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Sony Talks PlayStation Vita Box Designs and PS Vita Launch Apps

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168w ago - Today Sony European Product Manager Adam Grant has shared some PlayStation Vita details including the box design and PS Vita launch apps below.

To quote: I am the European Hardware Product Manager for PS Vita and I am excited to share with you the final box design for both PS Vita Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi and 3G models which were first unveiled at Tokyo Game Show.

Those of you that have managed to get a hands-on experience at one of our recent events will know that no single picture can do PS Vita justice, but we think it does look pretty stunning and I hope you agree.

On the screen you can see the app icons for some of apps, features and services that will come pre-installed on PS Vita at launch. Here is a quick description for each of the icons represented:

Welcome Park - We invite you to the Welcome Park to explore and discover all of the brilliant features packed into PS Vita through a series of mini-games.

Party - Fancy a chat while you're gaming? Speak with your friends anytime you like with Party. The voice and text chat application allows you to talk to up to eight party members, no matter what you're doing. Party also allows you to set up and jump in multiplayer games and chat with Friends while you play different games, bringing cross-game...
 

Video: Closure at Fantastic Fest 2011: New Visuals for PSN Launch

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169w ago - Sony Senior Social Media Manager Jeff Rubenstein has shared some new video footage today from Fantastic Fest 2011 showcasing Closure's new challenges and visuals for its PSN launch below.

To quote: "If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?" The world of Closure, an upcoming PSN exclusive, pushes this philosophical question to the limit. If you don't see that tree, not only doesn't it make a sound - it doesn't even exist.

As Austin's Fantastic Fest kicked off last night, PlayStation hosted an indie arcade filled with games coming exclusively to PSN. You might be familiar with most of the titles on display, as we've talked quite a bit on the Blog about Journey, Retro/Grade, and Okabu. As the developers were setting up their stations, I was immediately drawn to a title that we only just introduced you to: Closure.

[Register or Login to view links] is being developed by just two full-timers: Lead Designer and Programmer Tyler Glaiel and Artist John Schubbe. Glaiel guided me through the early parts of the game, and answered a few questions for PlayStation.Blog readers.





PlayStation.Blog: After announcing the game here on the PlayStation Blog, you demoed the game at PAX....
 

Video: God of War: Origins Collection on PS3 Today, Launch Trailer

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171w ago - SCEA PR Manager Eric Levine has announced that God of War: Origins Collection officially hits the PS3 today and has shared the launch trailer alongside details, as follows:

The wait is over! Kratos storms store shelves everywhere in the form God of War: Origins Collection- the compilation of God of War: Chains of Olympus and God of War: Ghost of Sparta on a single Blu-ray Disc, available today!

Now fans and newcomers to the franchise can complete the God of War experience on their PS3 for the first time. And so far, members of the media have given God of War: Origins Collection a strong thumbs up.

GameTrailers.com called the game "a gift worthy of Olympus," while MTV.com said "God of War: Origins Collection is an absolute steal."





In case you forgot, here's a quick refresher on what this package includes:

• Two award-winning PSP classics (Chains of Olympus and Ghost of Sparta) on PS3 for the first time
• Both games running in high-definition 1080p resolution with full stereoscopic 3D support
• Only $39.99, and just in time for the holidays making it a great gift option
• PSN Trophy support that will challenge even the best players
• Dolby 5.1 / DTS surround sound
 

Video: Payday, Rochard and Sideway: New York PSN Launch Dates

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174w ago - Sony Online Entertainment Executive Director of Business Development Chris Sturr has shared launch dates today for PAYDAY: The Heist, Rochard, and Sideway: New York.

To quote: Sony Online Entertainment kicked off the first day with three of our newest PSN titles - Rochard, PAYDAY: The Heist and Sideway: New York. These latest games will engage you in graffiti adventures, environmental puzzlers and high intensity bank robberies, and will launch early this fall on the PlayStation Network via digital download.

Rochard puts you in the shoes of astro-miner John Rochard as he uses his wits and everyday mining tools to fend off space pirates. You must save his team of missing miners and solve the mystery behind the discovery of an ancient alien artifact.

The tools and crazy space gravity make for awesome puzzles, but it's Rochard's snarky sense of humor that really drew us to this game. Rochard will be available September 27th for download on PSN for $9.99.





PAYDAY: The Heist throws you straight into the action with high-stake heists, including bank robberies, prisoner extractions and armored car hijackings, you are forced to work as a team to control incredibly intense situations. This is a great game to play with a...
 

Video: Nintendo Wii U (Project Cafe) and Launch Games Detailed

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185w ago - Today Nintendo held their [Register or Login to view links] Press Conference and unveiled the upcoming Nintendo Wii U (Project Cafe) console alongside Wii U pictures, launch game details and video footage.

The Wii U controller includes everything from motion sensing to analogue sticks and a touch screen. Wii U will allow gamers to play either on their TV screen, on the controller.. or both.

According to the [Register or Login to view links], confirmed Wii U titles include Assassin's Creed, Tekken, DIRT, Darksiders II, Aliens: Colonial Marines, Ghost Recon Online, Metro: Last Night, Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge and Batman.











To quote: Discover an exciting new way to enjoy home entertainment with Wii U, Nintendo's next home console. With a revolutionary new touch screen controller, precision motion controls, and full HD graphics, a whole new world of play styles and gaming possibilities is on the horizon. The time is...
 
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