Sony PS Vita 1.6 Firmware Update with Video, Map & Mac Support

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115w ago - Following up on their previous update, today Sony has announced that the PS Vita 1.6 Firmware / System Software update is slated to arrive this Wednesday and will include Video, Map and Mac support.

Download: PS Vita 1.6 Firmware Update (JPN)

To quote via Andriasang.com (linked above): "Sony will be giving PlayStation Vita its first major firmware update on February 8. The system's version 1.6 update adds two major features.

Your Home screen will now have a Map app. Open this up, and you'll be able to see your positional information on a map. The map can be viewed with satellite imagery turned on and off. You can also search for walking and driving directions and view details about your current location.

The system's photo app will be updated with the ability to take videos. The app is currently limited to static photos. As a smaller change, the Home button will now flash blue when you have the Vita hooked up to power.

Separate from the system's firmware, Sony will release a MAC OS version of its Content Management Assistant...
 

Sony Announces The Simpsons: Arcade Game Hits PSN Tomorrow

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115w ago - Today Sony Assistant Producer Charles Hefele has announced that The Simpsons: Arcade Game will be hitting PSN tomorrow.

To quote: Speaking as a lifelong Simpsons fan, I'm just as excited for this game to come out as everyone else – the wait to finally see this game make its way to home consoles seemed endless!

We worked closely with Gracie Films and Fox to time the release of the game with the 500th episode of The Simpsons so that fans of the show could experience the classic game during an important milestone for the series.

It's been a great collaborative effort with Gracie Films to find a balance between preserving the authenticity of the original arcade game and making just enough tweaks to adapt it for PS3.

The original game is already great, so we decided we would focus primarily on making it as faithful a port as possible while adding various gameplay modes and bonus content.

We also listened to fans' suggestions from our previous arcade conversions, particularly in respect including more challenging ways to play these classic arcade games when you remove the quarter-crunching element. To that end, we've included several different gameplay modes in The Simpsons Arcade, so...
 

Video: Sony Goes Inside PlayStation Vita: Social Connectivity

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115w ago - Sony Manager James Gallagher has shared some video footage today looking inside PS Vita at the Social Connectivity aspect of their new PlayStation Vita handheld console.

To quote: In this latest video in the Inside PS Vita series, we speak to the developers behind such games as Reality Fighters and WipEout 2048 to see how the system's social features, including Party, Near and LiveArea, will change the way we play together.

We'll have the next episode of Inside PS Vita, explaining how Cross Play between PS3 and PS Vita works later this week.

Those interested can check out the video footage below- Enjoy!




 

Sony PSN Accounts Migrating to Sony Entertainment Network (SEN)

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116w ago - Sony has announced today that their PlayStation Network (PSN) accounts will be migrating to Sony Entertainment Network (SEN) accounts next week.

Below is the official press release, as follows:

Press Release: On February 8, 2012, your “PlayStation Network account” will be renamed a “Sony Entertainment Network account” or a “SEN account” in conjunction with Sony Computer Entertainment’s PlayStation 3 system software and PlayStation Vita system software updates. (Note, this change will not be applied to the PSP (PlayStation Portable) system at this time.)

For general purposes, this account change is a change in name only. Your username or password will not change, nor are we asking you to change them. In accordance with this transition, some necessary naming changes will be made to the TOS and Privacy Policy.

This transition is based on Sony’s goal to enhance its unique digital entertainment offering. As a series of these activities Sony started last September, PlayStation Network will be aligned with “Sony Entertainment Network.” This helps us get closer to our goal of establishing a global comprehensive network platform of services across games, movies, music and more, all accessible from one convenient account.
 

Video: Sony Unveils PlayStation Access TV Episode 19 Preview

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116w ago - Sony Community Manager MusterBuster is here with the official unveil of PlayStation Access TV Episode 19 preview video below.

To quote: There's nothing like a bit of Nathan Drake to get you pumped and ready for the weekend, eh? Good thing Access TV Episode 19 features PlayStation Vita flagship title Uncharted: Golden Abyss as Game of the Week then.

Prepare to stuff your eyeballs full of ace new gameplay footage, plus get a first-hand glimpse at Vita's incredible touch-screen controls in action. Handheld gamers have never had it so good.

Keeping with the Uncharted theme, the Access crew head to Naughty Dog HQ in Santa Monica for a tour of the developers' motion capture stage. There are interviews with Creative Director Amy Hennig, plus the team chat with Nolan North about the filming for Golden Abyss.

T3 magazine's Rhi Morgan also drops in to give her opinion on the Vita from a tech perspective, plus there's your usual juicy roundup of PS3′s tastiest news morsels, which this week include a look at Resident Evil 6 and some clever men who've made a real-life WipEout track. We want one.



 











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