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PS Vita 4G Patent Surfaces, Rumors of Firmware Update & Price Cut

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80w ago - Following up on Sony's previous announcement, today rumors of a PlayStation Vita 4G design, PS Vita Firmware update and price cut have surfaced from PatentBolt.com (linked above).

Below are the details, as follows: "On February 7, 2013, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Sony that is technically about the PlayStation Vita and their new and upcoming connectors.

Sony states that the connectors are for "connecting the electronic apparatus to peripheral apparatuses" at the bottom and side surfaces of the device housing. Sony's patent filing specifically states that the next generation PS Vita will gain USB, HDMI and a power supply connector described as a parallelepiped connector.

New Ports Coming to Sony's PS Vita

As shown in Sony's patent FIG. 2, the electronic apparatus 1 in this example includes connectors 23, 24, 25, 39, and 59 as the plural electronic components. The connector 23 is, for example, a headphone jack.

The connectors 24, 25, and 39 are connectors such as a USB connector or an HDMI connector for transmitting and receiving data between the electronic apparatus 1 and other electronic apparatuses....
 

Fuse Interview: Ted Price Introduces Insomniac's Shape-Shifting Shooter

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96w ago - Sony Blog Manager Fred Dutton has shared an interview with Ted Price today who officially introduced Insomniac's shape-shifting new shooter Fuse!

To quote: In terms of things that constitute A BIG DEAL, the arrival of a new [Register or Login to view links] game is right up there.

The California-based studio boasts one of the sturdiest resumes in gaming, with past works including Spyro, Ratchet & Clank and Resistance, and its latest effort - spectacular third-person shooter Fuse - looks every bit as distinctive.

The set-up is simple - you play as one member of a four-strong squad of special agents, each armed with a high-concept weapon powered by a mysterious alien substance called Fuse.

There's beefy Dalton who wields a weapon that allows him to generate a force field. Naya's assault rifle generates a mini-vortex which sucks in enemies. Izzy wields a shatter gun that freezes foes on the spot, allowing colleagues to step in and vaporize them. Finally, Jacob sports a crossbow that fires molten projectiles capable of turning the opposition into a pile of ash.

It might sound like a rather familiar set-up on paper, but in action it's an extraordinary sight to behold, with each outrageous weapon interacting with each other to create uniquely...
 

GameStop and Amazon Offering PS3 Price Cut, Sony Drop Incoming?

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123w ago - This weekend retailers [Register or Login to view links], [Register or Login to view links] and [Register or Login to view links] have cut the price of the 160GB PlayStation 3 console from $249 to $199 (£159.99) leaving many wondering if an official Sony PS3 price drop is incoming.

To quote from PlayStationLifeStyle.net (linked above): "First GameStop cut the price of the PS3 by $50, then Amazon US, now Amazon UK has also dropped the price by a whopping £40 ($64).

If you live in the UK and have yet to get a PS3, be sure to pick one up now. If you don’t, then the deal should still be of interest to you - Amazon US and GameStop’s price cuts could be seen as simply a price war between the two retailers, but with Amazon UK now joining in on the discount, it does seem like retailers are discounting ahead of an E3 price drop, something that has happened in the past.

Michael Pachter previously [Register or Login to view links] that Sony needed to cut the price of the PS3 to remain competitive in the US:

PS3 hardware sales should continue to lag those of the...
 

Sony Unveils PSP Price Drops in PlayStation Store for April 17, 2012

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123w ago - Today Andy Stewart of Sony's PlayStation Store Team has unveiled this weeks PSP price drops in the European PSN store, as follows:

We have some more price dropped PSP games for your enjoyment. The prices will vary from title to title, but you'll be sure to find some as little as €7.99/£6.99/AUD $11.95!

With the release of the PlayStation Vita, we're delighted gamers are enjoying our new entry to portable consoles but we also know a lot of die-hard PSP fans still exist.

This price reduction allows you to have even cheaper access to great PSP titles - some of which are even PS Vita compatible (to see which content is compatible, visit the PlayStation Store and you will be able to see in the products description).

Some of the titles included are:

SOCOM: Fireteam Bravo 3

Was: €39.99/£24.99/AUD $59.95
Now: €7.99/£6.99/AUD $11.95

Jungle Party

Was: €29.99/£24.99/AUD $49.95
Now: €7.99/£6.99/AUD $11.95

White Knight Chronicles Origins

Was: €29.99/£24.99/AUD $49.95
Now: €7.99/£6.99/AUD $11.95

Patapon 3

Was: €26.99/£16.99/AUD $44.95
Now: €7.99/£6.99/AUD $11.95

Echoshift

Was: €19.99/£15.99/AUD $29.95
 

Atlus ReVITAlized PSP Price Drop Event is Live Today on PSN

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126w ago - Atlus Manager of Public Relations and Sales Aram Jabbari has announced today that their reVITAlized PSP price drop event is now live on PSN.

To quote: We (the fine people at Atlus) are dropping prices on our PlayStation Store library of PSP system titles, not unlike the PS Vita's undocumented ability to drop smaller articles of sub-clothing. We're calling it...

Want to own the complete PSP Persona collection, including Persona 3 Portable, which is tied for the second-best-reviewed PSP game of ALL TIME, according to Gamerankings.com?

It is now far more affordable to do so. Also getting a drop in price is the very recent Persona 2: Innocent Sin, a stunning handheld remake of one our company's most highly anticipated games!

Always been a fan of Sting's series of Dept Heaven RPG and SRPG genre-benders? Perhaps you've always been curious to see how Knights in the Nightmare, with its incredibly novel blend of tactical roleplaying and bullet-hell action, looks and plays?

Well, for less than half the price of a new console game, you can own every PSP Dept Heaven game we've ever released (which should set you up nicely for the upcoming June release of Gungnir for PSP, the next entry in the acclaimed series).

Besides the aforementioned two collections,...
 
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