Video: Sony Reveals The Unboxing of PlayStation Vita

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114w ago - Sony PR Hardware Specialist Abby Reyes has revealed the unboxing of their new PlayStation Vita handheld console in a video (below) today.

To quote: With only a few weeks to go until launch, PlayStation Vita is the hot topic on everyone's mind here at SCEA. If you're anything like me, you're probably counting down the minutes until Vita arrives, anxiously awaiting the availability of what's sure to be an industry game changer. Today, I'm here to give you your very own first look the PS Vita First Edition Bundle.

Early birds who pre-ordered the First Edition Bundle will their PS Vita 3G/Wi-Fi system on February 15, a FULL WEEK ahead of its official launch on February 22nd! You'll also get a 4GB PS Vita memory card, a limited-edition PS Vita case, a copy of Little Deviants on PS Vita game card, and a set of AR Play game cards to enable augmented reality play with a host of free downloadable mini games.

There's more: The PS Vita First Edition Bundle also includes an AT&T DataConnect Session Pass, which is good for one free 250MB data session (a $14.99 value) upon purchase of one 250 MB data session, as well as a free PlayStation Network game that you can redeem upon 3G activation on the AT&T mobile broadband network.



 

Video: Dive Into PlayStation Vita's Augmented Reality Suite

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114w ago - Sony Senior Social Media Specialist Rey Gutierrez has shared some video footage today of PlayStation Vita's Augmented Reality Suite below.

To quote: At CES, we scored a backstage demo of Table Soccer, one of three augmented reality games that show off PS Vita's Wide Area Augmented Reality capability.

Today, Sony Santa Monica Sr. Manager Dave Thach returns with two new augmented reality games, Fireworks and Cliff Diving. Both are part of the Augmented Reality Suite coming exclusively to PS Vita on Feb 22nd on PSN for free. Also, packaged with your PS Vita will be six AR cards which will also work with Reality Fighters, and other great AR experiences.

Fireworks transforms the world around you into a firework display where you'll literally touch the apex of the firework for multipliers, combos and points. Cliff Diving introduces you to diver Dave, where you'll have him diving off your coffee table into a virtual body of water.

Before you check out this video, make sure you watch our very first tour with Table Soccer which completes the AR Suite on PS Vita.





Instead of telling you more, I'll let Dave Thach show you!
 

PlayStation Store PS3 and PSN Updates for February 7, 2012

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114w ago - PlayStation Store Director Grace Chen is here with this weeks US PSN updates today, as follows:

With great new PSN Games, the return of two PlayStation legends, great new PS3 Full Games and a stellar February kick-off for PlayStation Plus subscribers; there's a lot to love with today's update.

New PSN Games hitting this week include Gotham City Impostors. Bringing a new style of multiplayer mayhem with a tongue-in-cheek Gotham City style, you'll want to see what the players in the Beta have been raving about.

In addition, side-scrolling action comes in two flavors this week. For brutal combat action, you'll want to check out Shank 2. For classic four-player co-op beat em 'ups, download The Simpsons Arcade Game.

It's also a big week for PlayStation legends Jak and Daxter. Not one, not two, but three of their original adventures are hitting the PlayStation Store today! And the best part?

These classic PlayStation 2 games have been remastered in HD along with stereoscopic 3D functionality and new Trophy support! Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy, Jak II and Jak 3 are now available individually, or grab them as a bundle at a lower price.

As mentioned...
 

Sony Announces The Simpsons: Arcade Game Hits PSN Tomorrow

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114w 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...
 

Festival of Hearts Comes to Free Realms via PSN Tomorrow

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114w ago - Today Producer Jose Araiza has announced that Festival of Hearts is coming to Free Realms via PSN tomorrow, with the details below as follows:

Nothing says love more than the Stone Abomination right? No?

Oh... well... that's probably because you have yet to hear the tale behind the Festival of Hearts in Free Realms. Sure, everyone knows that Festival of Hearts celebrates love, but not many know the tale of how the festival originated. This is a tale of love that transcends time, and has been retold from generation to generation all around the land.

Long ago, two young pixies - Rylan and Arianna - met while adventuring in the place we now call Merry Vale. Upon first glance, they were smitten with each other and planted a flower together at the spot where they first met.

The two young pixies vowed to see each other every day, meeting near their flower in Merry Vale. Every time they met, Rylan would bring a present to his sweetheart; sometimes flowers or chocolates, other times balloons or hand-printed poems. Their romance was the stuff of legend, until...

But I'd better not spoil the fun. I'll let you guys find out for yourselves starting February 7th! Log into Free Realms and find out what happens to these two lovebirds....
 







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