of 2011. When given the opportunity to create a launch title for Sony's new next-gen handheld, we jumped at the chance. When asked what game we'd like to make, we said Uncharted! Here's why.

From the beginning, our goal was to create a great Uncharted game, to give players, including ourselves, more of what they love, but with the PS VITA's unique spin.





The cinematic experience, the gunplay and weapons, the compelling story and characters, the mystery and treasure hunting based on real history, the puzzles, the platforming, and of course, the colourful and detailed imagery... it's all there. But it's on a gorgeous five inch screen that you can take with you.

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Sony's PlayStation 3 Increases Market Share Across the Globe

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237w ago - A new report on the growth trends of video consumer devices, including gaming consoles, recently found that Sony's PS3 is increasing its global market share.

To quote: "The PS3 is dominant in Japan and Korea, and as of June 2008, has begun to outsell the Xbox 360 in Europe.

It is also steadily increasing its market share in all other regions across the globe, including in the North American market," the report said, while noting that the Xbox 360 still sells more than the PS3 in North America, and consequently, 360 sales still beat PS3 in total worldwide sales.

Even so, PS3 sales have been surging (44% over the holidays) and SCEA senior vice president of Marketing and PlayStation Network, Peter Dille, recently insisted that PS3 will eventually overtake Xbox 360.

Research and Markets also noted that the Americas market should remain the largest for all the console makers through 2013.

That said, "The high population density and rapid uptake of technology in countries such as Japan and Korea, and to a lesser extent in Singapore and Hong Kong, see a disproportionately high level of console sales compared to the rest of the world.

Console sales are also fairly high in Western Europe and are growing considerably in the emerging markets of Eastern Europe,...
 

Heads Up 360 Devs: Old XBox 360 XDKs Hitting China Market

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241w ago - Recently old XBox 360 XDK's have been hitting the China market, in case any 360 Devs were interested in grabbing one.

After Microsoft released the new XNA, all XBox developers are entitled to get a free upgrade from their old one.

Where do the old ones go? Microsoft will pass them along to labs to destroy them before being thrown away.

The labs, however, often just breaks all the ports and front panel and then sends them on to China to be melted down. Instead of just melting them down, people there actually rework them and are beginning to resell them now.

If you know people who live in China or via the Internet, it's a good chance to get an XDK considerably cheaper!
 

SCE Asia Expands PlayStation Market to Indonesia

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255w ago - SCE Asia President Tetsuhiko Yasuda has announced plans for expansion today to bring Sony's PlayStation product line to Indonesia.

According to Kotaku, beginning this October Sony Computer Entertainment Asia will begin selling the 120GB PlayStation 3, the PSP and the PSPgo to Indonesian customers.

To quote: "Starting this October, the PS3, PSP and PSPgo will be available for Rp4,499,000; Rp2,599,000 and Rp3,599,000 respectively (including tax).

Indonesia is the latest country SCE Asia has expanded into. Other SCE Asia subsidiary markets include Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, South Korea and Malaysia."
 

iD Software: PS4 Will Be the First Next-Gen Console to Market

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262w ago - iD Software's technical director John Carmack predicts that the PS4 will be the first next-gen console out on the market.

He also expects for at least one of the upcoming consoles to ship without support for optical media.

To quote: John Carmack, technical director at iD Software, has predicted that Sony will be the first platform holder to make a move into the next generation of gaming hardware - though he doesn't expect any new machines to be announced in the near future.

"The whole jockeying for who's going to release the first next-gen console is very interesting and pretty divorced from the technical side of things," Carmack told CD-Action, as spotted by Eurogamer's Digital Foundry.

"Whether Sony wants to jump the gun to prevent the same sort of 360 lag from happening to them again seems likely.

"As developers, we would really like to see this generation stretch as long as possible. We'd like to see it be quite a few more years before the next-gen consoles comes out, but I suspect one will end up shipping something earlier rather than later."
 
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